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SIH TOTT ICONRev 6:8 KJV

(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.

 

 

As seal number four is opened, John sees a rider upon an ashen (pale) colored horse.  This horse represents horrible types of death and is, appropriately, the color of a human corpse.  Notice all the different types of horrendous deaths that are mentioned in this passage:

  1. death by sword
  2. death by starvation
  3. death by catastrophic means such as earthquakes, lingering diseases, torture, invasions, (death)
  4. death by being eaten by wild animals

Folks, when we see these types of suffering, painful, violent deaths take place they are a reminder to us of the physical effects of sin in our lives.  They exist because sin exists.   Because sin exists and we possess a fallen nature, all of us are facing physical death and, in at least some cases, that death will come through violent, painful, catastrophic means.   But the lessons to be learned from the horrible deaths we see take place does not end with their physical results.

The horrible deaths that we see take place around us should also remind us of the spiritual results of sin… spiritual death. This spiritual death, if not remedied through the application of Christ’s work in our hearts, will result in eternal suffering in the Lake of Fire.  This eternal suffering far outweighs any type of suffering and death that we can experience on earth.

Stop and think about it, when we see horrendous deaths taking place around us (beheadings, earthquakes, bombings, lingering cancers, and the such like) we need to remember that all of these pale, and in actuality are nothing, in comparison to the great suffering that will take place in the Lake of Fire.

Mat 13:41-43 KJV – The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

 

The death that we see taking place around us should be a tremendous motivation for us, as Christians, to be sharing Christ with others through our words and actions.  Just as we hate to see others suffer around us in this physical world, how much more do we not want to see them suffer exponentially in the world to come?  Our opportunity to be a witness for Christ will end at His second coming.  We must be about our business NOW.   The suffering and death

 

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


12 Comments

  1. Nice job I love studying Revelations

  2. Shofar says:

    Reblogged this on God's Enduring Love and commented:
    ARE YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES PREPARED FOR DEATH AND ETERNITY? ‘NOW is the day of salvation.’ 2 Cor 6:2

  3. Citizen Tom says:

    Thank you for stopping by to bless my family and I. May our Lord shower you and yours with His grace and truth.

    Thank you for your blog.

    When I am “busy” with exercise in my basement or doing monotonous work that leave me free to think, I have been listening to your videos. I worked my way through the series (as far as it currently goes) on Revelation, and I have started on the Christmas video. It has been fun.

    One thing I have noted about Revelation is the wide variation in interpretations. That provides ammunition for the skeptics. I wonder if my answer to the skeptics (excerpts from comments on http://thenakedtruth2.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/cant-go-into-detail/) is appropriate.

    When Christians admit some prophecies confuse them and then still believe in the Bible, that is not a sign there is something wrong with the Bible. That’s just a simple admission that a book inspired by God can be difficult for mere human beings to understand, and why should that be surprising?

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    Revelation is not utterly indecipherable. That book is actually quite orderly. The problem with prophecy is that it does what it claims to do. It predicts the future. Since history is still being written, when we read prophecy, we have to put that prophecy in a context that still doesn’t exist. That is, BECAUSE we read prophecies out of context, we cannot easily understand them until after they have been fulfilled. Therefore, even when well-intentioned theologians try to interpret prophecy, they come up with different interpretations.

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    Part of the reason for prophecy is to keep us on our toes, to keep us looking ahead in anticipation of our savior’s Second Coming. If the prophecy were more exact, we would not do that.

    —-

    There are two reasons why the prophecies related to Jesus Christ are crystal clear.
    1. We now have the historical context. The event which was predicted has occurred as foretold.
    2. The New Testament very often cites the Old Testament. That includes explanations of how Jesus fulfilled the prophecies in the Old Testament.

    I don’t know if you have visited ColorStorm (i.e., thenakedtruth2.wordpress.com), but you may find it fun.

    Anyway, I have heard pastors comment on prophecy in variety of different ways. Some admit their confusion. Others insist they have the answers. Some avoid the subject of prophecy. Others focus on it too much, I think.

    Revelation is difficult to understand, but I think that is by design. Am I right? If I am, then why would God do make Revelation is difficult to understand? I proposed what seemed obvious to me as the result of our limitations and what scripture says about our need to prepare for the uncertain date of the Second Coming. But my answer does involve a bit of conjecture, and I have not heard anyone else approach the problem of interpretation that way. So I was wondering if have put my foot where it doesn’t belong.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      HI Tom,

      Thanks for taking the time to listen to the videos.

      I agree with you, there are many interpretations of Revelation when we look at the small details. Basically, throughout time there are only a handful of basic ways to look at Revelation.

      Over the years, the Lord has really impressed on my heart the need to treat the symbolism in Revelation like other passages in Scripture… allow the Bible to interpret the Bible. My approach is certainly not unique, there are many Bible teachers that do the same thing. This way of approaching things is commonly described as “Idealist or Symbolic”. Anyone you see that is described as such will, in a very basic way, approach Revelation in the same way that I do.

      I have found this eliminates alot of aubjective interpretations and keeps our eyes on the Lord and His Word. That’s why, throughout the study, I have tried to show that basic principles about the things yet to come, and especially principles about Christ Himself, can be seen within the pages of Revelation.

      I agree with you that some of the very specific teachings in Revelation cannot be fully understood until these things come to pass, however, there are many basics that we can come to learn, and agree upon, if we use the Bible to interpret the writings of the Revelation. I am afraid that many times, people get so wrapped up in the small specific events yet to come that they miss the basics and that is where much of the disagreement comes in.

      They want to use the newspaper to interpret Revelation while totally ignoring the Bible. I beleive this method is fulled with pitfalls that will easily lead to interpretation. One example: over the years there have been many ideas on who the “AntiChrist” is some of the more familiar ones are: The Pope, Adolph Hitler, Ronald Regan, Barack Obama, etc etc. But what does the Bible say?

      “18) Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19) They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would [no doubt] have continued with us: but [they went out], that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” (1 John 2:18-19)

      Somehow, this text is forgotten by those trying to find one specific anti-christ when there has and will continue to be more to come.

      I have found over the years, that very few conservative Pastors have disagreed with the principles that Revelation teaches. Why is this? Because they know that the principles that are presented in Revelation can be found throughout the Scriptures. Why is this? Because this way of interpretation allows the other books of the Bible to interpret what Revelation teaches to us.

      For example most of us agree:
      Christ is a Holy and Just Lord
      Christ is God, and as such will live eternally.
      Christ is coming again at an unknown time.
      When He comes some sort of judgement of past works will take place.
      His people will live in His presence eternally.
      Those who are unsaved will suffer punishment.
      etc etc etc

      The only areas of disagreement lie in the specifics of each of these. I guess my point is that if we all simply concentrate on the basics and come to an understanding of what the ENTIRE Bible teaches us on these things that should be enough. As time passes, we ALL will be surprised at the specifics of how these things come to pass. Let’s not waste our time and effort trying to discern what time alone will reveal to us. This is what leads to disagreements, and as you say, a bad testimony in the eyes of others.

      Based upon this, I basically, agree with what you have written in your conclusion…

      “Anyway, I have heard pastors comment on prophecy in variety of different ways. Some admit their confusion. Others insist they have the answers. Some avoid the subject of prophecy. Others focus on it too much, I think.
      Revelation is difficult to understand, but I think that is by design. Am I right? If I am, then why would God do make Revelation is difficult to understand? I proposed what seemed obvious to me as the result of our limitations and what scripture says about our need to prepare for the uncertain date of the Second Coming. But my answer does involve a bit of conjecture, and I have not heard anyone else approach the problem of interpretation that way. So I was wondering if have put my foot where it doesn’t belong.”

      Just my thoughts on these things. Lord bless you Tom. Keep up being the watchman who sees the condition of our country and the great needs that we face!

  4. Terri says:

    So true we gotta share Christ it’s a matter of life and death.

  5. SLIMJIM says:

    With all the suffering and death in this world may it compel us to turn to Christ and share Him with others!

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