We are given a thorough description and account of the
beginning of sorrows  in the opening of the seven seals
in the book of Revelation, chapters 6:1  through chapter
8:5.  This book sealed with the seven seals represents
the written judgment of God for the last days.  The
opening of these seven seals prepare the way for the
time of tribulation, and God's judgment and recompense.
The opening of the seals upon the book is the unveiling
of those things which were sealed in the days of Daniel,  
those things which were closed up,  and hidden until the
day that was spoken of approaches.

* Rev. 6:1-2 * (Study Text)
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.

First, let's establish that the horses that go forth when
the first four seals are opened symbolize spirits that
go forth to manifest themselves in the earth. If you will  
read the sixth chapter of Zechariah  you will find that
four chariots of similar horses were sent forth upon
the earth; and the angel of the Lord declared that they
were spirits.

The white horse that goes forth when the first seal is
opened symbolizes  the Spirit of Christ  and His  
righteousness, and not the Antichrist.  How could we
recognize and speak of all the spirits that are in the    
earth in these last days,  and not recognize that the         
Spirit of Jesus Christ is in the earth today to conquer      
and to defeat the works of Satan. Christ's gospel is    
today being manifested in a greater magnitude than      
ever before on the face of the earth. Every continent,
and every nation  around the globe has the gospel
being demonstrated  in some ministerial form;  and
although the fullness of Christ's gospel is not always
brought forth, still Jesus is made known to the world.

Some people interpret the bow that the rider of the
horse holds in his hand to be a rainbow: but I do not;  
I believe it to represent a weapon,  a spiritual weapon,
used in a spiritual warfare against Satan and his realm.
Jesus,  himself,  was a spiritual bow,  or a weapon,
ordained and used by God to destroy the power of
Satan, and to bring man's deliverance. His words were,
and still are, arrows that pierce the hearts of men.

Elisha used an arrow to symbolize  God's deliverance
in 2Kings 13:17.  And in Psalm 7:12-13 the Scripture
tells us of God's bow that is made ready to be used
against the wicked; and He ordained arrows to be used
against the persecutors.  Below are  more Scriptures
that also reveal to us that the bow in the hand of the
rider on the white horse represents a spiritual weapon.

Psalm 45:3-5
Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O Most Mighty, with thy
glory and thy majesty.
And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth
and meekness and righteousness;  and thy right hand
shall teach thee terrible things.
Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's
enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.  

Psalm 64:7
But God shall shoot at them with an arrow;
suddenly shall they be wounded.
    

Zech. 9:14
And the Lord shall be seen over them,  and his arrow
shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall
blow the trumpet, and  shall go with whirlwinds of the
south.
  

The rider on the white horse,  holding the bow, is also
given a crown.  This means that glory,  honour,  and
authority are given unto him.  Surely Jesus,  and none
other, holds this position. And he that has the bow and
the crown goes forth conquering,  and to conquer. No
greater conqueror  has the world ever known,  than
Jesus Christ.  For He certainly did overcome, subdue,
and surmount every obstacle for us.  And had He not
conquered sin, Satan, and death,  where would we be
today?  The Word of God  tells us that we,  too, are
more than conquerors through Him  that loved us.    

* Rev. 6:3-4 * (Study Text)
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.

The Scripture says,  "Though your sins be as scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like
crimson,  they shall be as wool."  This red horse,  or
spirit, is also given power to take peace from the earth;
therefore it represents  a spirit of war and iniquity.  It is
through this spirit that God will judge the nations in the
end time; and this spirit even now encompasses the
whole earth.

Isa. 34:1-5
Come near,  ye nations,  to hear;  and hearken,  ye
people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the
world, and all things that come forth out of it.
For the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations,
and his fury upon all their armies:  he hath utterly
destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.
And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the
heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their
host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine,
and as a falling fig from the fig tree.  

Jer. 25:31-33
A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for
the Lord hath a controversy with the nations, and he will
plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to
the sword, saith the Lord.
Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth
from nation to nation,  and a great whirlwind shall be
raised up from the coasts of the earth. And the slain of
the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth
even unto the other end of the earth:  they shall not be
lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be as
dung upon the ground.
  

Zech. 14:13
And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult
from the Lord shall be among them;  and they shall lay
hold every one  on the hand  of his neighbor,  and his
hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbor.
   

Matt. 24:6-8
And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that
ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to
pass, but the end is not yet. 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.
  

* Rev. 6:5-6 * (Study Text)
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.

The black horse  symbolizes the spirit  of deceit and
unjust measures, or a false balance.  Wickedness upon
the earth has always far outweighed righteousness: but
never more than it shall in the latter days. The heaviness
of sin and abominations in the earth shall cause the
balances to fall in the direction of God's judgment and
wrath.

Prov. 20:10
Divers weights and divers measures, both of them
are alike abomination to the Lord.            

Prov. 20:23
Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord;
and a false balance is not good.         

Amos 8:4-6
Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to
make the poor of the land to fail, saying,
When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn?
And the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making
the ephah (measure) small, and the shekel (cost) great,
and falsifying the balances by deceit? That we may buy
the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes;
yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?     

The oil and the wine in verse six represents joy and
gladness that man has perverted abominably; especially
in the latter days. In early bible days a time of harvesting
and of treading the fruit for making oil and wine were
days of joy and of celebration;  it was a time of being
thankful to God for his bounty, and for his blessings. But
in the latter days wickedness shall run rampant, and the
inhabitants of the earth will not heed the commandments
of God:  neither will they be thankful unto Him. So in the
last days God shall cause joy and gladness to cease in
the earth.

Micah 6:10-15
Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the
house of the wicked, and the scant measure that
is abominable?
Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances,
and with the bag of deceitful weights?
For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the
inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue
is deceitful in their mouth.
Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee,
in making thee desolate because of thy sins.
Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting
down shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take
hold, but not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will
I give up to the sword.
Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread
the olives,  but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil;  and
sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine.
     

Isa. 16:10
And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful
field;  and in the vineyards  there shall be  no singing,
neither shall there be shouting:  the treaders shall tread
out no wine in their presses;  I have made their vintage
shouting to cease.
    

Isa. 24:5-11
The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof;
because they have transgressed the laws, changed the
ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth,  and they
that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants
of the earth are burned, and few men left.
The new wine mourneth,  the vine languisheth,  all the
merry hearted do sigh.
The mirth of tabrets ceaseth,  the noise of them that
rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.
They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall
be bitter to them that drink it.
The city of confusion is broken down: every house is
shut up, that no man may come in.
There is crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened,
the mirth of the land is gone.
   

Joel 1:12
The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the
pomegranate tree,  the palm tree also, and the apple
tree,  even all the trees of the field,  are withered:
because joy is withered away from the sons of men.
   

* Rev. 6:7-8 * (Study Text)
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.

This pale horse  symbolizes the  spirit of death  and of
destruction, working through war, famine, and beasts of
the earth;  and one fourth  of the population on earth
shall be destroyed. There are already thousands being
killed every year through war and violence; and unrest
of some kind can be found in almost every nation upon
the earth.  Millions have died in the past few decades:
and millions more are predicted to die from hunger in
Africa,  Ethiopia,  India,  and other nations around the
world. So we can see these four spirits, symbolized by
the four horses, are being manifested today, and their
work has already begun.

* Rev. 6:9-11 *
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 to 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 they should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

There will be a spirit of persecution at work during the
end time that will come  against the Church and the
righteous. Most Christians do not want to believe this,
that there will be a time of trial,  even for them,  in the
latter days; but how are we to be over-comers if there
are no obstacles to overcome?

Jesus told us in the seven letters to the seven churches
(Revelation chapters two through three) that the Church
must be an over-comer.  In these letters to the seven
churches we find three things revealed.  First, we see a
complete revelation of Jesus;  second, the fullness of
Christ's Church; and third, the fullness of God's judgment.
The last thing that Jesus has to say to each of the seven
churches is, "To he that over-cometh------." And in each
instance He gives a promise to the over-comer. To be
an over-comer means to defeat, conquer the oppressor,
or adversary.  Christ was an over-comer:  and he has
given us power to overcome.
1. To he that over-cometh will I give to eat of the tree of
life in the midst of the paradise of God.
2. He that over-cometh shall not be hurt of the second
death.
3. To him that over-cometh will I give to eat of the
hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and
a new name.
4. He that over-cometh, to him will I give power over
the nations.
5. He that over-cometh shall be clothed in white raiment,
and I will confess his name before my Father.
6. To him that over-cometh will I make a pillar in the
temple of my God: I will write upon him the name
of my God,  and the name of the city of my God,
New Jerusalem.
7. To him that over-cometh will I grant to sit with me in
my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down
with my Father in his throne.

John 15:20
Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant
is not greater than his Lord.
If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute
you; if they kept my saying, they will keep yours also.  

Rom. 8:35-37
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall tribulation,  or distress,  or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long;
we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him that loved us.  
            

* Rev. 6:12-17 * (Study Text)
And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and lo,
there was a great earthquake; and the sun became 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 them-
selves 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?

The events described in the opening of the sixth seal is
the written revelation of God's judgment upon the earth
at it's utmost extent. Here we see a sign of the intensity
of His retribution for the disobedience and sin of man,
and the flagrant disregard of his commandments. God
shakes not only the earth,  and the nations therein, but
also the heavens.  This great shaking begins to come
to pass during the sounding of the fourth trumpet (Rev.
8:12);  but the crucial,  and the final out-pouring of this
dispensation of God's judgment is fulfilled during the
pouring out of the seventh vial of wrath (Rev. 16:17),
after the Church has been caught away by Christ. These
signs that take place in the sun, the moon, and the stars
are recorded in many of the Scriptures in relationship to
the coming of Jesus.

Isa. 13:9-10 & 13
Behold,  the day of the Lord cometh,  cruel both with
wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and
he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof
shall not give their light;  the sun shall  be darkened in
his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light
to shine.
Therefore I will shake the heavens,  and the earth shall
remove out  of her place,  in the wrath  of the Lord of
hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.      

Joel 2:10-11
The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall
tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the
stars shall withdraw their shining:
And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army: for
his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth
his word:  for the day of the Lord  is great and very
terrible; and who can abide it?  

Matt. 24:29-31 & Mark 13:24-27
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.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a
trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from
the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

War and great trouble, and sin and rebellion encompass
the whole earth today; but these are just the fulfilling of
Bible prophecy,  and let us,  as children of God,  know
that the return of Jesus is very near. So look up, for our
redemption draws nigh.
The Beginning Of Sorrows
Chapter 3
The time of sorrows means  exactly what the word
"sorrow" means;  it means a time of  "distress and
grief."  And if you listen to the news every day you
know that around the globe the earth is in a time of
great distress and grief.
We are living in the last days, the time of the fulfilling
of the latter day prophecies in Revelation and Daniel.
End Time Prophecies
Prophecies In Daniel
And Revelation
   
End Time Revelation
The Word And Prophecy
The Word And Prophecy
Jesus Is The Light
Of The World