Summary: “The Four Beasts of the Apocalypse” Dominion, Division, Depravation, Death.
“The Four Beasts of the Apocalypse”
Dominion, Division, Depravation, Death
Revelation 6:1-8 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. 3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. 5 And when he had opened the third seal,
I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld,
and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. 7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.
And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
The next event on God’s prophetic timetable is the rapture of the church. After the church is taken out, there will be a
seven year period like this earth has never seen before.
The Bible calls it the Great Tribulation.
Revelation, chapters 6-19 paint a graphic picture of this gruesome, frightening, horrible period. Matthew 24:21
“Then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world, unto this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
Think of all the wars, famines, diseases, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions. Think of all the atrocities that have taken place all over this earth from the time of Adam and Eve, until now…and Jesus said, add it all together, and none of it can compare to what the world
is about to experience during the great tribulation.
Jeremiah said that in the tribulation, men will wrap their arms around themselves like women giving birth (pain),
and that everyone’s faces will be ashen gray (fear) and the whole world will be focused on what happens in Israel.
Daniel 12:1, “And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was, since there was a nation.
Rev. 6-19 is a vision of unspeakable horror. Chapter 5 tells of a 7 sealed scroll…the title deed to the earth. The question was asked, Who is worthy to open that scroll, and reclaim ownership of the earth from Satan? We find that Jesus Christ alone is worthy! The Lamb who is also the Lion!
In chapter 6, the scroll begins to be peeled back…
and one at a time the seals are broken and the horrors
of the tribulation are turned loose on the earth.
The first four seals involve the 4 beasts of the apocalypse.
1. As we open the first seal and look at the first beast on the white horse, I want you to think of the word Dominion.
Vs. 1 speaks of “thunder”= it indicates a storm is coming. It’s the sound of heavy hooves galloping this way!
Who is this rider on the white horse. Some might think it’s Jesus, but it’s not…that doesn’t happen until Rev. 19:11.
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse;
and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True,
and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns. That’s Jesus Christ coming at the end of the tribulation…but that’s not the description given here in
ch. 6. Matter of fact, the only similarity is the white horse.
So, if the rider on this white horse in ch. 6 is not Jesus,
then who is he? I believe that it’s the anti-christ…a phony!
In the Bible, a white horse symbolizes conquest. A bow is a symbol of power and warfare, and a crown symbolizes dominion. There is coming one last and final dictator to this earth…he is the antichrist…he is coming on a white horse, as an imitator of Jesus Christ. He is Satan’s deceiver and his deception is so convincing, that even the Jews think that their Messiah has finally come. He will come on a platform of peace, (notice: no arrows) this is the last world dictator and he will bring Death and Destruction to this earth.