Is it possible they are not chronological? This is under constant revision. What is happening at this point in time is the 144K are still being sealed. Those being beheaded in Jesus’ name (Rev 20:4-5) has been an ongoing thing. The Great Tribulation has not happened yet.
Rev 6 and 8 describe them. For clarity, I have separated them.
Revelation 6King James Version (KJV)
6 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 8 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.
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Revelation 8:1King James Version (KJV)
8 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
The timeline of Judgment Day is contained in 2 Peter 3:7-13. Verses 7-12 relate to the destruction of the current earth. Verse 13 is the new heaven and new earth and related is the Holy City coming down from heaven in Rev 21:4
The below describes the last 3 1/2 years of the 7 year tribulation:
Daniel 12King James Version (KJV) And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. 4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. 5 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river. 6 And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? 7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. 8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? 9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. 11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. 12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. 13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.
1 Thess 4:16-17 is the first resurrection. Rev 20:4-6 defines part of the dead in Christ. Rev 7:14-17 defines the survivors of the Great Tribulation who would be the “alive that meet the Lord in the clouds”
Rev 20:7-10 is the release of Satan at the end of the millennium, the consumption by fire of the deceived and his being tossed in the lake of fire.
Rev 20:12-15 is the final judgment.
Revelation 4:7King James Version (KJV) 7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
The seven seals will be analyzed from simplest to most difficult.
The seventh seal could quite possibly be fulfilled by the interval from the end of World War 1 to the start of World War 2. It also makes sense because of the tragedies forthcoming in the third through 6th seals as described in the remainder of Rev 8. Matt 24:6 describes wars and rumors of wars. Matt 24:21 is the Great Tribulation. The mathematical basis:
2 Peter 3:8King James Version (KJV)
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
1000/24 = 41.667 years or 41 years and 8 months. Half hour = 20.833 years or 20 years and 10 months. November 11, 1918 was the end of WW1. The start of WW2 was Sept 1, 1939. 20 years and 10 months would have been Sept 11, 1919 so the difference was 10 days. That is an accuracy of .14 percent.
Some believe the seventh seal is actually the final destruction of earth.
The first and second seal and the beasts can be clarified in Rev 13. In Rev 4:7 the first beast is described as likened to a lion and the second beast has been described as likened to a calf.
Daniel 7:5King James Version (KJV) 5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
The summary of the above link is the first beast is the system that has been in place for 5000 years. The second beast is two super powers that control the governments, the banking system, the music industry and quite possibly the religious leaders. The rise and fall of communism (the Bear) in eastern Europe commenced in 1918 with Lenin and its fall was 1989.
Another article found on Facebook seems to indicate the first beast is a religious deception. The Roman Catholic Church could be a distinct possibility, considering the events of the 4th century and that a number of restorationist and even “born again” seem to believe in an apostacy of the first century church of Christ.
The second seal describes the red horse as possibly being Satan wreaking anarchy on the earth. This is coincident with the mark of the beast.
Revelation 13King James Version (KJV)
13 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? 5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. 11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
The white horse described in the first seal is described as follows:
Revelation 19:11-14King James Version (KJV) 11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
The red horse most likely contains Satan. This would describe the anarchy currently happening and the events that preclude it. The Federal Reserve was established in 1913 and the United Nations 1945. The second beast describes the UN and the Federal Reserve. The world chain of events and atrocities seem to line up. The rise of communism in 1917 (and diminishing at the end of the 20th century), 6 million Jews being slaughtered in German concentration camps, the amount of riots and protests in the 1960s, the treatment of prisoners of war in Vietnam, 9/11 (which has really triggered the current situation) and what has happened since seem to confirm. Since World War II, the world has been at war in various places.
This is also coincident with the Facebook article.
The third seal:
- The only other place besides Rev 6 where the black horse is described is Zechariah 6: 2-6King James Version (KJV)2 In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses; 3 And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses. 4 Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord? 5 And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth. 6 The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south country.
- The third beast described in Rev 4:7 has the face of a man. A review of Daniel 7 would seem that the Pope is the third beast. Articles seem to indicate it is Greece. After all, the Catholic Church split into Greek Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism.
- The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The poor would be affected by famine but it would not have any effect on the rich. If one thinks about it, a group of billionaires control the world (George Soros on the far left, the Koch brothers on the right, the Rothschilds overall, Mark Zuckenberg became a billionaire because of Facebook, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and the list goes on and on).
The Facebook article may also indicate the Great Depression as part of this too.
The fourth seal:
- 1/4 of the world’s population is killed by war and famine, along with the beast. It could describe the fall of Babylon and destruction of those with the mark of the beast.Daniel 7:7King James Version (KJV) 7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
- In Rev 4:7 the fourth beast is likened to a flying eagle.
- This would be those that die in sin.
- Some theorize that Rev 6:8 could apply to World War 1 because it was fought over 1/4 of the earth’s surface.
The fifth seal is the first resurrection. That is accurately described.
If one reads Rev 19:1-2 it indicates that the the fifth seal could possibly happen before or at least at the same time as the fourth, given that the chosen are resurrected before the major calamities
Revelation 19:1-2King James Version (KJV)
19 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: 2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
Verse 1 is the Great Crowd in heaven. and verse 2 would be the fall of Babylon. Verses 3-10 describe those that rise in the first resurrection and what they are doing in heaven.
The sixth seal is the great earthquake and the start of the wrath of God. Armageddon immediately precedes it.
Revelation 16:16-18King James Version (KJV)
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. 17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. 18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
The below describes what is quite possibly the final battle at the end of the millennium. It makes sense because it is in close relation with Rev 20:7-10 where the beast and false prophets await Satan in the lake of fire.
Rev 19:11-18 describe Jesus coming down from heaven for the final battle.
Revelation 19:19-21King James Version (KJV) And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
Matthew 24:29King James Version (KJV)
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
The fourth thru sixth seals are also consistent with the Facebook article.
What is locked in is that the fifth seal is the Rapture and the sixth seal is Judgment Day and God’s wrath.
The first seal was quite possibly opened when the system of things that controls the governments of the world, the financial system, the entertainment and media industry and even religious leaders, had started.
The second seal is possibly coincident with the establishment of the Federal Reserve and United Nations. The rise and decline of world Communism started in 1917 with Lenin. USSR was recognized as a super power at the end of WW2. The Cold War was a threat through the 1950s through 1991 with the Bay of Pigs/Cuban Missile Crisis bringing the world to the brink of nuclear war. 1991 was the demise of the USSR. At this point, the Marxist-Leninist countries that remain are China, Vietnam, Laos, Cuba, North Korea. There are Communist elected officials in other countries.
The third seal appears to be the rise of the antichrist and false prophets. Also among this is famine.
The fourth seal apparently is related to World War III, the end of the Great Tribulation and the fall of Babylon.
Two possibilities exist for the 7th seal: the end of World War 1 (where the interval between it and the start of World War 2 is 10 days different than the calculated 20 years and 10 months) or the period before the final judgment.
Some proponents state the seals are in chronological order. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_seals shows different views.
One proponent states reverse order with the 7th seal being opened at the end of WW1.
For this writer, based on world events and numerous articles, the apparent order is 1-2-7-3-5-4-6. It makes mathematical and logical sense that the 7th seal would be opened at the end of WW1. Basically, since WW2, there have been numerous wars (Korean War, Vietnam War, Iran-Iraq, Desert Storm, Post 9-11 and the current conflict in Syria) along with a recent increase of natural disasters. It appears that the “hour of judgment” (41 years and 8 months) is at its tail end given that numerous religious leaders have been exposed for misdeeds since the late 1970s; in short, organized religion is being given a chance to clean up its act. The possible “one world religion” promoted by the Pope in 2015-2016, if materialized, would open the third seal given the third beast is described as a man (for that matter it could even be the President of the United States). The reason I would tend to say the fourth seal would open after the fifth also could hinge on Matt 16:18 where the gates of Hades have no power over the church Christ built; those resurrected in 1 Thess 4:16-17 would be the church of Christ and be spared the final atrocities that happen just before Judgment Day starts (the fall of Babylon, destruction of 1/4 of the earth’s population with the casualties ending up in Hades to await the final judgment). Two possibilities exist with the sixth seal: just after Christ’s second coming or the end of the millennium when the earth is destroyed (this is left open ended).