The Seals are broken!
Scripture reading for December 8th: Revelation 6
God’s ultimate plan to call a people from among the nations as an inheritance for His Son would come to pass as the Son took the scroll and unsealed it.
“I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.” (Revelation 6:1-2) As John watched the Lamb open the seals, the four living creatures called out the command “Come!” and horses appeared with riders. Each horse was a different color with riders who brought God’s judgments on the earth. The white horse spoke of conquest, the fiery red horse took peace from the earth and men began to slay each other. The black horse was sent to bring famine to the crops affecting the bread supply. The final horse was a pale horse with a rider named “Death” and “Hades followed close behind him.” (Revelation 6:8) He was given power over one fourth of the earth!
The fifth seal brought John a vision of souls under the altar near the throne. The souls of men slain for their testimony of Jesus were there crying out, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” They were told they must wait until all martyrs were received. (Revelation 6:10) The sixth seal brought a great earthquake that shook the heavens and the earth, causing men to call for the rocks to hide them “from the face of Him who sits on the throne and the wrath of the Lamb”. God’s judgments brought no repentance! (Revelation 6:16) In contrast, those sealed in Christ Jesus long to see His face!