Daniel 9:27, “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” John begins to explain the first half of the beginning of the 7 year tribulation! Jesus takes the sealed book and begins to open the seals!
The rider on the white horse with the bow has been speculated differently. Some believe it is Jesus, some believe it represent’s all of creation’s greed, but most scholars today believe this rider is none other than the Antichrist himself! Remember, the Antichrist will not appear at first as a villain.
The Antichrist now exchanges his white horse for a fiery red one! God temporarily gives the antichrist authority over the world. He exchanges his bow for a sword and the world peace ends shortly as wars between countries escalate.
The black horse coincides with the famine that is to come to the whole world. The rider hasn’t changed…it’s stil the antichrist…and he comes holding scales (weight balances). This will indicate that the governement’s will have control over the food as food will grow scarce. The quart of wheat & three quarts of barley were almost nothing and the poor would receive little…while the oil & wine were reserved for the filthy rich.
This pale (greenish) horse represents 1/4 of the earth’s population being wiped out by Death & Hades. Death would come to many, in what would be the largest amount of people to die in all of history!
In the OT, priests would poor the blood of sacrifce under the alter…but here we see the souls of those sacrificed for Christ under the alter of God. But it wasn’t time for God’s vengence, for others who would yet come to know Christ during the tribulation would come and have to die for His Name’s sake. There were still to be more martyrs…and in fact in the past century…more have died for Jesus’ name then the 1900 years preceding it. And there are still more to come! Are you ready to die for Jesus?
World chaos will come & a mighty earthquake will desolate much of the earth. The people who experience this will know it is of the Mighty Hand of God. This begins the second half of the 7 year period of tribulation.
Regarding application…Wrath of God. vs. 16, “They 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!” Yes indeed…this is the same Lamb who takes away the sins of the world….the same Lamb who died for all that they know God. But now we see the wrath of the Lamb! But what is wrath? Dictionary meaning: punishment for an offence. But realize that God is not vengeful and full of anger as we would understand it. One day soon Jesus will come back to give the biggest consequence to a sinful world. But it is not our right to shell out wrath…that is only reserved for God. We must continue to love & draw the lost & sinner to Christ. But one day, sinners will have no more time. May we do our best to show this lost world the most incredible Love of the Lamb!