The Book of Revelation with commentary by Dr. Henry M. Morris and paintings by Ramona Lowe
The paintings are a work in progress and the finished pieces are highlighted in red on Page 2

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The Great Day of God’s Wrath

(Revelation 6)

The Opening of the Seals

     The time of singing has finally ceased, for the hour of judgment has come.  The Lamb, whose right it is, has received the earth’s title deed and now must begin to take possession of His kingdom.  The scroll whose writing is within had been rolled and sealed with seven seals.  Before the great claim can be verified officially, the seals must be broken and the writing openly displayed.  By the same token, the invaders of earth and their human lackeys must be expelled before the Lamb’s divine ownership will ever be openly recognized.  Thus, the opening of the seals coincides with the judgments on the earth.  As each successive seal is broken, the wrath of God takes successive toll on the earth and its inhabitants.

     Thus begins a seven-year period of the most severe troubles the world will ever know.  This is “the day of the Lord,” the time when God breaks His agelong silence and speaks from heaven in mighty power.  The great judgments of this period are described in words of fire by the prophets of the Old Testament, especially Isaiah and Daniel.  It requires the Book of Revelation, however, to provide a basic topical and chronological framework which enables us to sort them all out and put them in right perspective.

   This seven-year period (see Chapter 1) is clearly also the same as Daniel’s famous “seventieth week” (Daniel 9:24-27).  With respect to the unbelieving nation of Israel, it is to be “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7).  For the unbelieving Gentiles, it is the time of “the indignation of the Lord upon all nations” (Isaiah 34:2).

    The scene as described in Revelation 6 is from the perspective of heaven, where John is waiting with the assembled saints.  The events taking place on earth are given in further detail from earth’s perspective in the parenthetical chapters (7, 10, 11, 13).  In heaven, the symbolism of four great horses and their fearsome riders is employed; on earth, the terrible judgments which they unleash are very literal and real.

Revelation 6:1.    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.

     The Lamb had received the title scroll from the right hand of Him on the throne, a ceremony which had precipitated the magnificent cosmic anthem of praise to the Redeemer.  Now that the anthem is finished, the Lamb proceeds to open the seals.  The noise of thunder, as though presaging the tremendous storms about to break on the earth, emanates from the throne, from one of the four cherubim, and then the mighty cherub speaks.

     The voice thundered: “Come!” In the King James Version, the rendering is “Come and see” and, in view of the large number of manuscripts which support this reading, this may well be the correct one.  It should also be acknowledged that “Come!” could just as well be translated “Go!”  In any case, the one who is speaking, that is, the “living one,” the cherub, is calling and sending the first mighty messenger of judgment.

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