What are the Seven Seals?

Updated: 12/6/2023

The Seven Seals


The only one worthy to open the Seven Seals is the one who conquered death and rose again. This is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, or better known as Jesus Christ.

The first four seals are known as the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse.

1st Seal – English Standard Version, Rev. 6.1-2:

1 Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals,

and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a

voice like thunder, “Come!”

2 And I looked, and behold, a

white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given

to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.

2nd Seal – English Standard Version, Rev. 6:3-4:

3 When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!”

4 And out came another horse,

bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Third Seal – English Standard Version, Rev. 6:5-6:

5 When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say,

“Come!” And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair

of scales in his hand.

6 And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst

of the four living creatures, saying, “A quart[a] of wheat for a denarius,[b]

and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!”

Fourth Seal – English Standard Version, Rev. 6.7-8:

7 When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!”

8 And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him.

And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.

Fifth Seal – English Standard Version, Rev. 6.9-11:

9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne.

10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers[a] should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

Sixth Seal – English Standard Version, Rev. 6.12-16:

12 When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood,

13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale.

14 The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

15 Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave[a] and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains,

16 calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb,

Seventh Seal – English Standard Version, Rev. 8.1-5:

1 When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

2 Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.

3 And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne,

4 and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.

5 Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings,[a] flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.

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