Revelation 6: Is the First Seal Opened?

First Seal

An anonymous reader made a simple request a while back: “can you figure out where we are in revelations?” I imagine that this question is on the minds of many people these days, so it is a good question to address. In this article, I will discuss where we are today in relation to the Book of Revelation by addressing whether we have seen the opening of the first seal yet.

The Book of Revelation

I believe the Book of Revelation primarily depicts events that will impact the world in the future: the opening of the seven seals, the sounding of the seven trumpets, and the pouring of the seven vials are events that take place during the end times. The reason I believe these events will take place in the future is that I do not believe the events associated with the seals, trumpets, and vials have transpired yet. For instance:

  • There has not yet been an event where every mountain and island was moved out of place (Revelation 6:14).
  • We have not yet seen famine conditions as extreme as those associated with the third seal. In fact, barley prices and wheat prices are not even close to where they will be when the third seal is opened (Revelation 6:5-6).

The Opening of the First Seal

I stated that the opening of the seven seals would transpire in the future. Let’s take a look at the first seal to verify that its opening will occur in the future. Revelation 6:1-2 describes a rider on a white horse going forth to conquer following the opening of the first seal:

“(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. (2) 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 6:1-2)

Some argue that Christ is the rider of the white horse in Revelation 6:1-2. Many of the people who believe the horseman is Christ cite Revelation 19’s description of Christ on a white horse as “proof” that the horseman of the first seal is Christ:

“(11) And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. (12) His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.” (Revelation 19:11-12)

Despite the fact that Christ and the first seal horseman ride a white horse, I do not believe the rider of the white horse in the first seal is Christ. The main reason why is that I do not believe it makes much sense contextually for Christ to be the horseman of the first seal. To see why it does not make much sense contextually for Christ to be the horseman of the first seal, first consider that the events of Revelation chapter 4 and chapter 5 transpire in Heaven:

“(1) After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. (2) And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.” (Revelation 4:1-2)

“And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.” (Revelation 5:1)

Christ is clearly in Heaven during this heavenly scene because He moves to take the book (scroll) from God:

“(6) And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. (7) And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.” (Revelation 5:6-7)

Revelation 5:7-9 tells us that Christ is the One who is worthy to open the seven seals on the scroll:

“(7) And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. (8) And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. (9) And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;” (Revelation 5:7-9)

Unsurprisingly, Christ is responsible for opening the seals. Notice the lack of a transition between the end of Revelation 5 and the start of Revelation 6 when Christ begins to open the seals:

“(10) And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. (11) And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; (12) Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. (13) And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. (14) And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.” (Revelation 5:10-14)

“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.” (Revelation 6:1)

The lack of a transition suggests that the events of Revelation 6 follow after the events of Revelation 5 chronologically. This also suggests that Christ’s location between the end of Revelation 5 and the start of Revelation 6 has not changed: He is still in Heaven when He begins to open the seals.

Revelation 6:1-2 tells us that the horseman goes “forth conquering, and to conquer” after Christ opens the first seal.

“(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. (2) 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 6:1-2)

Similarly, Revelation 6:3 tells us that Christ is responsible for opening the second seal:

“(3) And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. (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.” (Revelation 6:3-4)

Again, it does not make much sense for Christ to be the rider of the white horse in Revelation 6:2 when you consider the context. If Christ is in Heaven opening the seals how could He also be the rider of the white horse in the first seal? It’s unlikely that He is both. In addition, I don’t see any evidence in the Bible that suggests Christ will conquer at the start of the end times.

Instead, I believe the rider of the white horse following the opening of the first seal is a counterfeit Christ: the Antichrist. The Antichrist will probably be considered a peacemaker who can be entrusted to uphold a covenant with many signatories, including Israel (Daniel 9:27 and Isaiah 28:15). Given the inability for world leaders to reach a Mideast peace deal over the past several decades, the Antichrist would likely be heralded as someone who figuratively came to the rescue on a white horse to bring peace to the Middle East, especially if he brokers a deal after a period of severe Mideast turmoil.

I do not believe we have seen the arrival of the Antichrist as a major political force on the world stage nor seen the confirmation of the covenant with many yet. Therefore, I do not believe we have seen the opening of the first seal yet and thereby have not yet seen the events described in Revelation 6 transpire. We still await the opening of seven seals, the sounding of the seven trumpets, and the pouring of the seven vials.

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Alexander Sch.
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Alexander Sch.

So is the Antichrist, the devil?

Eaglet
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Eaglet

Matthew 16:23:
Jesus said to Peter, ” Get thee behind me satan!”.

Peter is not satan.

The antichrist is a human being possessed by satan.

Duane Parsons
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Duane Parsons

Midsummer 2016, as I was waking up the Lord place for numbers in my eyesight. Awake but had not open my eyes yet in my left eye 01 in my right eye 15. As always the Lord has given me three individual signs regarding this number leading up to the last one. While doing research for a vapor barrier to go underneath the floor of a room that I was planning to add on to our garage. I found the number 7 0 1 1 5 Roberts this was the product number for the material I requested. Oddly enough 7… Read more »

Steven Lynch
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Steven Lynch

I believe the first 5 seals are opened as they match with what Christ states in Matthew 24. False Christ’s and many coming in His name deceiving represents the spirit of the antichrist as seen with the first seal. Christ then says wars and rumors of wars Second horse man red, a great sword given to take peace from the earth. Recent 2 world wars but history since Christ ascended full of known world wars. Christ then says there will be famine Third horseman black holding scales representing famine Christ then talks of pestilence and death 4th horseman pale brings… Read more »

Susie Q
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Susie Q

The First Seal has been broken! Do you not see your forests burning, their groves and their high places? The White Rider goes forth shooting the arrows of the Most High G-d…

Diligent Christian
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Diligent Christian
Watchman
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Watchman

Wow, this actually looks very good. Thanks!

CONNIE
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CONNIE

Be a Berean about listening to this pastor. I have found flaws in his teachings, and his anti-Semitic ranting bothers me. I understand that the Jews have rejected Christ, but I also understand that God is going to restore them, as the millennium is for them. Just as a few examples of problems I found in the first couple of messages are the following. I disagree with his interpretation of the 1335 days. It says in Daniel 12 that from the abomination there will be 1290 days, and that is followed with “blessed is he who comes to the 1335th… Read more »

Watchman
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Watchman

Yeah, you’re right, I see that now. I noticed it last night after watching some video about Jews and the Holocaust. That bothers me too. It’s a shame; I thought he looked really good at first.

Watchman
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Watchman

Btw: I guess his teachings are a good example of what I once heard someone call “the anti-Semitism that’s on the back end of amillennialism”?

CONNIE
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CONNIE

I haven’t listened to enough of his teachings to know if he is replacement theology and amillenial, (although it wouldn’t surprise me) but he is most certainly anti-Semitic. It was disturbing to see him teach such hatred of the Jews. As far as he is concerned, they are all antichrists.

Watchman
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Watchman

Gotcha. Thanks for the initial warning, by the way!

theyenguy
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In the Spirit of Prophecy, I relate as revealed in the last book of the Bible, The Revelation of Jesus Christ, the sovereign Lord God, began establishing a new order consisting of fifteen New Things in Christ, on October 23, 2013, by releasing the First Horseman of The Apocalypse, Revelation 6:1-2, The Rider on the White Horse. The New Things of Christ are presented in the Dispensation Economics Manifest, which is based upon Ephesians 1:10, the biblical revelation that Jesus Christ is operating in dispensation, that is the household management plan of God to mature, complete and fulfill a paradigm… Read more »

Wayne
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I believe the great tribulation begins at the halfway point of the seventieth week of Daniel and that the war in heaven recorded Revelation 12 concludes near the halfway point of the seventieth week of Daniel. I think Michael is more likely engaged in fighting Satan than being the rider of the first seal.

Duane Parsons
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Duane Parsons

Wayne, here is wisdom chew it well. For those who take the mark that whole time is tribulation. For those who overcome the Beast the first half is a trial. Therefore he is a 7-year trial and tribulation upon the Earth. The devil would want to deceive you before you get started into this time frame. Remember cast out your Stone. Anything of this world no matter how small you may think it is. For that stone will cause you to sink. There are those amongst us who know and can see far beyond what is coming. And we have… Read more »

Steven O'Loughlin
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I think it is strange that nobody attributes this rider to Michael. Since Daniel clearly states that “and at that time Michael will arise… That great prince who stands up for your people and at that time there will be a time of trouble such as the world has never seen before…” So the arrival Michael starts the tribulation. I don’t think it is Christ, though. Could explain the nature of the crown since Michael is described as a prince and often a warrior too.

Wayne
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Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. I tend to see the False Prophet (what you call the “Seignior”) as being more of a religious/spiritual figure than as a banking partner.

Duane Parsons
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Duane Parsons

This Pope is the false prophet. Here’s wisdom if you are looking for the sign of the Beast. Look no further than the crest of the Royals of Great Britain. And if you’re wondering about the second beast look no further than a patch that is worn on the naval uniform of Great Britain. Do you remember who was hit in the head as a kid and the world wondered after him for 3 days. Pay attention scripture is designed to be seen by the heart. Surely you understand it used to be on the right side of Adam’s Body.… Read more »

Theyenguy
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Theyenguy

The Sovereign Lord God, Psalms 2:4-5, is operating to bring forth a New Europe, where the Sovereign, Revelation 13:5-10, and his banking partner, the Seignior, Revelation 13:11-18, will rule over a federal Europe, with fiscal rule and fiscal sovereignty coming through a fiscal union, and the ECB or the Bundesbank, empowered a federal bank.The ten toes of regional global governance presented in Daniel 2:31-33, being mired in the iron of diktat and clay of democracy, will eventually crumble, and the Sovereign and the Seignior will eventually rise to rule the world, and install a one world government, Daniel 7:7, a… Read more »

Whsanford
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Whsanford

The rider on the white horse has an antichrist spirit but he is NOT the antichrist, but he is the symbol of the Cretan Dynasty soon after John recieved the revelations, when Rome began to rise to its height and dominate the earth, the Roman earth that is, and the 4 horses and riders are the time of the rise and fall of the Pagan Roman Empire.

Wayne
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Thanks for kind your comment.

I’ve written about the Blood Moon Rapture Theory a couple of times. My main article is available here: http://bit.ly/hlAovP

Rrg777
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Rrg777

Hi my brother I am glad I can call you brother because you are one of the few that can see the Word of God clearly. I often search the internet to see who knows the truth and who don’t and you are one of them who have a good understanding of the seals. It is quite clear that the final days do not start until the first seal is open and as you clearly stated this has not happened yet. We should know that we are near the end of the age and not to get confused and say… Read more »

Watchman
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Watchman

Robert, if you still read this site, I would be curious to know how you arrived at 2011-2012 for the first seal due to (as you put it) signs in the sun and the moon in the year 2014-2015. I get the blood moon stuff but how did that lead you to 2011-2012 for the first seal? Seems like it would’ve led you to 2014-2015 for the first seal. I presently lean toward believing the first seal was opened in 2015 but could obviously be wrong about that. The other possibility I see is that Pope Franny could become an… Read more »

Robert
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Robert

Hi Watchman I visit this site regularly every Sabbath to be more precise. My assumption at the time I mentioned the first seal being opened was based on the blood moons theory which would have fit the biblical narrative perfectly if the seal was opened at that time. However, the first seal was not opened and the antichrist did not appear 3 1/2 years before the signs in the heavens so that straight away ruled out this theory to be false which was exciting while it last. I never try to fix a date until I know the first seal… Read more »

Watchman
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Watchman

Thanks, Robert, for your reply. I’m far from being convinced that the first seal wasn’t opened in September ’15 but that’s just my (very uneducated) opinion. I can’t irrefutably back that up with scripture but neither can I disprove it. At the moment, I just say the jury’s still out on that. Anyway, I’m still not clear on why you seem to believe the first seal must occur 3.5 years prior to the signs in the heavens? Is there some scripture that leads you to that conclusion? If so, would you please provide references. Thanks again. PS – I agree… Read more »

RObert
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RObert

Hi watchman I can see you have an open mind that will help you to see the truth more easily than someone that has a fixed mindset. The only person that I have come across that preaches the truth closest to the scriptures is a pastor called Steven Anderson. If you are really interested to know the truth according to scripture and not just man or woman’s opinion then check out the link below and make your own mind up as he only use scriptures to validate what he is saying. Don’t be afraid to check things out for yourself… Read more »

Robert
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Robert

Sorry Watchman it appears that link doesn’t work try this one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTh5wnIkYDw

eaglet
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eaglet

The First Seal together with the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Seal were opened from the time of Pentecost and death of Stephen and are still going on until today and will go on up to the end of the Great Tribulation. The Bow referred in the 1st Seal is the New Covenant, the Gospel, which will be preached throughout the world from that time on up to the end of the Great Tribulation. Wars, Famine, Deaths, Economic Woes, Calamities had been happening ever since then. This coincide or parallel with what Jesus said about the events that will happen… Read more »

Watchman
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Watchman

Thanks Robert.

Wayne
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Thanks for the comment!

Melinda
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Melinda

Yes I agree with you! Lovely to the point article thanks1
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Melinda