And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.(Revelation 6:3-4)
In John’s vision of the throne room of God, a drama unfolds which is of universal significance. The One who sits upon the throne holds a book in his hand. The book is the Word of the consummation of the plan of God to undo all of the effects of the fall; sin, death, decay, corruption, and to usher in a new creation. “Behold I make all things new”, saith the Lord.
But as we saw earlier, only a man can open the seals of the book, “for by man came death”, therefore , “By man (must) come the resurrection of the dead”. But who is worthy to open the book?
There is only one man who is qualified to open the book and commence the New Creation of God. Jesus of Nazareth, who bears in his own body the marks of slaughter, having offered himself to the Father as a sacrifice for our sins is worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof.
The seals are in effect the necessary preconditions for all that is in the book to begin to come to pass. When the Cherub cried out “Come!”, it wasn’t Christ who came but a White horse and rider.
The rider on the white horse is the spirit of “Anti-Christ”. He offers a substitute Kingdom of God, and a substitute salvation for the earth. Christ will come to judge the world on a white horse, but first AntiChrist must ride. The actual person, who is designated as the Son of Perdition, also as the Beast, the little horn, arrives in the context of the Spirit of AntiChrist, which pervades the world.
The world he comes to, and which for the most part receives him, has been preconditioned already, to reject anything that smacks of the real Christ, as being “judgmental”, “Homophobic” and “negative”. Those who have helped to prepare the world to embrace the “New Christ” are the “many anti-christs”, (false teachers, and false prophets), which John warned about even in his day.
The opening of the second seal unleashes another precondition for the return of Christ, the rider of the red horse. The red horseman brings in a tsunami of wanton violence upon the whole world. As in the days of Noah, when “violence covered the earth”, so shall it be in the time of the red horseman.
The rider of red horse comes from God to defy the aspirations of all of those who have attempted to construct a beautiful humanistic world of peace without repentance and to the exclusion of God.
How the humanists and atheists long for peace! But it must be denied them. I remember clearly the elation we all felt when the “Evil Empire”, the Soviet Union and her satellite states collapsed into the “dustbin of history”. One American sociologist even wrote a book about it called “The End of History” in which he posited that the west would now usher in a golden age of peace, prosperity and global trade.
But there can be no peace. Not without repentance.How vain is the imagination that we can construct a humanistic Eden without God ? What did we think would become of us ,seeing we sanction the slaughter of the unborn, promote perversions such as homosexuality and fornication? Should we be surprised at the violence and insecurity of the “brave New World” we have constructed without God?
Radicalized, oil financed Islam is just one of the expressions of the ‘red horse’ of violence.
We in the west are of necessity now familiar with a new terminology, using Arabic words such as “Jihad”, “Shariah”, and “al Taqqiya”, for it seems as though the temporary restraints have been lifted from the Mohammedans. Through the combination of the folly of immigration policy and multiculturalism’s destruction of western civilizational confidence Muslims have never seen better prospects for their long coveted subjugation of the western world.
Think of the billions that have been spent in security, the countless hours spent waiting at checkpoints in airports and other transportation hubs, removing shoes, having magnetic images made of our naked bodies,for entire traveling populations, so that we won’t have to profile the adherents of a murderous ideology.
Violence has already been a factor in human history, but several factors contribute to my sense that the Red Horse is Riding across the world. The heavy levels of immigration, legal and illegal contributes to increased levels of ethnic violence, crime, and the overall balkanization of whole populations, especially in the west.
The entertainment media is saturated with violence. Children can soak themselves in vicarious murder and mayhem through the various video games, which are often a virtual orgy of violence. Even our athletics are hearkening more and more to the gladiatorial days, as cage fighters, the obscene parody called pro wrestling, and Ultimate fighting becomes ever more popular.
The culture of death, ie the acceptance of abortion as birth control is itself a phenomena of immense violence. The USA recently passed the 50 millionth abortion milepost.
Why should any be surprised by a Kermit Gosnell, whose “clinic” was raided after he botched one too many abortions and killed two of his “Patients”. It was discovered that he had actually brought eight babies to term and murdered them with a pair of scissors. His squalid “women’s Health center” was overlooked numerous times by Philadelphia health inspectors. Why? They wouldn’t want to inhibit abortion in any way, thus this animal was allowed to practice “medicine” for years on the poor and ignorant.
Should we be surprised at the judgments overtaking us? The crime waves, terrorism, illegal immigration and the lawlessness that it engenders, are all manifestations of the red horse of violence who takes peace from the earth.
The homo-sexualization of society on every level portends violence as well. In spite of the best efforts to disguise this unseemly aspect of the perversion, the truth can’t be long hidden. Sexual perversion is violent, even murderous. The Bible doesn’t portray Homosexuals as ‘poor, oppressed and bullied minorities”, but as violently depraved sinners, who will stop at nothing to fulfill their lusts.
There will be no “Age of Aquarius” or any sort of humanistic utopia fashioned by our godless elite in spite of their best efforts. Already the Red Horse of violence is riding, and the only relief will be found in the new Ark, the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ.