Christ's Ministry Breaks the Seals
In Revelation 5,
Christ, as the slain Lamb is found worthy. We may see in Isaiah 61
and 62 how He blesses His people through the opening of the seals.
At the beginning of His ministry, He read part of this passage in the Synagogue
(Luke 4:16-21) lu0416ff.
You may find more parallels. Numbers in parentheses show specific correspondence
between descriptions in Revelation and in Isaiah.
in Rev. 6-8
in Isaiah 61, 62
||White horse; Rider crowned
and going out to conquer [for the kingdom of God]
||61:1a One anointed to
preach good news to the poor [poor in spirit, Matt. 5:3],
||Red horse; peace taken
from earth; killing
||1b to heal the brokenhearted,
||Black horse; scales
price for wheat, etc.
||1c to proclaim liberty
to captives [vindication in the judgment],
||Pale horse; Death and
Hades [the grave]
||1d to proclaim the opening
of the prison [victory over death and the grave].
||Souls under altar (1)
granted white robes [vindicated/accepted in judgment] and (2) promised
||61:2 Proclaim (1) the
acceptable year of the Lord (literally, "the year of acceptance of the
Lord"), and (2) the day of vengeance of God.
||(1) Earthquake and celestial
trouble; the wicked fear; (2) Trees protected; 144,000 [of Zion] sealed;
(3) great multitude praising God for salvation; (4) Robes washed in the
blood of the Lamb; (5) Serving God in His temple. (6) Led to living waters.
||(1) 61:4 Mourning ones
of Zion rebuild the old ruins; 3c they are given the oil of joy; (2) 3e
Mourners called trees of righteousness; 3a,b Consolation given them – beauty
for ashes; (3) 2c Comfort for all who mourn; (4) 10a Covered with robe
of righteousness; (5) 6 Priests of the Lord; (6) 11 Garden grows as righteousness
and praise of nations.
||(1) Silence in heaven.
(2) Censer thrown down
||62:1 (1) [After the
silence] For Zion and Jerusalem, not keep silent until righteousness shines;
11 Salvation surely coming; 12 Called a holy people. (2) In chapter 63
the Lord turns to the wicked, to punish them as one treading the grapes
Also the first four seals
echo the salvation process: justification, sanctification, vindication,