The peace that’s taken from the earth when the red horse rides is generally thought to be war between nations, a war or wars that will affect all upon the earth such that the unbelievers who survive the conflict, and the famine that follows, will fall at the feet of the Antichrist (Revelation 13:8).
Another consideration, not necessarily a mutually exclusive one, is that peace is taken from the earth in a less obvious manner. As we look around the world today, we see clashes between opposing groups of people, between police and the people, and between governments and the people. Governments are now an admixture of communist and fascist totalitarianism. In all of these situations, people are being killed by one another, albeit in relatively small numbers at present.
Whether the red horse represents actual war or the breakdown of peace more generally, the removal of peace is both a prerequisite and a pretext for the rise of the Antichrist who will herald “peace and safety” (1 Thessalonians 5:3).
Throughout this time, we must ensure we have on the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6:11-18) which, as is easy to forget, includes prayer:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (Ephesians 6:18)
Jesus emphasised the importance of prayer in these last days:
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. (Luke 21:36)
Therefore, let us pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Amen.
This is the fifteenth verse image in our ongoing series from the Book of Revelation. See here for all images in the series.
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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.
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