Give me understanding, Lord, as I study Your Word.
"And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich 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!" (Revelation 6:15-16)
We don't think of a lamb as having wrath. But this is exactly what we see as the Lamb of God begins to unfurl the scroll that only He is worthy to open. One by one, each of the seven seals is broken, and the horrors of the Great Tribulation unfold before our very eyes.
Now, the Tribulation judgments will start soon after the church is taken out. Jesus said of the church that we are salt and light. When you take the salt out, putrefaction begins. When you remove the light, darkness ensues. And so this world will move into a time of unequaled darkness and desolation - the great day of the wrath of the Lamb (Revelation 6:17). Jesus warned that in all of history there's never been a time as horrific as this coming Tribulation, and never will there be a time like it again (Matthew 24:21).
It begins with the opening of the first seal, as a white horse comes forth with a rider who carries a bow and is given a crown (Revelation 6:1-2). The bow symbolizes power and warfare, and the crown is a sign of dominion. Ancient kings returning victorious from battle would often ride upon a white charger, a sign of conquest. But this rider only has the appearance of a conqueror, for he is the Antichrist. With pompous display and seeming invincibility, this false Christ will come, ushering in the Great Tribulation.
The whole world is looking for a hero on a white horse. And he's going to come. But this wicked servant of satan will lead the world to death and destruction, as we will see when the rest of the seals are opened.
~Adrian Rogers~ - "Tapestry - Promises & Prophecy"