I am obviously not an expert in apocalyptic literature, but I know that it’s not a good sign when the four horseman show up. They have a tendency to execute judgment. As I thought about the passage and the vision of peace that follows in the same chapter, I thought maybe what God is telling us is that throughout human history there will be times where it feels like the world is ending, but have faith, something new is being born.
I know many Christians who are interested in Apocalyptic literature and attempting to discern when the world will end. Of course, Jesus says nobody knows the hour. I know many more Christians who pray: “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen!” Maybe God gave us Scripture with the horsemen, not so that we would live in fear of the world ending, but that we would have hope in the midst of troubled times when it feels like the world is coming to an end.