what is there, I think we may come to some different conclusions.
First off, it is "Come". It is a command to come forth. After the
command is given each time, a colored horse with a rider rides
forth. The simple application is that each of the four living
creatures has a role to play in summoning each of the four horsemen
to ride forth.
But, the scroll is in the hands of the Lamb. The opening of the
seals does not initiate the riding forth of the horsemen. The seal
is opened, the living creature says, "Come", and the horseman rides
forth. All seven seals are on the outside of the scroll, meaning
that the scroll cannot be opened until all seven seals have been
broken by the Lamb. The opening of the first seal does not allow
the rider on the white horse to go riding out of the scroll. The
rider goes forth, but not from the scroll. The rider goes forth
from the summoning command of the living creature.
As each seal is broken, we get closer to the time of the opening of
the scroll, but not one part of the scroll is opened until the
opening of the seventh seal. All seven seals are on the outside
since John could see all seven seals before any were broken.
As each seal is broken, we move closer to the day of His wrath, that
is, the day of the LORD. We see signs of the antichrist in the
seals showing that we are getting very close to the revelation of
the LORD Jesus Christ. Antichrist (and antichrists) here on the
earth is a sign that it is the last time, I John 2:18. As each seal
is broken and we move through the great tribulation, we know that we
are getting closer and closer to the opening of the scroll and the
revelation of the LORD Jesus Christ.
And just to throw in a bonus, my view of the seals is that they all
occur in the last half of Daniel’s seventieth week. The antichrist
begins to conquer at the midpoint (seal #1), the false peace is
taken from the earth (seal #2), there is an imposition of food
restrictions (seal #3), he puts one fourth of the earth’s population
to death (seal #4), we are officially in the time of the great
tribulation (seal #5).
Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13
-The Orange Mailman
The KJV reads differently because it uses a different Greek textual
stream. Most all modern versions use a textual stream that can be
traced back to Alexandria, Egypt. The KJV uses the Textus
Recepetus. I have both. The Alexandrian stream reads, "erchou"
(come). The Textus Receptus reads, "erchou kai blepo" (come and see).
I trust the Textus Receptus underlying the KJV more than the
Alexandrian based texts.
> First off, it is "Come". It is a command to come forth. After the
> command is given each time, a colored horse with a rider rides
> forth. The simple application is that each of the four living
> creatures has a role to play in summoning each of the four horsemen
> to ride forth.<<
But if it is "come and see," that is addressing John to observe the
vision. Rev. 6:1-2 reads, ". . . come and see. And I saw, and
behold a white horse. . . ." If the KJV is correct you can’t claim
it is a command for the rider to come, "come and see" relates to "I
saw." which is referencing John’s visual observation.
The Alexandrian based stream used by the Nestle-Aland text tends to
be greatly abbrievated in comparison to the Textus Receptus. Modern
versions use the Nestle-Aland Greek, which in recent editions has had
to make numerous changes agreeing with the Textus Receptus as new
information comes to light.
> But, the scroll is in the hands of the Lamb. The opening of the
> seals does not initiate the riding forth of the horsemen. The seal
> is opened, the living creature says, "Come", and the horseman rides
Again, I see it as speaking to John to come and see, then he receives
a vision. I don’t think the living creature commands the rider to
ride. Giving a command would mean this heavenly being is the source
causing the the actions of the rider. I tend to see Jesus revealing
what is going to happen when he opens the seals, not that he is the
author behind it.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ means Jesus is revealing what will
happen. Opening seals is his revealing events done by men and evil
spirits. That is especially true for the fifth seal which only
mentions the martyrdom of the saints. So, opening seals is revealing,
not causing these things, unless you’re going to say Jesus caused the