I looked, and there before me was a pale horse!1 Its rider was named Death, and Hades2 was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.39
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under4 the altar5 the souls of those who had been slain6 because of the word of God7 and the testimony they had maintained.
They called out in a loud voice, "How long,8 Sovereign Lord,9 holy and true,10 until you judge the inhabitants of the earth11 and avenge our blood?"1211
Then each of them was given a white robe,13 and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.1412
I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake.15 The sun turned black16 like sackcloth17 made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red,
and the stars in the sky fell to earth,18 as late figs drop from a fig tree19 when shaken by a strong wind.
The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up,20 and every mountain and island was removed from its place.2115
Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man22 hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains.2316
They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us24 and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne25 and from the wrath of the Lamb!
For the great day26 of their wrath has come, and who can stand?"27