Summary: week 15 in a Wednesday evening study through the book of Revelation

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“The Four Horsemen”

Date: September 25, 2002

Place: Allendale Baptist Church

Text: Revelation 6:1-8


We continue our study of the book of Revelation tonight in the 6th chapter.

Hal Lindsey calls the book of Revelation the blue print of history. We have seen in chapters 4-5 the church in now in heaven. The last two weeks we have been given a glimpse of what is happening in heaven. We have seen heaven is going to a place of continual worship.

Revelation 6:1-19:21 details the judgments and events of the time of tribulation, from the beginning with the opening of the first seal through the 7 seal, trumpet and bowl judgments to the return of Jesus to destroy the ungodly.

Early in chapter 1 we were given an outline of the book of Revelation

1. Things which you have seen- John’s vision

2. Things which are- referring to the church age

3. Things which are to come – after the things of the church age.

Some scholars say these four riders are different individuals and some say they are 4 different forces.

Paul gives us an outline of the tribulation in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-11

Last part “Who do not receive the truth”

John 3:18; “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

Verse 1

“The seals”

 In chapter 5 Christ was the only one found worthy to open the scroll- the title deed to the universe.

 As Jesus opens each seal it unleashes a new demonstration of God’s judgment on the earth in the tribulation period.

Verse 2

“A white horse”

 This animal represents an unparalleled time of world peace.

 A false peace that is short lived.

“ He who sat on it”

 The four horsemen do not represent individuals but forces.

 Some, however, identify these riders as the anti-Christ.

 Although he will be the leading figure, John’s point is that the entire world will follow him, being obsessed with pursuing this false peace.

“ He who sat on it had a bow.”

 The bow is the symbol of war.

 But the absence of arrows shows that this victory is a blood-less one- a peace won by covenant and agreement, not by war.

“And a crown was given to him”

 This refers to the wreath awarded to an athlete not an everlasting crown or a diadem, as we will see Jesus wearing in Chapter 19 when He returns.

Verse 3 & 4

“A red horse”

 The blood-red appearance of this horse speaks of the holocaust of war.

 God will grant this horse and its rider power to create worldwide war.

 As horrible as this judgment will be it will only be the beginning of the pains of the wrath of God yet to come.

Verse 5 & 6

“A black horse”

 The black horse represents famine.

 Worldwide war will bring forth worldwide hunger.

“A quart of wheat for a denarius”

 This is what one person could live on for one day. One denarius is what a person would make in a days pay.

 During the tribulation, what a person will make in one day will buy just enough to get them by for one day.

 Think about this for a moment, all we enjoy to eat, all that we have. A person suffering through the tribulation will barely have enough to live on from day to day.

 Praise God, those who have trusted in Christ, on His precious blood, will be feasting on His riches, on His bountiful meal in heaven.

Verse 7-8

“ A pale horse”

 The pale horse represents death.

 What does a corpse complexion look like? Pale

 God grants the rider of this horse the authority to bring death to 25% of the world’s population.

 During the great tribulation, death will ride unbridled.

 The pale horse represents plague & pestilence that will stalk the earth.

We have seen the riding of the four horseman, & this follows the pattern the Jesus gave to His disciples in Matthew 24:5-8

“Some will come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and will deceive many.” The White Horse

“And you will hear rumors of war.”

The Red Horse

“See that you are not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nations will rise against nations, and kingdoms against kingdoms: and there will be famine”

The Black Horse

“And pestilences”

The Pale Horse- “and earthquakes in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

This is the opening of the great tribulation.

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