Revelation Explained

This site contains my personal views on Revelation. I will be teaching through the book verse by verse. My teachings will be from a conservative evangelical background.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The Fourth Horseman: Death

"When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, 'Come!' I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! 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." (Revelation 6:7,8 - New International Version)

We should keep reminding ourselves that these events will occur over a period of time. By the time the fourth seal is opened, we may be well into the second year of the Tribulation.

The rider of the fourth horse is death and hell follows him. During the period represented by this seal, one quarter of the world's population will die. The world now has over 6 billion people. This would mean the death of over a billion and a half people!

These people will be killed in one of four ways. There will continued fighting in many parts of the world in spite of the Antichrist's efforts to contain it. Famine will take a terrible toll. Disease (translated, death in the King James Version) will be at epidemic levels. Wild beasts will begin to roam the empty streets searching for prey as civilization crumbles.

The four horsemen of the Apocalypse picture a horrible time that is coming. This should make us understand how vain it is to build our hopes upon this world. This things of this world can be destroyed. Eternal treasures cannot.

The Revelation should also make us aware of how little time we may have left. Soon destruction may come, and many of those we know may die. We need to prepare them for the Tribulation by sharing the Gospel with them.


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