While there may be differing views in Christianity about the first three seals of Revelation 6, I'm sure that all of Christianity can agree that truly life-changing and earth shattering events don't occur until the Fourth Seal is opened.
Revelation 6:7-8 - When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!" 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.
Much of Christianity refers to the Time of Wrath as the Tribulation, but in doing so they don't seem to be doing the Tribulation much justice. Daniel calls it the Time of Wrath, and considering how many people are killed and how much evil is allowed to take place on the earth with the rise of Satan's beast kingdom, this is truly a time that all people should fear going through.
The Bible tells us, in Isaiah:
Isaiah 26:9 - ...When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.
The second purpose of the Time of Wrath, just as the passage above in Isaiah reads, is to teach the people to fear the Lord and learn righteousness.
There are many people in Christianity today who are not walking in true faith. These are Christians who Jesus warns multiples times in chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation to repent. Jesus even goes so far as to warn, "Because you are lukewarm -- neither hot nor cold -- I am going to spit you out of my mouth."
Many Christians today are walking on a false sense of security and their entire world is going to come crashing away under their feet when the Time of Wrath begins and they realize that all the warnings in the Bible to turn from their sin are absolutely true. God hates sin. But God forgives our sin when we believe in Jesus Christ, and follow the commands of God. Ask for the Holy Spirit. God is faithful to give his spirit to all who turn to him in repentance.
Following Jesus Christ is not an option. It is a command.
Readers, I don't know if you have ever walked as a true Christian in the past. If you have, look at your life for a moment. Have there been any hard times in your life since that day you first started praying to God, and maybe you thought you had a relationship with Jesus Christ?... Pay attention to the hard times that have happened in your life. This could be God trying to wake you up and tell you that you are not walking in the faith.
In Revelation 3:19, Jesus says, "Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent."
So I say again – look at the things happening in your life –
Is God trying to wake you up?
1 John 1:5 reads:
"This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin."
1 John 2:3 reads:
"We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did."
And finally, 1 John 2:9, reads:
"Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him."
If you're not sure if you're walking in true faith, and if you're tired of having darkness control any areas of your life, please pick up the Bible and read in the Word of God how you can be saved, and how you can let the Holy Spirit take complete control of your life, so that you're trained in the ways of God.
You can be saved from the wrath that is coming over the world.
When the Fourth Seal of Revelation 6 is opened, it is going to take most of the world by surprise. Everything we know is going to change in many unexpected, destructive, and terrifying ways.
Of course, those walking in true faith and holding firmly to the commands of God have nothing to fear.
Revelation 3:10 - Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.
What's more important to you? The ways of this world, which is going to be burned up by fire?
Or the ways of God, which lead to everlasting happiness and pleasure in the Kingdom of Heaven and the coming Kingdom of Jesus Christ here on the earth?