The Second Seal Has Already Opened
By Thomas Taylor
Part 3 – The Second Horseman Is Loose
Rev 6:3-4 KJV 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.
Mat 24:6, 7a And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom…
The book of Revelation describes the second rider of the horse as one that was given power to take peace from the earth so that men kill one another. He was given a “great sword” to perform his work. This rider is associated with war as described by Jesus in Matthew 24: 6 as He talks about wars and rumors of wars in the end time. The horse itself is red which is the color of blood. The horse represents government and the rider represents the spirit of anti-christ over government resulting in wars. Since the time of Christ there has been much war and bloodshed leading up to the times we now live in. War over the last century has become more brutal with the advancement of modern weapons and weapons of mass destruction.
What is the origin of wars and the bloodshed of so many people over the centuries? Is religion the main cause of war? There is some fighting because of religions but it is a very small amount relative to the war and bloodshed caused by state ruling powers/governments. Many in the atheist media would have you believe most if not nearly all bloodshed and war is caused by religions but this is simply not true. The fact is that state ruling powers/governments far exceed in causing war and bloodshed than religious reasons. State ruling powers/governments have caused over 55 million deaths through persecuting its populace whereas religious persecution has only caused 14 million deaths (*World Christian Trends, William Carey Library, David Barrett & Todd Johnson)
The governments that caused the most bloodshed were communistic and socialistic in their political orientation. I believe the red horse represents the power of the spirit of antichrist, which was released soon after Christ’s resurrection, over man’s government so that it would propel the world into war. I believe the power of the antichrist world-government will start as Socialism and move towards Communism – absolute government control with no one owning property any longer.
War not only destroys, which is a major plan of the devil, but it also causes man to be desperate for a savior from all the destruction…even if that “savior” ultimately destroys as well. I believe that wars will crescendo at the end time with so much destruction happening at the very end that it makes the first 18 centuries up until the end look like a walk through the park on a cool spring day. This case is easy to prove by what we have seen in the last century of war. World War I killed around 16.5 million. By World War II man invented the atomic bomb which today many countries possess. Those governments have the power to destroy nearly all life on the earth with their nuclear arsenal. World War II in the 1940’s killed 85 million. If we have a third world war with the capabilities of destruction man now possesses, almost seven decades after the nuclear bomb was invented, how catastrophic would it be!
The Bible predicts a war is coming that will kill 1/3 of men:
Rev 9:13-15 KJV And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, (14) Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. (15) And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
I believe the red horse was loosed many centuries ago but is coming to it greatest power in these last 100 years particularly with the advent of Communism in the 1800’s and today’s worldwide move toward Socialism. It would seem very likely that a major event will take place, such as a nuclear world war, which would cause the nations to come together under the banner of world peace controlled by a Socialist United Nations to thrust us into an antichrist-controlled world-government.