Monday, 3 August 2015

Listen to the Hoofbeats!

Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!”  I looked, and there before me was a white horse…. A fiery red horse…. A black horse….a pale horse (Revelation 6:1-8)

In his vision here, the apostle John learns how our earthly story will unfold.  We are introduced to four ‘Apocalyptic Horsemen,’ as they gallop their way through history.  Start with number 2:

The RED horseman (v. 4) – represents war and slaughter, for he wields a sword and is the destroyer of peace, as people kill each other. Then we read of the BLACK horseman (v. 5) – representing economic hardship, for basic food gets priced high – but not luxuries.  The PALE horseman (v.8) – the colour of a corpse - represents death by the unexpected, including epidemics and disaster. Notice! 

1. THE HORSEMEN ARE TO BE EXPECTED.  A voice in the vision cries “Come!”…. and they do and will come – to the end of the age.

2. THE HORSEMEN ARE TO BE ENGAGED.  The followers of Christ  are to follow His example in bringing salvation’s message and loving service to a dying world – from leprosy patients onwards.

3. THE HORSEMEN ARE TO BE ELIMINATED, not in time, but in eternity.  Such evil will not end until the time comes for the Rider on the white horse to take over completely.

Yes, it seems that the crowned pure-white horseman - who goes ahead of all else in His ride through history on a conquest of LOVE – is Christ.  He carries His church through every ordeal; reappearing towards the end of the visions (chapter 19) – still riding, having been with us all alon