Title: The Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Text: Revelation 6:1-8.
CIT: Conflict, war, famine and death are unleashed with great destruction and power upon the
Theme: What can I do to be ready for God’s judgment upon unrepentant mankind.
Should we believe what we hear and read in the news?
Has oil and food really gone scarce?
Do we need to stock up on food, water and other essentials getting ready for hard times that are surely coming?
Do we need to hunker down in a bunker somewhere?
What can we do to survive the economic crisis?
The stock market is tumbling down.
The dollar is not worth but almost half a euro.
What to do? How long do we have?
Is Christ returning?
What if I could set your mind at ease today about the present but awaken you to the coming judgment tomorrow?
Would you listen?
---- Not to some crazed preacher but the inspired, infallible, Word of God?
\\ I want to preach this morning on the Four
Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
But, before I do, I want to look at some background information which will help you in understanding the time line involved in this chapter and the rest of the Book of Revelation.
Beginning in Revelation 6, we have what is called the beginning of /“The Day of the Lord.”
/ The/ “Day of the Lord” /begins with seven years of tribulation and includes the 1,000 year reign of Christ on the earth.
The event that ends the/ “Day of the Lord” /is the /“Great White Throne of Judgment” /before which all the unsaved of eternity will stand and be judged.
The seven years of tribulation is most commonly referred to as /“The Great Tribulation.”
/ Other names are also applied to these seven years of tribulation.
It is called /“The Time of Jacob’s Trouble” /or /“The Time of Israel’s Trouble.”
/ The seven years of tribulation actually form the 70th week of Daniel’s prophetical seventy weeks found in Daniel 9:24-27.
The weeks of the seventieth week of Daniel are recorded in Revelation 6-19 and Matthew 24 and 25.
Now, back to Revelation 6 and the opening of the first seal.
Here we see:
Conqueror Conquering (Revelation 6:1-2).
/Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come.”
And I looked, and behold, a white horse.
He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer./
Also turn to Matthew 24:4-5:
/And Jesus answered and said unto them, “Take heed that no man deceive you.
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”/
Jesus tells His followers /“not to be fooled.”/
Well, Revelation 6:1 is where many are going to be fooled.
Here we find a king who comes riding in on a white horse speaking love and peace.
We are immediately reminded of the Jesus of the Gospels and the Jesus who is riding a white horse in Revelation 19.
But this is another ruler and you need to be careful.
It is the Anti-Christ.
The Tribulation begins with a new ruler rising to power on the scene of world history.
This is the leader that Daniel wrote about in Daniel 7, 9, and 11, who is coming to power in the end times.
He is the one who /“opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”/
It’s easy for the child of God to get caught up in the world’s hype.
If you listen to enough newscasts or read enough newspapers, you will start to believe anything.
Our present world is all set to crown such a ruler king.
It isn’t difficult for me to see how an allegiance to a counterfeit Christ could be easily developed and put in place right now, today.
The Bible teaches that this coming world ruler will be energized and strengthened by the power of Satan.
Don’t be deceived by anyone who claims to have all the right answers.
What our world needs today is Jesus.
Do you have Him?
Second, I want us to notice the:
Terrorist Terrorizing (Revelation 6:3-4).
/When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.”
Another horse, fiery red, went out.
And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword./
Also turn in your Bible to Matthew 24:6.
/And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet./
The Red Horse of war, oppression, and trouble follows the White Horse of dictatorship.
Readers of history already know what happens when usurpers seize power.
Give Mussolini absolute power in Italy, he dreams of world power and begins his slaughter in Ethiopia.
Give Hitler unchallenged power in Germany, he sets out to conquer the world.
Let the little Corporal Napoleon Bonaparte seize power in France, he aims then that all Europe and bathes the nations in blood.
Saddam Hussein was given total power in Iraq and soon through ethnic cleansing hundreds of thousands of people died.
He ran out of things to do and people to kill so he invaded Kuwait where he killed, looted, raped and pillaged that nation.
I could go on forever talking about the inclinations of despots who rise to power.
I want to emphasize one thing, you haven’t seen anything yet.
The Anti-Christ will eclipse them all and leave them in shame.
What happens when the Red Horse appears on the scene.
Peace Is Ended.
Efforts to bring world peace are constantly being advocated by world leaders.
Whether we are talking about world peace or individual peace, it is never going to come without Jesus being on the throne.
So the wars and slaughter of this age we live in are the beginning of sorrows.
The Red Horse pictures the end of peace on earth when the Anti-Christ seizes power.
People are Killed.
We cannot predict how many people will be killed during the tribulation.
In Revelation 6:8, one fourth of the population is killed.
During the sixth seal of judgment, one third of the people left on the earth will be eliminated.
Together this is half of the earth’s population.
These figures do not include the other judgments found in Revelation that indicate death and destruction to the people of the earth.
Chapter 8 tells of men dying because of poisoned water, an earthquake will kill seven thousand in chapter 11, the demon possessed army of the Anti-Christ of two hundred million men are going to be killed at Armageddon in chapter 14.
I don’t believe anyone who accepts Christ during the tribulation will survive until Christ comes and sets up His kingdom.
What a devastating bunch of killing.
Power Is Centralized.
In our text the rider is given a /“great sword” /emphasizing unusual powers and authority.
All military and governmental power is given to this rider on the Red Horse.