Revelation 6

John is receiving a vision to deliver to the persecuted church. Yesterday’s lesson revealed a scroll sealed with 7 seals that God was holding in His hand. We saw in chapter 5 that “The Lion from the tribe of Judah” was able to take the scroll and open its seals. Chapter 6 tells about the opening of 6 of the 7 seals.

The first 4 seals reveal coming calamities announced by “the four horsemen” – things like war, death, economic collapse, pestilence, etc.

The opening of the 5th seal reveals that the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God are crying out to God for vengeance.

The 6th seal reveals great disturbances in heaven and on earth – disturbances really too fantastic to be taken literally… “the stars of heaven fell to the earth?” If that happened literally there would be no more earth.

It is certainly easy to think this chapter is talking about our present day and the current events we are now living through, but remember the 7th seal has not yet been opened and really the book is just getting started.

Rather we might think of it as telling the 7 churches that terrible judgments are coming and God is going to punish those who have persecuted His saints.

Who was Antipas (2:13) and how might he be found in chapter 6?

The martyrs cried out, “how long?” When does God say the blood of the martyrs will be avenged?

10 thoughts on “Revelation 6

  1. I would think that Antipas received a white robe and is waiting with the others who were persecuted. Also they must wait until the full number of Christians are slain in his name. I have a quick question, I had to look up Antipas a little more, why are there a few websites that paint him as a terrible person? Just wondering!


    1. Well there was a Herod Antipas, who killed John the Baptist – a very terrible person.

      The Antipas of 2:13 was killed for his faith.

      I had to correct the reference… it’s 2:13 not 3:13….

      To the church at Pergamos – “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells”.


  2. Okay thank you, that is where I was confused was reading about the one who killed John the Baptist. I thought, this can’t be the same person, Ha! I better do a little more research next time. Thank you again!


  3. This is a hard chapter for me and reminds me of how much I miss a live class. I think the message here is that Jesus understands the horrors the saints are enduring, and assures them they will be avenged. I can imagine how discouraged the faithful may have felt at this time. I hope they were encouraged by this vision.


    1. Interesting thoughts Mary K. Thank you.

      Tomorrow’s chapter (7) contains two visions that I think are designed to bring comfort to any who might be discouraged.


  4. Antipas was Jesus’ faithful Martyr, according to Revelations 2:13. Back when we were studying Revelations ch.2., I saw that, and didn’t want to ask every single question I had, to not overwhelm you Jimmy. But, I still don’t know who this Amtipas was in the Bible, where he is mentioned elsewhere, or, why he was called a Martyr in chapter. 2. I don’t even know what a Martyr really is. Can you please help me with these things about Antipas and why he was called a Martyr?


    1. Amy, a martyr is one who is persecuted and killed for his faith like Stephen in Acts 7:54-60. Antipas was killed because he held firm to his belief in Jesus Christ. He refused to stop preaching the gospel and so was burned. He’s known in history for his faithfulness to the end.

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      1. Susan, You figured it out!! I really appreciate your reply and Bible knowledge about this !!! 😍


  5. Do you think that the opening of the 6th seal is the final judgement? if so, is this when the martyrs will be avenged by God?

    Its interesting that the scripture describes this seal as the “wrath of the Lamb.


    1. I like how some explain the structure of the book. The first 6 seals contain almost the whole story. The succeeding sections, rather than taking the action further chronologically, instead elaborate on what we just saw in the opening of the seals. I rely on LA Mott for that explanation and he describes the rest of the book like examining what we just saw through a magnifying glass. In the trumpets to come (and later the bowls) we get more details.

      Having said that, and to answer your question. I think the judgements could apply to judgement on Rome as well as the final judgment.

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