Four riders on different horses

More than four out of every five Americans agree that “we all will be called before God on judgment day to answer for our sins,” (Quoted in Signs of the Times, August, 1993,p. 6).C … More

Judgment

Chapter 6 is a pivotal chapter in the book of Revelation. By this time the Christians have been raptured (I Thes. 5:13-18). It describes the first six seal judgments and introduces the seventh seal. The day of the Lord and the time of God’s judgments on earth before Christ visually returns is the subject of this chapter. It is interesting to note that there is a striking similarity between the events found here in Revelation and Christ’s sermon (Olivet Discourse) on the end times (Matt. 24).

            Event                        Christ’s Sermon                  Revelation

 

1.  War                                  Matt. 24:6-7                        Rev. 6:3-4

2.  Death                               Matt. 24:7-9                        Rev. 6:7-8

3.  Martyrdom                      Matt. 24:9-10, 16:22            Rev.6:9-11

4.  Upheaval in Nature         Matt. 24:29                          Rev.6:12-14

5.  Divine Judgement           Matt. 24:32-25:26                Rev. 6:15-17

Six of the seven seals that were broken are recorded in this chapter. As each seal is broken a new terror falls upon the earth. The first four seals speak of riders on different horses.

  1. First Seal - Rider of a white horse wearing a crown (vv. 1-2).
  2. Second Seal - Rider of a red horse empowered as a world ruler (vv.3-4).
  3. Third Seal - Rider of a black horse holds the symbol of famine (vv. 5-6).
  4. Fourth Seal - Rider of a pale horse speaks of death. (vv. 7-8).

Application

This chapter should put to rest the false teaching that a God of love could never judge a wicked world. I’m thankful that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior and I will escape this wrath to come?

Revelation 6:1-8 (English Standard Version)

Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, "Come!" And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer. When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!" And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword. When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!" When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!" And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.

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