|The "four horses" are the opening of the first four seals. Jesus is showing what has happened and what was going to
happen to the early church. His interest is to receive a group of people for his "bride" which will be finished by the end
of the sixth seal. The seventh seal will take place during the next one thousand year period.
The first four seals are conditions of time that existed in which changes came upon Christianity. These changes made
a great impact on the salvation of the individuals in each condition.
The riders represent the leaders, the horses represent the churches.
Song of Solomon 1:9: have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh's chariots.
Zechariah 10:3: Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the LORD of hosts hath
visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle.
The opening of the first seal begins with a noise of thunder. This was the opening of the new born church on the day of
Pentecost. The 120 people were speaking with the voice of the new born church. By the Holy Ghost they were
speaking in another tongue.
The early apostles and the ministry under them had the pure understanding of what the church doctrine was to
accomplish in the lives of the people. The overcoming life, 100% pure, faultless, sinless living conditions, was the
white condition, pure peace. This was done for a short period of time representing the "WHITE HORSE."
The opening of the second seal begins when men start to create their own ways of living. Paul said, "there is no other
gospel." But, that didn't stop them because sin was the ruling element in their lives. This was the "RED HORSE" as in
Isaiah 1. Red represents sin. This brought on a civil war within the church. There were men fighting to gain control
and some who were standing for Christ. Paul said in Acts 20:29-20, "For I know this, that after my departing shall
grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse
things, to draw away disciples after them." This war was taking the peace away from the church. Their "sword" was
the word of God used in their own selfish ways.
The opening of the third seal begins when the church continues to lose truth after truth. When no one is around to
show them the way to live, all that is left is the written word. Year after year less is understood. They now have a little
bit of truth compared to a great deal of untruth. Their minds are darkened by sin. This represents the "BLACK
HORSE." The people became separated.
The opening of the fourth seal is when the church is in it's worst condition. The church became more unnatural, not
Christ-like at all. It became deathly. It became the universal church. All other religions became a part of this system.
(Hell followed). It's rules were so harsh that they killed all those that did not believe in this union or the authority of their
II Timothy 2:9: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10:
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that
they might be saved. This represents the "PALE HORSE."
|The Four Horses of Revelation 6
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