Revelation Chapter 6 - Unveiling the Seals: The Beginning of the Tribulation Period

David Parham

3/16/20241 min read

an open book sitting on top of a white table
an open book sitting on top of a white table

Introduction: We continue in our study of the book of the Revelation this week as we begin with Christ opening the first seal. In chapter 6, John describes the opening of six of the seven seals of the book taken by the Lamb from He who sat upon the throne. The first four seals reveal four horsemen. The fifth seal reveals more details about heaven, at least at that time. The sixth reveals the apocalyptic judgment coming directly from God. Clearly implied is the judgment on the earth. There seems little question that the time is the beginning of the Tribulation.

I. Christ Opens First Seal

(Rev 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.

As John observed the proceedings in heaven, he witnessed the Lamb open the first seal on the book. At the same time, John heard one the four beasts before the throne say, “Come and see.” John commented that the voice of this creature was “as it were the noise of thunder.”

Implied is the authoritative nature of the beast along with great power. It is evident that God created these beasts for the purpose of administration along with praising God and inciting the praise of the 24 elders. This command is not to John but to the rider of the white horse. Judgment upon the earth is about to begin. God is in control. He always has been and always will be. All of God's creatures perform His will whether they realize it or not.