Bible Study: Revelation 6 – The Four Spirits

Revelation is the only book that says we are blessed to read, hear and keep the things that are written, for the time is near. Hence, let us not be like hypocrites without discerning times and seasons. Here we will look into Revelation 6 and understand what it says.

(Rev 1:3) Blessed [is] he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time [is] near.  

(Luke 12:56) “Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how [is it] you do not discern this time?

Rider on the White Horse – Spirit of Catholicism

(Rev 6:1-2) Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

White symbolizes righteousness and holiness.

(Rev 3:4) “You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 

The rider on the white horse is very similar to Jesus Christ who comes riding in the white horse.

(Rev 19:11) Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 

(Eph 6:16) In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 

However, Jesus Christ has a double-edged sword and not a bow. Only the devil fires the arrow using a bow Based on the similarity of the vision mentioned in Zechariah, these horse riders are spirits.

(Zech 6:5) The angel answered me, “These are the four spirits of heaven, going out from standing in the presence of the Lord of the whole world.

This is a spirit which looks much similar to Christ but is of evil. It has ruling authority and goes conquering people by using a bow, just like the devil uses bow and arrow. The rider in the white horse is the spirit of Catholicism, with papal supremacy beginning from the 6th Century AD.

Rider on the Red Horse – Spirit of Crusade

(Rev 6:3-4) When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.

Red symbolizes blood or sin.

(2Kgs 3:22) Then they rose up early in the morning, and the sun was shining on the water; and the Moabites saw the water on the other side [as] red as blood. 

(Isa 1:18) ” Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.

Sword symbolizes battle. 

(Jer 9:16) “I will scatter them also among the Gentiles, whom neither they nor their fathers have known. And I will send a sword after them until I have consumed them.”

People were deceived by Pope using his false Christianity to lead people into their death to be killed using the name of Christ which He neither commanded, nor mentioned in the Bible. This is the spirit of Crusades, which began from 1096 AD.

Rider on the Black Horse – Spirit of Reformation

(Rev 6:5-6) When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst 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.”

To understand the events described in opening of the third seal, we need to first understand what wheat, barley, wine and oil means.

(Exod 9:31-32) Now the flax and the barley were struck, for the barley [was] in the head and the flax [was] in bud. But the wheat and the spelt were not struck, for they [are] late crops. 

(Amos 7:1) Thus the Lord GOD showed me: Behold, He formed locust swarms at the beginning of the late crop; indeed [it was] the late crop after the king’s mowings. 

(Joel 1:11) Be ashamed, you farmers, Wail, you vinedressers, For the wheat and the barley; Because the harvest of the field has perished.  

Both barley and wheat are harvest of the field but barley is a first crop and wheat is a latter crop and they require first and latter rains.

(Deut 11:13-14) ‘ And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the LORD your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give [you] the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. 

(Jas 5:7) Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See [how] the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. 

Barley symbolizes the conversion to Christianity during the gospel outreach for it is the early crop and the outreach is the early rain. Wheat however is a late crop and it requires latter rain which symbolizes the revival within the church.

(Matt 20:2) “Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

Denarius is a day’s wage for a laborer in the Kingdom of God as mentioned in Jesus parable. Pair of scales symbolizes being measured and harm is done for wheat and barley but not for oil and wine. For a day’s wage from the Master, the laborers of the Kingdom were able to get 3 measures of barley but only 1 measure of wheat. What it means is, there are huge conversion to Christianity during the outreach but there is no revival and only a third retained their faith in Christ.

(Lev 24:2) “Command the children of Israel that they bring to you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to make the lamps burn continually. 

(Eccl 9:7) Go, eat your bread with joy, And drink your wine with a merry heart; For God has already accepted your works.

Oil is for light and wine makes merry. During this time, there is no lack of oil to keep the light within them burning and no lack of wine for the joy of being saved. However, only a third was revived as wheat in the latter rain during the reformation. This is the spirit of Protestant Reformation. It began to ride from 1517 AD.

Rider on the Pale Horse – Spirit of Carnal Mind

(Rev 6:7-8) When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.

Who is this Death? Why is he riding a pale horse?

(Mark 6:39) Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green (pale) grass.

The pale is the same translation to present green grass. So, the pale is nothing but pale green, the color of grass.

(Ps 23:2) He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 

(Isa 15:6-7) For the waters of Nimrim will be desolate, For the green grass has withered away; The grass fails, there is nothing green. Therefore the abundance they have gained, And what they have laid up, They will carry away to the Brook of the Willows. 

Pale green represents flourishing and abundance.

(Rom 8:6) For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Carnal mind is death. The rider of pale green horse is the spirit of carnal mind riding on prosperity and abundance.

(Mic 6:10-15) Are there yet the treasures of wickedness In the house of the wicked, And the short measure [that is] an abomination? Shall I count pure [those] with the wicked scales, And with the bag of deceitful weights? For her rich men are full of violence, Her inhabitants have spoken lies, And their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. Therefore I will also make [you] sick by striking you, By making [you] desolate because of your sins. You shall eat, but not be satisfied; Hunger [shall be] in your midst. You may carry [some] away, but shall not save [them;] And what you do rescue I will give over to the sword. You shall sow, but not reap; You shall tread the olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil; And [make] sweet wine, but not drink wine.

God will strike these carnal mind people riding on abundance with sword, hunger, death and the beasts, and these wicked people shall be turned to hades.

Ps 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into sheol (hades), [And] all the nations that forget God.

(Matt 6:24) “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

We are seeing this carnal minded prosperity and abundance gospel widely preached and people following Death and Hades is following them.

Persecution

(Rev 6:9-11) When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they [were,] was completed.

After the spirit of four horsemen started to work on this world, it will take a little while longer until all the true Christians are killed. This also includes the great tribulation. Then, God will judge and the wrath of God will be revealed on those who dwell on earth.

We had seen the spirit of Catholicism, Crusades and Reformation. Spirit of carnal mind is already at work today riding on prosperity gospel. It is important to note that we are in this time-frame, until all the true Christians including us are be killed for the word of God and for the testimony. The verses suggests a greater persecution ahead. Therefore, let us be prepared and hold fast on faith in Christ, walk in holiness and hope for the celestial Kingdom of God.

Darkening of Sun, blood Moon and falling of stars

(Rev 6:12-14) I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.

As God said in His heart, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night will not cease as long as the world exists.

(Gen 8:21-22) And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart [is] evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.” 

This means, there will not be any darkening of the sun or blood moon and no falling of stars. As we saw in the other blog, There is no darkening of Sun, blood Moon or falling of stars, Sun darkening represents lack of God and His righteousness in this world, just like the days of Noah, moon becoming blood or giving no light represents no righteousness in it and shedding of innocent blood and stars falling means preachers of God who had turned away from the truth who instead of turning many to righteousness, they themselves turned into unrighteousness.

Wrath of God

(Rev 6:15-17) And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

The people mentioned here are unbelievers abiding on the wrath of God.

(John 3:36) “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

(Col 3:5-6) Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience