The Hero Rides Forth

Today’s reading is Revelation 6

The Lion, who is the Lamb, opens the seven seals, and the plan of God unfolds. How does it begin? The rider on the white horse bursts forth conquering and to conquer. Who is this guy? I know not everyone agrees with me on this, but up until this point, the conquerors have been the faithful Christians in the seven churches and the Lamb in Revelation 5:5. I think Revelation 19 pretty much nails down for us who this is. It is the Faithful and True. He is the Rider on the White horse and He has gone forth to do what the Hero is supposed to do. He is going forth to win. But then the next horse comes out, and the next, and the next. And the story takes a dark turn. The Hero has gone forth to conquer, but rather than immediate victory, the enemies seem to get the upper hand. Instead of the enemies being immediately vanquished so there is expanding peace, there is war, famine, death. Even those who have followed the Hero get martyred and are begging for vengeance. But God tells them to wait. And this is what happens throughout the cycles of this story. The Hero goes forth, but victory is not immediate. However, the point is, in the end, the Hero always wins. And that is what happens in this cycle as well. When the sixth seal is opened, the wrath and judgment from God and the Lamb comes forth and the enemies hide before their conquerors. Jesus’s battle plan doesn’t work out the way we might initially think. But He always wins. Hang on to that.

Tomorrow’s reading is Revelation 7.

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He’s Back

Today’s reading is Revelation 19.

Do you remember the rider on the white horse in Revelation 6:1-2? He went out conquering and to conquer, but rather than immediate victory and peace on earth, He was followed by death, famine, turmoil. We learned that there is a long road to victory. HE’S BACK!!! He has traveled the long road. There have been suffering and trial and turmoil in between. But even those who suffered and even died, merely have been brought to victory, following him as the armies of heaven on their own white horses (see the martyrs who were given white robes in Revelation 6:11). The beast and false prophet of the Dragon are conquered and thrown into the eternal fire. The message is clear. There are dark days for those who follow the Hero, riding on His white horse, but we must hang on. Jesus always wins! Praise the Lord!

Tomorrow’s reading is Revelation 20.

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