Peace on Earth, Peace off Earth

(I’ve been creating a word puzzle book using the whole book of Revelation, and came across thoughts that piqued my thinking apparatus. Here’s one.)

Jesus, pictured as a living, yet bloody, grotesque, dead-like Lamb, sits on His throne in heaven and opens a seal, a fastener or an impressed signet wax impression on a special scroll, which is a fancy, rolled up paper of some kind (Revelation 6:1-6). When the scroll opens, a bright red horse literally jumps out, with a rider on its back, and Jesus Himself gives this duo the authority to “take away peace on earth,” so people would kill each other!

What a paradox that these orders (to take away peace on earth) came from the very person, who came to earth as a human, to bring “peace on earth and goodwill toward men” (Luke 2:14). The prophet Isaiah even said that Jesus, the Messiah, was the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6, 7). But in the last book written in the Bible, a last revelation from Jesus and God in heaven to man, Jesus informs us that a time is coming when He will call for the removal of peace on earth, or maybe He means that there are times when He calls for the removal of peace on earth (we’ve seen it during horrible times like World War 1 and 2, and the Black Death plagues).

Regardless of whether the revelation here is talking about the end of time or the many times when there has not been peace, when people say today that the Bible is just a “love letter” from God, I almost start sweating in fear. In the ancient past, those who claimed to be God’s people used to say things just like that, “Peace, peace…” but they were enormously fooling themselves and God told them so (Ezekiel 13:9-16)! Strangely, people have a knack for being totally blind to what’s actually in front of our eyes, like the words in the Bible. Some would call it denial.

A Day is coming when Jesus will arrive to avenge Himself and His obedient followers on those who do not know Him and on those who do not obey His call to repent (change) by becoming new and righteous people. On that special Day, the only souls who will have peace will be those who made the effort not to ignore the will of God, who took the time not to be blind and lazy, and who obeyed the will of God instead of changing it to fit their own ideas or desires (2 Thess. 1:2-12).