Today at church the preacher explained the four horsemen of the apocalypse. It was such a useful sermon that I thought it might be a good idea to condense it and post it for the benefit of others. Always before I leave for church I pray and ask the Lord to give us whatever message He wants us to receive through the mouth of the brother and to let nothing stand in His way. The Lord hooked us up this morning.
First of all the preacher explained a fundamental rule of bible study, which is ‘don’t form an opinion that creates a contradiction’. In other words if you have an opinion or scenario in mind that make two bible verses contradict each other then your opinion is wrong and you need to go back and read some more.
Now on to the first horseman. The first horseman, the one on the white horse isn’t at all what I used to think. Which is dumb because just a little cross referencing explains clearly who this is. Lets look at what the word says about Him in Revelation 6, a crown was given to Him and He went out to conquer. Now lets cross reference this with Revelation 19:11-16. Here we have a more detailed description of the first horseman. Again He is on a whites horse, He has many crowns and again He is conquering. He smites the nations and rules over them with an iron rod. This is the same horseman. He is called ‘Word of God’ and ‘Lord of lords and King of kings’. This is obviously the Lord Jesus. So the first of the four horsemen is Jesus. He conquers, it’s the beginning of His kingdom which is the church. First Corinthians 15:54-57 explains how He has conquered death itself. All death does for the believer is liberate us from the clay pot that we walk around in while we are on the earth. It’s a victory for the believer not for death because all death gets is the clay pot.
Now for the other three horsemen. These don’t represent specific events in time but rather they represent general conditions that the world will endure until the Lord’s return. The second horseman on the red horse is obviously war. There have been very few periods of real peace in the world there’s usually a war going on somewhere. We’re in a war right now.
The third horseman on the black horse has a balance and represents famine. We don’t think about famine much in the United States now days but we’ve dealt with it in the past and in other parts of the world famine is and has been a problem. Thousands starved in North Korea so Kim Jong could afford to build nukes and rockets.
The fourth horseman on the pale horse is death as the scripture clearly says. Another condition that has always been around and always will be until the Lord returns. A third of the population of Europe died during the black plague.
Any person living at any time since the Lord’s time on earth could have looked around at what was going on in the world and if they understood who the horsemen were they would honestly say ‘yes that’s exactly what we have going on’. War, famine and death, the last three horsemen, have always been with us and will be until the Lord returns. Fortunately for the Christian we also have the first horseman. Even though we are still in the world and have to put up with the troubles of the world the Lord Jesus is still with us. We belong to Him. He said ‘I am always with you, even to the end of the world’.
It’s my personal opinion that the first appearance of Him on the white horse in Revelation six represents the beginning of the kingdom of God which is the Church age. And the second appearance of Him on the white horse in Revelation 19 represents the second coming of the Lord Jesus. I wholeheartedly look forward to it. I think we are somewhere between the two right now but are getting close to the second. I haven’t had a chance to talk to the preacher about this aspect yet but I will. I will post a follow-up when I do.