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The Four Horsemen
Rev 6:1-11

Rev 6:1-11 KJV
1    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.  2 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.  3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.  4 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. 5    And when He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, "Come." And I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.  6 And I heard as it were a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine."  7 And when He broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, "Come."  8 And I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. And authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:  10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.  kjv

Rev 6:1-11 NASB
1    And I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, "Come."  2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him; and he went out conquering, and to conquer.  3 And when He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, "Come."  4 And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that {men} should slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.  5 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.  6 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.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 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.  9 And when He broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained;  10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, wilt Thou refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?"  11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until {the number of} their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, should be completed also.
 
 
 

1.    Conquering Philosophies of the Last Days. (First Seal) v 1-2


    1 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.  2 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.

A.    The Rider on a . . White horse.

        1.    It Is Not Christ Because:
                a.    He has a bow.
                        1)     Christ conquers hearts by love not force.
                         a) AntiChrist is deceitful and acts like Christ Conquering peacefully. Bow but no arrows.
                b.    Crown given to him.
                        1)    Christ always had a crown, not given one.
                        2)    A "STEPHENOS" crown not a "DIADEMN".
                c.    This Horseman must relate to the other three.

Matt 24:5 "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. NKJV

2 Thes 2:8-11    {8}    "All these are the beginning of sorrows. {9}    "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake. {10}    "And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.  {11}    "Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
 
 
 

2.    Conquering Policies of the Last Days. (Second Seal)  v 3-4



    3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.  4 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.

A.    The Rider on a . . Red horse.

        1.    Power is given.
                a.    To take peace from the earth.
                        1)    Not associated with the Prince of Peace.
                b.    To kill one another.
                        1)    A great sword

Matt 24:6-7
{6}    "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. {7}    "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilence, and earthquakes in various places.

ILLUSTRATION Topic: War Index: 3766-3773 Date: 4/1987.26
In the over 3100 years of recorded world history, the world has only been at peace 8% of the time or a total of 286 years and 8000 treaties have been made and broken. Even now we seem headed for a nuclear showdown.
 
 
 
 

3.    Conquering Prosperity of the Last Days. (Third Seal)  v 5-6



    5 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.  6 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.

A.    The Rider on a . . Black horse.

        1.    A pare of balances in his hand.
                a.    Measuring scales to measure grain.
                        1)    Penny equals a days wage.
                        2)  A Days wage will buy enough food for one.
        2.    Hurt not the oil and wine.
                a.    Hurt not the oil and wine.
                        1)    Luxuries will still be available for the rich.

Matt 24:7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilence, and earthquakes in various places.
 
 
 

4.    Conquering Pestilence of the Last Days. (Fourth Seal)  v 7-8



    7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 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.

A.    The Rider on a . . Pale horse.

        1.    Death is the name of the rider.
                a.     Hell (rather Hades) follows him,

Strong's Number 86.    haides, hah'-dace; from G1 (as a neg. particle) and G1492; prop. unseen, i.e. "Hades" or the place (state) of departed souls:--grave, hell.
            b.    Death relates to physical death.
            c.    Hell or Hades relates to spiritual death.

        2.    Death to a Fourth Part of the world.
                a.    Sword.
                b.    Hunger. In 1996, 40,00 children each night.
                c.    Death, Pestilence.
                d.    Beast.

Matt 24:7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilence, and earthquakes in various places.
 
 
 

5.    Conquering Persecutions of the Last Days.  (Fifth Seal) v 9-11


        9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:  10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?  11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

A.    The People of the Persecutions.
        1.    The . . Place of the people. v 9 a
        2.    The . . Purpose of the People. v 9 b
                a.    They give their testimony.
        3.    The . . Plea of the People. v 10
                a.    Get Revenge Lord.
        4.    The . . Privilege of the People. v 11 a
        5.    The . . Promise to the People. v 11 b

ILLUSTRATION Topic: Sin Index: 3338-3359 Date: 8/1994.17
Dorothy Sayers, the astute contemporary of C.S. Lewis, said the sin of our times is the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die. -- Charles Colson, Faith on the Line, Victor, 1994 p. 91-92.
 
 

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