The Second Seal
And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say,
Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given
to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one
another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
The Second Seal (Revelation 6:3f)
The symbols of the Second Seal integrate perfectly with God's general use of the Number 2 throughout
Scripture and Creation. The Sword, as the natural archetypal symbol of Division, manifests in the
division of the Waters on the Second Day and again in the division of the Red Sea in the Second Book
(Exodus). This all is a manifiestion
of the meaning of the Number 2 as division, duality, reflection, image and so forth. Thus the Second
Horseman is given a Sword as the symbol of the power to take peace away from the earth - meaning to cause
war, i.e. civil division. The relation between the Sword and War is made explicit in
Isaiah 2 when they shall "beat their swords into plowshares,
and ... neither shall they learn war any more.
There is yet a deeper integration of the symbol of the Sword and the Number 2 that ultimately derives from the
eternal nature of the Triune God. The Second Person - God the Son
(Beyt KeyWord Ben) -
is called the Word of God, and the Word in
turn is called the Sword of the Spirit and is specifically identified as two-edged, as in the
Logos Holograph (Hebrews 4:12 ):
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged
sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and
marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any
creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes
of him with whom we have to do.
The conceptual confluence is overwhelming. Even the word "WORD" is maximized four
times above average on
Spoke 2! The integration is utterly divine - descending from the very nature
of God and the universally recognized geometric archetypal significance of the Number 2! Endless glory!