Fourth Seal (Revelation #18)

Text: Revelation 6:7-8

Continuing through the seven seals of Revelation we are looking at the fourth seal.

The Lord Jesus Christ is found worthy in chapter 5 to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory, and blessing which is significant because now the god of this world can be overthrown and placed into righteous hands of the second Adam.  There is someone, namely the Lord Jesus Christ, to give total authority of the earth to who is holy and righteous and good.

Now that the Lord Jesus Christ has been found worthy and all heavenly preparations have been made, the Lord begins to unseal the book reserved for the end.  We oftentimes think of the end as the apocalypse when in reality the end has more to do with the establishing of righteousness, judgment, and peace in the earth that hasn’t enjoyed it since creation.

Pale horse and rider

  • Four horsemen are spirits that have come as a result of sin.
  • Romans 5:12, 21 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: … 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
  • Father of spirits – Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
    • This is a little glimpse into God’s role as Father of spirits.
    • God sends a spirit in the book of Job.  And pays Job one of the biggest compliments a man could be paid.  Job doesn’t see the spirit of the devil, but he lives through the damage that adversarial spirit causes. Job 1:6-19, 2:1-8
    • God sends a lying spirit, 1 Kings 22:3-9, 17-23
    • John 15:26-27
    • 1 Thessalonians 4:8

Pursuit of Death and Hell

  • His name is Death and Hell follows him
  • The fact that Hell follows means unbelievers are being killed
  • Psalms 9:17, 55:15
  • Psalm 116 for the nation of Israel
  • Proverbs 5:5, 7:27 – the harlot has led them

Fourth part of the earth

  • Earth in the Bible never means population.  It is always a reference to the physical land, to the dirt.
  • Genesis 1:10 – dry land called Earth, not a fourth part of the population of the world.  This spirit was given this territory
  • Zechariah 6:1-7 – pale horseman goes to the south country
  • Daniel 11:36-43 – after exalting himself in the temple and building a coalition of evil, a king of the south will attempt to overthrow him.  Egypt, Libya, and Ethiopia are mentioned.

Reaping the south

  • Isaiah 19
  • Jeremiah 46, Nebuchadnezzar’s conquering of Egypt and the countries of the south as a type of what will come
  • Ezekiel 30:1-9, 13-26