“behold, a pale horse, and he who sat on it, his name was Death. Hades followed with him.”
The fourth and final horse is the most devastating and frightening of them all. It is almost no colour. It is pale and insipid and wan, but has the power to usher human souls and bodies into eternity. When he visits the soul, the life on earth of over and we enter our eternal rest or eternal punishment. What we have trusted in will designate us to the place where we should go. The judgment is already set forth in the Holy Scriptures that those who die in Christ are forever safe in His eternal care and those who die without the Lord Jesus as their Saviour face death and hell alone.
The pale horse has a rider like the other horses. He his called “Death.” His name is Death and he brings hell close behind. this phenomenon is personified to give effect to its power and authority to affect every human soul. This is not the death of the Christian, because there is no hell following for the Christian believer. This is the second death, the death that leads to eternity without the Lord. Its the death of the soul, the death that never ends, for it is the eternal punishment for all who have rejected God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the great final ending to a sinful life, where there has been no repentance of faith and therefore the penalty of sin must be faced alone and forever.
This rider is here for a warning to us. God is no easy touch and will not forgive sins without the necessary recompense. There is no forgiveness outside of Christ and we dare not face this rider without Him.
The judgment is coming and we cannot think of facing it alone. Death is coming for all, and we must be ready. Those who face this devastating rider on the Pale horse will not survive the judgment, for it is too dreadful for words. The destiny of the soul will be destruction and separation for the loving god forever.
In Chapter one John sees a vision of the risen and glorified Christ.
“When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. But He placed His right hand on me and said, “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last, the Living One. I was dead, and behold, now I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of Death and of Hades.”
From these words we gain the ultimate comfort for our souls. We gain the only refuge that is to be found – in CHRIST. He is the only Saviour and the only one who can save us for this devastating foe, that we cannot beat. No one can conquer death outside of Jesus Christ, as He is the one who has conquered death through His own death and resurrection. This is how we know He is who He says He is and thatHe is able to save all those who come to Him. This is the eternal provision of our loving God, that we can escape the consequences fo our own foolish sin and be free from the fear of this enemy of our bodies and souls.
this rider also signifies the insipid sate of the church of Jesus Christ at the end times. The power and authority are becoming pale like the rider, and the testimony of the church is fading in the midst of a wicked world. Surely we can see this in our day, where the church of Jesus Christ is full of issues and problems, divisions and schism, which make is weaker and weaker. Other religions seem to be thriving above the Truth and the scene is set for the end time. The Lord will return soon, to rescue His church and put an end to the wickedness that corrupts everything. H will come when he last elect person for salvation is brought into the kingdom and all the people of God are complete. We must make sure we are not left out.
“Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of prophecy in this book, because the time is near.Let the unrighteous continue to be unrighteous, and the vile continue to be vile; let the righteous continue to practice righteousness, and the holy continue to be holy.”
“Behold, I am coming soon, and My reward is with Me, to give to each one according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by its gates. But outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”