Who Sends The Riders Of Destruction?

July 21, 2014

Rev. ch. 5 speaks about “the Lamb” who is worshipped and we know He is Jesus, the One “who was slain” (v. 12) to atone for the sins of mankind.

Rev. ch. 6 is about six seals being opened, all which bring about suffering, destruction, and death.

The first seal opened allows a rider on a white horse to go forth with a bow and a crown, and as a conqueror. (v. 2) Wow… this already is not sounding very loving, or humble, or just. Who is it who dares to ride out to conquer and rule others? And who is it who would so “arrogantly” send him out?

The second seal opened allows a rider on a fiery red horse to be given a large sword. This rider is given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. (v. 4) What?… this sounds outright violent. Who is it who dares to send such a rider forth?

The third seal opened allows a rider on a black horse to go forth with a pair of scales in his hand to weigh out food rations in time of famine. (v. 5,6) Wow… who would decree such hardship upon the earth?

The fourth seal opened allows a rider on a pale horse to go forth. This rider’s name is Death, and Hades follows close behind him. They are given power over a fourth of the earth to kill using sword, famine, plague, and beasts. (v. 8 ) Horrible… Who would be so “cruel” as to send these riders out on such a mission?

The fifth seal opened reveals those who were martyred for their testimony concerning the Word of God and reveals their cry to the Holy God about when He would avenge the earth’s inhabitants of their blood. (v. 9-11) God did not rebuke them but they were told to wait until more believers were martyred. (v. 11) Strange… who would be calling for more time so that more people could be martyred?

The sixth seal opened allows for a great earthquake that causes chaos in the earth and across the heavens, and causes all people to be terrified and wish to die. (v. 12-17) And who are the people terrified of? Whose wrath are they acknowledging and longing to escape from? We see who it is in verses 16 and 17 when the people “called to the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?'”

It’s God’s wrath? The God who is Love? The Lamb? The Lamb who was slain to pardon mankind? HE is the One who has been sending forth riders of chaos, suffering, and death? But, but, we believe Jesus to be gentle, kind, compassionate, forgiving, merciful, and just. How can He be sending these riders against “innocent” people?! Is it truly His wrath that is making the earth reel under destruction and bloodshed?

“I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals.” (v. 1) “When the Lamb opened the second seal…” (v. 3) “When the Lamb opened the third seal…” (v. 5) “When the Lamb opened the fourth seal…” (v. 7) And He opened the fifth and the sixth as well. (v. 9,12)

And Jesus warns, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Mt. 10:34) “See, the Name of the LORD comes from afar, with burning anger and dense clouds of smoke; His lips are full of wrath, and His tongue is a consuming fire… He shakes the nations in the sieve of destruction… And you will sing as on the night you celebrate a holy festival; your hearts will rejoice…” (Isa. 30:27-29)

Let him who has ears to hear, listen! (Mt. 13:9 // Rev. 2:29)

with love,

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