A live broadcast of a TV show on Wednesday February 2, 2011 has depicted strange horseman riding on a green horse in the midst of the protesters in Cairo. Some linked the figure appeared in the video with the “Green Horse” of the Apocalypse. Whether this is true or not, I cannot be certain. However there are implications to the future of Egypt in either case.
The horse’s color, in Apocalypse 6, vividly portrays the pale-green pallor of death characteristic of the decomposition of a corpse. Fittingly, the rider who sat on it had the ominous name Death.
Death came to all men through the disobedience of Adam. He disobeyed His command when God said to him, “you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:17, NIV). “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12, NIV).
Opening the fourth seal revealed the great gift of God, portrayed by the “Green Horse”. In His plan for redemption, God decreed that if the many died by the trespass of the one man, Adam, God’s grace through Jesus Christ, would overflow to the many including all (Romans 5:15, NIV).
Christ humbled himself and became obedient to death, even the death on the cross! (Philippians 2:8, NIV). He suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone (Hebrews 2:9, NIV). Christ died on the cross that “as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22, NKJV). He redeemed all from death resulted from their sins.
The message of the “Green Horse” is still valid. It calls attention to the truth that Christ has died for all including all the Egyptian people. For better life and future, the Egyptians should believe in Christ and accept the death of Christ. This is what we hope and pray for.