Fourth Seal - Death
Revelation 6:7 HCSB When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!" 8 And I looked, and there was a pale green horse. The horseman on it was named Death, and Hades was following after him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill by the sword, by famine, by plague, and by the wild animals of the earth.
Christ has opened the fourth seal.
It had looked like things were going to be normal after all the people had disappeared (rapture). We thought that our savior had come and accomplished so much in regaining order to life (first horse). It was like he was a white knight on a white horse.
But then war broke out which resulted in violence and blood everywhere (second horse). It is difficult to maintain normal day to day life.
Then the crops were effected which meant those who were not wealthy could no longer afford any thing except food and that was barely (third horse).
Every day is becoming more of a struggle to stay alive.
It is getting much worse. It's like the earth has become a place of death with no real living.
There is so much violence, food is scarce and not affordable to those who are not wealthy, disease abounds because people are weak, and the animals food supply is down so they are attacking.
What is really happening?
Ezekiel 5:15 ESV You shall be a reproach and a taunt, a warning and a horror, to the nations all around you, when I execute judgments on you in anger and fury, and with furious rebukesâ€”I am the Lord; I have spokenâ€” 16 when I send against you the deadly arrows of famine, arrows for destruction, which I will send to destroy you, and when I bring more and more famine upon you and break your supply of bread. 17 I will send famine and wild beasts against you, and they will rob you of your children. Pestilence and blood shall pass through you, and I will bring the sword upon you. I am the Lord; I have spoken."
Ezekiel 6:11 ESV Thus says the Lord God: "Clap your hands and stamp your foot and say, Alas, because of all the evil abominations of the house of Israel, for they shall fall by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence. 12 He who is far off shall die of pestilence, and he who is near shall fall by the sword, and he who is left and is preserved shall die of famine. Thus I will spend my fury upon them.
Ezekiel 14:21 ESV "For thus says the Lord God: How much more when I send upon Jerusalem my four disastrous acts of judgment, sword, famine, wild beasts, and pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast!
In these verses we know;
1. These judgments are from God. They are under the authority and power of God.
2. These judgments are the wrath of God coming to punish sin. These judgments result in death because the payment for sin is death (Romans 6:23)
3. Sword, famine, pestilence, and beasts are the "four sore judgments."
4. There will be no way of escape
Death is sent and Hades is following him (fourth horse). What does this mean?
Who Is The Fourth Horse
People are dying in the wake of Death's actions and Hades is taking the souls of the unsaved in order to stand before God in judgment.
Revelation 20:13 ESV And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
The death toll in this seal will be in the billions as of 2018. And yet there are more judgments coming and things will become far worse. These judgments do not end until Christ returns to reign over the earth.
We have never seen or experienced anything like this. How do you prepare for the kind of destruction God will bring.
Jesus has the answer
Luke 21:25 ESV "And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."
These events will be so terrible they will terrorize the people. It will be frightening to the point that men's hearts will fail them watching what is happening and what is coming. All of this and what we will see that is to come will, for the saved, bring joy at the expectation of being with Christ Jesus forever.
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