“When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, ‘Come!’ Then another horse went out, a fiery red one, and its horseman was empowered to take peace from the earth, so that people would slaughter one another. And a large sword was given to him.” Revelation 6:3-4
Make sure you have also read part 1 and 2 fellow sojourners, as they have additional information to aid in understanding. Will you join me in prayerfully considering the applications of Revelation 6:3-4 in our lives? Thank you Lord that you reveal all things and you consider and remember those you call Your children. Increase our understanding Lord as we seek Your ways.
The Lamb opened the second seal and John heard the second living creature say, “Come!” Looking to Revelation 4:6 we read that in the throne room of heaven there are four living creatures. These creatures are described as being like a lion, like a calf, like a man, and like a flying eagle (Isaiah 6:2-3, Ezekiel 10:20-22).
We will do well to remember that all authority is given from the sovereign One. His desire is that all are saved and brought to a knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). Because He did not send His Son to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through Him (John 3:17) he is therefore patient with all because He does not desire any to perish but for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked but delights when someone turns from his own ways and lives (Ezekiel 18:23 and 32, 33:11). Because people will be stubborn at times, they require a demonstration of the results of unrighteousness. God reserves the right to shake ANY foundation we dare step foot on that is not His. He warns us of His plan to shake the earth and the heavens (Hebrews 12:26) and when the time is right the Lamb will open the seals and our foundations will indeed shake. Let us be aware of these things and not slumber! Pray for discernment during this season and for the empowerment to lovingly tell others with powerful words and a demonstration of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:4). Amen!
The second horse that rides out in Revelation is a fiery red one. Some say red represents the results of the acts given by the rider to accomplish (bloodshed). He was “empowered” to take peace from the earth and a sword “was given” to him to wage war. I find it interesting that it does not say the rider slaughters by his sword. The wording is, “people slaughter one another”. What a warning! We are ultimately in control of our mouth AND the works of our hands. The enemy of our souls indeed tempts us with his poisonous lies but it is up to us whether we take the bait. “People slaughter one another” and “bite (wound the soul with words) and devour (tear down) one another” (Galatians 5:15). The rest of Galatians says, “watch out or you will be consumed (destroy) by one another! If we are tempted to think we would never pick up the sword so this does not apply to us, please consider the workings of our tongue. After all, life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Therefore, let us not praise one moment and curse the next because both of these acts flow from the same vessel. Shall we cleanse our tongues from all unrighteousness so that we can boldly speak the praises of God to one another? Yield your will to the Spirit of God and it will be so!
Whenever someone conquers a nation or nations, some will rebel against the loss of freedom or independence and this typically initiates war. So, following the first seal which brought on a shifting of world power, the rider on the fiery red horse encourages war. The rider is indeed given authority to take peace from the earth but as Christ followers we know that Jesus GAVE us His peace and will not take it from us. The ONLY way we will lose His peace is if we relinquish it by an act of our will. Jesus said Himself, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you.” (John 14:27). Once Jesus gives it He does NOT take it back. HALLELUJAH!!!
Remember we discussed that the description here in Revelation parallels Matthew 24:6-7. “You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, kingdom against kingdom.” Jesus also says, “Don’t assume that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34
Let’s also remember Jesus said, “Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.” (John 14:27). He love you sweet beloved. Lets also love Him and not let our hearts be troubled or fearful because perfect love cast our fear. Love does not shrink back in fear but shares the truth we know so that others can live. Be bold DIVAs!
In His grace,