(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.
In this second seal found on the seven-sealed scroll, we find John seeing “a horse that was red”. John goes on to tell us that this horseman takes “peace from the earth”, causing them to “kill one another”, and that he possessed “a great sword”. It is through these different descriptions that we can clearly see that this horseman represents war and the constant threat of war that exists around us.
Folks one of the hallmarks of this world’s fallen condition is the existence of war. If we stop and think about what war is, we will be able to clearly see the effects of sin in the world…
Think about it, many times covetousness and greed are the chief motivations behind the beginnings of war. A lust to control land, natural resources, other types of wealth/possessions, people, hatred, bigotry, etc are the seeds that bear the fruit of most wars. All of these lusts only exist because mankind is made up of sinful, fallen creatures
When these lusts are the motivations behind a war, every life that is taken by the invading army are, in actuality, murders that are taking place. War is the willful taking of human life, and most times, are murders that are taking place on a grand scale committed by those motivated by their fleshly lusts.
As we look about our world and see the bloodshed of war on every hand, it should be a constant reminder for us of mankind’s sinful condition and their need of Christ. What is so sobering is that Christ willingly came to the earth and shed His blood so that we may escape from the penalty, power, and eventually the presence of sin, and live in a world where blood will no more be shed.
Following His second coming, throughout eternity, we will share in the blessing of living in a world that is free from the bloodshed of war, all because our Lord and Savior shed His blood on our behalf!
It is through the blood of Christ that man can enter into peace with God…
Col 1:12-20 KJV – Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:… And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
This peace with God also will result in peace among men…
Luke 2:10-14 KJV – And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this [shall be] a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
May we all keep our eyes on our Lord, His shed blood on our behalf, and His future coming that will bring everlasting peace to a world that is filled with hatred, lust and bloodshed.
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:
Seals 1-4: http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ
Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6: http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc