First Perspective on Christ's return: Chapter 1 - 3
Second Perspective: Chapters 4 - 7
In this perspective on Christ's return we see the Lion-Lamb introduced in chapter 5 opening the seals. In other words, He is executing God's plan. As the seals are opened, the famous 'four horsemen of the Apocalypse" go out:
White horse: given a crown and rides out "bent on conquest." This horseman may symbolize Christ, or it may symbolize a deceiver. I know this is confusing, but this is Revelation, so you have to get somewhat comfortable with being confused.
Fiery red horse: its rider is given power to take peace from the earth & make people kill each other.
Black horse: brings famine to the working class, but the rich (oil & wine) are preserved.
Pale horse: Ridden by death, with Hades following close behind. They were given power to kill 25% of the earth.
Two things stand out as I read this. First, all of these horsemen were given the powers of destruction they had. They are part of God's plan! This is hard to wrap our heads around, but on the other hand, it shows that even in the midst of the chaos we live in, God remains in control.
Second, it shows the tremendous fear instilled by the holiness of God and the Day of the Lord (v15-17) that the mighty kings of the earth would rather be buried by rocks than be exposed to "the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!"
Prayer For The Day: Dear God, Holy, Holy, Holy are you. Your ways are beyond my understanding. Thank you that through the blood of the lamb I am protected from these horsemen and from your coming judgment and wrath. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.