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Revelation

I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come!” So I looked and there came a white horse. Its rider carried a bow, and he was given a crown, and as a conqueror he rode out to conquer. When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living being say, “Come!” So another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given permission to remove peace from the earth, so that people would murder one another, and he was given a large sword. When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living being say, “Come!” So I looked, and there came a black horse. Its rider had balance scales in his hand. I heard something like a voice coming from among the four living creatures: “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages; three quarts of barley also for a day’s wages. But do not damage the oil or the wine.” When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the fourth living being say, “Come!” So I looked and there came a pale horse. Its rider was called Death, and Hades followed close behind. They were given authority over a quarter of the earth, to kill people with the sword, famine, disease, and wild animals of the earth. When the Lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw beneath the altar the persons who had been murdered because of the Gospel-word of God and because of their faithful testimony. They cried out, “How long, O holy and true Master, before you judge those who live on the earth and avenge our blood?” A white robe was given to each of them, and they were told to rest a little longer until the number was complete, both of their fellow servants and of their brothers and sisters who would be killed as they had been. I watched as the Lamb opened the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake. The sun became as black as hairy sackcloth, and the full moon became blood-red. The stars of the sky fell to the earth, like a fig tree dropping unripe figs when shaken by a strong wind. The sky was split apart like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. The kings of the earth, the important people, the generals, the rich, the powerful, and everyone, slave or free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks in the mountains. They said to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of the One seated on the throne, and from the righteous anger of the Lamb, because the great day of their righteous anger has come, and who can possibly survive it?”

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