SECOND SEAL (RED HORSE) – When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword. (Revelation 6:3-4)
Riding A Red Horse – The color red is often associated with terror and death, for example the red dragon of Revelation 12:3 and the red beast of Revelation 17:3. It is a picture of wanton bloodshed.
Power to Take Away Peace – Killing and war has been a part of man’s experience since Cain killed Abel. This image should speak to believers in every age, reminding them that God is ultimately in control, even though He is not responsible for the lawless deeds of men and nations.
Given A Large Sword – The anti-Christ’s conquest begins in peace, but soon he exchanges the empty bow for a sword.(1)
Up Next – The rider on the black horse.
- Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 2, pp. 587–588). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
Esther 4:15 – “And who knows but that you have come to a royal position for such a time as this?” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We must be ready to act when God puts us into a position to make a difference. He is showing His faith in us, we must respond by showing our faithfulness to Him.
My Advice – When you find yourself in a situation that is either almost too good to be true, or that is almost too hard to believe it is happening, ask yourself if perhaps God has brought you to that particular situation for a specific purpose. Coincidences usually do not just happen to God’s chosen ones. They occur by design for a reason. Be involved in the reason.
FIRST SEAL (WHITE HORSE) – I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” 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. (Revelation 6:1-2)
Riding A White Horse – Because Christ in His second coming is pictured (Revelation 19:11) as riding on a white horse (a symbol of victory), some have taken it that the rider in this first seal must also refer to Christ. Symbolically this might make sense as after a victory in battle Roman generals would return triumphantly riding a white horse with their captives following behind them. Chronologically, however, it is all wrong. Christ does not return to the earth as a conqueror at the beginning of the Tribulation, but at the end of the Tribulation. Also, the riders on the other horses obviously relate to destruction and judgment which precede the second coming of Christ by some period of time. A more widely accepted interpretation, and likely the correct one, is that the conqueror mentioned here is the future world ruler, sometimes referred to as anti-Christ (though Revelation uses the term beast or beast of the sea). He is probably the same person as the ruler of the people mentioned in Daniel 9:26.
Holding A Bow – This ruler has a bow without an arrow, which some take to indicate that his world government will be established without warfare. The future world government begins with a time of “peace and safety” but “destruction will come on them suddenly.” (1 Thessalonians 5:3)(1)
Wearing A Crown –The word for crown in Revelation 6:2 is stephanos – the victor’s crown. The crown that Jesus Christ wears is diadema – the kingly crown (Revelation 19:12). Though he may covet it, the anti-Christ will never wear the diadem, because it belongs only to the King of kings.
Up Next – The second seal, the rider on a red horse.(2)
- Walvoord, J. F. (1985). Revelation. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 947). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
- Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 2, p. 587). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
Esther 4:14 – “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – God will accomplish His purposes with or without us. We should consider it a privilege when He chooses to include us in His plans, and fearful when we choose to ignore them.
My Advice – Rise to the challenge and respond when God calls you to action. Do not fear or dread the task, but be thankful that God is using you in His good purposes
PRESENTATION – Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. (Revelation 5:1)
Right Hand of God – The “right hand” is a figure of speech that represents God’s ultimate power and authority.(1) God’s right hand is the means whereby victories are obtained for the people of God (Psalm 17:7; 98:1). It is also an instrument of Continue reading “Presentation, Proclamation, Propitiation, Praise”
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 – “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV 1984)
My Musing – Originally I had “dyer’s” block with respect to today’s musing. It is, after all, Easter morning and how does one do an amusing on such an important topic without seeming sacrilegious? Without participating in the diversion and dilution of the message of this Holy day that modern culture has been so successful in perpetuating?
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FROM THE MIND OF WEBSTER
Enough – to a degree or quantity that satisfies or that is sufficient or necessary.
Time – an opportune or suitable moment.
Conquered – to defeat through the use of force.
Kingdom – a politically organized community or major territory.
BACKSTORY – A TALE OF TWO CONQUERORS
Both Had A Calling
Saul – Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel.”
David – I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.
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