I saw that the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying, as with a voice of thunder, Come and see!
And behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow. A crown was given to him, and he came forth conquering, and to conquer.
“Again I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold, four chariots came out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass. In the first chariot were red horses; in the second chariot black horses; in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot dappled horses, all of them powerful. Then I asked the angel who talked with me, What are these, my lord? The angel answered me, These are the four winds of the sky, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth. The one with the black horses goes out toward the north country; and the white went out after them; and the dappled went forth toward the south country.The strong went out, and sought to go that they might walk back and forth through the earth: and he said, Go around and through the earth! So they walked back and forth through the earth.”
When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, ‘Come!’
Another came forth, a red horse. To him who sat on it was given power to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another. There was given to him a great sword.
“I had a vision in the night, and behold, a man riding on a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in a ravine; and behind him there were red, brown, and white horses.”
When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, ‘Come and see!’ And behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a balance in his hand.
I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, A choenix of wheat for a denarius, and three choenix of barley for a denarius! Dont damage the oil and the wine!
When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the fourth living creature saying, Come and see!
And behold, a pale horse, and he who sat on it, his name was Death. Sheol followed with him. Authority over one fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword, with famine, with death, and by the wild animals of the earth was given to him.
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been killed for the Word of God, and for the testimony of the Lamb which they had.
“It was taught, R. Eliezer said: ‘The souls of the righteous are hidden under the Throne of Glory, as it is said, yet the soul of thine Lord shall be bound up in the bundle of life.”
Shabbat 152b, Soncino Press Edition, cf. Deuteronomy Rabbah 10:4
“R.Anan said; Whoever is buried in the Land of Israel is deemed to be buried under the altar, since in respect of the latter it is written in Scripture, ‘At altar of earth thou shalt make unto me,’ (Exodus 20:21) and in respect of the former it is written in Scripture, ‘And his land does make expiation for his people.’ (Deut 32:43)
Ketubot 111a, Soncino Press Edition
They cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, Master, the holy and true, until you judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?
“How long, God, shall the adversary reproach? Shall the enemy blaspheme your name forever?”
A long white robe was given to each of them. They were told that they should rest yet for a while, until their fellow servants and their brothers, who would also be killed even as they were, should complete their course.
The book of Enoch says,
“And it came to pass after this that my spirit was translated And it ascended into the heavens: And I saw the holy sons of God. They were stepping on flames of fire: Their garments were white [and their raiment],
And their faces shone like snow.”
1 Enoch 71:1
The Zohar says,
“When he descends, countless lights and lusters descend with him – illuminating all the halls, as well as healing and light to all the ill and pained who suffered with the Messiah. Then he dons a royal robe – all those slain by the other nations are engraved and inscribed in that royal robe. . . Eventually he [the Messiah] re-appears and comforts them – lights and delights descending with him in which to revel, countless angels and chariot with him, each one bearing a garment with which to clothe all the souls of the slain. There they delight all the while he ascends and descends.”
Heikhalot Be-Reshit, Zohar, Pritzker Edition, translated by Nathan Wolski and Joel Hecker, Vol 12, pg. 8-9
I saw when he opened the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake. The sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became as blood.
“For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.”
“The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of HaShem comes.”
“Our Rabbis taught, When the sun is in eclipse it is a bad omen for idolaters; when the moon is in eclipse, it is a bad omen for Israel, since Israel reckons by the moon and idolaters by the sun. If it is in eclipse in the east, it is a bad omen for those who dwell in the east; if in the west, it is a bad omen for those who dwell in the west; if in the midst of heaven it is bad omen for the whole world. If its face is red as blood, [it is a sign that] the sword is coming to the world; if it is like sack-cloth, the arrows of famine are coming to the world; if it resembles both, the sword and the arrows of famine are coming to the world. If the eclipse is at sunset calamity will tarry in its coming; if at dawn, it hastens on its way: but some say the order is to be reversed. And there is no nation which is smitten that its gods are not smitten together with it, as it is said, ‘And against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments.’ But when Israel fulfill the will of the Omnipresent, they need have no fear of all these [omens] as it is said, ‘Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the nations, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven, for the nations are dismayed at them, the idolaters will be dismayed, but Israel will not be dismayed.”
Sukkah 29a, Soncino Press Edition
The stars of the sky fell to the earth, like a fig tree dropping its unripe figs when it is shaken by a great wind.
The sky was removed like a scroll when it is rolled up. Every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
“All of the army of the sky will be dissolved. The sky will be rolled up like a scroll, and all its armies will fade away, as a leaf fades from off a vine or a fig tree.”
The kings of the earth, the princes, the commanding officers, the rich, the strong, and every slave and free person, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains.
“Men shall go into the caves of the rocks, and into the holes of the earth, from before the terror of the LORD, mnand from the glory of his majesty, when he arises to shake the earth mightily.”
They told the mountains and the rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb,
“The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, will be destroyed. The thorn and the thistle will come up on their altars. They will tell the mountains, Cover us! and the hills, Fall on us!”
for the great day of his wrath has come; and who is able to stand?
“You, even you, are to be feared. Who can stand in your sight when you are angry?”