Chapter Six

The First Six Seal Judgments

We have just finished up with Chapter Five, which shows the Redemption of Creation and Mankind. “No man in heaven, nor in Earth, neither under the Earth” is able to open the seven-sealed book, or the scroll, which unleashes all the things yet to happen in Bible prophecy, until the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah, our Lord Jesus Christ, steps forward. The Lord Jesus is the only one. He is the Lamb of God and He takes the scroll. He is the only one found worthy to pronounce judgment upon this world. He is the Judge of all of the Earth. He comes forward and takes that scroll, opens it up, and we are ready to proceed with the things that are yet to come.

In Chapter Six, we begin to see the unleashing of some of the judgments of God upon the Earth. I might say this at the outset, when we unfold the Seven Seals of Chapter Six, they are just a down payment of the intensified judgments of God, as we proceed to Chapters Eight and Nine. Chapter Six begins the events of the Tribulation Period.

Follow along in your Bible, and you will begin to understand that the Book of Revelation is taking us through the Tribulation Period. After Chapter Four, we no longer hear anything about the Church. She has been Raptured, and is now in Heaven.

In reality, and in our time, “the blessed hope and glorious appearing” of our Savior has not happened on this Earth yet. The prayer of every believer in this Church Age is, “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.” Soon...

“…the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (16) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 ).

When that takes place, that triggers the seven-year Tribulation Period. At the end of that, Christ comes back and sets the Kingdom up. So, everything that transpires from Chapter Four on, in the Book of Revelation, is future. We have now come to the time of “…the things which shall be hereafter.” (1:19c).

Parallel to that, Daniel also speaks of that same Tribulation Period of time, i.e., seven years. Also, in Matthew, Chapter 24, the whole chapter is dealing with this seven-year Tribulation Period, and what will take place during that particular period of time. Therefore, we will be referring back to the Book of Matthew, along with Chapter Six, to show how these things parallel with the book of Matthew.

Revelation 6:1,2. The First Seal. The Antichrist on a White Horse.

 “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.” 

He is saying come over here, John. Remember what we have studied concerning the four beasts. These are heavenly creatures giving glory to God. These are part of the train in Heaven. These are things that we would know nothing about, if John had not revealed them here, as the Lord revealed them to him.

 “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer”  (Revelation 6:2).

We have here what seems to be a parallel, between the white horse rider in this verse, and the white horse rider in Revelation, Chapter 19. We find out they are not parallel at all, but they are diametrically opposed. This is the Antichrist making his first appearance, and this is going to show us something. In order to appear non-offensive and non-aggressive with power, the Antichrist, at first has only a bow, but he has no arrows. We are going to give you some parallel chapters to show that he appears to come in peaceably. This is the Antichrist riding the white horse, impersonating Christ. When we look at Revelation, Chapter Nineteen, the One riding the white horse is the Lord Jesus Christ. Why in the world do you say here in Chapter Six that Satan is riding the white horse?

The answer is very simple. Satan always likes to duplicate the Lord Jesus Christ. He has always wanted to be king of this Earth. In Matthew 4:8, he offered Christ “all the kingdoms of the world,” if He would fall down and worship him. What a joke that was! Christ told him, “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Here He is, the Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and this fool, Satan, is actually trying to offer Him all the Kingdoms here upon the Earth. They already belonged to the Lord. Satan has so deceived himself.

We find out that Satan is always an imitator of the Lord Jesus Christ. For example: he imitates salvation. The Lord Jesus Christ said all you have to do is “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Do you know what Satan’s ambassadors say? “Oh, that’s too easy! There’s more to it than that.” It’s a counterfeit, but it looks religious. A counterfeit is something that looks so close to the original you can hardly tell the difference. Religion is doing something to merit eternal life. Salvation is not doing anything to merit eternal life, but going to Heaven by faith in the one who gave His life to buy your right to have eternal life. We go to Heaven on the merits of Jesus Christ, not our own merits. That’s what the Bible teaches.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)

Satan always comes in as a counterfeit, and, he is going to come in peaceably. He’s going to present himself as the great peacemaker. He’s going to deceive practically the whole world. Not all of the world, but the majority of the world. Let us go back to the Book of Daniel in Daniel 8:25,

“And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many:…

…but Satan is a deceiver. He is going to deceive the world and say “I’m coming in peaceably.” Daniel speaks of this again in Daniel 11:21,24,

“And in his estate  (Antichrist) shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.”

Notice in Verse 24,

 “He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province;..

…and this goes right in line, as we come over here to Matthew 4:9,

“And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Satan).

Old Satan loves to do this. He loves to say to you, “You know, you can have this. You can have that.” You’ll think it is Christ, but it is not.

Go with me now over here to Matthew 24. This parallels Revelation, Chapter 6, because they are both speaking about the Tribulation Period. Notice in Matthew 24:5,

”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many”

Only God is the Forgiver of sins. We keep emphasizing this, because there are so many deceived by churches that say their ministers, or priests, can forgive your sins. You get in a certain area and you find Lutheran and Catholic churches that propagate this. But you get in other areas where you’re around Bible-teaching churches, they just laugh at that kind of foolishness, and wonder how anybody can think that a preacher can forgive your sins.

All through the Bible, it is God who is the Forgiver of sins. But Satan loves for you to go to that preacher and confess your sins, and for you to actually think this man can forgive your sins. All of this is nothing but the working of Satan as he comes in peaceably. He wants you to think that preacher “loves” you, and he “wants the best” for you, and, he’s God’s intercessor for you. We find the Bible teaches that,

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5);

You will never find a preacher that God gave the power to be the intercessor between you and God. The Lord says in Hebrews 4:16, “Come boldly before the throne of grace.” He didn’t say “Come boldly before the preacher!” The preacher cannot even forgive his own sins, let alone yours.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

In the areas where you do not have many Bible-believing churches, it seems like some kind of shock-wave going through the air when you say, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” A preacher who says he can forgive your sin is actually taking the place of Christ, and as Matthew 24:5 points out:

”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”

This is the profit of reading your Bible for yourself. If you go to church, and don’t carry your Bible, you are the top-notch candidate to be deceived by false teaching. You’re trusting that preacher. You’re trusting that church. God wants you to trust Him. He wants you to trust His Word in order to check out and see who is the true and who is the false. Sometimes, you meet some of these preachers and you think sugar wouldn’t melt in their mouth, but they are feeding you nothing but poison through the pulpit.

Let’s see what happens when we get to the next seal.

Revelation 6:3,4. The Second Seal.

“And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see (3). And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the Earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”

“Kill One Another…”

Now, I would like for you to underline in your Bible the words, “kill one another,” because we’re going to show you where cannibalism has taken place, even in the nation of Israel, and will yet take place during the Tribulation Period. “They shall kill one another.” Why is that? We will find as we continue there is going to be such a famine on this Earth, as it was in the days of Israel before the Captivity. They actually killed human beings and ate them, then, because there was nothing to eat, and it is going to happen again. There is a famine coming.

“And there was given unto him a great sword…”

These riders show what the Antichrist is going to do. This one rides a red horse. You will find out that red is always associated with terror and death. In Revelation 12:3, we have the “red dragon.” That is Old Satan. In Revelation 17:3, we have the“red beast.” That is, again,“Old Satan.” So, it is always associated with terror and with death.

Let us go to Matthew 24:6,7 and get the parallel for this.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet  (6).  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places” (7). 

There are going to be earthquakes in various, or different, places. That is what the word “divers” means in the Greek, “different, or various places.” On upcoming pages, we will tie all of these together with the verses on cannibalism. I never knew such things existed.

When it comes to a choice between dying, or eating another human being, we are going to see what these plagues bring. We’re going to see what Satan does. You’ve got to remember something that we find in John 8:44. Satan is a deceiver and God tells us about him. He is a murderer and he is a liar. In the Eighth Chapter of John, Christ is talking to the religious leaders of Israel. These are not the down-and-outers now. These are the ones that are held in high esteem by the people. These were your scribes and your Pharisees, your interpreters of the Law. These were the ones who would write the commentaries. These were the ones representing God, supposedly, but they were false leaders.

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it”  (John 8:44).

Underline “murderer,” because there are two things characteristic of “Old Scratch” here. He is a murderer, and a liar! Then He continues in Verse 47…

“He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God”  (John 8:47).

Let me ask you something. Are you one that’s laughing at the Book of Revelation? Do you think these things are not going to come to pass? If you do, it’s because you are not of God. You are not trusting the Word of God.You don’t believe the Bible is really God’s inerrant Word given to mankind. You believe it is just like some of your modern philosophers, and this is the view of many modernistic preachers. This does not include those Bible-teaching pastors who believe the Word of God. They believe that it is true! Every word of it is true.

 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man”  (Psalm 118:8).

Revelation 6:5,6. The Third Seal.

 “And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand  (5). And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (6). 

Now, we’re going to see where the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. Old Satan is a liar, isn’t he? He will tell you that you can do anything you want to do. Lost people are going to love this Antichrist. Why? They can wallow in their sin and it is going to be legal! It’s all right. It’s acceptable. You know, we are getting that today, because we are so close to the Tribulation Period. “The next event’s the Great Event, the Messiah comes again.”  That will be the Rapture.

It’s socially acceptable now to do many of the sins, even commit First Degree Murder with abortion. That is acceptable, now, because we have a Supreme Court of idiots that care nothing for human life, and, therefore, care nothing for morals. So, you feel free to go out and kill your children, since it is legal now. I thank God there are some leaders rising up in these days that are opposing abortion. They probably won’t get elected in the national election, but, at least, there are some that are saying, “We made a mistake. This Roe vs. Wade ruling on abortion must be repealed!”

“A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny;”

The rider of the black horse holds a pair of balances, indicating some type of governmental control over the food supply. A measure of wheat (Greek = choinix) was about a quart, and a penny (denarion) was a day's wages for an ordinary laboring man. In other words, food will be so scarce it will take a person all day to earn enough wages for just a quart of grain. This indicates that all man-made schemes to give people even the necessities of life will fail. A situation that will only get worse.

 “Hurt not the oil and the wine.”

But note that there is no scarcity of oil and wine for the rich. The rich get richer and enjoy their luxuries, while the poor get poorer and can hardly get enough to eat. This is representative of the rich. In other words, don’t touch the accounts of the rich. They are all right. They are the ones we are going to protect. In whatever the Antichrist is going to do, he is going to protect the rich, because he needs them. He is a military genius. He is a financial genius. He’s a genius in world leadership. He is no one, but Satan, himself, in a human body.

Remember this. In Scripture, we are only given two people that Satan has personally indwelt: the Antichrist,here, and Judas Iscariot.  These are the only two, that we have a record of, that Satan has indwelt, himself. This is going to be Satan, personified, to bring this about. But, as we are going to see in 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4, he wants to rule as God, imitating of the God of Creation.

“That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand  (2).  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (3);  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

He “opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,” so, that he goes into the temple and declares himself to be God. As we are going to see, this is the beginning of his climb to power. He will go into the temple in the middle of the Tribulation Period, three-and-a-half years after the Rapture. He declares himself to be God, and everyone will have to worship him, or as Revelation 13:17,18 says,

“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (17) .  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six”  (18).

Here, in Chapter Six, is the beginning of his climb to power. There is going to be a famine. Keep that in mind, as it says in Verse 4, “…they should kill one another.” The famine is the reason. When nobody has anything to eat, instead of dying themselves, they will kill another person, and eat that person. That has been done in the past. We’re going to see that as we continue.

Revelation 6:7,8. The Fourth Seal.

“And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see  (7). And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (8).

“Death and Hell…”

Death claims the body. Hell claims the soul. “Death and Hell.” Isn’t that where Satan ends up? If he can use a human being, posing as a “minister of righteousness,” to deceive you into becoming a son of Satan who claims to be God, you are Hell-bound! Even now, he will try to deceive you all of your life to keep you from trusting Jesus Christ as the only way to Heaven. If successful, he has claimed your soul to Hell! You’ll be there with him for all time and eternity, separated from God, in the dungeon of Hell. You will be in Torment, and it will be as Luke 16 says about the rich man who died and went to Hell. “In hell he lift up his eyes being in torment.” (Lk.16:23) That’s exactly what Satan wants to deceive you into, so that you will die without Christ, and spend your eternity with him.

Jesus Christ said, “I’m not willing you should perish,” in 2 Peter 3:9, but “that all should come to repentance.” And that’s “metanoia,” in the Greek, and it means “all should come to a change of mind.” Please change your mind. So, you have two people after you. You have old Satan, who is going to try to deceive you into being religious and going to Hell, and Jesus Christ, who wants you to accept Him and be a son of God who is looking forward to a home in Heaven. John 1:12 tells us that, “…as many as received Him,” not Satan, but Christ.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

 “The fourth part of the Earth.”

At the beginning of this Tribulation Period, in a very short time, one fourth of this Earth is going to be destroyed. Satan is going to be behind it.

  1. “to kill with a sword.” They will be fighting one another.
  2. “with hunger…” There’s your famine again.
  3. “with death…” People will starve.
  4. “and with the beasts of the earth.” People will be attacked, and eaten, by wild animals.

It is very interesting here, because if you go back to Revelation 6:6, “And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say…” These are “living creatures” and the Greek word is “zōŏn.” The first “O” is long. The second “O” is short. “Zōŏn” means “living creatures.” John saw these in Heaven. 

In Revelation 6:8, in the last phrase here, “and with the beasts…,” we find, because of the famine and because of the shortage of food, wild beasts are going to attack men. This will be part of these four plagues that are, actually, going to remove a fourth part of the population of all of the Earth. A fourth part of the Earth is going to be killed, and Satan is going to be behind it. The Greek word for “beast” here is the Greek word, “therion,” and it means “a dangerous animal.” So, we have two different Greek words. One, “zōŏn, for living creatures in Heaven worshiping God, and the other, “therion,” for dangerous beasts here upon the Earth.

Before we going on the the Fifth Seal, we want to show you about the occurrence of cannibalism found in Old Testament times.

We are going to go back to 2 Kings 6:24-29, where we had a similar situation when the nation of Israel turned from the true and living God and served idols.

First: 2 Kings 6:24-26,

“And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria (24).  And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver  (25).  

These were the worst things you could eat, yet they were selling for an outrageous price! Notice in Verse 26.

And as the king (Jehoram) of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king  (26).

Notice in 2 Kings 6:28,29,

“And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow (28).  So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son” (29).

So we boiled my son, and did eat him:” Did that happen? It absolutely did. When it comes down to whether you eat somebody else, or you die, things change quickly. They did this at Donner’s Pass, did they not? They surely did! You will find out, in this Tribulation Period, they will do the same as they did during the famine at this time in Israel. They actually ate one another. Cannibalism! They’ll do anything to live. A lot of people will.

Let us go to Deuteronomy 28:49-51. We have the same thing over here.

“The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the Earth, as swift as the eagle flieth, a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand  (49);

The nation that God was going to bring against Israel, because of their gross sin, was Babylon. 

A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young  (50):  And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee” (51)”

Babylon was going to bring a famine to Israel because they were going to take every type of food out of the land. Because of this famine, and because of going into bondage and not having anything to eat, Deuteronomy 28:53 describes what took place.

“And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:”

And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters,” We are going to have that in the Tribulation Period. It has already happened to the nation of Israel. Let us go back here to Jeremiah, in Chapter 19, where we have the same thing. I want you to notice how it started out, though. Every false religion is a killer! We have one false religion today that says you can not give your son, or your daughter a blood transfusion—the Jehovah’s Witnesses. They say that is against God’s Laws. There have been many lawsuits, yet this religion remains a killer, because it is a religion of Satanism. What are you saying? Every false religion is a killer. It will kill you the first time, and, if you are lost, it will kill you with the second death in the Lake of Fire.

There are those over there in India who will not eat a cow, so they starve to death. Satan loves for you to worship animals, does he not? When you worship a cow, you make that dumb thing a “sacred cow,” and, then you starve to death and die. I don’t know how anybody can be that dumb, myself. I would “un-sacred-ize” that thing, if I was over there. He may be sacred until I got hungry, and then we’d  have a cook-out! When I got hungry he would be “history!” He is going to be eaten. No religion is going to do that to me. As I said, false religions kill. If you die (physical death) without Christ, you will suffer the second death, of torment, in the flames of the Lake of Fire with Satan, the one it was created for in the first place.

Satan loves to fool people through a counterfeit religion. Yet, this certain religion, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which we have in the United States and all over the world, requires: “Do not give your daughter, or son, a blood transfusion.” Therefore, when they have an illness where a blood transfusion is required, many have died upon the operating table. There have been many lawsuits over that. Every false religion will kill. Let us go to Jeremiah 19:4.

“Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents”  (Jeremiah 19:4);

Here’s what they do. They sacrifice their own sons, and, then we’re going to find out, when a famine comes they will eat their own people. That is unbelievable! Notice Jeremiah 19:5,

“They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind

Baal is a false god. This is how far people can go. Let us go on down to Jeremiah 19:9a,  

“And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters,”

How will God cause it? Is it His will? No! Because of the sins they have committed, the famine that He sends will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters…

“…and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them” (Jeremiah 19:9b).

If the Old Testament tells us this, “…and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege…,” do you know what? You won’t be safe anywhere during this part of the Tribulation Period!

Let us go back to the Book of Revelation. Isn’t that exactly what God says in Revelation 6:8? Not only will they be killed by the “beasts of the earth,” but, also, with the opening of the Fourth Seal, a fourth part of the Earth shall die “…with sword, and with hunger…”

In Revelation 6:6, where we have the opening of the Third Seal with the black horse, there is going to be a famine in the land, where it will take a day’s wages just to buy a loaf of bread. Can you imagine what it will be to try to get something to eat?

 I remember when we went on our Senior trip to Washington D.C., and New York City, a couple of my friends and I slipped out of our rooms and went down on the streets of New York City. We saw the “down-and-outers.” They were going through garbage cans, and were lying there, practically, half-naked. One we passed, I know he was dead! He stunk so bad, he smelled just like a dead animal. In the Tribulation Period, they will be raiding garbage cans, and there is not going to be anything in them! Nobody is going to be throwing away anything. It is going to be a horrible time!

The Antichrist is going to kill one fourth part of the Earth as given in Revelation 6:7,8. You are going to find, after the Rapture, cannibalism will again be prevalent, because there will be absolutely nothing to eat.

We are going to find out, as we are getting ready for the next seal, that God gives us a wave of truth that extends on out into the last half of the Tribulation Period. In the middle of the Tribulation, the Antichrist declares himself to be God, according to 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4, and you have to take the “Mark of the Beast,” or “666.” (Revelation 13:17,18). That is the last two verses of Chapter 13. If you decide you are going to stand for Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords, during the last three-and-a-half years of the Tribulation Period, it will cost you your life.  You are going to be beheaded, if you are caught.

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4).

Satan hates you. He hates every Christian. He will substitute his counterfeit religion for Christianity. He will tell you, “Be good, and you will go to Heaven.” “Be bad, and you will go to Hell.” The truth is you don’t have to “Be bad” to go to Hell. You can do everything good all your life, and go right straight to Hell. There is no one who can do good all of their life. Romans 3:10 tells us,

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one”  (Romans 3:10):

This is why God has concluded we have all…

“…sinned and come short of the glory of God”  (Romans 3:23).

“The wages of that sin,” according to Romans 6:23, “is death,” spiritually separated from God and Heaven, tormented in the Lake of Fire. (Matthew 25:41)

Revelation 6:9-11. The Fifth Seal.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”

The Fifth Seal is opened, and John sees some of the Tribulation martyrs under the altar in Heaven. They have died, and now they are in Heaven. They had been given white robes, and John could see them. They, also, could speak, because heard John what they said, and wrote it down for us. They, also, had an awareness of what was happening on earth. They were martyrs who stood up for the Savior, and paid with their lives. Now, they were “absent from the body and present with the Lord,” and awaiting the Resurrection, at the end of the Tribulation Period, to receive their glorified body, as promised in Philippians 3:21.

“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:21).

This portion of Scripture refutes several false teachings that God never had in His mind, and has never revealed to mankind. They are strictly puffed up in the minds of fleshly men who want to create something to contradict the inerrancy of the Word of God. You have those today that say, “When you die, you go a certain place, then, somebody is going to pay the preacher and they are going to get you out of this place, and ship you on to Heaven. So, according to this group, the Catholic Organization, when you die you go someplace, but you don’t go to Heaven, and you don’t go to Hell. You go to this place of Limbo, or Purgatory, but it is an intermediate place. You go there, and you have to “Pay up, or shut up.” And, if you really care about your loved one, you are going to “pay up.” Right? Well, that’s what they say. We’re going to find out that just isn’t true. Satan loves it!

First of all, when these people died, they went to Heaven. When John went to Heaven, He saw them there, in Heaven! The Bible refutes all false teaching about where we go when we die. Do I go to a place of Limbo? Do I go to a Purgatory? Does it exist? Let me just say this. You can’t find it. It doesn’t exist, and Jesus Christ never mentioned it, not even once, in the whole New Testament. You can’t find a Purgatory! You can’t find a Limbo,  and, you can’t find, as many teach, that you just go into the grave and lie there in a state of dormancy, or a state of unconsciousness. None of that “phony-baloney” exists. It is foreign to the Word of God. It is calling God a liar! It is once again inserting religion, and philosophy, instead of Christianity. Notice here in Psalm 49:7. This answers it once and for all.

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him” 

If you think that you are going to do anything for one of your dead relatives after they have died, you have been deceived. For what are you praying? You should have prayed for him, or her, while they were living. Did you ever witness to them about Christ? But after they die, we are going to get all touched in our heart of how much we miss this person, and we are going to pray for them. I am going to say this, your prayers go no further than the air. You cannot pray for a person after they are dead, because they are already in Heaven, or already in Hell. These prayers go nowhere, but out of your mouth and drop on the floor! The Bible says in Psalm 49:7:

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him”

Do you go to a church where the preacher says, “Hey, pay me, and I’ll pray them out of there?” I’ll tell you what, you are throwing good money after bad. You just gave it away! You’re not going to get any interest for it! You just gave it away for nothing, Friend. You’re not going to give anything to God to buy somebody out of Hell, who had a decision to make, not to go there, while they were living! There is no way you can do that! None! That is found nowhere in God’s Word.

Each one gives an account of themselves to the Lord. We do that, of course, while we are living. Yes, we give an account of our life at the Judgment Seat of Christ, but we are talking about the living now. That is why it is important for you not to listen to religion, but listen to Christ and the living Word of God.

John sees these souls under the altar in Heaven. They had died for their testimony for Jesus Christ. Here’s what God says,

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held”  (Revelation 6:9):

Verse 10 refutes another false doctrine that we have previously mentioned. It is that you go to the grave and lie there, dormant, and, at “the end,” there is going to be a resurrection, “sometime.” If your good works outweigh your bad works, then you are going to Heaven. If they don’t, you go back into dormancy, and that’s the end of your existence, Fella. Good Bye! So long! See ‘ya later! You never existed, so, hang it up!

I have to say, “You never find that in the Bible!” Notice what it says,

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?”  (Revelation 6:10)

They are talking! They are talking in Heaven. They are alive in Heaven. I don’t know how in the world you can be sleeping in the grave, and be in Heaven and you are still talking. Hell claims the soul and the spirit. Heaven claims the soul and the spirit. The grave claims the body, which is going to have a Resurrection. When you die, you are “absent from the body…present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8), and you never lay in that grave, whatsoever. These souls had trusted Christ. They had a witness for Christ. They would not sell out to the Antichrist, and, in Heaven, John heard them cry out.

We have been looking at false religions that present a counterfeit of Christianity. This chapter begins with the entrance of the Antichrist, the one who is personally indwelt by Satan.We know Satan is behind all false religions and, as we have previously noted, the Lord had said,

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:5).

How can we recognize a “false Christ?” How will you know a false Christ.?

Dr. Harry Ironsides was one of the great Bible expositors of many years ago. A man came into his office and his secretary said, “Dr. Ironsides, there’s a man outside who would like to see you. He says he is Jesus Christ.” Dr. Ironsides said, “Send him in, please.” The man came in and said, “Dr. Ironsides, I would like to introduce myself. I am Jesus Christ, the Messiah.” Dr. Ironsides said, “Let me see your hands, Sir.” He held his hands out. Dr. Ironsides asked, “Where are the nail prints?” Dr. Ironsides then asked to see the man’s feet. Well, there were no nail prints there, either. Dr. Ironsides then requested, “Let me see your side.” There should have been a tremendous wound with the sword going into the side. Of course, there was none. At this point, Dr. Ironsides ended the interview with, “Sir, you are an imposter. I have no more time for you! You are not accepting Jesus Christ. You have become your own Christ!”

You are finding in these last days, more false cults and religions are springing up than you can count. It is hard to keep up with them. Years ago, I used to keep files on every one. I would write their headquarters and get their material and compare them with the Bible. I would, then have it documented, so, whether on radio, TV, or in a sermon. I would have the written material from their headquarters, in my file, to back up what I say a cult religion says. We don’t just pull it off the top of our head.

But there are so many today, it would take someone full-time just trying to keep up with all the false cults and the false religions. I have concluded the best thing to do is just preach the Bible. God gave you a mind, and he gave you discernment. He gave you His Word, so that you can compare it to what any preacher, or any church has to say. God has given you good sense to make that decision for yourself.

In the Second Seal (Revelation 6:6), we notice there will be wars, that parallels what is spoken of in Matthew 24:6,7.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet (6).  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places” (7).

We find the Fourth Seal of Revelation parallels the same thing. In the Fifth Seal, we are talking about God’s judgment upon the Earth. Now, in the Fifth Seal, I would like for you to notice Verse 9. During this time, many Christians are going to have to die for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. These Scriptures in Verses 9, and 10, also refute the false teachings of reincarnation, and soul-sleeping held by Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and a few others. Where they get these ideas, I have no idea, whatsoever. God says…

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God…”  (1 Corinthians 3:19a).

It amazes me that men will say that we are reincarnated, or we go to the grave and we sleep. Yet, man has never been on the other side of death. You have a few whackos saying, “Well, I saw the light at the other end of the tunnel.” I don’t find anything in the Bible about “a light at the end of a tunnel.” That is a satanic delusion. You can see the light in Heaven, when you are passed from death unto life, but the “light in the tunnel” fantasy is nothing more than a satanic delusion, which gives a false peace. The only peace that you can rely on is through trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior. In Romans 5:1 it says…

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1):

If you are trying to find peace in looking for the “light at the end of the tunnel,” you are being, satanically, deceived. The only light you are going to see are the flames of Hell, when you wake up there. This is why God put the Bible here. It is to reveal the greatest deceiver this world has ever known, the Antichrist, old Satan, himself, and his demons, also known as evil spirits.

Revelation 6:9,10.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.

We are told here that many are going to die during the Tribulation Period. Notice in Verse 10.

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?” (Revelation 6:10).

It doesn’t sound to me like these are sleeping in the grave. Does it to you?

I would like for you to notice that following the False Christ (First Seal), the War (Second Seal), the Famine (Third Seal), and Death (Fourth Seal), comes the Fifth Seal, the Martyrdom. Amid the turmoil on the world scene, the ungodly will grow in hatred against Christ. Instead of deploring sin as the cause of their trouble, their anger will be kindled at those who have accepted Christ, and who will no longer cooperate with their humanistic endeavors, and their ideologies. In other words, the Christians will not go along with the “program.”

 If you didn’t know it, the “program” that the Antichrist is going to implement is the One-World Religious System. You can see that we have that today. All you have to do is open your eyes and see that ecumenicalism is the down payment, to brainwash you, in preparation for the Tribulation Period. Just lay aside your Bible doctrines. It doesn’t matter if one church says, “The preacher will get you to Heaven because he will forgive your sins.” The Bible-believing church says, “That man is full of baloney. He doesn’t know beans from apple butter. No man can forgive sins. If any mere, human, man could forgive sins, why did Jesus Christ have to die on the Cross?”

So, you are trying to get all these together who do not even believe the same thing, and what you have is a compromise of their principles, a compromise on the Bible, and an endorsement of many false religions that are just all trying to “get together now and praise God.” Let me say this. You may talk about God all you want, but if you do not accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are just shadow-boxing. You are throwing your words to the wind. Christ tells us in John 8:42…

“…If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me”  (John 8:42).

Matthew 24:8. “The Beginning of Sorrows.”

“All these are the beginning of sorrows”(Matthew 24:8).

In this verse, Jesus refers to the first four items, found in Matthew 24:4-7, as “the beginning of sorrows.” Therefore, He segregates these four from those that come later, from the Fifth Seal on. Likewise, Revelation 6 divides the first four seals from the others, by putting them in their own category of “horsemen.”

In Matthew 24:4-9, and in the Seals of Revelation, Chapter 6, the beginning of the Tribulation Period is described. Both join in declaring that an early phase of false prophets, war, famine, and death, will soon be followed by the making of Christian martyrs. That is where we are in Verses 9 and 10. All of this will take place before the “Abomination of Desolation” is perpetrated, and the persecution by the Antichrist is unleashed, in all of its fury, during the second three-and-a-half years. We will see those intensified judgments of God when we get on back in our travel through this great book.

Chart: “The Beginning of Sorrows”

Revelation 6:1-8 – The Four Horsemen Matthew 24:4-7
Seal #1 - False Prophets & Antichrist: Revelation 6:1,2.

“...behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer” (2).

Matthew 24:5,11

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many (5). “ “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (11).

Seal #2 - War: Revelation 6:3,4.

“And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword” (4).

 Matthew 24:6

 

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

Seal #3 - Famine: Revelation 6:5,6.

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (6).

Matthew 24:7

 

 “...and there shall be famines...   (Matt. 24:7b).

Seal #4 - Death and Hell: Revelation 6:7-8.

 “...behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (Rev. 6:8).

Matthew 24:7

 

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”   

Seal #5 – Tribulation Martyrs: Revelation 6:9-11.

 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:” (9).

 Matthew 24:9

 

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.”  

Revelation 6:11. There Will Be More Martyrs Later.

“And white robes were given unto every one of them, and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled” 

It may cost you your life to be a believer during this particular period of time. We find that others will die for their testimony in Revelation 12:11.

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

They were willing to die for their Savior, the Lord Jesus. Go with me now to Revelation 14:13,

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

Go with me to Revelation, Chapter 20. What a gruesome sight this is going to be! If you refuse the Mark of the Beast, from the middle of the Tribulation Period on, during the last three-and-a-half years, this is the kind of death you will have to suffer. Notice Revelation 20:4,5,

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast (Satan),neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years (4).

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection” (5).

These were beheaded for their faith. The guillotine will be reinstituted. Peter talked about the same thing. Peter said,

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you” (1 Peter 4:12):

Many of you are old enough to remember, and, if you are not old enough to remember, you can read about it in your history books. In our own generation, we have seen the wholesale death of Jews, as more than six million perished under the Nazi regime. For the most part, the world stood helplessly by, many in unbelief. It has been said that many of the Jews, even as they were being herded in the box cars and having been warned of their fate, refused to believe that such an event would occur.

In the Fourth Seal, following famine, one fourth of the population of the Earth has been destroyed.

To show you how much the world hates Christians, clear back in the spring of 1970 we saw a sudden interest in our environment. Even the college students became aware that we were polluting our Earth. Earth Day, which was instituted April 22, 1970, was set aside to discuss the issues and the possible solutions. The Environmental Handbook came out of the United Nations’ UNESCO[i] and it was prepared by “Friends of the Earth.” It was at this time, and the same convention, that U Thant[ii] praised Lenin as a great humanitarian and defender of liberty. What a joke! U Thant, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, praising Lenin as a great humanitarian and a defender of Liberty. This is the kind of leadership that we see. It is perverse to the Bible. You see the Environmental Handbook makes, among other recommendations, the following:

  1. Nations must be phased out as quickly as possible.
  2. Christianity bears a huge burden of guilt for ecological problems. (In other words, we’re going to blame the Christians for this.)
  3. Experimental living groups should construct their shelters from church windows. (In other words, destroy the churches and use their materials.)

There is already a growing animosity towards the Bible and Christians, and, in the Tribulation Period, those who refuse to accept the Mark of the Beast will be unable to buy food and will face starvation and death.

 Go back with me, again, to Revelation 6:9,10.

 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: (9):  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” (10).

Let us get a couple of other things here, doctrinally. When it comes to where you are going to go when you die, man has never been on the other side of death, and come back. God has told us what is on the other side of death. Let’s read these verses again. When you are living, you are composed of three components: body, soul, and spirit. The soul is the seat of your emotions and your appetites. The spirit is the seat of your intelligence. You have a body. When I look at you, I see the body, but I don’t see the real you. God has given you a body for the “real you” to express yourself with. When you die, the only thing that dies is the body. James 2:26 says,

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).

So, when the body dies, the spirit which is your intelligence, the real you, your being; and, your soul, the seat of your emotions and your appetites—are never separated. They are the real “you” that lives on. You are passed from death unto life, and your soul and spirit never go to the grave. The body is dead “without the spirit.” With the spirit inside, the body cannot die. So, when the body dies, the soul and spirit leave that body and they do not accompany that body into the grave, into a state of annihilation. The Bible tells us, as Paul was inspired to write by the Holy Spirit,

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

When the Lord was on the Cross, in Luke 23:43, he told the thief…

“…To day shalt thou be with me in paradise”  (Luke 23:43).

Surely the grave was not Paradise, was it? Absolutely not! So, the soul, and spirit, separated from the body. But the teaching that people would like to have you believe is that you just go to the grave. Accompanying that teaching is, if you are good, all is well. There is going to be a general resurrection, they say, and, if your good works outweigh your bad, you are OK. Here we have a works salvation, again, excluding Jesus Christ. Every damnable false religion excludes Christ.

When I meet somebody, no matter what religion they are affiliated with, when I try to talk with them about Jesus Christ and they don’t want to talk, I know they have religion, but they don’t have Christ. The Lord wants us to talk about Him, and the wonderful things He has done for us. He says here in Revelation 6:9,

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”

They died, but notice where these souls are now. John was up in Heaven and he saw them.

“And they cried with a loud voice,

They could talk and they had reasoning as they were…

“…saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?” (Revelation 6:10).

Their real essence, the soul, seat of their emotions and appetites, and, their spirit, the seat of their intelligence was very much alive in Heaven. John heard them cry out and say, “How long will it be before you avenge our blood?” In this Church Age that we live in, today, we are to pray for our enemies, but not in the Tribulation Period. Christ said in Luke 23:34, 

“…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots “  (Luke 23:34).

And when they stoned Stephen in Acts, Chapter 7,

“And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep “  (Acts 7:6)

There was a time when everybody forsook Paul. Nobody stood with him. He was like a “duck out of water.” But in 2 Timothy 4:16,17, he said, “Don’t lay this to their charge.”

“At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge (16).  Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion “ (17).

But, when the Tribulation comes, the prayer will be, “Sic ‘em, Lord, and give it to ‘em!”

Revelation 6:12. The Sixth Seal.

 “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood” (12);

God controls the weather. Read Job, Chapters 36 and 37. He controls the atmosphere around Earth, and he controls what is inside the Earth. Here He uses an earthquake, and He is going to use earthquakes, again, as the judgments are intensified. I would like for you to  notice Revelation 11:13,

“And the same hour was there a great Earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the Earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. “

The Remnant is all inclusive of the other nine-tenths, numbering 63,000. Here is another great earthquake. Go with me now to Revelation 16:18,19,

“And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the Earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great” (18). 

And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath“  (19).

These verses describe an earthquake such as has never been before. God is going to punish them for their wicked deeds, their rejection of Jesus Christ, their blasphemy against God. He will punish them for their teaching of evolutionary theories which corrupt the children, their many abortions, and the many diabolical things man does that are absolutely an attack on the Word of God.

God has also used earthquakes in the past. God brings things to pass, such as hailstones, when He slew the Assyrians, and He rained brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah. In Numbers, Chapter 16, is just such a case. This chapter describes a man who was jealous of the leadership of Moses. He had gathered quite a few men together and they rose up before Moses. Here is the conclusion of the matter in Numbers 16:32,33,

“And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods“ (32).

They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation “ (33).

God was provoked by Korah’s jealousy of the leadership of Moses. Moses was God’s appointed man and this man had told Moses, “You take too much upon yourself.” He was jealous, and he wanted to have the leadership, himself. He wanted to degrade Moses, and God had had enough of him! God just opened up the Earth and took care of the problem, as, Korah, and all of his followers were disposed of in less than a minute.

 “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

Revelation 6:13. The Stars Fall.

“And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. “

 Can you imagine such a shaking that mountains, like the Andes and the Alps, and other mountain ranges, are actually moved by the power of God. Imagine if God had reached down from Heaven to place His hand around the Earth, and shakes it out of the foundation that it is on? He shakes the Earth, and little men down here will be just like ants on this Earth, when God unleashes His mighty power, as He does in these seals. The judgments intensify as we go forward in the Book of Revelation.

Revelation 6:14. The Heavens Depart and the Mountains Move!

“And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places .“

The “heavens departing as a scroll” must refer to the atmospheric heavens, the clouds being suddenly rolled away so swiftly, that men will cry in horror as they stand, exposed, before an angry God. I don’t know if you have read the book, by Jonathan Edwards, called Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. If you have not read it, I would go to my Christian book store and get a copy of the booklet. Many say it is one of the greatest sermons that man has ever preached. The day he delivered this sermon, the congregation literally felt as though they were slipping out of their seats into Hell. He led many thousands to Jesus Christ. But this verse cannot be describing the final fiery cataclysm as found in 2 Peter 3:10-13 where it says “…the heavens shall pass away with a great noise…” The reason is because those on Earth, who see these events, remain alive after them, and many flee to nearby caves and rocks for shelter amid the celestial terrors.

Revelation 6:15-17. The Wrath of the Lamb.

“And the kings of the Earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains (15);  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (16):  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (17). 

In Verses 15 to 17, we find that modern man marks himself as the “king of his destiny,” and, day by day, claims to be more the master of nature and the elements. Here, at God’s thunder, the sinners quake. Kings and masters, as well as the lowest on the Earth, fall in abject dread at these disasters. That inner sense of guilt and sin in all humans awakened, as we shall see in Chapter Eleven. By the testimony of God’s end-time witnesses, they actually realize this.

The great day of His wrath is come.” The sinners cringe, and know that God’s anger is behind these seal calamities. Soon the Trumpet Judgments will come forth, and these will be more severe than even the seals. The wrath of God is even more plainly seen, as we continue on with Chapters Eight and Nine. Then will come the Bowls of Wrath of the Almighty God. Rebellious man desires to live without God, but God will have the last say.

After God has raptured His church, He will withdraw His restraints upon sin, and, sinful man will bring the curses of the ages upon his own head in this Tribulation Period. Lies, wars, famine, and death, are all described here, in how God is going to judge the lost.

Two more catastrophes are brought to our attention in the Sixth Seal, the judgment. First of all, as we discussed, the heavens are opened. It is hard for the human mind to fathom this occurrence. It will be a shock when it occurs. And then, Number Two, the Earth moves. Imagine living in a day when every mountain and every island is moved out of its place. It doesn’t mean that they are not going to exist any more. They are just moved by the force and the power of God. Scientists are already acknowledging the fact that the Earth’s crust moves. One encyclopedia devotes a four-page article to the drifting continents. It reports that the Earth consists of a liquid core with a radius of about 2,170 miles. It has a mantle about 1800 miles thick, and a crust. The continental crust is, on average, 20 miles thick. Their theory is that movement in the Earth’s mantle is causing the continental drifts. Scientists have recently found that Asia and Africa are splitting apart along a large fault in the center of the Red Sea.

Revelation 6:16:

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:”   

Joel spoke of this same prophecy. Go back with me now to Joel, Chapter 2, and we’ll begin in Verse 28. You must remember, the Old Testament Prophets never knew about the Church Age that you are living in today. It was never prophesied in the Old Testament. This was a mystery that was revealed unto the Apostle Paul, as we find out in Ephesians 3:1-10. We do find out that the Old Testament prophets did know about the Tribulation Period. They did know about the Birth of Christ. They did know about the Crucifixion of Christ. We find many of the Old Testament prophets, such as, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, prophesied about this same period of time, as did Matthew, Chapter 24, and, the Book of Revelation. Let’s notice here now in Joel 2:28:

“And it shall come to pass afterward, (that’s after Israel’s restoration) that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:”

Now this is what we find out that Peter talked about in Acts 2:16-21. This was that same spirit poured out on Pentecost. Pentecost was not the fulfilling of Joel’s prophecy. There were no “wonders in the heavens,” but it was that same Spirit that was poured out there, when each understood in their own language.

Notice what is says now in Joel 2:30, 31:

“And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the Earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke (30). The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come “ (31).

Joel knew about this occurrence that would take place in the Tribulation Period. We come on back and begin to see how God has dealt with the nation of  Israel, and, what He’s going to do with those today that are lost, that have never known the Lord Jesus Christ and blaspheme His Name. They only care about living for the pleasures of this world, that is all.

Let us go back to Isaiah 13:11-13:

“And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible  (11).  I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir  (12).   Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the Earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger “ ( 13).

When men cry today and say, “Oh where is the Lord?” Well, God in His grace, His kindness, and His mercy, has allowed things to go on. “Mercy” means “not giving us what we deserve.” With all that is going on in the world today, we are surely paralleling the nation of Israel, and getting ripe for the judgment of Almighty God. We ought to be praying “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.”

Folks, if you think things can continue to go on, think again. Everything that was done to destroy the Roman Empire is being done in America. Everything that you have seen in History paralleling the nation of Israel is being done in America. Do you know who you can thank? You can thank our Supreme Court. They are not to rewrite the Constitution and they seem to have the opinion that it is out of date. Our founding fathers have given us principles, and this country, for which the Bible was the foundation. In my younger days, there were morals, there were principles, and there was decency. There was respect for other people. All of that has disintegrated until it is almost every man for himself. We are living in a society where it is a survival situation.

When I was a boy, if someone would do something, you could yell at them out of your car window, or toot the horn. If you do it today, you could get yourself shot! Those that shoot you already know they are not going to die. They know that their punishment is going to be very lenient, or the first thing that will happen if they are arrested, “We must get him a psychiatrist, or psychologist, and get him examined.”

You know, it is an amazing thing, when a person commits a crime and they leave the scene, they must know it is wrong, or they wouldn’t leave. When they commit a murder, and they don’t turn themselves in, they must know that there is some punishment. If not, why wouldn’t they just go tell the police that I killed this person? If they were mentally incompetent, they would. But when they run, you have to invest in time and money to trace down the murderer, and, then, we get him to some quacko psychiatrist to examine him to see if he understands right from wrong. If he didn’t understand right from wrong, he wouldn’t have run, would he?

This is how foolish our society has gotten. Every time somebody is mixed up with the law, get a psychiatrist to him. Most of the psychiatrists need a psychiatrist, if you want the truth. In fact, the truth came out a while back.  They have more broken homes, and more troubles, than most of the common people. Law breakers do not need psychiatrists. They need punishment, and they need to know that they are going to get punishment. Here is what God says about it.

“Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil “  (Ecclesiastes 8:11).

“Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth “  (Habakkuk 1:4).

When there are one of these bombings that kill many, many, people, our president gets up and reads from a little slip of paper that, “We’re going to do everything within our power to bring these murderers to justice.” Then another year passes, and then another. Pretty soon we’re fighting over where we are going to hold the trial. If they wanted the trial held somewhere else, they should have committed the crime somewhere else, shouldn’t they? But we think more of the murderer and the protection of his rights, than we think of the rights of all those people that died. This is how twisted up we are in our minds.

Remember, Ecclesiastes said, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil [continually].” Pretty soon, months go by and the witnesses cannot remember everything. Their memories would be much fresher if you have them in court after the incident happens. The police work as hard as they can. They go into court, and the judge ties their hands in the “legality” of the law. What are you saying? God says, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil [continually].” It incites the criminals to go on and do worse crime, because they know it is a long time before they go to trial. They know witnesses sometimes can’t remember that far back. Many things can take place, and, we can find a technicality here, and a technicality there, etc.

But the time is coming, in this Tribulation Period that you may not laugh at Jesus Christ’s coming, because in 2 Peter 3:4 it says there will be mockers saying…

“…Where is the promise of his coming?...

You are either a mocker of Jesus Christ, or, Jesus Christ is your Father, if you have received Him as your Savior. In Chapter 6 of Revelation, that day is coming when people are going to meet God Almighty, face to face. That is going to be when they die. It is not a game that is played down here. It isn’t some religious performance going on to make you feel religious. The only way you are going to escape the Tribulation Period is, if you are a believer and you go at the Rapture.  And, you’re laughing at that!

You’ll wake up some morning and all these people are gone. It comes out over the radio, “We must have had an invasion from Mars,” or, “We must have had an invasion from outer space.” The Antichrist stands up and says, “I had to get rid of all these people, so we could have the Utopia we have all been waiting for.” He will justify it, and bend the situation to his advantage.

But you will be missing some of your relatives. You are going to be missing your fundamental preachers. Perhaps, even, the boss on your job. You will look for that person who witnessed to you, and said, “We’d like for you to think about trusting Christ as your Savior, so you can avoid this Day of Wrath.” Now, the day that we are speaking about, is here. This is the day that, if you reject the Lord Jesus Christ, it doesn’t matter who you are, because in Revelation 6:15 it says,

 “And the kings of the Earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;”

It won’t matter what your position is. When Jesus Christ throws these judgments out, you will not escape. Revelation 6:16 says,

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.”

Do you know why they are saying this? They are hoping that death will end it all. No one in their right mind would say, “Fall on us and kill us.” They are more frightened of spiritual death, than they are physical death. They are hoping that this damnable philosophy of Shirley McClain, and others, which says we are reincarnated, is true. They are hoping the New Age movement, which says there is no Hell, is right. Or…the new versions of the Bible, which take away the doctrinal parts but hold to the traditional parts, are true, because they have no doctrine in them when it comes to Hell. When it comes to the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, they re-word passages to take away the power and emphasis of the power of God unto salvation, which is His Death and Resurrection. If there is no Hell, and there is not going to be a Rapture and a Tribulation Period, they do not have anything to worry about. Right?

This is the movement that we are living in right here, today, that wants to divert you from the True and Living God. They want to divert you into some New Age Version of the Bible, like the Living Bible, the New International Version, the New American Standard Bible, etc. All of these are perverted Bibles, sold under the counterfeit of being a Bible. They are a money-making scheme. You say, “Oh, my mother gave it to me.” Or, “My Daddy gave it to me.” Or, worse, “My pastor gave it to me.” One of the men, who was the head of one of the new Bible version translation committees, has since renounced them, and said, “God forgive me. I have tampered with the Word of God. How shall I undo what I have done?”

So, you ought to check into some of these things to make sure you are not deceived. I will say this. They know that, when these things happen, it has to be of God. They realize this truly is the God that they are going to stand before. Maybe they have been witnessed to, or they have been in a good Bible-teaching church where the preacher has preached on Hell. He has taught them to trust that Jesus Christ paid for their sins, but they refused.

“Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels”    (Matthew 25:41):

And here they are, in this Tribulation Period. They would rather die physically, and hope that ends it all, rather than be alive in Hell for all time and eternity, suffering that kind of torment. However, that is what is going to happen. Notice in Verse 17…   

“For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:17).

We are told in 2 Corinthians 6:2…

“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Jesus Christ went to the Hell of the Cross, and paid for your sins, so you would not spend eternity in the Lake of Fire making that payment yourself. Nobody loved you like Jesus Christ. Do not put it off another day. Christ could come tonight.

I would like you to go in your Bibles to Isaiah 1:11-13. Isaiah had the same problem with the nation of Israel as God is having with America. We’ll pick it up here in Verse 11, and go on down; and, then God gives an invitation in Verse 18.

“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats” (Isaiah 1:11).

This was your Judaism with your Old Testament sacrifices, because they were doing it only for a show.

“When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? (12)  Bring no more vain (empty) oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting”  (Isaiah 1:12-13).

A very practical application. You go into a modernistic church where many of the members go out and commit adultery. They go out and steal. They go out and swear. They are crooked in their business. But they parade into church every Sunday morning. They go to their bars on Monday through Saturday and sit, sucking up their slop. That’s what I call it. They are not very happy with me when I call it that. But there are a lot of dead people in the cemeteries, and a lot of teenagers that have died from that damnable drinking. Their parents have taught them it is all right, because they have sat around soaking it up in the bars. So, their children go out to a Senior Prom and think it is all right to drink. After all, Daddy does it. Mommy does it. They go to the bar all the time. The teenagers get drunk, and they get in an accident, and some die.

If the victims of alcohol, who lie in the cemeteries today could talk, what do you think they would say about drinking that nice, little social drink? Not only that, you’ve got preachers who drink. Ask your preacher if he drinks, socially. If he does, you better run from him, because he’s a counterfeit. He’s just a social guy around town. He’s not going to tell you how to be saved, because he probably doesn’t know how to go to Heaven, himself.

But notice here in Verse 17…

“Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17).

Learn to do things honestly. And then God says this, “Don’t just go to church, and be playing games here. He says in Isaiah 1:18-20,  

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (18). If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land (19): But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it” (20).

Let us notice again back in Revelation 6:16,17. Again, they must have come to their senses when they said this.

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (16):  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (17).

You hear some of these atheists, agnostics, evolutionists, and so-called scientists in your classrooms today, coming out openly and blatantly denouncing there is a God. However, tomorrow may be their judgment day. If Jesus Christ comes tonight and the Rapture takes place, they will be scared to death. Then you will see what these men, or women, who stood up in the classroom and propagated that stuff, are really like when they know that it is Almighty God causing these earthquakes.  Their town is shaking, and there are big cracks in the ground. People are falling in, and they close up again. Thousands of people are going down into the pit, just like it was in Numbers, Chapter 16. You are going to think, “Is this what I followed? Was I ever deceived!”

Don’t be deceived.

“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Christ could come tomorrow! I hope that, if you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you will now. You may be going to church, you may have been baptized, you may have been doing everything that seems right, but none of those things will save you. Jesus Christ died on the cross, and He paid for your sins. He gave His life to save yours and he said:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”(John 3:16)

We hope you will trust Christ today.

[i] UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, is a specialised agency of the United Nations system. The organisation was created more than a half century ago, with the mission to build the defences of peace in the minds of men. Its Constitution states that: “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed”.

viii.  U Thant, was the third Secretary-General of the United Nations and served from 1961 to 1971. He was chosen to head the world body following the death of the then Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold in an air crash in September 1961.

From his first years as Secretary-General, he placed great emphasis on moving forward the UN’s development agenda, and the 1960s were termed the UN Development Decade. During this time, many new nations in Asia and Africa joined the UN, and U Thant articulated and supported their concerns for a more equitable world economic system.U Thant retired from the UN at the end of his second term in 1971. He was diagnosed with cancer in 1973 and died in New York on November 25, 1974. He was 65 years old.

The First Six Seal Judgments

We have just finished up with Chapter Five, which shows the Redemption of Creation and Mankind. “No man in heaven, nor in Earth, neither under the Earth” is able to open the seven-sealed book, or the scroll, which unleashes all the things yet to happen in Bible prophecy, until the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah, our Lord Jesus Christ, steps forward. The Lord Jesus is the only one. He is the Lamb of God and He takes the scroll. He is the only one found worthy to pronounce judgment upon this world. He is the Judge of all of the Earth. He comes forward and takes that scroll, opens it up, and we are ready to proceed with the things that are yet to come.

In Chapter Six, we begin to see the unleashing of some of the judgments of God upon the Earth. I might say this at the outset, when we unfold the Seven Seals of Chapter Six, they are just a down payment of the intensified judgments of God, as we proceed to Chapters Eight and Nine. Chapter Six begins the events of the Tribulation Period.

Follow along in your Bible, and you will begin to understand that the Book of Revelation is taking us through the Tribulation Period. After Chapter Four, we no longer hear anything about the Church. She has been Raptured, and is now in Heaven.

In reality, and in our time, “the blessed hope and glorious appearing” of our Savior has not happened on this Earth yet. The prayer of every believer in this Church Age is, “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.” Soon...

“…the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (16) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 ).

When that takes place, that triggers the seven-year Tribulation Period. At the end of that, Christ comes back and sets the Kingdom up. So, everything that transpires from Chapter Four on, in the Book of Revelation, is future. We have now come to the time of “…the things which shall be hereafter.” (1:19c).

Parallel to that, Daniel also speaks of that same Tribulation Period of time, i.e., seven years. Also, in Matthew, Chapter 24, the whole chapter is dealing with this seven-year Tribulation Period, and what will take place during that particular period of time. Therefore, we will be referring back to the Book of Matthew, along with Chapter Six, to show how these things parallel with the book of Matthew.

Revelation 6:1,2. The First Seal. The Antichrist on a White Horse.

 “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.” 

He is saying come over here, John. Remember what we have studied concerning the four beasts. These are heavenly creatures giving glory to God. These are part of the train in Heaven. These are things that we would know nothing about, if John had not revealed them here, as the Lord revealed them to him.

 “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer”  (Revelation 6:2).

We have here what seems to be a parallel, between the white horse rider in this verse, and the white horse rider in Revelation, Chapter 19. We find out they are not parallel at all, but they are diametrically opposed. This is the Antichrist making his first appearance, and this is going to show us something. In order to appear non-offensive and non-aggressive with power, the Antichrist, at first has only a bow, but he has no arrows. We are going to give you some parallel chapters to show that he appears to come in peaceably. This is the Antichrist riding the white horse, impersonating Christ. When we look at Revelation, Chapter Nineteen, the One riding the white horse is the Lord Jesus Christ. Why in the world do you say here in Chapter Six that Satan is riding the white horse?

The answer is very simple. Satan always likes to duplicate the Lord Jesus Christ. He has always wanted to be king of this Earth. In Matthew 4:8, he offered Christ “all the kingdoms of the world,” if He would fall down and worship him. What a joke that was! Christ told him, “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Here He is, the Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and this fool, Satan, is actually trying to offer Him all the Kingdoms here upon the Earth. They already belonged to the Lord. Satan has so deceived himself.

We find out that Satan is always an imitator of the Lord Jesus Christ. For example: he imitates salvation. The Lord Jesus Christ said all you have to do is “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Do you know what Satan’s ambassadors say? “Oh, that’s too easy! There’s more to it than that.” It’s a counterfeit, but it looks religious. A counterfeit is something that looks so close to the original you can hardly tell the difference. Religion is doing something to merit eternal life. Salvation is not doing anything to merit eternal life, but going to Heaven by faith in the one who gave His life to buy your right to have eternal life. We go to Heaven on the merits of Jesus Christ, not our own merits. That’s what the Bible teaches.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)

Satan always comes in as a counterfeit, and, he is going to come in peaceably. He’s going to present himself as the great peacemaker. He’s going to deceive practically the whole world. Not all of the world, but the majority of the world. Let us go back to the Book of Daniel in Daniel 8:25,

“And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many:…

…but Satan is a deceiver. He is going to deceive the world and say “I’m coming in peaceably.” Daniel speaks of this again in Daniel 11:21,24,

“And in his estate  (Antichrist) shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.”

Notice in Verse 24,

 “He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province;..

…and this goes right in line, as we come over here to Matthew 4:9,

“And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Satan).

Old Satan loves to do this. He loves to say to you, “You know, you can have this. You can have that.” You’ll think it is Christ, but it is not.

Go with me now over here to Matthew 24. This parallels Revelation, Chapter 6, because they are both speaking about the Tribulation Period. Notice in Matthew 24:5,

”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many”

Only God is the Forgiver of sins. We keep emphasizing this, because there are so many deceived by churches that say their ministers, or priests, can forgive your sins. You get in a certain area and you find Lutheran and Catholic churches that propagate this. But you get in other areas where you’re around Bible-teaching churches, they just laugh at that kind of foolishness, and wonder how anybody can think that a preacher can forgive your sins.

All through the Bible, it is God who is the Forgiver of sins. But Satan loves for you to go to that preacher and confess your sins, and for you to actually think this man can forgive your sins. All of this is nothing but the working of Satan as he comes in peaceably. He wants you to think that preacher “loves” you, and he “wants the best” for you, and, he’s God’s intercessor for you. We find the Bible teaches that,

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5);

You will never find a preacher that God gave the power to be the intercessor between you and God. The Lord says in Hebrews 4:16, “Come boldly before the throne of grace.” He didn’t say “Come boldly before the preacher!” The preacher cannot even forgive his own sins, let alone yours.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

In the areas where you do not have many Bible-believing churches, it seems like some kind of shock-wave going through the air when you say, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” A preacher who says he can forgive your sin is actually taking the place of Christ, and as Matthew 24:5 points out:

”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”

This is the profit of reading your Bible for yourself. If you go to church, and don’t carry your Bible, you are the top-notch candidate to be deceived by false teaching. You’re trusting that preacher. You’re trusting that church. God wants you to trust Him. He wants you to trust His Word in order to check out and see who is the true and who is the false. Sometimes, you meet some of these preachers and you think sugar wouldn’t melt in their mouth, but they are feeding you nothing but poison through the pulpit.

Let’s see what happens when we get to the next seal.

Revelation 6:3,4. The Second Seal.

“And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see (3). And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the Earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”

“Kill One Another…”

Now, I would like for you to underline in your Bible the words, “kill one another,” because we’re going to show you where cannibalism has taken place, even in the nation of Israel, and will yet take place during the Tribulation Period. “They shall kill one another.” Why is that? We will find as we continue there is going to be such a famine on this Earth, as it was in the days of Israel before the Captivity. They actually killed human beings and ate them, then, because there was nothing to eat, and it is going to happen again. There is a famine coming.

“And there was given unto him a great sword…”

These riders show what the Antichrist is going to do. This one rides a red horse. You will find out that red is always associated with terror and death. In Revelation 12:3, we have the “red dragon.” That is Old Satan. In Revelation 17:3, we have the“red beast.” That is, again,“Old Satan.” So, it is always associated with terror and with death.

Let us go to Matthew 24:6,7 and get the parallel for this.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet  (6).  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places” (7). 

There are going to be earthquakes in various, or different, places. That is what the word “divers” means in the Greek, “different, or various places.” On upcoming pages, we will tie all of these together with the verses on cannibalism. I never knew such things existed.

When it comes to a choice between dying, or eating another human being, we are going to see what these plagues bring. We’re going to see what Satan does. You’ve got to remember something that we find in John 8:44. Satan is a deceiver and God tells us about him. He is a murderer and he is a liar. In the Eighth Chapter of John, Christ is talking to the religious leaders of Israel. These are not the down-and-outers now. These are the ones that are held in high esteem by the people. These were your scribes and your Pharisees, your interpreters of the Law. These were the ones who would write the commentaries. These were the ones representing God, supposedly, but they were false leaders.

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it”  (John 8:44).

Underline “murderer,” because there are two things characteristic of “Old Scratch” here. He is a murderer, and a liar! Then He continues in Verse 47…

“He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God”  (John 8:47).

Let me ask you something. Are you one that’s laughing at the Book of Revelation? Do you think these things are not going to come to pass? If you do, it’s because you are not of God. You are not trusting the Word of God.You don’t believe the Bible is really God’s inerrant Word given to mankind. You believe it is just like some of your modern philosophers, and this is the view of many modernistic preachers. This does not include those Bible-teaching pastors who believe the Word of God. They believe that it is true! Every word of it is true.

 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man”  (Psalm 118:8).

Revelation 6:5,6. The Third Seal.

 “And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand  (5). And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (6). 

Now, we’re going to see where the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. Old Satan is a liar, isn’t he? He will tell you that you can do anything you want to do. Lost people are going to love this Antichrist. Why? They can wallow in their sin and it is going to be legal! It’s all right. It’s acceptable. You know, we are getting that today, because we are so close to the Tribulation Period. “The next event’s the Great Event, the Messiah comes again.”  That will be the Rapture.

It’s socially acceptable now to do many of the sins, even commit First Degree Murder with abortion. That is acceptable, now, because we have a Supreme Court of idiots that care nothing for human life, and, therefore, care nothing for morals. So, you feel free to go out and kill your children, since it is legal now. I thank God there are some leaders rising up in these days that are opposing abortion. They probably won’t get elected in the national election, but, at least, there are some that are saying, “We made a mistake. This Roe vs. Wade ruling on abortion must be repealed!”

“A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny;”

The rider of the black horse holds a pair of balances, indicating some type of governmental control over the food supply. A measure of wheat (Greek = choinix) was about a quart, and a penny (denarion) was a day's wages for an ordinary laboring man. In other words, food will be so scarce it will take a person all day to earn enough wages for just a quart of grain. This indicates that all man-made schemes to give people even the necessities of life will fail. A situation that will only get worse.

 “Hurt not the oil and the wine.”

But note that there is no scarcity of oil and wine for the rich. The rich get richer and enjoy their luxuries, while the poor get poorer and can hardly get enough to eat. This is representative of the rich. In other words, don’t touch the accounts of the rich. They are all right. They are the ones we are going to protect. In whatever the Antichrist is going to do, he is going to protect the rich, because he needs them. He is a military genius. He is a financial genius. He’s a genius in world leadership. He is no one, but Satan, himself, in a human body.

Remember this. In Scripture, we are only given two people that Satan has personally indwelt: the Antichrist,here, and Judas Iscariot.  These are the only two, that we have a record of, that Satan has indwelt, himself. This is going to be Satan, personified, to bring this about. But, as we are going to see in 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4, he wants to rule as God, imitating of the God of Creation.

“That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand  (2).  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (3);  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

He “opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,” so, that he goes into the temple and declares himself to be God. As we are going to see, this is the beginning of his climb to power. He will go into the temple in the middle of the Tribulation Period, three-and-a-half years after the Rapture. He declares himself to be God, and everyone will have to worship him, or as Revelation 13:17,18 says,

“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (17) .  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six”  (18).

Here, in Chapter Six, is the beginning of his climb to power. There is going to be a famine. Keep that in mind, as it says in Verse 4, “…they should kill one another.” The famine is the reason. When nobody has anything to eat, instead of dying themselves, they will kill another person, and eat that person. That has been done in the past. We’re going to see that as we continue.

Revelation 6:7,8. The Fourth Seal.

“And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see  (7). And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (8).

“Death and Hell…”

Death claims the body. Hell claims the soul. “Death and Hell.” Isn’t that where Satan ends up? If he can use a human being, posing as a “minister of righteousness,” to deceive you into becoming a son of Satan who claims to be God, you are Hell-bound! Even now, he will try to deceive you all of your life to keep you from trusting Jesus Christ as the only way to Heaven. If successful, he has claimed your soul to Hell! You’ll be there with him for all time and eternity, separated from God, in the dungeon of Hell. You will be in Torment, and it will be as Luke 16 says about the rich man who died and went to Hell. “In hell he lift up his eyes being in torment.” (Lk.16:23) That’s exactly what Satan wants to deceive you into, so that you will die without Christ, and spend your eternity with him.

Jesus Christ said, “I’m not willing you should perish,” in 2 Peter 3:9, but “that all should come to repentance.” And that’s “metanoia,” in the Greek, and it means “all should come to a change of mind.” Please change your mind. So, you have two people after you. You have old Satan, who is going to try to deceive you into being religious and going to Hell, and Jesus Christ, who wants you to accept Him and be a son of God who is looking forward to a home in Heaven. John 1:12 tells us that, “…as many as received Him,” not Satan, but Christ.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

 “The fourth part of the Earth.”

At the beginning of this Tribulation Period, in a very short time, one fourth of this Earth is going to be destroyed. Satan is going to be behind it.

  1. “to kill with a sword.” They will be fighting one another.
  2. “with hunger…” There’s your famine again.
  3. “with death…” People will starve.
  4. “and with the beasts of the earth.” People will be attacked, and eaten, by wild animals.

It is very interesting here, because if you go back to Revelation 6:6, “And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say…” These are “living creatures” and the Greek word is “zōŏn.” The first “O” is long. The second “O” is short. “Zōŏn” means “living creatures.” John saw these in Heaven. 

In Revelation 6:8, in the last phrase here, “and with the beasts…,” we find, because of the famine and because of the shortage of food, wild beasts are going to attack men. This will be part of these four plagues that are, actually, going to remove a fourth part of the population of all of the Earth. A fourth part of the Earth is going to be killed, and Satan is going to be behind it. The Greek word for “beast” here is the Greek word, “therion,” and it means “a dangerous animal.” So, we have two different Greek words. One, “zōŏn, for living creatures in Heaven worshiping God, and the other, “therion,” for dangerous beasts here upon the Earth.

Before we going on the the Fifth Seal, we want to show you about the occurrence of cannibalism found in Old Testament times.

We are going to go back to 2 Kings 6:24-29, where we had a similar situation when the nation of Israel turned from the true and living God and served idols.

First: 2 Kings 6:24-26,

“And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria (24).  And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver  (25).  

These were the worst things you could eat, yet they were selling for an outrageous price! Notice in Verse 26.

And as the king (Jehoram) of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king  (26).

Notice in 2 Kings 6:28,29,

“And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow (28).  So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son” (29).

So we boiled my son, and did eat him:” Did that happen? It absolutely did. When it comes down to whether you eat somebody else, or you die, things change quickly. They did this at Donner’s Pass, did they not? They surely did! You will find out, in this Tribulation Period, they will do the same as they did during the famine at this time in Israel. They actually ate one another. Cannibalism! They’ll do anything to live. A lot of people will.

Let us go to Deuteronomy 28:49-51. We have the same thing over here.

“The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the Earth, as swift as the eagle flieth, a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand  (49);

The nation that God was going to bring against Israel, because of their gross sin, was Babylon. 

A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young  (50):  And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee” (51)”

Babylon was going to bring a famine to Israel because they were going to take every type of food out of the land. Because of this famine, and because of going into bondage and not having anything to eat, Deuteronomy 28:53 describes what took place.

“And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:”

And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters,” We are going to have that in the Tribulation Period. It has already happened to the nation of Israel. Let us go back here to Jeremiah, in Chapter 19, where we have the same thing. I want you to notice how it started out, though. Every false religion is a killer! We have one false religion today that says you can not give your son, or your daughter a blood transfusion—the Jehovah’s Witnesses. They say that is against God’s Laws. There have been many lawsuits, yet this religion remains a killer, because it is a religion of Satanism. What are you saying? Every false religion is a killer. It will kill you the first time, and, if you are lost, it will kill you with the second death in the Lake of Fire.

There are those over there in India who will not eat a cow, so they starve to death. Satan loves for you to worship animals, does he not? When you worship a cow, you make that dumb thing a “sacred cow,” and, then you starve to death and die. I don’t know how anybody can be that dumb, myself. I would “un-sacred-ize” that thing, if I was over there. He may be sacred until I got hungry, and then we’d  have a cook-out! When I got hungry he would be “history!” He is going to be eaten. No religion is going to do that to me. As I said, false religions kill. If you die (physical death) without Christ, you will suffer the second death, of torment, in the flames of the Lake of Fire with Satan, the one it was created for in the first place.

Satan loves to fool people through a counterfeit religion. Yet, this certain religion, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which we have in the United States and all over the world, requires: “Do not give your daughter, or son, a blood transfusion.” Therefore, when they have an illness where a blood transfusion is required, many have died upon the operating table. There have been many lawsuits over that. Every false religion will kill. Let us go to Jeremiah 19:4.

“Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents”  (Jeremiah 19:4);

Here’s what they do. They sacrifice their own sons, and, then we’re going to find out, when a famine comes they will eat their own people. That is unbelievable! Notice Jeremiah 19:5,

“They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind

Baal is a false god. This is how far people can go. Let us go on down to Jeremiah 19:9a,  

“And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters,”

How will God cause it? Is it His will? No! Because of the sins they have committed, the famine that He sends will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters…

“…and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them” (Jeremiah 19:9b).

If the Old Testament tells us this, “…and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege…,” do you know what? You won’t be safe anywhere during this part of the Tribulation Period!

Let us go back to the Book of Revelation. Isn’t that exactly what God says in Revelation 6:8? Not only will they be killed by the “beasts of the earth,” but, also, with the opening of the Fourth Seal, a fourth part of the Earth shall die “…with sword, and with hunger…”

In Revelation 6:6, where we have the opening of the Third Seal with the black horse, there is going to be a famine in the land, where it will take a day’s wages just to buy a loaf of bread. Can you imagine what it will be to try to get something to eat?

 I remember when we went on our Senior trip to Washington D.C., and New York City, a couple of my friends and I slipped out of our rooms and went down on the streets of New York City. We saw the “down-and-outers.” They were going through garbage cans, and were lying there, practically, half-naked. One we passed, I know he was dead! He stunk so bad, he smelled just like a dead animal. In the Tribulation Period, they will be raiding garbage cans, and there is not going to be anything in them! Nobody is going to be throwing away anything. It is going to be a horrible time!

The Antichrist is going to kill one fourth part of the Earth as given in Revelation 6:7,8. You are going to find, after the Rapture, cannibalism will again be prevalent, because there will be absolutely nothing to eat.

We are going to find out, as we are getting ready for the next seal, that God gives us a wave of truth that extends on out into the last half of the Tribulation Period. In the middle of the Tribulation, the Antichrist declares himself to be God, according to 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4, and you have to take the “Mark of the Beast,” or “666.” (Revelation 13:17,18). That is the last two verses of Chapter 13. If you decide you are going to stand for Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords, during the last three-and-a-half years of the Tribulation Period, it will cost you your life.  You are going to be beheaded, if you are caught.

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4).

Satan hates you. He hates every Christian. He will substitute his counterfeit religion for Christianity. He will tell you, “Be good, and you will go to Heaven.” “Be bad, and you will go to Hell.” The truth is you don’t have to “Be bad” to go to Hell. You can do everything good all your life, and go right straight to Hell. There is no one who can do good all of their life. Romans 3:10 tells us,

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one”  (Romans 3:10):

This is why God has concluded we have all…

“…sinned and come short of the glory of God”  (Romans 3:23).

“The wages of that sin,” according to Romans 6:23, “is death,” spiritually separated from God and Heaven, tormented in the Lake of Fire. (Matthew 25:41)

Revelation 6:9-11. The Fifth Seal.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”

The Fifth Seal is opened, and John sees some of the Tribulation martyrs under the altar in Heaven. They have died, and now they are in Heaven. They had been given white robes, and John could see them. They, also, could speak, because heard John what they said, and wrote it down for us. They, also, had an awareness of what was happening on earth. They were martyrs who stood up for the Savior, and paid with their lives. Now, they were “absent from the body and present with the Lord,” and awaiting the Resurrection, at the end of the Tribulation Period, to receive their glorified body, as promised in Philippians 3:21.

“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:21).

This portion of Scripture refutes several false teachings that God never had in His mind, and has never revealed to mankind. They are strictly puffed up in the minds of fleshly men who want to create something to contradict the inerrancy of the Word of God. You have those today that say, “When you die, you go a certain place, then, somebody is going to pay the preacher and they are going to get you out of this place, and ship you on to Heaven. So, according to this group, the Catholic Organization, when you die you go someplace, but you don’t go to Heaven, and you don’t go to Hell. You go to this place of Limbo, or Purgatory, but it is an intermediate place. You go there, and you have to “Pay up, or shut up.” And, if you really care about your loved one, you are going to “pay up.” Right? Well, that’s what they say. We’re going to find out that just isn’t true. Satan loves it!

First of all, when these people died, they went to Heaven. When John went to Heaven, He saw them there, in Heaven! The Bible refutes all false teaching about where we go when we die. Do I go to a place of Limbo? Do I go to a Purgatory? Does it exist? Let me just say this. You can’t find it. It doesn’t exist, and Jesus Christ never mentioned it, not even once, in the whole New Testament. You can’t find a Purgatory! You can’t find a Limbo,  and, you can’t find, as many teach, that you just go into the grave and lie there in a state of dormancy, or a state of unconsciousness. None of that “phony-baloney” exists. It is foreign to the Word of God. It is calling God a liar! It is once again inserting religion, and philosophy, instead of Christianity. Notice here in Psalm 49:7. This answers it once and for all.

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him” 

If you think that you are going to do anything for one of your dead relatives after they have died, you have been deceived. For what are you praying? You should have prayed for him, or her, while they were living. Did you ever witness to them about Christ? But after they die, we are going to get all touched in our heart of how much we miss this person, and we are going to pray for them. I am going to say this, your prayers go no further than the air. You cannot pray for a person after they are dead, because they are already in Heaven, or already in Hell. These prayers go nowhere, but out of your mouth and drop on the floor! The Bible says in Psalm 49:7:

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him”

Do you go to a church where the preacher says, “Hey, pay me, and I’ll pray them out of there?” I’ll tell you what, you are throwing good money after bad. You just gave it away! You’re not going to get any interest for it! You just gave it away for nothing, Friend. You’re not going to give anything to God to buy somebody out of Hell, who had a decision to make, not to go there, while they were living! There is no way you can do that! None! That is found nowhere in God’s Word.

Each one gives an account of themselves to the Lord. We do that, of course, while we are living. Yes, we give an account of our life at the Judgment Seat of Christ, but we are talking about the living now. That is why it is important for you not to listen to religion, but listen to Christ and the living Word of God.

John sees these souls under the altar in Heaven. They had died for their testimony for Jesus Christ. Here’s what God says,

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held”  (Revelation 6:9):

Verse 10 refutes another false doctrine that we have previously mentioned. It is that you go to the grave and lie there, dormant, and, at “the end,” there is going to be a resurrection, “sometime.” If your good works outweigh your bad works, then you are going to Heaven. If they don’t, you go back into dormancy, and that’s the end of your existence, Fella. Good Bye! So long! See ‘ya later! You never existed, so, hang it up!

I have to say, “You never find that in the Bible!” Notice what it says,

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?”  (Revelation 6:10)

They are talking! They are talking in Heaven. They are alive in Heaven. I don’t know how in the world you can be sleeping in the grave, and be in Heaven and you are still talking. Hell claims the soul and the spirit. Heaven claims the soul and the spirit. The grave claims the body, which is going to have a Resurrection. When you die, you are “absent from the body…present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8), and you never lay in that grave, whatsoever. These souls had trusted Christ. They had a witness for Christ. They would not sell out to the Antichrist, and, in Heaven, John heard them cry out.

We have been looking at false religions that present a counterfeit of Christianity. This chapter begins with the entrance of the Antichrist, the one who is personally indwelt by Satan.We know Satan is behind all false religions and, as we have previously noted, the Lord had said,

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:5).

How can we recognize a “false Christ?” How will you know a false Christ.?

Dr. Harry Ironsides was one of the great Bible expositors of many years ago. A man came into his office and his secretary said, “Dr. Ironsides, there’s a man outside who would like to see you. He says he is Jesus Christ.” Dr. Ironsides said, “Send him in, please.” The man came in and said, “Dr. Ironsides, I would like to introduce myself. I am Jesus Christ, the Messiah.” Dr. Ironsides said, “Let me see your hands, Sir.” He held his hands out. Dr. Ironsides asked, “Where are the nail prints?” Dr. Ironsides then asked to see the man’s feet. Well, there were no nail prints there, either. Dr. Ironsides then requested, “Let me see your side.” There should have been a tremendous wound with the sword going into the side. Of course, there was none. At this point, Dr. Ironsides ended the interview with, “Sir, you are an imposter. I have no more time for you! You are not accepting Jesus Christ. You have become your own Christ!”

You are finding in these last days, more false cults and religions are springing up than you can count. It is hard to keep up with them. Years ago, I used to keep files on every one. I would write their headquarters and get their material and compare them with the Bible. I would, then have it documented, so, whether on radio, TV, or in a sermon. I would have the written material from their headquarters, in my file, to back up what I say a cult religion says. We don’t just pull it off the top of our head.

But there are so many today, it would take someone full-time just trying to keep up with all the false cults and the false religions. I have concluded the best thing to do is just preach the Bible. God gave you a mind, and he gave you discernment. He gave you His Word, so that you can compare it to what any preacher, or any church has to say. God has given you good sense to make that decision for yourself.

In the Second Seal (Revelation 6:6), we notice there will be wars, that parallels what is spoken of in Matthew 24:6,7.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet (6).  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places” (7).

We find the Fourth Seal of Revelation parallels the same thing. In the Fifth Seal, we are talking about God’s judgment upon the Earth. Now, in the Fifth Seal, I would like for you to notice Verse 9. During this time, many Christians are going to have to die for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. These Scriptures in Verses 9, and 10, also refute the false teachings of reincarnation, and soul-sleeping held by Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and a few others. Where they get these ideas, I have no idea, whatsoever. God says…

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God…”  (1 Corinthians 3:19a).

It amazes me that men will say that we are reincarnated, or we go to the grave and we sleep. Yet, man has never been on the other side of death. You have a few whackos saying, “Well, I saw the light at the other end of the tunnel.” I don’t find anything in the Bible about “a light at the end of a tunnel.” That is a satanic delusion. You can see the light in Heaven, when you are passed from death unto life, but the “light in the tunnel” fantasy is nothing more than a satanic delusion, which gives a false peace. The only peace that you can rely on is through trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior. In Romans 5:1 it says…

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1):

If you are trying to find peace in looking for the “light at the end of the tunnel,” you are being, satanically, deceived. The only light you are going to see are the flames of Hell, when you wake up there. This is why God put the Bible here. It is to reveal the greatest deceiver this world has ever known, the Antichrist, old Satan, himself, and his demons, also known as evil spirits.

Revelation 6:9,10.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.

We are told here that many are going to die during the Tribulation Period. Notice in Verse 10.

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?” (Revelation 6:10).

It doesn’t sound to me like these are sleeping in the grave. Does it to you?

I would like for you to notice that following the False Christ (First Seal), the War (Second Seal), the Famine (Third Seal), and Death (Fourth Seal), comes the Fifth Seal, the Martyrdom. Amid the turmoil on the world scene, the ungodly will grow in hatred against Christ. Instead of deploring sin as the cause of their trouble, their anger will be kindled at those who have accepted Christ, and who will no longer cooperate with their humanistic endeavors, and their ideologies. In other words, the Christians will not go along with the “program.”

 If you didn’t know it, the “program” that the Antichrist is going to implement is the One-World Religious System. You can see that we have that today. All you have to do is open your eyes and see that ecumenicalism is the down payment, to brainwash you, in preparation for the Tribulation Period. Just lay aside your Bible doctrines. It doesn’t matter if one church says, “The preacher will get you to Heaven because he will forgive your sins.” The Bible-believing church says, “That man is full of baloney. He doesn’t know beans from apple butter. No man can forgive sins. If any mere, human, man could forgive sins, why did Jesus Christ have to die on the Cross?”

So, you are trying to get all these together who do not even believe the same thing, and what you have is a compromise of their principles, a compromise on the Bible, and an endorsement of many false religions that are just all trying to “get together now and praise God.” Let me say this. You may talk about God all you want, but if you do not accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are just shadow-boxing. You are throwing your words to the wind. Christ tells us in John 8:42…

“…If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me”  (John 8:42).

Matthew 24:8. “The Beginning of Sorrows.”

“All these are the beginning of sorrows”(Matthew 24:8).

In this verse, Jesus refers to the first four items, found in Matthew 24:4-7, as “the beginning of sorrows.” Therefore, He segregates these four from those that come later, from the Fifth Seal on. Likewise, Revelation 6 divides the first four seals from the others, by putting them in their own category of “horsemen.”

In Matthew 24:4-9, and in the Seals of Revelation, Chapter 6, the beginning of the Tribulation Period is described. Both join in declaring that an early phase of false prophets, war, famine, and death, will soon be followed by the making of Christian martyrs. That is where we are in Verses 9 and 10. All of this will take place before the “Abomination of Desolation” is perpetrated, and the persecution by the Antichrist is unleashed, in all of its fury, during the second three-and-a-half years. We will see those intensified judgments of God when we get on back in our travel through this great book.

Chart: “The Beginning of Sorrows”

Revelation 6:1-8 – The Four Horsemen Matthew 24:4-7
Seal #1 - False Prophets & Antichrist: Revelation 6:1,2.

“...behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer” (2).

Matthew 24:5,11

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many (5). “ “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (11).

Seal #2 - War: Revelation 6:3,4.

“And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword” (4).

 Matthew 24:6

 

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

Seal #3 - Famine: Revelation 6:5,6.

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (6).

Matthew 24:7

 

 “...and there shall be famines...   (Matt. 24:7b).

Seal #4 - Death and Hell: Revelation 6:7-8.

 “...behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (Rev. 6:8).

Matthew 24:7

 

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”   

Seal #5 – Tribulation Martyrs: Revelation 6:9-11.

 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:” (9).

 Matthew 24:9

 

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.”  

Revelation 6:11. There Will Be More Martyrs Later.

“And white robes were given unto every one of them, and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled” 

It may cost you your life to be a believer during this particular period of time. We find that others will die for their testimony in Revelation 12:11.

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

They were willing to die for their Savior, the Lord Jesus. Go with me now to Revelation 14:13,

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

Go with me to Revelation, Chapter 20. What a gruesome sight this is going to be! If you refuse the Mark of the Beast, from the middle of the Tribulation Period on, during the last three-and-a-half years, this is the kind of death you will have to suffer. Notice Revelation 20:4,5,

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast (Satan),neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years (4).

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection” (5).

These were beheaded for their faith. The guillotine will be reinstituted. Peter talked about the same thing. Peter said,

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you” (1 Peter 4:12):

Many of you are old enough to remember, and, if you are not old enough to remember, you can read about it in your history books. In our own generation, we have seen the wholesale death of Jews, as more than six million perished under the Nazi regime. For the most part, the world stood helplessly by, many in unbelief. It has been said that many of the Jews, even as they were being herded in the box cars and having been warned of their fate, refused to believe that such an event would occur.

In the Fourth Seal, following famine, one fourth of the population of the Earth has been destroyed.

To show you how much the world hates Christians, clear back in the spring of 1970 we saw a sudden interest in our environment. Even the college students became aware that we were polluting our Earth. Earth Day, which was instituted April 22, 1970, was set aside to discuss the issues and the possible solutions. The Environmental Handbook came out of the United Nations’ UNESCO[i] and it was prepared by “Friends of the Earth.” It was at this time, and the same convention, that U Thant[ii] praised Lenin as a great humanitarian and defender of liberty. What a joke! U Thant, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, praising Lenin as a great humanitarian and a defender of Liberty. This is the kind of leadership that we see. It is perverse to the Bible. You see the Environmental Handbook makes, among other recommendations, the following:

  1. Nations must be phased out as quickly as possible.
  2. Christianity bears a huge burden of guilt for ecological problems. (In other words, we’re going to blame the Christians for this.)
  3. Experimental living groups should construct their shelters from church windows. (In other words, destroy the churches and use their materials.)

There is already a growing animosity towards the Bible and Christians, and, in the Tribulation Period, those who refuse to accept the Mark of the Beast will be unable to buy food and will face starvation and death.

 Go back with me, again, to Revelation 6:9,10.

 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: (9):  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” (10).

Let us get a couple of other things here, doctrinally. When it comes to where you are going to go when you die, man has never been on the other side of death, and come back. God has told us what is on the other side of death. Let’s read these verses again. When you are living, you are composed of three components: body, soul, and spirit. The soul is the seat of your emotions and your appetites. The spirit is the seat of your intelligence. You have a body. When I look at you, I see the body, but I don’t see the real you. God has given you a body for the “real you” to express yourself with. When you die, the only thing that dies is the body. James 2:26 says,

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).

So, when the body dies, the spirit which is your intelligence, the real you, your being; and, your soul, the seat of your emotions and your appetites—are never separated. They are the real “you” that lives on. You are passed from death unto life, and your soul and spirit never go to the grave. The body is dead “without the spirit.” With the spirit inside, the body cannot die. So, when the body dies, the soul and spirit leave that body and they do not accompany that body into the grave, into a state of annihilation. The Bible tells us, as Paul was inspired to write by the Holy Spirit,

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

When the Lord was on the Cross, in Luke 23:43, he told the thief…

“…To day shalt thou be with me in paradise”  (Luke 23:43).

Surely the grave was not Paradise, was it? Absolutely not! So, the soul, and spirit, separated from the body. But the teaching that people would like to have you believe is that you just go to the grave. Accompanying that teaching is, if you are good, all is well. There is going to be a general resurrection, they say, and, if your good works outweigh your bad, you are OK. Here we have a works salvation, again, excluding Jesus Christ. Every damnable false religion excludes Christ.

When I meet somebody, no matter what religion they are affiliated with, when I try to talk with them about Jesus Christ and they don’t want to talk, I know they have religion, but they don’t have Christ. The Lord wants us to talk about Him, and the wonderful things He has done for us. He says here in Revelation 6:9,

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”

They died, but notice where these souls are now. John was up in Heaven and he saw them.

“And they cried with a loud voice,

They could talk and they had reasoning as they were…

“…saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?” (Revelation 6:10).

Their real essence, the soul, seat of their emotions and appetites, and, their spirit, the seat of their intelligence was very much alive in Heaven. John heard them cry out and say, “How long will it be before you avenge our blood?” In this Church Age that we live in, today, we are to pray for our enemies, but not in the Tribulation Period. Christ said in Luke 23:34, 

“…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots “  (Luke 23:34).

And when they stoned Stephen in Acts, Chapter 7,

“And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep “  (Acts 7:6)

There was a time when everybody forsook Paul. Nobody stood with him. He was like a “duck out of water.” But in 2 Timothy 4:16,17, he said, “Don’t lay this to their charge.”

“At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge (16).  Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion “ (17).

But, when the Tribulation comes, the prayer will be, “Sic ‘em, Lord, and give it to ‘em!”

Revelation 6:12. The Sixth Seal.

 “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood” (12);

God controls the weather. Read Job, Chapters 36 and 37. He controls the atmosphere around Earth, and he controls what is inside the Earth. Here He uses an earthquake, and He is going to use earthquakes, again, as the judgments are intensified. I would like for you to  notice Revelation 11:13,

“And the same hour was there a great Earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the Earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. “

The Remnant is all inclusive of the other nine-tenths, numbering 63,000. Here is another great earthquake. Go with me now to Revelation 16:18,19,

“And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the Earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great” (18). 

And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath“  (19).

These verses describe an earthquake such as has never been before. God is going to punish them for their wicked deeds, their rejection of Jesus Christ, their blasphemy against God. He will punish them for their teaching of evolutionary theories which corrupt the children, their many abortions, and the many diabolical things man does that are absolutely an attack on the Word of God.

God has also used earthquakes in the past. God brings things to pass, such as hailstones, when He slew the Assyrians, and He rained brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah. In Numbers, Chapter 16, is just such a case. This chapter describes a man who was jealous of the leadership of Moses. He had gathered quite a few men together and they rose up before Moses. Here is the conclusion of the matter in Numbers 16:32,33,

“And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods“ (32).

They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation “ (33).

God was provoked by Korah’s jealousy of the leadership of Moses. Moses was God’s appointed man and this man had told Moses, “You take too much upon yourself.” He was jealous, and he wanted to have the leadership, himself. He wanted to degrade Moses, and God had had enough of him! God just opened up the Earth and took care of the problem, as, Korah, and all of his followers were disposed of in less than a minute.

 “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

Revelation 6:13. The Stars Fall.

“And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. “

 Can you imagine such a shaking that mountains, like the Andes and the Alps, and other mountain ranges, are actually moved by the power of God. Imagine if God had reached down from Heaven to place His hand around the Earth, and shakes it out of the foundation that it is on? He shakes the Earth, and little men down here will be just like ants on this Earth, when God unleashes His mighty power, as He does in these seals. The judgments intensify as we go forward in the Book of Revelation.

Revelation 6:14. The Heavens Depart and the Mountains Move!

“And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places .“

The “heavens departing as a scroll” must refer to the atmospheric heavens, the clouds being suddenly rolled away so swiftly, that men will cry in horror as they stand, exposed, before an angry God. I don’t know if you have read the book, by Jonathan Edwards, called Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. If you have not read it, I would go to my Christian book store and get a copy of the booklet. Many say it is one of the greatest sermons that man has ever preached. The day he delivered this sermon, the congregation literally felt as though they were slipping out of their seats into Hell. He led many thousands to Jesus Christ. But this verse cannot be describing the final fiery cataclysm as found in 2 Peter 3:10-13 where it says “…the heavens shall pass away with a great noise…” The reason is because those on Earth, who see these events, remain alive after them, and many flee to nearby caves and rocks for shelter amid the celestial terrors.

Revelation 6:15-17. The Wrath of the Lamb.

“And the kings of the Earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains (15);  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (16):  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (17). 

In Verses 15 to 17, we find that modern man marks himself as the “king of his destiny,” and, day by day, claims to be more the master of nature and the elements. Here, at God’s thunder, the sinners quake. Kings and masters, as well as the lowest on the Earth, fall in abject dread at these disasters. That inner sense of guilt and sin in all humans awakened, as we shall see in Chapter Eleven. By the testimony of God’s end-time witnesses, they actually realize this.

The great day of His wrath is come.” The sinners cringe, and know that God’s anger is behind these seal calamities. Soon the Trumpet Judgments will come forth, and these will be more severe than even the seals. The wrath of God is even more plainly seen, as we continue on with Chapters Eight and Nine. Then will come the Bowls of Wrath of the Almighty God. Rebellious man desires to live without God, but God will have the last say.

After God has raptured His church, He will withdraw His restraints upon sin, and, sinful man will bring the curses of the ages upon his own head in this Tribulation Period. Lies, wars, famine, and death, are all described here, in how God is going to judge the lost.

Two more catastrophes are brought to our attention in the Sixth Seal, the judgment. First of all, as we discussed, the heavens are opened. It is hard for the human mind to fathom this occurrence. It will be a shock when it occurs. And then, Number Two, the Earth moves. Imagine living in a day when every mountain and every island is moved out of its place. It doesn’t mean that they are not going to exist any more. They are just moved by the force and the power of God. Scientists are already acknowledging the fact that the Earth’s crust moves. One encyclopedia devotes a four-page article to the drifting continents. It reports that the Earth consists of a liquid core with a radius of about 2,170 miles. It has a mantle about 1800 miles thick, and a crust. The continental crust is, on average, 20 miles thick. Their theory is that movement in the Earth’s mantle is causing the continental drifts. Scientists have recently found that Asia and Africa are splitting apart along a large fault in the center of the Red Sea.

Revelation 6:16:

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:”   

Joel spoke of this same prophecy. Go back with me now to Joel, Chapter 2, and we’ll begin in Verse 28. You must remember, the Old Testament Prophets never knew about the Church Age that you are living in today. It was never prophesied in the Old Testament. This was a mystery that was revealed unto the Apostle Paul, as we find out in Ephesians 3:1-10. We do find out that the Old Testament prophets did know about the Tribulation Period. They did know about the Birth of Christ. They did know about the Crucifixion of Christ. We find many of the Old Testament prophets, such as, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, prophesied about this same period of time, as did Matthew, Chapter 24, and, the Book of Revelation. Let’s notice here now in Joel 2:28:

“And it shall come to pass afterward, (that’s after Israel’s restoration) that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:”

Now this is what we find out that Peter talked about in Acts 2:16-21. This was that same spirit poured out on Pentecost. Pentecost was not the fulfilling of Joel’s prophecy. There were no “wonders in the heavens,” but it was that same Spirit that was poured out there, when each understood in their own language.

Notice what is says now in Joel 2:30, 31:

“And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the Earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke (30). The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come “ (31).

Joel knew about this occurrence that would take place in the Tribulation Period. We come on back and begin to see how God has dealt with the nation of  Israel, and, what He’s going to do with those today that are lost, that have never known the Lord Jesus Christ and blaspheme His Name. They only care about living for the pleasures of this world, that is all.

Let us go back to Isaiah 13:11-13:

“And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible  (11).  I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir  (12).   Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the Earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger “ ( 13).

When men cry today and say, “Oh where is the Lord?” Well, God in His grace, His kindness, and His mercy, has allowed things to go on. “Mercy” means “not giving us what we deserve.” With all that is going on in the world today, we are surely paralleling the nation of Israel, and getting ripe for the judgment of Almighty God. We ought to be praying “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.”

Folks, if you think things can continue to go on, think again. Everything that was done to destroy the Roman Empire is being done in America. Everything that you have seen in History paralleling the nation of Israel is being done in America. Do you know who you can thank? You can thank our Supreme Court. They are not to rewrite the Constitution and they seem to have the opinion that it is out of date. Our founding fathers have given us principles, and this country, for which the Bible was the foundation. In my younger days, there were morals, there were principles, and there was decency. There was respect for other people. All of that has disintegrated until it is almost every man for himself. We are living in a society where it is a survival situation.

When I was a boy, if someone would do something, you could yell at them out of your car window, or toot the horn. If you do it today, you could get yourself shot! Those that shoot you already know they are not going to die. They know that their punishment is going to be very lenient, or the first thing that will happen if they are arrested, “We must get him a psychiatrist, or psychologist, and get him examined.”

You know, it is an amazing thing, when a person commits a crime and they leave the scene, they must know it is wrong, or they wouldn’t leave. When they commit a murder, and they don’t turn themselves in, they must know that there is some punishment. If not, why wouldn’t they just go tell the police that I killed this person? If they were mentally incompetent, they would. But when they run, you have to invest in time and money to trace down the murderer, and, then, we get him to some quacko psychiatrist to examine him to see if he understands right from wrong. If he didn’t understand right from wrong, he wouldn’t have run, would he?

This is how foolish our society has gotten. Every time somebody is mixed up with the law, get a psychiatrist to him. Most of the psychiatrists need a psychiatrist, if you want the truth. In fact, the truth came out a while back.  They have more broken homes, and more troubles, than most of the common people. Law breakers do not need psychiatrists. They need punishment, and they need to know that they are going to get punishment. Here is what God says about it.

“Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil “  (Ecclesiastes 8:11).

“Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth “  (Habakkuk 1:4).

When there are one of these bombings that kill many, many, people, our president gets up and reads from a little slip of paper that, “We’re going to do everything within our power to bring these murderers to justice.” Then another year passes, and then another. Pretty soon we’re fighting over where we are going to hold the trial. If they wanted the trial held somewhere else, they should have committed the crime somewhere else, shouldn’t they? But we think more of the murderer and the protection of his rights, than we think of the rights of all those people that died. This is how twisted up we are in our minds.

Remember, Ecclesiastes said, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil [continually].” Pretty soon, months go by and the witnesses cannot remember everything. Their memories would be much fresher if you have them in court after the incident happens. The police work as hard as they can. They go into court, and the judge ties their hands in the “legality” of the law. What are you saying? God says, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil [continually].” It incites the criminals to go on and do worse crime, because they know it is a long time before they go to trial. They know witnesses sometimes can’t remember that far back. Many things can take place, and, we can find a technicality here, and a technicality there, etc.

But the time is coming, in this Tribulation Period that you may not laugh at Jesus Christ’s coming, because in 2 Peter 3:4 it says there will be mockers saying…

“…Where is the promise of his coming?...

You are either a mocker of Jesus Christ, or, Jesus Christ is your Father, if you have received Him as your Savior. In Chapter 6 of Revelation, that day is coming when people are going to meet God Almighty, face to face. That is going to be when they die. It is not a game that is played down here. It isn’t some religious performance going on to make you feel religious. The only way you are going to escape the Tribulation Period is, if you are a believer and you go at the Rapture.  And, you’re laughing at that!

You’ll wake up some morning and all these people are gone. It comes out over the radio, “We must have had an invasion from Mars,” or, “We must have had an invasion from outer space.” The Antichrist stands up and says, “I had to get rid of all these people, so we could have the Utopia we have all been waiting for.” He will justify it, and bend the situation to his advantage.

But you will be missing some of your relatives. You are going to be missing your fundamental preachers. Perhaps, even, the boss on your job. You will look for that person who witnessed to you, and said, “We’d like for you to think about trusting Christ as your Savior, so you can avoid this Day of Wrath.” Now, the day that we are speaking about, is here. This is the day that, if you reject the Lord Jesus Christ, it doesn’t matter who you are, because in Revelation 6:15 it says,

 “And the kings of the Earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;”

It won’t matter what your position is. When Jesus Christ throws these judgments out, you will not escape. Revelation 6:16 says,

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.”

Do you know why they are saying this? They are hoping that death will end it all. No one in their right mind would say, “Fall on us and kill us.” They are more frightened of spiritual death, than they are physical death. They are hoping that this damnable philosophy of Shirley McClain, and others, which says we are reincarnated, is true. They are hoping the New Age movement, which says there is no Hell, is right. Or…the new versions of the Bible, which take away the doctrinal parts but hold to the traditional parts, are true, because they have no doctrine in them when it comes to Hell. When it comes to the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, they re-word passages to take away the power and emphasis of the power of God unto salvation, which is His Death and Resurrection. If there is no Hell, and there is not going to be a Rapture and a Tribulation Period, they do not have anything to worry about. Right?

This is the movement that we are living in right here, today, that wants to divert you from the True and Living God. They want to divert you into some New Age Version of the Bible, like the Living Bible, the New International Version, the New American Standard Bible, etc. All of these are perverted Bibles, sold under the counterfeit of being a Bible. They are a money-making scheme. You say, “Oh, my mother gave it to me.” Or, “My Daddy gave it to me.” Or, worse, “My pastor gave it to me.” One of the men, who was the head of one of the new Bible version translation committees, has since renounced them, and said, “God forgive me. I have tampered with the Word of God. How shall I undo what I have done?”

So, you ought to check into some of these things to make sure you are not deceived. I will say this. They know that, when these things happen, it has to be of God. They realize this truly is the God that they are going to stand before. Maybe they have been witnessed to, or they have been in a good Bible-teaching church where the preacher has preached on Hell. He has taught them to trust that Jesus Christ paid for their sins, but they refused.

“Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels”    (Matthew 25:41):

And here they are, in this Tribulation Period. They would rather die physically, and hope that ends it all, rather than be alive in Hell for all time and eternity, suffering that kind of torment. However, that is what is going to happen. Notice in Verse 17…   

“For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:17).

We are told in 2 Corinthians 6:2…

“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Jesus Christ went to the Hell of the Cross, and paid for your sins, so you would not spend eternity in the Lake of Fire making that payment yourself. Nobody loved you like Jesus Christ. Do not put it off another day. Christ could come tonight.

I would like you to go in your Bibles to Isaiah 1:11-13. Isaiah had the same problem with the nation of Israel as God is having with America. We’ll pick it up here in Verse 11, and go on down; and, then God gives an invitation in Verse 18.

“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats” (Isaiah 1:11).

This was your Judaism with your Old Testament sacrifices, because they were doing it only for a show.

“When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? (12)  Bring no more vain (empty) oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting”  (Isaiah 1:12-13).

A very practical application. You go into a modernistic church where many of the members go out and commit adultery. They go out and steal. They go out and swear. They are crooked in their business. But they parade into church every Sunday morning. They go to their bars on Monday through Saturday and sit, sucking up their slop. That’s what I call it. They are not very happy with me when I call it that. But there are a lot of dead people in the cemeteries, and a lot of teenagers that have died from that damnable drinking. Their parents have taught them it is all right, because they have sat around soaking it up in the bars. So, their children go out to a Senior Prom and think it is all right to drink. After all, Daddy does it. Mommy does it. They go to the bar all the time. The teenagers get drunk, and they get in an accident, and some die.

If the victims of alcohol, who lie in the cemeteries today could talk, what do you think they would say about drinking that nice, little social drink? Not only that, you’ve got preachers who drink. Ask your preacher if he drinks, socially. If he does, you better run from him, because he’s a counterfeit. He’s just a social guy around town. He’s not going to tell you how to be saved, because he probably doesn’t know how to go to Heaven, himself.

But notice here in Verse 17…

“Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17).

Learn to do things honestly. And then God says this, “Don’t just go to church, and be playing games here. He says in Isaiah 1:18-20,  

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (18). If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land (19): But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it” (20).

Let us notice again back in Revelation 6:16,17. Again, they must have come to their senses when they said this.

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (16):  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (17).

You hear some of these atheists, agnostics, evolutionists, and so-called scientists in your classrooms today, coming out openly and blatantly denouncing there is a God. However, tomorrow may be their judgment day. If Jesus Christ comes tonight and the Rapture takes place, they will be scared to death. Then you will see what these men, or women, who stood up in the classroom and propagated that stuff, are really like when they know that it is Almighty God causing these earthquakes.  Their town is shaking, and there are big cracks in the ground. People are falling in, and they close up again. Thousands of people are going down into the pit, just like it was in Numbers, Chapter 16. You are going to think, “Is this what I followed? Was I ever deceived!”

Don’t be deceived.

“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Christ could come tomorrow! I hope that, if you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you will now. You may be going to church, you may have been baptized, you may have been doing everything that seems right, but none of those things will save you. Jesus Christ died on the cross, and He paid for your sins. He gave His life to save yours and he said:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”(John 3:16)

We hope you will trust Christ today.

[i] UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, is a specialised agency of the United Nations system. The organisation was created more than a half century ago, with the mission to build the defences of peace in the minds of men. Its Constitution states that: “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed”.

viii.  U Thant, was the third Secretary-General of the United Nations and served from 1961 to 1971. He was chosen to head the world body following the death of the then Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold in an air crash in September 1961.

From his first years as Secretary-General, he placed great emphasis on moving forward the UN’s development agenda, and the 1960s were termed the UN Development Decade. During this time, many new nations in Asia and Africa joined the UN, and U Thant articulated and supported their concerns for a more equitable world economic system.U Thant retired from the UN at the end of his second term in 1971. He was diagnosed with cancer in 1973 and died in New York on November 25, 1974. He was 65 years old.

The First Six Seal Judgments

We have just finished up with Chapter Five, which shows the Redemption of Creation and Mankind. “No man in heaven, nor in Earth, neither under the Earth” is able to open the seven-sealed book, or the scroll, which unleashes all the things yet to happen in Bible prophecy, until the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah, our Lord Jesus Christ, steps forward. The Lord Jesus is the only one. He is the Lamb of God and He takes the scroll. He is the only one found worthy to pronounce judgment upon this world. He is the Judge of all of the Earth. He comes forward and takes that scroll, opens it up, and we are ready to proceed with the things that are yet to come.

In Chapter Six, we begin to see the unleashing of some of the judgments of God upon the Earth. I might say this at the outset, when we unfold the Seven Seals of Chapter Six, they are just a down payment of the intensified judgments of God, as we proceed to Chapters Eight and Nine. Chapter Six begins the events of the Tribulation Period.

Follow along in your Bible, and you will begin to understand that the Book of Revelation is taking us through the Tribulation Period. After Chapter Four, we no longer hear anything about the Church. She has been Raptured, and is now in Heaven.

In reality, and in our time, “the blessed hope and glorious appearing” of our Savior has not happened on this Earth yet. The prayer of every believer in this Church Age is, “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.” Soon...

“…the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (16) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 ).

When that takes place, that triggers the seven-year Tribulation Period. At the end of that, Christ comes back and sets the Kingdom up. So, everything that transpires from Chapter Four on, in the Book of Revelation, is future. We have now come to the time of “…the things which shall be hereafter.” (1:19c).

Parallel to that, Daniel also speaks of that same Tribulation Period of time, i.e., seven years. Also, in Matthew, Chapter 24, the whole chapter is dealing with this seven-year Tribulation Period, and what will take place during that particular period of time. Therefore, we will be referring back to the Book of Matthew, along with Chapter Six, to show how these things parallel with the book of Matthew.

Revelation 6:1,2. The First Seal. The Antichrist on a White Horse.

 “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.” 

He is saying come over here, John. Remember what we have studied concerning the four beasts. These are heavenly creatures giving glory to God. These are part of the train in Heaven. These are things that we would know nothing about, if John had not revealed them here, as the Lord revealed them to him.

 “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer”  (Revelation 6:2).

We have here what seems to be a parallel, between the white horse rider in this verse, and the white horse rider in Revelation, Chapter 19. We find out they are not parallel at all, but they are diametrically opposed. This is the Antichrist making his first appearance, and this is going to show us something. In order to appear non-offensive and non-aggressive with power, the Antichrist, at first has only a bow, but he has no arrows. We are going to give you some parallel chapters to show that he appears to come in peaceably. This is the Antichrist riding the white horse, impersonating Christ. When we look at Revelation, Chapter Nineteen, the One riding the white horse is the Lord Jesus Christ. Why in the world do you say here in Chapter Six that Satan is riding the white horse?

The answer is very simple. Satan always likes to duplicate the Lord Jesus Christ. He has always wanted to be king of this Earth. In Matthew 4:8, he offered Christ “all the kingdoms of the world,” if He would fall down and worship him. What a joke that was! Christ told him, “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Here He is, the Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and this fool, Satan, is actually trying to offer Him all the Kingdoms here upon the Earth. They already belonged to the Lord. Satan has so deceived himself.

We find out that Satan is always an imitator of the Lord Jesus Christ. For example: he imitates salvation. The Lord Jesus Christ said all you have to do is “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Do you know what Satan’s ambassadors say? “Oh, that’s too easy! There’s more to it than that.” It’s a counterfeit, but it looks religious. A counterfeit is something that looks so close to the original you can hardly tell the difference. Religion is doing something to merit eternal life. Salvation is not doing anything to merit eternal life, but going to Heaven by faith in the one who gave His life to buy your right to have eternal life. We go to Heaven on the merits of Jesus Christ, not our own merits. That’s what the Bible teaches.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)

Satan always comes in as a counterfeit, and, he is going to come in peaceably. He’s going to present himself as the great peacemaker. He’s going to deceive practically the whole world. Not all of the world, but the majority of the world. Let us go back to the Book of Daniel in Daniel 8:25,

“And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many:…

…but Satan is a deceiver. He is going to deceive the world and say “I’m coming in peaceably.” Daniel speaks of this again in Daniel 11:21,24,

“And in his estate  (Antichrist) shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.”

Notice in Verse 24,

 “He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province;..

…and this goes right in line, as we come over here to Matthew 4:9,

“And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Satan).

Old Satan loves to do this. He loves to say to you, “You know, you can have this. You can have that.” You’ll think it is Christ, but it is not.

Go with me now over here to Matthew 24. This parallels Revelation, Chapter 6, because they are both speaking about the Tribulation Period. Notice in Matthew 24:5,

”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many”

Only God is the Forgiver of sins. We keep emphasizing this, because there are so many deceived by churches that say their ministers, or priests, can forgive your sins. You get in a certain area and you find Lutheran and Catholic churches that propagate this. But you get in other areas where you’re around Bible-teaching churches, they just laugh at that kind of foolishness, and wonder how anybody can think that a preacher can forgive your sins.

All through the Bible, it is God who is the Forgiver of sins. But Satan loves for you to go to that preacher and confess your sins, and for you to actually think this man can forgive your sins. All of this is nothing but the working of Satan as he comes in peaceably. He wants you to think that preacher “loves” you, and he “wants the best” for you, and, he’s God’s intercessor for you. We find the Bible teaches that,

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5);

You will never find a preacher that God gave the power to be the intercessor between you and God. The Lord says in Hebrews 4:16, “Come boldly before the throne of grace.” He didn’t say “Come boldly before the preacher!” The preacher cannot even forgive his own sins, let alone yours.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

In the areas where you do not have many Bible-believing churches, it seems like some kind of shock-wave going through the air when you say, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” A preacher who says he can forgive your sin is actually taking the place of Christ, and as Matthew 24:5 points out:

”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”

This is the profit of reading your Bible for yourself. If you go to church, and don’t carry your Bible, you are the top-notch candidate to be deceived by false teaching. You’re trusting that preacher. You’re trusting that church. God wants you to trust Him. He wants you to trust His Word in order to check out and see who is the true and who is the false. Sometimes, you meet some of these preachers and you think sugar wouldn’t melt in their mouth, but they are feeding you nothing but poison through the pulpit.

Let’s see what happens when we get to the next seal.

Revelation 6:3,4. The Second Seal.

“And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see (3). And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the Earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”

“Kill One Another…”

Now, I would like for you to underline in your Bible the words, “kill one another,” because we’re going to show you where cannibalism has taken place, even in the nation of Israel, and will yet take place during the Tribulation Period. “They shall kill one another.” Why is that? We will find as we continue there is going to be such a famine on this Earth, as it was in the days of Israel before the Captivity. They actually killed human beings and ate them, then, because there was nothing to eat, and it is going to happen again. There is a famine coming.

“And there was given unto him a great sword…”

These riders show what the Antichrist is going to do. This one rides a red horse. You will find out that red is always associated with terror and death. In Revelation 12:3, we have the “red dragon.” That is Old Satan. In Revelation 17:3, we have the“red beast.” That is, again,“Old Satan.” So, it is always associated with terror and with death.

Let us go to Matthew 24:6,7 and get the parallel for this.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet  (6).  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places” (7). 

There are going to be earthquakes in various, or different, places. That is what the word “divers” means in the Greek, “different, or various places.” On upcoming pages, we will tie all of these together with the verses on cannibalism. I never knew such things existed.

When it comes to a choice between dying, or eating another human being, we are going to see what these plagues bring. We’re going to see what Satan does. You’ve got to remember something that we find in John 8:44. Satan is a deceiver and God tells us about him. He is a murderer and he is a liar. In the Eighth Chapter of John, Christ is talking to the religious leaders of Israel. These are not the down-and-outers now. These are the ones that are held in high esteem by the people. These were your scribes and your Pharisees, your interpreters of the Law. These were the ones who would write the commentaries. These were the ones representing God, supposedly, but they were false leaders.

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it”  (John 8:44).

Underline “murderer,” because there are two things characteristic of “Old Scratch” here. He is a murderer, and a liar! Then He continues in Verse 47…

“He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God”  (John 8:47).

Let me ask you something. Are you one that’s laughing at the Book of Revelation? Do you think these things are not going to come to pass? If you do, it’s because you are not of God. You are not trusting the Word of God.You don’t believe the Bible is really God’s inerrant Word given to mankind. You believe it is just like some of your modern philosophers, and this is the view of many modernistic preachers. This does not include those Bible-teaching pastors who believe the Word of God. They believe that it is true! Every word of it is true.

 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man”  (Psalm 118:8).

Revelation 6:5,6. The Third Seal.

 “And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand  (5). And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (6). 

Now, we’re going to see where the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. Old Satan is a liar, isn’t he? He will tell you that you can do anything you want to do. Lost people are going to love this Antichrist. Why? They can wallow in their sin and it is going to be legal! It’s all right. It’s acceptable. You know, we are getting that today, because we are so close to the Tribulation Period. “The next event’s the Great Event, the Messiah comes again.”  That will be the Rapture.

It’s socially acceptable now to do many of the sins, even commit First Degree Murder with abortion. That is acceptable, now, because we have a Supreme Court of idiots that care nothing for human life, and, therefore, care nothing for morals. So, you feel free to go out and kill your children, since it is legal now. I thank God there are some leaders rising up in these days that are opposing abortion. They probably won’t get elected in the national election, but, at least, there are some that are saying, “We made a mistake. This Roe vs. Wade ruling on abortion must be repealed!”

“A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny;”

The rider of the black horse holds a pair of balances, indicating some type of governmental control over the food supply. A measure of wheat (Greek = choinix) was about a quart, and a penny (denarion) was a day's wages for an ordinary laboring man. In other words, food will be so scarce it will take a person all day to earn enough wages for just a quart of grain. This indicates that all man-made schemes to give people even the necessities of life will fail. A situation that will only get worse.

 “Hurt not the oil and the wine.”

But note that there is no scarcity of oil and wine for the rich. The rich get richer and enjoy their luxuries, while the poor get poorer and can hardly get enough to eat. This is representative of the rich. In other words, don’t touch the accounts of the rich. They are all right. They are the ones we are going to protect. In whatever the Antichrist is going to do, he is going to protect the rich, because he needs them. He is a military genius. He is a financial genius. He’s a genius in world leadership. He is no one, but Satan, himself, in a human body.

Remember this. In Scripture, we are only given two people that Satan has personally indwelt: the Antichrist,here, and Judas Iscariot.  These are the only two, that we have a record of, that Satan has indwelt, himself. This is going to be Satan, personified, to bring this about. But, as we are going to see in 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4, he wants to rule as God, imitating of the God of Creation.

“That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand  (2).  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (3);  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

He “opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,” so, that he goes into the temple and declares himself to be God. As we are going to see, this is the beginning of his climb to power. He will go into the temple in the middle of the Tribulation Period, three-and-a-half years after the Rapture. He declares himself to be God, and everyone will have to worship him, or as Revelation 13:17,18 says,

“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (17) .  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six”  (18).

Here, in Chapter Six, is the beginning of his climb to power. There is going to be a famine. Keep that in mind, as it says in Verse 4, “…they should kill one another.” The famine is the reason. When nobody has anything to eat, instead of dying themselves, they will kill another person, and eat that person. That has been done in the past. We’re going to see that as we continue.

Revelation 6:7,8. The Fourth Seal.

“And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see  (7). And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (8).

“Death and Hell…”

Death claims the body. Hell claims the soul. “Death and Hell.” Isn’t that where Satan ends up? If he can use a human being, posing as a “minister of righteousness,” to deceive you into becoming a son of Satan who claims to be God, you are Hell-bound! Even now, he will try to deceive you all of your life to keep you from trusting Jesus Christ as the only way to Heaven. If successful, he has claimed your soul to Hell! You’ll be there with him for all time and eternity, separated from God, in the dungeon of Hell. You will be in Torment, and it will be as Luke 16 says about the rich man who died and went to Hell. “In hell he lift up his eyes being in torment.” (Lk.16:23) That’s exactly what Satan wants to deceive you into, so that you will die without Christ, and spend your eternity with him.

Jesus Christ said, “I’m not willing you should perish,” in 2 Peter 3:9, but “that all should come to repentance.” And that’s “metanoia,” in the Greek, and it means “all should come to a change of mind.” Please change your mind. So, you have two people after you. You have old Satan, who is going to try to deceive you into being religious and going to Hell, and Jesus Christ, who wants you to accept Him and be a son of God who is looking forward to a home in Heaven. John 1:12 tells us that, “…as many as received Him,” not Satan, but Christ.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

 “The fourth part of the Earth.”

At the beginning of this Tribulation Period, in a very short time, one fourth of this Earth is going to be destroyed. Satan is going to be behind it.

  1. “to kill with a sword.” They will be fighting one another.
  2. “with hunger…” There’s your famine again.
  3. “with death…” People will starve.
  4. “and with the beasts of the earth.” People will be attacked, and eaten, by wild animals.

It is very interesting here, because if you go back to Revelation 6:6, “And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say…” These are “living creatures” and the Greek word is “zōŏn.” The first “O” is long. The second “O” is short. “Zōŏn” means “living creatures.” John saw these in Heaven. 

In Revelation 6:8, in the last phrase here, “and with the beasts…,” we find, because of the famine and because of the shortage of food, wild beasts are going to attack men. This will be part of these four plagues that are, actually, going to remove a fourth part of the population of all of the Earth. A fourth part of the Earth is going to be killed, and Satan is going to be behind it. The Greek word for “beast” here is the Greek word, “therion,” and it means “a dangerous animal.” So, we have two different Greek words. One, “zōŏn, for living creatures in Heaven worshiping God, and the other, “therion,” for dangerous beasts here upon the Earth.

Before we going on the the Fifth Seal, we want to show you about the occurrence of cannibalism found in Old Testament times.

We are going to go back to 2 Kings 6:24-29, where we had a similar situation when the nation of Israel turned from the true and living God and served idols.

First: 2 Kings 6:24-26,

“And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria (24).  And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver  (25).  

These were the worst things you could eat, yet they were selling for an outrageous price! Notice in Verse 26.

And as the king (Jehoram) of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king  (26).

Notice in 2 Kings 6:28,29,

“And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow (28).  So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son” (29).

So we boiled my son, and did eat him:” Did that happen? It absolutely did. When it comes down to whether you eat somebody else, or you die, things change quickly. They did this at Donner’s Pass, did they not? They surely did! You will find out, in this Tribulation Period, they will do the same as they did during the famine at this time in Israel. They actually ate one another. Cannibalism! They’ll do anything to live. A lot of people will.

Let us go to Deuteronomy 28:49-51. We have the same thing over here.

“The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the Earth, as swift as the eagle flieth, a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand  (49);

The nation that God was going to bring against Israel, because of their gross sin, was Babylon. 

A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young  (50):  And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee” (51)”

Babylon was going to bring a famine to Israel because they were going to take every type of food out of the land. Because of this famine, and because of going into bondage and not having anything to eat, Deuteronomy 28:53 describes what took place.

“And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:”

And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters,” We are going to have that in the Tribulation Period. It has already happened to the nation of Israel. Let us go back here to Jeremiah, in Chapter 19, where we have the same thing. I want you to notice how it started out, though. Every false religion is a killer! We have one false religion today that says you can not give your son, or your daughter a blood transfusion—the Jehovah’s Witnesses. They say that is against God’s Laws. There have been many lawsuits, yet this religion remains a killer, because it is a religion of Satanism. What are you saying? Every false religion is a killer. It will kill you the first time, and, if you are lost, it will kill you with the second death in the Lake of Fire.

There are those over there in India who will not eat a cow, so they starve to death. Satan loves for you to worship animals, does he not? When you worship a cow, you make that dumb thing a “sacred cow,” and, then you starve to death and die. I don’t know how anybody can be that dumb, myself. I would “un-sacred-ize” that thing, if I was over there. He may be sacred until I got hungry, and then we’d  have a cook-out! When I got hungry he would be “history!” He is going to be eaten. No religion is going to do that to me. As I said, false religions kill. If you die (physical death) without Christ, you will suffer the second death, of torment, in the flames of the Lake of Fire with Satan, the one it was created for in the first place.

Satan loves to fool people through a counterfeit religion. Yet, this certain religion, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which we have in the United States and all over the world, requires: “Do not give your daughter, or son, a blood transfusion.” Therefore, when they have an illness where a blood transfusion is required, many have died upon the operating table. There have been many lawsuits over that. Every false religion will kill. Let us go to Jeremiah 19:4.

“Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents”  (Jeremiah 19:4);

Here’s what they do. They sacrifice their own sons, and, then we’re going to find out, when a famine comes they will eat their own people. That is unbelievable! Notice Jeremiah 19:5,

“They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind

Baal is a false god. This is how far people can go. Let us go on down to Jeremiah 19:9a,  

“And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters,”

How will God cause it? Is it His will? No! Because of the sins they have committed, the famine that He sends will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters…

“…and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them” (Jeremiah 19:9b).

If the Old Testament tells us this, “…and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege…,” do you know what? You won’t be safe anywhere during this part of the Tribulation Period!

Let us go back to the Book of Revelation. Isn’t that exactly what God says in Revelation 6:8? Not only will they be killed by the “beasts of the earth,” but, also, with the opening of the Fourth Seal, a fourth part of the Earth shall die “…with sword, and with hunger…”

In Revelation 6:6, where we have the opening of the Third Seal with the black horse, there is going to be a famine in the land, where it will take a day’s wages just to buy a loaf of bread. Can you imagine what it will be to try to get something to eat?

 I remember when we went on our Senior trip to Washington D.C., and New York City, a couple of my friends and I slipped out of our rooms and went down on the streets of New York City. We saw the “down-and-outers.” They were going through garbage cans, and were lying there, practically, half-naked. One we passed, I know he was dead! He stunk so bad, he smelled just like a dead animal. In the Tribulation Period, they will be raiding garbage cans, and there is not going to be anything in them! Nobody is going to be throwing away anything. It is going to be a horrible time!

The Antichrist is going to kill one fourth part of the Earth as given in Revelation 6:7,8. You are going to find, after the Rapture, cannibalism will again be prevalent, because there will be absolutely nothing to eat.

We are going to find out, as we are getting ready for the next seal, that God gives us a wave of truth that extends on out into the last half of the Tribulation Period. In the middle of the Tribulation, the Antichrist declares himself to be God, according to 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4, and you have to take the “Mark of the Beast,” or “666.” (Revelation 13:17,18). That is the last two verses of Chapter 13. If you decide you are going to stand for Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords, during the last three-and-a-half years of the Tribulation Period, it will cost you your life.  You are going to be beheaded, if you are caught.

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4).

Satan hates you. He hates every Christian. He will substitute his counterfeit religion for Christianity. He will tell you, “Be good, and you will go to Heaven.” “Be bad, and you will go to Hell.” The truth is you don’t have to “Be bad” to go to Hell. You can do everything good all your life, and go right straight to Hell. There is no one who can do good all of their life. Romans 3:10 tells us,

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one”  (Romans 3:10):

This is why God has concluded we have all…

“…sinned and come short of the glory of God”  (Romans 3:23).

“The wages of that sin,” according to Romans 6:23, “is death,” spiritually separated from God and Heaven, tormented in the Lake of Fire. (Matthew 25:41)

Revelation 6:9-11. The Fifth Seal.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”

The Fifth Seal is opened, and John sees some of the Tribulation martyrs under the altar in Heaven. They have died, and now they are in Heaven. They had been given white robes, and John could see them. They, also, could speak, because heard John what they said, and wrote it down for us. They, also, had an awareness of what was happening on earth. They were martyrs who stood up for the Savior, and paid with their lives. Now, they were “absent from the body and present with the Lord,” and awaiting the Resurrection, at the end of the Tribulation Period, to receive their glorified body, as promised in Philippians 3:21.

“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:21).

This portion of Scripture refutes several false teachings that God never had in His mind, and has never revealed to mankind. They are strictly puffed up in the minds of fleshly men who want to create something to contradict the inerrancy of the Word of God. You have those today that say, “When you die, you go a certain place, then, somebody is going to pay the preacher and they are going to get you out of this place, and ship you on to Heaven. So, according to this group, the Catholic Organization, when you die you go someplace, but you don’t go to Heaven, and you don’t go to Hell. You go to this place of Limbo, or Purgatory, but it is an intermediate place. You go there, and you have to “Pay up, or shut up.” And, if you really care about your loved one, you are going to “pay up.” Right? Well, that’s what they say. We’re going to find out that just isn’t true. Satan loves it!

First of all, when these people died, they went to Heaven. When John went to Heaven, He saw them there, in Heaven! The Bible refutes all false teaching about where we go when we die. Do I go to a place of Limbo? Do I go to a Purgatory? Does it exist? Let me just say this. You can’t find it. It doesn’t exist, and Jesus Christ never mentioned it, not even once, in the whole New Testament. You can’t find a Purgatory! You can’t find a Limbo,  and, you can’t find, as many teach, that you just go into the grave and lie there in a state of dormancy, or a state of unconsciousness. None of that “phony-baloney” exists. It is foreign to the Word of God. It is calling God a liar! It is once again inserting religion, and philosophy, instead of Christianity. Notice here in Psalm 49:7. This answers it once and for all.

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him” 

If you think that you are going to do anything for one of your dead relatives after they have died, you have been deceived. For what are you praying? You should have prayed for him, or her, while they were living. Did you ever witness to them about Christ? But after they die, we are going to get all touched in our heart of how much we miss this person, and we are going to pray for them. I am going to say this, your prayers go no further than the air. You cannot pray for a person after they are dead, because they are already in Heaven, or already in Hell. These prayers go nowhere, but out of your mouth and drop on the floor! The Bible says in Psalm 49:7:

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him”

Do you go to a church where the preacher says, “Hey, pay me, and I’ll pray them out of there?” I’ll tell you what, you are throwing good money after bad. You just gave it away! You’re not going to get any interest for it! You just gave it away for nothing, Friend. You’re not going to give anything to God to buy somebody out of Hell, who had a decision to make, not to go there, while they were living! There is no way you can do that! None! That is found nowhere in God’s Word.

Each one gives an account of themselves to the Lord. We do that, of course, while we are living. Yes, we give an account of our life at the Judgment Seat of Christ, but we are talking about the living now. That is why it is important for you not to listen to religion, but listen to Christ and the living Word of God.

John sees these souls under the altar in Heaven. They had died for their testimony for Jesus Christ. Here’s what God says,

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held”  (Revelation 6:9):

Verse 10 refutes another false doctrine that we have previously mentioned. It is that you go to the grave and lie there, dormant, and, at “the end,” there is going to be a resurrection, “sometime.” If your good works outweigh your bad works, then you are going to Heaven. If they don’t, you go back into dormancy, and that’s the end of your existence, Fella. Good Bye! So long! See ‘ya later! You never existed, so, hang it up!

I have to say, “You never find that in the Bible!” Notice what it says,

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?”  (Revelation 6:10)

They are talking! They are talking in Heaven. They are alive in Heaven. I don’t know how in the world you can be sleeping in the grave, and be in Heaven and you are still talking. Hell claims the soul and the spirit. Heaven claims the soul and the spirit. The grave claims the body, which is going to have a Resurrection. When you die, you are “absent from the body…present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8), and you never lay in that grave, whatsoever. These souls had trusted Christ. They had a witness for Christ. They would not sell out to the Antichrist, and, in Heaven, John heard them cry out.

We have been looking at false religions that present a counterfeit of Christianity. This chapter begins with the entrance of the Antichrist, the one who is personally indwelt by Satan.We know Satan is behind all false religions and, as we have previously noted, the Lord had said,

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:5).

How can we recognize a “false Christ?” How will you know a false Christ.?

Dr. Harry Ironsides was one of the great Bible expositors of many years ago. A man came into his office and his secretary said, “Dr. Ironsides, there’s a man outside who would like to see you. He says he is Jesus Christ.” Dr. Ironsides said, “Send him in, please.” The man came in and said, “Dr. Ironsides, I would like to introduce myself. I am Jesus Christ, the Messiah.” Dr. Ironsides said, “Let me see your hands, Sir.” He held his hands out. Dr. Ironsides asked, “Where are the nail prints?” Dr. Ironsides then asked to see the man’s feet. Well, there were no nail prints there, either. Dr. Ironsides then requested, “Let me see your side.” There should have been a tremendous wound with the sword going into the side. Of course, there was none. At this point, Dr. Ironsides ended the interview with, “Sir, you are an imposter. I have no more time for you! You are not accepting Jesus Christ. You have become your own Christ!”

You are finding in these last days, more false cults and religions are springing up than you can count. It is hard to keep up with them. Years ago, I used to keep files on every one. I would write their headquarters and get their material and compare them with the Bible. I would, then have it documented, so, whether on radio, TV, or in a sermon. I would have the written material from their headquarters, in my file, to back up what I say a cult religion says. We don’t just pull it off the top of our head.

But there are so many today, it would take someone full-time just trying to keep up with all the false cults and the false religions. I have concluded the best thing to do is just preach the Bible. God gave you a mind, and he gave you discernment. He gave you His Word, so that you can compare it to what any preacher, or any church has to say. God has given you good sense to make that decision for yourself.

In the Second Seal (Revelation 6:6), we notice there will be wars, that parallels what is spoken of in Matthew 24:6,7.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet (6).  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places” (7).

We find the Fourth Seal of Revelation parallels the same thing. In the Fifth Seal, we are talking about God’s judgment upon the Earth. Now, in the Fifth Seal, I would like for you to notice Verse 9. During this time, many Christians are going to have to die for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. These Scriptures in Verses 9, and 10, also refute the false teachings of reincarnation, and soul-sleeping held by Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and a few others. Where they get these ideas, I have no idea, whatsoever. God says…

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God…”  (1 Corinthians 3:19a).

It amazes me that men will say that we are reincarnated, or we go to the grave and we sleep. Yet, man has never been on the other side of death. You have a few whackos saying, “Well, I saw the light at the other end of the tunnel.” I don’t find anything in the Bible about “a light at the end of a tunnel.” That is a satanic delusion. You can see the light in Heaven, when you are passed from death unto life, but the “light in the tunnel” fantasy is nothing more than a satanic delusion, which gives a false peace. The only peace that you can rely on is through trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior. In Romans 5:1 it says…

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1):

If you are trying to find peace in looking for the “light at the end of the tunnel,” you are being, satanically, deceived. The only light you are going to see are the flames of Hell, when you wake up there. This is why God put the Bible here. It is to reveal the greatest deceiver this world has ever known, the Antichrist, old Satan, himself, and his demons, also known as evil spirits.

Revelation 6:9,10.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.

We are told here that many are going to die during the Tribulation Period. Notice in Verse 10.

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?” (Revelation 6:10).

It doesn’t sound to me like these are sleeping in the grave. Does it to you?

I would like for you to notice that following the False Christ (First Seal), the War (Second Seal), the Famine (Third Seal), and Death (Fourth Seal), comes the Fifth Seal, the Martyrdom. Amid the turmoil on the world scene, the ungodly will grow in hatred against Christ. Instead of deploring sin as the cause of their trouble, their anger will be kindled at those who have accepted Christ, and who will no longer cooperate with their humanistic endeavors, and their ideologies. In other words, the Christians will not go along with the “program.”

 If you didn’t know it, the “program” that the Antichrist is going to implement is the One-World Religious System. You can see that we have that today. All you have to do is open your eyes and see that ecumenicalism is the down payment, to brainwash you, in preparation for the Tribulation Period. Just lay aside your Bible doctrines. It doesn’t matter if one church says, “The preacher will get you to Heaven because he will forgive your sins.” The Bible-believing church says, “That man is full of baloney. He doesn’t know beans from apple butter. No man can forgive sins. If any mere, human, man could forgive sins, why did Jesus Christ have to die on the Cross?”

So, you are trying to get all these together who do not even believe the same thing, and what you have is a compromise of their principles, a compromise on the Bible, and an endorsement of many false religions that are just all trying to “get together now and praise God.” Let me say this. You may talk about God all you want, but if you do not accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are just shadow-boxing. You are throwing your words to the wind. Christ tells us in John 8:42…

“…If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me”  (John 8:42).

Matthew 24:8. “The Beginning of Sorrows.”

“All these are the beginning of sorrows”(Matthew 24:8).

In this verse, Jesus refers to the first four items, found in Matthew 24:4-7, as “the beginning of sorrows.” Therefore, He segregates these four from those that come later, from the Fifth Seal on. Likewise, Revelation 6 divides the first four seals from the others, by putting them in their own category of “horsemen.”

In Matthew 24:4-9, and in the Seals of Revelation, Chapter 6, the beginning of the Tribulation Period is described. Both join in declaring that an early phase of false prophets, war, famine, and death, will soon be followed by the making of Christian martyrs. That is where we are in Verses 9 and 10. All of this will take place before the “Abomination of Desolation” is perpetrated, and the persecution by the Antichrist is unleashed, in all of its fury, during the second three-and-a-half years. We will see those intensified judgments of God when we get on back in our travel through this great book.

Chart: “The Beginning of Sorrows”

Revelation 6:1-8 – The Four Horsemen Matthew 24:4-7
Seal #1 - False Prophets & Antichrist: Revelation 6:1,2.

“...behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer” (2).

Matthew 24:5,11

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many (5). “ “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (11).

Seal #2 - War: Revelation 6:3,4.

“And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword” (4).

 Matthew 24:6

 

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

Seal #3 - Famine: Revelation 6:5,6.

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (6).

Matthew 24:7

 

 “...and there shall be famines...   (Matt. 24:7b).

Seal #4 - Death and Hell: Revelation 6:7-8.

 “...behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (Rev. 6:8).

Matthew 24:7

 

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”   

Seal #5 – Tribulation Martyrs: Revelation 6:9-11.

 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:” (9).

 Matthew 24:9

 

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.”  

Revelation 6:11. There Will Be More Martyrs Later.

“And white robes were given unto every one of them, and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled” 

It may cost you your life to be a believer during this particular period of time. We find that others will die for their testimony in Revelation 12:11.

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

They were willing to die for their Savior, the Lord Jesus. Go with me now to Revelation 14:13,

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

Go with me to Revelation, Chapter 20. What a gruesome sight this is going to be! If you refuse the Mark of the Beast, from the middle of the Tribulation Period on, during the last three-and-a-half years, this is the kind of death you will have to suffer. Notice Revelation 20:4,5,

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast (Satan),neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years (4).

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection” (5).

These were beheaded for their faith. The guillotine will be reinstituted. Peter talked about the same thing. Peter said,

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you” (1 Peter 4:12):

Many of you are old enough to remember, and, if you are not old enough to remember, you can read about it in your history books. In our own generation, we have seen the wholesale death of Jews, as more than six million perished under the Nazi regime. For the most part, the world stood helplessly by, many in unbelief. It has been said that many of the Jews, even as they were being herded in the box cars and having been warned of their fate, refused to believe that such an event would occur.

In the Fourth Seal, following famine, one fourth of the population of the Earth has been destroyed.

To show you how much the world hates Christians, clear back in the spring of 1970 we saw a sudden interest in our environment. Even the college students became aware that we were polluting our Earth. Earth Day, which was instituted April 22, 1970, was set aside to discuss the issues and the possible solutions. The Environmental Handbook came out of the United Nations’ UNESCO[i] and it was prepared by “Friends of the Earth.” It was at this time, and the same convention, that U Thant[ii] praised Lenin as a great humanitarian and defender of liberty. What a joke! U Thant, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, praising Lenin as a great humanitarian and a defender of Liberty. This is the kind of leadership that we see. It is perverse to the Bible. You see the Environmental Handbook makes, among other recommendations, the following:

  1. Nations must be phased out as quickly as possible.
  2. Christianity bears a huge burden of guilt for ecological problems. (In other words, we’re going to blame the Christians for this.)
  3. Experimental living groups should construct their shelters from church windows. (In other words, destroy the churches and use their materials.)

There is already a growing animosity towards the Bible and Christians, and, in the Tribulation Period, those who refuse to accept the Mark of the Beast will be unable to buy food and will face starvation and death.

 Go back with me, again, to Revelation 6:9,10.

 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: (9):  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” (10).

Let us get a couple of other things here, doctrinally. When it comes to where you are going to go when you die, man has never been on the other side of death, and come back. God has told us what is on the other side of death. Let’s read these verses again. When you are living, you are composed of three components: body, soul, and spirit. The soul is the seat of your emotions and your appetites. The spirit is the seat of your intelligence. You have a body. When I look at you, I see the body, but I don’t see the real you. God has given you a body for the “real you” to express yourself with. When you die, the only thing that dies is the body. James 2:26 says,

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).

So, when the body dies, the spirit which is your intelligence, the real you, your being; and, your soul, the seat of your emotions and your appetites—are never separated. They are the real “you” that lives on. You are passed from death unto life, and your soul and spirit never go to the grave. The body is dead “without the spirit.” With the spirit inside, the body cannot die. So, when the body dies, the soul and spirit leave that body and they do not accompany that body into the grave, into a state of annihilation. The Bible tells us, as Paul was inspired to write by the Holy Spirit,

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

When the Lord was on the Cross, in Luke 23:43, he told the thief…

“…To day shalt thou be with me in paradise”  (Luke 23:43).

Surely the grave was not Paradise, was it? Absolutely not! So, the soul, and spirit, separated from the body. But the teaching that people would like to have you believe is that you just go to the grave. Accompanying that teaching is, if you are good, all is well. There is going to be a general resurrection, they say, and, if your good works outweigh your bad, you are OK. Here we have a works salvation, again, excluding Jesus Christ. Every damnable false religion excludes Christ.

When I meet somebody, no matter what religion they are affiliated with, when I try to talk with them about Jesus Christ and they don’t want to talk, I know they have religion, but they don’t have Christ. The Lord wants us to talk about Him, and the wonderful things He has done for us. He says here in Revelation 6:9,

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”

They died, but notice where these souls are now. John was up in Heaven and he saw them.

“And they cried with a loud voice,

They could talk and they had reasoning as they were…

“…saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?” (Revelation 6:10).

Their real essence, the soul, seat of their emotions and appetites, and, their spirit, the seat of their intelligence was very much alive in Heaven. John heard them cry out and say, “How long will it be before you avenge our blood?” In this Church Age that we live in, today, we are to pray for our enemies, but not in the Tribulation Period. Christ said in Luke 23:34, 

“…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots “  (Luke 23:34).

And when they stoned Stephen in Acts, Chapter 7,

“And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep “  (Acts 7:6)

There was a time when everybody forsook Paul. Nobody stood with him. He was like a “duck out of water.” But in 2 Timothy 4:16,17, he said, “Don’t lay this to their charge.”

“At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge (16).  Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion “ (17).

But, when the Tribulation comes, the prayer will be, “Sic ‘em, Lord, and give it to ‘em!”

Revelation 6:12. The Sixth Seal.

 “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood” (12);

God controls the weather. Read Job, Chapters 36 and 37. He controls the atmosphere around Earth, and he controls what is inside the Earth. Here He uses an earthquake, and He is going to use earthquakes, again, as the judgments are intensified. I would like for you to  notice Revelation 11:13,

“And the same hour was there a great Earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the Earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. “

The Remnant is all inclusive of the other nine-tenths, numbering 63,000. Here is another great earthquake. Go with me now to Revelation 16:18,19,

“And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the Earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great” (18). 

And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath“  (19).

These verses describe an earthquake such as has never been before. God is going to punish them for their wicked deeds, their rejection of Jesus Christ, their blasphemy against God. He will punish them for their teaching of evolutionary theories which corrupt the children, their many abortions, and the many diabolical things man does that are absolutely an attack on the Word of God.

God has also used earthquakes in the past. God brings things to pass, such as hailstones, when He slew the Assyrians, and He rained brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah. In Numbers, Chapter 16, is just such a case. This chapter describes a man who was jealous of the leadership of Moses. He had gathered quite a few men together and they rose up before Moses. Here is the conclusion of the matter in Numbers 16:32,33,

“And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods“ (32).

They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation “ (33).

God was provoked by Korah’s jealousy of the leadership of Moses. Moses was God’s appointed man and this man had told Moses, “You take too much upon yourself.” He was jealous, and he wanted to have the leadership, himself. He wanted to degrade Moses, and God had had enough of him! God just opened up the Earth and took care of the problem, as, Korah, and all of his followers were disposed of in less than a minute.

 “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

Revelation 6:13. The Stars Fall.

“And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. “

 Can you imagine such a shaking that mountains, like the Andes and the Alps, and other mountain ranges, are actually moved by the power of God. Imagine if God had reached down from Heaven to place His hand around the Earth, and shakes it out of the foundation that it is on? He shakes the Earth, and little men down here will be just like ants on this Earth, when God unleashes His mighty power, as He does in these seals. The judgments intensify as we go forward in the Book of Revelation.

Revelation 6:14. The Heavens Depart and the Mountains Move!

“And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places .“

The “heavens departing as a scroll” must refer to the atmospheric heavens, the clouds being suddenly rolled away so swiftly, that men will cry in horror as they stand, exposed, before an angry God. I don’t know if you have read the book, by Jonathan Edwards, called Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. If you have not read it, I would go to my Christian book store and get a copy of the booklet. Many say it is one of the greatest sermons that man has ever preached. The day he delivered this sermon, the congregation literally felt as though they were slipping out of their seats into Hell. He led many thousands to Jesus Christ. But this verse cannot be describing the final fiery cataclysm as found in 2 Peter 3:10-13 where it says “…the heavens shall pass away with a great noise…” The reason is because those on Earth, who see these events, remain alive after them, and many flee to nearby caves and rocks for shelter amid the celestial terrors.

Revelation 6:15-17. The Wrath of the Lamb.

“And the kings of the Earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains (15);  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (16):  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (17). 

In Verses 15 to 17, we find that modern man marks himself as the “king of his destiny,” and, day by day, claims to be more the master of nature and the elements. Here, at God’s thunder, the sinners quake. Kings and masters, as well as the lowest on the Earth, fall in abject dread at these disasters. That inner sense of guilt and sin in all humans awakened, as we shall see in Chapter Eleven. By the testimony of God’s end-time witnesses, they actually realize this.

The great day of His wrath is come.” The sinners cringe, and know that God’s anger is behind these seal calamities. Soon the Trumpet Judgments will come forth, and these will be more severe than even the seals. The wrath of God is even more plainly seen, as we continue on with Chapters Eight and Nine. Then will come the Bowls of Wrath of the Almighty God. Rebellious man desires to live without God, but God will have the last say.

After God has raptured His church, He will withdraw His restraints upon sin, and, sinful man will bring the curses of the ages upon his own head in this Tribulation Period. Lies, wars, famine, and death, are all described here, in how God is going to judge the lost.

Two more catastrophes are brought to our attention in the Sixth Seal, the judgment. First of all, as we discussed, the heavens are opened. It is hard for the human mind to fathom this occurrence. It will be a shock when it occurs. And then, Number Two, the Earth moves. Imagine living in a day when every mountain and every island is moved out of its place. It doesn’t mean that they are not going to exist any more. They are just moved by the force and the power of God. Scientists are already acknowledging the fact that the Earth’s crust moves. One encyclopedia devotes a four-page article to the drifting continents. It reports that the Earth consists of a liquid core with a radius of about 2,170 miles. It has a mantle about 1800 miles thick, and a crust. The continental crust is, on average, 20 miles thick. Their theory is that movement in the Earth’s mantle is causing the continental drifts. Scientists have recently found that Asia and Africa are splitting apart along a large fault in the center of the Red Sea.

Revelation 6:16:

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:”   

Joel spoke of this same prophecy. Go back with me now to Joel, Chapter 2, and we’ll begin in Verse 28. You must remember, the Old Testament Prophets never knew about the Church Age that you are living in today. It was never prophesied in the Old Testament. This was a mystery that was revealed unto the Apostle Paul, as we find out in Ephesians 3:1-10. We do find out that the Old Testament prophets did know about the Tribulation Period. They did know about the Birth of Christ. They did know about the Crucifixion of Christ. We find many of the Old Testament prophets, such as, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, prophesied about this same period of time, as did Matthew, Chapter 24, and, the Book of Revelation. Let’s notice here now in Joel 2:28:

“And it shall come to pass afterward, (that’s after Israel’s restoration) that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:”

Now this is what we find out that Peter talked about in Acts 2:16-21. This was that same spirit poured out on Pentecost. Pentecost was not the fulfilling of Joel’s prophecy. There were no “wonders in the heavens,” but it was that same Spirit that was poured out there, when each understood in their own language.

Notice what is says now in Joel 2:30, 31:

“And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the Earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke (30). The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come “ (31).

Joel knew about this occurrence that would take place in the Tribulation Period. We come on back and begin to see how God has dealt with the nation of  Israel, and, what He’s going to do with those today that are lost, that have never known the Lord Jesus Christ and blaspheme His Name. They only care about living for the pleasures of this world, that is all.

Let us go back to Isaiah 13:11-13:

“And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible  (11).  I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir  (12).   Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the Earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger “ ( 13).

When men cry today and say, “Oh where is the Lord?” Well, God in His grace, His kindness, and His mercy, has allowed things to go on. “Mercy” means “not giving us what we deserve.” With all that is going on in the world today, we are surely paralleling the nation of Israel, and getting ripe for the judgment of Almighty God. We ought to be praying “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.”

Folks, if you think things can continue to go on, think again. Everything that was done to destroy the Roman Empire is being done in America. Everything that you have seen in History paralleling the nation of Israel is being done in America. Do you know who you can thank? You can thank our Supreme Court. They are not to rewrite the Constitution and they seem to have the opinion that it is out of date. Our founding fathers have given us principles, and this country, for which the Bible was the foundation. In my younger days, there were morals, there were principles, and there was decency. There was respect for other people. All of that has disintegrated until it is almost every man for himself. We are living in a society where it is a survival situation.

When I was a boy, if someone would do something, you could yell at them out of your car window, or toot the horn. If you do it today, you could get yourself shot! Those that shoot you already know they are not going to die. They know that their punishment is going to be very lenient, or the first thing that will happen if they are arrested, “We must get him a psychiatrist, or psychologist, and get him examined.”

You know, it is an amazing thing, when a person commits a crime and they leave the scene, they must know it is wrong, or they wouldn’t leave. When they commit a murder, and they don’t turn themselves in, they must know that there is some punishment. If not, why wouldn’t they just go tell the police that I killed this person? If they were mentally incompetent, they would. But when they run, you have to invest in time and money to trace down the murderer, and, then, we get him to some quacko psychiatrist to examine him to see if he understands right from wrong. If he didn’t understand right from wrong, he wouldn’t have run, would he?

This is how foolish our society has gotten. Every time somebody is mixed up with the law, get a psychiatrist to him. Most of the psychiatrists need a psychiatrist, if you want the truth. In fact, the truth came out a while back.  They have more broken homes, and more troubles, than most of the common people. Law breakers do not need psychiatrists. They need punishment, and they need to know that they are going to get punishment. Here is what God says about it.

“Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil “  (Ecclesiastes 8:11).

“Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth “  (Habakkuk 1:4).

When there are one of these bombings that kill many, many, people, our president gets up and reads from a little slip of paper that, “We’re going to do everything within our power to bring these murderers to justice.” Then another year passes, and then another. Pretty soon we’re fighting over where we are going to hold the trial. If they wanted the trial held somewhere else, they should have committed the crime somewhere else, shouldn’t they? But we think more of the murderer and the protection of his rights, than we think of the rights of all those people that died. This is how twisted up we are in our minds.

Remember, Ecclesiastes said, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil [continually].” Pretty soon, months go by and the witnesses cannot remember everything. Their memories would be much fresher if you have them in court after the incident happens. The police work as hard as they can. They go into court, and the judge ties their hands in the “legality” of the law. What are you saying? God says, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil [continually].” It incites the criminals to go on and do worse crime, because they know it is a long time before they go to trial. They know witnesses sometimes can’t remember that far back. Many things can take place, and, we can find a technicality here, and a technicality there, etc.

But the time is coming, in this Tribulation Period that you may not laugh at Jesus Christ’s coming, because in 2 Peter 3:4 it says there will be mockers saying…

“…Where is the promise of his coming?...

You are either a mocker of Jesus Christ, or, Jesus Christ is your Father, if you have received Him as your Savior. In Chapter 6 of Revelation, that day is coming when people are going to meet God Almighty, face to face. That is going to be when they die. It is not a game that is played down here. It isn’t some religious performance going on to make you feel religious. The only way you are going to escape the Tribulation Period is, if you are a believer and you go at the Rapture.  And, you’re laughing at that!

You’ll wake up some morning and all these people are gone. It comes out over the radio, “We must have had an invasion from Mars,” or, “We must have had an invasion from outer space.” The Antichrist stands up and says, “I had to get rid of all these people, so we could have the Utopia we have all been waiting for.” He will justify it, and bend the situation to his advantage.

But you will be missing some of your relatives. You are going to be missing your fundamental preachers. Perhaps, even, the boss on your job. You will look for that person who witnessed to you, and said, “We’d like for you to think about trusting Christ as your Savior, so you can avoid this Day of Wrath.” Now, the day that we are speaking about, is here. This is the day that, if you reject the Lord Jesus Christ, it doesn’t matter who you are, because in Revelation 6:15 it says,

 “And the kings of the Earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;”

It won’t matter what your position is. When Jesus Christ throws these judgments out, you will not escape. Revelation 6:16 says,

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.”

Do you know why they are saying this? They are hoping that death will end it all. No one in their right mind would say, “Fall on us and kill us.” They are more frightened of spiritual death, than they are physical death. They are hoping that this damnable philosophy of Shirley McClain, and others, which says we are reincarnated, is true. They are hoping the New Age movement, which says there is no Hell, is right. Or…the new versions of the Bible, which take away the doctrinal parts but hold to the traditional parts, are true, because they have no doctrine in them when it comes to Hell. When it comes to the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, they re-word passages to take away the power and emphasis of the power of God unto salvation, which is His Death and Resurrection. If there is no Hell, and there is not going to be a Rapture and a Tribulation Period, they do not have anything to worry about. Right?

This is the movement that we are living in right here, today, that wants to divert you from the True and Living God. They want to divert you into some New Age Version of the Bible, like the Living Bible, the New International Version, the New American Standard Bible, etc. All of these are perverted Bibles, sold under the counterfeit of being a Bible. They are a money-making scheme. You say, “Oh, my mother gave it to me.” Or, “My Daddy gave it to me.” Or, worse, “My pastor gave it to me.” One of the men, who was the head of one of the new Bible version translation committees, has since renounced them, and said, “God forgive me. I have tampered with the Word of God. How shall I undo what I have done?”

So, you ought to check into some of these things to make sure you are not deceived. I will say this. They know that, when these things happen, it has to be of God. They realize this truly is the God that they are going to stand before. Maybe they have been witnessed to, or they have been in a good Bible-teaching church where the preacher has preached on Hell. He has taught them to trust that Jesus Christ paid for their sins, but they refused.

“Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels”    (Matthew 25:41):

And here they are, in this Tribulation Period. They would rather die physically, and hope that ends it all, rather than be alive in Hell for all time and eternity, suffering that kind of torment. However, that is what is going to happen. Notice in Verse 17…   

“For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:17).

We are told in 2 Corinthians 6:2…

“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Jesus Christ went to the Hell of the Cross, and paid for your sins, so you would not spend eternity in the Lake of Fire making that payment yourself. Nobody loved you like Jesus Christ. Do not put it off another day. Christ could come tonight.

I would like you to go in your Bibles to Isaiah 1:11-13. Isaiah had the same problem with the nation of Israel as God is having with America. We’ll pick it up here in Verse 11, and go on down; and, then God gives an invitation in Verse 18.

“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats” (Isaiah 1:11).

This was your Judaism with your Old Testament sacrifices, because they were doing it only for a show.

“When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? (12)  Bring no more vain (empty) oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting”  (Isaiah 1:12-13).

A very practical application. You go into a modernistic church where many of the members go out and commit adultery. They go out and steal. They go out and swear. They are crooked in their business. But they parade into church every Sunday morning. They go to their bars on Monday through Saturday and sit, sucking up their slop. That’s what I call it. They are not very happy with me when I call it that. But there are a lot of dead people in the cemeteries, and a lot of teenagers that have died from that damnable drinking. Their parents have taught them it is all right, because they have sat around soaking it up in the bars. So, their children go out to a Senior Prom and think it is all right to drink. After all, Daddy does it. Mommy does it. They go to the bar all the time. The teenagers get drunk, and they get in an accident, and some die.

If the victims of alcohol, who lie in the cemeteries today could talk, what do you think they would say about drinking that nice, little social drink? Not only that, you’ve got preachers who drink. Ask your preacher if he drinks, socially. If he does, you better run from him, because he’s a counterfeit. He’s just a social guy around town. He’s not going to tell you how to be saved, because he probably doesn’t know how to go to Heaven, himself.

But notice here in Verse 17…

“Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17).

Learn to do things honestly. And then God says this, “Don’t just go to church, and be playing games here. He says in Isaiah 1:18-20,  

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (18). If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land (19): But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it” (20).

Let us notice again back in Revelation 6:16,17. Again, they must have come to their senses when they said this.

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (16):  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (17).

You hear some of these atheists, agnostics, evolutionists, and so-called scientists in your classrooms today, coming out openly and blatantly denouncing there is a God. However, tomorrow may be their judgment day. If Jesus Christ comes tonight and the Rapture takes place, they will be scared to death. Then you will see what these men, or women, who stood up in the classroom and propagated that stuff, are really like when they know that it is Almighty God causing these earthquakes.  Their town is shaking, and there are big cracks in the ground. People are falling in, and they close up again. Thousands of people are going down into the pit, just like it was in Numbers, Chapter 16. You are going to think, “Is this what I followed? Was I ever deceived!”

Don’t be deceived.

“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Christ could come tomorrow! I hope that, if you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you will now. You may be going to church, you may have been baptized, you may have been doing everything that seems right, but none of those things will save you. Jesus Christ died on the cross, and He paid for your sins. He gave His life to save yours and he said:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”(John 3:16)

We hope you will trust Christ today.

[i] UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, is a specialised agency of the United Nations system. The organisation was created more than a half century ago, with the mission to build the defences of peace in the minds of men. Its Constitution states that: “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed”.

viii.  U Thant, was the third Secretary-General of the United Nations and served from 1961 to 1971. He was chosen to head the world body following the death of the then Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold in an air crash in September 1961.

From his first years as Secretary-General, he placed great emphasis on moving forward the UN’s development agenda, and the 1960s were termed the UN Development Decade. During this time, many new nations in Asia and Africa joined the UN, and U Thant articulated and supported their concerns for a more equitable world economic system.U Thant retired from the UN at the end of his second term in 1971. He was diagnosed with cancer in 1973 and died in New York on November 25, 1974. He was 65 years old.

The First Six Seal Judgments

We have just finished up with Chapter Five, which shows the Redemption of Creation and Mankind. “No man in heaven, nor in Earth, neither under the Earth” is able to open the seven-sealed book, or the scroll, which unleashes all the things yet to happen in Bible prophecy, until the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah, our Lord Jesus Christ, steps forward. The Lord Jesus is the only one. He is the Lamb of God and He takes the scroll. He is the only one found worthy to pronounce judgment upon this world. He is the Judge of all of the Earth. He comes forward and takes that scroll, opens it up, and we are ready to proceed with the things that are yet to come.

In Chapter Six, we begin to see the unleashing of some of the judgments of God upon the Earth. I might say this at the outset, when we unfold the Seven Seals of Chapter Six, they are just a down payment of the intensified judgments of God, as we proceed to Chapters Eight and Nine. Chapter Six begins the events of the Tribulation Period.

Follow along in your Bible, and you will begin to understand that the Book of Revelation is taking us through the Tribulation Period. After Chapter Four, we no longer hear anything about the Church. She has been Raptured, and is now in Heaven.

In reality, and in our time, “the blessed hope and glorious appearing” of our Savior has not happened on this Earth yet. The prayer of every believer in this Church Age is, “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.” Soon...

“…the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (16) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 ).

When that takes place, that triggers the seven-year Tribulation Period. At the end of that, Christ comes back and sets the Kingdom up. So, everything that transpires from Chapter Four on, in the Book of Revelation, is future. We have now come to the time of “…the things which shall be hereafter.” (1:19c).

Parallel to that, Daniel also speaks of that same Tribulation Period of time, i.e., seven years. Also, in Matthew, Chapter 24, the whole chapter is dealing with this seven-year Tribulation Period, and what will take place during that particular period of time. Therefore, we will be referring back to the Book of Matthew, along with Chapter Six, to show how these things parallel with the book of Matthew.

Revelation 6:1,2. The First Seal. The Antichrist on a White Horse.

 “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.” 

He is saying come over here, John. Remember what we have studied concerning the four beasts. These are heavenly creatures giving glory to God. These are part of the train in Heaven. These are things that we would know nothing about, if John had not revealed them here, as the Lord revealed them to him.

 “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer”  (Revelation 6:2).

We have here what seems to be a parallel, between the white horse rider in this verse, and the white horse rider in Revelation, Chapter 19. We find out they are not parallel at all, but they are diametrically opposed. This is the Antichrist making his first appearance, and this is going to show us something. In order to appear non-offensive and non-aggressive with power, the Antichrist, at first has only a bow, but he has no arrows. We are going to give you some parallel chapters to show that he appears to come in peaceably. This is the Antichrist riding the white horse, impersonating Christ. When we look at Revelation, Chapter Nineteen, the One riding the white horse is the Lord Jesus Christ. Why in the world do you say here in Chapter Six that Satan is riding the white horse?

The answer is very simple. Satan always likes to duplicate the Lord Jesus Christ. He has always wanted to be king of this Earth. In Matthew 4:8, he offered Christ “all the kingdoms of the world,” if He would fall down and worship him. What a joke that was! Christ told him, “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Here He is, the Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and this fool, Satan, is actually trying to offer Him all the Kingdoms here upon the Earth. They already belonged to the Lord. Satan has so deceived himself.

We find out that Satan is always an imitator of the Lord Jesus Christ. For example: he imitates salvation. The Lord Jesus Christ said all you have to do is “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Do you know what Satan’s ambassadors say? “Oh, that’s too easy! There’s more to it than that.” It’s a counterfeit, but it looks religious. A counterfeit is something that looks so close to the original you can hardly tell the difference. Religion is doing something to merit eternal life. Salvation is not doing anything to merit eternal life, but going to Heaven by faith in the one who gave His life to buy your right to have eternal life. We go to Heaven on the merits of Jesus Christ, not our own merits. That’s what the Bible teaches.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)

Satan always comes in as a counterfeit, and, he is going to come in peaceably. He’s going to present himself as the great peacemaker. He’s going to deceive practically the whole world. Not all of the world, but the majority of the world. Let us go back to the Book of Daniel in Daniel 8:25,

“And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many:…

…but Satan is a deceiver. He is going to deceive the world and say “I’m coming in peaceably.” Daniel speaks of this again in Daniel 11:21,24,

“And in his estate  (Antichrist) shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.”

Notice in Verse 24,

 “He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province;..

…and this goes right in line, as we come over here to Matthew 4:9,

“And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Satan).

Old Satan loves to do this. He loves to say to you, “You know, you can have this. You can have that.” You’ll think it is Christ, but it is not.

Go with me now over here to Matthew 24. This parallels Revelation, Chapter 6, because they are both speaking about the Tribulation Period. Notice in Matthew 24:5,

”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many”

Only God is the Forgiver of sins. We keep emphasizing this, because there are so many deceived by churches that say their ministers, or priests, can forgive your sins. You get in a certain area and you find Lutheran and Catholic churches that propagate this. But you get in other areas where you’re around Bible-teaching churches, they just laugh at that kind of foolishness, and wonder how anybody can think that a preacher can forgive your sins.

All through the Bible, it is God who is the Forgiver of sins. But Satan loves for you to go to that preacher and confess your sins, and for you to actually think this man can forgive your sins. All of this is nothing but the working of Satan as he comes in peaceably. He wants you to think that preacher “loves” you, and he “wants the best” for you, and, he’s God’s intercessor for you. We find the Bible teaches that,

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5);

You will never find a preacher that God gave the power to be the intercessor between you and God. The Lord says in Hebrews 4:16, “Come boldly before the throne of grace.” He didn’t say “Come boldly before the preacher!” The preacher cannot even forgive his own sins, let alone yours.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

In the areas where you do not have many Bible-believing churches, it seems like some kind of shock-wave going through the air when you say, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” A preacher who says he can forgive your sin is actually taking the place of Christ, and as Matthew 24:5 points out:

”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”

This is the profit of reading your Bible for yourself. If you go to church, and don’t carry your Bible, you are the top-notch candidate to be deceived by false teaching. You’re trusting that preacher. You’re trusting that church. God wants you to trust Him. He wants you to trust His Word in order to check out and see who is the true and who is the false. Sometimes, you meet some of these preachers and you think sugar wouldn’t melt in their mouth, but they are feeding you nothing but poison through the pulpit.

Let’s see what happens when we get to the next seal.

Revelation 6:3,4. The Second Seal.

“And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see (3). And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the Earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”

“Kill One Another…”

Now, I would like for you to underline in your Bible the words, “kill one another,” because we’re going to show you where cannibalism has taken place, even in the nation of Israel, and will yet take place during the Tribulation Period. “They shall kill one another.” Why is that? We will find as we continue there is going to be such a famine on this Earth, as it was in the days of Israel before the Captivity. They actually killed human beings and ate them, then, because there was nothing to eat, and it is going to happen again. There is a famine coming.

“And there was given unto him a great sword…”

These riders show what the Antichrist is going to do. This one rides a red horse. You will find out that red is always associated with terror and death. In Revelation 12:3, we have the “red dragon.” That is Old Satan. In Revelation 17:3, we have the“red beast.” That is, again,“Old Satan.” So, it is always associated with terror and with death.

Let us go to Matthew 24:6,7 and get the parallel for this.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet  (6).  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places” (7). 

There are going to be earthquakes in various, or different, places. That is what the word “divers” means in the Greek, “different, or various places.” On upcoming pages, we will tie all of these together with the verses on cannibalism. I never knew such things existed.

When it comes to a choice between dying, or eating another human being, we are going to see what these plagues bring. We’re going to see what Satan does. You’ve got to remember something that we find in John 8:44. Satan is a deceiver and God tells us about him. He is a murderer and he is a liar. In the Eighth Chapter of John, Christ is talking to the religious leaders of Israel. These are not the down-and-outers now. These are the ones that are held in high esteem by the people. These were your scribes and your Pharisees, your interpreters of the Law. These were the ones who would write the commentaries. These were the ones representing God, supposedly, but they were false leaders.

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it”  (John 8:44).

Underline “murderer,” because there are two things characteristic of “Old Scratch” here. He is a murderer, and a liar! Then He continues in Verse 47…

“He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God”  (John 8:47).

Let me ask you something. Are you one that’s laughing at the Book of Revelation? Do you think these things are not going to come to pass? If you do, it’s because you are not of God. You are not trusting the Word of God.You don’t believe the Bible is really God’s inerrant Word given to mankind. You believe it is just like some of your modern philosophers, and this is the view of many modernistic preachers. This does not include those Bible-teaching pastors who believe the Word of God. They believe that it is true! Every word of it is true.

 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man”  (Psalm 118:8).

Revelation 6:5,6. The Third Seal.

 “And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand  (5). And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (6). 

Now, we’re going to see where the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. Old Satan is a liar, isn’t he? He will tell you that you can do anything you want to do. Lost people are going to love this Antichrist. Why? They can wallow in their sin and it is going to be legal! It’s all right. It’s acceptable. You know, we are getting that today, because we are so close to the Tribulation Period. “The next event’s the Great Event, the Messiah comes again.”  That will be the Rapture.

It’s socially acceptable now to do many of the sins, even commit First Degree Murder with abortion. That is acceptable, now, because we have a Supreme Court of idiots that care nothing for human life, and, therefore, care nothing for morals. So, you feel free to go out and kill your children, since it is legal now. I thank God there are some leaders rising up in these days that are opposing abortion. They probably won’t get elected in the national election, but, at least, there are some that are saying, “We made a mistake. This Roe vs. Wade ruling on abortion must be repealed!”

“A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny;”

The rider of the black horse holds a pair of balances, indicating some type of governmental control over the food supply. A measure of wheat (Greek = choinix) was about a quart, and a penny (denarion) was a day's wages for an ordinary laboring man. In other words, food will be so scarce it will take a person all day to earn enough wages for just a quart of grain. This indicates that all man-made schemes to give people even the necessities of life will fail. A situation that will only get worse.

 “Hurt not the oil and the wine.”

But note that there is no scarcity of oil and wine for the rich. The rich get richer and enjoy their luxuries, while the poor get poorer and can hardly get enough to eat. This is representative of the rich. In other words, don’t touch the accounts of the rich. They are all right. They are the ones we are going to protect. In whatever the Antichrist is going to do, he is going to protect the rich, because he needs them. He is a military genius. He is a financial genius. He’s a genius in world leadership. He is no one, but Satan, himself, in a human body.

Remember this. In Scripture, we are only given two people that Satan has personally indwelt: the Antichrist,here, and Judas Iscariot.  These are the only two, that we have a record of, that Satan has indwelt, himself. This is going to be Satan, personified, to bring this about. But, as we are going to see in 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4, he wants to rule as God, imitating of the God of Creation.

“That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand  (2).  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (3);  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

He “opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,” so, that he goes into the temple and declares himself to be God. As we are going to see, this is the beginning of his climb to power. He will go into the temple in the middle of the Tribulation Period, three-and-a-half years after the Rapture. He declares himself to be God, and everyone will have to worship him, or as Revelation 13:17,18 says,

“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (17) .  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six”  (18).

Here, in Chapter Six, is the beginning of his climb to power. There is going to be a famine. Keep that in mind, as it says in Verse 4, “…they should kill one another.” The famine is the reason. When nobody has anything to eat, instead of dying themselves, they will kill another person, and eat that person. That has been done in the past. We’re going to see that as we continue.

Revelation 6:7,8. The Fourth Seal.

“And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see  (7). And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (8).

“Death and Hell…”

Death claims the body. Hell claims the soul. “Death and Hell.” Isn’t that where Satan ends up? If he can use a human being, posing as a “minister of righteousness,” to deceive you into becoming a son of Satan who claims to be God, you are Hell-bound! Even now, he will try to deceive you all of your life to keep you from trusting Jesus Christ as the only way to Heaven. If successful, he has claimed your soul to Hell! You’ll be there with him for all time and eternity, separated from God, in the dungeon of Hell. You will be in Torment, and it will be as Luke 16 says about the rich man who died and went to Hell. “In hell he lift up his eyes being in torment.” (Lk.16:23) That’s exactly what Satan wants to deceive you into, so that you will die without Christ, and spend your eternity with him.

Jesus Christ said, “I’m not willing you should perish,” in 2 Peter 3:9, but “that all should come to repentance.” And that’s “metanoia,” in the Greek, and it means “all should come to a change of mind.” Please change your mind. So, you have two people after you. You have old Satan, who is going to try to deceive you into being religious and going to Hell, and Jesus Christ, who wants you to accept Him and be a son of God who is looking forward to a home in Heaven. John 1:12 tells us that, “…as many as received Him,” not Satan, but Christ.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

 “The fourth part of the Earth.”

At the beginning of this Tribulation Period, in a very short time, one fourth of this Earth is going to be destroyed. Satan is going to be behind it.

  1. “to kill with a sword.” They will be fighting one another.
  2. “with hunger…” There’s your famine again.
  3. “with death…” People will starve.
  4. “and with the beasts of the earth.” People will be attacked, and eaten, by wild animals.

It is very interesting here, because if you go back to Revelation 6:6, “And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say…” These are “living creatures” and the Greek word is “zōŏn.” The first “O” is long. The second “O” is short. “Zōŏn” means “living creatures.” John saw these in Heaven. 

In Revelation 6:8, in the last phrase here, “and with the beasts…,” we find, because of the famine and because of the shortage of food, wild beasts are going to attack men. This will be part of these four plagues that are, actually, going to remove a fourth part of the population of all of the Earth. A fourth part of the Earth is going to be killed, and Satan is going to be behind it. The Greek word for “beast” here is the Greek word, “therion,” and it means “a dangerous animal.” So, we have two different Greek words. One, “zōŏn, for living creatures in Heaven worshiping God, and the other, “therion,” for dangerous beasts here upon the Earth.

Before we going on the the Fifth Seal, we want to show you about the occurrence of cannibalism found in Old Testament times.

We are going to go back to 2 Kings 6:24-29, where we had a similar situation when the nation of Israel turned from the true and living God and served idols.

First: 2 Kings 6:24-26,

“And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria (24).  And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver  (25).  

These were the worst things you could eat, yet they were selling for an outrageous price! Notice in Verse 26.

And as the king (Jehoram) of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king  (26).

Notice in 2 Kings 6:28,29,

“And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow (28).  So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son” (29).

So we boiled my son, and did eat him:” Did that happen? It absolutely did. When it comes down to whether you eat somebody else, or you die, things change quickly. They did this at Donner’s Pass, did they not? They surely did! You will find out, in this Tribulation Period, they will do the same as they did during the famine at this time in Israel. They actually ate one another. Cannibalism! They’ll do anything to live. A lot of people will.

Let us go to Deuteronomy 28:49-51. We have the same thing over here.

“The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the Earth, as swift as the eagle flieth, a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand  (49);

The nation that God was going to bring against Israel, because of their gross sin, was Babylon. 

A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young  (50):  And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee” (51)”

Babylon was going to bring a famine to Israel because they were going to take every type of food out of the land. Because of this famine, and because of going into bondage and not having anything to eat, Deuteronomy 28:53 describes what took place.

“And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:”

And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters,” We are going to have that in the Tribulation Period. It has already happened to the nation of Israel. Let us go back here to Jeremiah, in Chapter 19, where we have the same thing. I want you to notice how it started out, though. Every false religion is a killer! We have one false religion today that says you can not give your son, or your daughter a blood transfusion—the Jehovah’s Witnesses. They say that is against God’s Laws. There have been many lawsuits, yet this religion remains a killer, because it is a religion of Satanism. What are you saying? Every false religion is a killer. It will kill you the first time, and, if you are lost, it will kill you with the second death in the Lake of Fire.

There are those over there in India who will not eat a cow, so they starve to death. Satan loves for you to worship animals, does he not? When you worship a cow, you make that dumb thing a “sacred cow,” and, then you starve to death and die. I don’t know how anybody can be that dumb, myself. I would “un-sacred-ize” that thing, if I was over there. He may be sacred until I got hungry, and then we’d  have a cook-out! When I got hungry he would be “history!” He is going to be eaten. No religion is going to do that to me. As I said, false religions kill. If you die (physical death) without Christ, you will suffer the second death, of torment, in the flames of the Lake of Fire with Satan, the one it was created for in the first place.

Satan loves to fool people through a counterfeit religion. Yet, this certain religion, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which we have in the United States and all over the world, requires: “Do not give your daughter, or son, a blood transfusion.” Therefore, when they have an illness where a blood transfusion is required, many have died upon the operating table. There have been many lawsuits over that. Every false religion will kill. Let us go to Jeremiah 19:4.

“Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents”  (Jeremiah 19:4);

Here’s what they do. They sacrifice their own sons, and, then we’re going to find out, when a famine comes they will eat their own people. That is unbelievable! Notice Jeremiah 19:5,

“They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind

Baal is a false god. This is how far people can go. Let us go on down to Jeremiah 19:9a,  

“And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters,”

How will God cause it? Is it His will? No! Because of the sins they have committed, the famine that He sends will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters…

“…and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them” (Jeremiah 19:9b).

If the Old Testament tells us this, “…and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege…,” do you know what? You won’t be safe anywhere during this part of the Tribulation Period!

Let us go back to the Book of Revelation. Isn’t that exactly what God says in Revelation 6:8? Not only will they be killed by the “beasts of the earth,” but, also, with the opening of the Fourth Seal, a fourth part of the Earth shall die “…with sword, and with hunger…”

In Revelation 6:6, where we have the opening of the Third Seal with the black horse, there is going to be a famine in the land, where it will take a day’s wages just to buy a loaf of bread. Can you imagine what it will be to try to get something to eat?

 I remember when we went on our Senior trip to Washington D.C., and New York City, a couple of my friends and I slipped out of our rooms and went down on the streets of New York City. We saw the “down-and-outers.” They were going through garbage cans, and were lying there, practically, half-naked. One we passed, I know he was dead! He stunk so bad, he smelled just like a dead animal. In the Tribulation Period, they will be raiding garbage cans, and there is not going to be anything in them! Nobody is going to be throwing away anything. It is going to be a horrible time!

The Antichrist is going to kill one fourth part of the Earth as given in Revelation 6:7,8. You are going to find, after the Rapture, cannibalism will again be prevalent, because there will be absolutely nothing to eat.

We are going to find out, as we are getting ready for the next seal, that God gives us a wave of truth that extends on out into the last half of the Tribulation Period. In the middle of the Tribulation, the Antichrist declares himself to be God, according to 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4, and you have to take the “Mark of the Beast,” or “666.” (Revelation 13:17,18). That is the last two verses of Chapter 13. If you decide you are going to stand for Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords, during the last three-and-a-half years of the Tribulation Period, it will cost you your life.  You are going to be beheaded, if you are caught.

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4).

Satan hates you. He hates every Christian. He will substitute his counterfeit religion for Christianity. He will tell you, “Be good, and you will go to Heaven.” “Be bad, and you will go to Hell.” The truth is you don’t have to “Be bad” to go to Hell. You can do everything good all your life, and go right straight to Hell. There is no one who can do good all of their life. Romans 3:10 tells us,

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one”  (Romans 3:10):

This is why God has concluded we have all…

“…sinned and come short of the glory of God”  (Romans 3:23).

“The wages of that sin,” according to Romans 6:23, “is death,” spiritually separated from God and Heaven, tormented in the Lake of Fire. (Matthew 25:41)

Revelation 6:9-11. The Fifth Seal.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”

The Fifth Seal is opened, and John sees some of the Tribulation martyrs under the altar in Heaven. They have died, and now they are in Heaven. They had been given white robes, and John could see them. They, also, could speak, because heard John what they said, and wrote it down for us. They, also, had an awareness of what was happening on earth. They were martyrs who stood up for the Savior, and paid with their lives. Now, they were “absent from the body and present with the Lord,” and awaiting the Resurrection, at the end of the Tribulation Period, to receive their glorified body, as promised in Philippians 3:21.

“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:21).

This portion of Scripture refutes several false teachings that God never had in His mind, and has never revealed to mankind. They are strictly puffed up in the minds of fleshly men who want to create something to contradict the inerrancy of the Word of God. You have those today that say, “When you die, you go a certain place, then, somebody is going to pay the preacher and they are going to get you out of this place, and ship you on to Heaven. So, according to this group, the Catholic Organization, when you die you go someplace, but you don’t go to Heaven, and you don’t go to Hell. You go to this place of Limbo, or Purgatory, but it is an intermediate place. You go there, and you have to “Pay up, or shut up.” And, if you really care about your loved one, you are going to “pay up.” Right? Well, that’s what they say. We’re going to find out that just isn’t true. Satan loves it!

First of all, when these people died, they went to Heaven. When John went to Heaven, He saw them there, in Heaven! The Bible refutes all false teaching about where we go when we die. Do I go to a place of Limbo? Do I go to a Purgatory? Does it exist? Let me just say this. You can’t find it. It doesn’t exist, and Jesus Christ never mentioned it, not even once, in the whole New Testament. You can’t find a Purgatory! You can’t find a Limbo,  and, you can’t find, as many teach, that you just go into the grave and lie there in a state of dormancy, or a state of unconsciousness. None of that “phony-baloney” exists. It is foreign to the Word of God. It is calling God a liar! It is once again inserting religion, and philosophy, instead of Christianity. Notice here in Psalm 49:7. This answers it once and for all.

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him” 

If you think that you are going to do anything for one of your dead relatives after they have died, you have been deceived. For what are you praying? You should have prayed for him, or her, while they were living. Did you ever witness to them about Christ? But after they die, we are going to get all touched in our heart of how much we miss this person, and we are going to pray for them. I am going to say this, your prayers go no further than the air. You cannot pray for a person after they are dead, because they are already in Heaven, or already in Hell. These prayers go nowhere, but out of your mouth and drop on the floor! The Bible says in Psalm 49:7:

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him”

Do you go to a church where the preacher says, “Hey, pay me, and I’ll pray them out of there?” I’ll tell you what, you are throwing good money after bad. You just gave it away! You’re not going to get any interest for it! You just gave it away for nothing, Friend. You’re not going to give anything to God to buy somebody out of Hell, who had a decision to make, not to go there, while they were living! There is no way you can do that! None! That is found nowhere in God’s Word.

Each one gives an account of themselves to the Lord. We do that, of course, while we are living. Yes, we give an account of our life at the Judgment Seat of Christ, but we are talking about the living now. That is why it is important for you not to listen to religion, but listen to Christ and the living Word of God.

John sees these souls under the altar in Heaven. They had died for their testimony for Jesus Christ. Here’s what God says,

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held”  (Revelation 6:9):

Verse 10 refutes another false doctrine that we have previously mentioned. It is that you go to the grave and lie there, dormant, and, at “the end,” there is going to be a resurrection, “sometime.” If your good works outweigh your bad works, then you are going to Heaven. If they don’t, you go back into dormancy, and that’s the end of your existence, Fella. Good Bye! So long! See ‘ya later! You never existed, so, hang it up!

I have to say, “You never find that in the Bible!” Notice what it says,

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?”  (Revelation 6:10)

They are talking! They are talking in Heaven. They are alive in Heaven. I don’t know how in the world you can be sleeping in the grave, and be in Heaven and you are still talking. Hell claims the soul and the spirit. Heaven claims the soul and the spirit. The grave claims the body, which is going to have a Resurrection. When you die, you are “absent from the body…present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8), and you never lay in that grave, whatsoever. These souls had trusted Christ. They had a witness for Christ. They would not sell out to the Antichrist, and, in Heaven, John heard them cry out.

We have been looking at false religions that present a counterfeit of Christianity. This chapter begins with the entrance of the Antichrist, the one who is personally indwelt by Satan.We know Satan is behind all false religions and, as we have previously noted, the Lord had said,

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:5).

How can we recognize a “false Christ?” How will you know a false Christ.?

Dr. Harry Ironsides was one of the great Bible expositors of many years ago. A man came into his office and his secretary said, “Dr. Ironsides, there’s a man outside who would like to see you. He says he is Jesus Christ.” Dr. Ironsides said, “Send him in, please.” The man came in and said, “Dr. Ironsides, I would like to introduce myself. I am Jesus Christ, the Messiah.” Dr. Ironsides said, “Let me see your hands, Sir.” He held his hands out. Dr. Ironsides asked, “Where are the nail prints?” Dr. Ironsides then asked to see the man’s feet. Well, there were no nail prints there, either. Dr. Ironsides then requested, “Let me see your side.” There should have been a tremendous wound with the sword going into the side. Of course, there was none. At this point, Dr. Ironsides ended the interview with, “Sir, you are an imposter. I have no more time for you! You are not accepting Jesus Christ. You have become your own Christ!”

You are finding in these last days, more false cults and religions are springing up than you can count. It is hard to keep up with them. Years ago, I used to keep files on every one. I would write their headquarters and get their material and compare them with the Bible. I would, then have it documented, so, whether on radio, TV, or in a sermon. I would have the written material from their headquarters, in my file, to back up what I say a cult religion says. We don’t just pull it off the top of our head.

But there are so many today, it would take someone full-time just trying to keep up with all the false cults and the false religions. I have concluded the best thing to do is just preach the Bible. God gave you a mind, and he gave you discernment. He gave you His Word, so that you can compare it to what any preacher, or any church has to say. God has given you good sense to make that decision for yourself.

In the Second Seal (Revelation 6:6), we notice there will be wars, that parallels what is spoken of in Matthew 24:6,7.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet (6).  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places” (7).

We find the Fourth Seal of Revelation parallels the same thing. In the Fifth Seal, we are talking about God’s judgment upon the Earth. Now, in the Fifth Seal, I would like for you to notice Verse 9. During this time, many Christians are going to have to die for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. These Scriptures in Verses 9, and 10, also refute the false teachings of reincarnation, and soul-sleeping held by Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and a few others. Where they get these ideas, I have no idea, whatsoever. God says…

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God…”  (1 Corinthians 3:19a).

It amazes me that men will say that we are reincarnated, or we go to the grave and we sleep. Yet, man has never been on the other side of death. You have a few whackos saying, “Well, I saw the light at the other end of the tunnel.” I don’t find anything in the Bible about “a light at the end of a tunnel.” That is a satanic delusion. You can see the light in Heaven, when you are passed from death unto life, but the “light in the tunnel” fantasy is nothing more than a satanic delusion, which gives a false peace. The only peace that you can rely on is through trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior. In Romans 5:1 it says…

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1):

If you are trying to find peace in looking for the “light at the end of the tunnel,” you are being, satanically, deceived. The only light you are going to see are the flames of Hell, when you wake up there. This is why God put the Bible here. It is to reveal the greatest deceiver this world has ever known, the Antichrist, old Satan, himself, and his demons, also known as evil spirits.

Revelation 6:9,10.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.

We are told here that many are going to die during the Tribulation Period. Notice in Verse 10.

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?” (Revelation 6:10).

It doesn’t sound to me like these are sleeping in the grave. Does it to you?

I would like for you to notice that following the False Christ (First Seal), the War (Second Seal), the Famine (Third Seal), and Death (Fourth Seal), comes the Fifth Seal, the Martyrdom. Amid the turmoil on the world scene, the ungodly will grow in hatred against Christ. Instead of deploring sin as the cause of their trouble, their anger will be kindled at those who have accepted Christ, and who will no longer cooperate with their humanistic endeavors, and their ideologies. In other words, the Christians will not go along with the “program.”

 If you didn’t know it, the “program” that the Antichrist is going to implement is the One-World Religious System. You can see that we have that today. All you have to do is open your eyes and see that ecumenicalism is the down payment, to brainwash you, in preparation for the Tribulation Period. Just lay aside your Bible doctrines. It doesn’t matter if one church says, “The preacher will get you to Heaven because he will forgive your sins.” The Bible-believing church says, “That man is full of baloney. He doesn’t know beans from apple butter. No man can forgive sins. If any mere, human, man could forgive sins, why did Jesus Christ have to die on the Cross?”

So, you are trying to get all these together who do not even believe the same thing, and what you have is a compromise of their principles, a compromise on the Bible, and an endorsement of many false religions that are just all trying to “get together now and praise God.” Let me say this. You may talk about God all you want, but if you do not accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are just shadow-boxing. You are throwing your words to the wind. Christ tells us in John 8:42…

“…If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me”  (John 8:42).

Matthew 24:8. “The Beginning of Sorrows.”

“All these are the beginning of sorrows”(Matthew 24:8).

In this verse, Jesus refers to the first four items, found in Matthew 24:4-7, as “the beginning of sorrows.” Therefore, He segregates these four from those that come later, from the Fifth Seal on. Likewise, Revelation 6 divides the first four seals from the others, by putting them in their own category of “horsemen.”

In Matthew 24:4-9, and in the Seals of Revelation, Chapter 6, the beginning of the Tribulation Period is described. Both join in declaring that an early phase of false prophets, war, famine, and death, will soon be followed by the making of Christian martyrs. That is where we are in Verses 9 and 10. All of this will take place before the “Abomination of Desolation” is perpetrated, and the persecution by the Antichrist is unleashed, in all of its fury, during the second three-and-a-half years. We will see those intensified judgments of God when we get on back in our travel through this great book.

Chart: “The Beginning of Sorrows”

Revelation 6:1-8 – The Four Horsemen Matthew 24:4-7
Seal #1 - False Prophets & Antichrist: Revelation 6:1,2.

“...behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer” (2).

Matthew 24:5,11

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many (5). “ “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (11).

Seal #2 - War: Revelation 6:3,4.

“And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword” (4).

 Matthew 24:6

 

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

Seal #3 - Famine: Revelation 6:5,6.

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (6).

Matthew 24:7

 

 “...and there shall be famines...   (Matt. 24:7b).

Seal #4 - Death and Hell: Revelation 6:7-8.

 “...behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (Rev. 6:8).

Matthew 24:7

 

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”   

Seal #5 – Tribulation Martyrs: Revelation 6:9-11.

 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:” (9).

 Matthew 24:9

 

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.”  

Revelation 6:11. There Will Be More Martyrs Later.

“And white robes were given unto every one of them, and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled” 

It may cost you your life to be a believer during this particular period of time. We find that others will die for their testimony in Revelation 12:11.

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

They were willing to die for their Savior, the Lord Jesus. Go with me now to Revelation 14:13,

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

Go with me to Revelation, Chapter 20. What a gruesome sight this is going to be! If you refuse the Mark of the Beast, from the middle of the Tribulation Period on, during the last three-and-a-half years, this is the kind of death you will have to suffer. Notice Revelation 20:4,5,

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast (Satan),neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years (4).

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection” (5).

These were beheaded for their faith. The guillotine will be reinstituted. Peter talked about the same thing. Peter said,

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you” (1 Peter 4:12):

Many of you are old enough to remember, and, if you are not old enough to remember, you can read about it in your history books. In our own generation, we have seen the wholesale death of Jews, as more than six million perished under the Nazi regime. For the most part, the world stood helplessly by, many in unbelief. It has been said that many of the Jews, even as they were being herded in the box cars and having been warned of their fate, refused to believe that such an event would occur.

In the Fourth Seal, following famine, one fourth of the population of the Earth has been destroyed.

To show you how much the world hates Christians, clear back in the spring of 1970 we saw a sudden interest in our environment. Even the college students became aware that we were polluting our Earth. Earth Day, which was instituted April 22, 1970, was set aside to discuss the issues and the possible solutions. The Environmental Handbook came out of the United Nations’ UNESCO[i] and it was prepared by “Friends of the Earth.” It was at this time, and the same convention, that U Thant[ii] praised Lenin as a great humanitarian and defender of liberty. What a joke! U Thant, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, praising Lenin as a great humanitarian and a defender of Liberty. This is the kind of leadership that we see. It is perverse to the Bible. You see the Environmental Handbook makes, among other recommendations, the following:

  1. Nations must be phased out as quickly as possible.
  2. Christianity bears a huge burden of guilt for ecological problems. (In other words, we’re going to blame the Christians for this.)
  3. Experimental living groups should construct their shelters from church windows. (In other words, destroy the churches and use their materials.)

There is already a growing animosity towards the Bible and Christians, and, in the Tribulation Period, those who refuse to accept the Mark of the Beast will be unable to buy food and will face starvation and death.

 Go back with me, again, to Revelation 6:9,10.

 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: (9):  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” (10).

Let us get a couple of other things here, doctrinally. When it comes to where you are going to go when you die, man has never been on the other side of death, and come back. God has told us what is on the other side of death. Let’s read these verses again. When you are living, you are composed of three components: body, soul, and spirit. The soul is the seat of your emotions and your appetites. The spirit is the seat of your intelligence. You have a body. When I look at you, I see the body, but I don’t see the real you. God has given you a body for the “real you” to express yourself with. When you die, the only thing that dies is the body. James 2:26 says,

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).

So, when the body dies, the spirit which is your intelligence, the real you, your being; and, your soul, the seat of your emotions and your appetites—are never separated. They are the real “you” that lives on. You are passed from death unto life, and your soul and spirit never go to the grave. The body is dead “without the spirit.” With the spirit inside, the body cannot die. So, when the body dies, the soul and spirit leave that body and they do not accompany that body into the grave, into a state of annihilation. The Bible tells us, as Paul was inspired to write by the Holy Spirit,

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

When the Lord was on the Cross, in Luke 23:43, he told the thief…

“…To day shalt thou be with me in paradise”  (Luke 23:43).

Surely the grave was not Paradise, was it? Absolutely not! So, the soul, and spirit, separated from the body. But the teaching that people would like to have you believe is that you just go to the grave. Accompanying that teaching is, if you are good, all is well. There is going to be a general resurrection, they say, and, if your good works outweigh your bad, you are OK. Here we have a works salvation, again, excluding Jesus Christ. Every damnable false religion excludes Christ.

When I meet somebody, no matter what religion they are affiliated with, when I try to talk with them about Jesus Christ and they don’t want to talk, I know they have religion, but they don’t have Christ. The Lord wants us to talk about Him, and the wonderful things He has done for us. He says here in Revelation 6:9,

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”

They died, but notice where these souls are now. John was up in Heaven and he saw them.

“And they cried with a loud voice,

They could talk and they had reasoning as they were…

“…saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?” (Revelation 6:10).

Their real essence, the soul, seat of their emotions and appetites, and, their spirit, the seat of their intelligence was very much alive in Heaven. John heard them cry out and say, “How long will it be before you avenge our blood?” In this Church Age that we live in, today, we are to pray for our enemies, but not in the Tribulation Period. Christ said in Luke 23:34, 

“…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots “  (Luke 23:34).

And when they stoned Stephen in Acts, Chapter 7,

“And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep “  (Acts 7:6)

There was a time when everybody forsook Paul. Nobody stood with him. He was like a “duck out of water.” But in 2 Timothy 4:16,17, he said, “Don’t lay this to their charge.”

“At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge (16).  Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion “ (17).

But, when the Tribulation comes, the prayer will be, “Sic ‘em, Lord, and give it to ‘em!”

Revelation 6:12. The Sixth Seal.

 “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood” (12);

God controls the weather. Read Job, Chapters 36 and 37. He controls the atmosphere around Earth, and he controls what is inside the Earth. Here He uses an earthquake, and He is going to use earthquakes, again, as the judgments are intensified. I would like for you to  notice Revelation 11:13,

“And the same hour was there a great Earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the Earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. “

The Remnant is all inclusive of the other nine-tenths, numbering 63,000. Here is another great earthquake. Go with me now to Revelation 16:18,19,

“And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the Earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great” (18). 

And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath“  (19).

These verses describe an earthquake such as has never been before. God is going to punish them for their wicked deeds, their rejection of Jesus Christ, their blasphemy against God. He will punish them for their teaching of evolutionary theories which corrupt the children, their many abortions, and the many diabolical things man does that are absolutely an attack on the Word of God.

God has also used earthquakes in the past. God brings things to pass, such as hailstones, when He slew the Assyrians, and He rained brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah. In Numbers, Chapter 16, is just such a case. This chapter describes a man who was jealous of the leadership of Moses. He had gathered quite a few men together and they rose up before Moses. Here is the conclusion of the matter in Numbers 16:32,33,

“And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods“ (32).

They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation “ (33).

God was provoked by Korah’s jealousy of the leadership of Moses. Moses was God’s appointed man and this man had told Moses, “You take too much upon yourself.” He was jealous, and he wanted to have the leadership, himself. He wanted to degrade Moses, and God had had enough of him! God just opened up the Earth and took care of the problem, as, Korah, and all of his followers were disposed of in less than a minute.

 “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

Revelation 6:13. The Stars Fall.

“And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. “

 Can you imagine such a shaking that mountains, like the Andes and the Alps, and other mountain ranges, are actually moved by the power of God. Imagine if God had reached down from Heaven to place His hand around the Earth, and shakes it out of the foundation that it is on? He shakes the Earth, and little men down here will be just like ants on this Earth, when God unleashes His mighty power, as He does in these seals. The judgments intensify as we go forward in the Book of Revelation.

Revelation 6:14. The Heavens Depart and the Mountains Move!

“And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places .“

The “heavens departing as a scroll” must refer to the atmospheric heavens, the clouds being suddenly rolled away so swiftly, that men will cry in horror as they stand, exposed, before an angry God. I don’t know if you have read the book, by Jonathan Edwards, called Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. If you have not read it, I would go to my Christian book store and get a copy of the booklet. Many say it is one of the greatest sermons that man has ever preached. The day he delivered this sermon, the congregation literally felt as though they were slipping out of their seats into Hell. He led many thousands to Jesus Christ. But this verse cannot be describing the final fiery cataclysm as found in 2 Peter 3:10-13 where it says “…the heavens shall pass away with a great noise…” The reason is because those on Earth, who see these events, remain alive after them, and many flee to nearby caves and rocks for shelter amid the celestial terrors.

Revelation 6:15-17. The Wrath of the Lamb.

“And the kings of the Earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains (15);  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (16):  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (17). 

In Verses 15 to 17, we find that modern man marks himself as the “king of his destiny,” and, day by day, claims to be more the master of nature and the elements. Here, at God’s thunder, the sinners quake. Kings and masters, as well as the lowest on the Earth, fall in abject dread at these disasters. That inner sense of guilt and sin in all humans awakened, as we shall see in Chapter Eleven. By the testimony of God’s end-time witnesses, they actually realize this.

The great day of His wrath is come.” The sinners cringe, and know that God’s anger is behind these seal calamities. Soon the Trumpet Judgments will come forth, and these will be more severe than even the seals. The wrath of God is even more plainly seen, as we continue on with Chapters Eight and Nine. Then will come the Bowls of Wrath of the Almighty God. Rebellious man desires to live without God, but God will have the last say.

After God has raptured His church, He will withdraw His restraints upon sin, and, sinful man will bring the curses of the ages upon his own head in this Tribulation Period. Lies, wars, famine, and death, are all described here, in how God is going to judge the lost.

Two more catastrophes are brought to our attention in the Sixth Seal, the judgment. First of all, as we discussed, the heavens are opened. It is hard for the human mind to fathom this occurrence. It will be a shock when it occurs. And then, Number Two, the Earth moves. Imagine living in a day when every mountain and every island is moved out of its place. It doesn’t mean that they are not going to exist any more. They are just moved by the force and the power of God. Scientists are already acknowledging the fact that the Earth’s crust moves. One encyclopedia devotes a four-page article to the drifting continents. It reports that the Earth consists of a liquid core with a radius of about 2,170 miles. It has a mantle about 1800 miles thick, and a crust. The continental crust is, on average, 20 miles thick. Their theory is that movement in the Earth’s mantle is causing the continental drifts. Scientists have recently found that Asia and Africa are splitting apart along a large fault in the center of the Red Sea.

Revelation 6:16:

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:”   

Joel spoke of this same prophecy. Go back with me now to Joel, Chapter 2, and we’ll begin in Verse 28. You must remember, the Old Testament Prophets never knew about the Church Age that you are living in today. It was never prophesied in the Old Testament. This was a mystery that was revealed unto the Apostle Paul, as we find out in Ephesians 3:1-10. We do find out that the Old Testament prophets did know about the Tribulation Period. They did know about the Birth of Christ. They did know about the Crucifixion of Christ. We find many of the Old Testament prophets, such as, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, prophesied about this same period of time, as did Matthew, Chapter 24, and, the Book of Revelation. Let’s notice here now in Joel 2:28:

“And it shall come to pass afterward, (that’s after Israel’s restoration) that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:”

Now this is what we find out that Peter talked about in Acts 2:16-21. This was that same spirit poured out on Pentecost. Pentecost was not the fulfilling of Joel’s prophecy. There were no “wonders in the heavens,” but it was that same Spirit that was poured out there, when each understood in their own language.

Notice what is says now in Joel 2:30, 31:

“And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the Earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke (30). The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come “ (31).

Joel knew about this occurrence that would take place in the Tribulation Period. We come on back and begin to see how God has dealt with the nation of  Israel, and, what He’s going to do with those today that are lost, that have never known the Lord Jesus Christ and blaspheme His Name. They only care about living for the pleasures of this world, that is all.

Let us go back to Isaiah 13:11-13:

“And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible  (11).  I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir  (12).   Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the Earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger “ ( 13).

When men cry today and say, “Oh where is the Lord?” Well, God in His grace, His kindness, and His mercy, has allowed things to go on. “Mercy” means “not giving us what we deserve.” With all that is going on in the world today, we are surely paralleling the nation of Israel, and getting ripe for the judgment of Almighty God. We ought to be praying “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.”

Folks, if you think things can continue to go on, think again. Everything that was done to destroy the Roman Empire is being done in America. Everything that you have seen in History paralleling the nation of Israel is being done in America. Do you know who you can thank? You can thank our Supreme Court. They are not to rewrite the Constitution and they seem to have the opinion that it is out of date. Our founding fathers have given us principles, and this country, for which the Bible was the foundation. In my younger days, there were morals, there were principles, and there was decency. There was respect for other people. All of that has disintegrated until it is almost every man for himself. We are living in a society where it is a survival situation.

When I was a boy, if someone would do something, you could yell at them out of your car window, or toot the horn. If you do it today, you could get yourself shot! Those that shoot you already know they are not going to die. They know that their punishment is going to be very lenient, or the first thing that will happen if they are arrested, “We must get him a psychiatrist, or psychologist, and get him examined.”

You know, it is an amazing thing, when a person commits a crime and they leave the scene, they must know it is wrong, or they wouldn’t leave. When they commit a murder, and they don’t turn themselves in, they must know that there is some punishment. If not, why wouldn’t they just go tell the police that I killed this person? If they were mentally incompetent, they would. But when they run, you have to invest in time and money to trace down the murderer, and, then, we get him to some quacko psychiatrist to examine him to see if he understands right from wrong. If he didn’t understand right from wrong, he wouldn’t have run, would he?

This is how foolish our society has gotten. Every time somebody is mixed up with the law, get a psychiatrist to him. Most of the psychiatrists need a psychiatrist, if you want the truth. In fact, the truth came out a while back.  They have more broken homes, and more troubles, than most of the common people. Law breakers do not need psychiatrists. They need punishment, and they need to know that they are going to get punishment. Here is what God says about it.

“Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil “  (Ecclesiastes 8:11).

“Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth “  (Habakkuk 1:4).

When there are one of these bombings that kill many, many, people, our president gets up and reads from a little slip of paper that, “We’re going to do everything within our power to bring these murderers to justice.” Then another year passes, and then another. Pretty soon we’re fighting over where we are going to hold the trial. If they wanted the trial held somewhere else, they should have committed the crime somewhere else, shouldn’t they? But we think more of the murderer and the protection of his rights, than we think of the rights of all those people that died. This is how twisted up we are in our minds.

Remember, Ecclesiastes said, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil [continually].” Pretty soon, months go by and the witnesses cannot remember everything. Their memories would be much fresher if you have them in court after the incident happens. The police work as hard as they can. They go into court, and the judge ties their hands in the “legality” of the law. What are you saying? God says, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil [continually].” It incites the criminals to go on and do worse crime, because they know it is a long time before they go to trial. They know witnesses sometimes can’t remember that far back. Many things can take place, and, we can find a technicality here, and a technicality there, etc.

But the time is coming, in this Tribulation Period that you may not laugh at Jesus Christ’s coming, because in 2 Peter 3:4 it says there will be mockers saying…

“…Where is the promise of his coming?...

You are either a mocker of Jesus Christ, or, Jesus Christ is your Father, if you have received Him as your Savior. In Chapter 6 of Revelation, that day is coming when people are going to meet God Almighty, face to face. That is going to be when they die. It is not a game that is played down here. It isn’t some religious performance going on to make you feel religious. The only way you are going to escape the Tribulation Period is, if you are a believer and you go at the Rapture.  And, you’re laughing at that!

You’ll wake up some morning and all these people are gone. It comes out over the radio, “We must have had an invasion from Mars,” or, “We must have had an invasion from outer space.” The Antichrist stands up and says, “I had to get rid of all these people, so we could have the Utopia we have all been waiting for.” He will justify it, and bend the situation to his advantage.

But you will be missing some of your relatives. You are going to be missing your fundamental preachers. Perhaps, even, the boss on your job. You will look for that person who witnessed to you, and said, “We’d like for you to think about trusting Christ as your Savior, so you can avoid this Day of Wrath.” Now, the day that we are speaking about, is here. This is the day that, if you reject the Lord Jesus Christ, it doesn’t matter who you are, because in Revelation 6:15 it says,

 “And the kings of the Earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;”

It won’t matter what your position is. When Jesus Christ throws these judgments out, you will not escape. Revelation 6:16 says,

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.”

Do you know why they are saying this? They are hoping that death will end it all. No one in their right mind would say, “Fall on us and kill us.” They are more frightened of spiritual death, than they are physical death. They are hoping that this damnable philosophy of Shirley McClain, and others, which says we are reincarnated, is true. They are hoping the New Age movement, which says there is no Hell, is right. Or…the new versions of the Bible, which take away the doctrinal parts but hold to the traditional parts, are true, because they have no doctrine in them when it comes to Hell. When it comes to the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, they re-word passages to take away the power and emphasis of the power of God unto salvation, which is His Death and Resurrection. If there is no Hell, and there is not going to be a Rapture and a Tribulation Period, they do not have anything to worry about. Right?

This is the movement that we are living in right here, today, that wants to divert you from the True and Living God. They want to divert you into some New Age Version of the Bible, like the Living Bible, the New International Version, the New American Standard Bible, etc. All of these are perverted Bibles, sold under the counterfeit of being a Bible. They are a money-making scheme. You say, “Oh, my mother gave it to me.” Or, “My Daddy gave it to me.” Or, worse, “My pastor gave it to me.” One of the men, who was the head of one of the new Bible version translation committees, has since renounced them, and said, “God forgive me. I have tampered with the Word of God. How shall I undo what I have done?”

So, you ought to check into some of these things to make sure you are not deceived. I will say this. They know that, when these things happen, it has to be of God. They realize this truly is the God that they are going to stand before. Maybe they have been witnessed to, or they have been in a good Bible-teaching church where the preacher has preached on Hell. He has taught them to trust that Jesus Christ paid for their sins, but they refused.

“Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels”    (Matthew 25:41):

And here they are, in this Tribulation Period. They would rather die physically, and hope that ends it all, rather than be alive in Hell for all time and eternity, suffering that kind of torment. However, that is what is going to happen. Notice in Verse 17…   

“For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:17).

We are told in 2 Corinthians 6:2…

“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Jesus Christ went to the Hell of the Cross, and paid for your sins, so you would not spend eternity in the Lake of Fire making that payment yourself. Nobody loved you like Jesus Christ. Do not put it off another day. Christ could come tonight.

I would like you to go in your Bibles to Isaiah 1:11-13. Isaiah had the same problem with the nation of Israel as God is having with America. We’ll pick it up here in Verse 11, and go on down; and, then God gives an invitation in Verse 18.

“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats” (Isaiah 1:11).

This was your Judaism with your Old Testament sacrifices, because they were doing it only for a show.

“When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? (12)  Bring no more vain (empty) oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting”  (Isaiah 1:12-13).

A very practical application. You go into a modernistic church where many of the members go out and commit adultery. They go out and steal. They go out and swear. They are crooked in their business. But they parade into church every Sunday morning. They go to their bars on Monday through Saturday and sit, sucking up their slop. That’s what I call it. They are not very happy with me when I call it that. But there are a lot of dead people in the cemeteries, and a lot of teenagers that have died from that damnable drinking. Their parents have taught them it is all right, because they have sat around soaking it up in the bars. So, their children go out to a Senior Prom and think it is all right to drink. After all, Daddy does it. Mommy does it. They go to the bar all the time. The teenagers get drunk, and they get in an accident, and some die.

If the victims of alcohol, who lie in the cemeteries today could talk, what do you think they would say about drinking that nice, little social drink? Not only that, you’ve got preachers who drink. Ask your preacher if he drinks, socially. If he does, you better run from him, because he’s a counterfeit. He’s just a social guy around town. He’s not going to tell you how to be saved, because he probably doesn’t know how to go to Heaven, himself.

But notice here in Verse 17…

“Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17).

Learn to do things honestly. And then God says this, “Don’t just go to church, and be playing games here. He says in Isaiah 1:18-20,  

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (18). If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land (19): But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it” (20).

Let us notice again back in Revelation 6:16,17. Again, they must have come to their senses when they said this.

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (16):  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (17).

You hear some of these atheists, agnostics, evolutionists, and so-called scientists in your classrooms today, coming out openly and blatantly denouncing there is a God. However, tomorrow may be their judgment day. If Jesus Christ comes tonight and the Rapture takes place, they will be scared to death. Then you will see what these men, or women, who stood up in the classroom and propagated that stuff, are really like when they know that it is Almighty God causing these earthquakes.  Their town is shaking, and there are big cracks in the ground. People are falling in, and they close up again. Thousands of people are going down into the pit, just like it was in Numbers, Chapter 16. You are going to think, “Is this what I followed? Was I ever deceived!”

Don’t be deceived.

“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Christ could come tomorrow! I hope that, if you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you will now. You may be going to church, you may have been baptized, you may have been doing everything that seems right, but none of those things will save you. Jesus Christ died on the cross, and He paid for your sins. He gave His life to save yours and he said:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”(John 3:16)

We hope you will trust Christ today.

[i] UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, is a specialised agency of the United Nations system. The organisation was created more than a half century ago, with the mission to build the defences of peace in the minds of men. Its Constitution states that: “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed”.

viii.  U Thant, was the third Secretary-General of the United Nations and served from 1961 to 1971. He was chosen to head the world body following the death of the then Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold in an air crash in September 1961.

From his first years as Secretary-General, he placed great emphasis on moving forward the UN’s development agenda, and the 1960s were termed the UN Development Decade. During this time, many new nations in Asia and Africa joined the UN, and U Thant articulated and supported their concerns for a more equitable world economic system.U Thant retired from the UN at the end of his second term in 1971. He was diagnosed with cancer in 1973 and died in New York on November 25, 1974. He was 65 years old.

The First Six Seal Judgments

We have just finished up with Chapter Five, which shows the Redemption of Creation and Mankind. “No man in heaven, nor in Earth, neither under the Earth” is able to open the seven-sealed book, or the scroll, which unleashes all the things yet to happen in Bible prophecy, until the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah, our Lord Jesus Christ, steps forward. The Lord Jesus is the only one. He is the Lamb of God and He takes the scroll. He is the only one found worthy to pronounce judgment upon this world. He is the Judge of all of the Earth. He comes forward and takes that scroll, opens it up, and we are ready to proceed with the things that are yet to come.

In Chapter Six, we begin to see the unleashing of some of the judgments of God upon the Earth. I might say this at the outset, when we unfold the Seven Seals of Chapter Six, they are just a down payment of the intensified judgments of God, as we proceed to Chapters Eight and Nine. Chapter Six begins the events of the Tribulation Period.

Follow along in your Bible, and you will begin to understand that the Book of Revelation is taking us through the Tribulation Period. After Chapter Four, we no longer hear anything about the Church. She has been Raptured, and is now in Heaven.

In reality, and in our time, “the blessed hope and glorious appearing” of our Savior has not happened on this Earth yet. The prayer of every believer in this Church Age is, “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.” Soon...

“…the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (16) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 ).

When that takes place, that triggers the seven-year Tribulation Period. At the end of that, Christ comes back and sets the Kingdom up. So, everything that transpires from Chapter Four on, in the Book of Revelation, is future. We have now come to the time of “…the things which shall be hereafter.” (1:19c).

Parallel to that, Daniel also speaks of that same Tribulation Period of time, i.e., seven years. Also, in Matthew, Chapter 24, the whole chapter is dealing with this seven-year Tribulation Period, and what will take place during that particular period of time. Therefore, we will be referring back to the Book of Matthew, along with Chapter Six, to show how these things parallel with the book of Matthew.

Revelation 6:1,2. The First Seal. The Antichrist on a White Horse.

 “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.” 

He is saying come over here, John. Remember what we have studied concerning the four beasts. These are heavenly creatures giving glory to God. These are part of the train in Heaven. These are things that we would know nothing about, if John had not revealed them here, as the Lord revealed them to him.

 “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer”  (Revelation 6:2).

We have here what seems to be a parallel, between the white horse rider in this verse, and the white horse rider in Revelation, Chapter 19. We find out they are not parallel at all, but they are diametrically opposed. This is the Antichrist making his first appearance, and this is going to show us something. In order to appear non-offensive and non-aggressive with power, the Antichrist, at first has only a bow, but he has no arrows. We are going to give you some parallel chapters to show that he appears to come in peaceably. This is the Antichrist riding the white horse, impersonating Christ. When we look at Revelation, Chapter Nineteen, the One riding the white horse is the Lord Jesus Christ. Why in the world do you say here in Chapter Six that Satan is riding the white horse?

The answer is very simple. Satan always likes to duplicate the Lord Jesus Christ. He has always wanted to be king of this Earth. In Matthew 4:8, he offered Christ “all the kingdoms of the world,” if He would fall down and worship him. What a joke that was! Christ told him, “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Here He is, the Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and this fool, Satan, is actually trying to offer Him all the Kingdoms here upon the Earth. They already belonged to the Lord. Satan has so deceived himself.

We find out that Satan is always an imitator of the Lord Jesus Christ. For example: he imitates salvation. The Lord Jesus Christ said all you have to do is “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Do you know what Satan’s ambassadors say? “Oh, that’s too easy! There’s more to it than that.” It’s a counterfeit, but it looks religious. A counterfeit is something that looks so close to the original you can hardly tell the difference. Religion is doing something to merit eternal life. Salvation is not doing anything to merit eternal life, but going to Heaven by faith in the one who gave His life to buy your right to have eternal life. We go to Heaven on the merits of Jesus Christ, not our own merits. That’s what the Bible teaches.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)

Satan always comes in as a counterfeit, and, he is going to come in peaceably. He’s going to present himself as the great peacemaker. He’s going to deceive practically the whole world. Not all of the world, but the majority of the world. Let us go back to the Book of Daniel in Daniel 8:25,

“And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many:…

…but Satan is a deceiver. He is going to deceive the world and say “I’m coming in peaceably.” Daniel speaks of this again in Daniel 11:21,24,

“And in his estate  (Antichrist) shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.”

Notice in Verse 24,

 “He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province;..

…and this goes right in line, as we come over here to Matthew 4:9,

“And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Satan).

Old Satan loves to do this. He loves to say to you, “You know, you can have this. You can have that.” You’ll think it is Christ, but it is not.

Go with me now over here to Matthew 24. This parallels Revelation, Chapter 6, because they are both speaking about the Tribulation Period. Notice in Matthew 24:5,

”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many”

Only God is the Forgiver of sins. We keep emphasizing this, because there are so many deceived by churches that say their ministers, or priests, can forgive your sins. You get in a certain area and you find Lutheran and Catholic churches that propagate this. But you get in other areas where you’re around Bible-teaching churches, they just laugh at that kind of foolishness, and wonder how anybody can think that a preacher can forgive your sins.

All through the Bible, it is God who is the Forgiver of sins. But Satan loves for you to go to that preacher and confess your sins, and for you to actually think this man can forgive your sins. All of this is nothing but the working of Satan as he comes in peaceably. He wants you to think that preacher “loves” you, and he “wants the best” for you, and, he’s God’s intercessor for you. We find the Bible teaches that,

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5);

You will never find a preacher that God gave the power to be the intercessor between you and God. The Lord says in Hebrews 4:16, “Come boldly before the throne of grace.” He didn’t say “Come boldly before the preacher!” The preacher cannot even forgive his own sins, let alone yours.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

In the areas where you do not have many Bible-believing churches, it seems like some kind of shock-wave going through the air when you say, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” A preacher who says he can forgive your sin is actually taking the place of Christ, and as Matthew 24:5 points out:

”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”

This is the profit of reading your Bible for yourself. If you go to church, and don’t carry your Bible, you are the top-notch candidate to be deceived by false teaching. You’re trusting that preacher. You’re trusting that church. God wants you to trust Him. He wants you to trust His Word in order to check out and see who is the true and who is the false. Sometimes, you meet some of these preachers and you think sugar wouldn’t melt in their mouth, but they are feeding you nothing but poison through the pulpit.

Let’s see what happens when we get to the next seal.

Revelation 6:3,4. The Second Seal.

“And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see (3). And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the Earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”

“Kill One Another…”

Now, I would like for you to underline in your Bible the words, “kill one another,” because we’re going to show you where cannibalism has taken place, even in the nation of Israel, and will yet take place during the Tribulation Period. “They shall kill one another.” Why is that? We will find as we continue there is going to be such a famine on this Earth, as it was in the days of Israel before the Captivity. They actually killed human beings and ate them, then, because there was nothing to eat, and it is going to happen again. There is a famine coming.

“And there was given unto him a great sword…”

These riders show what the Antichrist is going to do. This one rides a red horse. You will find out that red is always associated with terror and death. In Revelation 12:3, we have the “red dragon.” That is Old Satan. In Revelation 17:3, we have the“red beast.” That is, again,“Old Satan.” So, it is always associated with terror and with death.

Let us go to Matthew 24:6,7 and get the parallel for this.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet  (6).  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places” (7). 

There are going to be earthquakes in various, or different, places. That is what the word “divers” means in the Greek, “different, or various places.” On upcoming pages, we will tie all of these together with the verses on cannibalism. I never knew such things existed.

When it comes to a choice between dying, or eating another human being, we are going to see what these plagues bring. We’re going to see what Satan does. You’ve got to remember something that we find in John 8:44. Satan is a deceiver and God tells us about him. He is a murderer and he is a liar. In the Eighth Chapter of John, Christ is talking to the religious leaders of Israel. These are not the down-and-outers now. These are the ones that are held in high esteem by the people. These were your scribes and your Pharisees, your interpreters of the Law. These were the ones who would write the commentaries. These were the ones representing God, supposedly, but they were false leaders.

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it”  (John 8:44).

Underline “murderer,” because there are two things characteristic of “Old Scratch” here. He is a murderer, and a liar! Then He continues in Verse 47…

“He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God”  (John 8:47).

Let me ask you something. Are you one that’s laughing at the Book of Revelation? Do you think these things are not going to come to pass? If you do, it’s because you are not of God. You are not trusting the Word of God.You don’t believe the Bible is really God’s inerrant Word given to mankind. You believe it is just like some of your modern philosophers, and this is the view of many modernistic preachers. This does not include those Bible-teaching pastors who believe the Word of God. They believe that it is true! Every word of it is true.

 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man”  (Psalm 118:8).

Revelation 6:5,6. The Third Seal.

 “And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand  (5). And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (6). 

Now, we’re going to see where the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. Old Satan is a liar, isn’t he? He will tell you that you can do anything you want to do. Lost people are going to love this Antichrist. Why? They can wallow in their sin and it is going to be legal! It’s all right. It’s acceptable. You know, we are getting that today, because we are so close to the Tribulation Period. “The next event’s the Great Event, the Messiah comes again.”  That will be the Rapture.

It’s socially acceptable now to do many of the sins, even commit First Degree Murder with abortion. That is acceptable, now, because we have a Supreme Court of idiots that care nothing for human life, and, therefore, care nothing for morals. So, you feel free to go out and kill your children, since it is legal now. I thank God there are some leaders rising up in these days that are opposing abortion. They probably won’t get elected in the national election, but, at least, there are some that are saying, “We made a mistake. This Roe vs. Wade ruling on abortion must be repealed!”

“A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny;”

The rider of the black horse holds a pair of balances, indicating some type of governmental control over the food supply. A measure of wheat (Greek = choinix) was about a quart, and a penny (denarion) was a day's wages for an ordinary laboring man. In other words, food will be so scarce it will take a person all day to earn enough wages for just a quart of grain. This indicates that all man-made schemes to give people even the necessities of life will fail. A situation that will only get worse.

 “Hurt not the oil and the wine.”

But note that there is no scarcity of oil and wine for the rich. The rich get richer and enjoy their luxuries, while the poor get poorer and can hardly get enough to eat. This is representative of the rich. In other words, don’t touch the accounts of the rich. They are all right. They are the ones we are going to protect. In whatever the Antichrist is going to do, he is going to protect the rich, because he needs them. He is a military genius. He is a financial genius. He’s a genius in world leadership. He is no one, but Satan, himself, in a human body.

Remember this. In Scripture, we are only given two people that Satan has personally indwelt: the Antichrist,here, and Judas Iscariot.  These are the only two, that we have a record of, that Satan has indwelt, himself. This is going to be Satan, personified, to bring this about. But, as we are going to see in 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4, he wants to rule as God, imitating of the God of Creation.

“That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand  (2).  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (3);  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

He “opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,” so, that he goes into the temple and declares himself to be God. As we are going to see, this is the beginning of his climb to power. He will go into the temple in the middle of the Tribulation Period, three-and-a-half years after the Rapture. He declares himself to be God, and everyone will have to worship him, or as Revelation 13:17,18 says,

“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (17) .  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six”  (18).

Here, in Chapter Six, is the beginning of his climb to power. There is going to be a famine. Keep that in mind, as it says in Verse 4, “…they should kill one another.” The famine is the reason. When nobody has anything to eat, instead of dying themselves, they will kill another person, and eat that person. That has been done in the past. We’re going to see that as we continue.

Revelation 6:7,8. The Fourth Seal.

“And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see  (7). And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (8).

“Death and Hell…”

Death claims the body. Hell claims the soul. “Death and Hell.” Isn’t that where Satan ends up? If he can use a human being, posing as a “minister of righteousness,” to deceive you into becoming a son of Satan who claims to be God, you are Hell-bound! Even now, he will try to deceive you all of your life to keep you from trusting Jesus Christ as the only way to Heaven. If successful, he has claimed your soul to Hell! You’ll be there with him for all time and eternity, separated from God, in the dungeon of Hell. You will be in Torment, and it will be as Luke 16 says about the rich man who died and went to Hell. “In hell he lift up his eyes being in torment.” (Lk.16:23) That’s exactly what Satan wants to deceive you into, so that you will die without Christ, and spend your eternity with him.

Jesus Christ said, “I’m not willing you should perish,” in 2 Peter 3:9, but “that all should come to repentance.” And that’s “metanoia,” in the Greek, and it means “all should come to a change of mind.” Please change your mind. So, you have two people after you. You have old Satan, who is going to try to deceive you into being religious and going to Hell, and Jesus Christ, who wants you to accept Him and be a son of God who is looking forward to a home in Heaven. John 1:12 tells us that, “…as many as received Him,” not Satan, but Christ.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

 “The fourth part of the Earth.”

At the beginning of this Tribulation Period, in a very short time, one fourth of this Earth is going to be destroyed. Satan is going to be behind it.

  1. “to kill with a sword.” They will be fighting one another.
  2. “with hunger…” There’s your famine again.
  3. “with death…” People will starve.
  4. “and with the beasts of the earth.” People will be attacked, and eaten, by wild animals.

It is very interesting here, because if you go back to Revelation 6:6, “And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say…” These are “living creatures” and the Greek word is “zōŏn.” The first “O” is long. The second “O” is short. “Zōŏn” means “living creatures.” John saw these in Heaven. 

In Revelation 6:8, in the last phrase here, “and with the beasts…,” we find, because of the famine and because of the shortage of food, wild beasts are going to attack men. This will be part of these four plagues that are, actually, going to remove a fourth part of the population of all of the Earth. A fourth part of the Earth is going to be killed, and Satan is going to be behind it. The Greek word for “beast” here is the Greek word, “therion,” and it means “a dangerous animal.” So, we have two different Greek words. One, “zōŏn, for living creatures in Heaven worshiping God, and the other, “therion,” for dangerous beasts here upon the Earth.

Before we going on the the Fifth Seal, we want to show you about the occurrence of cannibalism found in Old Testament times.

We are going to go back to 2 Kings 6:24-29, where we had a similar situation when the nation of Israel turned from the true and living God and served idols.

First: 2 Kings 6:24-26,

“And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria (24).  And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver  (25).  

These were the worst things you could eat, yet they were selling for an outrageous price! Notice in Verse 26.

And as the king (Jehoram) of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king  (26).

Notice in 2 Kings 6:28,29,

“And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow (28).  So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son” (29).

So we boiled my son, and did eat him:” Did that happen? It absolutely did. When it comes down to whether you eat somebody else, or you die, things change quickly. They did this at Donner’s Pass, did they not? They surely did! You will find out, in this Tribulation Period, they will do the same as they did during the famine at this time in Israel. They actually ate one another. Cannibalism! They’ll do anything to live. A lot of people will.

Let us go to Deuteronomy 28:49-51. We have the same thing over here.

“The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the Earth, as swift as the eagle flieth, a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand  (49);

The nation that God was going to bring against Israel, because of their gross sin, was Babylon. 

A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young  (50):  And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee” (51)”

Babylon was going to bring a famine to Israel because they were going to take every type of food out of the land. Because of this famine, and because of going into bondage and not having anything to eat, Deuteronomy 28:53 describes what took place.

“And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:”

And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters,” We are going to have that in the Tribulation Period. It has already happened to the nation of Israel. Let us go back here to Jeremiah, in Chapter 19, where we have the same thing. I want you to notice how it started out, though. Every false religion is a killer! We have one false religion today that says you can not give your son, or your daughter a blood transfusion—the Jehovah’s Witnesses. They say that is against God’s Laws. There have been many lawsuits, yet this religion remains a killer, because it is a religion of Satanism. What are you saying? Every false religion is a killer. It will kill you the first time, and, if you are lost, it will kill you with the second death in the Lake of Fire.

There are those over there in India who will not eat a cow, so they starve to death. Satan loves for you to worship animals, does he not? When you worship a cow, you make that dumb thing a “sacred cow,” and, then you starve to death and die. I don’t know how anybody can be that dumb, myself. I would “un-sacred-ize” that thing, if I was over there. He may be sacred until I got hungry, and then we’d  have a cook-out! When I got hungry he would be “history!” He is going to be eaten. No religion is going to do that to me. As I said, false religions kill. If you die (physical death) without Christ, you will suffer the second death, of torment, in the flames of the Lake of Fire with Satan, the one it was created for in the first place.

Satan loves to fool people through a counterfeit religion. Yet, this certain religion, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which we have in the United States and all over the world, requires: “Do not give your daughter, or son, a blood transfusion.” Therefore, when they have an illness where a blood transfusion is required, many have died upon the operating table. There have been many lawsuits over that. Every false religion will kill. Let us go to Jeremiah 19:4.

“Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents”  (Jeremiah 19:4);

Here’s what they do. They sacrifice their own sons, and, then we’re going to find out, when a famine comes they will eat their own people. That is unbelievable! Notice Jeremiah 19:5,

“They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind

Baal is a false god. This is how far people can go. Let us go on down to Jeremiah 19:9a,  

“And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters,”

How will God cause it? Is it His will? No! Because of the sins they have committed, the famine that He sends will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters…

“…and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them” (Jeremiah 19:9b).

If the Old Testament tells us this, “…and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege…,” do you know what? You won’t be safe anywhere during this part of the Tribulation Period!

Let us go back to the Book of Revelation. Isn’t that exactly what God says in Revelation 6:8? Not only will they be killed by the “beasts of the earth,” but, also, with the opening of the Fourth Seal, a fourth part of the Earth shall die “…with sword, and with hunger…”

In Revelation 6:6, where we have the opening of the Third Seal with the black horse, there is going to be a famine in the land, where it will take a day’s wages just to buy a loaf of bread. Can you imagine what it will be to try to get something to eat?

 I remember when we went on our Senior trip to Washington D.C., and New York City, a couple of my friends and I slipped out of our rooms and went down on the streets of New York City. We saw the “down-and-outers.” They were going through garbage cans, and were lying there, practically, half-naked. One we passed, I know he was dead! He stunk so bad, he smelled just like a dead animal. In the Tribulation Period, they will be raiding garbage cans, and there is not going to be anything in them! Nobody is going to be throwing away anything. It is going to be a horrible time!

The Antichrist is going to kill one fourth part of the Earth as given in Revelation 6:7,8. You are going to find, after the Rapture, cannibalism will again be prevalent, because there will be absolutely nothing to eat.

We are going to find out, as we are getting ready for the next seal, that God gives us a wave of truth that extends on out into the last half of the Tribulation Period. In the middle of the Tribulation, the Antichrist declares himself to be God, according to 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4, and you have to take the “Mark of the Beast,” or “666.” (Revelation 13:17,18). That is the last two verses of Chapter 13. If you decide you are going to stand for Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords, during the last three-and-a-half years of the Tribulation Period, it will cost you your life.  You are going to be beheaded, if you are caught.

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4).

Satan hates you. He hates every Christian. He will substitute his counterfeit religion for Christianity. He will tell you, “Be good, and you will go to Heaven.” “Be bad, and you will go to Hell.” The truth is you don’t have to “Be bad” to go to Hell. You can do everything good all your life, and go right straight to Hell. There is no one who can do good all of their life. Romans 3:10 tells us,

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one”  (Romans 3:10):

This is why God has concluded we have all…

“…sinned and come short of the glory of God”  (Romans 3:23).

“The wages of that sin,” according to Romans 6:23, “is death,” spiritually separated from God and Heaven, tormented in the Lake of Fire. (Matthew 25:41)

Revelation 6:9-11. The Fifth Seal.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”

The Fifth Seal is opened, and John sees some of the Tribulation martyrs under the altar in Heaven. They have died, and now they are in Heaven. They had been given white robes, and John could see them. They, also, could speak, because heard John what they said, and wrote it down for us. They, also, had an awareness of what was happening on earth. They were martyrs who stood up for the Savior, and paid with their lives. Now, they were “absent from the body and present with the Lord,” and awaiting the Resurrection, at the end of the Tribulation Period, to receive their glorified body, as promised in Philippians 3:21.

“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:21).

This portion of Scripture refutes several false teachings that God never had in His mind, and has never revealed to mankind. They are strictly puffed up in the minds of fleshly men who want to create something to contradict the inerrancy of the Word of God. You have those today that say, “When you die, you go a certain place, then, somebody is going to pay the preacher and they are going to get you out of this place, and ship you on to Heaven. So, according to this group, the Catholic Organization, when you die you go someplace, but you don’t go to Heaven, and you don’t go to Hell. You go to this place of Limbo, or Purgatory, but it is an intermediate place. You go there, and you have to “Pay up, or shut up.” And, if you really care about your loved one, you are going to “pay up.” Right? Well, that’s what they say. We’re going to find out that just isn’t true. Satan loves it!

First of all, when these people died, they went to Heaven. When John went to Heaven, He saw them there, in Heaven! The Bible refutes all false teaching about where we go when we die. Do I go to a place of Limbo? Do I go to a Purgatory? Does it exist? Let me just say this. You can’t find it. It doesn’t exist, and Jesus Christ never mentioned it, not even once, in the whole New Testament. You can’t find a Purgatory! You can’t find a Limbo,  and, you can’t find, as many teach, that you just go into the grave and lie there in a state of dormancy, or a state of unconsciousness. None of that “phony-baloney” exists. It is foreign to the Word of God. It is calling God a liar! It is once again inserting religion, and philosophy, instead of Christianity. Notice here in Psalm 49:7. This answers it once and for all.

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him” 

If you think that you are going to do anything for one of your dead relatives after they have died, you have been deceived. For what are you praying? You should have prayed for him, or her, while they were living. Did you ever witness to them about Christ? But after they die, we are going to get all touched in our heart of how much we miss this person, and we are going to pray for them. I am going to say this, your prayers go no further than the air. You cannot pray for a person after they are dead, because they are already in Heaven, or already in Hell. These prayers go nowhere, but out of your mouth and drop on the floor! The Bible says in Psalm 49:7:

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him”

Do you go to a church where the preacher says, “Hey, pay me, and I’ll pray them out of there?” I’ll tell you what, you are throwing good money after bad. You just gave it away! You’re not going to get any interest for it! You just gave it away for nothing, Friend. You’re not going to give anything to God to buy somebody out of Hell, who had a decision to make, not to go there, while they were living! There is no way you can do that! None! That is found nowhere in God’s Word.

Each one gives an account of themselves to the Lord. We do that, of course, while we are living. Yes, we give an account of our life at the Judgment Seat of Christ, but we are talking about the living now. That is why it is important for you not to listen to religion, but listen to Christ and the living Word of God.

John sees these souls under the altar in Heaven. They had died for their testimony for Jesus Christ. Here’s what God says,

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held”  (Revelation 6:9):

Verse 10 refutes another false doctrine that we have previously mentioned. It is that you go to the grave and lie there, dormant, and, at “the end,” there is going to be a resurrection, “sometime.” If your good works outweigh your bad works, then you are going to Heaven. If they don’t, you go back into dormancy, and that’s the end of your existence, Fella. Good Bye! So long! See ‘ya later! You never existed, so, hang it up!

I have to say, “You never find that in the Bible!” Notice what it says,

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?”  (Revelation 6:10)

They are talking! They are talking in Heaven. They are alive in Heaven. I don’t know how in the world you can be sleeping in the grave, and be in Heaven and you are still talking. Hell claims the soul and the spirit. Heaven claims the soul and the spirit. The grave claims the body, which is going to have a Resurrection. When you die, you are “absent from the body…present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8), and you never lay in that grave, whatsoever. These souls had trusted Christ. They had a witness for Christ. They would not sell out to the Antichrist, and, in Heaven, John heard them cry out.

We have been looking at false religions that present a counterfeit of Christianity. This chapter begins with the entrance of the Antichrist, the one who is personally indwelt by Satan.We know Satan is behind all false religions and, as we have previously noted, the Lord had said,

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:5).

How can we recognize a “false Christ?” How will you know a false Christ.?

Dr. Harry Ironsides was one of the great Bible expositors of many years ago. A man came into his office and his secretary said, “Dr. Ironsides, there’s a man outside who would like to see you. He says he is Jesus Christ.” Dr. Ironsides said, “Send him in, please.” The man came in and said, “Dr. Ironsides, I would like to introduce myself. I am Jesus Christ, the Messiah.” Dr. Ironsides said, “Let me see your hands, Sir.” He held his hands out. Dr. Ironsides asked, “Where are the nail prints?” Dr. Ironsides then asked to see the man’s feet. Well, there were no nail prints there, either. Dr. Ironsides then requested, “Let me see your side.” There should have been a tremendous wound with the sword going into the side. Of course, there was none. At this point, Dr. Ironsides ended the interview with, “Sir, you are an imposter. I have no more time for you! You are not accepting Jesus Christ. You have become your own Christ!”

You are finding in these last days, more false cults and religions are springing up than you can count. It is hard to keep up with them. Years ago, I used to keep files on every one. I would write their headquarters and get their material and compare them with the Bible. I would, then have it documented, so, whether on radio, TV, or in a sermon. I would have the written material from their headquarters, in my file, to back up what I say a cult religion says. We don’t just pull it off the top of our head.

But there are so many today, it would take someone full-time just trying to keep up with all the false cults and the false religions. I have concluded the best thing to do is just preach the Bible. God gave you a mind, and he gave you discernment. He gave you His Word, so that you can compare it to what any preacher, or any church has to say. God has given you good sense to make that decision for yourself.

In the Second Seal (Revelation 6:6), we notice there will be wars, that parallels what is spoken of in Matthew 24:6,7.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet (6).  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places” (7).

We find the Fourth Seal of Revelation parallels the same thing. In the Fifth Seal, we are talking about God’s judgment upon the Earth. Now, in the Fifth Seal, I would like for you to notice Verse 9. During this time, many Christians are going to have to die for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. These Scriptures in Verses 9, and 10, also refute the false teachings of reincarnation, and soul-sleeping held by Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and a few others. Where they get these ideas, I have no idea, whatsoever. God says…

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God…”  (1 Corinthians 3:19a).

It amazes me that men will say that we are reincarnated, or we go to the grave and we sleep. Yet, man has never been on the other side of death. You have a few whackos saying, “Well, I saw the light at the other end of the tunnel.” I don’t find anything in the Bible about “a light at the end of a tunnel.” That is a satanic delusion. You can see the light in Heaven, when you are passed from death unto life, but the “light in the tunnel” fantasy is nothing more than a satanic delusion, which gives a false peace. The only peace that you can rely on is through trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior. In Romans 5:1 it says…

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1):

If you are trying to find peace in looking for the “light at the end of the tunnel,” you are being, satanically, deceived. The only light you are going to see are the flames of Hell, when you wake up there. This is why God put the Bible here. It is to reveal the greatest deceiver this world has ever known, the Antichrist, old Satan, himself, and his demons, also known as evil spirits.

Revelation 6:9,10.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.

We are told here that many are going to die during the Tribulation Period. Notice in Verse 10.

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?” (Revelation 6:10).

It doesn’t sound to me like these are sleeping in the grave. Does it to you?

I would like for you to notice that following the False Christ (First Seal), the War (Second Seal), the Famine (Third Seal), and Death (Fourth Seal), comes the Fifth Seal, the Martyrdom. Amid the turmoil on the world scene, the ungodly will grow in hatred against Christ. Instead of deploring sin as the cause of their trouble, their anger will be kindled at those who have accepted Christ, and who will no longer cooperate with their humanistic endeavors, and their ideologies. In other words, the Christians will not go along with the “program.”

 If you didn’t know it, the “program” that the Antichrist is going to implement is the One-World Religious System. You can see that we have that today. All you have to do is open your eyes and see that ecumenicalism is the down payment, to brainwash you, in preparation for the Tribulation Period. Just lay aside your Bible doctrines. It doesn’t matter if one church says, “The preacher will get you to Heaven because he will forgive your sins.” The Bible-believing church says, “That man is full of baloney. He doesn’t know beans from apple butter. No man can forgive sins. If any mere, human, man could forgive sins, why did Jesus Christ have to die on the Cross?”

So, you are trying to get all these together who do not even believe the same thing, and what you have is a compromise of their principles, a compromise on the Bible, and an endorsement of many false religions that are just all trying to “get together now and praise God.” Let me say this. You may talk about God all you want, but if you do not accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are just shadow-boxing. You are throwing your words to the wind. Christ tells us in John 8:42…

“…If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me”  (John 8:42).

Matthew 24:8. “The Beginning of Sorrows.”

“All these are the beginning of sorrows”(Matthew 24:8).

In this verse, Jesus refers to the first four items, found in Matthew 24:4-7, as “the beginning of sorrows.” Therefore, He segregates these four from those that come later, from the Fifth Seal on. Likewise, Revelation 6 divides the first four seals from the others, by putting them in their own category of “horsemen.”

In Matthew 24:4-9, and in the Seals of Revelation, Chapter 6, the beginning of the Tribulation Period is described. Both join in declaring that an early phase of false prophets, war, famine, and death, will soon be followed by the making of Christian martyrs. That is where we are in Verses 9 and 10. All of this will take place before the “Abomination of Desolation” is perpetrated, and the persecution by the Antichrist is unleashed, in all of its fury, during the second three-and-a-half years. We will see those intensified judgments of God when we get on back in our travel through this great book.

Chart: “The Beginning of Sorrows”

Revelation 6:1-8 – The Four Horsemen Matthew 24:4-7
Seal #1 - False Prophets & Antichrist: Revelation 6:1,2.

“...behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer” (2).

Matthew 24:5,11

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many (5). “ “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (11).

Seal #2 - War: Revelation 6:3,4.

“And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword” (4).

 Matthew 24:6

 

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

Seal #3 - Famine: Revelation 6:5,6.

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (6).

Matthew 24:7

 

 “...and there shall be famines...   (Matt. 24:7b).

Seal #4 - Death and Hell: Revelation 6:7-8.

 “...behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (Rev. 6:8).

Matthew 24:7

 

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”   

Seal #5 – Tribulation Martyrs: Revelation 6:9-11.

 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:” (9).

 Matthew 24:9

 

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.”  

Revelation 6:11. There Will Be More Martyrs Later.

“And white robes were given unto every one of them, and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled” 

It may cost you your life to be a believer during this particular period of time. We find that others will die for their testimony in Revelation 12:11.

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

They were willing to die for their Savior, the Lord Jesus. Go with me now to Revelation 14:13,

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

Go with me to Revelation, Chapter 20. What a gruesome sight this is going to be! If you refuse the Mark of the Beast, from the middle of the Tribulation Period on, during the last three-and-a-half years, this is the kind of death you will have to suffer. Notice Revelation 20:4,5,

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast (Satan),neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years (4).

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection” (5).

These were beheaded for their faith. The guillotine will be reinstituted. Peter talked about the same thing. Peter said,

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you” (1 Peter 4:12):

Many of you are old enough to remember, and, if you are not old enough to remember, you can read about it in your history books. In our own generation, we have seen the wholesale death of Jews, as more than six million perished under the Nazi regime. For the most part, the world stood helplessly by, many in unbelief. It has been said that many of the Jews, even as they were being herded in the box cars and having been warned of their fate, refused to believe that such an event would occur.

In the Fourth Seal, following famine, one fourth of the population of the Earth has been destroyed.

To show you how much the world hates Christians, clear back in the spring of 1970 we saw a sudden interest in our environment. Even the college students became aware that we were polluting our Earth. Earth Day, which was instituted April 22, 1970, was set aside to discuss the issues and the possible solutions. The Environmental Handbook came out of the United Nations’ UNESCO[i] and it was prepared by “Friends of the Earth.” It was at this time, and the same convention, that U Thant[ii] praised Lenin as a great humanitarian and defender of liberty. What a joke! U Thant, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, praising Lenin as a great humanitarian and a defender of Liberty. This is the kind of leadership that we see. It is perverse to the Bible. You see the Environmental Handbook makes, among other recommendations, the following:

  1. Nations must be phased out as quickly as possible.
  2. Christianity bears a huge burden of guilt for ecological problems. (In other words, we’re going to blame the Christians for this.)
  3. Experimental living groups should construct their shelters from church windows. (In other words, destroy the churches and use their materials.)

There is already a growing animosity towards the Bible and Christians, and, in the Tribulation Period, those who refuse to accept the Mark of the Beast will be unable to buy food and will face starvation and death.

 Go back with me, again, to Revelation 6:9,10.

 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: (9):  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” (10).

Let us get a couple of other things here, doctrinally. When it comes to where you are going to go when you die, man has never been on the other side of death, and come back. God has told us what is on the other side of death. Let’s read these verses again. When you are living, you are composed of three components: body, soul, and spirit. The soul is the seat of your emotions and your appetites. The spirit is the seat of your intelligence. You have a body. When I look at you, I see the body, but I don’t see the real you. God has given you a body for the “real you” to express yourself with. When you die, the only thing that dies is the body. James 2:26 says,

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).

So, when the body dies, the spirit which is your intelligence, the real you, your being; and, your soul, the seat of your emotions and your appetites—are never separated. They are the real “you” that lives on. You are passed from death unto life, and your soul and spirit never go to the grave. The body is dead “without the spirit.” With the spirit inside, the body cannot die. So, when the body dies, the soul and spirit leave that body and they do not accompany that body into the grave, into a state of annihilation. The Bible tells us, as Paul was inspired to write by the Holy Spirit,

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

When the Lord was on the Cross, in Luke 23:43, he told the thief…

“…To day shalt thou be with me in paradise”  (Luke 23:43).

Surely the grave was not Paradise, was it? Absolutely not! So, the soul, and spirit, separated from the body. But the teaching that people would like to have you believe is that you just go to the grave. Accompanying that teaching is, if you are good, all is well. There is going to be a general resurrection, they say, and, if your good works outweigh your bad, you are OK. Here we have a works salvation, again, excluding Jesus Christ. Every damnable false religion excludes Christ.

When I meet somebody, no matter what religion they are affiliated with, when I try to talk with them about Jesus Christ and they don’t want to talk, I know they have religion, but they don’t have Christ. The Lord wants us to talk about Him, and the wonderful things He has done for us. He says here in Revelation 6:9,

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”

They died, but notice where these souls are now. John was up in Heaven and he saw them.

“And they cried with a loud voice,

They could talk and they had reasoning as they were…

“…saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?” (Revelation 6:10).

Their real essence, the soul, seat of their emotions and appetites, and, their spirit, the seat of their intelligence was very much alive in Heaven. John heard them cry out and say, “How long will it be before you avenge our blood?” In this Church Age that we live in, today, we are to pray for our enemies, but not in the Tribulation Period. Christ said in Luke 23:34, 

“…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots “  (Luke 23:34).

And when they stoned Stephen in Acts, Chapter 7,

“And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep “  (Acts 7:6)

There was a time when everybody forsook Paul. Nobody stood with him. He was like a “duck out of water.” But in 2 Timothy 4:16,17, he said, “Don’t lay this to their charge.”

“At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge (16).  Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion “ (17).

But, when the Tribulation comes, the prayer will be, “Sic ‘em, Lord, and give it to ‘em!”

Revelation 6:12. The Sixth Seal.

 “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood” (12);

God controls the weather. Read Job, Chapters 36 and 37. He controls the atmosphere around Earth, and he controls what is inside the Earth. Here He uses an earthquake, and He is going to use earthquakes, again, as the judgments are intensified. I would like for you to  notice Revelation 11:13,

“And the same hour was there a great Earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the Earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. “

The Remnant is all inclusive of the other nine-tenths, numbering 63,000. Here is another great earthquake. Go with me now to Revelation 16:18,19,

“And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the Earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great” (18). 

And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath“  (19).

These verses describe an earthquake such as has never been before. God is going to punish them for their wicked deeds, their rejection of Jesus Christ, their blasphemy against God. He will punish them for their teaching of evolutionary theories which corrupt the children, their many abortions, and the many diabolical things man does that are absolutely an attack on the Word of God.

God has also used earthquakes in the past. God brings things to pass, such as hailstones, when He slew the Assyrians, and He rained brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah. In Numbers, Chapter 16, is just such a case. This chapter describes a man who was jealous of the leadership of Moses. He had gathered quite a few men together and they rose up before Moses. Here is the conclusion of the matter in Numbers 16:32,33,

“And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods“ (32).

They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation “ (33).

God was provoked by Korah’s jealousy of the leadership of Moses. Moses was God’s appointed man and this man had told Moses, “You take too much upon yourself.” He was jealous, and he wanted to have the leadership, himself. He wanted to degrade Moses, and God had had enough of him! God just opened up the Earth and took care of the problem, as, Korah, and all of his followers were disposed of in less than a minute.

 “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

Revelation 6:13. The Stars Fall.

“And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. “

 Can you imagine such a shaking that mountains, like the Andes and the Alps, and other mountain ranges, are actually moved by the power of God. Imagine if God had reached down from Heaven to place His hand around the Earth, and shakes it out of the foundation that it is on? He shakes the Earth, and little men down here will be just like ants on this Earth, when God unleashes His mighty power, as He does in these seals. The judgments intensify as we go forward in the Book of Revelation.

Revelation 6:14. The Heavens Depart and the Mountains Move!

“And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places .“

The “heavens departing as a scroll” must refer to the atmospheric heavens, the clouds being suddenly rolled away so swiftly, that men will cry in horror as they stand, exposed, before an angry God. I don’t know if you have read the book, by Jonathan Edwards, called Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. If you have not read it, I would go to my Christian book store and get a copy of the booklet. Many say it is one of the greatest sermons that man has ever preached. The day he delivered this sermon, the congregation literally felt as though they were slipping out of their seats into Hell. He led many thousands to Jesus Christ. But this verse cannot be describing the final fiery cataclysm as found in 2 Peter 3:10-13 where it says “…the heavens shall pass away with a great noise…” The reason is because those on Earth, who see these events, remain alive after them, and many flee to nearby caves and rocks for shelter amid the celestial terrors.

Revelation 6:15-17. The Wrath of the Lamb.

“And the kings of the Earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains (15);  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (16):  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (17). 

In Verses 15 to 17, we find that modern man marks himself as the “king of his destiny,” and, day by day, claims to be more the master of nature and the elements. Here, at God’s thunder, the sinners quake. Kings and masters, as well as the lowest on the Earth, fall in abject dread at these disasters. That inner sense of guilt and sin in all humans awakened, as we shall see in Chapter Eleven. By the testimony of God’s end-time witnesses, they actually realize this.

The great day of His wrath is come.” The sinners cringe, and know that God’s anger is behind these seal calamities. Soon the Trumpet Judgments will come forth, and these will be more severe than even the seals. The wrath of God is even more plainly seen, as we continue on with Chapters Eight and Nine. Then will come the Bowls of Wrath of the Almighty God. Rebellious man desires to live without God, but God will have the last say.

After God has raptured His church, He will withdraw His restraints upon sin, and, sinful man will bring the curses of the ages upon his own head in this Tribulation Period. Lies, wars, famine, and death, are all described here, in how God is going to judge the lost.

Two more catastrophes are brought to our attention in the Sixth Seal, the judgment. First of all, as we discussed, the heavens are opened. It is hard for the human mind to fathom this occurrence. It will be a shock when it occurs. And then, Number Two, the Earth moves. Imagine living in a day when every mountain and every island is moved out of its place. It doesn’t mean that they are not going to exist any more. They are just moved by the force and the power of God. Scientists are already acknowledging the fact that the Earth’s crust moves. One encyclopedia devotes a four-page article to the drifting continents. It reports that the Earth consists of a liquid core with a radius of about 2,170 miles. It has a mantle about 1800 miles thick, and a crust. The continental crust is, on average, 20 miles thick. Their theory is that movement in the Earth’s mantle is causing the continental drifts. Scientists have recently found that Asia and Africa are splitting apart along a large fault in the center of the Red Sea.

Revelation 6:16:

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:”   

Joel spoke of this same prophecy. Go back with me now to Joel, Chapter 2, and we’ll begin in Verse 28. You must remember, the Old Testament Prophets never knew about the Church Age that you are living in today. It was never prophesied in the Old Testament. This was a mystery that was revealed unto the Apostle Paul, as we find out in Ephesians 3:1-10. We do find out that the Old Testament prophets did know about the Tribulation Period. They did know about the Birth of Christ. They did know about the Crucifixion of Christ. We find many of the Old Testament prophets, such as, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, prophesied about this same period of time, as did Matthew, Chapter 24, and, the Book of Revelation. Let’s notice here now in Joel 2:28:

“And it shall come to pass afterward, (that’s after Israel’s restoration) that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:”

Now this is what we find out that Peter talked about in Acts 2:16-21. This was that same spirit poured out on Pentecost. Pentecost was not the fulfilling of Joel’s prophecy. There were no “wonders in the heavens,” but it was that same Spirit that was poured out there, when each understood in their own language.

Notice what is says now in Joel 2:30, 31:

“And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the Earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke (30). The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come “ (31).

Joel knew about this occurrence that would take place in the Tribulation Period. We come on back and begin to see how God has dealt with the nation of  Israel, and, what He’s going to do with those today that are lost, that have never known the Lord Jesus Christ and blaspheme His Name. They only care about living for the pleasures of this world, that is all.

Let us go back to Isaiah 13:11-13:

“And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible  (11).  I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir  (12).   Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the Earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger “ ( 13).

When men cry today and say, “Oh where is the Lord?” Well, God in His grace, His kindness, and His mercy, has allowed things to go on. “Mercy” means “not giving us what we deserve.” With all that is going on in the world today, we are surely paralleling the nation of Israel, and getting ripe for the judgment of Almighty God. We ought to be praying “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.”

Folks, if you think things can continue to go on, think again. Everything that was done to destroy the Roman Empire is being done in America. Everything that you have seen in History paralleling the nation of Israel is being done in America. Do you know who you can thank? You can thank our Supreme Court. They are not to rewrite the Constitution and they seem to have the opinion that it is out of date. Our founding fathers have given us principles, and this country, for which the Bible was the foundation. In my younger days, there were morals, there were principles, and there was decency. There was respect for other people. All of that has disintegrated until it is almost every man for himself. We are living in a society where it is a survival situation.

When I was a boy, if someone would do something, you could yell at them out of your car window, or toot the horn. If you do it today, you could get yourself shot! Those that shoot you already know they are not going to die. They know that their punishment is going to be very lenient, or the first thing that will happen if they are arrested, “We must get him a psychiatrist, or psychologist, and get him examined.”

You know, it is an amazing thing, when a person commits a crime and they leave the scene, they must know it is wrong, or they wouldn’t leave. When they commit a murder, and they don’t turn themselves in, they must know that there is some punishment. If not, why wouldn’t they just go tell the police that I killed this person? If they were mentally incompetent, they would. But when they run, you have to invest in time and money to trace down the murderer, and, then, we get him to some quacko psychiatrist to examine him to see if he understands right from wrong. If he didn’t understand right from wrong, he wouldn’t have run, would he?

This is how foolish our society has gotten. Every time somebody is mixed up with the law, get a psychiatrist to him. Most of the psychiatrists need a psychiatrist, if you want the truth. In fact, the truth came out a while back.  They have more broken homes, and more troubles, than most of the common people. Law breakers do not need psychiatrists. They need punishment, and they need to know that they are going to get punishment. Here is what God says about it.

“Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil “  (Ecclesiastes 8:11).

“Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth “  (Habakkuk 1:4).

When there are one of these bombings that kill many, many, people, our president gets up and reads from a little slip of paper that, “We’re going to do everything within our power to bring these murderers to justice.” Then another year passes, and then another. Pretty soon we’re fighting over where we are going to hold the trial. If they wanted the trial held somewhere else, they should have committed the crime somewhere else, shouldn’t they? But we think more of the murderer and the protection of his rights, than we think of the rights of all those people that died. This is how twisted up we are in our minds.

Remember, Ecclesiastes said, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil [continually].” Pretty soon, months go by and the witnesses cannot remember everything. Their memories would be much fresher if you have them in court after the incident happens. The police work as hard as they can. They go into court, and the judge ties their hands in the “legality” of the law. What are you saying? God says, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil [continually].” It incites the criminals to go on and do worse crime, because they know it is a long time before they go to trial. They know witnesses sometimes can’t remember that far back. Many things can take place, and, we can find a technicality here, and a technicality there, etc.

But the time is coming, in this Tribulation Period that you may not laugh at Jesus Christ’s coming, because in 2 Peter 3:4 it says there will be mockers saying…

“…Where is the promise of his coming?...

You are either a mocker of Jesus Christ, or, Jesus Christ is your Father, if you have received Him as your Savior. In Chapter 6 of Revelation, that day is coming when people are going to meet God Almighty, face to face. That is going to be when they die. It is not a game that is played down here. It isn’t some religious performance going on to make you feel religious. The only way you are going to escape the Tribulation Period is, if you are a believer and you go at the Rapture.  And, you’re laughing at that!

You’ll wake up some morning and all these people are gone. It comes out over the radio, “We must have had an invasion from Mars,” or, “We must have had an invasion from outer space.” The Antichrist stands up and says, “I had to get rid of all these people, so we could have the Utopia we have all been waiting for.” He will justify it, and bend the situation to his advantage.

But you will be missing some of your relatives. You are going to be missing your fundamental preachers. Perhaps, even, the boss on your job. You will look for that person who witnessed to you, and said, “We’d like for you to think about trusting Christ as your Savior, so you can avoid this Day of Wrath.” Now, the day that we are speaking about, is here. This is the day that, if you reject the Lord Jesus Christ, it doesn’t matter who you are, because in Revelation 6:15 it says,

 “And the kings of the Earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;”

It won’t matter what your position is. When Jesus Christ throws these judgments out, you will not escape. Revelation 6:16 says,

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.”

Do you know why they are saying this? They are hoping that death will end it all. No one in their right mind would say, “Fall on us and kill us.” They are more frightened of spiritual death, than they are physical death. They are hoping that this damnable philosophy of Shirley McClain, and others, which says we are reincarnated, is true. They are hoping the New Age movement, which says there is no Hell, is right. Or…the new versions of the Bible, which take away the doctrinal parts but hold to the traditional parts, are true, because they have no doctrine in them when it comes to Hell. When it comes to the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, they re-word passages to take away the power and emphasis of the power of God unto salvation, which is His Death and Resurrection. If there is no Hell, and there is not going to be a Rapture and a Tribulation Period, they do not have anything to worry about. Right?

This is the movement that we are living in right here, today, that wants to divert you from the True and Living God. They want to divert you into some New Age Version of the Bible, like the Living Bible, the New International Version, the New American Standard Bible, etc. All of these are perverted Bibles, sold under the counterfeit of being a Bible. They are a money-making scheme. You say, “Oh, my mother gave it to me.” Or, “My Daddy gave it to me.” Or, worse, “My pastor gave it to me.” One of the men, who was the head of one of the new Bible version translation committees, has since renounced them, and said, “God forgive me. I have tampered with the Word of God. How shall I undo what I have done?”

So, you ought to check into some of these things to make sure you are not deceived. I will say this. They know that, when these things happen, it has to be of God. They realize this truly is the God that they are going to stand before. Maybe they have been witnessed to, or they have been in a good Bible-teaching church where the preacher has preached on Hell. He has taught them to trust that Jesus Christ paid for their sins, but they refused.

“Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels”    (Matthew 25:41):

And here they are, in this Tribulation Period. They would rather die physically, and hope that ends it all, rather than be alive in Hell for all time and eternity, suffering that kind of torment. However, that is what is going to happen. Notice in Verse 17…   

“For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:17).

We are told in 2 Corinthians 6:2…

“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Jesus Christ went to the Hell of the Cross, and paid for your sins, so you would not spend eternity in the Lake of Fire making that payment yourself. Nobody loved you like Jesus Christ. Do not put it off another day. Christ could come tonight.

I would like you to go in your Bibles to Isaiah 1:11-13. Isaiah had the same problem with the nation of Israel as God is having with America. We’ll pick it up here in Verse 11, and go on down; and, then God gives an invitation in Verse 18.

“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats” (Isaiah 1:11).

This was your Judaism with your Old Testament sacrifices, because they were doing it only for a show.

“When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? (12)  Bring no more vain (empty) oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting”  (Isaiah 1:12-13).

A very practical application. You go into a modernistic church where many of the members go out and commit adultery. They go out and steal. They go out and swear. They are crooked in their business. But they parade into church every Sunday morning. They go to their bars on Monday through Saturday and sit, sucking up their slop. That’s what I call it. They are not very happy with me when I call it that. But there are a lot of dead people in the cemeteries, and a lot of teenagers that have died from that damnable drinking. Their parents have taught them it is all right, because they have sat around soaking it up in the bars. So, their children go out to a Senior Prom and think it is all right to drink. After all, Daddy does it. Mommy does it. They go to the bar all the time. The teenagers get drunk, and they get in an accident, and some die.

If the victims of alcohol, who lie in the cemeteries today could talk, what do you think they would say about drinking that nice, little social drink? Not only that, you’ve got preachers who drink. Ask your preacher if he drinks, socially. If he does, you better run from him, because he’s a counterfeit. He’s just a social guy around town. He’s not going to tell you how to be saved, because he probably doesn’t know how to go to Heaven, himself.

But notice here in Verse 17…

“Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17).

Learn to do things honestly. And then God says this, “Don’t just go to church, and be playing games here. He says in Isaiah 1:18-20,  

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (18). If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land (19): But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it” (20).

Let us notice again back in Revelation 6:16,17. Again, they must have come to their senses when they said this.

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (16):  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (17).

You hear some of these atheists, agnostics, evolutionists, and so-called scientists in your classrooms today, coming out openly and blatantly denouncing there is a God. However, tomorrow may be their judgment day. If Jesus Christ comes tonight and the Rapture takes place, they will be scared to death. Then you will see what these men, or women, who stood up in the classroom and propagated that stuff, are really like when they know that it is Almighty God causing these earthquakes.  Their town is shaking, and there are big cracks in the ground. People are falling in, and they close up again. Thousands of people are going down into the pit, just like it was in Numbers, Chapter 16. You are going to think, “Is this what I followed? Was I ever deceived!”

Don’t be deceived.

“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Christ could come tomorrow! I hope that, if you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you will now. You may be going to church, you may have been baptized, you may have been doing everything that seems right, but none of those things will save you. Jesus Christ died on the cross, and He paid for your sins. He gave His life to save yours and he said:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”(John 3:16)

We hope you will trust Christ today.

[i] UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, is a specialised agency of the United Nations system. The organisation was created more than a half century ago, with the mission to build the defences of peace in the minds of men. Its Constitution states that: “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed”.

viii.  U Thant, was the third Secretary-General of the United Nations and served from 1961 to 1971. He was chosen to head the world body following the death of the then Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold in an air crash in September 1961.

From his first years as Secretary-General, he placed great emphasis on moving forward the UN’s development agenda, and the 1960s were termed the UN Development Decade. During this time, many new nations in Asia and Africa joined the UN, and U Thant articulated and supported their concerns for a more equitable world economic system.U Thant retired from the UN at the end of his second term in 1971. He was diagnosed with cancer in 1973 and died in New York on November 25, 1974. He was 65 years old.

The First Six Seal Judgments

We have just finished up with Chapter Five, which shows the Redemption of Creation and Mankind. “No man in heaven, nor in Earth, neither under the Earth” is able to open the seven-sealed book, or the scroll, which unleashes all the things yet to happen in Bible prophecy, until the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah, our Lord Jesus Christ, steps forward. The Lord Jesus is the only one. He is the Lamb of God and He takes the scroll. He is the only one found worthy to pronounce judgment upon this world. He is the Judge of all of the Earth. He comes forward and takes that scroll, opens it up, and we are ready to proceed with the things that are yet to come.

In Chapter Six, we begin to see the unleashing of some of the judgments of God upon the Earth. I might say this at the outset, when we unfold the Seven Seals of Chapter Six, they are just a down payment of the intensified judgments of God, as we proceed to Chapters Eight and Nine. Chapter Six begins the events of the Tribulation Period.

Follow along in your Bible, and you will begin to understand that the Book of Revelation is taking us through the Tribulation Period. After Chapter Four, we no longer hear anything about the Church. She has been Raptured, and is now in Heaven.

In reality, and in our time, “the blessed hope and glorious appearing” of our Savior has not happened on this Earth yet. The prayer of every believer in this Church Age is, “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.” Soon...

“…the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (16) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 ).

When that takes place, that triggers the seven-year Tribulation Period. At the end of that, Christ comes back and sets the Kingdom up. So, everything that transpires from Chapter Four on, in the Book of Revelation, is future. We have now come to the time of “…the things which shall be hereafter.” (1:19c).

Parallel to that, Daniel also speaks of that same Tribulation Period of time, i.e., seven years. Also, in Matthew, Chapter 24, the whole chapter is dealing with this seven-year Tribulation Period, and what will take place during that particular period of time. Therefore, we will be referring back to the Book of Matthew, along with Chapter Six, to show how these things parallel with the book of Matthew.

Revelation 6:1,2. The First Seal. The Antichrist on a White Horse.

 “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.” 

He is saying come over here, John. Remember what we have studied concerning the four beasts. These are heavenly creatures giving glory to God. These are part of the train in Heaven. These are things that we would know nothing about, if John had not revealed them here, as the Lord revealed them to him.

 “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer”  (Revelation 6:2).

We have here what seems to be a parallel, between the white horse rider in this verse, and the white horse rider in Revelation, Chapter 19. We find out they are not parallel at all, but they are diametrically opposed. This is the Antichrist making his first appearance, and this is going to show us something. In order to appear non-offensive and non-aggressive with power, the Antichrist, at first has only a bow, but he has no arrows. We are going to give you some parallel chapters to show that he appears to come in peaceably. This is the Antichrist riding the white horse, impersonating Christ. When we look at Revelation, Chapter Nineteen, the One riding the white horse is the Lord Jesus Christ. Why in the world do you say here in Chapter Six that Satan is riding the white horse?

The answer is very simple. Satan always likes to duplicate the Lord Jesus Christ. He has always wanted to be king of this Earth. In Matthew 4:8, he offered Christ “all the kingdoms of the world,” if He would fall down and worship him. What a joke that was! Christ told him, “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Here He is, the Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and this fool, Satan, is actually trying to offer Him all the Kingdoms here upon the Earth. They already belonged to the Lord. Satan has so deceived himself.

We find out that Satan is always an imitator of the Lord Jesus Christ. For example: he imitates salvation. The Lord Jesus Christ said all you have to do is “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Do you know what Satan’s ambassadors say? “Oh, that’s too easy! There’s more to it than that.” It’s a counterfeit, but it looks religious. A counterfeit is something that looks so close to the original you can hardly tell the difference. Religion is doing something to merit eternal life. Salvation is not doing anything to merit eternal life, but going to Heaven by faith in the one who gave His life to buy your right to have eternal life. We go to Heaven on the merits of Jesus Christ, not our own merits. That’s what the Bible teaches.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)

Satan always comes in as a counterfeit, and, he is going to come in peaceably. He’s going to present himself as the great peacemaker. He’s going to deceive practically the whole world. Not all of the world, but the majority of the world. Let us go back to the Book of Daniel in Daniel 8:25,

“And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many:…

…but Satan is a deceiver. He is going to deceive the world and say “I’m coming in peaceably.” Daniel speaks of this again in Daniel 11:21,24,

“And in his estate  (Antichrist) shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.”

Notice in Verse 24,

 “He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province;..

…and this goes right in line, as we come over here to Matthew 4:9,

“And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Satan).

Old Satan loves to do this. He loves to say to you, “You know, you can have this. You can have that.” You’ll think it is Christ, but it is not.

Go with me now over here to Matthew 24. This parallels Revelation, Chapter 6, because they are both speaking about the Tribulation Period. Notice in Matthew 24:5,

”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many”

Only God is the Forgiver of sins. We keep emphasizing this, because there are so many deceived by churches that say their ministers, or priests, can forgive your sins. You get in a certain area and you find Lutheran and Catholic churches that propagate this. But you get in other areas where you’re around Bible-teaching churches, they just laugh at that kind of foolishness, and wonder how anybody can think that a preacher can forgive your sins.

All through the Bible, it is God who is the Forgiver of sins. But Satan loves for you to go to that preacher and confess your sins, and for you to actually think this man can forgive your sins. All of this is nothing but the working of Satan as he comes in peaceably. He wants you to think that preacher “loves” you, and he “wants the best” for you, and, he’s God’s intercessor for you. We find the Bible teaches that,

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5);

You will never find a preacher that God gave the power to be the intercessor between you and God. The Lord says in Hebrews 4:16, “Come boldly before the throne of grace.” He didn’t say “Come boldly before the preacher!” The preacher cannot even forgive his own sins, let alone yours.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

In the areas where you do not have many Bible-believing churches, it seems like some kind of shock-wave going through the air when you say, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” A preacher who says he can forgive your sin is actually taking the place of Christ, and as Matthew 24:5 points out:

”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”

This is the profit of reading your Bible for yourself. If you go to church, and don’t carry your Bible, you are the top-notch candidate to be deceived by false teaching. You’re trusting that preacher. You’re trusting that church. God wants you to trust Him. He wants you to trust His Word in order to check out and see who is the true and who is the false. Sometimes, you meet some of these preachers and you think sugar wouldn’t melt in their mouth, but they are feeding you nothing but poison through the pulpit.

Let’s see what happens when we get to the next seal.

Revelation 6:3,4. The Second Seal.

“And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see (3). And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the Earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”

“Kill One Another…”

Now, I would like for you to underline in your Bible the words, “kill one another,” because we’re going to show you where cannibalism has taken place, even in the nation of Israel, and will yet take place during the Tribulation Period. “They shall kill one another.” Why is that? We will find as we continue there is going to be such a famine on this Earth, as it was in the days of Israel before the Captivity. They actually killed human beings and ate them, then, because there was nothing to eat, and it is going to happen again. There is a famine coming.

“And there was given unto him a great sword…”

These riders show what the Antichrist is going to do. This one rides a red horse. You will find out that red is always associated with terror and death. In Revelation 12:3, we have the “red dragon.” That is Old Satan. In Revelation 17:3, we have the“red beast.” That is, again,“Old Satan.” So, it is always associated with terror and with death.

Let us go to Matthew 24:6,7 and get the parallel for this.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet  (6).  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places” (7). 

There are going to be earthquakes in various, or different, places. That is what the word “divers” means in the Greek, “different, or various places.” On upcoming pages, we will tie all of these together with the verses on cannibalism. I never knew such things existed.

When it comes to a choice between dying, or eating another human being, we are going to see what these plagues bring. We’re going to see what Satan does. You’ve got to remember something that we find in John 8:44. Satan is a deceiver and God tells us about him. He is a murderer and he is a liar. In the Eighth Chapter of John, Christ is talking to the religious leaders of Israel. These are not the down-and-outers now. These are the ones that are held in high esteem by the people. These were your scribes and your Pharisees, your interpreters of the Law. These were the ones who would write the commentaries. These were the ones representing God, supposedly, but they were false leaders.

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it”  (John 8:44).

Underline “murderer,” because there are two things characteristic of “Old Scratch” here. He is a murderer, and a liar! Then He continues in Verse 47…

“He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God”  (John 8:47).

Let me ask you something. Are you one that’s laughing at the Book of Revelation? Do you think these things are not going to come to pass? If you do, it’s because you are not of God. You are not trusting the Word of God.You don’t believe the Bible is really God’s inerrant Word given to mankind. You believe it is just like some of your modern philosophers, and this is the view of many modernistic preachers. This does not include those Bible-teaching pastors who believe the Word of God. They believe that it is true! Every word of it is true.

 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man”  (Psalm 118:8).

Revelation 6:5,6. The Third Seal.

 “And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand  (5). And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (6). 

Now, we’re going to see where the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. Old Satan is a liar, isn’t he? He will tell you that you can do anything you want to do. Lost people are going to love this Antichrist. Why? They can wallow in their sin and it is going to be legal! It’s all right. It’s acceptable. You know, we are getting that today, because we are so close to the Tribulation Period. “The next event’s the Great Event, the Messiah comes again.”  That will be the Rapture.

It’s socially acceptable now to do many of the sins, even commit First Degree Murder with abortion. That is acceptable, now, because we have a Supreme Court of idiots that care nothing for human life, and, therefore, care nothing for morals. So, you feel free to go out and kill your children, since it is legal now. I thank God there are some leaders rising up in these days that are opposing abortion. They probably won’t get elected in the national election, but, at least, there are some that are saying, “We made a mistake. This Roe vs. Wade ruling on abortion must be repealed!”

“A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny;”

The rider of the black horse holds a pair of balances, indicating some type of governmental control over the food supply. A measure of wheat (Greek = choinix) was about a quart, and a penny (denarion) was a day's wages for an ordinary laboring man. In other words, food will be so scarce it will take a person all day to earn enough wages for just a quart of grain. This indicates that all man-made schemes to give people even the necessities of life will fail. A situation that will only get worse.

 “Hurt not the oil and the wine.”

But note that there is no scarcity of oil and wine for the rich. The rich get richer and enjoy their luxuries, while the poor get poorer and can hardly get enough to eat. This is representative of the rich. In other words, don’t touch the accounts of the rich. They are all right. They are the ones we are going to protect. In whatever the Antichrist is going to do, he is going to protect the rich, because he needs them. He is a military genius. He is a financial genius. He’s a genius in world leadership. He is no one, but Satan, himself, in a human body.

Remember this. In Scripture, we are only given two people that Satan has personally indwelt: the Antichrist,here, and Judas Iscariot.  These are the only two, that we have a record of, that Satan has indwelt, himself. This is going to be Satan, personified, to bring this about. But, as we are going to see in 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4, he wants to rule as God, imitating of the God of Creation.

“That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand  (2).  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (3);  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

He “opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,” so, that he goes into the temple and declares himself to be God. As we are going to see, this is the beginning of his climb to power. He will go into the temple in the middle of the Tribulation Period, three-and-a-half years after the Rapture. He declares himself to be God, and everyone will have to worship him, or as Revelation 13:17,18 says,

“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (17) .  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six”  (18).

Here, in Chapter Six, is the beginning of his climb to power. There is going to be a famine. Keep that in mind, as it says in Verse 4, “…they should kill one another.” The famine is the reason. When nobody has anything to eat, instead of dying themselves, they will kill another person, and eat that person. That has been done in the past. We’re going to see that as we continue.

Revelation 6:7,8. The Fourth Seal.

“And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see  (7). And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (8).

“Death and Hell…”

Death claims the body. Hell claims the soul. “Death and Hell.” Isn’t that where Satan ends up? If he can use a human being, posing as a “minister of righteousness,” to deceive you into becoming a son of Satan who claims to be God, you are Hell-bound! Even now, he will try to deceive you all of your life to keep you from trusting Jesus Christ as the only way to Heaven. If successful, he has claimed your soul to Hell! You’ll be there with him for all time and eternity, separated from God, in the dungeon of Hell. You will be in Torment, and it will be as Luke 16 says about the rich man who died and went to Hell. “In hell he lift up his eyes being in torment.” (Lk.16:23) That’s exactly what Satan wants to deceive you into, so that you will die without Christ, and spend your eternity with him.

Jesus Christ said, “I’m not willing you should perish,” in 2 Peter 3:9, but “that all should come to repentance.” And that’s “metanoia,” in the Greek, and it means “all should come to a change of mind.” Please change your mind. So, you have two people after you. You have old Satan, who is going to try to deceive you into being religious and going to Hell, and Jesus Christ, who wants you to accept Him and be a son of God who is looking forward to a home in Heaven. John 1:12 tells us that, “…as many as received Him,” not Satan, but Christ.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

 “The fourth part of the Earth.”

At the beginning of this Tribulation Period, in a very short time, one fourth of this Earth is going to be destroyed. Satan is going to be behind it.

  1. “to kill with a sword.” They will be fighting one another.
  2. “with hunger…” There’s your famine again.
  3. “with death…” People will starve.
  4. “and with the beasts of the earth.” People will be attacked, and eaten, by wild animals.

It is very interesting here, because if you go back to Revelation 6:6, “And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say…” These are “living creatures” and the Greek word is “zōŏn.” The first “O” is long. The second “O” is short. “Zōŏn” means “living creatures.” John saw these in Heaven. 

In Revelation 6:8, in the last phrase here, “and with the beasts…,” we find, because of the famine and because of the shortage of food, wild beasts are going to attack men. This will be part of these four plagues that are, actually, going to remove a fourth part of the population of all of the Earth. A fourth part of the Earth is going to be killed, and Satan is going to be behind it. The Greek word for “beast” here is the Greek word, “therion,” and it means “a dangerous animal.” So, we have two different Greek words. One, “zōŏn, for living creatures in Heaven worshiping God, and the other, “therion,” for dangerous beasts here upon the Earth.

Before we going on the the Fifth Seal, we want to show you about the occurrence of cannibalism found in Old Testament times.

We are going to go back to 2 Kings 6:24-29, where we had a similar situation when the nation of Israel turned from the true and living God and served idols.

First: 2 Kings 6:24-26,

“And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria (24).  And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver  (25).  

These were the worst things you could eat, yet they were selling for an outrageous price! Notice in Verse 26.

And as the king (Jehoram) of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king  (26).

Notice in 2 Kings 6:28,29,

“And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow (28).  So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son” (29).

So we boiled my son, and did eat him:” Did that happen? It absolutely did. When it comes down to whether you eat somebody else, or you die, things change quickly. They did this at Donner’s Pass, did they not? They surely did! You will find out, in this Tribulation Period, they will do the same as they did during the famine at this time in Israel. They actually ate one another. Cannibalism! They’ll do anything to live. A lot of people will.

Let us go to Deuteronomy 28:49-51. We have the same thing over here.

“The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the Earth, as swift as the eagle flieth, a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand  (49);

The nation that God was going to bring against Israel, because of their gross sin, was Babylon. 

A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young  (50):  And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee” (51)”

Babylon was going to bring a famine to Israel because they were going to take every type of food out of the land. Because of this famine, and because of going into bondage and not having anything to eat, Deuteronomy 28:53 describes what took place.

“And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:”

And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters,” We are going to have that in the Tribulation Period. It has already happened to the nation of Israel. Let us go back here to Jeremiah, in Chapter 19, where we have the same thing. I want you to notice how it started out, though. Every false religion is a killer! We have one false religion today that says you can not give your son, or your daughter a blood transfusion—the Jehovah’s Witnesses. They say that is against God’s Laws. There have been many lawsuits, yet this religion remains a killer, because it is a religion of Satanism. What are you saying? Every false religion is a killer. It will kill you the first time, and, if you are lost, it will kill you with the second death in the Lake of Fire.

There are those over there in India who will not eat a cow, so they starve to death. Satan loves for you to worship animals, does he not? When you worship a cow, you make that dumb thing a “sacred cow,” and, then you starve to death and die. I don’t know how anybody can be that dumb, myself. I would “un-sacred-ize” that thing, if I was over there. He may be sacred until I got hungry, and then we’d  have a cook-out! When I got hungry he would be “history!” He is going to be eaten. No religion is going to do that to me. As I said, false religions kill. If you die (physical death) without Christ, you will suffer the second death, of torment, in the flames of the Lake of Fire with Satan, the one it was created for in the first place.

Satan loves to fool people through a counterfeit religion. Yet, this certain religion, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which we have in the United States and all over the world, requires: “Do not give your daughter, or son, a blood transfusion.” Therefore, when they have an illness where a blood transfusion is required, many have died upon the operating table. There have been many lawsuits over that. Every false religion will kill. Let us go to Jeremiah 19:4.

“Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents”  (Jeremiah 19:4);

Here’s what they do. They sacrifice their own sons, and, then we’re going to find out, when a famine comes they will eat their own people. That is unbelievable! Notice Jeremiah 19:5,

“They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind

Baal is a false god. This is how far people can go. Let us go on down to Jeremiah 19:9a,  

“And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters,”

How will God cause it? Is it His will? No! Because of the sins they have committed, the famine that He sends will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters…

“…and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them” (Jeremiah 19:9b).

If the Old Testament tells us this, “…and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege…,” do you know what? You won’t be safe anywhere during this part of the Tribulation Period!

Let us go back to the Book of Revelation. Isn’t that exactly what God says in Revelation 6:8? Not only will they be killed by the “beasts of the earth,” but, also, with the opening of the Fourth Seal, a fourth part of the Earth shall die “…with sword, and with hunger…”

In Revelation 6:6, where we have the opening of the Third Seal with the black horse, there is going to be a famine in the land, where it will take a day’s wages just to buy a loaf of bread. Can you imagine what it will be to try to get something to eat?

 I remember when we went on our Senior trip to Washington D.C., and New York City, a couple of my friends and I slipped out of our rooms and went down on the streets of New York City. We saw the “down-and-outers.” They were going through garbage cans, and were lying there, practically, half-naked. One we passed, I know he was dead! He stunk so bad, he smelled just like a dead animal. In the Tribulation Period, they will be raiding garbage cans, and there is not going to be anything in them! Nobody is going to be throwing away anything. It is going to be a horrible time!

The Antichrist is going to kill one fourth part of the Earth as given in Revelation 6:7,8. You are going to find, after the Rapture, cannibalism will again be prevalent, because there will be absolutely nothing to eat.

We are going to find out, as we are getting ready for the next seal, that God gives us a wave of truth that extends on out into the last half of the Tribulation Period. In the middle of the Tribulation, the Antichrist declares himself to be God, according to 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4, and you have to take the “Mark of the Beast,” or “666.” (Revelation 13:17,18). That is the last two verses of Chapter 13. If you decide you are going to stand for Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords, during the last three-and-a-half years of the Tribulation Period, it will cost you your life.  You are going to be beheaded, if you are caught.

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4).

Satan hates you. He hates every Christian. He will substitute his counterfeit religion for Christianity. He will tell you, “Be good, and you will go to Heaven.” “Be bad, and you will go to Hell.” The truth is you don’t have to “Be bad” to go to Hell. You can do everything good all your life, and go right straight to Hell. There is no one who can do good all of their life. Romans 3:10 tells us,

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one”  (Romans 3:10):

This is why God has concluded we have all…

“…sinned and come short of the glory of God”  (Romans 3:23).

“The wages of that sin,” according to Romans 6:23, “is death,” spiritually separated from God and Heaven, tormented in the Lake of Fire. (Matthew 25:41)

Revelation 6:9-11. The Fifth Seal.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”

The Fifth Seal is opened, and John sees some of the Tribulation martyrs under the altar in Heaven. They have died, and now they are in Heaven. They had been given white robes, and John could see them. They, also, could speak, because heard John what they said, and wrote it down for us. They, also, had an awareness of what was happening on earth. They were martyrs who stood up for the Savior, and paid with their lives. Now, they were “absent from the body and present with the Lord,” and awaiting the Resurrection, at the end of the Tribulation Period, to receive their glorified body, as promised in Philippians 3:21.

“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:21).

This portion of Scripture refutes several false teachings that God never had in His mind, and has never revealed to mankind. They are strictly puffed up in the minds of fleshly men who want to create something to contradict the inerrancy of the Word of God. You have those today that say, “When you die, you go a certain place, then, somebody is going to pay the preacher and they are going to get you out of this place, and ship you on to Heaven. So, according to this group, the Catholic Organization, when you die you go someplace, but you don’t go to Heaven, and you don’t go to Hell. You go to this place of Limbo, or Purgatory, but it is an intermediate place. You go there, and you have to “Pay up, or shut up.” And, if you really care about your loved one, you are going to “pay up.” Right? Well, that’s what they say. We’re going to find out that just isn’t true. Satan loves it!

First of all, when these people died, they went to Heaven. When John went to Heaven, He saw them there, in Heaven! The Bible refutes all false teaching about where we go when we die. Do I go to a place of Limbo? Do I go to a Purgatory? Does it exist? Let me just say this. You can’t find it. It doesn’t exist, and Jesus Christ never mentioned it, not even once, in the whole New Testament. You can’t find a Purgatory! You can’t find a Limbo,  and, you can’t find, as many teach, that you just go into the grave and lie there in a state of dormancy, or a state of unconsciousness. None of that “phony-baloney” exists. It is foreign to the Word of God. It is calling God a liar! It is once again inserting religion, and philosophy, instead of Christianity. Notice here in Psalm 49:7. This answers it once and for all.

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him” 

If you think that you are going to do anything for one of your dead relatives after they have died, you have been deceived. For what are you praying? You should have prayed for him, or her, while they were living. Did you ever witness to them about Christ? But after they die, we are going to get all touched in our heart of how much we miss this person, and we are going to pray for them. I am going to say this, your prayers go no further than the air. You cannot pray for a person after they are dead, because they are already in Heaven, or already in Hell. These prayers go nowhere, but out of your mouth and drop on the floor! The Bible says in Psalm 49:7:

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him”

Do you go to a church where the preacher says, “Hey, pay me, and I’ll pray them out of there?” I’ll tell you what, you are throwing good money after bad. You just gave it away! You’re not going to get any interest for it! You just gave it away for nothing, Friend. You’re not going to give anything to God to buy somebody out of Hell, who had a decision to make, not to go there, while they were living! There is no way you can do that! None! That is found nowhere in God’s Word.

Each one gives an account of themselves to the Lord. We do that, of course, while we are living. Yes, we give an account of our life at the Judgment Seat of Christ, but we are talking about the living now. That is why it is important for you not to listen to religion, but listen to Christ and the living Word of God.

John sees these souls under the altar in Heaven. They had died for their testimony for Jesus Christ. Here’s what God says,

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held”  (Revelation 6:9):

Verse 10 refutes another false doctrine that we have previously mentioned. It is that you go to the grave and lie there, dormant, and, at “the end,” there is going to be a resurrection, “sometime.” If your good works outweigh your bad works, then you are going to Heaven. If they don’t, you go back into dormancy, and that’s the end of your existence, Fella. Good Bye! So long! See ‘ya later! You never existed, so, hang it up!

I have to say, “You never find that in the Bible!” Notice what it says,

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?”  (Revelation 6:10)

They are talking! They are talking in Heaven. They are alive in Heaven. I don’t know how in the world you can be sleeping in the grave, and be in Heaven and you are still talking. Hell claims the soul and the spirit. Heaven claims the soul and the spirit. The grave claims the body, which is going to have a Resurrection. When you die, you are “absent from the body…present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8), and you never lay in that grave, whatsoever. These souls had trusted Christ. They had a witness for Christ. They would not sell out to the Antichrist, and, in Heaven, John heard them cry out.

We have been looking at false religions that present a counterfeit of Christianity. This chapter begins with the entrance of the Antichrist, the one who is personally indwelt by Satan.We know Satan is behind all false religions and, as we have previously noted, the Lord had said,

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:5).

How can we recognize a “false Christ?” How will you know a false Christ.?

Dr. Harry Ironsides was one of the great Bible expositors of many years ago. A man came into his office and his secretary said, “Dr. Ironsides, there’s a man outside who would like to see you. He says he is Jesus Christ.” Dr. Ironsides said, “Send him in, please.” The man came in and said, “Dr. Ironsides, I would like to introduce myself. I am Jesus Christ, the Messiah.” Dr. Ironsides said, “Let me see your hands, Sir.” He held his hands out. Dr. Ironsides asked, “Where are the nail prints?” Dr. Ironsides then asked to see the man’s feet. Well, there were no nail prints there, either. Dr. Ironsides then requested, “Let me see your side.” There should have been a tremendous wound with the sword going into the side. Of course, there was none. At this point, Dr. Ironsides ended the interview with, “Sir, you are an imposter. I have no more time for you! You are not accepting Jesus Christ. You have become your own Christ!”

You are finding in these last days, more false cults and religions are springing up than you can count. It is hard to keep up with them. Years ago, I used to keep files on every one. I would write their headquarters and get their material and compare them with the Bible. I would, then have it documented, so, whether on radio, TV, or in a sermon. I would have the written material from their headquarters, in my file, to back up what I say a cult religion says. We don’t just pull it off the top of our head.

But there are so many today, it would take someone full-time just trying to keep up with all the false cults and the false religions. I have concluded the best thing to do is just preach the Bible. God gave you a mind, and he gave you discernment. He gave you His Word, so that you can compare it to what any preacher, or any church has to say. God has given you good sense to make that decision for yourself.

In the Second Seal (Revelation 6:6), we notice there will be wars, that parallels what is spoken of in Matthew 24:6,7.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet (6).  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places” (7).

We find the Fourth Seal of Revelation parallels the same thing. In the Fifth Seal, we are talking about God’s judgment upon the Earth. Now, in the Fifth Seal, I would like for you to notice Verse 9. During this time, many Christians are going to have to die for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. These Scriptures in Verses 9, and 10, also refute the false teachings of reincarnation, and soul-sleeping held by Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and a few others. Where they get these ideas, I have no idea, whatsoever. God says…

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God…”  (1 Corinthians 3:19a).

It amazes me that men will say that we are reincarnated, or we go to the grave and we sleep. Yet, man has never been on the other side of death. You have a few whackos saying, “Well, I saw the light at the other end of the tunnel.” I don’t find anything in the Bible about “a light at the end of a tunnel.” That is a satanic delusion. You can see the light in Heaven, when you are passed from death unto life, but the “light in the tunnel” fantasy is nothing more than a satanic delusion, which gives a false peace. The only peace that you can rely on is through trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior. In Romans 5:1 it says…

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1):

If you are trying to find peace in looking for the “light at the end of the tunnel,” you are being, satanically, deceived. The only light you are going to see are the flames of Hell, when you wake up there. This is why God put the Bible here. It is to reveal the greatest deceiver this world has ever known, the Antichrist, old Satan, himself, and his demons, also known as evil spirits.

Revelation 6:9,10.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.

We are told here that many are going to die during the Tribulation Period. Notice in Verse 10.

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?” (Revelation 6:10).

It doesn’t sound to me like these are sleeping in the grave. Does it to you?

I would like for you to notice that following the False Christ (First Seal), the War (Second Seal), the Famine (Third Seal), and Death (Fourth Seal), comes the Fifth Seal, the Martyrdom. Amid the turmoil on the world scene, the ungodly will grow in hatred against Christ. Instead of deploring sin as the cause of their trouble, their anger will be kindled at those who have accepted Christ, and who will no longer cooperate with their humanistic endeavors, and their ideologies. In other words, the Christians will not go along with the “program.”

 If you didn’t know it, the “program” that the Antichrist is going to implement is the One-World Religious System. You can see that we have that today. All you have to do is open your eyes and see that ecumenicalism is the down payment, to brainwash you, in preparation for the Tribulation Period. Just lay aside your Bible doctrines. It doesn’t matter if one church says, “The preacher will get you to Heaven because he will forgive your sins.” The Bible-believing church says, “That man is full of baloney. He doesn’t know beans from apple butter. No man can forgive sins. If any mere, human, man could forgive sins, why did Jesus Christ have to die on the Cross?”

So, you are trying to get all these together who do not even believe the same thing, and what you have is a compromise of their principles, a compromise on the Bible, and an endorsement of many false religions that are just all trying to “get together now and praise God.” Let me say this. You may talk about God all you want, but if you do not accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are just shadow-boxing. You are throwing your words to the wind. Christ tells us in John 8:42…

“…If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me”  (John 8:42).

Matthew 24:8. “The Beginning of Sorrows.”

“All these are the beginning of sorrows”(Matthew 24:8).

In this verse, Jesus refers to the first four items, found in Matthew 24:4-7, as “the beginning of sorrows.” Therefore, He segregates these four from those that come later, from the Fifth Seal on. Likewise, Revelation 6 divides the first four seals from the others, by putting them in their own category of “horsemen.”

In Matthew 24:4-9, and in the Seals of Revelation, Chapter 6, the beginning of the Tribulation Period is described. Both join in declaring that an early phase of false prophets, war, famine, and death, will soon be followed by the making of Christian martyrs. That is where we are in Verses 9 and 10. All of this will take place before the “Abomination of Desolation” is perpetrated, and the persecution by the Antichrist is unleashed, in all of its fury, during the second three-and-a-half years. We will see those intensified judgments of God when we get on back in our travel through this great book.

Chart: “The Beginning of Sorrows”

Revelation 6:1-8 – The Four Horsemen Matthew 24:4-7
Seal #1 - False Prophets & Antichrist: Revelation 6:1,2.

“...behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer” (2).

Matthew 24:5,11

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many (5). “ “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (11).

Seal #2 - War: Revelation 6:3,4.

“And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword” (4).

 Matthew 24:6

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

Seal #3 - Famine: Revelation 6:5,6.

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (6).

Matthew 24:7

 

 “...and there shall be famines...   (Matt. 24:7b).

Seal #4 - Death and Hell: Revelation 6:7-8.

 “...behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (Rev. 6:8).

Matthew 24:7

 

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”   

Seal #5 – Tribulation Martyrs: Revelation 6:9-11.

 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:” (9).

 Matthew 24:9

 

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.”  

Revelation 6:11. There Will Be More Martyrs Later.

“And white robes were given unto every one of them, and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled” 

It may cost you your life to be a believer during this particular period of time. We find that others will die for their testimony in Revelation 12:11.

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

They were willing to die for their Savior, the Lord Jesus. Go with me now to Revelation 14:13,

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

Go with me to Revelation, Chapter 20. What a gruesome sight this is going to be! If you refuse the Mark of the Beast, from the middle of the Tribulation Period on, during the last three-and-a-half years, this is the kind of death you will have to suffer. Notice Revelation 20:4,5,

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast (Satan),neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years (4).

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection” (5).

These were beheaded for their faith. The guillotine will be reinstituted. Peter talked about the same thing. Peter said,

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you” (1 Peter 4:12):

Many of you are old enough to remember, and, if you are not old enough to remember, you can read about it in your history books. In our own generation, we have seen the wholesale death of Jews, as more than six million perished under the Nazi regime. For the most part, the world stood helplessly by, many in unbelief. It has been said that many of the Jews, even as they were being herded in the box cars and having been warned of their fate, refused to believe that such an event would occur.

In the Fourth Seal, following famine, one fourth of the population of the Earth has been destroyed.

To show you how much the world hates Christians, clear back in the spring of 1970 we saw a sudden interest in our environment. Even the college students became aware that we were polluting our Earth. Earth Day, which was instituted April 22, 1970, was set aside to discuss the issues and the possible solutions. The Environmental Handbook came out of the United Nations’ UNESCO[i] and it was prepared by “Friends of the Earth.” It was at this time, and the same convention, that U Thant[ii] praised Lenin as a great humanitarian and defender of liberty. What a joke! U Thant, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, praising Lenin as a great humanitarian and a defender of Liberty. This is the kind of leadership that we see. It is perverse to the Bible. You see the Environmental Handbook makes, among other recommendations, the following:

  1. Nations must be phased out as quickly as possible.
  2. Christianity bears a huge burden of guilt for ecological problems. (In other words, we’re going to blame the Christians for this.)
  3. Experimental living groups should construct their shelters from church windows. (In other words, destroy the churches and use their materials.)

There is already a growing animosity towards the Bible and Christians, and, in the Tribulation Period, those who refuse to accept the Mark of the Beast will be unable to buy food and will face starvation and death.

 Go back with me, again, to Revelation 6:9,10.

 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: (9):  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” (10).

Let us get a couple of other things here, doctrinally. When it comes to where you are going to go when you die, man has never been on the other side of death, and come back. God has told us what is on the other side of death. Let’s read these verses again. When you are living, you are composed of three components: body, soul, and spirit. The soul is the seat of your emotions and your appetites. The spirit is the seat of your intelligence. You have a body. When I look at you, I see the body, but I don’t see the real you. God has given you a body for the “real you” to express yourself with. When you die, the only thing that dies is the body. James 2:26 says,

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).

So, when the body dies, the spirit which is your intelligence, the real you, your being; and, your soul, the seat of your emotions and your appetites—are never separated. They are the real “you” that lives on. You are passed from death unto life, and your soul and spirit never go to the grave. The body is dead “without the spirit.” With the spirit inside, the body cannot die. So, when the body dies, the soul and spirit leave that body and they do not accompany that body into the grave, into a state of annihilation. The Bible tells us, as Paul was inspired to write by the Holy Spirit,

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

When the Lord was on the Cross, in Luke 23:43, he told the thief…

“…To day shalt thou be with me in paradise”  (Luke 23:43).

Surely the grave was not Paradise, was it? Absolutely not! So, the soul, and spirit, separated from the body. But the teaching that people would like to have you believe is that you just go to the grave. Accompanying that teaching is, if you are good, all is well. There is going to be a general resurrection, they say, and, if your good works outweigh your bad, you are OK. Here we have a works salvation, again, excluding Jesus Christ. Every damnable false religion excludes Christ.

When I meet somebody, no matter what religion they are affiliated with, when I try to talk with them about Jesus Christ and they don’t want to talk, I know they have religion, but they don’t have Christ. The Lord wants us to talk about Him, and the wonderful things He has done for us. He says here in Revelation 6:9,

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”

They died, but notice where these souls are now. John was up in Heaven and he saw them.

“And they cried with a loud voice,

They could talk and they had reasoning as they were…

“…saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?” (Revelation 6:10).

Their real essence, the soul, seat of their emotions and appetites, and, their spirit, the seat of their intelligence was very much alive in Heaven. John heard them cry out and say, “How long will it be before you avenge our blood?” In this Church Age that we live in, today, we are to pray for our enemies, but not in the Tribulation Period. Christ said in Luke 23:34, 

“…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots “  (Luke 23:34).

And when they stoned Stephen in Acts, Chapter 7,

“And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep “  (Acts 7:6)

There was a time when everybody forsook Paul. Nobody stood with him. He was like a “duck out of water.” But in 2 Timothy 4:16,17, he said, “Don’t lay this to their charge.”

“At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge (16).  Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion “ (17).

But, when the Tribulation comes, the prayer will be, “Sic ‘em, Lord, and give it to ‘em!”

Revelation 6:12. The Sixth Seal.

 “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood” (12);

God controls the weather. Read Job, Chapters 36 and 37. He controls the atmosphere around Earth, and he controls what is inside the Earth. Here He uses an earthquake, and He is going to use earthquakes, again, as the judgments are intensified. I would like for you to  notice Revelation 11:13,

“And the same hour was there a great Earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the Earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. “

The Remnant is all inclusive of the other nine-tenths, numbering 63,000. Here is another great earthquake. Go with me now to Revelation 16:18,19,

“And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the Earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great” (18). 

And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath“  (19).

These verses describe an earthquake such as has never been before. God is going to punish them for their wicked deeds, their rejection of Jesus Christ, their blasphemy against God. He will punish them for their teaching of evolutionary theories which corrupt the children, their many abortions, and the many diabolical things man does that are absolutely an attack on the Word of God.

God has also used earthquakes in the past. God brings things to pass, such as hailstones, when He slew the Assyrians, and He rained brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah. In Numbers, Chapter 16, is just such a case. This chapter describes a man who was jealous of the leadership of Moses. He had gathered quite a few men together and they rose up before Moses. Here is the conclusion of the matter in Numbers 16:32,33,

“And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods“ (32).

They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation “ (33).

God was provoked by Korah’s jealousy of the leadership of Moses. Moses was God’s appointed man and this man had told Moses, “You take too much upon yourself.” He was jealous, and he wanted to have the leadership, himself. He wanted to degrade Moses, and God had had enough of him! God just opened up the Earth and took care of the problem, as, Korah, and all of his followers were disposed of in less than a minute.

 “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

Revelation 6:13. The Stars Fall.

“And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. “

 Can you imagine such a shaking that mountains, like the Andes and the Alps, and other mountain ranges, are actually moved by the power of God. Imagine if God had reached down from Heaven to place His hand around the Earth, and shakes it out of the foundation that it is on? He shakes the Earth, and little men down here will be just like ants on this Earth, when God unleashes His mighty power, as He does in these seals. The judgments intensify as we go forward in the Book of Revelation.

Revelation 6:14. The Heavens Depart and the Mountains Move!

“And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places .“

The “heavens departing as a scroll” must refer to the atmospheric heavens, the clouds being suddenly rolled away so swiftly, that men will cry in horror as they stand, exposed, before an angry God. I don’t know if you have read the book, by Jonathan Edwards, called Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. If you have not read it, I would go to my Christian book store and get a copy of the booklet. Many say it is one of the greatest sermons that man has ever preached. The day he delivered this sermon, the congregation literally felt as though they were slipping out of their seats into Hell. He led many thousands to Jesus Christ. But this verse cannot be describing the final fiery cataclysm as found in 2 Peter 3:10-13 where it says “…the heavens shall pass away with a great noise…” The reason is because those on Earth, who see these events, remain alive after them, and many flee to nearby caves and rocks for shelter amid the celestial terrors.

Revelation 6:15-17. The Wrath of the Lamb.

“And the kings of the Earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains (15);  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (16):  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (17). 

In Verses 15 to 17, we find that modern man marks himself as the “king of his destiny,” and, day by day, claims to be more the master of nature and the elements. Here, at God’s thunder, the sinners quake. Kings and masters, as well as the lowest on the Earth, fall in abject dread at these disasters. That inner sense of guilt and sin in all humans awakened, as we shall see in Chapter Eleven. By the testimony of God’s end-time witnesses, they actually realize this.

The great day of His wrath is come.” The sinners cringe, and know that God’s anger is behind these seal calamities. Soon the Trumpet Judgments will come forth, and these will be more severe than even the seals. The wrath of God is even more plainly seen, as we continue on with Chapters Eight and Nine. Then will come the Bowls of Wrath of the Almighty God. Rebellious man desires to live without God, but God will have the last say.

After God has raptured His church, He will withdraw His restraints upon sin, and, sinful man will bring the curses of the ages upon his own head in this Tribulation Period. Lies, wars, famine, and death, are all described here, in how God is going to judge the lost.

Two more catastrophes are brought to our attention in the Sixth Seal, the judgment. First of all, as we discussed, the heavens are opened. It is hard for the human mind to fathom this occurrence. It will be a shock when it occurs. And then, Number Two, the Earth moves. Imagine living in a day when every mountain and every island is moved out of its place. It doesn’t mean that they are not going to exist any more. They are just moved by the force and the power of God. Scientists are already acknowledging the fact that the Earth’s crust moves. One encyclopedia devotes a four-page article to the drifting continents. It reports that the Earth consists of a liquid core with a radius of about 2,170 miles. It has a mantle about 1800 miles thick, and a crust. The continental crust is, on average, 20 miles thick. Their theory is that movement in the Earth’s mantle is causing the continental drifts. Scientists have recently found that Asia and Africa are splitting apart along a large fault in the center of the Red Sea.

Revelation 6:16:

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:”   

Joel spoke of this same prophecy. Go back with me now to Joel, Chapter 2, and we’ll begin in Verse 28. You must remember, the Old Testament Prophets never knew about the Church Age that you are living in today. It was never prophesied in the Old Testament. This was a mystery that was revealed unto the Apostle Paul, as we find out in Ephesians 3:1-10. We do find out that the Old Testament prophets did know about the Tribulation Period. They did know about the Birth of Christ. They did know about the Crucifixion of Christ. We find many of the Old Testament prophets, such as, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, prophesied about this same period of time, as did Matthew, Chapter 24, and, the Book of Revelation. Let’s notice here now in Joel 2:28:

“And it shall come to pass afterward, (that’s after Israel’s restoration) that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:”

Now this is what we find out that Peter talked about in Acts 2:16-21. This was that same spirit poured out on Pentecost. Pentecost was not the fulfilling of Joel’s prophecy. There were no “wonders in the heavens,” but it was that same Spirit that was poured out there, when each understood in their own language.

Notice what is says now in Joel 2:30, 31:

“And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the Earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke (30). The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come “ (31).

Joel knew about this occurrence that would take place in the Tribulation Period. We come on back and begin to see how God has dealt with the nation of  Israel, and, what He’s going to do with those today that are lost, that have never known the Lord Jesus Christ and blaspheme His Name. They only care about living for the pleasures of this world, that is all.

Let us go back to Isaiah 13:11-13:

“And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible  (11).  I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir  (12).   Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the Earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger “ ( 13).

When men cry today and say, “Oh where is the Lord?” Well, God in His grace, His kindness, and His mercy, has allowed things to go on. “Mercy” means “not giving us what we deserve.” With all that is going on in the world today, we are surely paralleling the nation of Israel, and getting ripe for the judgment of Almighty God. We ought to be praying “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.”

Folks, if you think things can continue to go on, think again. Everything that was done to destroy the Roman Empire is being done in America. Everything that you have seen in History paralleling the nation of Israel is being done in America. Do you know who you can thank? You can thank our Supreme Court. They are not to rewrite the Constitution and they seem to have the opinion that it is out of date. Our founding fathers have given us principles, and this country, for which the Bible was the foundation. In my younger days, there were morals, there were principles, and there was decency. There was respect for other people. All of that has disintegrated until it is almost every man for himself. We are living in a society where it is a survival situation.

When I was a boy, if someone would do something, you could yell at them out of your car window, or toot the horn. If you do it today, you could get yourself shot! Those that shoot you already know they are not going to die. They know that their punishment is going to be very lenient, or the first thing that will happen if they are arrested, “We must get him a psychiatrist, or psychologist, and get him examined.”

You know, it is an amazing thing, when a person commits a crime and they leave the scene, they must know it is wrong, or they wouldn’t leave. When they commit a murder, and they don’t turn themselves in, they must know that there is some punishment. If not, why wouldn’t they just go tell the police that I killed this person? If they were mentally incompetent, they would. But when they run, you have to invest in time and money to trace down the murderer, and, then, we get him to some quacko psychiatrist to examine him to see if he understands right from wrong. If he didn’t understand right from wrong, he wouldn’t have run, would he?

This is how foolish our society has gotten. Every time somebody is mixed up with the law, get a psychiatrist to him. Most of the psychiatrists need a psychiatrist, if you want the truth. In fact, the truth came out a while back.  They have more broken homes, and more troubles, than most of the common people. Law breakers do not need psychiatrists. They need punishment, and they need to know that they are going to get punishment. Here is what God says about it.

“Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil “  (Ecclesiastes 8:11).

“Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth “  (Habakkuk 1:4).

When there are one of these bombings that kill many, many, people, our president gets up and reads from a little slip of paper that, “We’re going to do everything within our power to bring these murderers to justice.” Then another year passes, and then another. Pretty soon we’re fighting over where we are going to hold the trial. If they wanted the trial held somewhere else, they should have committed the crime somewhere else, shouldn’t they? But we think more of the murderer and the protection of his rights, than we think of the rights of all those people that died. This is how twisted up we are in our minds.

Remember, Ecclesiastes said, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil [continually].” Pretty soon, months go by and the witnesses cannot remember everything. Their memories would be much fresher if you have them in court after the incident happens. The police work as hard as they can. They go into court, and the judge ties their hands in the “legality” of the law. What are you saying? God says, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil [continually].” It incites the criminals to go on and do worse crime, because they know it is a long time before they go to trial. They know witnesses sometimes can’t remember that far back. Many things can take place, and, we can find a technicality here, and a technicality there, etc.

But the time is coming, in this Tribulation Period that you may not laugh at Jesus Christ’s coming, because in 2 Peter 3:4 it says there will be mockers saying…

“…Where is the promise of his coming?...

You are either a mocker of Jesus Christ, or, Jesus Christ is your Father, if you have received Him as your Savior. In Chapter 6 of Revelation, that day is coming when people are going to meet God Almighty, face to face. That is going to be when they die. It is not a game that is played down here. It isn’t some religious performance going on to make you feel religious. The only way you are going to escape the Tribulation Period is, if you are a believer and you go at the Rapture.  And, you’re laughing at that!

You’ll wake up some morning and all these people are gone. It comes out over the radio, “We must have had an invasion from Mars,” or, “We must have had an invasion from outer space.” The Antichrist stands up and says, “I had to get rid of all these people, so we could have the Utopia we have all been waiting for.” He will justify it, and bend the situation to his advantage.

But you will be missing some of your relatives. You are going to be missing your fundamental preachers. Perhaps, even, the boss on your job. You will look for that person who witnessed to you, and said, “We’d like for you to think about trusting Christ as your Savior, so you can avoid this Day of Wrath.” Now, the day that we are speaking about, is here. This is the day that, if you reject the Lord Jesus Christ, it doesn’t matter who you are, because in Revelation 6:15 it says,

 “And the kings of the Earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;”

It won’t matter what your position is. When Jesus Christ throws these judgments out, you will not escape. Revelation 6:16 says,

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.”

Do you know why they are saying this? They are hoping that death will end it all. No one in their right mind would say, “Fall on us and kill us.” They are more frightened of spiritual death, than they are physical death. They are hoping that this damnable philosophy of Shirley McClain, and others, which says we are reincarnated, is true. They are hoping the New Age movement, which says there is no Hell, is right. Or…the new versions of the Bible, which take away the doctrinal parts but hold to the traditional parts, are true, because they have no doctrine in them when it comes to Hell. When it comes to the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, they re-word passages to take away the power and emphasis of the power of God unto salvation, which is His Death and Resurrection. If there is no Hell, and there is not going to be a Rapture and a Tribulation Period, they do not have anything to worry about. Right?

This is the movement that we are living in right here, today, that wants to divert you from the True and Living God. They want to divert you into some New Age Version of the Bible, like the Living Bible, the New International Version, the New American Standard Bible, etc. All of these are perverted Bibles, sold under the counterfeit of being a Bible. They are a money-making scheme. You say, “Oh, my mother gave it to me.” Or, “My Daddy gave it to me.” Or, worse, “My pastor gave it to me.” One of the men, who was the head of one of the new Bible version translation committees, has since renounced them, and said, “God forgive me. I have tampered with the Word of God. How shall I undo what I have done?”

So, you ought to check into some of these things to make sure you are not deceived. I will say this. They know that, when these things happen, it has to be of God. They realize this truly is the God that they are going to stand before. Maybe they have been witnessed to, or they have been in a good Bible-teaching church where the preacher has preached on Hell. He has taught them to trust that Jesus Christ paid for their sins, but they refused.

“Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels”    (Matthew 25:41):

And here they are, in this Tribulation Period. They would rather die physically, and hope that ends it all, rather than be alive in Hell for all time and eternity, suffering that kind of torment. However, that is what is going to happen. Notice in Verse 17…   

“For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:17).

We are told in 2 Corinthians 6:2…

“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Jesus Christ went to the Hell of the Cross, and paid for your sins, so you would not spend eternity in the Lake of Fire making that payment yourself. Nobody loved you like Jesus Christ. Do not put it off another day. Christ could come tonight.

I would like you to go in your Bibles to Isaiah 1:11-13. Isaiah had the same problem with the nation of Israel as God is having with America. We’ll pick it up here in Verse 11, and go on down; and, then God gives an invitation in Verse 18.

“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats” (Isaiah 1:11).

This was your Judaism with your Old Testament sacrifices, because they were doing it only for a show.

“When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? (12)  Bring no more vain (empty) oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting”  (Isaiah 1:12-13).

A very practical application. You go into a modernistic church where many of the members go out and commit adultery. They go out and steal. They go out and swear. They are crooked in their business. But they parade into church every Sunday morning. They go to their bars on Monday through Saturday and sit, sucking up their slop. That’s what I call it. They are not very happy with me when I call it that. But there are a lot of dead people in the cemeteries, and a lot of teenagers that have died from that damnable drinking. Their parents have taught them it is all right, because they have sat around soaking it up in the bars. So, their children go out to a Senior Prom and think it is all right to drink. After all, Daddy does it. Mommy does it. They go to the bar all the time. The teenagers get drunk, and they get in an accident, and some die.

If the victims of alcohol, who lie in the cemeteries today could talk, what do you think they would say about drinking that nice, little social drink? Not only that, you’ve got preachers who drink. Ask your preacher if he drinks, socially. If he does, you better run from him, because he’s a counterfeit. He’s just a social guy around town. He’s not going to tell you how to be saved, because he probably doesn’t know how to go to Heaven, himself.

But notice here in Verse 17…

“Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17).

Learn to do things honestly. And then God says this, “Don’t just go to church, and be playing games here. He says in Isaiah 1:18-20,  

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (18). If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land (19): But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it” (20).

Let us notice again back in Revelation 6:16,17. Again, they must have come to their senses when they said this.

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (16):  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (17).

You hear some of these atheists, agnostics, evolutionists, and so-called scientists in your classrooms today, coming out openly and blatantly denouncing there is a God. However, tomorrow may be their judgment day. If Jesus Christ comes tonight and the Rapture takes place, they will be scared to death. Then you will see what these men, or women, who stood up in the classroom and propagated that stuff, are really like when they know that it is Almighty God causing these earthquakes.  Their town is shaking, and there are big cracks in the ground. People are falling in, and they close up again. Thousands of people are going down into the pit, just like it was in Numbers, Chapter 16. You are going to think, “Is this what I followed? Was I ever deceived!”

Don’t be deceived.

“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Christ could come tomorrow! I hope that, if you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you will now. You may be going to church, you may have been baptized, you may have been doing everything that seems right, but none of those things will save you. Jesus Christ died on the cross, and He paid for your sins. He gave His life to save yours and he said:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”(John 3:16)

We hope you will trust Christ today.

[i] UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, is a specialised agency of the United Nations system. The organisation was created more than a half century ago, with the mission to build the defences of peace in the minds of men. Its Constitution states that: “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed”.

viii.  U Thant, was the third Secretary-General of the United Nations and served from 1961 to 1971. He was chosen to head the world body following the death of the then Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold in an air crash in September 1961.

From his first years as Secretary-General, he placed great emphasis on moving forward the UN’s development agenda, and the 1960s were termed the UN Development Decade. During this time, many new nations in Asia and Africa joined the UN, and U Thant articulated and supported their concerns for a more equitable world economic system.U Thant retired from the UN at the end of his second term in 1971. He was diagnosed with cancer in 1973 and died in New York on November 25, 1974. He was 65 years old.

The First Six Seal Judgments

We have just finished up with Chapter Five, which shows the Redemption of Creation and Mankind. “No man in heaven, nor in Earth, neither under the Earth” is able to open the seven-sealed book, or the scroll, which unleashes all the things yet to happen in Bible prophecy, until the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah, our Lord Jesus Christ, steps forward. The Lord Jesus is the only one. He is the Lamb of God and He takes the scroll. He is the only one found worthy to pronounce judgment upon this world. He is the Judge of all of the Earth. He comes forward and takes that scroll, opens it up, and we are ready to proceed with the things that are yet to come.

In Chapter Six, we begin to see the unleashing of some of the judgments of God upon the Earth. I might say this at the outset, when we unfold the Seven Seals of Chapter Six, they are just a down payment of the intensified judgments of God, as we proceed to Chapters Eight and Nine. Chapter Six begins the events of the Tribulation Period.

Follow along in your Bible, and you will begin to understand that the Book of Revelation is taking us through the Tribulation Period. After Chapter Four, we no longer hear anything about the Church. She has been Raptured, and is now in Heaven.

In reality, and in our time, “the blessed hope and glorious appearing” of our Savior has not happened on this Earth yet. The prayer of every believer in this Church Age is, “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.” Soon...

“…the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (16) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 ).

When that takes place, that triggers the seven-year Tribulation Period. At the end of that, Christ comes back and sets the Kingdom up. So, everything that transpires from Chapter Four on, in the Book of Revelation, is future. We have now come to the time of “…the things which shall be hereafter.” (1:19c).

Parallel to that, Daniel also speaks of that same Tribulation Period of time, i.e., seven years. Also, in Matthew, Chapter 24, the whole chapter is dealing with this seven-year Tribulation Period, and what will take place during that particular period of time. Therefore, we will be referring back to the Book of Matthew, along with Chapter Six, to show how these things parallel with the book of Matthew.

Revelation 6:1,2. The First Seal. The Antichrist on a White Horse.

 “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.” 

He is saying come over here, John. Remember what we have studied concerning the four beasts. These are heavenly creatures giving glory to God. These are part of the train in Heaven. These are things that we would know nothing about, if John had not revealed them here, as the Lord revealed them to him.

 “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer”  (Revelation 6:2).

We have here what seems to be a parallel, between the white horse rider in this verse, and the white horse rider in Revelation, Chapter 19. We find out they are not parallel at all, but they are diametrically opposed. This is the Antichrist making his first appearance, and this is going to show us something. In order to appear non-offensive and non-aggressive with power, the Antichrist, at first has only a bow, but he has no arrows. We are going to give you some parallel chapters to show that he appears to come in peaceably. This is the Antichrist riding the white horse, impersonating Christ. When we look at Revelation, Chapter Nineteen, the One riding the white horse is the Lord Jesus Christ. Why in the world do you say here in Chapter Six that Satan is riding the white horse?

The answer is very simple. Satan always likes to duplicate the Lord Jesus Christ. He has always wanted to be king of this Earth. In Matthew 4:8, he offered Christ “all the kingdoms of the world,” if He would fall down and worship him. What a joke that was! Christ told him, “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Here He is, the Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and this fool, Satan, is actually trying to offer Him all the Kingdoms here upon the Earth. They already belonged to the Lord. Satan has so deceived himself.

We find out that Satan is always an imitator of the Lord Jesus Christ. For example: he imitates salvation. The Lord Jesus Christ said all you have to do is “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Do you know what Satan’s ambassadors say? “Oh, that’s too easy! There’s more to it than that.” It’s a counterfeit, but it looks religious. A counterfeit is something that looks so close to the original you can hardly tell the difference. Religion is doing something to merit eternal life. Salvation is not doing anything to merit eternal life, but going to Heaven by faith in the one who gave His life to buy your right to have eternal life. We go to Heaven on the merits of Jesus Christ, not our own merits. That’s what the Bible teaches.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)

Satan always comes in as a counterfeit, and, he is going to come in peaceably. He’s going to present himself as the great peacemaker. He’s going to deceive practically the whole world. Not all of the world, but the majority of the world. Let us go back to the Book of Daniel in Daniel 8:25,

“And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many:…

…but Satan is a deceiver. He is going to deceive the world and say “I’m coming in peaceably.” Daniel speaks of this again in Daniel 11:21,24,

“And in his estate  (Antichrist) shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.”

Notice in Verse 24,

 “He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province;..

…and this goes right in line, as we come over here to Matthew 4:9,

“And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Satan).

Old Satan loves to do this. He loves to say to you, “You know, you can have this. You can have that.” You’ll think it is Christ, but it is not.

Go with me now over here to Matthew 24. This parallels Revelation, Chapter 6, because they are both speaking about the Tribulation Period. Notice in Matthew 24:5,

”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many”

Only God is the Forgiver of sins. We keep emphasizing this, because there are so many deceived by churches that say their ministers, or priests, can forgive your sins. You get in a certain area and you find Lutheran and Catholic churches that propagate this. But you get in other areas where you’re around Bible-teaching churches, they just laugh at that kind of foolishness, and wonder how anybody can think that a preacher can forgive your sins.

All through the Bible, it is God who is the Forgiver of sins. But Satan loves for you to go to that preacher and confess your sins, and for you to actually think this man can forgive your sins. All of this is nothing but the working of Satan as he comes in peaceably. He wants you to think that preacher “loves” you, and he “wants the best” for you, and, he’s God’s intercessor for you. We find the Bible teaches that,

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5);

You will never find a preacher that God gave the power to be the intercessor between you and God. The Lord says in Hebrews 4:16, “Come boldly before the throne of grace.” He didn’t say “Come boldly before the preacher!” The preacher cannot even forgive his own sins, let alone yours.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

In the areas where you do not have many Bible-believing churches, it seems like some kind of shock-wave going through the air when you say, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” A preacher who says he can forgive your sin is actually taking the place of Christ, and as Matthew 24:5 points out:

”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”

This is the profit of reading your Bible for yourself. If you go to church, and don’t carry your Bible, you are the top-notch candidate to be deceived by false teaching. You’re trusting that preacher. You’re trusting that church. God wants you to trust Him. He wants you to trust His Word in order to check out and see who is the true and who is the false. Sometimes, you meet some of these preachers and you think sugar wouldn’t melt in their mouth, but they are feeding you nothing but poison through the pulpit.

Let’s see what happens when we get to the next seal.

Revelation 6:3,4. The Second Seal.

“And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see (3). And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the Earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”

“Kill One Another…”

Now, I would like for you to underline in your Bible the words, “kill one another,” because we’re going to show you where cannibalism has taken place, even in the nation of Israel, and will yet take place during the Tribulation Period. “They shall kill one another.” Why is that? We will find as we continue there is going to be such a famine on this Earth, as it was in the days of Israel before the Captivity. They actually killed human beings and ate them, then, because there was nothing to eat, and it is going to happen again. There is a famine coming.

“And there was given unto him a great sword…”

These riders show what the Antichrist is going to do. This one rides a red horse. You will find out that red is always associated with terror and death. In Revelation 12:3, we have the “red dragon.” That is Old Satan. In Revelation 17:3, we have the“red beast.” That is, again,“Old Satan.” So, it is always associated with terror and with death.

Let us go to Matthew 24:6,7 and get the parallel for this.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet  (6).  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places” (7). 

There are going to be earthquakes in various, or different, places. That is what the word “divers” means in the Greek, “different, or various places.” On upcoming pages, we will tie all of these together with the verses on cannibalism. I never knew such things existed.

When it comes to a choice between dying, or eating another human being, we are going to see what these plagues bring. We’re going to see what Satan does. You’ve got to remember something that we find in John 8:44. Satan is a deceiver and God tells us about him. He is a murderer and he is a liar. In the Eighth Chapter of John, Christ is talking to the religious leaders of Israel. These are not the down-and-outers now. These are the ones that are held in high esteem by the people. These were your scribes and your Pharisees, your interpreters of the Law. These were the ones who would write the commentaries. These were the ones representing God, supposedly, but they were false leaders.

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it”  (John 8:44).

Underline “murderer,” because there are two things characteristic of “Old Scratch” here. He is a murderer, and a liar! Then He continues in Verse 47…

“He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God”  (John 8:47).

Let me ask you something. Are you one that’s laughing at the Book of Revelation? Do you think these things are not going to come to pass? If you do, it’s because you are not of God. You are not trusting the Word of God.You don’t believe the Bible is really God’s inerrant Word given to mankind. You believe it is just like some of your modern philosophers, and this is the view of many modernistic preachers. This does not include those Bible-teaching pastors who believe the Word of God. They believe that it is true! Every word of it is true.

 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man”  (Psalm 118:8).

Revelation 6:5,6. The Third Seal.

 “And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand  (5). And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (6). 

Now, we’re going to see where the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. Old Satan is a liar, isn’t he? He will tell you that you can do anything you want to do. Lost people are going to love this Antichrist. Why? They can wallow in their sin and it is going to be legal! It’s all right. It’s acceptable. You know, we are getting that today, because we are so close to the Tribulation Period. “The next event’s the Great Event, the Messiah comes again.”  That will be the Rapture.

It’s socially acceptable now to do many of the sins, even commit First Degree Murder with abortion. That is acceptable, now, because we have a Supreme Court of idiots that care nothing for human life, and, therefore, care nothing for morals. So, you feel free to go out and kill your children, since it is legal now. I thank God there are some leaders rising up in these days that are opposing abortion. They probably won’t get elected in the national election, but, at least, there are some that are saying, “We made a mistake. This Roe vs. Wade ruling on abortion must be repealed!”

“A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny;”

The rider of the black horse holds a pair of balances, indicating some type of governmental control over the food supply. A measure of wheat (Greek = choinix) was about a quart, and a penny (denarion) was a day's wages for an ordinary laboring man. In other words, food will be so scarce it will take a person all day to earn enough wages for just a quart of grain. This indicates that all man-made schemes to give people even the necessities of life will fail. A situation that will only get worse.

 “Hurt not the oil and the wine.”

But note that there is no scarcity of oil and wine for the rich. The rich get richer and enjoy their luxuries, while the poor get poorer and can hardly get enough to eat. This is representative of the rich. In other words, don’t touch the accounts of the rich. They are all right. They are the ones we are going to protect. In whatever the Antichrist is going to do, he is going to protect the rich, because he needs them. He is a military genius. He is a financial genius. He’s a genius in world leadership. He is no one, but Satan, himself, in a human body.

Remember this. In Scripture, we are only given two people that Satan has personally indwelt: the Antichrist,here, and Judas Iscariot.  These are the only two, that we have a record of, that Satan has indwelt, himself. This is going to be Satan, personified, to bring this about. But, as we are going to see in 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4, he wants to rule as God, imitating of the God of Creation.

“That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand  (2).  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (3);  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

He “opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,” so, that he goes into the temple and declares himself to be God. As we are going to see, this is the beginning of his climb to power. He will go into the temple in the middle of the Tribulation Period, three-and-a-half years after the Rapture. He declares himself to be God, and everyone will have to worship him, or as Revelation 13:17,18 says,

“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (17) .  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six”  (18).

Here, in Chapter Six, is the beginning of his climb to power. There is going to be a famine. Keep that in mind, as it says in Verse 4, “…they should kill one another.” The famine is the reason. When nobody has anything to eat, instead of dying themselves, they will kill another person, and eat that person. That has been done in the past. We’re going to see that as we continue.

Revelation 6:7,8. The Fourth Seal.

“And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see  (7). And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (8).

“Death and Hell…”

Death claims the body. Hell claims the soul. “Death and Hell.” Isn’t that where Satan ends up? If he can use a human being, posing as a “minister of righteousness,” to deceive you into becoming a son of Satan who claims to be God, you are Hell-bound! Even now, he will try to deceive you all of your life to keep you from trusting Jesus Christ as the only way to Heaven. If successful, he has claimed your soul to Hell! You’ll be there with him for all time and eternity, separated from God, in the dungeon of Hell. You will be in Torment, and it will be as Luke 16 says about the rich man who died and went to Hell. “In hell he lift up his eyes being in torment.” (Lk.16:23) That’s exactly what Satan wants to deceive you into, so that you will die without Christ, and spend your eternity with him.

Jesus Christ said, “I’m not willing you should perish,” in 2 Peter 3:9, but “that all should come to repentance.” And that’s “metanoia,” in the Greek, and it means “all should come to a change of mind.” Please change your mind. So, you have two people after you. You have old Satan, who is going to try to deceive you into being religious and going to Hell, and Jesus Christ, who wants you to accept Him and be a son of God who is looking forward to a home in Heaven. John 1:12 tells us that, “…as many as received Him,” not Satan, but Christ.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

 “The fourth part of the Earth.”

At the beginning of this Tribulation Period, in a very short time, one fourth of this Earth is going to be destroyed. Satan is going to be behind it.

  1. “to kill with a sword.” They will be fighting one another.
  2. “with hunger…” There’s your famine again.
  3. “with death…” People will starve.
  4. “and with the beasts of the earth.” People will be attacked, and eaten, by wild animals.

It is very interesting here, because if you go back to Revelation 6:6, “And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say…” These are “living creatures” and the Greek word is “zōŏn.” The first “O” is long. The second “O” is short. “Zōŏn” means “living creatures.” John saw these in Heaven. 

In Revelation 6:8, in the last phrase here, “and with the beasts…,” we find, because of the famine and because of the shortage of food, wild beasts are going to attack men. This will be part of these four plagues that are, actually, going to remove a fourth part of the population of all of the Earth. A fourth part of the Earth is going to be killed, and Satan is going to be behind it. The Greek word for “beast” here is the Greek word, “therion,” and it means “a dangerous animal.” So, we have two different Greek words. One, “zōŏn, for living creatures in Heaven worshiping God, and the other, “therion,” for dangerous beasts here upon the Earth.

Before we going on the the Fifth Seal, we want to show you about the occurrence of cannibalism found in Old Testament times.

We are going to go back to 2 Kings 6:24-29, where we had a similar situation when the nation of Israel turned from the true and living God and served idols.

First: 2 Kings 6:24-26,

“And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria (24).  And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver  (25).  

These were the worst things you could eat, yet they were selling for an outrageous price! Notice in Verse 26.

And as the king (Jehoram) of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king  (26).

Notice in 2 Kings 6:28,29,

“And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow (28).  So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son” (29).

So we boiled my son, and did eat him:” Did that happen? It absolutely did. When it comes down to whether you eat somebody else, or you die, things change quickly. They did this at Donner’s Pass, did they not? They surely did! You will find out, in this Tribulation Period, they will do the same as they did during the famine at this time in Israel. They actually ate one another. Cannibalism! They’ll do anything to live. A lot of people will.

Let us go to Deuteronomy 28:49-51. We have the same thing over here.

“The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the Earth, as swift as the eagle flieth, a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand  (49);

The nation that God was going to bring against Israel, because of their gross sin, was Babylon. 

A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young  (50):  And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee” (51)”

Babylon was going to bring a famine to Israel because they were going to take every type of food out of the land. Because of this famine, and because of going into bondage and not having anything to eat, Deuteronomy 28:53 describes what took place.

“And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:”

And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters,” We are going to have that in the Tribulation Period. It has already happened to the nation of Israel. Let us go back here to Jeremiah, in Chapter 19, where we have the same thing. I want you to notice how it started out, though. Every false religion is a killer! We have one false religion today that says you can not give your son, or your daughter a blood transfusion—the Jehovah’s Witnesses. They say that is against God’s Laws. There have been many lawsuits, yet this religion remains a killer, because it is a religion of Satanism. What are you saying? Every false religion is a killer. It will kill you the first time, and, if you are lost, it will kill you with the second death in the Lake of Fire.

There are those over there in India who will not eat a cow, so they starve to death. Satan loves for you to worship animals, does he not? When you worship a cow, you make that dumb thing a “sacred cow,” and, then you starve to death and die. I don’t know how anybody can be that dumb, myself. I would “un-sacred-ize” that thing, if I was over there. He may be sacred until I got hungry, and then we’d  have a cook-out! When I got hungry he would be “history!” He is going to be eaten. No religion is going to do that to me. As I said, false religions kill. If you die (physical death) without Christ, you will suffer the second death, of torment, in the flames of the Lake of Fire with Satan, the one it was created for in the first place.

Satan loves to fool people through a counterfeit religion. Yet, this certain religion, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which we have in the United States and all over the world, requires: “Do not give your daughter, or son, a blood transfusion.” Therefore, when they have an illness where a blood transfusion is required, many have died upon the operating table. There have been many lawsuits over that. Every false religion will kill. Let us go to Jeremiah 19:4.

“Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents”  (Jeremiah 19:4);

Here’s what they do. They sacrifice their own sons, and, then we’re going to find out, when a famine comes they will eat their own people. That is unbelievable! Notice Jeremiah 19:5,

“They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind

Baal is a false god. This is how far people can go. Let us go on down to Jeremiah 19:9a,  

“And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters,”

How will God cause it? Is it His will? No! Because of the sins they have committed, the famine that He sends will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters…

“…and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them” (Jeremiah 19:9b).

If the Old Testament tells us this, “…and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege…,” do you know what? You won’t be safe anywhere during this part of the Tribulation Period!

Let us go back to the Book of Revelation. Isn’t that exactly what God says in Revelation 6:8? Not only will they be killed by the “beasts of the earth,” but, also, with the opening of the Fourth Seal, a fourth part of the Earth shall die “…with sword, and with hunger…”

In Revelation 6:6, where we have the opening of the Third Seal with the black horse, there is going to be a famine in the land, where it will take a day’s wages just to buy a loaf of bread. Can you imagine what it will be to try to get something to eat?

 I remember when we went on our Senior trip to Washington D.C., and New York City, a couple of my friends and I slipped out of our rooms and went down on the streets of New York City. We saw the “down-and-outers.” They were going through garbage cans, and were lying there, practically, half-naked. One we passed, I know he was dead! He stunk so bad, he smelled just like a dead animal. In the Tribulation Period, they will be raiding garbage cans, and there is not going to be anything in them! Nobody is going to be throwing away anything. It is going to be a horrible time!

The Antichrist is going to kill one fourth part of the Earth as given in Revelation 6:7,8. You are going to find, after the Rapture, cannibalism will again be prevalent, because there will be absolutely nothing to eat.

We are going to find out, as we are getting ready for the next seal, that God gives us a wave of truth that extends on out into the last half of the Tribulation Period. In the middle of the Tribulation, the Antichrist declares himself to be God, according to 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4, and you have to take the “Mark of the Beast,” or “666.” (Revelation 13:17,18). That is the last two verses of Chapter 13. If you decide you are going to stand for Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords, during the last three-and-a-half years of the Tribulation Period, it will cost you your life.  You are going to be beheaded, if you are caught.

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4).

Satan hates you. He hates every Christian. He will substitute his counterfeit religion for Christianity. He will tell you, “Be good, and you will go to Heaven.” “Be bad, and you will go to Hell.” The truth is you don’t have to “Be bad” to go to Hell. You can do everything good all your life, and go right straight to Hell. There is no one who can do good all of their life. Romans 3:10 tells us,

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one”  (Romans 3:10):

This is why God has concluded we have all…

“…sinned and come short of the glory of God”  (Romans 3:23).

“The wages of that sin,” according to Romans 6:23, “is death,” spiritually separated from God and Heaven, tormented in the Lake of Fire. (Matthew 25:41)

Revelation 6:9-11. The Fifth Seal.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”

The Fifth Seal is opened, and John sees some of the Tribulation martyrs under the altar in Heaven. They have died, and now they are in Heaven. They had been given white robes, and John could see them. They, also, could speak, because heard John what they said, and wrote it down for us. They, also, had an awareness of what was happening on earth. They were martyrs who stood up for the Savior, and paid with their lives. Now, they were “absent from the body and present with the Lord,” and awaiting the Resurrection, at the end of the Tribulation Period, to receive their glorified body, as promised in Philippians 3:21.

“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:21).

This portion of Scripture refutes several false teachings that God never had in His mind, and has never revealed to mankind. They are strictly puffed up in the minds of fleshly men who want to create something to contradict the inerrancy of the Word of God. You have those today that say, “When you die, you go a certain place, then, somebody is going to pay the preacher and they are going to get you out of this place, and ship you on to Heaven. So, according to this group, the Catholic Organization, when you die you go someplace, but you don’t go to Heaven, and you don’t go to Hell. You go to this place of Limbo, or Purgatory, but it is an intermediate place. You go there, and you have to “Pay up, or shut up.” And, if you really care about your loved one, you are going to “pay up.” Right? Well, that’s what they say. We’re going to find out that just isn’t true. Satan loves it!

First of all, when these people died, they went to Heaven. When John went to Heaven, He saw them there, in Heaven! The Bible refutes all false teaching about where we go when we die. Do I go to a place of Limbo? Do I go to a Purgatory? Does it exist? Let me just say this. You can’t find it. It doesn’t exist, and Jesus Christ never mentioned it, not even once, in the whole New Testament. You can’t find a Purgatory! You can’t find a Limbo,  and, you can’t find, as many teach, that you just go into the grave and lie there in a state of dormancy, or a state of unconsciousness. None of that “phony-baloney” exists. It is foreign to the Word of God. It is calling God a liar! It is once again inserting religion, and philosophy, instead of Christianity. Notice here in Psalm 49:7. This answers it once and for all.

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him” 

If you think that you are going to do anything for one of your dead relatives after they have died, you have been deceived. For what are you praying? You should have prayed for him, or her, while they were living. Did you ever witness to them about Christ? But after they die, we are going to get all touched in our heart of how much we miss this person, and we are going to pray for them. I am going to say this, your prayers go no further than the air. You cannot pray for a person after they are dead, because they are already in Heaven, or already in Hell. These prayers go nowhere, but out of your mouth and drop on the floor! The Bible says in Psalm 49:7:

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him”

Do you go to a church where the preacher says, “Hey, pay me, and I’ll pray them out of there?” I’ll tell you what, you are throwing good money after bad. You just gave it away! You’re not going to get any interest for it! You just gave it away for nothing, Friend. You’re not going to give anything to God to buy somebody out of Hell, who had a decision to make, not to go there, while they were living! There is no way you can do that! None! That is found nowhere in God’s Word.

Each one gives an account of themselves to the Lord. We do that, of course, while we are living. Yes, we give an account of our life at the Judgment Seat of Christ, but we are talking about the living now. That is why it is important for you not to listen to religion, but listen to Christ and the living Word of God.

John sees these souls under the altar in Heaven. They had died for their testimony for Jesus Christ. Here’s what God says,

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held”  (Revelation 6:9):

Verse 10 refutes another false doctrine that we have previously mentioned. It is that you go to the grave and lie there, dormant, and, at “the end,” there is going to be a resurrection, “sometime.” If your good works outweigh your bad works, then you are going to Heaven. If they don’t, you go back into dormancy, and that’s the end of your existence, Fella. Good Bye! So long! See ‘ya later! You never existed, so, hang it up!

I have to say, “You never find that in the Bible!” Notice what it says,

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?”  (Revelation 6:10)

They are talking! They are talking in Heaven. They are alive in Heaven. I don’t know how in the world you can be sleeping in the grave, and be in Heaven and you are still talking. Hell claims the soul and the spirit. Heaven claims the soul and the spirit. The grave claims the body, which is going to have a Resurrection. When you die, you are “absent from the body…present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8), and you never lay in that grave, whatsoever. These souls had trusted Christ. They had a witness for Christ. They would not sell out to the Antichrist, and, in Heaven, John heard them cry out.

We have been looking at false religions that present a counterfeit of Christianity. This chapter begins with the entrance of the Antichrist, the one who is personally indwelt by Satan.We know Satan is behind all false religions and, as we have previously noted, the Lord had said,

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:5).

How can we recognize a “false Christ?” How will you know a false Christ.?

Dr. Harry Ironsides was one of the great Bible expositors of many years ago. A man came into his office and his secretary said, “Dr. Ironsides, there’s a man outside who would like to see you. He says he is Jesus Christ.” Dr. Ironsides said, “Send him in, please.” The man came in and said, “Dr. Ironsides, I would like to introduce myself. I am Jesus Christ, the Messiah.” Dr. Ironsides said, “Let me see your hands, Sir.” He held his hands out. Dr. Ironsides asked, “Where are the nail prints?” Dr. Ironsides then asked to see the man’s feet. Well, there were no nail prints there, either. Dr. Ironsides then requested, “Let me see your side.” There should have been a tremendous wound with the sword going into the side. Of course, there was none. At this point, Dr. Ironsides ended the interview with, “Sir, you are an imposter. I have no more time for you! You are not accepting Jesus Christ. You have become your own Christ!”

You are finding in these last days, more false cults and religions are springing up than you can count. It is hard to keep up with them. Years ago, I used to keep files on every one. I would write their headquarters and get their material and compare them with the Bible. I would, then have it documented, so, whether on radio, TV, or in a sermon. I would have the written material from their headquarters, in my file, to back up what I say a cult religion says. We don’t just pull it off the top of our head.

But there are so many today, it would take someone full-time just trying to keep up with all the false cults and the false religions. I have concluded the best thing to do is just preach the Bible. God gave you a mind, and he gave you discernment. He gave you His Word, so that you can compare it to what any preacher, or any church has to say. God has given you good sense to make that decision for yourself.

In the Second Seal (Revelation 6:6), we notice there will be wars, that parallels what is spoken of in Matthew 24:6,7.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet (6).  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places” (7).

We find the Fourth Seal of Revelation parallels the same thing. In the Fifth Seal, we are talking about God’s judgment upon the Earth. Now, in the Fifth Seal, I would like for you to notice Verse 9. During this time, many Christians are going to have to die for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. These Scriptures in Verses 9, and 10, also refute the false teachings of reincarnation, and soul-sleeping held by Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and a few others. Where they get these ideas, I have no idea, whatsoever. God says…

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God…”  (1 Corinthians 3:19a).

It amazes me that men will say that we are reincarnated, or we go to the grave and we sleep. Yet, man has never been on the other side of death. You have a few whackos saying, “Well, I saw the light at the other end of the tunnel.” I don’t find anything in the Bible about “a light at the end of a tunnel.” That is a satanic delusion. You can see the light in Heaven, when you are passed from death unto life, but the “light in the tunnel” fantasy is nothing more than a satanic delusion, which gives a false peace. The only peace that you can rely on is through trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior. In Romans 5:1 it says…

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1):

If you are trying to find peace in looking for the “light at the end of the tunnel,” you are being, satanically, deceived. The only light you are going to see are the flames of Hell, when you wake up there. This is why God put the Bible here. It is to reveal the greatest deceiver this world has ever known, the Antichrist, old Satan, himself, and his demons, also known as evil spirits.

Revelation 6:9,10.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.

We are told here that many are going to die during the Tribulation Period. Notice in Verse 10.

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?” (Revelation 6:10).

It doesn’t sound to me like these are sleeping in the grave. Does it to you?

I would like for you to notice that following the False Christ (First Seal), the War (Second Seal), the Famine (Third Seal), and Death (Fourth Seal), comes the Fifth Seal, the Martyrdom. Amid the turmoil on the world scene, the ungodly will grow in hatred against Christ. Instead of deploring sin as the cause of their trouble, their anger will be kindled at those who have accepted Christ, and who will no longer cooperate with their humanistic endeavors, and their ideologies. In other words, the Christians will not go along with the “program.”

 If you didn’t know it, the “program” that the Antichrist is going to implement is the One-World Religious System. You can see that we have that today. All you have to do is open your eyes and see that ecumenicalism is the down payment, to brainwash you, in preparation for the Tribulation Period. Just lay aside your Bible doctrines. It doesn’t matter if one church says, “The preacher will get you to Heaven because he will forgive your sins.” The Bible-believing church says, “That man is full of baloney. He doesn’t know beans from apple butter. No man can forgive sins. If any mere, human, man could forgive sins, why did Jesus Christ have to die on the Cross?”

So, you are trying to get all these together who do not even believe the same thing, and what you have is a compromise of their principles, a compromise on the Bible, and an endorsement of many false religions that are just all trying to “get together now and praise God.” Let me say this. You may talk about God all you want, but if you do not accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are just shadow-boxing. You are throwing your words to the wind. Christ tells us in John 8:42…

“…If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me”  (John 8:42).

Matthew 24:8. “The Beginning of Sorrows.”

“All these are the beginning of sorrows”(Matthew 24:8).

In this verse, Jesus refers to the first four items, found in Matthew 24:4-7, as “the beginning of sorrows.” Therefore, He segregates these four from those that come later, from the Fifth Seal on. Likewise, Revelation 6 divides the first four seals from the others, by putting them in their own category of “horsemen.”

In Matthew 24:4-9, and in the Seals of Revelation, Chapter 6, the beginning of the Tribulation Period is described. Both join in declaring that an early phase of false prophets, war, famine, and death, will soon be followed by the making of Christian martyrs. That is where we are in Verses 9 and 10. All of this will take place before the “Abomination of Desolation” is perpetrated, and the persecution by the Antichrist is unleashed, in all of its fury, during the second three-and-a-half years. We will see those intensified judgments of God when we get on back in our travel through this great book.

Chart: “The Beginning of Sorrows”

Revelation 6:1-8 – The Four Horsemen Matthew 24:4-7
Seal #1 - False Prophets & Antichrist: Revelation 6:1,2.

“...behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer” (2).

Matthew 24:5,11

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many (5). “ “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (11).

Seal #2 - War: Revelation 6:3,4.

“And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword” (4).

 Matthew 24:6

 

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

Seal #3 - Famine: Revelation 6:5,6.

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (6).

Matthew 24:7

 

 “...and there shall be famines...   (Matt. 24:7b).

Seal #4 - Death and Hell: Revelation 6:7-8.

 “...behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (Rev. 6:8).

Matthew 24:7

 

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”   

Seal #5 – Tribulation Martyrs: Revelation 6:9-11.

 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:” (9).

 Matthew 24:9

 

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.”  

Revelation 6:11. There Will Be More Martyrs Later.

“And white robes were given unto every one of them, and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled” 

It may cost you your life to be a believer during this particular period of time. We find that others will die for their testimony in Revelation 12:11.

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

They were willing to die for their Savior, the Lord Jesus. Go with me now to Revelation 14:13,

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

Go with me to Revelation, Chapter 20. What a gruesome sight this is going to be! If you refuse the Mark of the Beast, from the middle of the Tribulation Period on, during the last three-and-a-half years, this is the kind of death you will have to suffer. Notice Revelation 20:4,5,

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast (Satan),neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years (4).

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection” (5).

These were beheaded for their faith. The guillotine will be reinstituted. Peter talked about the same thing. Peter said,

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you” (1 Peter 4:12):

Many of you are old enough to remember, and, if you are not old enough to remember, you can read about it in your history books. In our own generation, we have seen the wholesale death of Jews, as more than six million perished under the Nazi regime. For the most part, the world stood helplessly by, many in unbelief. It has been said that many of the Jews, even as they were being herded in the box cars and having been warned of their fate, refused to believe that such an event would occur.

In the Fourth Seal, following famine, one fourth of the population of the Earth has been destroyed.

To show you how much the world hates Christians, clear back in the spring of 1970 we saw a sudden interest in our environment. Even the college students became aware that we were polluting our Earth. Earth Day, which was instituted April 22, 1970, was set aside to discuss the issues and the possible solutions. The Environmental Handbook came out of the United Nations’ UNESCO[i] and it was prepared by “Friends of the Earth.” It was at this time, and the same convention, that U Thant[ii] praised Lenin as a great humanitarian and defender of liberty. What a joke! U Thant, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, praising Lenin as a great humanitarian and a defender of Liberty. This is the kind of leadership that we see. It is perverse to the Bible. You see the Environmental Handbook makes, among other recommendations, the following:

  1. Nations must be phased out as quickly as possible.
  2. Christianity bears a huge burden of guilt for ecological problems. (In other words, we’re going to blame the Christians for this.)
  3. Experimental living groups should construct their shelters from church windows. (In other words, destroy the churches and use their materials.)

There is already a growing animosity towards the Bible and Christians, and, in the Tribulation Period, those who refuse to accept the Mark of the Beast will be unable to buy food and will face starvation and death.

 Go back with me, again, to Revelation 6:9,10.

 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: (9):  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” (10).

Let us get a couple of other things here, doctrinally. When it comes to where you are going to go when you die, man has never been on the other side of death, and come back. God has told us what is on the other side of death. Let’s read these verses again. When you are living, you are composed of three components: body, soul, and spirit. The soul is the seat of your emotions and your appetites. The spirit is the seat of your intelligence. You have a body. When I look at you, I see the body, but I don’t see the real you. God has given you a body for the “real you” to express yourself with. When you die, the only thing that dies is the body. James 2:26 says,

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).

So, when the body dies, the spirit which is your intelligence, the real you, your being; and, your soul, the seat of your emotions and your appetites—are never separated. They are the real “you” that lives on. You are passed from death unto life, and your soul and spirit never go to the grave. The body is dead “without the spirit.” With the spirit inside, the body cannot die. So, when the body dies, the soul and spirit leave that body and they do not accompany that body into the grave, into a state of annihilation. The Bible tells us, as Paul was inspired to write by the Holy Spirit,

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

When the Lord was on the Cross, in Luke 23:43, he told the thief…

“…To day shalt thou be with me in paradise”  (Luke 23:43).

Surely the grave was not Paradise, was it? Absolutely not! So, the soul, and spirit, separated from the body. But the teaching that people would like to have you believe is that you just go to the grave. Accompanying that teaching is, if you are good, all is well. There is going to be a general resurrection, they say, and, if your good works outweigh your bad, you are OK. Here we have a works salvation, again, excluding Jesus Christ. Every damnable false religion excludes Christ.

When I meet somebody, no matter what religion they are affiliated with, when I try to talk with them about Jesus Christ and they don’t want to talk, I know they have religion, but they don’t have Christ. The Lord wants us to talk about Him, and the wonderful things He has done for us. He says here in Revelation 6:9,

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”

They died, but notice where these souls are now. John was up in Heaven and he saw them.

“And they cried with a loud voice,

They could talk and they had reasoning as they were…

“…saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?” (Revelation 6:10).

Their real essence, the soul, seat of their emotions and appetites, and, their spirit, the seat of their intelligence was very much alive in Heaven. John heard them cry out and say, “How long will it be before you avenge our blood?” In this Church Age that we live in, today, we are to pray for our enemies, but not in the Tribulation Period. Christ said in Luke 23:34, 

“…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots “  (Luke 23:34).

And when they stoned Stephen in Acts, Chapter 7,

“And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep “  (Acts 7:6)

There was a time when everybody forsook Paul. Nobody stood with him. He was like a “duck out of water.” But in 2 Timothy 4:16,17, he said, “Don’t lay this to their charge.”

“At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge (16).  Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion “ (17).

But, when the Tribulation comes, the prayer will be, “Sic ‘em, Lord, and give it to ‘em!”

Revelation 6:12. The Sixth Seal.

 “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood” (12);

God controls the weather. Read Job, Chapters 36 and 37. He controls the atmosphere around Earth, and he controls what is inside the Earth. Here He uses an earthquake, and He is going to use earthquakes, again, as the judgments are intensified. I would like for you to  notice Revelation 11:13,

“And the same hour was there a great Earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the Earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. “

The Remnant is all inclusive of the other nine-tenths, numbering 63,000. Here is another great earthquake. Go with me now to Revelation 16:18,19,

“And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the Earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great” (18). 

And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath“  (19).

These verses describe an earthquake such as has never been before. God is going to punish them for their wicked deeds, their rejection of Jesus Christ, their blasphemy against God. He will punish them for their teaching of evolutionary theories which corrupt the children, their many abortions, and the many diabolical things man does that are absolutely an attack on the Word of God.

God has also used earthquakes in the past. God brings things to pass, such as hailstones, when He slew the Assyrians, and He rained brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah. In Numbers, Chapter 16, is just such a case. This chapter describes a man who was jealous of the leadership of Moses. He had gathered quite a few men together and they rose up before Moses. Here is the conclusion of the matter in Numbers 16:32,33,

“And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods“ (32).

They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation “ (33).

God was provoked by Korah’s jealousy of the leadership of Moses. Moses was God’s appointed man and this man had told Moses, “You take too much upon yourself.” He was jealous, and he wanted to have the leadership, himself. He wanted to degrade Moses, and God had had enough of him! God just opened up the Earth and took care of the problem, as, Korah, and all of his followers were disposed of in less than a minute.

 “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

Revelation 6:13. The Stars Fall.

“And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. “

 Can you imagine such a shaking that mountains, like the Andes and the Alps, and other mountain ranges, are actually moved by the power of God. Imagine if God had reached down from Heaven to place His hand around the Earth, and shakes it out of the foundation that it is on? He shakes the Earth, and little men down here will be just like ants on this Earth, when God unleashes His mighty power, as He does in these seals. The judgments intensify as we go forward in the Book of Revelation.

Revelation 6:14. The Heavens Depart and the Mountains Move!

“And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places .“

The “heavens departing as a scroll” must refer to the atmospheric heavens, the clouds being suddenly rolled away so swiftly, that men will cry in horror as they stand, exposed, before an angry God. I don’t know if you have read the book, by Jonathan Edwards, called Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. If you have not read it, I would go to my Christian book store and get a copy of the booklet. Many say it is one of the greatest sermons that man has ever preached. The day he delivered this sermon, the congregation literally felt as though they were slipping out of their seats into Hell. He led many thousands to Jesus Christ. But this verse cannot be describing the final fiery cataclysm as found in 2 Peter 3:10-13 where it says “…the heavens shall pass away with a great noise…” The reason is because those on Earth, who see these events, remain alive after them, and many flee to nearby caves and rocks for shelter amid the celestial terrors.

Revelation 6:15-17. The Wrath of the Lamb.

“And the kings of the Earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains (15);  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (16):  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (17). 

In Verses 15 to 17, we find that modern man marks himself as the “king of his destiny,” and, day by day, claims to be more the master of nature and the elements. Here, at God’s thunder, the sinners quake. Kings and masters, as well as the lowest on the Earth, fall in abject dread at these disasters. That inner sense of guilt and sin in all humans awakened, as we shall see in Chapter Eleven. By the testimony of God’s end-time witnesses, they actually realize this.

The great day of His wrath is come.” The sinners cringe, and know that God’s anger is behind these seal calamities. Soon the Trumpet Judgments will come forth, and these will be more severe than even the seals. The wrath of God is even more plainly seen, as we continue on with Chapters Eight and Nine. Then will come the Bowls of Wrath of the Almighty God. Rebellious man desires to live without God, but God will have the last say.

After God has raptured His church, He will withdraw His restraints upon sin, and, sinful man will bring the curses of the ages upon his own head in this Tribulation Period. Lies, wars, famine, and death, are all described here, in how God is going to judge the lost.

Two more catastrophes are brought to our attention in the Sixth Seal, the judgment. First of all, as we discussed, the heavens are opened. It is hard for the human mind to fathom this occurrence. It will be a shock when it occurs. And then, Number Two, the Earth moves. Imagine living in a day when every mountain and every island is moved out of its place. It doesn’t mean that they are not going to exist any more. They are just moved by the force and the power of God. Scientists are already acknowledging the fact that the Earth’s crust moves. One encyclopedia devotes a four-page article to the drifting continents. It reports that the Earth consists of a liquid core with a radius of about 2,170 miles. It has a mantle about 1800 miles thick, and a crust. The continental crust is, on average, 20 miles thick. Their theory is that movement in the Earth’s mantle is causing the continental drifts. Scientists have recently found that Asia and Africa are splitting apart along a large fault in the center of the Red Sea.

Revelation 6:16:

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:”   

Joel spoke of this same prophecy. Go back with me now to Joel, Chapter 2, and we’ll begin in Verse 28. You must remember, the Old Testament Prophets never knew about the Church Age that you are living in today. It was never prophesied in the Old Testament. This was a mystery that was revealed unto the Apostle Paul, as we find out in Ephesians 3:1-10. We do find out that the Old Testament prophets did know about the Tribulation Period. They did know about the Birth of Christ. They did know about the Crucifixion of Christ. We find many of the Old Testament prophets, such as, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, prophesied about this same period of time, as did Matthew, Chapter 24, and, the Book of Revelation. Let’s notice here now in Joel 2:28:

“And it shall come to pass afterward, (that’s after Israel’s restoration) that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:”

Now this is what we find out that Peter talked about in Acts 2:16-21. This was that same spirit poured out on Pentecost. Pentecost was not the fulfilling of Joel’s prophecy. There were no “wonders in the heavens,” but it was that same Spirit that was poured out there, when each understood in their own language.

Notice what is says now in Joel 2:30, 31:

“And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the Earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke (30). The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come “ (31).

Joel knew about this occurrence that would take place in the Tribulation Period. We come on back and begin to see how God has dealt with the nation of  Israel, and, what He’s going to do with those today that are lost, that have never known the Lord Jesus Christ and blaspheme His Name. They only care about living for the pleasures of this world, that is all.

Let us go back to Isaiah 13:11-13:

“And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible  (11).  I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir  (12).   Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the Earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger “ ( 13).

When men cry today and say, “Oh where is the Lord?” Well, God in His grace, His kindness, and His mercy, has allowed things to go on. “Mercy” means “not giving us what we deserve.” With all that is going on in the world today, we are surely paralleling the nation of Israel, and getting ripe for the judgment of Almighty God. We ought to be praying “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.”

Folks, if you think things can continue to go on, think again. Everything that was done to destroy the Roman Empire is being done in America. Everything that you have seen in History paralleling the nation of Israel is being done in America. Do you know who you can thank? You can thank our Supreme Court. They are not to rewrite the Constitution and they seem to have the opinion that it is out of date. Our founding fathers have given us principles, and this country, for which the Bible was the foundation. In my younger days, there were morals, there were principles, and there was decency. There was respect for other people. All of that has disintegrated until it is almost every man for himself. We are living in a society where it is a survival situation.

When I was a boy, if someone would do something, you could yell at them out of your car window, or toot the horn. If you do it today, you could get yourself shot! Those that shoot you already know they are not going to die. They know that their punishment is going to be very lenient, or the first thing that will happen if they are arrested, “We must get him a psychiatrist, or psychologist, and get him examined.”

You know, it is an amazing thing, when a person commits a crime and they leave the scene, they must know it is wrong, or they wouldn’t leave. When they commit a murder, and they don’t turn themselves in, they must know that there is some punishment. If not, why wouldn’t they just go tell the police that I killed this person? If they were mentally incompetent, they would. But when they run, you have to invest in time and money to trace down the murderer, and, then, we get him to some quacko psychiatrist to examine him to see if he understands right from wrong. If he didn’t understand right from wrong, he wouldn’t have run, would he?

This is how foolish our society has gotten. Every time somebody is mixed up with the law, get a psychiatrist to him. Most of the psychiatrists need a psychiatrist, if you want the truth. In fact, the truth came out a while back.  They have more broken homes, and more troubles, than most of the common people. Law breakers do not need psychiatrists. They need punishment, and they need to know that they are going to get punishment. Here is what God says about it.

“Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil “  (Ecclesiastes 8:11).

“Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth “  (Habakkuk 1:4).

When there are one of these bombings that kill many, many, people, our president gets up and reads from a little slip of paper that, “We’re going to do everything within our power to bring these murderers to justice.” Then another year passes, and then another. Pretty soon we’re fighting over where we are going to hold the trial. If they wanted the trial held somewhere else, they should have committed the crime somewhere else, shouldn’t they? But we think more of the murderer and the protection of his rights, than we think of the rights of all those people that died. This is how twisted up we are in our minds.

Remember, Ecclesiastes said, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil [continually].” Pretty soon, months go by and the witnesses cannot remember everything. Their memories would be much fresher if you have them in court after the incident happens. The police work as hard as they can. They go into court, and the judge ties their hands in the “legality” of the law. What are you saying? God says, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil [continually].” It incites the criminals to go on and do worse crime, because they know it is a long time before they go to trial. They know witnesses sometimes can’t remember that far back. Many things can take place, and, we can find a technicality here, and a technicality there, etc.

But the time is coming, in this Tribulation Period that you may not laugh at Jesus Christ’s coming, because in 2 Peter 3:4 it says there will be mockers saying…

“…Where is the promise of his coming?...

You are either a mocker of Jesus Christ, or, Jesus Christ is your Father, if you have received Him as your Savior. In Chapter 6 of Revelation, that day is coming when people are going to meet God Almighty, face to face. That is going to be when they die. It is not a game that is played down here. It isn’t some religious performance going on to make you feel religious. The only way you are going to escape the Tribulation Period is, if you are a believer and you go at the Rapture.  And, you’re laughing at that!

You’ll wake up some morning and all these people are gone. It comes out over the radio, “We must have had an invasion from Mars,” or, “We must have had an invasion from outer space.” The Antichrist stands up and says, “I had to get rid of all these people, so we could have the Utopia we have all been waiting for.” He will justify it, and bend the situation to his advantage.

But you will be missing some of your relatives. You are going to be missing your fundamental preachers. Perhaps, even, the boss on your job. You will look for that person who witnessed to you, and said, “We’d like for you to think about trusting Christ as your Savior, so you can avoid this Day of Wrath.” Now, the day that we are speaking about, is here. This is the day that, if you reject the Lord Jesus Christ, it doesn’t matter who you are, because in Revelation 6:15 it says,

 “And the kings of the Earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;”

It won’t matter what your position is. When Jesus Christ throws these judgments out, you will not escape. Revelation 6:16 says,

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.”

Do you know why they are saying this? They are hoping that death will end it all. No one in their right mind would say, “Fall on us and kill us.” They are more frightened of spiritual death, than they are physical death. They are hoping that this damnable philosophy of Shirley McClain, and others, which says we are reincarnated, is true. They are hoping the New Age movement, which says there is no Hell, is right. Or…the new versions of the Bible, which take away the doctrinal parts but hold to the traditional parts, are true, because they have no doctrine in them when it comes to Hell. When it comes to the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, they re-word passages to take away the power and emphasis of the power of God unto salvation, which is His Death and Resurrection. If there is no Hell, and there is not going to be a Rapture and a Tribulation Period, they do not have anything to worry about. Right?

This is the movement that we are living in right here, today, that wants to divert you from the True and Living God. They want to divert you into some New Age Version of the Bible, like the Living Bible, the New International Version, the New American Standard Bible, etc. All of these are perverted Bibles, sold under the counterfeit of being a Bible. They are a money-making scheme. You say, “Oh, my mother gave it to me.” Or, “My Daddy gave it to me.” Or, worse, “My pastor gave it to me.” One of the men, who was the head of one of the new Bible version translation committees, has since renounced them, and said, “God forgive me. I have tampered with the Word of God. How shall I undo what I have done?”

So, you ought to check into some of these things to make sure you are not deceived. I will say this. They know that, when these things happen, it has to be of God. They realize this truly is the God that they are going to stand before. Maybe they have been witnessed to, or they have been in a good Bible-teaching church where the preacher has preached on Hell. He has taught them to trust that Jesus Christ paid for their sins, but they refused.

“Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels”    (Matthew 25:41):

And here they are, in this Tribulation Period. They would rather die physically, and hope that ends it all, rather than be alive in Hell for all time and eternity, suffering that kind of torment. However, that is what is going to happen. Notice in Verse 17…   

“For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:17).

We are told in 2 Corinthians 6:2…

“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Jesus Christ went to the Hell of the Cross, and paid for your sins, so you would not spend eternity in the Lake of Fire making that payment yourself. Nobody loved you like Jesus Christ. Do not put it off another day. Christ could come tonight.

I would like you to go in your Bibles to Isaiah 1:11-13. Isaiah had the same problem with the nation of Israel as God is having with America. We’ll pick it up here in Verse 11, and go on down; and, then God gives an invitation in Verse 18.

“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats” (Isaiah 1:11).

This was your Judaism with your Old Testament sacrifices, because they were doing it only for a show.

“When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? (12)  Bring no more vain (empty) oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting”  (Isaiah 1:12-13).

A very practical application. You go into a modernistic church where many of the members go out and commit adultery. They go out and steal. They go out and swear. They are crooked in their business. But they parade into church every Sunday morning. They go to their bars on Monday through Saturday and sit, sucking up their slop. That’s what I call it. They are not very happy with me when I call it that. But there are a lot of dead people in the cemeteries, and a lot of teenagers that have died from that damnable drinking. Their parents have taught them it is all right, because they have sat around soaking it up in the bars. So, their children go out to a Senior Prom and think it is all right to drink. After all, Daddy does it. Mommy does it. They go to the bar all the time. The teenagers get drunk, and they get in an accident, and some die.

If the victims of alcohol, who lie in the cemeteries today could talk, what do you think they would say about drinking that nice, little social drink? Not only that, you’ve got preachers who drink. Ask your preacher if he drinks, socially. If he does, you better run from him, because he’s a counterfeit. He’s just a social guy around town. He’s not going to tell you how to be saved, because he probably doesn’t know how to go to Heaven, himself.

But notice here in Verse 17…

“Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17).

Learn to do things honestly. And then God says this, “Don’t just go to church, and be playing games here. He says in Isaiah 1:18-20,  

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (18). If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land (19): But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it” (20).

Let us notice again back in Revelation 6:16,17. Again, they must have come to their senses when they said this.

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (16):  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (17).

You hear some of these atheists, agnostics, evolutionists, and so-called scientists in your classrooms today, coming out openly and blatantly denouncing there is a God. However, tomorrow may be their judgment day. If Jesus Christ comes tonight and the Rapture takes place, they will be scared to death. Then you will see what these men, or women, who stood up in the classroom and propagated that stuff, are really like when they know that it is Almighty God causing these earthquakes.  Their town is shaking, and there are big cracks in the ground. People are falling in, and they close up again. Thousands of people are going down into the pit, just like it was in Numbers, Chapter 16. You are going to think, “Is this what I followed? Was I ever deceived!”

Don’t be deceived.

“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Christ could come tomorrow! I hope that, if you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you will now. You may be going to church, you may have been baptized, you may have been doing everything that seems right, but none of those things will save you. Jesus Christ died on the cross, and He paid for your sins. He gave His life to save yours and he said:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”(John 3:16)

We hope you will trust Christ today.

[i] UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, is a specialised agency of the United Nations system. The organisation was created more than a half century ago, with the mission to build the defences of peace in the minds of men. Its Constitution states that: “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed”.

viii.  U Thant, was the third Secretary-General of the United Nations and served from 1961 to 1971. He was chosen to head the world body following the death of the then Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold in an air crash in September 1961.

From his first years as Secretary-General, he placed great emphasis on moving forward the UN’s development agenda, and the 1960s were termed the UN Development Decade. During this time, many new nations in Asia and Africa joined the UN, and U Thant articulated and supported their concerns for a more equitable world economic system.U Thant retired from the UN at the end of his second term in 1971. He was diagnosed with cancer in 1973 and died in New York on November 25, 1974. He was 65 years old.

The First Six Seal Judgments

We have just finished up with Chapter Five, which shows the Redemption of Creation and Mankind. “No man in heaven, nor in Earth, neither under the Earth” is able to open the seven-sealed book, or the scroll, which unleashes all the things yet to happen in Bible prophecy, until the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah, our Lord Jesus Christ, steps forward. The Lord Jesus is the only one. He is the Lamb of God and He takes the scroll. He is the only one found worthy to pronounce judgment upon this world. He is the Judge of all of the Earth. He comes forward and takes that scroll, opens it up, and we are ready to proceed with the things that are yet to come.

In Chapter Six, we begin to see the unleashing of some of the judgments of God upon the Earth. I might say this at the outset, when we unfold the Seven Seals of Chapter Six, they are just a down payment of the intensified judgments of God, as we proceed to Chapters Eight and Nine. Chapter Six begins the events of the Tribulation Period.

Follow along in your Bible, and you will begin to understand that the Book of Revelation is taking us through the Tribulation Period. After Chapter Four, we no longer hear anything about the Church. She has been Raptured, and is now in Heaven.

In reality, and in our time, “the blessed hope and glorious appearing” of our Savior has not happened on this Earth yet. The prayer of every believer in this Church Age is, “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.” Soon...

“…the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (16) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 ).

When that takes place, that triggers the seven-year Tribulation Period. At the end of that, Christ comes back and sets the Kingdom up. So, everything that transpires from Chapter Four on, in the Book of Revelation, is future. We have now come to the time of “…the things which shall be hereafter.” (1:19c).

Parallel to that, Daniel also speaks of that same Tribulation Period of time, i.e., seven years. Also, in Matthew, Chapter 24, the whole chapter is dealing with this seven-year Tribulation Period, and what will take place during that particular period of time. Therefore, we will be referring back to the Book of Matthew, along with Chapter Six, to show how these things parallel with the book of Matthew.

Revelation 6:1,2. The First Seal. The Antichrist on a White Horse.

 “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.” 

He is saying come over here, John. Remember what we have studied concerning the four beasts. These are heavenly creatures giving glory to God. These are part of the train in Heaven. These are things that we would know nothing about, if John had not revealed them here, as the Lord revealed them to him.

 “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer”  (Revelation 6:2).

We have here what seems to be a parallel, between the white horse rider in this verse, and the white horse rider in Revelation, Chapter 19. We find out they are not parallel at all, but they are diametrically opposed. This is the Antichrist making his first appearance, and this is going to show us something. In order to appear non-offensive and non-aggressive with power, the Antichrist, at first has only a bow, but he has no arrows. We are going to give you some parallel chapters to show that he appears to come in peaceably. This is the Antichrist riding the white horse, impersonating Christ. When we look at Revelation, Chapter Nineteen, the One riding the white horse is the Lord Jesus Christ. Why in the world do you say here in Chapter Six that Satan is riding the white horse?

The answer is very simple. Satan always likes to duplicate the Lord Jesus Christ. He has always wanted to be king of this Earth. In Matthew 4:8, he offered Christ “all the kingdoms of the world,” if He would fall down and worship him. What a joke that was! Christ told him, “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Here He is, the Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and this fool, Satan, is actually trying to offer Him all the Kingdoms here upon the Earth. They already belonged to the Lord. Satan has so deceived himself.

We find out that Satan is always an imitator of the Lord Jesus Christ. For example: he imitates salvation. The Lord Jesus Christ said all you have to do is “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Do you know what Satan’s ambassadors say? “Oh, that’s too easy! There’s more to it than that.” It’s a counterfeit, but it looks religious. A counterfeit is something that looks so close to the original you can hardly tell the difference. Religion is doing something to merit eternal life. Salvation is not doing anything to merit eternal life, but going to Heaven by faith in the one who gave His life to buy your right to have eternal life. We go to Heaven on the merits of Jesus Christ, not our own merits. That’s what the Bible teaches.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)

Satan always comes in as a counterfeit, and, he is going to come in peaceably. He’s going to present himself as the great peacemaker. He’s going to deceive practically the whole world. Not all of the world, but the majority of the world. Let us go back to the Book of Daniel in Daniel 8:25,

“And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many:…

…but Satan is a deceiver. He is going to deceive the world and say “I’m coming in peaceably.” Daniel speaks of this again in Daniel 11:21,24,

“And in his estate  (Antichrist) shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.”

Notice in Verse 24,

 “He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province;..

…and this goes right in line, as we come over here to Matthew 4:9,

“And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Satan).

Old Satan loves to do this. He loves to say to you, “You know, you can have this. You can have that.” You’ll think it is Christ, but it is not.

Go with me now over here to Matthew 24. This parallels Revelation, Chapter 6, because they are both speaking about the Tribulation Period. Notice in Matthew 24:5,

”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many”

Only God is the Forgiver of sins. We keep emphasizing this, because there are so many deceived by churches that say their ministers, or priests, can forgive your sins. You get in a certain area and you find Lutheran and Catholic churches that propagate this. But you get in other areas where you’re around Bible-teaching churches, they just laugh at that kind of foolishness, and wonder how anybody can think that a preacher can forgive your sins.

All through the Bible, it is God who is the Forgiver of sins. But Satan loves for you to go to that preacher and confess your sins, and for you to actually think this man can forgive your sins. All of this is nothing but the working of Satan as he comes in peaceably. He wants you to think that preacher “loves” you, and he “wants the best” for you, and, he’s God’s intercessor for you. We find the Bible teaches that,

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5);

You will never find a preacher that God gave the power to be the intercessor between you and God. The Lord says in Hebrews 4:16, “Come boldly before the throne of grace.” He didn’t say “Come boldly before the preacher!” The preacher cannot even forgive his own sins, let alone yours.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

In the areas where you do not have many Bible-believing churches, it seems like some kind of shock-wave going through the air when you say, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” A preacher who says he can forgive your sin is actually taking the place of Christ, and as Matthew 24:5 points out:

”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”

This is the profit of reading your Bible for yourself. If you go to church, and don’t carry your Bible, you are the top-notch candidate to be deceived by false teaching. You’re trusting that preacher. You’re trusting that church. God wants you to trust Him. He wants you to trust His Word in order to check out and see who is the true and who is the false. Sometimes, you meet some of these preachers and you think sugar wouldn’t melt in their mouth, but they are feeding you nothing but poison through the pulpit.

Let’s see what happens when we get to the next seal.

Revelation 6:3,4. The Second Seal.

“And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see (3). And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the Earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”

“Kill One Another…”

Now, I would like for you to underline in your Bible the words, “kill one another,” because we’re going to show you where cannibalism has taken place, even in the nation of Israel, and will yet take place during the Tribulation Period. “They shall kill one another.” Why is that? We will find as we continue there is going to be such a famine on this Earth, as it was in the days of Israel before the Captivity. They actually killed human beings and ate them, then, because there was nothing to eat, and it is going to happen again. There is a famine coming.

“And there was given unto him a great sword…”

These riders show what the Antichrist is going to do. This one rides a red horse. You will find out that red is always associated with terror and death. In Revelation 12:3, we have the “red dragon.” That is Old Satan. In Revelation 17:3, we have the“red beast.” That is, again,“Old Satan.” So, it is always associated with terror and with death.

Let us go to Matthew 24:6,7 and get the parallel for this.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet  (6).  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places” (7). 

There are going to be earthquakes in various, or different, places. That is what the word “divers” means in the Greek, “different, or various places.” On upcoming pages, we will tie all of these together with the verses on cannibalism. I never knew such things existed.

When it comes to a choice between dying, or eating another human being, we are going to see what these plagues bring. We’re going to see what Satan does. You’ve got to remember something that we find in John 8:44. Satan is a deceiver and God tells us about him. He is a murderer and he is a liar. In the Eighth Chapter of John, Christ is talking to the religious leaders of Israel. These are not the down-and-outers now. These are the ones that are held in high esteem by the people. These were your scribes and your Pharisees, your interpreters of the Law. These were the ones who would write the commentaries. These were the ones representing God, supposedly, but they were false leaders.

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it”  (John 8:44).

Underline “murderer,” because there are two things characteristic of “Old Scratch” here. He is a murderer, and a liar! Then He continues in Verse 47…

“He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God”  (John 8:47).

Let me ask you something. Are you one that’s laughing at the Book of Revelation? Do you think these things are not going to come to pass? If you do, it’s because you are not of God. You are not trusting the Word of God.You don’t believe the Bible is really God’s inerrant Word given to mankind. You believe it is just like some of your modern philosophers, and this is the view of many modernistic preachers. This does not include those Bible-teaching pastors who believe the Word of God. They believe that it is true! Every word of it is true.

 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man”  (Psalm 118:8).

Revelation 6:5,6. The Third Seal.

 “And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand  (5). And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (6). 

Now, we’re going to see where the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. Old Satan is a liar, isn’t he? He will tell you that you can do anything you want to do. Lost people are going to love this Antichrist. Why? They can wallow in their sin and it is going to be legal! It’s all right. It’s acceptable. You know, we are getting that today, because we are so close to the Tribulation Period. “The next event’s the Great Event, the Messiah comes again.”  That will be the Rapture.

It’s socially acceptable now to do many of the sins, even commit First Degree Murder with abortion. That is acceptable, now, because we have a Supreme Court of idiots that care nothing for human life, and, therefore, care nothing for morals. So, you feel free to go out and kill your children, since it is legal now. I thank God there are some leaders rising up in these days that are opposing abortion. They probably won’t get elected in the national election, but, at least, there are some that are saying, “We made a mistake. This Roe vs. Wade ruling on abortion must be repealed!”

“A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny;”

The rider of the black horse holds a pair of balances, indicating some type of governmental control over the food supply. A measure of wheat (Greek = choinix) was about a quart, and a penny (denarion) was a day's wages for an ordinary laboring man. In other words, food will be so scarce it will take a person all day to earn enough wages for just a quart of grain. This indicates that all man-made schemes to give people even the necessities of life will fail. A situation that will only get worse.

 “Hurt not the oil and the wine.”

But note that there is no scarcity of oil and wine for the rich. The rich get richer and enjoy their luxuries, while the poor get poorer and can hardly get enough to eat. This is representative of the rich. In other words, don’t touch the accounts of the rich. They are all right. They are the ones we are going to protect. In whatever the Antichrist is going to do, he is going to protect the rich, because he needs them. He is a military genius. He is a financial genius. He’s a genius in world leadership. He is no one, but Satan, himself, in a human body.

Remember this. In Scripture, we are only given two people that Satan has personally indwelt: the Antichrist,here, and Judas Iscariot.  These are the only two, that we have a record of, that Satan has indwelt, himself. This is going to be Satan, personified, to bring this about. But, as we are going to see in 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4, he wants to rule as God, imitating of the God of Creation.

“That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand  (2).  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (3);  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

He “opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,” so, that he goes into the temple and declares himself to be God. As we are going to see, this is the beginning of his climb to power. He will go into the temple in the middle of the Tribulation Period, three-and-a-half years after the Rapture. He declares himself to be God, and everyone will have to worship him, or as Revelation 13:17,18 says,

“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (17) .  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six”  (18).

Here, in Chapter Six, is the beginning of his climb to power. There is going to be a famine. Keep that in mind, as it says in Verse 4, “…they should kill one another.” The famine is the reason. When nobody has anything to eat, instead of dying themselves, they will kill another person, and eat that person. That has been done in the past. We’re going to see that as we continue.

Revelation 6:7,8. The Fourth Seal.

“And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see  (7). And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (8).

“Death and Hell…”

Death claims the body. Hell claims the soul. “Death and Hell.” Isn’t that where Satan ends up? If he can use a human being, posing as a “minister of righteousness,” to deceive you into becoming a son of Satan who claims to be God, you are Hell-bound! Even now, he will try to deceive you all of your life to keep you from trusting Jesus Christ as the only way to Heaven. If successful, he has claimed your soul to Hell! You’ll be there with him for all time and eternity, separated from God, in the dungeon of Hell. You will be in Torment, and it will be as Luke 16 says about the rich man who died and went to Hell. “In hell he lift up his eyes being in torment.” (Lk.16:23) That’s exactly what Satan wants to deceive you into, so that you will die without Christ, and spend your eternity with him.

Jesus Christ said, “I’m not willing you should perish,” in 2 Peter 3:9, but “that all should come to repentance.” And that’s “metanoia,” in the Greek, and it means “all should come to a change of mind.” Please change your mind. So, you have two people after you. You have old Satan, who is going to try to deceive you into being religious and going to Hell, and Jesus Christ, who wants you to accept Him and be a son of God who is looking forward to a home in Heaven. John 1:12 tells us that, “…as many as received Him,” not Satan, but Christ.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

 “The fourth part of the Earth.”

At the beginning of this Tribulation Period, in a very short time, one fourth of this Earth is going to be destroyed. Satan is going to be behind it.

  1. “to kill with a sword.” They will be fighting one another.
  2. “with hunger…” There’s your famine again.
  3. “with death…” People will starve.
  4. “and with the beasts of the earth.” People will be attacked, and eaten, by wild animals.

It is very interesting here, because if you go back to Revelation 6:6, “And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say…” These are “living creatures” and the Greek word is “zōŏn.” The first “O” is long. The second “O” is short. “Zōŏn” means “living creatures.” John saw these in Heaven. 

In Revelation 6:8, in the last phrase here, “and with the beasts…,” we find, because of the famine and because of the shortage of food, wild beasts are going to attack men. This will be part of these four plagues that are, actually, going to remove a fourth part of the population of all of the Earth. A fourth part of the Earth is going to be killed, and Satan is going to be behind it. The Greek word for “beast” here is the Greek word, “therion,” and it means “a dangerous animal.” So, we have two different Greek words. One, “zōŏn, for living creatures in Heaven worshiping God, and the other, “therion,” for dangerous beasts here upon the Earth.

Before we going on the the Fifth Seal, we want to show you about the occurrence of cannibalism found in Old Testament times.

We are going to go back to 2 Kings 6:24-29, where we had a similar situation when the nation of Israel turned from the true and living God and served idols.

First: 2 Kings 6:24-26,

“And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria (24).  And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver  (25).  

These were the worst things you could eat, yet they were selling for an outrageous price! Notice in Verse 26.

And as the king (Jehoram) of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king  (26).

Notice in 2 Kings 6:28,29,

“And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow (28).  So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son” (29).

So we boiled my son, and did eat him:” Did that happen? It absolutely did. When it comes down to whether you eat somebody else, or you die, things change quickly. They did this at Donner’s Pass, did they not? They surely did! You will find out, in this Tribulation Period, they will do the same as they did during the famine at this time in Israel. They actually ate one another. Cannibalism! They’ll do anything to live. A lot of people will.

Let us go to Deuteronomy 28:49-51. We have the same thing over here.

“The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the Earth, as swift as the eagle flieth, a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand  (49);

The nation that God was going to bring against Israel, because of their gross sin, was Babylon. 

A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young  (50):  And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee” (51)”

Babylon was going to bring a famine to Israel because they were going to take every type of food out of the land. Because of this famine, and because of going into bondage and not having anything to eat, Deuteronomy 28:53 describes what took place.

“And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:”

And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters,” We are going to have that in the Tribulation Period. It has already happened to the nation of Israel. Let us go back here to Jeremiah, in Chapter 19, where we have the same thing. I want you to notice how it started out, though. Every false religion is a killer! We have one false religion today that says you can not give your son, or your daughter a blood transfusion—the Jehovah’s Witnesses. They say that is against God’s Laws. There have been many lawsuits, yet this religion remains a killer, because it is a religion of Satanism. What are you saying? Every false religion is a killer. It will kill you the first time, and, if you are lost, it will kill you with the second death in the Lake of Fire.

There are those over there in India who will not eat a cow, so they starve to death. Satan loves for you to worship animals, does he not? When you worship a cow, you make that dumb thing a “sacred cow,” and, then you starve to death and die. I don’t know how anybody can be that dumb, myself. I would “un-sacred-ize” that thing, if I was over there. He may be sacred until I got hungry, and then we’d  have a cook-out! When I got hungry he would be “history!” He is going to be eaten. No religion is going to do that to me. As I said, false religions kill. If you die (physical death) without Christ, you will suffer the second death, of torment, in the flames of the Lake of Fire with Satan, the one it was created for in the first place.

Satan loves to fool people through a counterfeit religion. Yet, this certain religion, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which we have in the United States and all over the world, requires: “Do not give your daughter, or son, a blood transfusion.” Therefore, when they have an illness where a blood transfusion is required, many have died upon the operating table. There have been many lawsuits over that. Every false religion will kill. Let us go to Jeremiah 19:4.

“Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents”  (Jeremiah 19:4);

Here’s what they do. They sacrifice their own sons, and, then we’re going to find out, when a famine comes they will eat their own people. That is unbelievable! Notice Jeremiah 19:5,

“They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind

Baal is a false god. This is how far people can go. Let us go on down to Jeremiah 19:9a,  

“And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters,”

How will God cause it? Is it His will? No! Because of the sins they have committed, the famine that He sends will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters…

“…and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them” (Jeremiah 19:9b).

If the Old Testament tells us this, “…and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege…,” do you know what? You won’t be safe anywhere during this part of the Tribulation Period!

Let us go back to the Book of Revelation. Isn’t that exactly what God says in Revelation 6:8? Not only will they be killed by the “beasts of the earth,” but, also, with the opening of the Fourth Seal, a fourth part of the Earth shall die “…with sword, and with hunger…”

In Revelation 6:6, where we have the opening of the Third Seal with the black horse, there is going to be a famine in the land, where it will take a day’s wages just to buy a loaf of bread. Can you imagine what it will be to try to get something to eat?

 I remember when we went on our Senior trip to Washington D.C., and New York City, a couple of my friends and I slipped out of our rooms and went down on the streets of New York City. We saw the “down-and-outers.” They were going through garbage cans, and were lying there, practically, half-naked. One we passed, I know he was dead! He stunk so bad, he smelled just like a dead animal. In the Tribulation Period, they will be raiding garbage cans, and there is not going to be anything in them! Nobody is going to be throwing away anything. It is going to be a horrible time!

The Antichrist is going to kill one fourth part of the Earth as given in Revelation 6:7,8. You are going to find, after the Rapture, cannibalism will again be prevalent, because there will be absolutely nothing to eat.

We are going to find out, as we are getting ready for the next seal, that God gives us a wave of truth that extends on out into the last half of the Tribulation Period. In the middle of the Tribulation, the Antichrist declares himself to be God, according to 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4, and you have to take the “Mark of the Beast,” or “666.” (Revelation 13:17,18). That is the last two verses of Chapter 13. If you decide you are going to stand for Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords, during the last three-and-a-half years of the Tribulation Period, it will cost you your life.  You are going to be beheaded, if you are caught.

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4).

Satan hates you. He hates every Christian. He will substitute his counterfeit religion for Christianity. He will tell you, “Be good, and you will go to Heaven.” “Be bad, and you will go to Hell.” The truth is you don’t have to “Be bad” to go to Hell. You can do everything good all your life, and go right straight to Hell. There is no one who can do good all of their life. Romans 3:10 tells us,

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one”  (Romans 3:10):

This is why God has concluded we have all…

“…sinned and come short of the glory of God”  (Romans 3:23).

“The wages of that sin,” according to Romans 6:23, “is death,” spiritually separated from God and Heaven, tormented in the Lake of Fire. (Matthew 25:41)

Revelation 6:9-11. The Fifth Seal.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”

The Fifth Seal is opened, and John sees some of the Tribulation martyrs under the altar in Heaven. They have died, and now they are in Heaven. They had been given white robes, and John could see them. They, also, could speak, because heard John what they said, and wrote it down for us. They, also, had an awareness of what was happening on earth. They were martyrs who stood up for the Savior, and paid with their lives. Now, they were “absent from the body and present with the Lord,” and awaiting the Resurrection, at the end of the Tribulation Period, to receive their glorified body, as promised in Philippians 3:21.

“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:21).

This portion of Scripture refutes several false teachings that God never had in His mind, and has never revealed to mankind. They are strictly puffed up in the minds of fleshly men who want to create something to contradict the inerrancy of the Word of God. You have those today that say, “When you die, you go a certain place, then, somebody is going to pay the preacher and they are going to get you out of this place, and ship you on to Heaven. So, according to this group, the Catholic Organization, when you die you go someplace, but you don’t go to Heaven, and you don’t go to Hell. You go to this place of Limbo, or Purgatory, but it is an intermediate place. You go there, and you have to “Pay up, or shut up.” And, if you really care about your loved one, you are going to “pay up.” Right? Well, that’s what they say. We’re going to find out that just isn’t true. Satan loves it!

First of all, when these people died, they went to Heaven. When John went to Heaven, He saw them there, in Heaven! The Bible refutes all false teaching about where we go when we die. Do I go to a place of Limbo? Do I go to a Purgatory? Does it exist? Let me just say this. You can’t find it. It doesn’t exist, and Jesus Christ never mentioned it, not even once, in the whole New Testament. You can’t find a Purgatory! You can’t find a Limbo,  and, you can’t find, as many teach, that you just go into the grave and lie there in a state of dormancy, or a state of unconsciousness. None of that “phony-baloney” exists. It is foreign to the Word of God. It is calling God a liar! It is once again inserting religion, and philosophy, instead of Christianity. Notice here in Psalm 49:7. This answers it once and for all.

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him” 

If you think that you are going to do anything for one of your dead relatives after they have died, you have been deceived. For what are you praying? You should have prayed for him, or her, while they were living. Did you ever witness to them about Christ? But after they die, we are going to get all touched in our heart of how much we miss this person, and we are going to pray for them. I am going to say this, your prayers go no further than the air. You cannot pray for a person after they are dead, because they are already in Heaven, or already in Hell. These prayers go nowhere, but out of your mouth and drop on the floor! The Bible says in Psalm 49:7:

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him”

Do you go to a church where the preacher says, “Hey, pay me, and I’ll pray them out of there?” I’ll tell you what, you are throwing good money after bad. You just gave it away! You’re not going to get any interest for it! You just gave it away for nothing, Friend. You’re not going to give anything to God to buy somebody out of Hell, who had a decision to make, not to go there, while they were living! There is no way you can do that! None! That is found nowhere in God’s Word.

Each one gives an account of themselves to the Lord. We do that, of course, while we are living. Yes, we give an account of our life at the Judgment Seat of Christ, but we are talking about the living now. That is why it is important for you not to listen to religion, but listen to Christ and the living Word of God.

John sees these souls under the altar in Heaven. They had died for their testimony for Jesus Christ. Here’s what God says,

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held”  (Revelation 6:9):

Verse 10 refutes another false doctrine that we have previously mentioned. It is that you go to the grave and lie there, dormant, and, at “the end,” there is going to be a resurrection, “sometime.” If your good works outweigh your bad works, then you are going to Heaven. If they don’t, you go back into dormancy, and that’s the end of your existence, Fella. Good Bye! So long! See ‘ya later! You never existed, so, hang it up!

I have to say, “You never find that in the Bible!” Notice what it says,

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?”  (Revelation 6:10)

They are talking! They are talking in Heaven. They are alive in Heaven. I don’t know how in the world you can be sleeping in the grave, and be in Heaven and you are still talking. Hell claims the soul and the spirit. Heaven claims the soul and the spirit. The grave claims the body, which is going to have a Resurrection. When you die, you are “absent from the body…present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8), and you never lay in that grave, whatsoever. These souls had trusted Christ. They had a witness for Christ. They would not sell out to the Antichrist, and, in Heaven, John heard them cry out.

We have been looking at false religions that present a counterfeit of Christianity. This chapter begins with the entrance of the Antichrist, the one who is personally indwelt by Satan.We know Satan is behind all false religions and, as we have previously noted, the Lord had said,

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:5).

How can we recognize a “false Christ?” How will you know a false Christ.?

Dr. Harry Ironsides was one of the great Bible expositors of many years ago. A man came into his office and his secretary said, “Dr. Ironsides, there’s a man outside who would like to see you. He says he is Jesus Christ.” Dr. Ironsides said, “Send him in, please.” The man came in and said, “Dr. Ironsides, I would like to introduce myself. I am Jesus Christ, the Messiah.” Dr. Ironsides said, “Let me see your hands, Sir.” He held his hands out. Dr. Ironsides asked, “Where are the nail prints?” Dr. Ironsides then asked to see the man’s feet. Well, there were no nail prints there, either. Dr. Ironsides then requested, “Let me see your side.” There should have been a tremendous wound with the sword going into the side. Of course, there was none. At this point, Dr. Ironsides ended the interview with, “Sir, you are an imposter. I have no more time for you! You are not accepting Jesus Christ. You have become your own Christ!”

You are finding in these last days, more false cults and religions are springing up than you can count. It is hard to keep up with them. Years ago, I used to keep files on every one. I would write their headquarters and get their material and compare them with the Bible. I would, then have it documented, so, whether on radio, TV, or in a sermon. I would have the written material from their headquarters, in my file, to back up what I say a cult religion says. We don’t just pull it off the top of our head.

But there are so many today, it would take someone full-time just trying to keep up with all the false cults and the false religions. I have concluded the best thing to do is just preach the Bible. God gave you a mind, and he gave you discernment. He gave you His Word, so that you can compare it to what any preacher, or any church has to say. God has given you good sense to make that decision for yourself.

In the Second Seal (Revelation 6:6), we notice there will be wars, that parallels what is spoken of in Matthew 24:6,7.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet (6).  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places” (7).

We find the Fourth Seal of Revelation parallels the same thing. In the Fifth Seal, we are talking about God’s judgment upon the Earth. Now, in the Fifth Seal, I would like for you to notice Verse 9. During this time, many Christians are going to have to die for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. These Scriptures in Verses 9, and 10, also refute the false teachings of reincarnation, and soul-sleeping held by Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and a few others. Where they get these ideas, I have no idea, whatsoever. God says…

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God…”  (1 Corinthians 3:19a).

It amazes me that men will say that we are reincarnated, or we go to the grave and we sleep. Yet, man has never been on the other side of death. You have a few whackos saying, “Well, I saw the light at the other end of the tunnel.” I don’t find anything in the Bible about “a light at the end of a tunnel.” That is a satanic delusion. You can see the light in Heaven, when you are passed from death unto life, but the “light in the tunnel” fantasy is nothing more than a satanic delusion, which gives a false peace. The only peace that you can rely on is through trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior. In Romans 5:1 it says…

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1):

If you are trying to find peace in looking for the “light at the end of the tunnel,” you are being, satanically, deceived. The only light you are going to see are the flames of Hell, when you wake up there. This is why God put the Bible here. It is to reveal the greatest deceiver this world has ever known, the Antichrist, old Satan, himself, and his demons, also known as evil spirits.

Revelation 6:9,10.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.

We are told here that many are going to die during the Tribulation Period. Notice in Verse 10.

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?” (Revelation 6:10).

It doesn’t sound to me like these are sleeping in the grave. Does it to you?

I would like for you to notice that following the False Christ (First Seal), the War (Second Seal), the Famine (Third Seal), and Death (Fourth Seal), comes the Fifth Seal, the Martyrdom. Amid the turmoil on the world scene, the ungodly will grow in hatred against Christ. Instead of deploring sin as the cause of their trouble, their anger will be kindled at those who have accepted Christ, and who will no longer cooperate with their humanistic endeavors, and their ideologies. In other words, the Christians will not go along with the “program.”

 If you didn’t know it, the “program” that the Antichrist is going to implement is the One-World Religious System. You can see that we have that today. All you have to do is open your eyes and see that ecumenicalism is the down payment, to brainwash you, in preparation for the Tribulation Period. Just lay aside your Bible doctrines. It doesn’t matter if one church says, “The preacher will get you to Heaven because he will forgive your sins.” The Bible-believing church says, “That man is full of baloney. He doesn’t know beans from apple butter. No man can forgive sins. If any mere, human, man could forgive sins, why did Jesus Christ have to die on the Cross?”

So, you are trying to get all these together who do not even believe the same thing, and what you have is a compromise of their principles, a compromise on the Bible, and an endorsement of many false religions that are just all trying to “get together now and praise God.” Let me say this. You may talk about God all you want, but if you do not accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are just shadow-boxing. You are throwing your words to the wind. Christ tells us in John 8:42…

“…If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me”  (John 8:42).

Matthew 24:8. “The Beginning of Sorrows.”

“All these are the beginning of sorrows”(Matthew 24:8).

In this verse, Jesus refers to the first four items, found in Matthew 24:4-7, as “the beginning of sorrows.” Therefore, He segregates these four from those that come later, from the Fifth Seal on. Likewise, Revelation 6 divides the first four seals from the others, by putting them in their own category of “horsemen.”

In Matthew 24:4-9, and in the Seals of Revelation, Chapter 6, the beginning of the Tribulation Period is described. Both join in declaring that an early phase of false prophets, war, famine, and death, will soon be followed by the making of Christian martyrs. That is where we are in Verses 9 and 10. All of this will take place before the “Abomination of Desolation” is perpetrated, and the persecution by the Antichrist is unleashed, in all of its fury, during the second three-and-a-half years. We will see those intensified judgments of God when we get on back in our travel through this great book.

Chart: “The Beginning of Sorrows”

Revelation 6:1-8 – The Four Horsemen Matthew 24:4-7
Seal #1 - False Prophets & Antichrist: Revelation 6:1,2.

“...behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer” (2).

Matthew 24:5,11

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many (5). “ “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (11).

Seal #2 - War: Revelation 6:3,4.

“And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword” (4).

 Matthew 24:6

 

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

Seal #3 - Famine: Revelation 6:5,6.

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (6).

Matthew 24:7

 

 “...and there shall be famines...   (Matt. 24:7b).

Seal #4 - Death and Hell: Revelation 6:7-8.

 “...behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (Rev. 6:8).

Matthew 24:7

 

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”   

Seal #5 – Tribulation Martyrs: Revelation 6:9-11.

 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:” (9).

 Matthew 24:9

 

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.”  

Revelation 6:11. There Will Be More Martyrs Later.

“And white robes were given unto every one of them, and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled” 

It may cost you your life to be a believer during this particular period of time. We find that others will die for their testimony in Revelation 12:11.

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

They were willing to die for their Savior, the Lord Jesus. Go with me now to Revelation 14:13,

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

Go with me to Revelation, Chapter 20. What a gruesome sight this is going to be! If you refuse the Mark of the Beast, from the middle of the Tribulation Period on, during the last three-and-a-half years, this is the kind of death you will have to suffer. Notice Revelation 20:4,5,

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast (Satan),neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years (4).

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection” (5).

These were beheaded for their faith. The guillotine will be reinstituted. Peter talked about the same thing. Peter said,

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you” (1 Peter 4:12):

Many of you are old enough to remember, and, if you are not old enough to remember, you can read about it in your history books. In our own generation, we have seen the wholesale death of Jews, as more than six million perished under the Nazi regime. For the most part, the world stood helplessly by, many in unbelief. It has been said that many of the Jews, even as they were being herded in the box cars and having been warned of their fate, refused to believe that such an event would occur.

In the Fourth Seal, following famine, one fourth of the population of the Earth has been destroyed.

To show you how much the world hates Christians, clear back in the spring of 1970 we saw a sudden interest in our environment. Even the college students became aware that we were polluting our Earth. Earth Day, which was instituted April 22, 1970, was set aside to discuss the issues and the possible solutions. The Environmental Handbook came out of the United Nations’ UNESCO[i] and it was prepared by “Friends of the Earth.” It was at this time, and the same convention, that U Thant[ii] praised Lenin as a great humanitarian and defender of liberty. What a joke! U Thant, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, praising Lenin as a great humanitarian and a defender of Liberty. This is the kind of leadership that we see. It is perverse to the Bible. You see the Environmental Handbook makes, among other recommendations, the following:

  1. Nations must be phased out as quickly as possible.
  2. Christianity bears a huge burden of guilt for ecological problems. (In other words, we’re going to blame the Christians for this.)
  3. Experimental living groups should construct their shelters from church windows. (In other words, destroy the churches and use their materials.)

There is already a growing animosity towards the Bible and Christians, and, in the Tribulation Period, those who refuse to accept the Mark of the Beast will be unable to buy food and will face starvation and death.

 Go back with me, again, to Revelation 6:9,10.

 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: (9):  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” (10).

Let us get a couple of other things here, doctrinally. When it comes to where you are going to go when you die, man has never been on the other side of death, and come back. God has told us what is on the other side of death. Let’s read these verses again. When you are living, you are composed of three components: body, soul, and spirit. The soul is the seat of your emotions and your appetites. The spirit is the seat of your intelligence. You have a body. When I look at you, I see the body, but I don’t see the real you. God has given you a body for the “real you” to express yourself with. When you die, the only thing that dies is the body. James 2:26 says,

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).

So, when the body dies, the spirit which is your intelligence, the real you, your being; and, your soul, the seat of your emotions and your appetites—are never separated. They are the real “you” that lives on. You are passed from death unto life, and your soul and spirit never go to the grave. The body is dead “without the spirit.” With the spirit inside, the body cannot die. So, when the body dies, the soul and spirit leave that body and they do not accompany that body into the grave, into a state of annihilation. The Bible tells us, as Paul was inspired to write by the Holy Spirit,

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

When the Lord was on the Cross, in Luke 23:43, he told the thief…

“…To day shalt thou be with me in paradise”  (Luke 23:43).

Surely the grave was not Paradise, was it? Absolutely not! So, the soul, and spirit, separated from the body. But the teaching that people would like to have you believe is that you just go to the grave. Accompanying that teaching is, if you are good, all is well. There is going to be a general resurrection, they say, and, if your good works outweigh your bad, you are OK. Here we have a works salvation, again, excluding Jesus Christ. Every damnable false religion excludes Christ.

When I meet somebody, no matter what religion they are affiliated with, when I try to talk with them about Jesus Christ and they don’t want to talk, I know they have religion, but they don’t have Christ. The Lord wants us to talk about Him, and the wonderful things He has done for us. He says here in Revelation 6:9,

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”

They died, but notice where these souls are now. John was up in Heaven and he saw them.

“And they cried with a loud voice,

They could talk and they had reasoning as they were…

“…saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?” (Revelation 6:10).

Their real essence, the soul, seat of their emotions and appetites, and, their spirit, the seat of their intelligence was very much alive in Heaven. John heard them cry out and say, “How long will it be before you avenge our blood?” In this Church Age that we live in, today, we are to pray for our enemies, but not in the Tribulation Period. Christ said in Luke 23:34, 

“…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots “  (Luke 23:34).

And when they stoned Stephen in Acts, Chapter 7,

“And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep “  (Acts 7:6)

There was a time when everybody forsook Paul. Nobody stood with him. He was like a “duck out of water.” But in 2 Timothy 4:16,17, he said, “Don’t lay this to their charge.”

“At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge (16).  Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion “ (17).

But, when the Tribulation comes, the prayer will be, “Sic ‘em, Lord, and give it to ‘em!”

Revelation 6:12. The Sixth Seal.

 “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood” (12);

God controls the weather. Read Job, Chapters 36 and 37. He controls the atmosphere around Earth, and he controls what is inside the Earth. Here He uses an earthquake, and He is going to use earthquakes, again, as the judgments are intensified. I would like for you to  notice Revelation 11:13,

“And the same hour was there a great Earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the Earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. “

The Remnant is all inclusive of the other nine-tenths, numbering 63,000. Here is another great earthquake. Go with me now to Revelation 16:18,19,

“And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the Earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great” (18). 

And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath“  (19).

These verses describe an earthquake such as has never been before. God is going to punish them for their wicked deeds, their rejection of Jesus Christ, their blasphemy against God. He will punish them for their teaching of evolutionary theories which corrupt the children, their many abortions, and the many diabolical things man does that are absolutely an attack on the Word of God.

God has also used earthquakes in the past. God brings things to pass, such as hailstones, when He slew the Assyrians, and He rained brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah. In Numbers, Chapter 16, is just such a case. This chapter describes a man who was jealous of the leadership of Moses. He had gathered quite a few men together and they rose up before Moses. Here is the conclusion of the matter in Numbers 16:32,33,

“And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods“ (32).

They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation “ (33).

God was provoked by Korah’s jealousy of the leadership of Moses. Moses was God’s appointed man and this man had told Moses, “You take too much upon yourself.” He was jealous, and he wanted to have the leadership, himself. He wanted to degrade Moses, and God had had enough of him! God just opened up the Earth and took care of the problem, as, Korah, and all of his followers were disposed of in less than a minute.

 “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

Revelation 6:13. The Stars Fall.

“And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. “

 Can you imagine such a shaking that mountains, like the Andes and the Alps, and other mountain ranges, are actually moved by the power of God. Imagine if God had reached down from Heaven to place His hand around the Earth, and shakes it out of the foundation that it is on? He shakes the Earth, and little men down here will be just like ants on this Earth, when God unleashes His mighty power, as He does in these seals. The judgments intensify as we go forward in the Book of Revelation.

Revelation 6:14. The Heavens Depart and the Mountains Move!

“And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places .“

The “heavens departing as a scroll” must refer to the atmospheric heavens, the clouds being suddenly rolled away so swiftly, that men will cry in horror as they stand, exposed, before an angry God. I don’t know if you have read the book, by Jonathan Edwards, called Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. If you have not read it, I would go to my Christian book store and get a copy of the booklet. Many say it is one of the greatest sermons that man has ever preached. The day he delivered this sermon, the congregation literally felt as though they were slipping out of their seats into Hell. He led many thousands to Jesus Christ. But this verse cannot be describing the final fiery cataclysm as found in 2 Peter 3:10-13 where it says “…the heavens shall pass away with a great noise…” The reason is because those on Earth, who see these events, remain alive after them, and many flee to nearby caves and rocks for shelter amid the celestial terrors.

Revelation 6:15-17. The Wrath of the Lamb.

“And the kings of the Earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains (15);  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (16):  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (17). 

In Verses 15 to 17, we find that modern man marks himself as the “king of his destiny,” and, day by day, claims to be more the master of nature and the elements. Here, at God’s thunder, the sinners quake. Kings and masters, as well as the lowest on the Earth, fall in abject dread at these disasters. That inner sense of guilt and sin in all humans awakened, as we shall see in Chapter Eleven. By the testimony of God’s end-time witnesses, they actually realize this.

The great day of His wrath is come.” The sinners cringe, and know that God’s anger is behind these seal calamities. Soon the Trumpet Judgments will come forth, and these will be more severe than even the seals. The wrath of God is even more plainly seen, as we continue on with Chapters Eight and Nine. Then will come the Bowls of Wrath of the Almighty God. Rebellious man desires to live without God, but God will have the last say.

After God has raptured His church, He will withdraw His restraints upon sin, and, sinful man will bring the curses of the ages upon his own head in this Tribulation Period. Lies, wars, famine, and death, are all described here, in how God is going to judge the lost.

Two more catastrophes are brought to our attention in the Sixth Seal, the judgment. First of all, as we discussed, the heavens are opened. It is hard for the human mind to fathom this occurrence. It will be a shock when it occurs. And then, Number Two, the Earth moves. Imagine living in a day when every mountain and every island is moved out of its place. It doesn’t mean that they are not going to exist any more. They are just moved by the force and the power of God. Scientists are already acknowledging the fact that the Earth’s crust moves. One encyclopedia devotes a four-page article to the drifting continents. It reports that the Earth consists of a liquid core with a radius of about 2,170 miles. It has a mantle about 1800 miles thick, and a crust. The continental crust is, on average, 20 miles thick. Their theory is that movement in the Earth’s mantle is causing the continental drifts. Scientists have recently found that Asia and Africa are splitting apart along a large fault in the center of the Red Sea.

Revelation 6:16:

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:”   

Joel spoke of this same prophecy. Go back with me now to Joel, Chapter 2, and we’ll begin in Verse 28. You must remember, the Old Testament Prophets never knew about the Church Age that you are living in today. It was never prophesied in the Old Testament. This was a mystery that was revealed unto the Apostle Paul, as we find out in Ephesians 3:1-10. We do find out that the Old Testament prophets did know about the Tribulation Period. They did know about the Birth of Christ. They did know about the Crucifixion of Christ. We find many of the Old Testament prophets, such as, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, prophesied about this same period of time, as did Matthew, Chapter 24, and, the Book of Revelation. Let’s notice here now in Joel 2:28:

“And it shall come to pass afterward, (that’s after Israel’s restoration) that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:”

Now this is what we find out that Peter talked about in Acts 2:16-21. This was that same spirit poured out on Pentecost. Pentecost was not the fulfilling of Joel’s prophecy. There were no “wonders in the heavens,” but it was that same Spirit that was poured out there, when each understood in their own language.

Notice what is says now in Joel 2:30, 31:

“And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the Earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke (30). The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come “ (31).

Joel knew about this occurrence that would take place in the Tribulation Period. We come on back and begin to see how God has dealt with the nation of  Israel, and, what He’s going to do with those today that are lost, that have never known the Lord Jesus Christ and blaspheme His Name. They only care about living for the pleasures of this world, that is all.

Let us go back to Isaiah 13:11-13:

“And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible  (11).  I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir  (12).   Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the Earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger “ ( 13).

When men cry today and say, “Oh where is the Lord?” Well, God in His grace, His kindness, and His mercy, has allowed things to go on. “Mercy” means “not giving us what we deserve.” With all that is going on in the world today, we are surely paralleling the nation of Israel, and getting ripe for the judgment of Almighty God. We ought to be praying “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.”

Folks, if you think things can continue to go on, think again. Everything that was done to destroy the Roman Empire is being done in America. Everything that you have seen in History paralleling the nation of Israel is being done in America. Do you know who you can thank? You can thank our Supreme Court. They are not to rewrite the Constitution and they seem to have the opinion that it is out of date. Our founding fathers have given us principles, and this country, for which the Bible was the foundation. In my younger days, there were morals, there were principles, and there was decency. There was respect for other people. All of that has disintegrated until it is almost every man for himself. We are living in a society where it is a survival situation.

When I was a boy, if someone would do something, you could yell at them out of your car window, or toot the horn. If you do it today, you could get yourself shot! Those that shoot you already know they are not going to die. They know that their punishment is going to be very lenient, or the first thing that will happen if they are arrested, “We must get him a psychiatrist, or psychologist, and get him examined.”

You know, it is an amazing thing, when a person commits a crime and they leave the scene, they must know it is wrong, or they wouldn’t leave. When they commit a murder, and they don’t turn themselves in, they must know that there is some punishment. If not, why wouldn’t they just go tell the police that I killed this person? If they were mentally incompetent, they would. But when they run, you have to invest in time and money to trace down the murderer, and, then, we get him to some quacko psychiatrist to examine him to see if he understands right from wrong. If he didn’t understand right from wrong, he wouldn’t have run, would he?

This is how foolish our society has gotten. Every time somebody is mixed up with the law, get a psychiatrist to him. Most of the psychiatrists need a psychiatrist, if you want the truth. In fact, the truth came out a while back.  They have more broken homes, and more troubles, than most of the common people. Law breakers do not need psychiatrists. They need punishment, and they need to know that they are going to get punishment. Here is what God says about it.

“Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil “  (Ecclesiastes 8:11).

“Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth “  (Habakkuk 1:4).

When there are one of these bombings that kill many, many, people, our president gets up and reads from a little slip of paper that, “We’re going to do everything within our power to bring these murderers to justice.” Then another year passes, and then another. Pretty soon we’re fighting over where we are going to hold the trial. If they wanted the trial held somewhere else, they should have committed the crime somewhere else, shouldn’t they? But we think more of the murderer and the protection of his rights, than we think of the rights of all those people that died. This is how twisted up we are in our minds.

Remember, Ecclesiastes said, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil [continually].” Pretty soon, months go by and the witnesses cannot remember everything. Their memories would be much fresher if you have them in court after the incident happens. The police work as hard as they can. They go into court, and the judge ties their hands in the “legality” of the law. What are you saying? God says, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil [continually].” It incites the criminals to go on and do worse crime, because they know it is a long time before they go to trial. They know witnesses sometimes can’t remember that far back. Many things can take place, and, we can find a technicality here, and a technicality there, etc.

But the time is coming, in this Tribulation Period that you may not laugh at Jesus Christ’s coming, because in 2 Peter 3:4 it says there will be mockers saying…

“…Where is the promise of his coming?...

You are either a mocker of Jesus Christ, or, Jesus Christ is your Father, if you have received Him as your Savior. In Chapter 6 of Revelation, that day is coming when people are going to meet God Almighty, face to face. That is going to be when they die. It is not a game that is played down here. It isn’t some religious performance going on to make you feel religious. The only way you are going to escape the Tribulation Period is, if you are a believer and you go at the Rapture.  And, you’re laughing at that!

You’ll wake up some morning and all these people are gone. It comes out over the radio, “We must have had an invasion from Mars,” or, “We must have had an invasion from outer space.” The Antichrist stands up and says, “I had to get rid of all these people, so we could have the Utopia we have all been waiting for.” He will justify it, and bend the situation to his advantage.

But you will be missing some of your relatives. You are going to be missing your fundamental preachers. Perhaps, even, the boss on your job. You will look for that person who witnessed to you, and said, “We’d like for you to think about trusting Christ as your Savior, so you can avoid this Day of Wrath.” Now, the day that we are speaking about, is here. This is the day that, if you reject the Lord Jesus Christ, it doesn’t matter who you are, because in Revelation 6:15 it says,

 “And the kings of the Earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;”

It won’t matter what your position is. When Jesus Christ throws these judgments out, you will not escape. Revelation 6:16 says,

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.”

Do you know why they are saying this? They are hoping that death will end it all. No one in their right mind would say, “Fall on us and kill us.” They are more frightened of spiritual death, than they are physical death. They are hoping that this damnable philosophy of Shirley McClain, and others, which says we are reincarnated, is true. They are hoping the New Age movement, which says there is no Hell, is right. Or…the new versions of the Bible, which take away the doctrinal parts but hold to the traditional parts, are true, because they have no doctrine in them when it comes to Hell. When it comes to the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, they re-word passages to take away the power and emphasis of the power of God unto salvation, which is His Death and Resurrection. If there is no Hell, and there is not going to be a Rapture and a Tribulation Period, they do not have anything to worry about. Right?

This is the movement that we are living in right here, today, that wants to divert you from the True and Living God. They want to divert you into some New Age Version of the Bible, like the Living Bible, the New International Version, the New American Standard Bible, etc. All of these are perverted Bibles, sold under the counterfeit of being a Bible. They are a money-making scheme. You say, “Oh, my mother gave it to me.” Or, “My Daddy gave it to me.” Or, worse, “My pastor gave it to me.” One of the men, who was the head of one of the new Bible version translation committees, has since renounced them, and said, “God forgive me. I have tampered with the Word of God. How shall I undo what I have done?”

So, you ought to check into some of these things to make sure you are not deceived. I will say this. They know that, when these things happen, it has to be of God. They realize this truly is the God that they are going to stand before. Maybe they have been witnessed to, or they have been in a good Bible-teaching church where the preacher has preached on Hell. He has taught them to trust that Jesus Christ paid for their sins, but they refused.

“Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels”    (Matthew 25:41):

And here they are, in this Tribulation Period. They would rather die physically, and hope that ends it all, rather than be alive in Hell for all time and eternity, suffering that kind of torment. However, that is what is going to happen. Notice in Verse 17…   

“For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:17).

We are told in 2 Corinthians 6:2…

“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Jesus Christ went to the Hell of the Cross, and paid for your sins, so you would not spend eternity in the Lake of Fire making that payment yourself. Nobody loved you like Jesus Christ. Do not put it off another day. Christ could come tonight.

I would like you to go in your Bibles to Isaiah 1:11-13. Isaiah had the same problem with the nation of Israel as God is having with America. We’ll pick it up here in Verse 11, and go on down; and, then God gives an invitation in Verse 18.

“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats” (Isaiah 1:11).

This was your Judaism with your Old Testament sacrifices, because they were doing it only for a show.

“When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? (12)  Bring no more vain (empty) oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting”  (Isaiah 1:12-13).

A very practical application. You go into a modernistic church where many of the members go out and commit adultery. They go out and steal. They go out and swear. They are crooked in their business. But they parade into church every Sunday morning. They go to their bars on Monday through Saturday and sit, sucking up their slop. That’s what I call it. They are not very happy with me when I call it that. But there are a lot of dead people in the cemeteries, and a lot of teenagers that have died from that damnable drinking. Their parents have taught them it is all right, because they have sat around soaking it up in the bars. So, their children go out to a Senior Prom and think it is all right to drink. After all, Daddy does it. Mommy does it. They go to the bar all the time. The teenagers get drunk, and they get in an accident, and some die.

If the victims of alcohol, who lie in the cemeteries today could talk, what do you think they would say about drinking that nice, little social drink? Not only that, you’ve got preachers who drink. Ask your preacher if he drinks, socially. If he does, you better run from him, because he’s a counterfeit. He’s just a social guy around town. He’s not going to tell you how to be saved, because he probably doesn’t know how to go to Heaven, himself.

But notice here in Verse 17…

“Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17).

Learn to do things honestly. And then God says this, “Don’t just go to church, and be playing games here. He says in Isaiah 1:18-20,  

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (18). If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land (19): But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it” (20).

Let us notice again back in Revelation 6:16,17. Again, they must have come to their senses when they said this.

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (16):  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (17).

You hear some of these atheists, agnostics, evolutionists, and so-called scientists in your classrooms today, coming out openly and blatantly denouncing there is a God. However, tomorrow may be their judgment day. If Jesus Christ comes tonight and the Rapture takes place, they will be scared to death. Then you will see what these men, or women, who stood up in the classroom and propagated that stuff, are really like when they know that it is Almighty God causing these earthquakes.  Their town is shaking, and there are big cracks in the ground. People are falling in, and they close up again. Thousands of people are going down into the pit, just like it was in Numbers, Chapter 16. You are going to think, “Is this what I followed? Was I ever deceived!”

Don’t be deceived.

“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Christ could come tomorrow! I hope that, if you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you will now. You may be going to church, you may have been baptized, you may have been doing everything that seems right, but none of those things will save you. Jesus Christ died on the cross, and He paid for your sins. He gave His life to save yours and he said:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”(John 3:16)

We hope you will trust Christ today.

[i] UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, is a specialised agency of the United Nations system. The organisation was created more than a half century ago, with the mission to build the defences of peace in the minds of men. Its Constitution states that: “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed”.

viii.  U Thant, was the third Secretary-General of the United Nations and served from 1961 to 1971. He was chosen to head the world body following the death of the then Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold in an air crash in September 1961.

From his first years as Secretary-General, he placed great emphasis on moving forward the UN’s development agenda, and the 1960s were termed the UN Development Decade. During this time, many new nations in Asia and Africa joined the UN, and U Thant articulated and supported their concerns for a more equitable world economic system.U Thant retired from the UN at the end of his second term in 1971. He was diagnosed with cancer in 1973 and died in New York on November 25, 1974. He was 65 years old.

The First Six Seal Judgments

We have just finished up with Chapter Five, which shows the Redemption of Creation and Mankind. “No man in heaven, nor in Earth, neither under the Earth” is able to open the seven-sealed book, or the scroll, which unleashes all the things yet to happen in Bible prophecy, until the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah, our Lord Jesus Christ, steps forward. The Lord Jesus is the only one. He is the Lamb of God and He takes the scroll. He is the only one found worthy to pronounce judgment upon this world. He is the Judge of all of the Earth. He comes forward and takes that scroll, opens it up, and we are ready to proceed with the things that are yet to come.

In Chapter Six, we begin to see the unleashing of some of the judgments of God upon the Earth. I might say this at the outset, when we unfold the Seven Seals of Chapter Six, they are just a down payment of the intensified judgments of God, as we proceed to Chapters Eight and Nine. Chapter Six begins the events of the Tribulation Period.

Follow along in your Bible, and you will begin to understand that the Book of Revelation is taking us through the Tribulation Period. After Chapter Four, we no longer hear anything about the Church. She has been Raptured, and is now in Heaven.

In reality, and in our time, “the blessed hope and glorious appearing” of our Savior has not happened on this Earth yet. The prayer of every believer in this Church Age is, “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.” Soon...

“…the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (16) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 ).

When that takes place, that triggers the seven-year Tribulation Period. At the end of that, Christ comes back and sets the Kingdom up. So, everything that transpires from Chapter Four on, in the Book of Revelation, is future. We have now come to the time of “…the things which shall be hereafter.” (1:19c).

Parallel to that, Daniel also speaks of that same Tribulation Period of time, i.e., seven years. Also, in Matthew, Chapter 24, the whole chapter is dealing with this seven-year Tribulation Period, and what will take place during that particular period of time. Therefore, we will be referring back to the Book of Matthew, along with Chapter Six, to show how these things parallel with the book of Matthew.

Revelation 6:1,2. The First Seal. The Antichrist on a White Horse.

 “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.” 

He is saying come over here, John. Remember what we have studied concerning the four beasts. These are heavenly creatures giving glory to God. These are part of the train in Heaven. These are things that we would know nothing about, if John had not revealed them here, as the Lord revealed them to him.

 “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer”  (Revelation 6:2).

We have here what seems to be a parallel, between the white horse rider in this verse, and the white horse rider in Revelation, Chapter 19. We find out they are not parallel at all, but they are diametrically opposed. This is the Antichrist making his first appearance, and this is going to show us something. In order to appear non-offensive and non-aggressive with power, the Antichrist, at first has only a bow, but he has no arrows. We are going to give you some parallel chapters to show that he appears to come in peaceably. This is the Antichrist riding the white horse, impersonating Christ. When we look at Revelation, Chapter Nineteen, the One riding the white horse is the Lord Jesus Christ. Why in the world do you say here in Chapter Six that Satan is riding the white horse?

The answer is very simple. Satan always likes to duplicate the Lord Jesus Christ. He has always wanted to be king of this Earth. In Matthew 4:8, he offered Christ “all the kingdoms of the world,” if He would fall down and worship him. What a joke that was! Christ told him, “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Here He is, the Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and this fool, Satan, is actually trying to offer Him all the Kingdoms here upon the Earth. They already belonged to the Lord. Satan has so deceived himself.

We find out that Satan is always an imitator of the Lord Jesus Christ. For example: he imitates salvation. The Lord Jesus Christ said all you have to do is “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Do you know what Satan’s ambassadors say? “Oh, that’s too easy! There’s more to it than that.” It’s a counterfeit, but it looks religious. A counterfeit is something that looks so close to the original you can hardly tell the difference. Religion is doing something to merit eternal life. Salvation is not doing anything to merit eternal life, but going to Heaven by faith in the one who gave His life to buy your right to have eternal life. We go to Heaven on the merits of Jesus Christ, not our own merits. That’s what the Bible teaches.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)

Satan always comes in as a counterfeit, and, he is going to come in peaceably. He’s going to present himself as the great peacemaker. He’s going to deceive practically the whole world. Not all of the world, but the majority of the world. Let us go back to the Book of Daniel in Daniel 8:25,

“And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many:…

…but Satan is a deceiver. He is going to deceive the world and say “I’m coming in peaceably.” Daniel speaks of this again in Daniel 11:21,24,

“And in his estate  (Antichrist) shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.”

Notice in Verse 24,

 “He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province;..

…and this goes right in line, as we come over here to Matthew 4:9,

“And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Satan).

Old Satan loves to do this. He loves to say to you, “You know, you can have this. You can have that.” You’ll think it is Christ, but it is not.

Go with me now over here to Matthew 24. This parallels Revelation, Chapter 6, because they are both speaking about the Tribulation Period. Notice in Matthew 24:5,

”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many”

Only God is the Forgiver of sins. We keep emphasizing this, because there are so many deceived by churches that say their ministers, or priests, can forgive your sins. You get in a certain area and you find Lutheran and Catholic churches that propagate this. But you get in other areas where you’re around Bible-teaching churches, they just laugh at that kind of foolishness, and wonder how anybody can think that a preacher can forgive your sins.

All through the Bible, it is God who is the Forgiver of sins. But Satan loves for you to go to that preacher and confess your sins, and for you to actually think this man can forgive your sins. All of this is nothing but the working of Satan as he comes in peaceably. He wants you to think that preacher “loves” you, and he “wants the best” for you, and, he’s God’s intercessor for you. We find the Bible teaches that,

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5);

You will never find a preacher that God gave the power to be the intercessor between you and God. The Lord says in Hebrews 4:16, “Come boldly before the throne of grace.” He didn’t say “Come boldly before the preacher!” The preacher cannot even forgive his own sins, let alone yours.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

In the areas where you do not have many Bible-believing churches, it seems like some kind of shock-wave going through the air when you say, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” A preacher who says he can forgive your sin is actually taking the place of Christ, and as Matthew 24:5 points out:

”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”

This is the profit of reading your Bible for yourself. If you go to church, and don’t carry your Bible, you are the top-notch candidate to be deceived by false teaching. You’re trusting that preacher. You’re trusting that church. God wants you to trust Him. He wants you to trust His Word in order to check out and see who is the true and who is the false. Sometimes, you meet some of these preachers and you think sugar wouldn’t melt in their mouth, but they are feeding you nothing but poison through the pulpit.

Let’s see what happens when we get to the next seal.

Revelation 6:3,4. The Second Seal.

“And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see (3). And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the Earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”

“Kill One Another…”

Now, I would like for you to underline in your Bible the words, “kill one another,” because we’re going to show you where cannibalism has taken place, even in the nation of Israel, and will yet take place during the Tribulation Period. “They shall kill one another.” Why is that? We will find as we continue there is going to be such a famine on this Earth, as it was in the days of Israel before the Captivity. They actually killed human beings and ate them, then, because there was nothing to eat, and it is going to happen again. There is a famine coming.

“And there was given unto him a great sword…”

These riders show what the Antichrist is going to do. This one rides a red horse. You will find out that red is always associated with terror and death. In Revelation 12:3, we have the “red dragon.” That is Old Satan. In Revelation 17:3, we have the“red beast.” That is, again,“Old Satan.” So, it is always associated with terror and with death.

Let us go to Matthew 24:6,7 and get the parallel for this.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet  (6).  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places” (7). 

There are going to be earthquakes in various, or different, places. That is what the word “divers” means in the Greek, “different, or various places.” On upcoming pages, we will tie all of these together with the verses on cannibalism. I never knew such things existed.

When it comes to a choice between dying, or eating another human being, we are going to see what these plagues bring. We’re going to see what Satan does. You’ve got to remember something that we find in John 8:44. Satan is a deceiver and God tells us about him. He is a murderer and he is a liar. In the Eighth Chapter of John, Christ is talking to the religious leaders of Israel. These are not the down-and-outers now. These are the ones that are held in high esteem by the people. These were your scribes and your Pharisees, your interpreters of the Law. These were the ones who would write the commentaries. These were the ones representing God, supposedly, but they were false leaders.

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it”  (John 8:44).

Underline “murderer,” because there are two things characteristic of “Old Scratch” here. He is a murderer, and a liar! Then He continues in Verse 47…

“He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God”  (John 8:47).

Let me ask you something. Are you one that’s laughing at the Book of Revelation? Do you think these things are not going to come to pass? If you do, it’s because you are not of God. You are not trusting the Word of God.You don’t believe the Bible is really God’s inerrant Word given to mankind. You believe it is just like some of your modern philosophers, and this is the view of many modernistic preachers. This does not include those Bible-teaching pastors who believe the Word of God. They believe that it is true! Every word of it is true.

 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man”  (Psalm 118:8).

Revelation 6:5,6. The Third Seal.

 “And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand  (5). And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (6). 

Now, we’re going to see where the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. Old Satan is a liar, isn’t he? He will tell you that you can do anything you want to do. Lost people are going to love this Antichrist. Why? They can wallow in their sin and it is going to be legal! It’s all right. It’s acceptable. You know, we are getting that today, because we are so close to the Tribulation Period. “The next event’s the Great Event, the Messiah comes again.”  That will be the Rapture.

It’s socially acceptable now to do many of the sins, even commit First Degree Murder with abortion. That is acceptable, now, because we have a Supreme Court of idiots that care nothing for human life, and, therefore, care nothing for morals. So, you feel free to go out and kill your children, since it is legal now. I thank God there are some leaders rising up in these days that are opposing abortion. They probably won’t get elected in the national election, but, at least, there are some that are saying, “We made a mistake. This Roe vs. Wade ruling on abortion must be repealed!”

“A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny;”

The rider of the black horse holds a pair of balances, indicating some type of governmental control over the food supply. A measure of wheat (Greek = choinix) was about a quart, and a penny (denarion) was a day's wages for an ordinary laboring man. In other words, food will be so scarce it will take a person all day to earn enough wages for just a quart of grain. This indicates that all man-made schemes to give people even the necessities of life will fail. A situation that will only get worse.

 “Hurt not the oil and the wine.”

But note that there is no scarcity of oil and wine for the rich. The rich get richer and enjoy their luxuries, while the poor get poorer and can hardly get enough to eat. This is representative of the rich. In other words, don’t touch the accounts of the rich. They are all right. They are the ones we are going to protect. In whatever the Antichrist is going to do, he is going to protect the rich, because he needs them. He is a military genius. He is a financial genius. He’s a genius in world leadership. He is no one, but Satan, himself, in a human body.

Remember this. In Scripture, we are only given two people that Satan has personally indwelt: the Antichrist,here, and Judas Iscariot.  These are the only two, that we have a record of, that Satan has indwelt, himself. This is going to be Satan, personified, to bring this about. But, as we are going to see in 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4, he wants to rule as God, imitating of the God of Creation.

“That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand  (2).  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (3);  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

He “opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,” so, that he goes into the temple and declares himself to be God. As we are going to see, this is the beginning of his climb to power. He will go into the temple in the middle of the Tribulation Period, three-and-a-half years after the Rapture. He declares himself to be God, and everyone will have to worship him, or as Revelation 13:17,18 says,

“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (17) .  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six”  (18).

Here, in Chapter Six, is the beginning of his climb to power. There is going to be a famine. Keep that in mind, as it says in Verse 4, “…they should kill one another.” The famine is the reason. When nobody has anything to eat, instead of dying themselves, they will kill another person, and eat that person. That has been done in the past. We’re going to see that as we continue.

Revelation 6:7,8. The Fourth Seal.

“And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see  (7). And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (8).

“Death and Hell…”

Death claims the body. Hell claims the soul. “Death and Hell.” Isn’t that where Satan ends up? If he can use a human being, posing as a “minister of righteousness,” to deceive you into becoming a son of Satan who claims to be God, you are Hell-bound! Even now, he will try to deceive you all of your life to keep you from trusting Jesus Christ as the only way to Heaven. If successful, he has claimed your soul to Hell! You’ll be there with him for all time and eternity, separated from God, in the dungeon of Hell. You will be in Torment, and it will be as Luke 16 says about the rich man who died and went to Hell. “In hell he lift up his eyes being in torment.” (Lk.16:23) That’s exactly what Satan wants to deceive you into, so that you will die without Christ, and spend your eternity with him.

Jesus Christ said, “I’m not willing you should perish,” in 2 Peter 3:9, but “that all should come to repentance.” And that’s “metanoia,” in the Greek, and it means “all should come to a change of mind.” Please change your mind. So, you have two people after you. You have old Satan, who is going to try to deceive you into being religious and going to Hell, and Jesus Christ, who wants you to accept Him and be a son of God who is looking forward to a home in Heaven. John 1:12 tells us that, “…as many as received Him,” not Satan, but Christ.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

 “The fourth part of the Earth.”

At the beginning of this Tribulation Period, in a very short time, one fourth of this Earth is going to be destroyed. Satan is going to be behind it.

  1. “to kill with a sword.” They will be fighting one another.
  2. “with hunger…” There’s your famine again.
  3. “with death…” People will starve.
  4. “and with the beasts of the earth.” People will be attacked, and eaten, by wild animals.

It is very interesting here, because if you go back to Revelation 6:6, “And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say…” These are “living creatures” and the Greek word is “zōŏn.” The first “O” is long. The second “O” is short. “Zōŏn” means “living creatures.” John saw these in Heaven. 

In Revelation 6:8, in the last phrase here, “and with the beasts…,” we find, because of the famine and because of the shortage of food, wild beasts are going to attack men. This will be part of these four plagues that are, actually, going to remove a fourth part of the population of all of the Earth. A fourth part of the Earth is going to be killed, and Satan is going to be behind it. The Greek word for “beast” here is the Greek word, “therion,” and it means “a dangerous animal.” So, we have two different Greek words. One, “zōŏn, for living creatures in Heaven worshiping God, and the other, “therion,” for dangerous beasts here upon the Earth.

Before we going on the the Fifth Seal, we want to show you about the occurrence of cannibalism found in Old Testament times.

We are going to go back to 2 Kings 6:24-29, where we had a similar situation when the nation of Israel turned from the true and living God and served idols.

First: 2 Kings 6:24-26,

“And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria (24).  And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver  (25).  

These were the worst things you could eat, yet they were selling for an outrageous price! Notice in Verse 26.

And as the king (Jehoram) of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king  (26).

Notice in 2 Kings 6:28,29,

“And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow (28).  So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son” (29).

So we boiled my son, and did eat him:” Did that happen? It absolutely did. When it comes down to whether you eat somebody else, or you die, things change quickly. They did this at Donner’s Pass, did they not? They surely did! You will find out, in this Tribulation Period, they will do the same as they did during the famine at this time in Israel. They actually ate one another. Cannibalism! They’ll do anything to live. A lot of people will.

Let us go to Deuteronomy 28:49-51. We have the same thing over here.

“The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the Earth, as swift as the eagle flieth, a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand  (49);

The nation that God was going to bring against Israel, because of their gross sin, was Babylon. 

A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young  (50):  And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee” (51)”

Babylon was going to bring a famine to Israel because they were going to take every type of food out of the land. Because of this famine, and because of going into bondage and not having anything to eat, Deuteronomy 28:53 describes what took place.

“And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:”

And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters,” We are going to have that in the Tribulation Period. It has already happened to the nation of Israel. Let us go back here to Jeremiah, in Chapter 19, where we have the same thing. I want you to notice how it started out, though. Every false religion is a killer! We have one false religion today that says you can not give your son, or your daughter a blood transfusion—the Jehovah’s Witnesses. They say that is against God’s Laws. There have been many lawsuits, yet this religion remains a killer, because it is a religion of Satanism. What are you saying? Every false religion is a killer. It will kill you the first time, and, if you are lost, it will kill you with the second death in the Lake of Fire.

There are those over there in India who will not eat a cow, so they starve to death. Satan loves for you to worship animals, does he not? When you worship a cow, you make that dumb thing a “sacred cow,” and, then you starve to death and die. I don’t know how anybody can be that dumb, myself. I would “un-sacred-ize” that thing, if I was over there. He may be sacred until I got hungry, and then we’d  have a cook-out! When I got hungry he would be “history!” He is going to be eaten. No religion is going to do that to me. As I said, false religions kill. If you die (physical death) without Christ, you will suffer the second death, of torment, in the flames of the Lake of Fire with Satan, the one it was created for in the first place.

Satan loves to fool people through a counterfeit religion. Yet, this certain religion, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which we have in the United States and all over the world, requires: “Do not give your daughter, or son, a blood transfusion.” Therefore, when they have an illness where a blood transfusion is required, many have died upon the operating table. There have been many lawsuits over that. Every false religion will kill. Let us go to Jeremiah 19:4.

“Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents”  (Jeremiah 19:4);

Here’s what they do. They sacrifice their own sons, and, then we’re going to find out, when a famine comes they will eat their own people. That is unbelievable! Notice Jeremiah 19:5,

“They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind

Baal is a false god. This is how far people can go. Let us go on down to Jeremiah 19:9a,  

“And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters,”

How will God cause it? Is it His will? No! Because of the sins they have committed, the famine that He sends will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters…

“…and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them” (Jeremiah 19:9b).

If the Old Testament tells us this, “…and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege…,” do you know what? You won’t be safe anywhere during this part of the Tribulation Period!

Let us go back to the Book of Revelation. Isn’t that exactly what God says in Revelation 6:8? Not only will they be killed by the “beasts of the earth,” but, also, with the opening of the Fourth Seal, a fourth part of the Earth shall die “…with sword, and with hunger…”

In Revelation 6:6, where we have the opening of the Third Seal with the black horse, there is going to be a famine in the land, where it will take a day’s wages just to buy a loaf of bread. Can you imagine what it will be to try to get something to eat?

 I remember when we went on our Senior trip to Washington D.C., and New York City, a couple of my friends and I slipped out of our rooms and went down on the streets of New York City. We saw the “down-and-outers.” They were going through garbage cans, and were lying there, practically, half-naked. One we passed, I know he was dead! He stunk so bad, he smelled just like a dead animal. In the Tribulation Period, they will be raiding garbage cans, and there is not going to be anything in them! Nobody is going to be throwing away anything. It is going to be a horrible time!

The Antichrist is going to kill one fourth part of the Earth as given in Revelation 6:7,8. You are going to find, after the Rapture, cannibalism will again be prevalent, because there will be absolutely nothing to eat.

We are going to find out, as we are getting ready for the next seal, that God gives us a wave of truth that extends on out into the last half of the Tribulation Period. In the middle of the Tribulation, the Antichrist declares himself to be God, according to 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4, and you have to take the “Mark of the Beast,” or “666.” (Revelation 13:17,18). That is the last two verses of Chapter 13. If you decide you are going to stand for Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords, during the last three-and-a-half years of the Tribulation Period, it will cost you your life.  You are going to be beheaded, if you are caught.

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4).

Satan hates you. He hates every Christian. He will substitute his counterfeit religion for Christianity. He will tell you, “Be good, and you will go to Heaven.” “Be bad, and you will go to Hell.” The truth is you don’t have to “Be bad” to go to Hell. You can do everything good all your life, and go right straight to Hell. There is no one who can do good all of their life. Romans 3:10 tells us,

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one”  (Romans 3:10):

This is why God has concluded we have all…

“…sinned and come short of the glory of God”  (Romans 3:23).

“The wages of that sin,” according to Romans 6:23, “is death,” spiritually separated from God and Heaven, tormented in the Lake of Fire. (Matthew 25:41)

Revelation 6:9-11. The Fifth Seal.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”

The Fifth Seal is opened, and John sees some of the Tribulation martyrs under the altar in Heaven. They have died, and now they are in Heaven. They had been given white robes, and John could see them. They, also, could speak, because heard John what they said, and wrote it down for us. They, also, had an awareness of what was happening on earth. They were martyrs who stood up for the Savior, and paid with their lives. Now, they were “absent from the body and present with the Lord,” and awaiting the Resurrection, at the end of the Tribulation Period, to receive their glorified body, as promised in Philippians 3:21.

“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:21).

This portion of Scripture refutes several false teachings that God never had in His mind, and has never revealed to mankind. They are strictly puffed up in the minds of fleshly men who want to create something to contradict the inerrancy of the Word of God. You have those today that say, “When you die, you go a certain place, then, somebody is going to pay the preacher and they are going to get you out of this place, and ship you on to Heaven. So, according to this group, the Catholic Organization, when you die you go someplace, but you don’t go to Heaven, and you don’t go to Hell. You go to this place of Limbo, or Purgatory, but it is an intermediate place. You go there, and you have to “Pay up, or shut up.” And, if you really care about your loved one, you are going to “pay up.” Right? Well, that’s what they say. We’re going to find out that just isn’t true. Satan loves it!

First of all, when these people died, they went to Heaven. When John went to Heaven, He saw them there, in Heaven! The Bible refutes all false teaching about where we go when we die. Do I go to a place of Limbo? Do I go to a Purgatory? Does it exist? Let me just say this. You can’t find it. It doesn’t exist, and Jesus Christ never mentioned it, not even once, in the whole New Testament. You can’t find a Purgatory! You can’t find a Limbo,  and, you can’t find, as many teach, that you just go into the grave and lie there in a state of dormancy, or a state of unconsciousness. None of that “phony-baloney” exists. It is foreign to the Word of God. It is calling God a liar! It is once again inserting religion, and philosophy, instead of Christianity. Notice here in Psalm 49:7. This answers it once and for all.

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him” 

If you think that you are going to do anything for one of your dead relatives after they have died, you have been deceived. For what are you praying? You should have prayed for him, or her, while they were living. Did you ever witness to them about Christ? But after they die, we are going to get all touched in our heart of how much we miss this person, and we are going to pray for them. I am going to say this, your prayers go no further than the air. You cannot pray for a person after they are dead, because they are already in Heaven, or already in Hell. These prayers go nowhere, but out of your mouth and drop on the floor! The Bible says in Psalm 49:7:

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him”

Do you go to a church where the preacher says, “Hey, pay me, and I’ll pray them out of there?” I’ll tell you what, you are throwing good money after bad. You just gave it away! You’re not going to get any interest for it! You just gave it away for nothing, Friend. You’re not going to give anything to God to buy somebody out of Hell, who had a decision to make, not to go there, while they were living! There is no way you can do that! None! That is found nowhere in God’s Word.

Each one gives an account of themselves to the Lord. We do that, of course, while we are living. Yes, we give an account of our life at the Judgment Seat of Christ, but we are talking about the living now. That is why it is important for you not to listen to religion, but listen to Christ and the living Word of God.

John sees these souls under the altar in Heaven. They had died for their testimony for Jesus Christ. Here’s what God says,

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held”  (Revelation 6:9):

Verse 10 refutes another false doctrine that we have previously mentioned. It is that you go to the grave and lie there, dormant, and, at “the end,” there is going to be a resurrection, “sometime.” If your good works outweigh your bad works, then you are going to Heaven. If they don’t, you go back into dormancy, and that’s the end of your existence, Fella. Good Bye! So long! See ‘ya later! You never existed, so, hang it up!

I have to say, “You never find that in the Bible!” Notice what it says,

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?”  (Revelation 6:10)

They are talking! They are talking in Heaven. They are alive in Heaven. I don’t know how in the world you can be sleeping in the grave, and be in Heaven and you are still talking. Hell claims the soul and the spirit. Heaven claims the soul and the spirit. The grave claims the body, which is going to have a Resurrection. When you die, you are “absent from the body…present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8), and you never lay in that grave, whatsoever. These souls had trusted Christ. They had a witness for Christ. They would not sell out to the Antichrist, and, in Heaven, John heard them cry out.

We have been looking at false religions that present a counterfeit of Christianity. This chapter begins with the entrance of the Antichrist, the one who is personally indwelt by Satan.We know Satan is behind all false religions and, as we have previously noted, the Lord had said,

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:5).

How can we recognize a “false Christ?” How will you know a false Christ.?

Dr. Harry Ironsides was one of the great Bible expositors of many years ago. A man came into his office and his secretary said, “Dr. Ironsides, there’s a man outside who would like to see you. He says he is Jesus Christ.” Dr. Ironsides said, “Send him in, please.” The man came in and said, “Dr. Ironsides, I would like to introduce myself. I am Jesus Christ, the Messiah.” Dr. Ironsides said, “Let me see your hands, Sir.” He held his hands out. Dr. Ironsides asked, “Where are the nail prints?” Dr. Ironsides then asked to see the man’s feet. Well, there were no nail prints there, either. Dr. Ironsides then requested, “Let me see your side.” There should have been a tremendous wound with the sword going into the side. Of course, there was none. At this point, Dr. Ironsides ended the interview with, “Sir, you are an imposter. I have no more time for you! You are not accepting Jesus Christ. You have become your own Christ!”

You are finding in these last days, more false cults and religions are springing up than you can count. It is hard to keep up with them. Years ago, I used to keep files on every one. I would write their headquarters and get their material and compare them with the Bible. I would, then have it documented, so, whether on radio, TV, or in a sermon. I would have the written material from their headquarters, in my file, to back up what I say a cult religion says. We don’t just pull it off the top of our head.

But there are so many today, it would take someone full-time just trying to keep up with all the false cults and the false religions. I have concluded the best thing to do is just preach the Bible. God gave you a mind, and he gave you discernment. He gave you His Word, so that you can compare it to what any preacher, or any church has to say. God has given you good sense to make that decision for yourself.

In the Second Seal (Revelation 6:6), we notice there will be wars, that parallels what is spoken of in Matthew 24:6,7.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet (6).  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places” (7).

We find the Fourth Seal of Revelation parallels the same thing. In the Fifth Seal, we are talking about God’s judgment upon the Earth. Now, in the Fifth Seal, I would like for you to notice Verse 9. During this time, many Christians are going to have to die for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. These Scriptures in Verses 9, and 10, also refute the false teachings of reincarnation, and soul-sleeping held by Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and a few others. Where they get these ideas, I have no idea, whatsoever. God says…

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God…”  (1 Corinthians 3:19a).

It amazes me that men will say that we are reincarnated, or we go to the grave and we sleep. Yet, man has never been on the other side of death. You have a few whackos saying, “Well, I saw the light at the other end of the tunnel.” I don’t find anything in the Bible about “a light at the end of a tunnel.” That is a satanic delusion. You can see the light in Heaven, when you are passed from death unto life, but the “light in the tunnel” fantasy is nothing more than a satanic delusion, which gives a false peace. The only peace that you can rely on is through trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior. In Romans 5:1 it says…

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1):

If you are trying to find peace in looking for the “light at the end of the tunnel,” you are being, satanically, deceived. The only light you are going to see are the flames of Hell, when you wake up there. This is why God put the Bible here. It is to reveal the greatest deceiver this world has ever known, the Antichrist, old Satan, himself, and his demons, also known as evil spirits.

Revelation 6:9,10.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.

We are told here that many are going to die during the Tribulation Period. Notice in Verse 10.

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?” (Revelation 6:10).

It doesn’t sound to me like these are sleeping in the grave. Does it to you?

I would like for you to notice that following the False Christ (First Seal), the War (Second Seal), the Famine (Third Seal), and Death (Fourth Seal), comes the Fifth Seal, the Martyrdom. Amid the turmoil on the world scene, the ungodly will grow in hatred against Christ. Instead of deploring sin as the cause of their trouble, their anger will be kindled at those who have accepted Christ, and who will no longer cooperate with their humanistic endeavors, and their ideologies. In other words, the Christians will not go along with the “program.”

 If you didn’t know it, the “program” that the Antichrist is going to implement is the One-World Religious System. You can see that we have that today. All you have to do is open your eyes and see that ecumenicalism is the down payment, to brainwash you, in preparation for the Tribulation Period. Just lay aside your Bible doctrines. It doesn’t matter if one church says, “The preacher will get you to Heaven because he will forgive your sins.” The Bible-believing church says, “That man is full of baloney. He doesn’t know beans from apple butter. No man can forgive sins. If any mere, human, man could forgive sins, why did Jesus Christ have to die on the Cross?”

So, you are trying to get all these together who do not even believe the same thing, and what you have is a compromise of their principles, a compromise on the Bible, and an endorsement of many false religions that are just all trying to “get together now and praise God.” Let me say this. You may talk about God all you want, but if you do not accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are just shadow-boxing. You are throwing your words to the wind. Christ tells us in John 8:42…

“…If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me”  (John 8:42).

Matthew 24:8. “The Beginning of Sorrows.”

“All these are the beginning of sorrows”(Matthew 24:8).

In this verse, Jesus refers to the first four items, found in Matthew 24:4-7, as “the beginning of sorrows.” Therefore, He segregates these four from those that come later, from the Fifth Seal on. Likewise, Revelation 6 divides the first four seals from the others, by putting them in their own category of “horsemen.”

In Matthew 24:4-9, and in the Seals of Revelation, Chapter 6, the beginning of the Tribulation Period is described. Both join in declaring that an early phase of false prophets, war, famine, and death, will soon be followed by the making of Christian martyrs. That is where we are in Verses 9 and 10. All of this will take place before the “Abomination of Desolation” is perpetrated, and the persecution by the Antichrist is unleashed, in all of its fury, during the second three-and-a-half years. We will see those intensified judgments of God when we get on back in our travel through this great book.

Chart: “The Beginning of Sorrows”

Revelation 6:1-8 – The Four Horsemen Matthew 24:4-7
Seal #1 - False Prophets & Antichrist: Revelation 6:1,2.

“...behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer” (2).

Matthew 24:5,11

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many (5). “ “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (11).

Seal #2 - War: Revelation 6:3,4.

“And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword” (4).

 Matthew 24:6

 

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

Seal #3 - Famine: Revelation 6:5,6.

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (6).

Matthew 24:7

 

 “...and there shall be famines...   (Matt. 24:7b).

Seal #4 - Death and Hell: Revelation 6:7-8.

 “...behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (Rev. 6:8).

Matthew 24:7

 

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”   

Seal #5 – Tribulation Martyrs: Revelation 6:9-11.

 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:” (9).

 Matthew 24:9

 

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.”  

Revelation 6:11. There Will Be More Martyrs Later.

“And white robes were given unto every one of them, and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled” 

It may cost you your life to be a believer during this particular period of time. We find that others will die for their testimony in Revelation 12:11.

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

They were willing to die for their Savior, the Lord Jesus. Go with me now to Revelation 14:13,

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

Go with me to Revelation, Chapter 20. What a gruesome sight this is going to be! If you refuse the Mark of the Beast, from the middle of the Tribulation Period on, during the last three-and-a-half years, this is the kind of death you will have to suffer. Notice Revelation 20:4,5,

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast (Satan),neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years (4).

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection” (5).

These were beheaded for their faith. The guillotine will be reinstituted. Peter talked about the same thing. Peter said,

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you” (1 Peter 4:12):

Many of you are old enough to remember, and, if you are not old enough to remember, you can read about it in your history books. In our own generation, we have seen the wholesale death of Jews, as more than six million perished under the Nazi regime. For the most part, the world stood helplessly by, many in unbelief. It has been said that many of the Jews, even as they were being herded in the box cars and having been warned of their fate, refused to believe that such an event would occur.

In the Fourth Seal, following famine, one fourth of the population of the Earth has been destroyed.

To show you how much the world hates Christians, clear back in the spring of 1970 we saw a sudden interest in our environment. Even the college students became aware that we were polluting our Earth. Earth Day, which was instituted April 22, 1970, was set aside to discuss the issues and the possible solutions. The Environmental Handbook came out of the United Nations’ UNESCO[i] and it was prepared by “Friends of the Earth.” It was at this time, and the same convention, that U Thant[ii] praised Lenin as a great humanitarian and defender of liberty. What a joke! U Thant, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, praising Lenin as a great humanitarian and a defender of Liberty. This is the kind of leadership that we see. It is perverse to the Bible. You see the Environmental Handbook makes, among other recommendations, the following:

  1. Nations must be phased out as quickly as possible.
  2. Christianity bears a huge burden of guilt for ecological problems. (In other words, we’re going to blame the Christians for this.)
  3. Experimental living groups should construct their shelters from church windows. (In other words, destroy the churches and use their materials.)

There is already a growing animosity towards the Bible and Christians, and, in the Tribulation Period, those who refuse to accept the Mark of the Beast will be unable to buy food and will face starvation and death.

 Go back with me, again, to Revelation 6:9,10.

 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: (9):  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” (10).

Let us get a couple of other things here, doctrinally. When it comes to where you are going to go when you die, man has never been on the other side of death, and come back. God has told us what is on the other side of death. Let’s read these verses again. When you are living, you are composed of three components: body, soul, and spirit. The soul is the seat of your emotions and your appetites. The spirit is the seat of your intelligence. You have a body. When I look at you, I see the body, but I don’t see the real you. God has given you a body for the “real you” to express yourself with. When you die, the only thing that dies is the body. James 2:26 says,

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).

So, when the body dies, the spirit which is your intelligence, the real you, your being; and, your soul, the seat of your emotions and your appetites—are never separated. They are the real “you” that lives on. You are passed from death unto life, and your soul and spirit never go to the grave. The body is dead “without the spirit.” With the spirit inside, the body cannot die. So, when the body dies, the soul and spirit leave that body and they do not accompany that body into the grave, into a state of annihilation. The Bible tells us, as Paul was inspired to write by the Holy Spirit,

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

When the Lord was on the Cross, in Luke 23:43, he told the thief…

“…To day shalt thou be with me in paradise”  (Luke 23:43).

Surely the grave was not Paradise, was it? Absolutely not! So, the soul, and spirit, separated from the body. But the teaching that people would like to have you believe is that you just go to the grave. Accompanying that teaching is, if you are good, all is well. There is going to be a general resurrection, they say, and, if your good works outweigh your bad, you are OK. Here we have a works salvation, again, excluding Jesus Christ. Every damnable false religion excludes Christ.

When I meet somebody, no matter what religion they are affiliated with, when I try to talk with them about Jesus Christ and they don’t want to talk, I know they have religion, but they don’t have Christ. The Lord wants us to talk about Him, and the wonderful things He has done for us. He says here in Revelation 6:9,

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”

They died, but notice where these souls are now. John was up in Heaven and he saw them.

“And they cried with a loud voice,

They could talk and they had reasoning as they were…

“…saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?” (Revelation 6:10).

Their real essence, the soul, seat of their emotions and appetites, and, their spirit, the seat of their intelligence was very much alive in Heaven. John heard them cry out and say, “How long will it be before you avenge our blood?” In this Church Age that we live in, today, we are to pray for our enemies, but not in the Tribulation Period. Christ said in Luke 23:34, 

“…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots “  (Luke 23:34).

And when they stoned Stephen in Acts, Chapter 7,

“And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep “  (Acts 7:6)

There was a time when everybody forsook Paul. Nobody stood with him. He was like a “duck out of water.” But in 2 Timothy 4:16,17, he said, “Don’t lay this to their charge.”

“At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge (16).  Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion “ (17).

But, when the Tribulation comes, the prayer will be, “Sic ‘em, Lord, and give it to ‘em!”

Revelation 6:12. The Sixth Seal.

 “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood” (12);

God controls the weather. Read Job, Chapters 36 and 37. He controls the atmosphere around Earth, and he controls what is inside the Earth. Here He uses an earthquake, and He is going to use earthquakes, again, as the judgments are intensified. I would like for you to  notice Revelation 11:13,

“And the same hour was there a great Earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the Earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. “

The Remnant is all inclusive of the other nine-tenths, numbering 63,000. Here is another great earthquake. Go with me now to Revelation 16:18,19,

“And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the Earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great” (18). 

And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath“  (19).

These verses describe an earthquake such as has never been before. God is going to punish them for their wicked deeds, their rejection of Jesus Christ, their blasphemy against God. He will punish them for their teaching of evolutionary theories which corrupt the children, their many abortions, and the many diabolical things man does that are absolutely an attack on the Word of God.

God has also used earthquakes in the past. God brings things to pass, such as hailstones, when He slew the Assyrians, and He rained brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah. In Numbers, Chapter 16, is just such a case. This chapter describes a man who was jealous of the leadership of Moses. He had gathered quite a few men together and they rose up before Moses. Here is the conclusion of the matter in Numbers 16:32,33,

“And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods“ (32).

They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation “ (33).

God was provoked by Korah’s jealousy of the leadership of Moses. Moses was God’s appointed man and this man had told Moses, “You take too much upon yourself.” He was jealous, and he wanted to have the leadership, himself. He wanted to degrade Moses, and God had had enough of him! God just opened up the Earth and took care of the problem, as, Korah, and all of his followers were disposed of in less than a minute.

 “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

Revelation 6:13. The Stars Fall.

“And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. “

 Can you imagine such a shaking that mountains, like the Andes and the Alps, and other mountain ranges, are actually moved by the power of God. Imagine if God had reached down from Heaven to place His hand around the Earth, and shakes it out of the foundation that it is on? He shakes the Earth, and little men down here will be just like ants on this Earth, when God unleashes His mighty power, as He does in these seals. The judgments intensify as we go forward in the Book of Revelation.

Revelation 6:14. The Heavens Depart and the Mountains Move!

“And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places .“

The “heavens departing as a scroll” must refer to the atmospheric heavens, the clouds being suddenly rolled away so swiftly, that men will cry in horror as they stand, exposed, before an angry God. I don’t know if you have read the book, by Jonathan Edwards, called Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. If you have not read it, I would go to my Christian book store and get a copy of the booklet. Many say it is one of the greatest sermons that man has ever preached. The day he delivered this sermon, the congregation literally felt as though they were slipping out of their seats into Hell. He led many thousands to Jesus Christ. But this verse cannot be describing the final fiery cataclysm as found in 2 Peter 3:10-13 where it says “…the heavens shall pass away with a great noise…” The reason is because those on Earth, who see these events, remain alive after them, and many flee to nearby caves and rocks for shelter amid the celestial terrors.

Revelation 6:15-17. The Wrath of the Lamb.

“And the kings of the Earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains (15);  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (16):  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (17). 

In Verses 15 to 17, we find that modern man marks himself as the “king of his destiny,” and, day by day, claims to be more the master of nature and the elements. Here, at God’s thunder, the sinners quake. Kings and masters, as well as the lowest on the Earth, fall in abject dread at these disasters. That inner sense of guilt and sin in all humans awakened, as we shall see in Chapter Eleven. By the testimony of God’s end-time witnesses, they actually realize this.

The great day of His wrath is come.” The sinners cringe, and know that God’s anger is behind these seal calamities. Soon the Trumpet Judgments will come forth, and these will be more severe than even the seals. The wrath of God is even more plainly seen, as we continue on with Chapters Eight and Nine. Then will come the Bowls of Wrath of the Almighty God. Rebellious man desires to live without God, but God will have the last say.

After God has raptured His church, He will withdraw His restraints upon sin, and, sinful man will bring the curses of the ages upon his own head in this Tribulation Period. Lies, wars, famine, and death, are all described here, in how God is going to judge the lost.

Two more catastrophes are brought to our attention in the Sixth Seal, the judgment. First of all, as we discussed, the heavens are opened. It is hard for the human mind to fathom this occurrence. It will be a shock when it occurs. And then, Number Two, the Earth moves. Imagine living in a day when every mountain and every island is moved out of its place. It doesn’t mean that they are not going to exist any more. They are just moved by the force and the power of God. Scientists are already acknowledging the fact that the Earth’s crust moves. One encyclopedia devotes a four-page article to the drifting continents. It reports that the Earth consists of a liquid core with a radius of about 2,170 miles. It has a mantle about 1800 miles thick, and a crust. The continental crust is, on average, 20 miles thick. Their theory is that movement in the Earth’s mantle is causing the continental drifts. Scientists have recently found that Asia and Africa are splitting apart along a large fault in the center of the Red Sea.

Revelation 6:16:

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:”   

Joel spoke of this same prophecy. Go back with me now to Joel, Chapter 2, and we’ll begin in Verse 28. You must remember, the Old Testament Prophets never knew about the Church Age that you are living in today. It was never prophesied in the Old Testament. This was a mystery that was revealed unto the Apostle Paul, as we find out in Ephesians 3:1-10. We do find out that the Old Testament prophets did know about the Tribulation Period. They did know about the Birth of Christ. They did know about the Crucifixion of Christ. We find many of the Old Testament prophets, such as, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, prophesied about this same period of time, as did Matthew, Chapter 24, and, the Book of Revelation. Let’s notice here now in Joel 2:28:

“And it shall come to pass afterward, (that’s after Israel’s restoration) that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:”

Now this is what we find out that Peter talked about in Acts 2:16-21. This was that same spirit poured out on Pentecost. Pentecost was not the fulfilling of Joel’s prophecy. There were no “wonders in the heavens,” but it was that same Spirit that was poured out there, when each understood in their own language.

Notice what is says now in Joel 2:30, 31:

“And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the Earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke (30). The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come “ (31).

Joel knew about this occurrence that would take place in the Tribulation Period. We come on back and begin to see how God has dealt with the nation of  Israel, and, what He’s going to do with those today that are lost, that have never known the Lord Jesus Christ and blaspheme His Name. They only care about living for the pleasures of this world, that is all.

Let us go back to Isaiah 13:11-13:

“And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible  (11).  I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir  (12).   Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the Earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger “ ( 13).

When men cry today and say, “Oh where is the Lord?” Well, God in His grace, His kindness, and His mercy, has allowed things to go on. “Mercy” means “not giving us what we deserve.” With all that is going on in the world today, we are surely paralleling the nation of Israel, and getting ripe for the judgment of Almighty God. We ought to be praying “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.”

Folks, if you think things can continue to go on, think again. Everything that was done to destroy the Roman Empire is being done in America. Everything that you have seen in History paralleling the nation of Israel is being done in America. Do you know who you can thank? You can thank our Supreme Court. They are not to rewrite the Constitution and they seem to have the opinion that it is out of date. Our founding fathers have given us principles, and this country, for which the Bible was the foundation. In my younger days, there were morals, there were principles, and there was decency. There was respect for other people. All of that has disintegrated until it is almost every man for himself. We are living in a society where it is a survival situation.

When I was a boy, if someone would do something, you could yell at them out of your car window, or toot the horn. If you do it today, you could get yourself shot! Those that shoot you already know they are not going to die. They know that their punishment is going to be very lenient, or the first thing that will happen if they are arrested, “We must get him a psychiatrist, or psychologist, and get him examined.”

You know, it is an amazing thing, when a person commits a crime and they leave the scene, they must know it is wrong, or they wouldn’t leave. When they commit a murder, and they don’t turn themselves in, they must know that there is some punishment. If not, why wouldn’t they just go tell the police that I killed this person? If they were mentally incompetent, they would. But when they run, you have to invest in time and money to trace down the murderer, and, then, we get him to some quacko psychiatrist to examine him to see if he understands right from wrong. If he didn’t understand right from wrong, he wouldn’t have run, would he?

This is how foolish our society has gotten. Every time somebody is mixed up with the law, get a psychiatrist to him. Most of the psychiatrists need a psychiatrist, if you want the truth. In fact, the truth came out a while back.  They have more broken homes, and more troubles, than most of the common people. Law breakers do not need psychiatrists. They need punishment, and they need to know that they are going to get punishment. Here is what God says about it.

“Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil “  (Ecclesiastes 8:11).

“Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth “  (Habakkuk 1:4).

When there are one of these bombings that kill many, many, people, our president gets up and reads from a little slip of paper that, “We’re going to do everything within our power to bring these murderers to justice.” Then another year passes, and then another. Pretty soon we’re fighting over where we are going to hold the trial. If they wanted the trial held somewhere else, they should have committed the crime somewhere else, shouldn’t they? But we think more of the murderer and the protection of his rights, than we think of the rights of all those people that died. This is how twisted up we are in our minds.

Remember, Ecclesiastes said, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil [continually].” Pretty soon, months go by and the witnesses cannot remember everything. Their memories would be much fresher if you have them in court after the incident happens. The police work as hard as they can. They go into court, and the judge ties their hands in the “legality” of the law. What are you saying? God says, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil [continually].” It incites the criminals to go on and do worse crime, because they know it is a long time before they go to trial. They know witnesses sometimes can’t remember that far back. Many things can take place, and, we can find a technicality here, and a technicality there, etc.

But the time is coming, in this Tribulation Period that you may not laugh at Jesus Christ’s coming, because in 2 Peter 3:4 it says there will be mockers saying…

“…Where is the promise of his coming?...

You are either a mocker of Jesus Christ, or, Jesus Christ is your Father, if you have received Him as your Savior. In Chapter 6 of Revelation, that day is coming when people are going to meet God Almighty, face to face. That is going to be when they die. It is not a game that is played down here. It isn’t some religious performance going on to make you feel religious. The only way you are going to escape the Tribulation Period is, if you are a believer and you go at the Rapture.  And, you’re laughing at that!

You’ll wake up some morning and all these people are gone. It comes out over the radio, “We must have had an invasion from Mars,” or, “We must have had an invasion from outer space.” The Antichrist stands up and says, “I had to get rid of all these people, so we could have the Utopia we have all been waiting for.” He will justify it, and bend the situation to his advantage.

But you will be missing some of your relatives. You are going to be missing your fundamental preachers. Perhaps, even, the boss on your job. You will look for that person who witnessed to you, and said, “We’d like for you to think about trusting Christ as your Savior, so you can avoid this Day of Wrath.” Now, the day that we are speaking about, is here. This is the day that, if you reject the Lord Jesus Christ, it doesn’t matter who you are, because in Revelation 6:15 it says,

 “And the kings of the Earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;”

It won’t matter what your position is. When Jesus Christ throws these judgments out, you will not escape. Revelation 6:16 says,

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.”

Do you know why they are saying this? They are hoping that death will end it all. No one in their right mind would say, “Fall on us and kill us.” They are more frightened of spiritual death, than they are physical death. They are hoping that this damnable philosophy of Shirley McClain, and others, which says we are reincarnated, is true. They are hoping the New Age movement, which says there is no Hell, is right. Or…the new versions of the Bible, which take away the doctrinal parts but hold to the traditional parts, are true, because they have no doctrine in them when it comes to Hell. When it comes to the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, they re-word passages to take away the power and emphasis of the power of God unto salvation, which is His Death and Resurrection. If there is no Hell, and there is not going to be a Rapture and a Tribulation Period, they do not have anything to worry about. Right?

This is the movement that we are living in right here, today, that wants to divert you from the True and Living God. They want to divert you into some New Age Version of the Bible, like the Living Bible, the New International Version, the New American Standard Bible, etc. All of these are perverted Bibles, sold under the counterfeit of being a Bible. They are a money-making scheme. You say, “Oh, my mother gave it to me.” Or, “My Daddy gave it to me.” Or, worse, “My pastor gave it to me.” One of the men, who was the head of one of the new Bible version translation committees, has since renounced them, and said, “God forgive me. I have tampered with the Word of God. How shall I undo what I have done?”

So, you ought to check into some of these things to make sure you are not deceived. I will say this. They know that, when these things happen, it has to be of God. They realize this truly is the God that they are going to stand before. Maybe they have been witnessed to, or they have been in a good Bible-teaching church where the preacher has preached on Hell. He has taught them to trust that Jesus Christ paid for their sins, but they refused.

“Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels”    (Matthew 25:41):

And here they are, in this Tribulation Period. They would rather die physically, and hope that ends it all, rather than be alive in Hell for all time and eternity, suffering that kind of torment. However, that is what is going to happen. Notice in Verse 17…   

“For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:17).

We are told in 2 Corinthians 6:2…

“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Jesus Christ went to the Hell of the Cross, and paid for your sins, so you would not spend eternity in the Lake of Fire making that payment yourself. Nobody loved you like Jesus Christ. Do not put it off another day. Christ could come tonight.

I would like you to go in your Bibles to Isaiah 1:11-13. Isaiah had the same problem with the nation of Israel as God is having with America. We’ll pick it up here in Verse 11, and go on down; and, then God gives an invitation in Verse 18.

“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats” (Isaiah 1:11).

This was your Judaism with your Old Testament sacrifices, because they were doing it only for a show.

“When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? (12)  Bring no more vain (empty) oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting”  (Isaiah 1:12-13).

A very practical application. You go into a modernistic church where many of the members go out and commit adultery. They go out and steal. They go out and swear. They are crooked in their business. But they parade into church every Sunday morning. They go to their bars on Monday through Saturday and sit, sucking up their slop. That’s what I call it. They are not very happy with me when I call it that. But there are a lot of dead people in the cemeteries, and a lot of teenagers that have died from that damnable drinking. Their parents have taught them it is all right, because they have sat around soaking it up in the bars. So, their children go out to a Senior Prom and think it is all right to drink. After all, Daddy does it. Mommy does it. They go to the bar all the time. The teenagers get drunk, and they get in an accident, and some die.

If the victims of alcohol, who lie in the cemeteries today could talk, what do you think they would say about drinking that nice, little social drink? Not only that, you’ve got preachers who drink. Ask your preacher if he drinks, socially. If he does, you better run from him, because he’s a counterfeit. He’s just a social guy around town. He’s not going to tell you how to be saved, because he probably doesn’t know how to go to Heaven, himself.

But notice here in Verse 17…

“Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17).

Learn to do things honestly. And then God says this, “Don’t just go to church, and be playing games here. He says in Isaiah 1:18-20,  

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (18). If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land (19): But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it” (20).

Let us notice again back in Revelation 6:16,17. Again, they must have come to their senses when they said this.

“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (16):  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (17).

You hear some of these atheists, agnostics, evolutionists, and so-called scientists in your classrooms today, coming out openly and blatantly denouncing there is a God. However, tomorrow may be their judgment day. If Jesus Christ comes tonight and the Rapture takes place, they will be scared to death. Then you will see what these men, or women, who stood up in the classroom and propagated that stuff, are really like when they know that it is Almighty God causing these earthquakes.  Their town is shaking, and there are big cracks in the ground. People are falling in, and they close up again. Thousands of people are going down into the pit, just like it was in Numbers, Chapter 16. You are going to think, “Is this what I followed? Was I ever deceived!”

Don’t be deceived.

“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Christ could come tomorrow! I hope that, if you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you will now. You may be going to church, you may have been baptized, you may have been doing everything that seems right, but none of those things will save you. Jesus Christ died on the cross, and He paid for your sins. He gave His life to save yours and he said:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”(John 3:16)

We hope you will trust Christ today

[i] UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, is a specialised agency of the United Nations system. The organisation was created more than a half century ago, with the mission to build the defences of peace in the minds of men. Its Constitution states that: “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed”.

viii.  U Thant, was the third Secretary-General of the United Nations and served from 1961 to 1971. He was chosen to head the world body following the death of the then Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold in an air crash in September 1961.

From his first years as Secretary-General, he placed great emphasis on moving forward the UN’s development agenda, and the 1960s were termed the UN Development Decade. During this time, many new nations in Asia and Africa joined the UN, and U Thant articulated and supported their concerns for a more equitable world economic system.U Thant retired from the UN at the end of his second term in 1971. He was diagnosed with cancer in 1973 and died in New York on November 25, 1974. He was 65 years old.

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