Let us take a look at what John saw as the Lamb began to open the seven seals on the scroll. Both Matthew 24 and Revelations 6 give us a chronological pathway of the events of Daniels “70th week.” These events will end in the return of Christ and the battle of Armageddon.
Jesus tells the disciples that just as the birthing process has three distinct time frames, so will Daniels 70th week have three major time periods. Each of these get progressively shorter in actual elapsed time. As we mentioned before, when Israel makes a covenant or treaty with the Antichrist the clock starts. The three phases of the birthing process are: beginning birth pangs, hard labor and the afterbirth process.
In the first process there is mild to moderate contractions and sometimes pain. Also, usually the breaking of her water. This is usually the longest time frame of the process. During the second process there is far greater pain and contraction, making a far greater effort to bring about birth. This time is usually much shorter than the first phase. After the birth there is a time of afterbirth, a time of completion, a time when joy replaces the pain and suffering of the “process.” This should give us a greater understanding of what our future will look like. The “onset of labor,” the “great travail or tribulation,” and “final deliverance.” We can also look at the afterbirth as the time of God’s wrath poured upon the ungodly.
John saw the Lamb removing the first seal and was invited to “come and see.” As the seal was removed John saw “A white horse.” Revelation 6:2 says, “He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.” This is the time of the beginning birth-pangs. Matthew says, “All these are the beginning of sorrows.” The "man of sin" on the horse brings the deception of Satan into focus. He portrays a white horse of purity, a savior coming to save the world. In reality, he is seeking power and authority over the world. Scripture says that many, even in the church, will be fooled. We are told to test the spirits during these times. Remember, even Satan can appear as an angel of light. The rider of this white horse is the Antichrist. Daniel says that he will rise to power through intrigue, deceit, and treachery. The rider on this horse will be full of supernatural powers. He will perform lying wonders. He will be looked upon as a “knight in shining armor.” He will say and do whatever people want in the beginning, promising to bring peace and prosperity.
As we see the second seal opened, it brings forth a rider on a fiery red horse. This rider will fervently take peace from the earth. It will bring anarchy, wars, and rumors of wars. Revelations say that peace was “taken” and that people killed one another. Interesting that this does not describe organized conflict and war but more of a general killing of one another. The true form of chaos. An unraveling of the fabric of society. Jesus warned the disciples that this was only the beginning because “the end is not yet.” We find that the rider of this horse was given “a great sword.” The fact that it is given to him implies that his military and political power are handed over to him, not forcefully taken by him. Scripture tells us that this Antichrist rider will gain power from the vast majority of earth becoming fearful, looking for a way out. People will surrender their personal and civil liberties in exchange for the restoring of law and order. I think we have started down a slippery slope, one that is testing of resolve.
Chaos creates desperation and desperation can lead us into foolishness. It can allow the enemy to infiltrate our thinking and twist our reactions into the camp of the enemy. The time is quickly coming when we as believers need to be anchored in Christ. We need to trust in Christ, the solid rock, our firm foundation. We can not just surrender to the rider on the red horse, as difficult as that may be, but hold onto the hand of the Lord in a time of trouble. Look ahead, there is victory at the end of our journey.
Have a great day.