I know I already posted today, but I am posting again.
I know I already responded to the daily prompt today, but I am responding again.
Because I want to.
Last year I challenged myself, in the month of December, to make each daily prompt to which I respond about Jesus. In honor of His birthday.
So here I go.
I spent the morning preparing to teach Revelation 6 on Monday night. Studying Revelation is really bringing what is important in life into focus. And it’s putting all the nonsense of life into perspective.
In Revelation 4, John wept because there was NO ONE anywhere in heaven or on earth or under the earth who was worthy to open the scroll – not even Jesus.
Until He showed up as a slain Lamb.
Even Jesus wasn’t worthy until He was slain.
It was His sacrifice, not His being, that made Him worthy.
And as He took the scroll with the seven seals, there was much REJOICING in heaven.
But then He started to open those seals and, here on earth, not so much.
Jesus opened the first seal and John saw a white horse. It’s rider held a bow and was given a crown. He rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
I wonder if that rider is Jesus on a conquest to rescue as many as possible from the coming wrath. Or perhaps the rider is the Holy Spirit, and with His bow He is going to shoot arrows of Truth, prophecy and warning.
Isaiah said, “He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.” 49:2
Zechariah said, “Then the Lord will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lightning.” 9:14a
So I’m thinking the bow belongs to Jesus.
Then He opened the second seal and John saw a fiery red horse with a rider who had the power to take away peace, a large sword and the ability to make people kill each other.
That rider seems to be riding high these days.
At the opening of the third seal, John saw a black horse with a rider who was holding a pair of scales. He heard a voice saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”
The commentaries I read say this rider is bringing famine, but I disagree. Here’s why:
The Greek word translated as a pound, is “choinix”.
Here’s how Strong’s lexicon defines it: “a choenix, a dry measure…less than our quart, one litre, or as much as would support a man of moderate appetite for a day.
So I’m thinking the rider is providing exactly what the people to whom he is riding need – their daily bread.
“and do not damage the oil and the wine!” AND, not but.
Here is more evidence that the crops are being spared, not destroyed:
Zechariah went on to say, “The Lord their God will save his people on that day… How attractive and beautiful they will be! Grain will make the young men thrive, and new wine the young women.” 9:16-17
Wheat, barley and wine to make the young men and women thrive.
Now look here at Zechariah 6:1-8:
I looked up again, and there before me were four chariots coming out from between two mountains—mountains of bronze. The first chariot had red horses, the second black, the third white, and the fourth dappled—all of them powerful. I asked the angel who was speaking to me, “What are these, my lord?”
The angel answered me, “These are the four spirits of heaven, going out from standing in the presence of the Lord of the whole world. The one with the black horses is going toward the north country, the one with the white horses toward the west, and the one with the dappled horses toward the south.”
When the powerful horses went out, they were straining to go throughout the earth. And he said, “Go throughout the earth!” So they went throughout the earth.
Then he called to me, “Look, those going toward the north country have given my Spirit rest in the land of the north.”
I rest my case.
Back to the seals.
The opening of the fourth seal brought a pale horse whose rider is Death, and Hades was hot on his heals. Death and Hades were given power over a quarter of the earth to kill by sword, famine, plague and wild beasts.
The opening of the fifth seal revealed the souls of those who have been martyred, waiting under the altar to be avenged.
And then the sixth scroll opens and things grow dark.
The sun turns black, the moon turns blood red and the stars fall from the sky.
The heavens recede like a scroll being rolled up and everything changes.
Princes and paupers alike hide in caves and between mountain rocks. Wealth, position, popularity, intelligence, cunning and celebrity cannot save them. “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne,” they cry to the rocks, “and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?”
Except those who take refuge in Jesus.