- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence. The
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Revelation 6
The vision of the opening of seven seals.
Four living creatures speak on God’s authority. And God allows four horsemen to act. “Come” was addressed successively to each of the four horsemen who accomplished God’s purpose. This vision indicates the judgement of God at the Day of the Lord.
The white horse symbolizes a conquering power that none can resist. It refers to Jesus Christ.
The red horse symbolizes bloodshed and the horseman’s sword is a symbol of war.
The black horse symbolizes famine, follow upon war. The horseman’s scale for buying and selling goods symbolizes the huge rise in cost of everyday items that comes with war.
“A quart of wheat… wine” (6) is a measurement for a person’s daily food intake. “A denarion,” was a laborer’s daily wage at John’s time in the first century. This vision refers to God’s mercy in preserving some of the essential of life.
The pale horse symbolizes the famine, pestilence and death that are result of war.
The fifth and sixth seals describe the prayer of the martyrs in heaven. They were killed like sacrificial animals on account of their faithfulness. The opening of the fifth seal is the request of the martyrs for God to hurry up and show supreme authority and justice by affirming the righteousness of those under the altar who had died, and by punishing the wicked. “How long” is a cry for divine vindication. “White robe” symbolizes salvation. “rest little longer,’ refers to the rest of the martyrs, calling for patience.
The opening of the sixth seal describes divine judgement in the Day of the Lord. The great earthquake and cosmic catastrophes represents God’s judgement through social upheaval. “the wrath of the lamb,” (16) is a contrasting image of the lamb, being innocent and defenseless. But the lamb also is described as “the lion of the tribe of Judah,” (5:5)
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.