Vs. 1, “I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” For the next 13 chapters, we are now given a glimpse into the seven-year period of Tribulation. It’s important for us to remember that God is in control of these judgments that are to follow.
The rider on the white horse with the bow has been speculated differently. Some believe it is Jesus, some believe it represents 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 still the antichrist…and he comes holding scales (weight balances). This will indicate that the government’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 sacrifice 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 vengeance, 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!” Indeed, this is the same Lamb who takes away the sins of the world. But now we see the wrath of the Lamb! But what is wrath? Holman’s Bible Dictionary: His absolute opposition to sin and evil. But realize that God is not vengeful and full of anger, as we would understand it. It is not our right to shell out wrath. Wrath is reserved for God. Don’t get discouraged by the signs of the times, we know it’s going to get worse. We must continue to help seek and save the lost to Christ.