For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.Matthew 24:7
Continuing in my journey to discover and to pen down the descriptive details of the 7 seals of Revelation. In an earlier post, I have discussed extensively the introduction to the seals in Revelation 6 and the first seal had also been covered therein.
If you consider Revelation 7, there are two distinct groups of people mentioned. The first group is the twelve tribes; the children of Israel. This group of people are also described as those that are sealed (Revelation 7:4).
The second group of people is mentioned in Revelation 7:9-17. They are the great multitude of people that no one could number, from all nations and tribes of the world. These are the ones who recognize who the Lamb is (Revelation 7:10). And these people are dressed in white robes, signifying righteousness is in them. And the angel said to John, these are the ones who came out from the great tribulation, and with their faith in Christ, they cleaned themselves and made themselves righteous (Revelation 7:13).
Between these two groups of people in Revelation 7, only the children of Israel are mentioned to have been sealed. The second group, appears to have yet to be sealed, or they have not yet made any agreement or covenant with the Lord, unlike the children of Israel.
But the opening of the scroll to loose the seven seals (Revelation 5:5) likely pertains to existing covenants that were breached or broken. But nevertheless, the consequences of the breaking of the seals shall be felt by the entire world and by all that are “unworthy” (Revelation 5:4). Evidence is clear that the consequences will be experienced by both Jews and Gentiles alike, as we note in Revelation 7:14, that those arrayed in white robes were aware that they need to clean themselves up and turn their robes white.
The Second Seal: Conflict on Earth
When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” Another horse, fiery red, went out. 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. Revelation 6:3-4
The second horse is the red horse from the composition known as the four horsemen of Revelation. The arrival of the metaphorical red horse shall bring great wars on earth. Peace shall be removed and people will resort to killing one another.
The coming destruction caused by wars shall severe and much felt. Young people shall overthrow their elders. People will be greatly oppressed, neighbors will turn against neighbors, and the honorable shall no longer be respected. It is the day when destruction is so great, that there is no fitting reason for anyone to become a ruler anymore.
Politicians will run away from their duties and office. In these days, reluctant leaders will plead and say they are powerless, they cannot cure the plagues suffered by the people, they have no food and no clothing. Basically, no one have the resource to put societies back on its feet. Isaiah 3:4-7
The coming horseman on his red horse shall be akin to evil men being surrendered to things with their debased minds as described in Romans 1:28-32. Everything done in the name of conflict shall arise from unrighteousness, immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness and full of envy.
(To be continued)