The Fourth Seal Of Revelation 6

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This Revelation Timeline Decoded Bible study focuses on the fourth seal of Revelation 6.

Revelation 6:7-8, “And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”

Here’s a short summary of the fulfillment of the 4th seal of Revelation 6, then a video will give more details, followed by a verse by verse explanation.

The Pale horse represents 1/4th of Romans dying from famine, plague, pestilence and violence, from 250-300 A.D.  The word ‘earth‘ means land, not the whole Earth.  The Roman Empire is the land/earth of prophecy.

The fourth seal is in Revelation 6:8, “I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.”

Remember that the Lord Jesus is judging the pagan Roman Empire because they killed millions of Christians.  He is avenging justice for their deaths.

The color of the horse represents the condition of the Roman people at that time, and the description of the rider represents the cause of their condition.

The pale horse represents an era of death in the Roman Empire.  Again, it’s not speaking of the whole Earth, just the Roman Earth.

“Hell” or “Hades” is better translated as the grave, as many people died.

Acts 2:27 says “For You will not leave my soul in Hades, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption,” meaning Jesus was in the grave.

Helling your potatoes‘ means a farmer was going to dig a hole and bury them in the ground.

The pale horseman rode force and the Roman Empire crumbled into the most dreadful state of disorder and chaos, where their society had almost completely broken down.

At one time  5,000 people were dying every day.

Historian Edward Gibbon recorded that one quarter (a fourth of the earth) of the population of the entire Roman Empire died of famine, plaque, pestilence, and of the violence.

So you can see the Jesus was talking about 1/4 of the Roman Empire dying, and it’s not about the end times.

Next Revelation Timeline Decoded Bible Study: Revelation 6 – 5th Seal Martyrs

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Phillip Jerrell February 9, 2016 at 6:33 pm

Thanks for the website and the many interesting articles. This was all so confusing until I learned that these prophecies have been fulfilled. The Bible now makes much more sense and my faith and confidence in God’s word has been reinforced. Please continue teaching the truth. There are many believers who are earnestly seeking an accurate and truthful interpretation of scripture.


David February 9, 2016 at 7:49 pm

Thank you for your comment Phillip! I was the same way, very confused, when I started out three years ago. Now everything make sense as it all fits together. And it has helped me to see how amazing Messiah has been in fulfilling prophecy, and in defending His Church 🙂


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