The Lamb is finally opening the scrolls, so humanity gets their first glimpse of God’s plan to fully and finally heal the world. Now we get to the good stuff; the solution to humanity’s problems that will finally bring heaven on earth. The first four scrolls are read. And what do we get? A disturbing picture filled with danger, heartache, and death brought on by the Four Horsemen. Really? This is what God has planned for our ultimate salvation? In summarizing NT’s take on the text, I was originally going to call it “a necessary evil,” but that—equating evil with our heavenly father–does God an injustice. Let’s just say that it’s necessary to show the depth of the sickness that defines the true human condition. Only when faced with the ultimate examples of the depravity that define humankind’s treatment of one another—now and throughout the ages–can we truly see the stark contrast that living within God’s true holiness really represents. We must see and experience the worst of the worst in order for God’s salvation to take hold fully and finally.