Revelation 6

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.

 A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, this is the story of Revelation. We see it in a nut shell in these six seals. Jesus is the King. He is going forth to conquer and have victory. However, at first, it doesn’t look like He is winning. There is death, pain, suffering, famine, and even His people suffer. But in the end, Jesus always wins. Isn’t this just like what happened with His crucifixion and resurrection? Keep reading, because this story will be told several times. Each time we get deeper and learn more about the victory of Jesus. And remember, no matter what, Jesus always wins!

Edwin Crozier