Author’s Note: Most are afraid of the Book of Revelation. Christians are often easily frightened by the misconceptions of “Armageddon,” fabrications, or Hollywood’s portrayal of merely bad theology. Furthermore, most who attempt to read the book are easily confused. Therefore, More Than Judas will be spending the next several weeks analyzing the Book of Revelation.
Please understand this study will not attempt to expound on every minute detail in Revelation. 2 Minutes With God would quickly escalate into 2 Hours With God. However, this analysis will consider the critical aspects of each chapter, as well as their underlining purposes and application of the Scriptures. Each study will contain five critical points and one main idea. Because the text is so complicated, this will streamline the material in a “layman” reader friendly format.
For those who would like to further research this book, I suggest Warren W. Wiersbe’s, Be Victorious Study Guide on Revelation, or John MacArthur’s, Revelation-The Christian’s Ultimate Victory. Outside of scholarly publications, both accounts have been very influential to me in understanding such a difficult text.
Lastly, this daily devotional will be written for the common man- not the theologian. I seldom ever debate Eschatological perspectives. Nor do I ever plan to. I know brilliant biblical scholars on all sides that can make valid arguments for explaining their positions regarding Revelation. The most important task at hand is glorifying Jesus Christ- not to win the arguments amongst faithful Christians.
Nevertheless, for the case of this MTJ Study, everything will be considered through a Progressive Dispensationalist-Premillennial Viewpoint, a Pretribulation point of view concerning the Rapture, as well as a literal interpretation, which allows for symbolism of Scripture and Christ’s Second Coming. Please feel free to post any specific questions concerning the text in the Facebook thread.
Discussions regarding particular theological inquiries or philosophies can be had there.
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Verses: “Then I saw the Lamb open one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, ‘Come!’ I looked, and there was a white horse. The horseman on it had a bow; a crown was given to him, and he went out as a victor to conquer.” Revelation 6: 1-2
Here is the main idea of this passage: Chapter 6 introduces the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. These characters are symbolic of the events which will occur throughout the end of the world. Furthermore, these images signify the first four seals wrapped upon the book which only Jesus Christ, the true Lamb, was worthy to take from God’s throne.
Here are the five points of this passage:
- To begin. Let’s consider a quick synopsis of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse found in Revelation 6:
- “The lifting of the first four seals is portrayed in this section as Four Horsemen, an image likely drawn from Zechariah 1: 7-11,” an Old Testament text. (HCSB Study Bible)
- The first horseman on scene is riding a white horse, which signifies the Anti-Christ (Revelation 6:2).
- Next, the second horseman arrives on a fiery red horse. This rider is given a sword and embodies the warfare which will occur in the end times (Revelation 6:4).
- Thirdly, the horseman appears on a black horse, holding a pair of scales in his hands, symbolizing the Great Famine (Revelation 6:5-6) that will exist before the world comes to an end.
- Finally, the fourth horseman emerges on scene occupying a pale horse. The rider is named Death, and Hades follows close behind him (Revelation 6:8).
- Obviously this is why people fear the end of the world. Already with the coming of the Four Horsemen we see the arrival of the Anti-Christ, and great wars and conflict. As a consequence of the war there will be a great famine. Costs for food and water will be massively inflated. Lastly, the rider of the fourth horse is given authority to kill one-fourth of the Earth’s population.
- Yet there is one critical point missing from the secular positions that portray “Armageddon” as a situation without hope. Omitted from nearly all of the Hollywood portrayals is the Person of Jesus Christ. There is redemption to be found through Christ alone. Those who are securely in Christ will already be in His presence before the arrival of the Four Horsemen (Pre-tribulation View Point).
- 2- Who is the Anti-Christ? The Greek term antichristos is used in the Bible only in a few selected places, such as: “Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour,” (1 John 2:18).
- The word itself indicates an opponent of Christ. However, there is a caveat to this explanation. “The Anti-Christ is coming: John here refers to an individual who has captured the imagination of many people, including those who don’t even know the Bible. Many are ignorant about this person called the Anti-Christ, except what they have learned from movies like The Omen…Most people have focused on the idea of the ‘opposite Jesus.’ This has made them think that the Anti-Christ will appear as a supremely evil person. They think that as much as Jesus went around doing good, the Anti-Christ will go around doing bad. As much as Jesus spoke only truth, the Anti-Christ will speak only lies. This emphasizes the idea of the ‘opposite Jesus’ too much. The Anti-Christ will instead be more of an ‘instead of Jesus.’ He will look wonderful, be charming and successful. He will be the ultimate winner, and appear as an angel of light.” (David Guzik Commentary)
The arrival of the Four Horsemen is absolutely a frightening depiction. Yet, Christ Followers must focus on the hope discovered in Jesus alone. Paraphrasing a few well-known theologians, there is one truth the Book of Revelation absolutely reveals: When Jesus first came He did so to save depraved men from their sin. When Jesus returns, He will judge the corrupt sin in men. In other words, the sin a person willingly uncovers, Jesus Christ will cover by His blood. The sin, one attempts to cover, Jesus Christ will uncover, for all to see.
Quote: “I would rather go to Heaven alone than go to Hell in company.” R.A. Torrey
Additional Readings: Revelation 6
Prayer: Father God, thank you for the hope I find in Jesus alone. Consume me today. May my life be a reflection of You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.