We Are the Four Horsemen (Part 1)

I have something heavy to share and I’m not happy to share it, although there is a sense of amazement I feel at the word of God along with many other emotions as you might also experience if what I write makes sense to you.

I’m not sure where to begin except to explain what just happened to me. If this or other cases of my sharing seems to be a kind of praying or doing things to be seen, I apologize and I hope you will see that I write these things in sincerity as someone who is trying to convey experiences and lessons learned, both for my good as I try to be a good steward of what the Lord gives and for the good of the brethren in Jesus Christ.

It’s no secret to the few who read this blog regularly that I have some on-going struggles, and they seem to be peaking lately. I’ve just spent the last few hours in prayer, which I’ve never done to this extent. In basic terms, I began by seeking the Lord with some personal problems. This led to self-assessment and conviction of the Holy Spirit, which led to seeking mercy from the Lord, thanking Him for showing me my errors, and asking for strength to do better. Nothing too out of the ordinary.

Then, something out of the ordinary did happen. Suddenly, the issue I have reminded me of the red horse in Revelation 6.

And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.

And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

The struggles I have cause me to do things that further harden the hearts of some instead of encourage to righteousness. The things I struggle with fuel conflict and destroy peace at times. The things I struggle with kill someone I love spiritually. What do I mean by killing spiritually? You can read this, but basically this is aligned with the teaching of Jesus that says if we hate in our heart, we are killing others.

I am like the red horseman. Great. Or, at least I was. I believe that the Lord is working.

I went on to read all four of the horsemen, then I realized, I am or have been all of those too — and not just me — all of us are. All of us Christians are. Maybe not each and every one of us, but as a collective. Christianity today can be represented by the four horsemen.

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.

And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

How does this relate to Christianity as a whole today? I want to write a series of articles about this, looking at each horseman in detail. In basic terms, we:

  • Go forth conquering the name of Jesus, but we do so in an unrighteous and destructive manner.
  • Kill one another, and we use the word of God very often to do so.
  • Neglect righteous judgement.
  • Bring death.

I’m not saying this is the only way to interpret this prophecy. I believe that all prophecy has an application depending on the season we are in. There could be a more literal application to come, but for now, I’m asking you to consider these things spiritually according to the teaching of Jesus given during His sermon on the mount (Matthew 5-7).

We need to consider ourselves and seek the Lord. If there is any way you can relate to these horsemen after doing so, repent. I believe these to be the very actions and mindsets that lead up to the desolation of Christianity and the arrival of the false Christ.

On a positive note, I also believe that in turning aside from these things, dying to the kingdoms of this world, and growing in the things of the kingdom of God, we will be spared from the great deception that consumes this world, both now and in the future. If we are hardened to this, we can ask Jesus to “open these seals” within our hearts as only He can do, and only Jesus can place the seal of God on us. We need to be sealed and in the right way. Not as one with a hard heart, but with a heart that is protected and secured in righteous doing as the world falls apart.

I understand if this sounds strange, but really its no new thing. “There is nothing new under the sun,” after-all. For more clarification, read part 2.

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These are the things that ye shall do: Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things I hate, saith the Lord.  — Zechariah 8:16-17