Summary: Study of the Book of Revelation
Revelation, Part 9
Revelation Chapter 6:1-8
The Four Horsemen
Today we begin to look at a time so horrific, that the urgency we have felt to others about Jesus ought to become very real. This urgency ought to flood your inner most soul, in that there is nothing your soul will want to do but to tell others about Jesus Christ and His salvation.
I want to remind you again that after Chapter 3 the church is mentioned no more – and I believe this is proof that the church has been taken home to glory. In the last few weeks we have turned our focus on the Throne and Who sits on the Throne.
If ever I was inspired by God to do a hellfire and brimstone message, this would be the chapter I would have to use – so that we could understand the importance of Jesus’ authority, and His Reign over all creation, and what is to come upon this world.
I. White Horse (v 1-2)
The white horse brings a man of conquest. Notice who is opening the seals - Jesus alone has the authority and right to do this.
The rider on the white horse is not Jesus - but a satanic dictator who imitates Jesus. (If Jesus is opening the scroll, He is not on the horse!)
Jesus on a white horse is mentioned in Revelation 19 … not here.
The political and social scene of today is certainly set for the arrival of this kind of political leader; all that is waiting is for the Lord to allow it – of course after the church is removed from the Earth.
2 Thessalonians 2:6-7 says “And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.”
Notice the rider carries a bow - but no arrows.
The first seal being opened is what brings this dictator to power; we are told that the seventieth week of Daniel 9 begins when this dictator will confirm a covenant with many (he confirms a covenant with the Jewish people).
Daniel 9:27 says “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ’seven.’
The seven here is a seven year period. Remember that seven is God’s perfect number, and this great imitator is simply copying God. In the future, he will soon set himself up as God so he is laying the foundation by copying God’s characteristics.
The rider of the white horse also wears a Stephanos crown, which is a crown of victory that we have talked about before. This crown is given to him by God, because his rule is allowed by God alone. This rider’s conquest will be by his manner of speech, not by war.
Many biblical scholars believe that this ruler will come from a European nation.
The current problem, with this view is Europe is not in the position to force the nations of earth to accepting peace terms. Secondly, Israel would not trust Europe with its peace. Europe is openly hostile to Israel, with a growing Muslim population; Europe is now under constant pressure to appease anti-Jewish viewpoints.
When Daniel talks about the Antichrist, he states that he will be a descendent of the armies, which destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple. This opens the possibility of the Antichrist being a descendent of Rome, but not the leader of a European nation.
Think of who, today, would be able to protect Israel and may already be doing so.
(Speculation) - He could be a European, a descendent of the Roman armies, who heads a powerful nation such as the United States following the Rapture, which can guarantee and protect Israel’s security and lull Israel into a false sense of security.
The White Horse rider is a great imitator. He is a false Christ bent on conquest and conquering those who would serve Jesus Christ. Turn away from him, and look to the God of love who is in Heaven – He will be the only protection you have from what is about to unfold!
II. Red Horse (v 3-4)
The red horse brings with him war and conflict. All this rider must do is take peace from the earth; men do the rest of the destruction among themselves. Peace between men is a gift from God; it is not the natural state of relations between men. Mankind, through the sins of the flesh, is constantly looking to be better than its neighbor and without the peace (or remnant) of God being present, we would be given over to our desire to conquer!
This authority is granted to the horseman; this is, directly or indirectly, the judgment of God. We live in the age of war and conflict; since World War II, there have been more than 150 wars of one kind or another.