It's an incredible vision: four cryptic horsemen galloping across the sky. What does it mean? For centuries, Bible scholars understood this passage to be historical in its fulfillment--it covers the broad stretch of history from the early apostolic church to the second coming of Christ. All the events of this amazing prophecy are God's way of assuring us that history is progressing according to schedule. The next event we can expect, in the list of events given in Revelation 6, is the day of the Lord and the return of Jesus Christ. We are living now between verses 13 and 14 of this incredible prophecy!
When you really begin to study the book of Revelation, you quickly discover that the towering image of the exalted Christ completely dominates the landscape. The book has been considered by many to be foreboding--full of denunciations and threats. Grotesque beasts glare threateningly from its pages. Monstrous powers of evil appear. Hundreds of volumes have been written attempting to identify the beast and his image. The good news is that the beast is not the hero of the book. The of Revelation emphasizes Jesus Christ, the "Man of Revelation."