THE FOUR HORSEMENThe Lamb upon the central throne in heaven was in a position to open the “scroll” which John saw. “Seven seals” needed to be opened to read the contents of that scroll (Revelation 5:1).
While a multitude of angels sang (vss.11-12), the Lamb began to open that scroll, one seal at a time. With the opening of each of the first four seals, a “horse” and “rider” were released.
It was a “white horse” of conquest that was first released—
“It’s rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a
conqueror bent on conquest.” (6:2b)
The second “horse” was “fiery red”—the color of war (vs.4a)—
“It’s rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make
men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.” (vs.4b)
“Black” was the third horse upon which a “rider” rode, with famine in its presence—
“Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what
sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart
of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s
wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”” (vss.5b-6)
A “pale horse” was connected to the “fourth seal” (vss.7b-8a). 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” (vs.8b). And the death toll grew on earth!
OUR STORY : God holds the power to destroy, and to give you life--as
a part of His righteous sovereignty.