SHAKEN > To move or sway with short, quick, irregular vibratory movements. As we continue on in verse 6:13 , we are still seeing Cosmic Differences , as the stars are falling from the sky and a reference to the fig tree loosing its leafs as it is shaken is given here .There are many referances to the Fig Tree all thoughout the Bible , here is an example >
The Parable of the Fig Tree
28 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.
COSMIC DISTURBANCES > Sixth Seal … After describing the astonishing cosmic disturbances,John said that God would punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins” and that the heavens would …
the cosmic disturbances of the Sixth Seal, where the sun and moon will turn dark and the heavenlies will be shaken
Here in verse 6:12 > Jesus is opening the Sixth Seal to reveal what is called here the cosmic disturbances , a Great Earthquake , and the sun and the moon will change color .
What is a Great Earthquake ? Has life on earth ever experienced a Great Earthquake ? My quess is No. I do not think earth as we know it has ever experienced such devastation , not ever , until now ! What will the earth look like when this Great Earthquake hits ? Food for thought !
REST>Relief or freedom, esp. from anything that wearies, troubles, or disturbs.
I love this meaning of rest , the freedom from anything that wearies , troubles or disturbs . Isn’t that comforting ? I love rest like that , no worries , no fear , just peace .
Knowing Jesus as your Lord and Savior is the only way to get that kind of peace. In the New Testament in the Book Of Matthew it is written :
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for
tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has
enough trouble of its own.
In this world we will have trouble , however Peace is mentioned
In the King James version * The word peace is mentioned 429 times
one of my favorite verses from the
Book of Philippians >
7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all
understanding, will guard your hearts and
minds through Christ Jesus.
Now what this tells me is that we are not to fear , worry , or be afraid .We are to Rest and have Peace in this life >
Getting back to verse 6:11 , we read here that the Martyrs are given clean white robes and that they are told to rest a little while longer until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren , who would be killed as they were, was ompleted .
God has a plan , He always has had a plan , that plan never changes as God never changes , neither does His plan . From reading this we are told that many will be martyred in this coming 7 year period and will join the martyrs we are reading about in this verse .
AVENGE>Avenge, revenge both imply to inflict pain or harm in return for pain or harm inflicted on oneself or those persons or causes to which one feels loyalty. Avenge is now restricted to inflicting punishment as an act of retributive justice or as a vindication of propriety: to avenge a murder by bringing the criminal to trial. Revenge implies inflicting pain or harm to retaliate for real or fancied wrongs; In the old Testament in the Holy Bible we read about the word Avenge:
God’s Wrath on His Enemies
2 God is jealous, and the LORD avenges;
The LORD avenges and is furious.
The LORD will take vengeance on His adversaries,
And He reserves wrath for His enemies;
So we know now what this word avenge means , and how the martyrs are crying out to the Lord , how long O Lord , holy and true until you judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth .
I get this to mean , those that were tortured and killed for their testimony and faith , are crying out to the One who can avenge all those throughout the ages , the only One who can avenge them . They are crying out and wondering how much longer will it be .
SLAIN: To kill by violence. The word slain is used in this verse as a description of those believers that would not give in to false religion or beliefs . Throughout the ages there have been the people of God , believers in Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God , and know Him to be their Savior and Lord . Even through much persecution , they held on , never wavering , never denying that Jesus is the King of the Universe and has saved them from eternal death .
When faced with torture and ultimately death, many sang their way to their deaths , singularly or in groups . This is the kind of believer I want to be , hope to be , pray to be . The One that will sing praises to my Savior and King , Jesus , as I go to my death .
literally millions died this way in ages past , and literally millions will die this way during this 7 year tribulation period .
You ask ” How is that possible when all the believers are gone in the Rapture ”
God is so loving that He will give many opportunities to those left behind to know Him , thus there will be the greatest Harvest (number ) of people ever saved , during this trying period of time .
Many will be martyred ( killed for the Word of God and the Testimony which they held )
PALE >Lacking intensity of color; colorless or whitish
Here in verse 6:8 we read about the 4th and final horse in the opening of the seven seals .
This is a colorless horse , pale and deadly. Its rider was named Death and Hades followed close behind him. They were given power over 1/4 of the earth to kill by sword , famine and plaque and by the wild beasts of the earth.
Well , here we see 1/4 of mankind being destroyed by this pale horse and its rider .
HARM :to do or cause harm to; injure; damage; hurt
From yesterdays verse we heard about the third horse ,a black horse, being released and in his hands he had two large scales .
Here in this verse we are told what the scales are for , and yet he that is riding this horse is told not to harm ,injure or damaged the oil or wine .
The money in this verse is called denarius , the meaning of this word is as follows :
A silver coin and monetary unit of ancient Rome, first issued in the latter part of the 3rd century b.c., that fluctuated in value and sometimes appeared as a bronze coin.
Wheat and Barley are staples in diets around the world , the food of which many are fed daily . It will be very difficult to buy these staples and many will go hungry . Oil and wine which are not food staples are not to be harmed .
In this 6th chapter Of Revelation we know that there are 4 horses , often times called the 4 horseman of the Apocalypse . The meaning of the word Apocalypse is : revelation or prophecy.
Today we are reading about the third horse, a black horse and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hands .
What is to come from this horse and he that sits on it is all about scarcity. At this time coming on earth , their will be a shortage of food worse than any thing this earth has ever seen . It will be very difficult to feed a family after this horseman is finished .
PEACE> The normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.
When this second seal is unsealed , the fiery red horse is released and it was granted to the one that sat on it to take peace from the earth , and that people should kill one another and there was given to him a great sword .
This is exactly why you do not want to be left behind ! This is only the second of 24 Judgements to come , can you imagine this scene ?
We have wars seemingly going on all the time , in many nations , people have not had peace for many years , wars go on and on and people suffer . God will cleanse the whole earth in due time , when it is time He will say ENOUGH ! It will be then that the One that is worthy , Jesus will be called forward to finish the story .
God loves us so very much He gave us His only Son so that we may be saved , it is a decision of free will for each person on earth , salvation is never forced on anyone ,. God does not want to lose one , not one , he would desire for all to be saved . We will soon read that is not is what will happen unfortunately, many will be lost in this time of trouble coming during this 7 years of tribulation . Don’t be one of those lost .