Our reading today sets the tone for the whole book? In this chapter we see six seals being opened that represents an on going reality that these Christians needed to understand and that is political struggle, war, economic hardship and tragic death (the four horses) will continue in their future (and ours). Even persecution is going to continue as we see in the fifth seal, but there is a time of judgment that will come as we see in the sixth seal. The souls under the altar asked a question the sets forth the very purpose of this book. “They called out in a loud voice, ‘How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?’” The key to this book lies in this question! From this point forward the focus of the book will be about answering this question. Those who died at the hands of Rome want to know when the suffering will will end and when will God bring justice – now God will use this amazing figurative language to paint the drama that answers this question! For what is declared in this book over and over again is the sovereignty of God over His creation!