ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 474


When the Lamb broke the second seal, I heard the second living being
say, “Come!” Then another horse appeared, a red one. Its rider was given
a mighty sword and the authority to take peace from the earth. And there
was war and slaughter everywhere.
When the Lamb broke the third seal, I heard the third living being say,
“Come!” I looked up and saw a black horse, and its rider was holding a
pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice from among the four living
beings say, “A loaf of wheat bread or three loaves of barley will cost a day’s
pay. And don’t waste the olive oil and wine.”
When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the fourth living being
say, “Come!” I looked up and saw a horse whose color was pale green. Its
rider was named Death, and his companion was the Grave. These two
were given authority over one-fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword
and famine and disease and wild animals.
When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of
all who had been martyred for the word of God and for being faithful in
their testimony. They shouted to the Lord and said, “O Sovereign Lord,
holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this
world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?” Then a white
robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer
until the full number of their brothers and sisters—their fellow servants
of Jesus who were to be martyred—had joined them.
I watched as the Lamb broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake. The sun became as dark as black cloth, and the moon became as
red as blood. Then the stars of the sky fell to the earth like green figs falling
from a tree shaken by a strong wind. The sky was rolled up like a scroll, and
all of the mountains and islands were moved from their places.
Then everyone—the kings of the earth, the rulers, the generals, the
wealthy, the powerful, and every slave and free person—all hid themselves
in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. And they cried to the
mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one
who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. For the great day
of their wrath has come, and who is able to survive?”
Then I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding
back the four winds so they did not blow on the earth or the sea, or even
on any tree. And I saw another angel coming up from the east, carrying
the seal of the living God. And he shouted to those four angels, who had
been given power to harm land and sea, “Wait! Don’t harm the land or
the sea or the trees until we have placed the seal of God on the foreheads
of his servants.”

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