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Revelation 22

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1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst Come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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Arcana Coelestia 9481

Apocalypse Revealed 36, 348, 473, 626, 932, 933, 934, ...

A Brief Exposition of New Church Doctrine 71

Divine Providence 263

Doctrine of the Lord 61


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 109, 411, 885, 1530, 2336, 2702, 2851, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 0, 1, 13, 43, 50, 151, 173, ...

A Brief Exposition of New Church Doctrine 98, 101

Conjugial Love 81, 135

Divine Providence 128, 134, 264

Doctrine of the Lord 36, 51

The Doctrine of the New Jerusalem Regarding the Sacred Scripture 2, 13, 87, 98

Doctrine of Life 2, 105

Heaven and Hell 471

The Last Judgement 41

True Christian Religion 19, 48, 59, 102, 190, 252, 261, ...


References from Swedenborg's drafts, indexes & diaries:

Apocalypse Explained 62, 71, 72, 98, 109, 110, 148, ...

On the Athanasian Creed 112

Canons of the New Church 5

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 5, 7

Divine Wisdom 8

An Invitation to the New Church 1

Marriage 19, 48, 59, 102

Scriptural Confirmations 2, 4, 5, 11, 32

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Bible Word Meanings

River of water of life
The river of water of life,' as in Revelation 22:1, signifies the divine truths in abundance now revealed by the Lord in the Apocalypse.

Water of life
'Water of life' signifies divine truths from the Lord through the Word.

life
According to Swedenborg, the Lord is life itself, and we are recipients of life. This is true even of the most evil spirits, who loved...

side
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.

Tree of life
'The tree of life,' as in Revelation 2:7, signifies the essential celestial, and in the highest sense, the Lord Himself, because everything celestial is from...

twelve
'Twelve' and 'twenty-four' signify everything, and refer to truths.

leaves
'Leaves' symbolize rational truths because a tree symbolizes a person, and every part of the tree symbolizes accordant elements in the person.

healing
'Healing' signifies reformation by truth derived by good. 'Healing in his wings,' as mentioned in Malachi 3:20, signifies reformation by divine truth from good.

serve
Generally speaking, those who are at lower levels of an organization serve those at higher levels. Bosses boss and their employees serve; coaches devise strategy...

see
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...

foreheads
The forehead corresponds to heavenly love. The forehead signifies love both good and evil: because the face is the inmost of man's affections and the...

candle
(Luke 15:8.) By the woman lighting a candle to find the piece of silver she had lost, is signified inquisition in herself from affection.

light
(Luke 15:8.) By the woman lighting a candle to find the piece of silver she had lost, is signified inquisition in herself from affection.

ever
“Age” is used in slightly different ways in natural language, and those differences are reflected in the word’s spiritual meanings. All the variations, though, reflect...

said
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

sayings
'Sayings' denotes persuasion. 'Sayings,' when related to Jehovah, signify informing or instructing.

angel
"Angels" in the Bible represent qualities of the Lord himself, or a variety of things that come directly from the Lord. On a lower level...

shew
'Shew' signifies instruction to the life.

Shortly
In Revelation 1:1, 'things which must shortly come to pass' signify things that will certainly be, so that the church will not perish. In the...

come
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.

quickly
'Quickly' signifies certain and full, because 'time' signifies state and so 'quickly' and 'speedily' mean a current state of affection and thought, or what is...

john
'John the apostle' signifies those who are in the good of life from charity and its faith. 'John,' as in Revelation 1:4, signifies the Lord...

saw
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...

heard
Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...

seen
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...

worship
To adore, in the Word, signifies to acknowledge and believe.

Feet of the angel
The feet of the angel, as in Revelation 10:1, signify the natural or literal sense of the Word.

saith
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

righteous
He is said to be 'just' in a spiritual sense, who lives according to divine laws. They on the right hand being called 'just,' as...

reward
A "reward" in the Bible represents something that brings people together, or brings spiritual states together, and binds them. It's easy to see this in...

the first
'Resurrection' signifies salvation and eternal life. 'The first,' mentioned in Revelation 20:5, 6, does not mean a first resurrection, but the essence and primary part...

To
'To jubilate' or 'make a joyful noise' signifies worship from the delight of good.

enter
All changes of place in the Bible represent changes in spiritual state. “Entering” – usually used as entering someone’s house or “going in unto” someone...

city
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.

idolaters
'Idolaters' signify those who establish worship or are in worship not from the Word, and consequently not from the Lord, but from self-derived intelligence. This...

star
'Stars' signify the knowledge of truth and good. 'Stars' are frequently mentioned in the Word, and always signify goods and truths, but in an opposite...

spirit
'The seven spirits' in Matthew 12:45 signify all falsities of evil, and as a result, a total extinction of goodness and truth. 'The seven spirits'...

bride
'A bride' means the church in respect to Divine truth from the Lord.

say
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

plagues
'Plagues' signify evils of love, and falsities of faith. 'The plagues of Egypt' signify the falsities and lust which cause the church to perish. In...

written
If knowing what’s right were the same as doing what’s right, we would all be thin, healthy, hard-working, law-abiding, faithful to our spouses and free...

Amen
Amen signifies divine confirmation from truth, consequently from the Lord himself.Amen signifies truth, because the Lord was truth itself, therefore he so often said Amen...

grace
The Lord’s essence and substance is love: pure, perfect and infinite. That love is formed through His pure, perfect, infinite wisdom and flows to us...

jesus christ
It is relatively well known that "Jesus" means "Savior" and "Christ" means "the anointed," but there are spiritual meanings that extend well beyond these natural...

christ
Christ is one of the names of the Lord. It derives from Greek, and means "the anointed one," a King or Messiah. Christ as King...

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Arcana Coelestia #9481

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9481. 'In accordance with all that I show you, the pattern of the dwelling-place' means a representative of heaven where the Lord is. This is clear from the meaning of 'the pattern of the dwelling-place' as a representative of heaven; for 'the pattern' means a representative, and 'the dwelling-place' means heaven. The reason why 'the pattern' means a representative is that Divine realities in heaven are also manifested in visible shapes, which are representatives. For the meaning of 'the dwelling-place' as heaven where the Lord is, see 8269, 8309. What the representatives that appear in heaven are like is clear in the prophets, for example in John's Book of Revelation, in which he describes lampstands, Chapter 1:12ff; a throne with twenty-four thrones around it, and four living creatures before the throne, Chapter 4:2ff; a book sealed with seven seals, Chapter 5; horses going out when the seals were opened, Chapter 6; angels who are clothed in various ways and have bowls, Chapters 9, 10, 15, 16; a white horse, Chapter 19; and at length a new Jerusalem, its walls, gates, foundations, height, breadth, and length, Chapters 21, 22. Similar sights are also described by other prophets.

[2] All those sights are representatives such as appear unceasingly in heaven before angels' eyes, manifesting in visible shapes the Divine celestial realities that belong to the good of love and the Divine spiritual realities that belong to the good of faith. Such realities taken all together were represented by the tabernacle and its contents, that is, the ark itself, the table on which loaves were laid, the altar of incense, the lampstand, and everything else. Therefore when these objects, being outward forms of Divine celestial and spiritual realities, were beheld by the people while they were engaged in holy acts of worship, such realities as were represented by those objects were brought to notice in heaven. These, as stated above, were the Divine celestial realities that belong to the good of love to the Lord and the Divine spiritual realities that belong to the good of faith in the Lord. All the representatives of that Church had that kind of effect in heaven. It should be realized that a person always has spirits and angels present with him and that a person cannot live without them. It should likewise be realized that through them the person is linked to the Lord, and that in this way the human race, and heaven too, is kept in being. From this one can see what purpose was served by the representatives and also the ritual observances of the Church established among the Israelite nation. One can also see what purpose is served by the Word, in which all things mentioned in the sense of the letter correspond to Divine realities that exist in heaven, thus in which all the objects mentioned are representative and all the words used carry a spiritual meaning. This is what brings about the linking of a person to heaven, and through heaven to the Lord. Without that link the person would have no life whatever, for without being linked to the actual Essential Being (Esse) of life, from which the Coming-into-Being (Existere) of life emanates, no one has life.

[3] But these considerations are unintelligible to those who think that life exists essentially in a person himself and that a person lives without spirits or angels, thus without influx from the Divine by way of heaven. But in actual fact anything that is not linked to the Divine perishes and ceases to exist. Indeed nothing can ever come into being without that which is prior to itself, thus without the Divine, who is the First and is self-existent Being (Esse) or Jehovah; nor consequently can it remain in being, for remaining in being is constant coming-into-being. Because 'the dwelling-place' means heaven where the Lord is, it also means the good of love and faith, since these compose heaven; and because all good comes from the Lord, and heaven is called heaven by virtue of its love to and faith in the Lord, 'the dwelling-place' also means in the highest sense the Lord, as is evident in Isaiah 63:15; Jeremiah 25:30; Ezekiel 37:26-27; Psalms 26:8; 43:3; 90:1; 91:9; Exodus 15:13; Deuteronomy 12:5, 11; and other places. From this it is clear that the tabernacle was called Jehovah's sanctuary and dwelling-place for the reason that it represented the realities mentioned above.

(References: Exodus 25:9)

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Arcana Coelestia 9482, 9576, 9670, 9739, 9854, 9873, 9928, 9954, 9963, 10001, 10022, 10103, 10108, 10129, 10150, 10177, 10195, 10230, 10268, 10270, 10304, 10337, 10338

Divine Love and Wisdom 377

The White Horse 12

The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine 261


References from Swedenborg's drafts, indexes & diaries:

Apocalypse Explained 62, 133, 277, 324, 375, 392, 630, 700


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Revelation 6

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1 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.

2 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.

3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.

4 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.

5 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.

6 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.

7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

8 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.

9 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:

10 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?

11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

13 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.

14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

15 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 themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

16 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:

17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

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Arcana Coelestia 9481

Apocalypse Revealed 36, 295, 298, 299, 300, 301, 302, ...

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 32


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 1071, 2495, 2686, 3300, 3355, 3941, 3994, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 51, 52, 53, 166, 236, 296, 297, ...

A Brief Exposition of New Church Doctrine 76, 78

Divine Providence 134

Doctrine of the Lord 52

The Doctrine of the New Jerusalem Regarding the Sacred Scripture 12

Heaven and Hell 119

The Last Judgement 2, 61

True Christian Religion 119, 124, 179, 620, 639, 641, 691


References from Swedenborg's drafts, indexes & diaries:

Apocalypse Explained 30, 72, 73, 131, 186, 195, 196, ...

Canons of the New Church 27

De Verbo (The Word) 5, 15

An Invitation to the New Church 12, 35

Justification 0

The White Horse - Appendix 1

Marriage 119, 124

Scriptural Confirmations 2, 9, 11, 72

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Bible Word Meanings

saw
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...

opened
To open,' as in Revelation 9, signifies communication and conjunction.

heard
Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...

thunder
When the Lord speaks through the heaven, it descends into the lower spheres and is heard as thunder. As He speaks through the whole of...

come
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.

see
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...

white
'White' relates to truths, because it originates in the light of the sun.

sat
If you think about sitting, it seems fair to say that where you're sitting is more important than that you're sitting. Sitting in a movie...

crown
The crown of glory in the hand of Jeho­vah (Isa 62:3) signifies wisdom which is of good, and a royal diadem in the hand of...

say
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

peace
In ordinary life, we tend to think of "peace" as essentially "a lack of conflict." As a nation, if we're not at war, it's a...

third
The Writings talk about many aspects of life using the philosophical terms "end," "cause" and "effect." The "end" is someone’s goal or purpose, the ultimate...

balances
The balances mentioned in Revelation 6:5 signify the estimation of goodness and truth.

measure
'To measure' signifies knowing and exploring the quality of something.

Wheat
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.

penny
A penny,' as in Revelation 6, signifies something so small that it is barely anything.

three
The Writings talk about many aspects of life using the philosophical terms "end," "cause" and "effect." The "end" is someone’s goal or purpose, the ultimate...

measures
The Bible uses a somewhat dizzying array of unfamiliar measurement, leaving translators a choice between being accurate and confusing or inaccurate and clear. Since they...

hurt
'To hurt,' as mentioned in Revelation 6:6, signifies violation and profanation. 'To hurt' as mentioned in Revelation 9:4, signifies perverting the truths and goods of...

oil
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.

Wine
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.

power
Power,' as in Revelation 4, signifies salvation, because all divine power regards this as its final purpose. A person is reformed by divine power, and...

over
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.

kill
The Lord is love itself, and that love is the ultimate source of all energy and thus of all life. It follows, then, that the...

under
Generally speaking things that are seen as lower physically in the Bible represent things that are lower or more external spiritually. In some cases this...

the Word of God
In general, we tend to be very aware of how knowing what's true leads to doing what is good. That starts as children, with parents...

the Word
In general, we tend to be very aware of how knowing what's true leads to doing what is good. That starts as children, with parents...

word
'Sayings' denotes persuasion. 'Sayings,' when related to Jehovah, signify informing or instructing.

Word of God
'The Word of God,' as in Revelation 17:17, signifies the things foretold in the Word.

Loud
In Revelation 5:2, 'a loud' or 'great voice' signifies divine truth from the Lord, in its power or virtue.

long
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.

robes
'Robes,' as in Revelation 7, signify truths of defense. Before they were washed they signified falsities. People in falsities from ignorance in the spiritual world,...

said
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

killed
The Lord is love itself, and that love is the ultimate source of all energy and thus of all life. It follows, then, that the...

fulfilled
When the Lord said that all things which were written concerning him were fulfilled, he meant that all things were fulfilled in their inmost sense.

sixth
Like most numbers in the Bible, "six" can have various meanings depending on context, but has a couple that are primary. When used in relation...

sackcloth
'Being clothed in sackcloth' signifies lamentation because of the devastation of truth in the church. 'Sackcloth,' as in Revelation 6:12, relates to destroyed good.

stars
The star which went before them [the wise men] meant knowledge coming from heaven, since stars in the Word mean pieces of knowledge. –De Verbo...

heaven
"Air" in the Bible represents thought, but in a very general way – more like our capacity to perceive ideas and the way we tend...

mighty
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.

Great men
Great men, as in Revelation 6:15, signify those who are in good, and, in an opposite sense, those who are in evil. Great men, as...

chief
'Officer' denotes doctrines or principles of interpretation.

hid
'To hide themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains,' as mentioned in Revelation 6:15, signifies being in evils and in falsities...

us
Angels do give us guidance, but they are mere helpers; the Lord alone governs us, through angels and spirits. Since angels have their assisting role,...

sitteth
If you think about sitting, it seems fair to say that where you're sitting is more important than that you're sitting. Sitting in a movie...

great day of His wrath
'The great day of His wrath,' as in Revelation 6:17, signifies the day of the last judgment.

Videos from the Swedenborg Foundation

The videos shown here are provided courtesy of our friends at the Swedenborg Foundation. You can find out more about them here: swedenborg.com.


The White and Red Horsemen in the Book of Revelation - S&L Short Clips

n the Last Judgment that Swedenborg witnessed in the spiritual world, people were sorted according to state of mind. Learn two states of mind represented by the white and red horsemen in Revelation 6.


The White and Red Horsemen in the Book of Revelation - S&L Short Clips

n the Last Judgment that Swedenborg witnessed in the spiritual world, people were sorted according to state of mind. Learn two states of mind represented by the white and red horsemen in Revelation 6.


Who Are the Souls Under the Altar? - S&L Short Clips

Swedenborg witnessed the Last Judgment in the spiritual world, and says this process also happens in our minds. Learn the meaning of the symbolic imagery in Revelation 6:9.


The Meaning of the Book of Revelation: Souls Under the Altar - Swedenborg & Life

Swedenborg wrote that the inner meaning of the events in the book of Revelation have relevance not only to spiritual-world history, but to each of our lives as well. Watch as we explore the hidden Bible meaning of the souls under the altar.


The Meaning of the Book of Revelation: the Four Horsemen - Swedenborg and Life

Transparency is needed to sort things out. Before big change happens, God first reveals what's really going on. Watch as we explore the hidden Bible meaning of the Four Horsemen in the Book of Revelation.


The Meaning of the Book of Revelation: the Four Horsemen - Swedenborg and Life

Transparency is needed to sort things out. Before big change happens, God first reveals what's really going on. Watch as we explore the hidden Bible meaning of the Four Horsemen in the Book of Revelation.


The Meaning of the Book of Revelation: the Four Horsemen - Swedenborg and Life

Transparency is needed to sort things out. Before big change happens, God first reveals what's really going on. Watch as we explore the hidden Bible meaning of the Four Horsemen in the Book of Revelation.


The Meaning of the Book of Revelation: the Four Horsemen - Swedenborg and Life

Transparency is needed to sort things out. Before big change happens, God first reveals what's really going on. Watch as we explore the hidden Bible meaning of the Four Horsemen in the Book of Revelation.

Resources for parents and teachers

The items listed here are provided courtesy of our friends at the General Church of the New Jerusalem. You can search/browse their whole library at the New Church Vineyard website.


 A Great Earthquake
Color picture of the great earthquake from Revelation 6.
Picture | Ages up to 14

 Horses
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 9 - 12

 John's Vision of the Horses
Some of the horses in this story are scary but they teach us important things.
Story | Ages 4 - 6

 The Black Horse
Color picture of the rider on the black horse holding a pair of scales. He was seen when the third seal was opened.
Picture | Ages up to 14

 The Fifth Seal: Martyrs Given White Robes
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 The Fifth Seal: The Souls Under the Altar
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 The First Seal: First Horsemen
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 The First Seal: The White Horse
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 The Four Horsemen
Dramatic color painting of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Picture | All Ages

 The Four Horsemen
A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. Includes lesson materials for Primary (3-8 years), Junior (9-11 years), Intermediate (12-14 years), Senior (15-17 years) and Adults.
Teaching Support | Ages over 3

 The Four Horsemen (3-5 years)
Project | Ages 4 - 6

 The Four Horsemen (6-8 years)
Project | Ages 7 - 10

 The Four Horsemen (9-11 years)
Project | Ages 11 - 14

 The Fourth Seal: A Pale Horse
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 The Opening of the Seven Seals
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 The Pale Horse
Color picture of the rider on the pale horse whose name is death. He was seen when the fourth seal was opened.
Picture | Ages up to 14

 The Red Horse
Color picture of the rider on the fiery red horse who was given a great sword to take peace from the earth. He was seen when the second seal was opened.
Picture | Ages up to 14

 The Second Seal: A Red Horse
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 The Sixth Seal: A Great Earthquake
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 The Sixth Seal: The Great Earthquake
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 The Souls Under the Altar
Color picture of the souls under the altar seen when the fifth seal was opened.
Picture | Ages up to 14

 The Third Seal: A Black Horse
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 The White Horse
Color picture of the rider on the white horse who was given a bow and a crown and who went out to conquer. He was seen when the first seal was opened.
Picture | Ages up to 14

 White Horse and Rider with Crown
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14


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