Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. The seals of the scroll [Revelation 5; 6] symbolize the prevalent conditions that will dominate the coming judgment period of the Lord's hour [time] of trial on the earth and the 7 trumpet soundings will herald the actual judgment events beginning in chapter 8 of the book of Revelation. All of the judgments are activated and controlled by the Lord and they will lead up to His visible return at the end of the tribulation period. [Revelation 6; 8] The first 6 trumpet soundings will transpire in rapid succession at the beginning of the period. The first 4 represent the physical destruction of 1/3 of the target area of the great city part of Mystery Babylon the Great. The 5th and 6th represent the release of fallen angelics from the abyss and from under the Euphrates River. [Revelation 9] The seventh trumpet sounding includes judgments which are specifically directed at Abaddon-Appolyon [satan's beast] and his human followers at the end of the period. This trumpet heralds the destruction of the kingdom of the beast, the victory of the Lord, and the establishment of His millennial kingdom on earth. [Revelation 10:7; 11:15; 16:1-17] The trumpet judgments are purposely held in check [Revelation 7:1-3] until the 144,000 mortal Israelites are sealed for service on the earth. Then John is shown the 24 elders and the great multitude of believers in heaven and around the throne [Revelation 4:4,5:5-10,7:9-17] .... the actual judgment events then begin in chapter 8. John first sees the 24 elders and the great multitude of believers in heaven when he is transported there to be shown what is to take place "hereafter" during the coming hour of the Lord's judgments and beyond. The Lord has said that He would keep all living believers at the time from the hour of His trial [judgment] that is coming upon the whole world. Both dead and living believers of the church will be immortalized just before the judgment trumpet soundings begin in chapter 8 of the book of Revelation. [Revelation 3:10; 18:4] The 144,000 Israelites will be selected for service and will be the first fruits [saved believers redeemed from the earth] of the tribulation period. Their mission will be to take the gospel to Israel and to the nations during the period. [Matthew 24:14; Revelation 14:6-7] They will be sealed with the Lord's protection so that the effects of the tribulation will not harm them. They will begin their witness at the onset of the period and will continue during the entire tribulation of 2,550 days. [Revelation 14:1-7] The symbol of the first seal [white horse] represents the spreading the eternal gospel of the kingdom [Matthew 24:14] and salvation of those who become believers during the entire period of the Lord's wrath. He will not withdraw His offer of salvation from those who will turn to Him. The actions of "conquering", and to "conquer" again during the tribulation period represent the saving power of the gospel just prior to the coming judgments and then during the period. [Revelation 6:1-2] The Lord is seen with the 144,000 sealed Israelites on Mount Zion [Jerusalem] and they follow Him wherever He goes. He will be leading them to spread the gospel of His soon coming kingdom. He will not be seen by the world while engaged in this activity. [Revelation 14:1-7] In the symbol of the white horse [first seal .... symbol of the Lord's salvation power] the rider is not weaponized [no arrows] and goes forth conquering and to continue to conquer. In the later phase of His involvement the Lord is seen riding a white horse at Armageddon and He is weaponized [fire and sword] for war. [Revelation 6:1-2: 19:11] The symbol of the white horse is used to represent His continuous involvement from the beginning of His hour [time] of trial to and including the battle of Armageddon. He is both the savior of those who believe and the conquering King who will take back the earth for His own purposes. After this He will appear visibly to the whole world and every eye will see Him and every knee will bow to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. [Matthew 24: 29-31; Revelation 1:7-8] The symbol of the second seal [red horse] represents intense warfare by the actions of satan and his angelic and human agents including Abaddon-Apollyon, the false prophet, the human little horn [king], and the 10 other horns [kings]. [Revelation 6:3-4] Satan will be denied access to heaven and confined to the earth during the Lord's hour of trial. He will be thrown to the earth with his fallen angelics at the beginning of the period having great wrath because he knows his time will be short. [Revelation 12] These shall take peace from the earth by warfare, great destruction, persecution, and suppression. Satan's warfare will begin with the destruction of the "great city" of Mystery Babylon the Great. [Revelation 6; 8; 17; 18] The next wars will involve his conquering of most of the Middle East including the land of Israel and then will include his own defeat at Armageddon. [Ezekiel 39; 39; Daniel 11:36-45] Egypt [the king of the south] will be conquered and other governments in the Middle East will be over thrown. Abaddon-Apollyon [in the little horn, a king of the northern Middle East] will attack and destroy others north and east of the Middle East that he will view as a threat [Daniel 11:31-45]. Abaddon-Apollyon is satan's "anti-christ" [against Christ] and he will rule the Middle East and will cause great destruction to the rest of the world. He will rule for 42 months, but will be challenged and defeated by the Lord at Armageddon. [Revelation 13:5; 11:2] The warfare will begin with the first four trumpet judgments [fire, massive physical destruction, environmental pollution of water sources, and darkness]. [Revelation 8] These judgments are directly related to the destruction of the great city part of Mystery Babylon which will be located in an area outside of the Middle East. [Revelation 17; 18] This attack will trigger the conditions of the third seal [black horse] representing worldwide economic collapse and famine which will result in the aftermath of war and destruction [Revelation 6:5-6].