The Fourth Seal (Revelation 6:7-8)

 The Fourth Seal – Revelation 6:7-8

1 Thessalonians 5:3 (NASB) While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.

I. THE EXTENT OF HIS DEVASTATION

a. The announcement of devastation

b. The color of devastation

Mark 6:39 (NASB) And He commanded them all to sit down by groups on the green grass.

c. The name of the devastation

Numbers 16:28-30 (NASB) 28 Moses said, “By this you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these deeds; for this is not my doing. 29 “If these men die the death of all men or if they suffer the fate of all men, then the Lord has not sent me. 30 “But if the Lord brings about an entirely new thing and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that is theirs, and they descend alive into Sheol, then you will understand that these men have spurned the Lord.”

Proverbs 15:24 (NASB) The path of life leads upward for the wise That he may keep away from Sheol below.

Proverbs 15:24 (KJV) The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

Genesis 37:35 (NASB) Then all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. And he said, “Surely I will go down to Sheol in mourning for my son.” So his father wept for him.

Genesis 50:1-2 (NASB) Then Joseph fell on his father’s face, and wept over him and kissed him. 2 Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel.

Genesis 50:3 (NASB) Now forty days were required for it, for such is the period required for embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him seventy days.

Genesis 49:33 (NASB) When Jacob finished charging his sons, he drew his feet into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.

Luke 16:19-20 (NASB) “Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. 20 “And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores,

Luke 16:22-23 (NASB) “Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 “In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw* Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom.

Luke 16:22 (NASB) “Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried.

Luke 16:22-23 (NASB) “Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 “In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw* Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom.

2 Corinthians 5:8 (NASB) we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

Luke 23:43 (NASB) And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

2 Corinthians 12:4 (NASB) I was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.

Revelation 2:7 (NASB) ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.’

d. The range of the devastation

II.  THE BRUTALITY OF HIS DEVASTATION

a. The brutality of the sword

b. The brutality of famine

c. The brutality of pestilence

Revelation 6:8 (KJV) 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.

d. The brutality of the wild beast

Ezekiel 14:21-23 (NASB)  For thus says the Lord God, “How much more when I send My four severe judgments against Jerusalem: sword, famine, wild beasts and plague to cut off man and beast from it! 22 “Yet, behold, survivors will be left in it who will be brought out, both sons and daughters. Behold, they are going to come forth to you and you will see their conduct and actions; then you will be comforted for the calamity which I have brought against Jerusalem for everything which I have brought upon it. 23 “Then they will comfort you when you see their conduct and actions, for you will know that I have not done in vain whatever I did to it,” declares the Lord God.

Hebrews 2:3 how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?

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