And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him. (Revelation 6:4)
At the first glance, this verse seems to be associated with earthly wars. In reality it is not so.
Please look at what Jesus said:
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34)
If you read the above two verses together, you will know that what the person on the red horse is going through is not a war between nations on the earth; rather it is an inner and personal battle between the old and new lives.
If a person is determined to follow Jesus, repent and have his or her old life replaced with a new one that is pleasing to God, then he or she is destined to face fierce opposition from family members, from relatives and friends, and even from his or her own old self.
Therefore, the battle between the old and the new lives becomes inescapable. If you truly want to put off your old self and put on a new life, you have to receive the great sword the Lord gives you and join this inner battle.
The starting point for this battle can be described with just one word: HATE! You ought to be able to hate everything that belongs to the old, especially your inherent old thinking, old mind and old deeds. Otherwise, everything else is just empty talk.
Up to this point, we should be able to understand why Jesus said:
“If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:26)
You see, the Greek word for “hate” is so obvious in the original text – just because it is hard for a mortal person to accept and understand, it has been often misunderstood. If we misunderstand it as we did before, the person riding the red horse is doomed to fail.
After seeing the real meanings of the above verses, I wish that you are able to hate your own old life continuously and crush any false impressions of “peace” adorning your old thoughts and deeds.
This daily devotional message is taken from Taichuan Tongs new book “The Sword for the End Times (I): Dividing Truths in Daniel & Revelation”
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