Lord, help me discover the truths You wish to reveal to me today.
"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" (Revelation 6:4).
When the devil-inspired leader comes upon the world stage with ideas of world conquest in his evil brain, history shows that war, havoc and destruction always follow. This is what we see as the second seal is broken and a rider upon a red horse goes forth. Red in the Bible is symbolic of war because it is the color of blood. Jesus warned that the last days would be days of wars and even rumors of wars (Matthew 24:6).
When verse four says that people are going to kill one another, this speaks not only of wars between nations but also of class wars, race wars, and religious wars. When the church is taken out and the Antichrist takes over, a spirit of hatred will so inflame men's depraved hearts that brother will kill brother. Fathers will gladly slay their sons and mothers will turn on their own children because of the hatred. Without the Prince of Peace or the salt and light of the church, hatred will be unrestrained. There will be division, war, and bloodshed.
Then the third horse begins to ride. With the opening of the third seal, we see a black horse whose rider carries a pair of scales (Revelation 6:5-6). These old-fashioned balances talk about food that is going to be measured our carefully. It speaks of rationing. Famine is coming unprecedented in scale. Wholesale starvation is going to take over as the business of war brings economic deprivation and prices of food and basic provisions skyrocket. An entire day's wages will only bury enough bread to feed one person (verse 6). People are going to be without the necessities of life. This deprivation and desperation will make way for the next gruesome horseman to ride forth on the earth.
~Adrian Rogers~ - "Tapestry, Promises & Prophecy"