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Revelation 6:1 ‘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!’ I looked and there before me was a white horse. Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.’
Chapter five of the Book of Revelation ended with Christ Jesus taking the scroll bound with seven seals from the right-hand of the Father. This chapter describes the breaking of the first six seals.
The first four seals describe what have become known as the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.
When the living creatures call out ‘Come’, in a voice like thunder, they are ushering in the four riders in turn. The riders may not turn up when they choose; they are bound to wait until summoned. In other words, God is sovereign and completely in control. The enemy can do no more than he is allowed.
We see this echoed in Ezekiel 38:4 where the antichrist figure of Gog has hooks put in his jaws to bring him out with his army to unwittingly fulfill God’s purposes.
Ezekiel 38;4 ‘I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army – your horsemen fully armed and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords.’
Everything comes under God’s sovereign rule; indeed, God often uses his enemies to achieve his purposes.
Isaiah 54:16 ‘See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to work havoc…’
Throughout the disturbing chaos of the last days, we can take great comfort in knowing that God holds everything in His control and sovereign command. We can lean into these times with a confidence that will astound those around us. They will witness the serenity within us that comes from being fully aligned with God’s purposes.
1 Peter 3:15 ‘Do not fear what they fear, do not be frightened. But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.’
In these last days, may we always have an answer for the hope that we have, as the world falls apart around us.
Thanks for reading these notes which are an excerpt from my commentary of chapter six that is found by clicking here.