More Misery?


Posted on May 28th, by Ryan in Revelation 6:1-8. 2 comments

Comparing my writings to others’ in this project might lead one so ask; who picked the this guy?

Until this point, that accusation in the form of a question may have been justified. However, the author comes to my defense by writing “this is a book designed to go on making you ponder and pray, not one designed to answer everything to your satisfaction.”

My liberty abounds.

Okay, horsemen.

How does unleashing more misery upon the world help move along God’s plan? Wright’s answer is that bad things need to be brought to light and things need to get worse before they can get better, essentially. Seriously?

Up to this point in history:

In the first family on earth, one son kills the other. Entire cities are destroyed for their immorality. God regrets actually making the world because of it’s wickedness and wipes everyone away with a flood (save one family). Babylonians, Assyrians, and now Romans. We already read in previous chapters that Christians are being killed. What could possibly get worse?

Haven’t these guys been here since the beginning? Perhaps this is just an acknowledgment of their existence because the human condition pre- and post- 72AD hasn’t changed much.

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  • Vicky Lorencen

    Hey Ryan, I get what you’re saying–how much worse could things get? I’m sure that people asked that same thing during the World Wars too. I’m not commenting to offer some simple explanation, just letting you know I understand.

    I appreciate your review of human history–a violent history. I sometimes smirk when someone goes off on a rant about how violent our society is today, compared with years past–ah, yes, the good old days. Back in the old days we were more civil, like when people were fed to lions for entertainment or beheaded for being disloyal or burned at the stake. And let’s not forget the Crusades and the Inquisition and concentration camps and Vietnam and . . . I need to stop; it’s too depressing.

    As far as things getting worse in the future, it is hard to imagine. For me, I plan to trust God for today, and know that his motives and plans are pure and I can trust him for the future, however confusing or scary it will be.

  • Amy Gafkjen

    Your liberty totally abounds! I appreciate your honesty when something in the book doesn’t quite make sense to you. And I’m with you and Vicky- all this misery has always been a part of the world, ever since sin entered it. It’s nothing new.
    So I think you’re onto something- maybe this section is an acknowledgement, bringing all these things to light.
    More questions are definitely churning in my head as we go along through this book. But I guess that’s better than my previous response to Revelation, which was to simply avoid it since I didn’t understand it.

    No easy answers on this one from me, but I just wanted to say I hear ya, and thanks for writing!