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Scarlet Horse
(Revelation 6.3-4)
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"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." (Revelation 6.3-4)

Men Kill Each Other

Four HorsesThe rider of the "scarlet horse" was the second of the so-called "Four Horse of the Apocalypse." The four horsemen ride on white, red, black and pale horses. These may symbolize "conquest or pestilence", "war", "famine," and "death." This second fiery scarlet horse and rider may refer to Christ himself carrying a sword of judgement. The fiery scarlet horse could also allude to a conquering military empire like the Parthians, on the eastern border of the Roman empire. Between BC 247 and 224 AD the Parthians ruled large parts of what is today Iran and Iraq. They were experts at riding horses in battle. They humiliated the Romans in the war of 58-63 AD with a victory over them at the Battle of Rhandeia in 62 AD.

Take Peace From the Earth

Queen BoadiceaThe "fiery scarlet horse" and the rider with his "large sword" take peace from the earth and indicate blood, war and slaughter. This caused "Men to slay each other" and former friends to become enemies and "kill one another." Warfare and mass slaughter were certainly common in Saint John's day when no fewer than one hundred thousand men were killed in battles between BC 37-67. A revolt in Britain was led by Queen Boudica, sometimes called "Boadicea, Boudicca, or simply as Budduc in Welsh" who was the queen of the British Celtic Iceni tribe. The British were eventually crushed by the Romans at a cost of one hundred and fifty thousand dead. These were extremely blood thirsty times.✞

"Scarlet Horse"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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