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The Revelation of Yeshua to Yochanan

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The First Seal: Rider on a White Horse

1I saw that the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying, as with a voice of thunder, “Come and see!” 2Then a white horse appeared, and He who sat on it had a bow. A crown was given to Him, and He came out conquering, and to conquer.[1]

Second Seal: War

3When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come!” 4Another came out, a red horse. To him who sat on it was given power to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another. There was given to him a great sword.

Third Seal: Famine

5When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come and see!” And behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a balance in his hand. 6I heard a voice in the middle of the four living creatures saying, “A choenix[6a] of wheat for a denarius,[6b] and three choenix of barley for a denarius! Don’t damage the oil and the wine!”

Fourth Seal: Death

7When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see!” 8And behold, a pale horse, and the name of he who sat on it was Death. Sheol[8] followed with him. Authority over one fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword, with famine, with death, and by the wild animals of the earth was given to him.

Fifth Seal: Martyrs

9When He opened the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been killed for the Word of God, and for the testimony of the Lamb which they had. 10They cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, Master, the Holy and True, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11A long white robe[11a] was given to each of them. They were told that they should rest yet for a while, until their fellow servants and their brothers,[11b] who would also be killed even as they were, should complete their course.

Sixth Seal: Destruction and Terror

12I saw when He opened the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake. The sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became as blood. 13The stars of the sky fell to the earth, like a fig tree dropping its unripe figs when it is shaken by a great wind. 14The sky was removed like a scroll when it is rolled up. Every mountain and island was moved out of its place. 15The kings of the earth, the princes, the commanding officers, the rich, the strong, and every slave and free person, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains. 16They told the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17for the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

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 6a. A choenix is a dry volume measure that is a little more than a liter (a little more than a quart). [RETURN]

 6a. A Roman silver coin in during the Second Temple period. It took its name from it being equal to ten “asses”, a number after 217 BCE increased to sixteen (about 3.898 grams or .1375 oz.). It was the principal silver coin of the Roman empire. From the parable of the labourers in the vineyard, it would seem that a denarius was then the ordinary pay for a day's wages. (Matt. 20:1-2) So a full day’s wages for a quart of wheat or three quarts of barley. [RETURN]

  8. Sh'ol (Hebrew lwaX) is mistranslated as “hell” in most English translations. Whereas hell is a place of eternal torment for the unrighteous, sh'ol is simply the Tanakh’s designation for the underworld, or the abode of the dead awaiting resurrection. [RETURN]

11a. A long white robe is a symbol of absolute purity and righteousness. [RETURN]

11b. The word for “brothers” here and where context allows may also be correctly translated “brothers and sisters” or “siblings.” [RETURN]

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