Garrick Augustus (April 19, 2020)
In Revelation 6: 1-8, the proverbial “four In Revelation 6:1-8, the proverbial “four horsemen emerge” on the world stage, each heading up a specific work of “conquering” to be accomplished on earth. The key to understand this enigmatic prophecy in the seven seals is to acknowledge the internal evidence of Scripture, which declares of “the second rider,” that “power was given to him … to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another.” Since this rider takes peace from the earth, then the origins of these four horsemen extend back to the time when there was “peace” on this earth, thus back to the days of Eden. With this knowledge, we shall examine each discretely:
The first rider, having a crown and a bow, riding upon a white horse, is a clear sign of Adam and Eve, for we are told that “he went forth conquering, and to conquer,” for so it was commanded them of God to have “dominion” over the whole earth—the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every creeping thing.
The Second rider, having a peace-destroying sword, clearly represents the civilization that emerged after Adam’s, one in which great violence and bloodshed marred the face of the earth. The color red, is identical with our “sins” which are as “red as crimson,” and the sword in this context, is a weapon of war, for with it they should “kill” one another. Thus the earth changed from its edenic purity to ruby-red under sin.
The Third rider, on a black horse represents the era after the flood and extending through the entire Temple-sacrificial system, till the First Advent of Christ, when He was presented as the Lamb of God on Calvary’s hill. This third rider with the scales in his hands shows the time when the Law of God was given at the hand of Moses, and when the Word of God was being written. For this reason, God preserved His Word through the command, “see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.” These articles of Levitical worship were absolutely necessary in Israel’s presenting their offering to God, (see Num. 15: 4-7), and represent “Spirit” and “Life”—salvation through the inerrant Word of God.
The Fourth rider, bearing the name of “death”, and having “hell” (the grave) following in his wake, is indicative of the Roman period, following the death of Christ. It was during this time that the Church of God was severely persecuted by both Pagan and papal Rome, and the fires of this tyranny lasted for more than 1,500 years, having obtained temporary respite during the Protestant Reformation. To this the Bible confirms: “And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” Having a lifespan of 6000 years under sin, we see that Rome should rule for ¼ this time or 1500 years, a fact confirmed by sacred history. These tyrannical methods have all been employed by Rome and by extension the Roman Catholic Church against the true worshippers of God! The Historian preserved this record of the Roman Catholic Inquisition against Christians:
The Catholic Inquisition: “Compared with the persecution of heresy in Europe from 1227 to 1492, the persecution of Christians by Romans in the first three centuries after Christ was a mild and humane procedure. Making every allowance required of an historian and permitted to a Christian, we must rank the Inquisition, along with the wars and persecutions of our time, as among the darkest blots on the record of mankind, revealing a ferocity unknown in any beast.” Will Durant, 1950, The Age of Faith, Simon and Schuster, p. 784.
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