Before we get into our study for this week, I want to make you aware of what you’re going to discover as you gain insight into these things, as each revelation flows together in a logical progression from one event to the next. When you’re done you are not going to be scratching your head wondering what is that supposed to mean. Traditional studies make the mistake of looking at the book of Revelation as one long story and pulled scriptures (out of context) from other parts of the Bible to interpret the book. But when they did they came up with strange and incomplete answers, which didn’t make any sense and created conflicts with other parts of the book of Revelation. There was no rational for why this happened in one judgment and that happened in the next. But when studied from the seven stores perspective, we get an entirely new insight, which when brought together creates a complete picture with no conflicts and the events that happen in one judgment make sense and set the stage for the next judgment. Everything is going to be simple, logical and make sense.
As a tool to help in our understanding of these things, the preparation for learning these revelations from the Lord can be traced all the way back to my calling when the Lord took me through the Rapture when I was 12. After that event, my life was transformed in many ways including the freedom to come and go into Heaven anytime I wanted. In those early years when I was just beginning to visit Heaven, what do you think God focused on teaching me? For a 12 year old boy one would think God would start by teaching the Bible. We did study the Bible, but the very first things He taught me logic and critical thinking. Critical thinking is not about being critical, it is a process where one breaks down a concept or argument and then uses logic to remove emotional influences and analyze it to determine if it is based in truth or deception and if it supports the overall argument. These two tools were very important to my upbringing, in my career in computers and when Jesus began teaching about the book of Revelation. Everything He taught me went through this process of critical analysis.
For example, I can say with confidence that the previous post on the “First Seal” can in no way apply to the Antichrist, because in addition to the items mentioned in that post, the Antichrist is revealed in the “Sixth Seal.” Therefore, that seal is speaking to the rise of Terrorism, because logic and critical thinking make it the most obvious answer. The entire book of Revelation reads as simple as that when it is placed into the context of the seven stories.
Now let’s take a look at Seal Two.
Seal Two – The Red Horse
Seq. # 9
Ref: Rev. 6:3-4
With the second seal, (6:3, 4) the red horse takes peace from the earth so that people would kill one another. The symbolism of the red horse is very interesting. While the horse is a symbol of strength and war, the color red is that of judgment or atonement through the blood. Taking that imagery we look at the second seal as use of war (the sword) as a means to bring forth purification in the earth through the belief that killing others is a holy act.
Once again, this makes one wonder about the teachings of Islam in the Koran, which teaches to kill all the infidels, Jews and Christians, and anyone who will not convert to Islam or those who leave Islam. Their goal through terrorism is to remove peace and replace it with fear and death. Moreover, they receive a great sword to do it through those nations they conquered in the first seal. They are fulfilling a holy war of purification to cleanse the earth and that is a major teaching found in Islam.
Live in God's Peace.
* These short articles give you a high level summary look at these events. You can do a more detailed study of these subjects in the book: Tell Them to Prepare – A New Look at the book of Revelation.