December 8/Revelation 6

Verse 1 > always remember that the book of Revelation was written to encourage every believer that has ever lived. So no matter how bleak things seem to get remember The Lamb Wins! If you are a believer in Jesus and faithfully live for him you will come out on the winning side. Remember those famous words of our Lord in Habakkuk and repeated in Hebrews:

Habakkuk 2:4 (ESV) — 4 …but the righteous shall live by his faith.

Hebrews 10:37–38 (ESV) — 37 For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; 38 but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”

Faith in God leads to faithfully living for God no matter what the circumstance.

Verse 2 > Many scholars think that his is the start of the Tribulation Period when wickedness is judged by God. They believe that the rider on the white horse is the Anti-Christ who people follow because they view him as a savior and he wins many over to his side. I don’t know it could be. White seems to always indicate purity and the rider is wearing a crown. What if this is a picture Jesus defeating the forces of evil today as many people are repenting of their sins and turning to him so that they are transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light? This picture gives us hope.

Verses 3-4 > through out the centuries many people have rejected Jesus and so they have no peace; they are not at rest. The selfishness of mankind has caused all sorts of wars where millions of people have been slaughtered.

James 4:1–2 (NLT) — 1 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? 2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.

Sin brings its own consequences as we see here and with each horse and rider we will continue to see sin’s consequences.

Jeremiah 2:17–19 (NLT) — 17 And you have brought this upon yourselves by rebelling against the Lord your God, even though he was leading you on the way! 18 “What have you gained by your alliances with Egypt and your covenants with Assyria? What good to you are the streams of the Nile or the waters of the Euphrates River? 19 Your wickedness will bring its own punishment. Your turning from me will shame you. You will see what an evil, bitter thing it is to abandon the Lord your God and not to fear him. I, the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!

John 18:40 (NLT) — 40 But they shouted back, “No! Not this man. We want Barabbas!” (Barabbas was a revolutionary.)

Galatians 6:7 (NLT) — 7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.

Sin is like a hound dog tracking down the unrepentant sinners. And of course because we live in this sin soaked world we Christians suffer also. The difference though is that we do have the peace of Jesus within us. It truly is an adventure to live in this world especially if one is living for Jesus.

Verses 5-6 > famines have come and gone and it is the rich who hoard the oil and the wine for their own use. There are always those who are better off than others.

2 Corinthians 4:16–18 (NLT) — 16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

Verses 7-8 > wars, sickness, diseases like the plague, the flu, HIV, and E.coli viruses continue to claim the lives of people everyday regardless of our advancement in health care. The Christian is not immune to these things and so he lives trusting in his Lord for protection and healing.  Those without Jesus can only trust in man. We walk by faith not by sight.

Verses 9-11 > people are being martyred for the Lord everyday; they have been since Cain murdered Abel. Jesus said to count the cost if we wanted to be a disciple of his. Remember that this isn’t the only life you are going to live; the next one is for an eternity. It is because of the blood of the martyred Son of God that we have life today. As we live for the Lord their will always be casualties. We are in a war against and unseen enemy.

Matthew 10:28 (NLT) — 28 “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Verses 12-17 > this 6th seal certainly is futuristic in nature. This disturbance in the cosmos will be the end of the world as we know it. The wrath of the Lamb will be felt! No matter how bad things get there are always those who refuse to call on the name of the Lord. They will call on everything else like FEMA, the Red Cross, the National Guard, etc, but they won’t call on Jesus. Oh how foolish pride is! No one survives in this life or the next without Jesus.

John 10:28–29 (NLT) — 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.

No matter what happens The Father has us in his hand! When ever we need war grace, famine grace, sickness grace, calamity grace or martyr grace that is when we will get and not before.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT) — 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

Luke 21:12–15 (NLT) — 12 “But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will stand trial before kings and governors because you are my followers. 13 But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me. 14 So don’t worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you, 15 for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    The question asked at the end of verse 17 is easy to answer if you have put your faith in Jesus. I will!