Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


November 20, 2009

Ever get sick of hearing the headline news? Murderous shootings at army bases, economic instability, fears of new diseases, parents abusing children....on and on. Make you sick? What's going on? How to understand such malevolence and evil? There are no easy answers, but...

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 slay each other. To him was given a large sword.
- Revelation 6:3,4 TNIV

The Lion who is the redeeming Lamb of Judah opens the seven seals as John's revelation continues. When the seals are opened, at least in part, we get insight into the headlines news. The Four Horsemen are revealed:
1. A lust for conquest
2. Theft of peace on earth
3. Economic crisis and financial injustice
4. Suffering, hardship and death are unleashed.
The Four Horsemen bring into the world what was started by a fall in Eden oh so long ago. The plague they represent sheds at least a glimpse into the headlines news when we cry out, "Why?" The Word of God tells us that the hearts of humanity need redemption in Jesus Christ. That is the way to bring hope into the headlines. Until then, we work to fight the implications of the four plagues, and we pray keep it in heart and mind as we hear the headline news.

Dale Patterson