And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.…
I. THIS HORSE AND HIS RIDER SET OUT AFTER US AS SOON AS WE WERE BORN; THEY ARE PERPETUALLY GAINING GROUND ON US, AND THEREFORE SOONER OR LATER THEY MUST OVERTAKE US.
II. IT IS AWFULLY UNCERTAIN WHEN HE WILL OVERTAKE US.
III. IT IS EQUALLY CERTAIN, THAT WHEN HE DOES OVERTAKE US HE WILL STRIKE HIS BLOW, AND NOTHING CAN PREVENT IT. There is a great deal said at this day about the march of intellect. Yes; but intellect with all its march, never out-marches Death. He marches faster than intellect, and he will soon overtake. Nor can the greatest peace, holiness, and usefulness prevent it.
IV. WHO THEN ARE THE CHARACTERS THAT, WHEN DEATH STRIKES THE BLOW, WILL DROP INTO HELL, IN THE LITERAL SENSE OF THE WORD?
1. Those who have never broken off their sins by true repentance.
2. Those who have not a personal interest in Jesus Christ by faith.
3. Those who have not experienced the regenerating influence of God; die as you are, without being born again, and you will be lost.
4. Those who did once run well, but who have now ceased to run well.
Parallel VersesKJV: And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.