And so it begins. In Revelation 6, the deed to the earth is opened. God allows the beginning of the end.
All authority and control is in the hands of Jesus, and whatever happens upon the earth is allowed, even sent forth, from heaven, from God. It is so much better to fall at the feet of the Saviour and repent than “to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31)! The earth is now going to experience His wrath. But there is still given the option to those dwelling on the earth to receive Jesus and repent. God doesn’t want anyone to perish and be eternally separated from Him. He loves us all.
“And I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, ‘Come.’ And I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him; and he went out conquering, and to conquer.” ~Revelation 6:1-2
The first seal is peace, brought by the beast, known as the antichrist. He is given the crown- his authority and position- from God, not from Satan. Antichrist and Satan may think they are in charge, but Jesus is the One in control. In fact, the beast is sent out from heaven. He has a bow, but no arrows, and he is able to conquer the whole world by promising peace. That is certainly what many people are clamoring for- peace at any cost.
“And when He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, ‘Come.’ And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men should slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.” ~Revelation 6:3-4
The second seal is war. As long as there are wicked men, there cannot be any lasting peace. The peace that the antichrist promises will be short-lived, and worldwide war will break out. I Thessalonians 5:3~ “While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’ then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”
“And when He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, ‘Come.’ And I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard as it were a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, ‘A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.'” ~Revelation 6:5-6
The third seal is famine. If the worldwide war is a nuclear one, that would certainly damage and destroy most of the world’s crops. Worldwide, catastrophic famine will come, and a meal’s worth of food will cost a day’s wages. This will affect everyone, yes, even the United States. Hard to imagine, isn’t it? The alcohol industry and the luxury items, perhaps such as beauty aids and fuel and medicines, will be spared.
The Church is the salt and the light, the reason God is holding back these things from taking place right now. While we are still here on this earth, we need to be “flavorful”- don’t be bland and blend in!- and shining so that others may see Jesus and live!