By Abraham Israel
When the seals are opened by the lamb, we see the starting point of the cataclysmic events of the end time starting to happen (Rev 6:1). Jesus referred these events as the preceding sign that the end time is about to start (Matt 24:3-14). These end time sign of His coming to take the church away will culminate at the point when anti-christ seats himself as God in the temple at Jerusalem. That is when the rapture of the believers will take place (Matt 24:15). The horses of various colors that we see are angelic beings that are released upon the earth as a sign of His coming and the succeeding judgment that is going to come upon the world for its wickedness. These angelic beings are demonic power and principalities that have been bound for the ages past, so that the world [world system of governance] could continue to exist until the appointed time for its release (Jude 6-8; 2 Peter 2:4-10). These wicked beings work under the sovereignty of God by acting as intermediaries in the world government of this age, just like satan who works under His authority (Zech 1:7-11; 6:1-8; Job1:7; 2:1-2; 1 Sam 18:10; 19:9). These can act, only when God gives them the power to do a thing of fulfill it. When power is granted to them, they will work in rebellion against God by acting independently, acting with its own wicked heart under the influence of satan who desire is to steal , kill and destroy the humanity which God loves dearly (Rev 6:4; Matt 6:10). That is the reason, we as His children pray that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. In other words we are praying to God saying, ‘Let all these evil rebellious intermediaries that does wickedness be removed soon by Your kingdom power acting through us [i.e. Your children’s ] as priestly intermediaries and kings.’ (Matt 6:13; Rev 1:5, 6; Jer 10:10-12). First we intercede against these forces of wickedness which controls the activities of the earth from heavenly places to be made powerless, by God showing His favour by releasing His Spirit’s kingdom power upon us, then when the power is once released, we act as kings under the instruction of the king of kings [i.e. Jesus Christ] to destroy these spirits of wickedness by acting against them in the natural realm by demonstrating or using kingdom power against them (Luke 11:5-26; Eph 6:10-12,18-20; 2 Cor 10:3-6; Acts 10:38; 1 John 3:8). This is the reason the Bible calls every believer as kings and priests, In other words Kingly-Priests.
This is why we see two categories of people when Jesus comes back to the earth to rule the earth for a thousand years. The Bible says in Rev 19:14, “And the armies of heaven, clothed in fine [white] linen [bride of Christ], white and clean [all the martyrs up to the point of time from all ages past], followed Him on white horses.” These martyr’s at the moment they step out of Heaven to come with Jesus Christ, they will be resurrected with a glorious new body in the first resurrection, for them this is the first resurrection and not the rapture which has already happened. His elect are those who have been martyred (Matt24:22), particularly during the great tribulation (Rev 20:4-6; Matt 24:29-31; 1 Cor 15:50-58; Rev 10:7; 11:15-19). The martyr’s resurrection will be a better resurrection because they will become priest of God in His temple forever (Heb 11:35; Rev 20:6; Matt 27:52-54). These martyrs’s will be with Jesus Christ as priests in the heavenly temple and the new temple which will be built by the Messiah and it will be unique privilege given only to the martyr’s (Ps 102:16). And Jesus Himself will personally shepherd them (Rev 7:15-17; Ezek 34:23-24; Heb 8:1-2; 9:11-12; Rev 20:4-6). Jesus is the High Priest of the heavenly temple and also of the temple which will be built in the millennium by Him. The martyr’s will be ministering as priests along with Him (Acts 15:16-17; Amos 9:11-12; Ezekiel 40:1-2,4,5; 43:4-7,12; 44:1-3; 48:35). Prayer will be made continually for Him and daily He shall be praised by these priests (Ps 72:15).
When Jesus [the lamb (John 1:29)] opened the sixth seal there was a great earth quake and the sun became black as sack cloth of hair and the moon became like blood and the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. This is the exact time the bible describes as the days succeeding or after the great tribulation (Rev 6:12-17; Matt 24:29-31). Even up to these time people will be saved, even by calling on the name of Jesus (Acts 2:16-21). During this period of time, immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sign of the son of man will appear in heaven [wonders in heaven above (Acts 2:19)] (Matt 24:29-30). People who wanted to see Him appear and have waited for Him will mourn over all the earth to Him, to bring deliverance to them from the evil rule of satan and from all the cataclysmic events that will happen as an indication of His coming (Matt 24:30; Zech 12:10, 11; Rev 6:12-14; Isaiah 24:1, 5-6, 18-23). This is the day of His judgment when many of the erring angels who have acted against Him will be thrown in to prison along with satan their captain for a thousand years and those of them that have not exalted themselves against God like its companions will be left, which is also the reason for disobedience of His word in rebellion during the millennium by some nations and people, over which He will use a rod of iron to rule over them (Isaiah 24:21-22; 65:20; Rev 12:5; Ps 2:9). Those people who are still with a rebellious heart, along with the anti-christ and false prophet will gather all the nations to make war against Jesus Christ, openly declaring it and will come towards Jerusalem to destroy it completely because it is the city of God and the Messiah.