Jesus Removes Six Scroll Seals
(1) Then I saw the Lamb open the first seal from the scroll, and afterward I heard one of the four living creatures shout in a thunderous voice, “Come! Ride!” (2) I looked and saw before me a white horse! Its rider held a bow. He was given a victor’s crown (wreath), and rode out as a conqueror to conquer.
(3) When the Lamb opened the second seal of the scroll, I heard the second living creature shout, “Come! Ride!” (4) Then I saw a bright red horse! Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth, so that people would kill one another. He was given a large sword.
(5) When the Lamb opened the third seal of the scroll, I heard the third living creature shout, “Come! Ride!” I looked and saw a black horse! Its rider held a balance scale in his hand. (6) Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures say, “A quart of wheat for a day’s pay, and three quarts of barley for a day’s pay. But do not damage the oil and the wine.”
(7) When the Lamb opened the fourth seal of the scroll, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature shout, “Come! Ride!” (8) I looked and saw a pale green horse! Its rider had the name Death, and Hades (the realm of the dead) followed close behind him. They were given authority over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine, plague (disease), and by wild animals of the earth.
(9) When the Lamb opened the fifth seal of the scroll, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain (martyred) for their faithful witness to the word of God. (10) They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, before you judge the people living on the earth and avenge our deaths?” (11) Then each of them was given a white robe to wear. They were told to wait (rest) a little longer, until the complete number of their fellow servants—their brothers and sisters—were killed (martyred) just as they had been.
(12) When the Lamb opened the sixth seal of the scroll, there was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like a goat-hair mourning cloth, and the moon turned as red as blood. (13) The stars fell to the earth like figs drop from a fig tree when it is shaken by a strong wind. (14) The sky vanished like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved from its place.
(15) Then the kings of the earth and the princes and generals and the rich and the mighty, and everyone—slave and free—hid themselves in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. (16) And they called out to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us! Hide us from the presence of the one who sits on the throne and from the holy wrath of the Lamb! (17) For the great day of their judgment has come and who can stand before God?”