This is a new, literal translation and commentary of Revelation 6. This chapter unfolds the early part of the tribulation period, as foretold in the book of Daniel and other prophetic literature.
In order to begin this commentary we need to first describe the content of the first five chapters of Revelation. Daniel the prophet was given a vision of all the world empires to come when he was taken captive by Babylon hundreds of years before the time of Christ. The Holy Spirit showed him that Babylon would be followed by Medo-Persia, then by Alexander's Greece, and then by Rome. The Roman Empire was to be the ruling authority when the Messiah would come and destroy it. The Kingdom of God would thus triumph forever.
Everything appeared to be going according to plan. Babylon came and went, as did Medo-Persia and Greece. Rome became...