Watching for the 6th Seal
1. We are still in the 5th seal
The first 5 seals of Rev 6:1 - 6:9 began when Christ arose from the grave; we are still in them today.
We are still in the first 5 seals of Revelation. The 1st seal turned the Spirit loose to enable us to conquer death, while facing the testing and tribulations of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th seals; which believers have faced since the beginning of the New Covenant of Christ’s grace. We are now at the 5th seal which will be completed when the correct number of believers has been killed, martyred for loving our God.
The Holy Spirit is the rider of the white horse in the first seal. The first seal began on the day of Christ's resurrection, when Jesus first gave the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to some of His disciples. Peter announced at Pentecost 50 days later that the tribulation of the last days had begun as our Father began pouring the Holy Spirit out on all flesh. As the Spirit was poured out on all those of Israel who believed in the Father, now accepted Jesus as their Lord, and were baptized in His name.
*And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer. Rev 6:2 ESV+
*And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. Jn 20:22 NKJV+
*“ ‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; Ac 2:17 ESV+
*Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. Ac 2:33 NKJV+
Jesus tells His disciples they would soon have to face tribulation; and John refers to being a brother in the tribulation with those who follow Jesus.
*These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." Jn 16:33 NKJV+
* I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. Rev 1:9 NKJV+
The Spirit like the wind; gives the crown of life to believers, helping us through Christ's grace to conquer satan and death. The Spirit will continue to conquer satan and death for all who will accept Jesus as our Savior; accept the Spirit into our hearts.
*Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Ja 1:12 NASB+
*And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Rev 21:6-8 ESV+
The first rider wearing the crown of life is not the antichrist/beast. The NASB+ Bible differentiates between the crown of life and the diadem crown. The crown of life is a spiritual crown which can only be worn by one who is spiritually holy. The diadem crown is a worldly crown, which is worn by an earthly ruler. The antichrist rejected God; can never be holy again, can never wear the crown of life. He can only wear a diadem crown when he rules the world for a short period of time. White symbolizes holiness in Revelation; something the Holy Spirit is, and the antichrist is not.
The next 3 angelic riders; of the 2nd seal on a red horse, the 3rd seal on a black horse, and the 4th seal on a pale horse with Hades following him were given power to kill over 25% of those on earth. They can take peace from the earth, and cause death by war, people killing each other, including abortion; and cause famine, plagues, and animals to kill people. These riders have killed many since Christ arose on Resurrection Day, will continue to kill many more before they are finished; it will continue to get worse until Jesus returns.
*Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. Rev 6:4 NKJV+
*When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, "Come." I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. Rev 6:5 NASB+ Weigh food which would become too expensive for the poor
*I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth. Rev 6:8 NIV+
The 5th seal is the ultimate tribulation test many believers will have to face; whether we love our God more than our own lives, and are willing to die rather than deny our God.
*When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. Rev 6:9 NKJV+
*Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. Rev 2:10 ESV+
This seal refers to those who must die for our God before satan is defeated and cast out of Heaven. For satan is defeated by the blood of Jesus; by believers spreading the gospel, and when the correct number of believers have been killed because of their love for our Savior. There are now more believers being killed because of their faith, than in anytime of history; including those who are being beheaded in many Moslem countries.
*And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also. Rev 6:11 NASB+
*And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Rev 12:10-11 ESV+
2. Prophesies which will happen next; time unkown - Border War of Psalms 83, War of Gog
2a. Border War of Psalm 83
We believe the next main event which will take place is the war of Ps 83 (yet the war of Ps. 83 and the War of Gog might be fought together as one war). Below are some of the Arab countries which will be involved in the Ps 83 war; though now this may only refer to the territory they used to have. For many different Arab terrorists groups (like ISIS) now control parts of these countries.
Changed 6/29/17: Nations of the War of Ps 83: Probably include Palestinians, Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, other terrorist groups who control Jordan; maybe Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia,
*For they have conspired together with one mind; Against You they make a covenant: The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites; Gebal and Ammon and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria also has joined with them; Ps 83:5-8 NASB+
The Palestinians and the terrorists Iran now supports (Hamas, Hezbollah), already have the ability to send rockets into Israel. With the added weapons these terrorists will be given by Iran.
*They have said, "Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, That the name of Israel be remembered no more." Ps 83:4 NASB+
Israel will soon be in a war for their own preservation; the border war of Ps 83. A war the Israeli army will win with the help of God.
*Do to them as you did to Midian, as to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon, who were destroyed at En-dor, who became dung for the ground. Ps 83:9-10 ESV+
2b. War of Gog
We believe the sixth seal war is the War of Gog (Eze 38-39); compare the verses below.
Notice similarity in War of Gog
*This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign Lord. In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. The fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground. Eze 38:18-20 NIV+
To the 6th seal
*I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to tharth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! Rev 6:12-16 NKJV
The War of Gog also fits the within the context of the 6th seal, for it will happen before the 2 witnesses (3 1/2yrs) and the antichrist (3 1/2yrs); giving Israel the 7 years it needs to use the weapons of this war as fuel to fit within the context of Eze 39:9.
*"Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and bucklers, the bows and arrows, the javelins and spears; and they will make fires with them for seven years. Eze 39:9 NKJV+
In Revelation Babylon first refers to a symbolic city, for the real Babylon will never be a city again. This symbolic Babylon will economically and militarily rule the world, before the antichrist/beast is given power to reign over the world for 3 ½ years. For the 2nd angel proclaims Babylon is destroyed; before the 3rd angel warns of taking the antichrist's mark during his reign. The antichrist along with 10 leaders (horns) of other countries will destroy this symbolic city of Babylon; make her desolate, kill those living there, and burn up the city.
*And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, The beauty of the Chaldeans' pride, Will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It will never be inhabited, Nor will it be settled from generation to generation; Nor will the Arabian pitch tents there, Nor will the shepherds make their sheepfolds there. Isa 13:19-20 NKJV+
*A second angel followed and said, "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries." A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, Rev 14:8-9 NIV+
*"And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire. "For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled. "The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth." Rev 17:16-18 NASB+
Since in the War with Gog no nation comes to support Israel; the U.S. could merely lose the will to help Israel, or lose the power to do it. There is a possibility that Babylon could refer to New York or Washington D.C., as they presently rule over the world; and if they are destroyed the U.S. may not have the power to help Israel.
The second time Babylon is destroyed is when God pours out His wrath in the 7th cup (Rev 16-19) and here it could refer to this symbolic city or the real Babylon as it refers to destroying evil spirits who inhabit this city, not people.
*And he called out with a mighty voice, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast. Rev 18:2 ESV+
We believe the War of Gog, will be fought after Israel has been restored from the border war of Ps. 83. Yet it is possible the war of Ps. 83 and the War of Gog might be fought together as one war.
*and say, 'Thus says the Lord God, "Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal. "I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords; Eze 38:3-4 NASB+
*After many days you will be mustered. In the latter years you will go against the land that is restored from war, the land whose people were gathered from many peoples upon the mountains of Israel, which had been a continual waste. Its people were brought out from the peoples and now dwell securely, all of them. Eze 38:8 ESV+
God will bring the armies of Russia, Iran, and a coalition of other nations to plunder the wealth of Israel. The 150 billion dollars the U.S. will be releasing to Iran will enable them to purchase sophisticated weapons from Russia, making them a powerful military country. While the Russian economy will become stronger from producing and selling these weapons to Iran; enabling them likewise to become militarily powerful. When this coalition of armies comes against Israel, no other nation will help Israel in her war against this army.
Nations of the War of Gog: may include Russia, Iran, Turkey, Libya, Sudan, Afghanistan, Algeria, Ethiopia, Morocco, Pakistan, Somalia, Tunisia
*"Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, Eze 38:2 NKJV+
*Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops--the many nations with you. Eze 38:5-6 NIV+
*Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army. Eze 38:15-16 NKJV+
God will execute His judgment upon this coalition of predominantly Moslem armies, and those who follow them for the spoils of Israel. When these countries come against Israel, God will defeat their armies by Himself; with plague and bloodshed, even pouring down burning sulfur on them. So Israel, all other nations will no longer profane His name; know He is the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.
*I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord. Every man's sword will be against his brother. I will execute judgment upon him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him. Eze 38:21-22 NIV+
*So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them profane My holy name anymore. Then the nations shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel. Eze 39:7 NKJV+
Copyright 2014-2016 by Ron Borkey
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