The Four Horsemen

Kenneth Kuiper

READ : Revelation 6:1-8

The Lamb (Jesus) has taken the “scroll” from the One on the throne. Now, He opens its “seals,” putting God’s decrees for the coming of His kingdom into effect. The first four “seals” reveal four “horses” which ride, simultaneously, throughout the earth.

There is the fiery red horse, which represents warfare. “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom,” Jesus says in Matthew 24. This is just what we see! There always is, and will be, warfare and its destruction somewhere in our world!

There is also the black horse, representing social inequality. Until Jesus returns, there will be those living on a subsistence level, while others often living right next door enjoy luxury (the “oil and the wine”).

Then, there’s the pale horse. Clearly, it pictures death in all its forms. Death ugly, violent, horrible will simply be a “fact of life.” No matter what strides are made in medicine, the “Grim Reaper” will continue his gruesome ride. How depressing all this is!

But, then, there’s that white horse! What a glorious con- trast! It represents the spread of the gospel. Its rider is Jesus. While the other horsemen are busy spreading grief and pain, He rides through the world shooting arrows of love into people’s hearts through His Word and Spirit, “conquering” them and bringing them into His glorious kingdom of life and joy!


Lord, may the “white horse” of Your gospel continue to ride through the earth, giving hope in the midst of darkness. Amen.