I’m back after being offline for quite some time. Posting to keep sequence with the last one –
In this chapter I read the part (verses15-17) – the apocalyptic scene – that used to frighten me as a child. Back then, I was taught that I needed someone to explain the Bible and should not explore it by myself. So, at that age, my exploration into this book was, sort of, disobedience. Now that I’m old enough to not only read it to myself, but also hold an office where I’m expected to explain the Bible to others, it may not be as frightening, but I can’t say that it’s nice and dandy either.
The first seal let out a white horse with its conquering rider wearing a crown, and a bow- to conquer?
The second seal let out a red horse with a sword to slaughter/He was “permitted to taker peace from the earth.” How was his role different from that of the first?
The third seal called out a black horse with an important role- bearing scales, weighing the balance- judgement! You get what you deserve “But do not damage the olive oil and the wine.” Even in dire times, some special things are untouchable!
The fourth seal let out Death followed by Hades. The first feeds the second. They had authority over only a quarter of the earth. How does their killing compare with that of the bow and the sword!
The fifth seal revealed those killed for their faith; and they were told, there was more to come- others still to be martyred.
The opening of the sixth seal is what used to frighten me, so much so, I never noticed that the seventh seal was not opened in that phase.
In God, the best is always still to come. Woes, woes, frightening woes can be terribly distracting even when we don’t understand them. They take our eyes off the best that is yet to come.