Four Horses of the Apocalypse.

4 horsesNow I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. (Revelation 6:1-2 NKJ)

Every king / queen, prince, the prime minister, premier, and president are given power and authority by God for good and for judgment; when they overstep that authority  the wrath of God will come their way. Look at the following examples:

Cyrus, King of Persia, was referred to by God as, “He is My shepherd, And he shall perform all My pleasure, Saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,” And to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.”‘ (Isa 44:28 NKJ) He aided the exiles in returning to the land. God also used kings such as Nebuchadnezzar to bring judgment. “behold, I will send and take all the families of the north,’ says the LORD, `and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land, against its inhabitants, and against these nations all around, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, a hissing, and perpetual desolations. (Jer 25:9 NKJ)

In John’s Revelation the four horses represent the Roman Empire, with the white horse representing the Caesars. Every Caesar would return from a campaign by coming into Rome on a white horse.

So, do we have a Cyrus or a Nebuchadnezzar? One thing is for sure; we have the President we deserve. Three things we can and should do:

1.      Pray. The first thing I want you to do is to pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. (1 Tim 2:1-2. MSG)

2.      Be active, standing up for peace and justice.  Speak truth to power, holding them accountable.

3.      Vote—don’t expect others to do what you have a duty to do.

About Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.
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