What appeared upon the opening of the second seal?
"And when He had opened the second seal. . . . there went out another horse that was red: and power was
given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there
was given unto him a great sword!' Verses 3, 4.
NOTE - As whiteness in the first horse denoted the purity of the gospel which its rider
propagated, so the color of the second horse would show that corruption had begun to creep in when this
symbol applies. It is true that such a state of things did succeed the apostolic church. Speaking of the
second century, Wharey, in his "Church History," page 39, says: "Christianity began already to wear the
garb of heathenism. The seeds of most of those errors that afterwards so entirely overran the church,
marred its beauty, and tarnished its glory, were already beginning to take root." Worldliness came in. The
church sought alliance with the secular power, and trouble and commotion were the result. This symbol
extends from the dose of the first century to the time of Constantine, when a complete union of church and
state was effected.
What great exchange has been wrought for us in Christ?
Who is the real power operating through the beast and his image, and demanding worship?
Through whom do we have sanctification?
What promise is made to those that mourn?
What promise has God made to bereaved mothers?
What will flow through the city?
Who will dwell with the redeemed?
Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle