The Red Horse and His Rider

When the Lamb opens the second seal
The red horse and his rider will go out
With power to take the peace of this world
That the end is then nigh there is no doubt

But will the rider find any peace on this earth
Where mothers kill their children and nations war
Despite our songs of peace in a post-hippie culture
We daily venture closer to hatred’s door

They say “let’s coexist” though we are in disagreement
Even so the so-called peaceful want their peace by force
Requiring agreement with them on fundamental issues
Never realizing the need for repentance and remorse

Peace without God is what mankind desires
But such a thing is only temporary
Though we must live in peace as far as we are able
Of mere men promising salvation we must be wary

Amidst the strife and turmoil of this life
The only true peace is that which Jesus gave
The rider on his fiery red horse is surely coming
But can’t take peace from those the Lamb died to save

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The Poetics prompt at dVerse Poets Pub this week is brought to us by Bjorn. He’s calling for us to write about peace in a way that is not trite and doesn’t rely on platitudes. The night before reading the prompt, I spent the evening teaching Revelation 6 to fourth graders, so my mind immediately went to the image of the second horseman of the apocalypse. I didn’t have time to write yesterday because I wanted to read the haibuns from Monday first, but as it turned out this one needed overnight to percolate anyway.

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10 responses to “The Red Horse and His Rider

  1. Question.. truly
    is.. if i tELL you i
    am here
    now..
    will you
    believe me..
    and no i am
    not
    talKinG
    about
    me..
    Jesus lives
    iN heArt as Christ..
    noW.. alWays.. just.. now.. then..
    by note of Luke 17:21.. now..
    wHere we live
    is up
    to
    uS WitH
    God or not
    now.. just now.. too..
    if ‘we’ come again..
    or ever
    come
    @
    aLL.:)

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  2. I was specially struck by this line: Even so the so-called peaceful want their peace by force ~
    I appreciate the spiritual message Linda ~ Peace to you too ~

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  3. So true, despite our songs for peace we venture closer to hatred’s door. I cannot remember a time when there was so much venom in the world. Maybe I have just forgotten…but I do hope there is somehow a way that we can coexist.

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  4. I like to view the apocalypse as a daily event – Jesus coming to us an unexpected forms throughout our day, in all our interactions. Now, if only I could remember.

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    • I agree we must keep His promises in the forefront of our minds daily. In this study of Revelation I’ve been seeing God’s grace in the warnings of what’s to come, which is comforting even when there seems to be no peace around me, there can be peace within.

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  5. Very timely and very true…

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  6. I hope we can all have peace at sometime but … until we have true peace in our hearts and open our hearts to the Prince of Peace, it just isn’t going to happen.

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  7. The image of the apocalypse is vivid in my mind.. I just hope we can find means to coexist… with everyone..

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