I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.
When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages,[d] and do not damage the oil and the wine!”
When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.
- Revelation 6:1-8
Like Rev. David Robertson, who I loosely quote in the following post, I do not see the COVID-19 pandemic, the lockdown, and the aftermath as being apocalyptic, but it is a warning. And regardless of the focus of your “recovery” might take, God is the only lasting answer.
David Robertson, of The Wee Flea, posted an article that he had written about “the Four Horsemen of the COVID Apocalypse.” (Click the title to go to The Wee Flea site.) The article was originally published in Christian Today. In the article, he talked about four horsemen that have emerged during the lockdown: Death, Poverty, a concern regarding Mental Health, and Authoritarianism. He gives good reasons for concern in each of these areas. It is obvious that the virus has taken a great number of lives, and people are thinking about mortality more. Many people are now out of work or they have been furloughed until businesses can reopen, thus with little or no means for the essentials of life, and the impact on less developed nations may not be known for some time. Mental Health is a subject that I have mentioned in other posts, people sinking into despair over their lack of control of their own circumstances. And the last is a concern for the great power exerted by the governments of the world to flatten the curve, and once the government has such power, it is hard for them to loosen their grip. On a recent Chad Prather show, Prather parallels the controls set forth after 9/11 that are still being used today in the USA, with ‘Big Brother’ surveilling us under the umbrella of fighting terrorism, and how Prather thinks the same thing could happen this year.
But then, on a video on thirdspace.com.au, David Robertson and Steve McAlpine were discussing things in the Panic Room (Episode 22) and the Four Horsemen article was the primary theme for the episode. Rev. Robertson’s closing remarks were these, and I loosely quote since I wrote feverish notes that are hardly legible. Rev. Robertson thought that:
- This is not God’s Judgment.
- This could be God’s trumpet call to us, to warn us…
- We are all mortal.
- We aren’t in charge of the world.
- We can’t fix it.
- We need to look beyond ourselves.
He clarified the last point by saying that we need to turn to the Bible and to God, the One who is in charge.
Maybe it’s because I’ve been saying similar things, and, as usual, with more words, but I felt this to be very clarifying. Simply stated.
We will all die. In the grand scheme of things, not many by COVID-19, but of something. We aren’t in charge, no matter how we may protest, and we can’t fix it, not fixing our lack of control or this broken world.
And God is the answer. Are you desiring to be touched by someone? God is available. When you believe in the Creator of the Universe and trust in Him, you will find comfort, comfort that can see you through until the lockdown is over, and beyond.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.