As we proceed through the removing of the seven seals our current world situation becomes a vivid reminder of times that seem ever closer at hand. I believe God is giving us a preview of things to come and letting us know that now is the time to turn to Him. Time will grow more hectic, not brighter. I think it is a time of a last great harvest around the world. It is a time of a great spiritual warfare for the hearts and souls of mankind. I believe that after this time of offering a pause for a Godly outcry, there will be no turning back, but a headlong decline into the times of sorrow. NOW, is the time to declare who you are in Christ. As a nation we should keep in mind that scriptures tell us that God deals with the longevity of a nation by how they look at and respond to Him. He also said He sets Kings and rulers in power and, also removes them.
If we think today is bad let’s look at what John sees as the Third Seal is removed. John sees a Black Horse released, and a rider with a pair of scales in his hand. A voice is sounding forth that you can get a quart of wheat for a denarius and three quarts of barley for a denarius. The voice also cried out to not harm the oil and the wine. Let’s look at the denarius in those days. It was equal to about 15 cents, about a full days wages then. They are really saying it will take a day’s wages to gather enough for one meal. The Black Horse is going forth sowing famines. The global severity of what takes place is devastating. Desperate times will give way to desperate reactions. As economies collapse people will wail in anguish. The oil and wine mentioned are more high value items with deeper roots to help overcome a drought. They are also items that are more costly and not available to those at the bottom end of a crumbling society. Gives the impression that it will be turning into haves and have nots. A time to HOLD on to GOD.
What comes next as John sees the removing of the Fourth seal? Matthew 24:7c,8 says, “And there will be…pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” This seal releases the Pale Horse. The removing of the first three seals has primed the earth for the rider of this Pale Horse to go forth. It says this rider is given power over one fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, hunger, death and by the beasts of the earth. By sword reflects warfare and beasts of the earth could be that the overwhelming amount of dead will not be able to be disposed of quickly. If one fourth of earth means people, that is almost two billion people. If the one fourth is geographically speaking it is still an immense amount of people, depending on what area is affected. Since the first three seals speak to the whole earth, I would say this is speaking of the people of the earth.
This seal also brings the “creation” to its knees, experiencing “birth pangs” with earthquakes, floods and other disasters. These are a sympathetic response and reaction to the spiritual and physical travail the people of earth will be living in at this time. This may seem harsh, but the world has turned its back to the Creator of the Universe.
As this fourth seal plays out, we could call this the first phase of the end, or, the “birth-pangs” we talked about previously in the birthing process. As we look at what is taking place, we need to heed the words of Jesus as He conversed with His disciples concerning this time. Once again, He said, “The end is not yet.” Remember, this is a time to be fully engulfed in Christ, to be surrendered into His arms of Grace and Glory. This is not a time when you will be able to stand on your own. All that you know to be real will be as sand under your feet. This is a time to have your feet firmly planted on Christ the solid rock. Remember, scripture says we are appointed to tribulation, but not to facing the wrath of God. It is truly an intimate, personal, trusting, and faithful relationship with God that is the determining factor to our reaction to the times to come.
Be blessed and have a great day.