Matthew 24 is in perfect harmony with Revelation 6
“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Matthew 24:3 (KJV)
The book of Revelation is one of the most awe-inspiring books in all the Bible, and it tells of things that “must shortly come to pass”. It talks about the Church age, the Rapture of the Church, the opening of the “sealed book” of prophecy, and in chapter 6 we see the start of the time of Jacob’s trouble. The Great Tribulation.
On our weekly Bible study radio show that we do for two hours every Sunday evening from 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EST, we looked in depth at chapter 6. Well, I studied for tonight’s show as I do with all the shows, but tonight was different because He gave me what I call a “live revelation” into what we were studying. That is to say that He led me to teach something that even I was learning for the first time. Isn’t the Holy Spirit amazing when He does stuff like that? Because what He showed me was not in my notes, nor in my memory banks. I had never stopped to connect them before, and in fact have never read any commentary on what I am about to show you. There is an astounding connection between what Jesus is teaching in Matthew 24 about the time of the Tribulation, and with what John sees in Revelation 6 about the same period of time.
Seal #1: The start of the time of Jacob’s trouble reveals the false messiah – Antichrist!
In Revelation 6, we see the start of the Tribulation which opens with the appearance of the Antichrist:
“And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” Revelation 6:1,2 (KJV)
Now look what Jesus says is the first thing to happen in Matthew 24:
“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Matthew 24:3-5 (KJV)
Wow, check that out, perfect harmony.
Seal #2: Wars and Rumors of War!
“And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.” Revelation 6:3,4 (KJV)
Just coincidentally, that’s also what Matthew says happens next:
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Matthew 24:6 (KJV)
Seal #3: Famine and starvation
“And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.” Revelation 6:5,6 (KJV)
And that’s what Matthew says happens next as well:
“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Matthew 24:7,8 (KJV)
Seal #4: Death for the Name of Jesus
“And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. 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.” Revelation 6:7,8 (KJV)
Look what Jesus says next in Matthew:
“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” Matthew 24:9 (KJV)
Seal# 5: The souls under the altar
“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” Revelation 6:9,10 (KJV)
Matthew stays right even with Revelation:
“And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Matthew 24:10-13 (KJV)
Seal #6: Earthquakes and other natural disasters
“And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” Revelation 6:12-17 (KJV)
What does Matthew say about that?
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” Matthew 24:29,30 (KJV)
All the years that I have been reading and studying Matthew 24 and Revelation, and not until the Holy Spirit showed me tonight, did I ever connect that Matthew 24 contains all 6 Seals from Revelation chapter 6. And has them in the order they happen in Revelation. Amazing. This is also further proof of the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church because Paul, writing long after Matthew, introduced the doctrine of the Church Rapture as a “mystery” previously unknown. That means that Matthew could not have been talking about the Rapture of the Church. He didn’t know anything about it.
Understanding that Matthew 24 is actually giving us the first 6 Seal Judgements from Revelation 6 is a huge clue in helping to put events within a timeframe. Another piece of the puzzle now in place. Keep looking up, brethren, the Rapture is right around the corner!
“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7 (KJV)