Episode 11(ish): The Number of the Beast is 666

“The seals are being opened…” – Hannibal

Revelations 5 tells of a scroll with seven seals that only the Lamb (Christ) is worthy of opening.  In Revelations 6, a new aspect of the Judgment/Apocalypse is revealed with every broken seal.  The chaos of the Judgment is not actually set into motion by the act of breaking the seals; rather, Revelations 6 serves as a dumbshow of sorts, introducing the cast of characters and each of their roles in the forthcoming chaos.

The First Seal: 1st Horseman – Anti-Christ & Conqueror

“I [John of Patmos] watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. … I looked, and there before me was a white horse!  Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.” (x)(x)

The Second Seal: 2nd Horseman – War, Slaughter & Bloodshed

“… the Lamb opened the second seal…  Then another horse came out, a fiery red one.  Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other.  To him was given a large sword.” (x)

The Third Seal: 3rd Horseman – Famine

“…the Lamb opened the third seal… and there before me was a black horse!  Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand.  Then I heard what sounded like a voice… saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages and do not damage the oil and the wine!” (x)(x)

The Fourth Seal: 4th Horseman – Pestilence & Death

“…the Lamb opened the fourth seal… I looked, and there before me was a pale horse!  Its rider was named Death, and Hades 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.” (x)(x)

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Death on a Pale Horse by William Blake

The Fifth Seal: Souls of the Martyrs

“When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.  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?”  Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.” (x)(x)

The Sixth Seal: Cosmic Signs

“I watched as he opened the sixth seal.  There was a great earthquake.  The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth… The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.” (x)(x)

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from Episode 3.08: The Wrath of the Lamb

“Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains They called to 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!  For the great day of his wrath has come, and who can withstand it?’” (x)

The Seventh Seal: Silence

“When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.”

Then the machinations of the seals and the chaos of Judgment begin.

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The Last Judgment by William Blake

(Biblical source)