We then saw how when Adam was created he was given authority to rule the earth. He had a spiritual bow and arrows. He could defeat any enemy from a comfortable distance. He had the high ground, so to speak.
What happens next was totally off-script.
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 men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.
There are those who don’t like my interpretation of the seals in Revelation. They don’t like the fact that I say they’re already past – a compressed view of the earth’s history.
But simply reading this passage should be enough to convince you. This person on a red horse has the power to take peace from the earth. There’s only one point in the history of the world when that was possible – before the fall of Adam.
Ever since Cain killed Abel there has been no peace on earth. Right now, at this moment, no one can take peace from the earth. There’s no peace to take. This seal could only be a picture of Satan entering the scene with Adam.
The color red always stands for sin in the Scripture. The enemy is seen as the one bringing sin into God’s perfect creation.
What we need to understand is the objective of the enemy. Notice that he didn’t come to steal money, health or joy away from Adam. He came to steal PEACE.
We know from Scripture that one title of Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 6:7). He’s the Ruler of Shalom-Peace. If you have this peace, then you have everything you need.
The word, Shalom in the Old Testament is rich in meaning. It includes health, growth, prosperity, safety, fulfillment, rest, peace, protection, and more. It implies “nothing missing, nothing broken.” It includes everything God has for you.
That’s the prize the enemy was after. If he could steal peace, then he’s got everything else.
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace — but now it is hidden from your eyes.
This is what the Messiah wanted to restore. It broke His heart when they rejected His attempts to restore to them His peace.
But there’s good news. The story doesn’t end there.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
When you receive Christ as your Lord and Savior you also receive His peace. The peace of God, that passes all understanding, has been restored to us (Philippians 4:7).
The problem is that most Christians have no idea that this is the prize. This is the objective that the enemy is trying to steal. If he can rob your peace then he’s got everything else.
Once you know the enemy’s objective, it’s easier to fight the war. Protect the peace that the Lord has given you. Or…if you’ve already lost it, then stand your ground to get it back. It’s God’s will that you walk in everything that Christ won for you on the cross.
Question: How active is the peace of God in your life?
© 2019 Nick Zaccardi