The Red Horse
As we continue in the interpretation of Revelation, let me remind you that there are several ways to approach this.
The first and most obvious is to apply it to the physical world. The problem with this is that anyone who has done this for the past 2000 years has been close to 100% wrong. What must be realized is that the unfolding of physical events is not 100% predictable by anyone, God or man. The reason for this is free will. As long as there is true free will all the details in time between the beginning and end of a cycle will not be fully known.
On the other hand, the cycles themselves can be ascertained and predicted with a fair degree of accuracy because there is a true principle behind the old adage that “history repeats itself.”
Let me rephrase that. “History repeats itself with a twist.”
Our approach to interpreting this book follows the guideline set forth by the book itself where at the beginning it tells us that it is the “unveiling of Jesus Christ.”
Therefore, we take this approach; that the Book of Revelation provides keys that reveal to us how to unveil the Christ in us, but if external interpretations enhance the meaning, we may also mention them
Now let us look at the second seal.
“And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.” Rev 6:4
We are told the second beast that was like a calf and tells us to come and see. “And there went out another horse that was red…”
The key to understanding this is to apply the second part in the lower quaternary which is: “Prana, the Life Principle or vital energy.”
What does this have to do with the color red?
It is interesting to note that many times in the Old Testament we find this phrase: “The life is in the blood.” Arit said it well: “Life is in the blood and blood is red hence the Life Principle or vital energy is red.”
Since a horse signifies concrete intelligence then a red horse signifies intelligence working through the life principle.
It is interesting that the beast that was like a calf took us to the second seal. The blood of the calf was offered as an offering for sin in the days of Moses making the calf a symbol of the sacrifice of Christ.
Next we read: “and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”
Now this doesn’t sound like it could have much to do with the unveiling of Christ. It sounds on the surface more like a militant anti-Christ, doesn’t it?
What was it that gave life and vital energy to the Christian church?
It was the blood of Christ. The Christian message was that we are “saved by the blood of Christ.”
And what was the result of this message? Peace was taken from the earth. Believers took a great sword and went forth in the crusades and later to the American continent against the natives to kill and to conquer for the blood of Christ.
What does this have to do with something that should be positive which is the Christ manifesting through our life energy?
The answer is this. Whenever a great light is manifest that which follows is not peace, but a sword. First, people resist the message and persecute those who give it. Then, after the message becomes mainstream, one version fights against another.
It is indeed ironical that when a great person cones to earth with a message of light that the time between the beginning of the message and the final understanding is filled with violence and a sword instead of peace.
Abraham Lincoln is a great example of this. In the great Lincoln-Douglas debates he taught that a house divided cannot stand, that we cannot have a nation half slave and half free.
This stance immediately created great enemies for him which grew in power to the extent the South seceded from the union after his election and the greatest civil war of all time began.
Any messenger of Christ strikes at the heart of the life energy and causes a reaction from the greatest impulse of all which is self-preservation. This impulse to save our own lives not only applies to the physical body, but also to our belief systems and to preserve ourselves, human beings will go so far as to take peace from the earth and kill one another.
When the second seal is thus opened within the disciple his higher vibration will threaten the life principle in those around him and instead of peace there will be the sword of discontent and those effected will kill one another in a number of ways. Fortunately, in this age physical harm to another is discouraged by the law and the attempt to kill takes place on other levels.
People attempt to kill out the belief systems of others.
People attempt to kill others spiritually by the use of fear in condemning them to hell because their message is unorthodox.
People attempt to kill original thought that disagrees with their own.
Let therefore the disciple be prepared and strengthened when he opens the second seal for great courage will be required. Instead of feel-good warm and fuzzy vibrations he will face friction, resistance and hate. Thus does the Prince of Peace enter the storm at the opening of the second seal.
April 14, 2005
Copyright by J J Dewey
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