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: “When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, ‘Come.’ And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the Earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.” Revelation 6: 3-4
Here is the main idea of the passage: “At the breaking of the second seal, a rider on a red horse appeared. He was given a mighty sword and was sent out to remove peace from the Earth. The picture here is of warfare. Throughout history, conquest has led to warfare and civil war. The rider on the white horse went out to ‘win many battles,’ and in his wake came warfare. The color of this horse, red, symbolizes great blood-shed upon the Earth.” (Life Application New Testament Commentary)
Here are the five points of this passage:
- “The next three seals give us a sad prospect of great and desolating judgments with which God punishes those who either refused or abused the everlasting Gospel…Who this was that sat upon the red horse, whether Christ Himself, as Lord of Hosts, or the instruments He raised up to conduct the war, is not clear; but this is certain, that those who will not submit to the bow of the Gospel must expect to be cut in sunder by the sword of divine justice.” (Matthew Henry Commentary)
- “…the events attending the breaking of the seals may not constitute the end itself but instead events leading up to the end. This structure is paralleled in Matthew 24, where wars, famines, and other evils are but the ‘beginning of woes,’ not the end itself.” (The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)
- The rider did not need to bring war and destruction. All he needed to do was take peace from the Earth.” Peace is God’s gift and not our natural state, given the depravity of mankind. “Since WWII there have been more than 150 wars of some kind in the world.” (David Guzik Commentary)
- 4- “Its blood-red appearance speaks of the holocaust of war (Matthew24:7). God will grant this horse and its rider the power to create worldwide war. But as horrible as this judgment is, it will only be the ‘birth pangs,’ the beginning pains of God’s wrath. “…men would slay one another.” Violent slaughter will become commonplace.” (John MacArthur Study Bible)
- As a consequence of this chaos, nation will rise up against nation.
Very few people like to discuss the judgment to come. This contradicts the Prosperity Gospel which many in the 21st Century prefer- butterflies and roses. Yet, ignoring this biblical truth has detrimental consequences that will “echo throughout eternity,” (Gladiator). For those who are in Christ, you will be safe in His arms. God would have already raptured His children into Heaven for everlasting life (1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17). Nevertheless, reading Revelation reminds us of man’s desperate need for Savior- Jesus alone. Furthermore, Christ followers have a responsibility to spread the hope and Good News found only in Him (Matthew 28: 16-20).
Quote: “Alas, how many red horses have been ridden throughout the ages?” A.T. Robertson
Additional Readings: Matthew 24, Revelation 6
Prayer: Father God thank you for being holy. “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14) In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.