The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
II Timothy 2:15
Revelation 6: 3-4
Hello and greetings to all
We’re still reviewing Revelation chapter 6.
Here we find the Lord Jesus Christ opening the first series of seals.
There are seven all totaled.
I came across an article I’d like to share with you from Sam A. Smith.
Mr. Smith has been a Bible teacher for over forty years. He holds graduate degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary, Columbia Biblical Seminary, and Liberty University.
He wrote an essay titled: Understanding Tribulation Chronology
He has written:
“…the seals are not themselves discrete events; they are “movements” within the tribulation period. In other words, they are “times” during which God sovereignly allows certain events to take place. This is apparent from the description of the scroll of which these seals are a part (Revelation 6:1-14).
As a seal is broken, the scroll can only be unrolled so far before the necessity for breaking an additional seal. Apparently the events that are permitted during the time of each seal are the things written on the scroll itself. Only those events “unlocked” by the breaking of a seal can transpire clearly symbolizing God’s sovereignty over the events of each movement of the period…”
So, instead of concentrating on the horses, their color, their rider, or the sequence of their appearance, I believe a much better plan would be to focus rather on each “event” and/or “future headline” as it occurs under God’s direction…and these prior to the mid-point of the tribulation. Please open your Bibles and read with me.
The Second Seal - War
3: When He (the Lord Jesus Christ) broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.”
4: And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted (God permitted him) to take peace (has the earth ever known peace since Adam’s sin? No. But once the Believers are removed from the planet, for we are all that stand between good and evil in this world,…then the earth will truly be as it was in the days of Noah) from the earth (does this refer to the entire planet…Scripture is unclear on this. Some say yes. Others say this pertains only to that area of the world that was a part of the Roman Empire and that is all), and that men would slay one another; and a great sword (a symbol of warfare) was given to him.
The Third Seal – Famine
5: When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. (These are probably weighing scales meant to weigh food items to determine their worth. Did you know the first weighing scales date back to 2400 BC in the Indus River Valley, which is near modern day Pakistan? Scales are still used in the market place today.)
6: And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do
not damage the oil and the wine.”
Here we have see the natural order of these events. When there is warfare on such a large scale as this, there is going to be shortages of commercial items across the board. For example: After the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the USA entered the war against the Axis Powers, our government found it necessary to ration food, gas, and even clothing. Americans were asked to conserve on everything. With not a single person unaffected by the war, rationing meant sacrifices for all.
But this will be so much worse. The majority of people are going to suffer.
They will labor all day to acquire enough money to purchase just enough food to keep them alive so they can work the next day and then repeat the process.
In addition to this, in this verse we also see the separation of the classes.
There are those who have wealth and then there are those who will struggle just to exist.
The Fourth Seal – Death
7: When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.”
8: I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority (dominion) was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence (disease) and by the wild beasts of the earth (the infirmed and the wounded will be unable to defend themselves from the packs of wild animals roaming free).
Once again, and from a logical standpoint, we have another natural occurrence of war, disease, and famine…death.
Death most assuredly takes these after their suffering; but verse eight reminds us that ”Hades” follows the fourth horseman. And all those who die without declaring their faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ will experience the “second death.”
(See I Corinthians 15:1-4)
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Under the guise of peace, and problem solving, the Anti-Christ will appear on the world scene probably through the United Nations or some such organization. He seemingly will have all the right answers to the world’s toughest problems. He's going to be the Man!
But it’s a false peace he offers Israel and their allies.
The world-stage is being prepared today for God’s End Time Tragedy to play out.
The signs are appearing everywhere.
Of course, you have to know what you’re looking for.
To some it’s just news and “happenings” around our planet.
Each day, each event, is pretty much like the one before it to the uneducated.
They are truly “lost in a lost world.”
But to those who “know,” what’s coming…well we view things a bit differently.
For instance, at some time in the future, there will be:
A one-world government
A one-world currency
A one-world religion
On April 2009 this segment aired on Fox T.V. regarding a global currency being pushed hard for by both China and Russia.
That was more than two years ago.
I know it’s not just me. Time is going by so fast.
Days turn to weeks, weeks turn to months…
Please be vigilant my friends.
Keep your loved ones informed and keep them close in your prayers.
And pray for the lost souls.
(To be continued)
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