(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:
- death by sword
- death by starvation
- death by catastrophic means such as earthquakes, lingering diseases, torture, invasions, (death)
- 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