Jan. 25, 2021

The four horsemen

 Revelation 6:1-8
I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” 2 I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.

3 When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.

5 When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. 6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds[a] of wheat for a day’s wages,[b] and six pounds[c] of barley for a day’s wages,[d] and do not damage the oil and the wine!”

7 When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” 8 I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.

The above mentioned verses were written by John the revelator to depict the state of the world prior to Christ' return. When we see the daily news, these events seem to be taking place before our eyes. It seems like plague and famine seem rampant and people fighting each other, earthquakes and other natural disasters seem to be skyrocketing, economic downturn and all kinds of climatic events which are blamed on climate change. Matthew 24 refers to these events as birth pangs prior to Christ' return. We see the world events are fulfilling Bible prophecy and we are poised to welcome our King and God. The Bible cautions us the love of many shall wax cold. We need to ensure that our lamps are lit and we have oil in our lamps. We need to be ready for the Bridegroom's return. With churches closed in many places, believers and unbelievers have to turn directly to their God. They have to fan the flames of their faith and rely on the Holy Spirit to guide and direct them. The world events point to Christ's return and we who are His should be found working for the advancement of God's kingdom when He comes. There will come a day of reckoning for the world and we as God's children need to be clothed in Christ's righteousness. God is releasing His Spirit in an attempt to reach the world. God is good and His love endures forever. Even when His judgment is poured over this world His ultimate goal is to reach people and cause them to turn to God. In closing, call unto God while He may be found. Today is the day for salvation. Take His yoke upon you as His yoke is easy and His burden light.