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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Book of Revelation, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

I watched Mad Max: Fury Road last night, and I can't recommend it.  However, it got me to thinking about the way we see our future:
Mad Max:
Gotham (which is really the past, but...)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit. 
And so on (I could name a lot more).  Each of these stories focuses on what critics have called a "dystopian future," meaning that it's BAD, folks.
Dictators.  Death. Enslavement.
And that's just for starters.  In a very real way, this kind of future is predicted by the book of Revelation, but it's temporary.  In Revelation, the battle of good versus evil isn't conducted as much by warfare (except at the end) as by judgments.
The Four Horsemen are the beginning of God's process of retaking the earth from evil men and women.
Revelation 6: 
1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
Conquest. War. Famine. Death.
These, as Jesus said in one of His sermons, are "Just the beginning of sorrows."
If we look at just  the four horsemen, and the events that follow, we see the terrible evil that men unleash on one another.  God cuts the strings holding these evil forces (and people) at bay, and allows them to rampage through the earth.  
His purpose, however, is not to create a society like the 3rd Reich, or North Korea, but to liberate society forever from these evils.  
Men and women of faith are sick of the evil in the world.  We see evil men and women literally going mad with blood lust, killing, destroying, raping, pillaging, and we wonder, "Where will this end?" 
It ends in a "New Heaven and a New Earth." 
This is as certain as the sunrise, and although it doesn't seem like it, the evil in the world is like a man-eating lion about to be killed by a mighty hunter.  It rages, destroys, kills, tears, but its going to die. One bullet, driving through its brain, ending its destruction forever.  
What we are witnessing today is the death throes of the old world. The Four Horsemen are part of this.  They must precede the new world, the New Heaven and New Earth.
Which is NOT dystopian, thank the Lord. 

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