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A Journey Through the New Testament Letters

Garrett Raburn

Garrett Raburn

I'm a proud Texan, but I love to stay on the move. Between the ages of 9 and 25, I lived in 14 different houses in eight different towns (including four different undergraduate colleges for a single bachelor's degree. Traveling can limit efficiency . . . who knew!). I came to love the Lord during the latter part of my touring, when He tracked me down and handed me an insatiable appetite for His Word. Nowadays, I don't always travel . . . but when I do, I bring my Bible.

October 24, 2014

SCARY TEXT, SOVEREIGN AUTHOR

Revelation 6:1-8
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Revelation 6:1-8

The Seven Seals

6:1 Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.

When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, “A quart [1] of wheat for a denarius, [2] and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!”

When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 6:6 Greek choinix, a dry measure equal to about a quart
[2] 6:6 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer

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  1. Fisher


    Oct 24, 2014 21:17

    Question: Why would God create a end to humanity?

  2. BC


    Oct 24, 2014 17:42

    Love your devo, pal. Way to go. Especially love your title and your ending. Awesome. And the Lamb is indeed sovereign. I saw at least 7 ways the Lamb is sovereign in these 8 verses. Here are a couple: 1) The Lamb opens the seals (Rev 6:1, 3, 5, 7); 2) Each of the four living creatures beckons a horse to come and inflict judgment upon the earth (Rev 6:1, 3, 5, 7); and 3) Remember the One who holds the keys to Death and Hades (Rev 1:18). Death could not ride the pale horse and Hades could not follow it unless the Son of Man had permitted it (Rev 6:8). Conclusion: The Lamb is sovereign over what is happening in the Tribulation period. In Garrett's words, "He is very, very good!"

  3. Andrew Bhatia


    Oct 24, 2014 14:26

    Garrett, Amazing anology ! Thank you, well written devo..!

  4. HopeH


    Oct 24, 2014 11:13

    Love this "When He is good, I'm good"! The events described depict dark days ahead. All the more reason to know the the steadfast unchanging character of God.

  5. Sue Bohlin


    Oct 24, 2014 09:55

    "[O]ur Sovereign God is at the helm. If He's good, we're good. And He is very, very good." BAM! Nailed it! Thank you, Garrett! As we get into the scary Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, I am so grateful that ever since the Fall, when people grieved that the wicked seemed to be getting away with evil, the Lord has been working His plan since before the beginning. He will judge evil once and for all, in ways far beyond anything we could come up with. It's gonna keep getting uglier and uglier on Planet Earth--but as you said, God is very very good--and He's very very in control.

  6. Shannon Cox


    Oct 24, 2014 09:41

    It was a nice surprise to see you on here this morning! Thanks for the wonderful reminder that no matter what is going on, God is sovereign over everything whether it's the craziness of every day life or the end times. He is in control and that brings much peace to the soul. Happy almost Birthday!!

  7. Dean


    Oct 24, 2014 09:39

    Garrett, good devo. The four horsemen are indeed scary dudes and we definitely don't ever want to meet up with them. I pray that they do, however, give us a sense of urgency to share the gospel with unbelievers, so as many as possible of our family, friends and neighbors are riding behind Jesus on white horses, clothed in righteousness, when He returns. I met with my unsaved son for dinner last night and I made sure to be a witness to my faith in the hope that his heart will someday soften and accept Christ. I want to spend eternity with him. I encourage all of us to make an impact on heaven today and everyday thereafter, until the rapture. This doesn't mean stopping your daily activities, it means incorporating God's purpose and will into them. Amen

  8. Scott Coy


    Oct 24, 2014 09:37

    Excellent. It will be ugly but if He's good, we're good. Great application of prophetical Scripture. I'm encouraged by the Word and by your words.SC

  9. Lindsey Eickman


    Oct 24, 2014 09:15

    Garrett, man so glad you shared with us today just how sovereign and in control our God is! I'm thankful that the One who is in control is good and faithful.

  10. Trey Collins


    Oct 24, 2014 08:27

    Garrett, great analogy. God promises peace and rest in Him (Matt 11:28-30, Phil 4:6-7) regardless of circumstances. This can be a difficult thing to wrestle with as humans, so grateful for the analogy to remind myself of. Praying for you today Garrett!

  11. JM


    Oct 24, 2014 08:13

    Rayburn, great way to start today - reminded of The One who holds everything in His Control, and to keep my eyes on Him. Thank you!

  12. G stroope


    Oct 24, 2014 07:59

    Great application Garrett to draw our security from our savior. Trust Him. There are days we live in turbulence. Thank you Savior for your peace!

  13. Julie


    Oct 24, 2014 07:52

    I've never left a comment on JTJ until now even though I read most everyday. I love the phrase when He's good I'm good. I think that will bring me encouragement for many days to come!

  14. Graham


    Oct 24, 2014 07:46

    Great job Garrett

  15. Melissa Nunley


    Oct 24, 2014 07:37

    I laughed because that is exactly what I do when on a flight and there is turbulence --I watch the body language of those in charge. Thanks for the reminder that we serve a Sovern God who is Good and holds His children in His Arms through all the rides here on earth until He takes us Home.

  16. William


    Oct 24, 2014 07:10

    Sweet peaceful reminder.

  17. Angie Mosier


    Oct 24, 2014 06:08

    Thankful to know and trust in the One who is in control. He is indeed very, very good. Thanks for your service to Watermark Fort Worth, Garrett. I know they are blessed to have you.

  18. AD


    Oct 24, 2014 05:56

    Good job, Rayburn! What a fitting message for us, considering the current unsettling events happening in the world, and for my own life. I'm having to make some tough decisions, but I must remember nothing escapes God's knowledge or plan. If He's good, I'm good! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Cheryl


    Oct 24, 2014 05:44

    Sitting at a gate at LaGuardia, reading your devo this morning was a great reminder. In the midst of uncontrollable, threatening events all around us, the good, good Shepherd is in complete control. Thanks, G.

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