Seal number 1. "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."
Prior to World War I there was so much conflict with all the nations and religions of the world that people knew a great war was imminent. Much of the conflict was over control and lands and the desire to have them.(Revelation 6:2)

The events of July and early August 1914 are a classic case of "one thing led to another" - otherwise known as the treaty alliance system. The explosive that was World War I had been long in the stockpiling; the spark was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. Ferdinand's death at the hands of the Black Hand, a Serbian nationalist secret society, set in train a series of events that culminated in the world's first global war

Seal number 2.  "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).
This seal speaks of taking peace from the earth. Once World War I began in 1914, peace was taken from the earth on a global scale. This war was initially called the Great War, but later, after World War II began, the Great War was renamed World War I.

Seal number 3. was opened when inflation affected the world globally. The description of the 3rd seal is a pair of balances, but the weight is unequal in that the cost of food outweighs the daily wage, which is what the penny represents in Greek text, a denarius.

"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).

Between the two world wars, around the 1920's, inflation soared and people suffered when they could not make enough money to pay for the cost of living. This seal continues to affect the world, as do seals 1 and 2.

Seal number 4.  "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).

The killing of the fourth part of the earth by sword, hunger, and death by the beasts of the earth is the death of people due to the governments of the world. The governments are called beasts in many of the scriptures; see the study on The Beast. Since World War II, there have been more wars, famine and diseases world-wide. The governments, which are supposed to take care of the people, are the cause of many of these events from seal 4.

Seal number 5.  "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? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow-servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled." (Revelation 6:9-11)

White robes were given to them, these garments representing their spiritual bodies.

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