Last time we began this section on the opening of the seven seals on the scroll taken by Jesus from the right hand of God. Each brings something important, and yesterday’s opening of the first seal brought a rider on a white horse (not Jesus) who came to conquer and to establish himself as a leader through the hunting of others, basically, not a good leader, kind of the opposite of Christ, someone with an antiChrist spirit, we could say.
Today, the second seal is opened and another living creature calls forth another horsemen. This time, he rides a red horse. The first horse brought a demonic dictator, the second brings war.
3 When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say,
4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.
Interestingly, we read Its rider was permitted…so, ultimately, God is still in control here. He never takes His hands off the wheel, there is no ‘wind up the clock and watch it wind down’ in the mind of our God; He is active, He is present, we are theists, not deists. So, God has permitted this rider of the red horse to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another…
So for war to be the result, what do we need? We don’t need much, in fact, we need only to remove peace.
This is really clear; remove peace and people will start to fight, make war, slay each other.
Peace is God’s gift to us (John 14.27), given to us by Jesus Himself, and when this gift is taken away from us, rejected by us, forgotten about by us, the result is conflict, struggle, war, and turmoil.
Peace, as a concept in the Bible, means that everything is present, everything is working as it should, it describes a complex situation where everything is working together in harmony. We read of peace in Job 5.24 in relation to all his tents and sheep being present.
A lack of peace, then, brings war. Peace is given to us as a gift from Jesus, we need Jesus to experience true peace.
No Jesus, no peace.
No peace, no Jesus.
Today, if we seek Him first, if we seek first the things of God, if we pray ceaselessly throughout the day, if we seek the peace that comes only through the Prince of Peace, then our lives will start to be less hectic, less tumultuous, less conflicting, more harmonious with Him, His will, His ways, and His people. If we seek first the Kingdom of God, He will take care of the rest.