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Chapter 6
"THE FOUR HORSEMEN



By: Minister Franklin

CHAPTER 6
The Four Horsemen”

Dear Pastor's, Minister's, and Saints:
Last week we studied Chapter 5 and how Christ is worthy to mediate Tribulation. His authority is set in Heaven. Saints – please understand, The Books of Revelation are not about the “end of the world!” The Books of Revelation divulges the total AUTHORITY, and “FULLNESS OF CHRIST!” This week will be an awesome reading experience! Christ now opens the seals and begins to unleash the cycles of terrible judgments upon the earth. We also study Chapter 6 and learn about the “Four Horsemen” and how they impact tribulation. Please be aware that some of the horsemen are already riding throughout the earth. Revelation intensifies now saints. You've got to pay close attention from here on out. It is going to start getting good!
 
One thing I need you all to understand about “The Books of Revelation.” The way things are written in the chapters do not necessarily mean that everything is happening in a chronological order. Paul is kinda bouncing around but trying to keep things according to the visions. What is so interesting is that most of these Seals have already been opened. Look at the state of the world while you read the duties of each horseman! Its a long chapter Saints, but its powerful. I've tried to explain it as best as I can with scriptural support. Be blessed!

Revelation 6

Intro To The Seals and The Four Horsemen:
The first four seals 6:1-8 involves the Four (4) Horsemen. The four horsemen represent conquest, war, famine, and death. These calamities characterize an indefinite period before the Second Coming (see: Mark 13:6-8). These four horsemen are also mentioned in Zechariah 1:8-11 which verify that they are the ones that the Lord have sent.  Now when you read the word "The Lamb" that is speaking of Christ who is in control of tribulation.
 
The Seven Seals:
6:1 I looked on when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a thunderous voice, “Come!”
6:2 So I looked, and here came a white horse! The one who rode it had a bow, and he was given a crown, and as a conqueror he rode out to conquer.
6:3 Then when the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come!”
6:4 And another horse, fiery red, came out, and the one who rode it was granted permission to take peace from the earth, so that people would butcher one another, and he was given a huge sword.
 
Verse 2:
(The 1st Seal)
The White Horse – The White Horse represents conquest.
 
Verse 3 – 4:
(The 2nd Seal)
The Red Horse – The Red Horse represents calamity or slaughter, and to take peace from the earth. The fiery red color represents God's judgments and fire as seen in Revelation 1:14 & 4:5. It also represents the blood that will come from the slaughter. War is usually the most obvious form of slaughter (see: Mark 13:7-8) below.
 
(Mark 13:7-8)
13:7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. These things must happen, but the end is still to come. 13:8 For nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines. These are but the beginning of birth pains.
 
6:5 Then when the Lamb opened the third seal I heard the third living creature saying, “Come!” So I looked, and here came a black horse! The one who rode it had a balance scale in his hand. 
6:6 Then I heard something like a voice from among the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat will cost a day’s pay and three quarts of barley will cost a day’s pay. But do not damage the olive oil and the wine!”
 
Verses 5 – 6:
(The 3rd Seal)
The Black Horse – The Black Horse represents famine. A “pair of balances,” usually represents a measure of something. In this verse, oil and wine are spared. But barley and wheat were the primary foods needed to survive. This will be a period in time that there will be a major food shortage, but there will be an over abundance of alcohol.
 
6:7 Then when the Lamb opened the fourth seal I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come!” 
6:8 So I looked and here came a pale green horse! The name of the one who rode it was Death, and Hades followed right behind. They were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill its population with the sword, famine, and disease, and by the wild animals of the earth.
 
Verse 7-8:
(The 4th Seal)
The Pale Horse – The Pale Horse represents terror and deathHades (the Pit), follows him. While death takes the body, Hades is the place where the “spirit of the lost man or woman” goes. This rider was given authority to kill ¼th part of the earth with the sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. “Beasts of the earth,” does not necessarily represent beasts attacking mankind; but could also represents diseases that stem from wild animals.
 
There is not just one form of Death as man sees. But there are actually Three (3) Forms of Death Known to Man:
  1. Physical Death – this is death of the body because of Adams sin.
  2. Spiritual Death – this is separation from God due to mankind’s rebellion and refusal to accept Christ. We inherit a sin nature due to Adams rebellion against God. It is naturally born into everyone’s body. That is why it is so important when you take Baptism. It cleanses that old nature and body and renews you unto God. AMEN
  3. Eternal Death – this is final eternal separation from God or considered the 2nd Death to come at the end of Revelation to the lost, damned, and rebellious.
Adam lived for over 900 years in spiritual death due to his disobedience to God, and then he eventually died physically.
 
Saints, God did not originally create man to die. It was a penalty imposed because Adam transgressed Gods command. During the Tribulation “DEATH” will ride unbridled to have its way. The Lord Jesus says “unless those days be shortened, no flesh shall survive!”
 
In 1st Corinthians 15:24-26 Paul says “Death” shall be the last enemy destroyed, and John reasserts it in Revelation 21:4. Ezekiel 14:21 also predicted this judgment upon the earth. The pale horse represents plague and pestilence that will stalk the earth and it will also encompass the possibility of germ warfare.
 
1st Corinthians 15:24-26:
15:24 Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when he has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. 15:25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.  
15:26 The last enemy to be eliminated is death.
 
6:9 Now when the Lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been violently killed because of the word of God and because of the testimony they had given.  
6:10 They cried out with a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Master, holy and true, before you judge those who live on the earth and avenge our blood?” 
6:11 Each of them was given a long white robe and they were told to rest for a little longer, until the full number was reached of both their fellow servants and their brothers who were going to be killed just as they had been.
 
Verses 9 – 11:
(The 5th Seal)
Verses 9 – 10 speaks of the prayers of the Martyred Remnants (the killed Saints or Christian's). The Alter is in Heaven where Christ offered his blood for the sins of the world. These crying out to the Lord are the souls of those who died in tribulation. They were slain on account of the word of God and their witness. These souls plead for justice before Christ on the basis of Gods' Holy Laws. (Remember? “Vengeance is mine saith the Lord)!
In Verse 11, the souls were given white robes and told that their souls should rest a while in peace until the blood and death of the fellow tribulation saints should be accomplished as identified in Revelation 6:11. 
 
Hebrews 9:22 – 24:
9:22 Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. 9:23 So it was necessary for the sketches of the things in heaven to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required better sacrifices than these. 9:24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands – the representation of the true sanctuary – but into heaven itself, and he appears now in God’s presence for us.
 
Revelation 6:11:
6:11 Each of them was given a long white robe and they were told to rest for a little longer, until the full number was reached of both their fellow servants and their brothers (Christian's) who were going to be killed just as they had been.
 
 
Lets Talk Pre-Tribulation Rapture & Post Tribulation Rapture”

There are two (2) types of  Rapture that are discussed in Christianity.  

Most Christians believe in  “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” – which basically means that Christ will return again before tribulation and remove the church (Christian's) from the earth, and take them to Heaven or Paradise until Christ's final return at the end of tribulation in which these saints will return with him.
 
Now, “Post Tribulation Rapture” means that the Church (Christian's) will remain here on earth and will be a part of the great tribulation and will be raptured at the end of tribulation when Christ returns at the end of the 7th Trumpet which will be covered in later chapters. Now let me say this! Which ever version of the Rapture you believe is really not the centered issue. Because regardless of what we all believe – there is one thing we do all agree on. HE IS RETURNING AND WE ALL WILL SEE HIM AGAIN – AT THE SAME TIME! AND BE WITH HIM! AMEN!
 
Me personally brother's and sister's – I believe the Church will be left behind to endure Tribulation, But, not as a punishment.  Tribulation will be one of the most horrible and deceiving times in this earths history. The Bible clearly says that if Christ does not return when he does, NO FLESH WOULD SURVIVE! The Bible says also that this period of time will result in the greatest Revivals in the history of mankind.
 
First lets discuss how the word “Rapture” came into our biblical system?  I say this because the word “Rapture is not mentioned in the bible. If the word Rapture is not mentioned in our Bible, then how did it become such an important word in our Christian literature and Faith, Let me explain and show you how the word Rapture and Pre-trubulation resurrection came to be such an important word to our Faith. 

In  1830 a young woman by the name Margaret McDonald of Scotland claimed to have had 2 visions, and saw Jesus Christ returning to Earth (The Return of Christ). Over a short time a man named John Nelson Darvey heard of  Ms. McDonald's visions and visited Margaret McDonald. And after hearing of her story  he (Mr. John Nelson),  went about popularizing  the “Rapture Theory!” Most Pastor's, Minister's, and Christian's do not know this.
 
Saints This Is Very Important:
At the time of Christ’s return to planet earth, there will be two groups of saints meeting him in the air: those who are still alive, and those who are resurrected from the dead into bodies that do not die.
Behold, I show you a mystery, We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).
This verse above as well as many others we will cover later in our studies proves,   that the "Rapture" of Christian's happens at  the last trumpet, once again the LAST TRUMPET. The Last Trumpet is sounded at the end of Tribulation as Christ returns. Not before Tribulation begins.  So this shows that we are "caught up" delivered to Christ as the "Church," and receive our new bodies at the end of Tribulation. This is not a secret event. There is the sound of the trumpet that the whole world shall hear at the same time.
“…we shall all be changed.”
The change is the important thing. This change will be the real “born again” experience. This will be the completion of the process of salvation.

Note: Now a lot of  Pastor's and Christians think, or try to say that the Pre-Tribulation Rapture is based on what Christ said to the Church of Philadelphia about keeping them from the hour of temptation.  See the verses below from chapter 3.  

7.  And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
 8.  I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
 9.  Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
 10.  Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. (This verse is speaking of Tribulation).

Note
This verse 10 cannot be used as a basis to say that Christian's will be raptured before Tribulation, because this was written at an early period of time, and because they have all be dead for over  2000 years.  This verse has nothing to do with saving Christian's today from Tribulation. 

In addition, how can Tribulation bring about the greatest Revival in the worlds history as the bible says - if all the Christian's are gone and there are no Christian's left on Earth to witness to the remaining non-believers? There can't be a great Revival if there is no one left to witness about Christ!  (Something to think about huh?) So then whats up with the Rapture?  Check our this link below. Please go to it and read it for the complete story on the "Rapture Theory" so you can understand how the word Rapture entered into our teachings and Faith.
 
***CHECK THIS OUT***
 
I have found a very interesting article online about the “Rapture” and how it all began in great detail, PLUS how all this ties into what really happens to the Saints during Tribulation. Take the time to go to this link: It is a good article. You may debate some of it (I Did), – but its views and most and most of its points made are in fact true when talking about Revelation and the Rapture.
 
How Did The Rapture Theory REALLY BEGIN?"
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Now lets return back to the text and complete this fascinating Chapter into our Gods word!
 
6:12 Then I looked when the Lamb opened the sixth seal, and a huge earthquake took place; the sun became as black as sackcloth made of hair, and the full moon became blood red; 
6:13 and the stars in the sky fell to the earth like a fig tree dropping its unripe figs when shaken by a fierce wind.
6:14 The sky was split apart like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved from its place.
6:15 Then the kings of the earth, the very important people, the generals, the rich, the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 6:16 They said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who is seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, 6:17 because the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it?”
 
Verses 12 – 17:
(The 6th Seal)
The great day of God's wrath has come. This is the beginning of the last half of Tribulation. This period opens up with a tremendous earthquake! Every place on earth is moved out of place. Every mountain and island is  moved out of its place. The skies are also “rolled back,” because of the great and awful judgments taking place! Can you imagine the tsunami's, volcano eruptions, and other natural disaster's that will evolve as a result of this GREAT GLOBAL EARTHQUAKE? This great earthquake also signifies that the LORD IS COMING! AND CREATION IS RESPONDING TO HIS COMING PRESENCE! AMEN! 
 
The moon also becomes as blood, and the sun does not give its light! In verse 13, a tremendous meteorite shower strikes the earth as “figs falling from a tree.” People are in great distress not knowing what to do or where to hide because everything is under great judgments and there is at this time no safe place for mankind to hide on earth. Many shall die through the opening of the great 6th seal!
 
Mark 13:24 – 27:
13:24 “But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light; 13:25 the stars will be falling from heavenand the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 13:26 Then everyone will see the Son of Man arriving in the clouds with great power and glory. 13:27 Then he will send angels and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
 
Joel 2:30 -
2:30 I will produce portents both in the sky and on the earth – blood, fire, and columns of smoke.
2:31 The sunlight will be turned to darkness and the moon to the color of blood, before the day of the
Lord comes – that great and terrible day! 2:32 It will so happen that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered.

Luke 21:25-28:
21:25 “And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth nations will be in distress, anxious over the roaring of the sea and the surging waves. 21:26 People will be fainting from fear and from the expectation of what is coming on the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 21:27 Then they will see the Son of Man arriving in a cloud with power and great glory. 21:28 But when these things begin to happen, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Verses 15 – 17:
In verses 15 – 17, Men, women, children, kings, nations shall cry out for the rocks and mountains to fall on them, to be hid from his that “SITTITH ON THE THRONE.” And, the “Wrath of The Lamb.” What is so sad is that at this period of time mankind's focus will be on fear, hiding, and terror, rather than repentance.

I hope you got a tremendous amount of knowledge from this chapter and that it has filled you with understanding.  AMEN! And God Bless you all.  See you next week for Chapter 7.

Minister Anthony (Tony) Franklin Sr.
Unified Ministries for Christ, International
Gods House of Grace Church
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