This conjunction can also be translated "and." It covers Israel's first millennium, the third millennium.
I WATCHED AS THE LAMB OPENED ONE OF THE SEVEN SEALS,
Jesus opened the mysteries of the Old Testament at the end of Israel's second millennium, the fourth millennium.
AND I HEARD
John heard the voice of Jesus on Patmos at the beginning of Israel's third millennium, the fifth millennium.
ONE OF THE FOUR LIVING CREATURES SAY WITH A VOICE LIKE THUNDER, "COME!"
After the resurrection and rapture 7 years before the end of Israel's fourth millennium, the sixth millennium, redeemed true Israel from Israel's first millennium calls for the Jewish Antichrist, I believe, to come.
This conjunction is in the Greek text. Comment has been made.
I LOOKED, AND BEHOLD, A WHITE HORSE! AND THE ONE SEATED ON IT
As the earth is one of the figures for Israel, earthly animals are figures for Israel and Jews. The white horse is Israel and the one seated on it is, I believe, Satan. He held sway over the Jews at the end of the fourth millennium. Very few Jews came to Christ at that time.
HAD A BOW;
Until 70 A.D., I believe, Satan figuratively had a bow in the hand of Rome and used it to destroy Israel and disperse the Jews. They were cast into the "lake of fire," the Roman fire--all water figures are Gentiles--and Satan and the demons were cast into the "lake of fire," hell fire.
AND THERE WAS GIVEN TO HIM A CROWN, AND HE WENT OUT CONQUERING AND TO CONQUER.
This refers to Satan taking power and conquering in the person of the Jewish Antichrist, whom he actually possesses and raises from the dead at one point, in the last 7 years of the sixth millennium. I believe the Jewish Antichrist will seize power in one of the 10 states of the Russian Federation, the Commonwealth of Independent States, take down the leaders in 3 of those states and move against Israel (see Daniel 7:7,8,23,24). I believe that most Jews will believe that he is their messiah and it appears that he will make a "firm covenant" with Israel during the 7-year tribulation period (see Daniel 9:27).
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WHEN HE OPENED THE SECOND SEAL,
Jesus opened the mysteries of the Old Testament.
John heard Jesus on Patmos.
THE SECOND LIVING CREATURE SAYING, "COME!"
Redeemed true Israel from Israel's second millennium also calls to Satan and the Jewish Antichrist to come.
Again, this refers to Israel's first millennium.
OUT CAME ANOTHER HORSE, BRIGHT RED; AND ITS RIDER
Israel and Satan riding her at the end of the fourth millennium.
WAS ALLOWED TO TAKE PEACE FROM THE EARTH SO THAT MEN SHOULD SLAY ONE ANOTHER,
Satan and the demons were free up until 70 A.D. to take peace from the earth, a figure for Israel, and have men, a figure for Jews, kill one another. That may refer to the killing from 66-70 A.D. or it may refer to unsaved Jews killing saved Jews, i.e., Christian Jews.
AND A GREAT SWORD WAS GIVEN TO HIM.
When Satan and the demons were released from hell in 1903 or 1910 a great sword was given them. Perhaps for 2 millennia of unbelief, God allowed them to instigate 2 world wars, the second of which included the Holocaust. The twentieth century and so far the 21st has been a time of war. The last great battle of Armageddon is also included here.
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WHEN HE OPENED THE THIRD SEAL,
See comments for the first 2 seals.
This is John again on Patmos.
THE THIRD LIVING CREATURE SAYING, "COME!"
This time it is redeemed true Israel from Israel's third millennium, mostly Gentiles, that calls for Satan and the Jewish Antichrist, riding Israel.
Israel's first millennium.
I LOOKED, AND BEHOLD, A BLACK HORSE! AND ITS RIDER
Again, Satan riding Israel at the end of her second millennium.
HAD A PAIR OF SCALES IN HIS HAND. AND I HEARD WHAT SEEMED TO BE A VOICE
From 30-70 A.D., Satan figuratively had a pair of scales to take grain, a figure for Jews, to himself. The voice was Jesus' voice, which John heard on Patmos.
IN THE MIDST OF THE FOUR LIVING CREATURES, SAYING, "A QUART OF WHEAT FOR A DENARIUS, AND THREE QUARTS OF BARLEY FOR A DENARIUS, BUT DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND THE WINE!"
Jesus is the One speaking near the end of Israel's fourth millennium. In the early part of the fifth "day" (millennium) Satan's day's pay (denarius) was one "quart" of Jews and in the last 120 years of the sixth "day" his day's pay was three "quarts" of Jews. Near the end of the sixth "day," however, Jesus commands him not to harm His saved Jews, the oil and the wine. Perhaps the oil is saved Jews before the resurrection and rapture and the wine is saved Jews after the resurrection and rapture.
Israel's first millennium.
WHEN HE OPENED THE FOURTH SEAL,
Jesus opening the Old Testament to Israel at the end of Israel's second millennium.
I HEARD THE VOICE
John hearing Jesus on Patmos at the beginning of Israel's third millennium.
OF THE FOURTH LIVING CREATURE SAYING, "COME!"
Redeemed true Israel from Israel's fourth millennium, up until the resurrection and rapture, calling for Satan and the Jewish Antichrist, riding Israel, to come.
The third millennium.
I LOOKED, AND BEHOLD, A PALE HORSE! AND ITS RIDER'S
John saw Satan riding Israel at the end of the fourth millennium.
NAME WAS DEATH, AND HADES
Satan's name was Death because he killed through Rome many Jews from 66-70 A.D. Of course he caused their spiritual death too. The reference to Hades suggests that Satan and the demons were in fact bound in hell in 70 A.D.
WAS FOLLOWING WITH HIM. AND AUTHORITY WAS GIVEN TO THEM OVER A FOURTH OF THE EARTH, TO KILL WITH SWORD AND WITH FAMINE AND WITH PESTILENCE AND BY WILD BEASTS OF THE EARTH.
The demons are following with Satan after their release from hell in 1903 or 1910. Remember that earth is a figure for Israel and Jews. So I believe that a fourth of the earth refers to Israel and the Jews in their fourth millennium. Satan's and the demons' authority over them includes the Holocaust and the 2 beasts of the 7-year tribulation period, the Jewish Antichrist and the False Prophet. Perhaps the latter will be the prime minister or high priest in Israel at the time.
Israel's first millennium.
WHEN HE OPENED THE FIFTH SEAL,
At the end of Israel's second millennium, Jesus unseals the Old Testament.
I SAW UNDER THE ALTAR THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAD BEEN SLAIN FOR THE WORD OF GOD AND FOR THE WITNESS THEY HAD BORNE. AND THEY CRIED OUT WITH A LOUD VOICE, SAYING, "HOW LONG, O SOVEREIGN LORD, HOLY AND TRUE, BEFORE YOU BRING JUDGMENT AND AVENGE OUR BLOOD ON THOSE WHO DWELL ON THE EARTH?"
In Israel's third millennium, 30-1030 A.D., there were many Christian martyrs. Note that only their souls or spirits are mentioned at this time. Here earth may refer to Israel and Jews or it may refer to the whole earth.
THEN A WHITE ROBE WAS GIVEN TO EACH OF THEM AND THEY WERE TOLD TO REST A LITTLE WHILE, UNTIL THE NUMBER WAS REACHED OF THEIR FELLOW SERVANTS AND THEIR BROTHERS WHO WERE TO BE KILLED JUST AS THEY HAD BEEN.
Seven years before the end of Israel's fourth millennium, the martyrs will be given white robes. This refers to the resurrection, in which they will receive immortal bodies. Then in the last 7 years more martyrs will be made, especially saved Jews in Israel.
The third millennium.
WHEN HE OPENED THE SIXTH SEAL, I LOOKED, AND THERE WAS A GREAT EARTHQUAKE; THE SUN
The end of the fourth millennium, when Jesus opened the scriptures to Israel, especially at His resurrection, when there was a great earthquake. He was the sun of righteousness--see Malachi 4:2.
BECAME AS BLACK AS SACKCLOTH MADE OF HAIR, THE ENTIRE MOON BECAME LIKE BLOOD, AND THE STARS OF THE SKY FELL TO THE EARTH AS A FIG TREE DROPS ITS WINTER FRUIT WHEN SHAKEN BY A FIERCE WIND. THE SKY VANISHED LIKE A SCROLL BEING ROLLED UP, AND EVERY MOUNTAIN AND ISLAND WAS REMOVED FROM ITS PLACE.
In the fifth millennium, the sun Jesus was gone, so it was black as night--see John 9:4,5. I believe that the reference to sackcloth refers to the mourning of the body of Christ over their persecution and martyrdom in the early part of the fifth millennium. The lesser light, the moon, the Holy Spirit--the prophetic sense of Genesis 1:16--ruled the night, the fifth millennium. The Holy Spirit's embodiment, the Church, was turned to blood, martyrdom, in the early part of the fifth millennium. Stars, sky or heavens, earth, fig tree, winter fruit, mountain and island are all figures for Israel and Jews. That whole section refers to the wind, the Spirit of God, blowing in judgment on Israel in 66-70 A.D. She was rolled up as a scroll, closed, with God no longer speaking through her. Every Jew was moved from his or her place in the Roman dispersion, which continued through the fifth millennium.
THEN THE KINGS OF THE EARTH AND THE PRINCES AND THE GENERALS AND THE RICH AND THE POWERFUL AND EVERYONE--SLAVE AND FREE--HID THEMSELVES IN THE CAVES AND AMONG THE ROCKS OF THE MOUNTAINS. THEY SAID TO THE MOUNTAINS AND THE ROCKS, "FALL ON US AND HIDE US FROM THE FACE OF THE ONE WHO IS SEATED ON THE THRONE AND FROM THE WRATH OF THE LAMB, BECAUSE THE GREAT DAY OF THEIR WRATH HAS COME, AND WHO IS ABLE TO STAND FAST?"
At the very end of the sixth millennium, people will be hiding in caves and among the rocks of mountains in fear of the wrath of the Father and the Son.
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