Revelation Chapter 6:4
Revelation 6:4 – Another horse, fiery red, went out.
The second horse that rides out, after the Lamb of God breaks the second seal, is a “fiery red” color. This is the same color as the dragon described in Revelation 12:3. The color red in Scripture signifies sin and bloodshed:
Isaiah 1:18 – “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Isaiah 63:2-3 – Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
2 Kings 3:22-24 – Then they rose up early in the morning, and the sun was shining on the water; and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as blood. And they said, “This is blood; the kings have surely struck swords and have killed one another; now therefore, Moab, to the spoil!” So when they came to the camp of Israel, Israel rose up and attacked the Moabites, so that they fled before them; and they entered their land, killing the Moabites.
Revelation 6:4 – And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.
The red horse comes to take peace from the earth, thus, red signifies bloodshed in this context. The rider of the first horse brings a false peace, which later ends in conquest. Daniel 9:27 and Isaiah 28:15-22 show this false peace, or “covenant with death,” will last through the first half of “Daniel’s 70th Week.” Therefore, the peace covenant confirmed between Israel and the antichrist is different from the peace that the rider of the red horse takes from the earth, as Jesus breaks this seal near the beginning of “Daniel’s 70th Week,”but the “covenant with death” continues to the middle of the Tribulation.
Peace being taken from the earth shows the global nature of this judgment. Some believe many of the Seal judgments have already been broken, being the birth pangs described in Matthew 24, which lead up to the Tribulation period. The fact that the world hasn’t dissolved into anarchy, as described here in Revelation, is evidence that the second seal has not been broken yet.
When the rider on the red horse takes peace from the earth, people kill each other. The Greek word translated as “kill,” means to slay, slaughter, or butcher. This is not the first time in Scripture God turns people on each other in judgment:
2 Chronicles 20:14-15, 22-24 – Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s….'” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.
1 Samuel 14:12, 20, 23 – Then the men of the garrison called to Jonathan and his armorbearer, and said, “Come up to us, and we will show you something.” Jonathan said to his armorbearer, “Come up after me, for the LORD has delivered them into the hand of Israel.” …Then Saul and all the people who were with him assembled, and they went to the battle; and indeed every man’s sword was against his neighbor, and there was very great confusion…. So the LORD saved Israel that day, and the battle shifted to Beth Aven.
Judges 7:20-22 – Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers – they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing – and they cried, “The sword of the LORD and of Gideon!” And every man stood in his place all around the camp; and the whole army ran and cried out and fled. When the three hundred blew the trumpets, the LORD set every man’s sword against his companion throughout the whole camp; and the army fled to Beth Acacia, toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel Meholah, by Tabbath.
Like in the story of Gideon, the rider of the red horse is given the “sword of the Lord.” I believe the sword that causes people to kill each other, is the same sword from the Lord in the following passage, about the “Gog and Magog War”:
Ezekiel 38:21 – “I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord GOD. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother.”
Later, we will see that more parallels to the “Gog and Magog War” are found in other Seal judgments, which suggest this war is part of the opening act of the Tribulation period, or “Daniel’s 70th Week.”
While the following verse is in the context of discipleship and the ramifications of following Christ, it is interesting that Christ says that He did not come the first time to bring peace, but a sword:
Matthew 10:34 – “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.”
Absolute peace on Earth has been elusive. Until Jesus returns at the end of the Tribulation, true peace will not come. However, the significance in Christ breaking the second seal, is that any semblance of peace that was on the earth will end, resulting in anarchy and unrestrained violence.
The Second Seal: John writes of the 2nd horseman. It was granted to the one who sat on the red horse to “take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”
“Another horse that was red”: Its blood-red appearance speaks of the holocaust of war (compare Matt. 24:7). God will grant this horse and its rider the power to create worldwide war. But as horrible as this judgment is, it will be only the “birth pangs”, the beginning pains of God’s wrath (Matt. 24:8; Mark 13:7-8; Luke 21:9).
We believe this seal represents a great conflagration we might call World War III. When Daniel’s “three kings” oppose the Antichrist, he will respond in deadly fashion, swiftly crushing his enemies and bringing death to earth on a massive scale never before known. Only since the advent of the atomic age has it been possible to bring this kind of unimaginable, swift destruction to bear on widely scattered portions of the globe.
The power given to him that sat on the horse: “And power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another.” This would seem to indicate that the condition immediately preceding this was a condition of tranquility, and that this was now disturbed by some cause producing discord and bloodshed.
“That they should kill one another”: Violent slaughter will become commonplace.
His purpose is to cause “mankind to slaughter one another” The Greek word that is used, and the verb, means “to butcher, slaughter or massacre someone”. This contains a purpose clause which reveals that peace is taken from the earth for the very purpose that mankind should butcher each other. And in the remainder of the Revelation’s Seals, Trumpets and Golden Bowl Judgments, mankind does this to himself with ruthless skill.
“Sword”: Not the long, broad sword, but the shorter, more easily maneuvered one that assassins often used and that soldiers carried into battle. It depicts assassination, revolt, massacre, and wholesale slaughter (compare Dan. 8:24).
We read in Zechariah about these four horses, and we can easily see what it is because the Bible tells us.
Zechariah 6:1 “And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains [were] mountains of brass.”
“Brass” means judgment. The number “four” means that this is a universal message.
Zechariah 6:2-3 “In the first chariot [were] red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;” “And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grizzled and bay horses.”
This is a vision of the same horses that we are reading about in Revelation. To understand the entire message, you need to (read chapters 1 and 6 of Zechariah).
Zechariah 6:4 “Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What [are] these, my lord?”
When Zechariah asked the angel what this meant, this is the answer he got.
Zechariah 6:5 “And the angel answered and said unto me, these [are] the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth.”
We see again the spirit of war in this red horse.
Verses 5-6: The “third seal” represents inflation and famine (compare Matt. 24:7). The “balances” or scales are related to commerce and trade. The word “penny”, better transliterated “denarius”, represented about one day’s wages. “Wheat” and “barley” were considered necessities of life. “A measure” (Greek choinix), was 1.92 pints. The price given is about 10 times what was normal. The command “hurt not the oil and the wine” may indicate a restriction of the effects of the famine in this early part of the Tribulation.
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