Ch.8 Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Painting by Victor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov
If one takes Matthew 24, Mark 13, or Luke 21 of the Gospel’s and puts it next to Revelation 6, you will find it to be Six of the Seven Seals. The Seven Seals are the judgment and wrath of YHWH upon the earth and the fulfillment of God’s prophecy throughout history.
It is the time anticipated by all Israel since we were formed as a nation through Abraham. It is the time where the fate of all mankind is revealed and sealed, either to everlasting life and glory, or to doom and the damnation of your soul. Only Jesus, the Lamb of God, can open the book and release the Seven Seals.
And I (John) saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?” And no man in heaven, or in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look upon it. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look at it.
And one of the elders said to me, “Weep not, behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals.” And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.”
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”
And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:
“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. Revelation 6:1-2
You probably have heard the phrase, “The horsemen of the Apocalypse,” of which there are four. The first is the white horse, and various opinion of who and what this represents. Most modern theologian believe the white horse to be the antichrist who conquers through cunning economic strategy and bringing the world peace and harmony. The antichrist is described in Daniel 7 as part of the the 4th beast that ruled the known world under the Roman Empire.
“After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had two rows of iron teeth. It devoured and crushed, and anything that was left it trampled with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking arrogant things.” Daniel 7:7-8
Many authors believe that the ten horns represent the first ten kings, or Caesars of the Roman Empire, notably Domitian or Nero; this of course, is absurd. There were just about two hundred Emperors in the time of Roman dominion that we know of. The majority of which came after the resurrection of Christ.
Authors merely pick and choose out of a myriad of Caesars during the life of John the Apostle to fill the role of their belief. Yes, Nero and Domitian were the spirit of antichrist, but not the man imbued with the power of Belial, not the ultimate counterfeit of Christ, Onpiov Moshiach of whom all Judaism awaits.
When you see authors describing the antichrist as having lived during the time of Rome, you are reading the confused minds of individuals who have no conception that Judaism rejects this idea, as does the scripture itself through Christ Jesus. Again, Jesus stated specifically that during the time of Onpiov,
“For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.” Matthew 24:21-22
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matthew 24:29-31
Anyone who believes this already occurred is delusional and simply does not understand scripture as accorded by YHWH. Makes for a good story and speculation of what an author believes happened in the time of Rome, but is simply fiction for those who know the facts.
Selling the story that θηρίον thēríon has already been here is a useless fantasy.
The secular world is fully aware of end times and understand the population senses and understands this phenomenon as lingering in society, which is why end times books, series, and movies are profitable ventures. Again, the deer senses the stalking lion, the human automatically senses the moving spider, so too does the population sense the imminent danger of Onpiov. Moreover, Satanist and Molech cults are ever more bold.
The Elite openly act out killing humans in blood sacrifice rituals, eating cakes shaped like human bodies, the Arch of Baal erected in D.C. overseeing the Capitol building, and the open worship of satanic statues and emblems. Any individual can see videos of such on YouTube and that this is picking up speed culturally. Record labels, who own the elite singers, make music videos that revel in fallen angels as their masters during the apocalypse, purporting mass child abuse, slavery, and blood sacrifice are becoming the norm.
It was revealed to Daniel the prophet millenia ago who the 4th beast is and what occurs shortly after the revelation of this counterfeit Moshiach who embarks on destroying humanity and the world.
“As for me, Daniel, my spirit was distressed, and the visions of my mind were alarming me. I approached one of the (angels) standing nearby and asked him about the meaning of all this. So he spoke with me and revealed to me the interpretation of the vision: ‘These large beasts, which are four in number, represent four kings who will arise from the earth. The holy ones of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will take possession of the kingdom forever and ever.’
“Then I wanted to know the meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others. It was very dreadful, with two rows of iron teeth and bronze claws, and it devoured, crushed, and trampled anything that was left with its feet. I also wanted to know the meaning of the ten horns on its head, and of that other horn which came up and before which three others fell. This was the horn that had eyes and a mouth speaking arrogant things, whose appearance was more formidable than the others. While I was watching, that horn began to wage war against the holy ones and was defeating them, until the Ancient of Days arrived and judgment was rendered in favor of the holy ones of the Most High. Then the time came for the holy ones to take possession of the kingdom.
“This is what he told me:
‘The fourth beast means that there will be a fourth kingdom on earth
that will differ from all the other kingdoms.
It will devour all the earth
and will trample and crush it.
The ten horns mean that ten kings will arise from that kingdom.
Another king will arise after them,
but he will be different from the earlier ones.
He will humiliate three kings.
He will speak words against the Most High.
He will harass the holy ones of the Most High continually.
His intention will be to change times established by law.
They will be delivered into his (Onpiov) hand
For a time, times, and half a time.
But the court will convene, and his ruling authority will be removed
destroyed and abolished forever!
Then the kingdom, authority,
and greatness of the kingdoms under all of heaven
will be delivered to the people of the holy ones of the Most High.
His kingdom is an eternal kingdom;
all authorities will serve him and obey him.’
Now the question remains, is the white horse the antichrist, θηρίον thēríon Moshiach? Yes I believe so, but now lets see what the second seal brings.
“And when the Lamb had opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, Come! 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.” Rev 6:3-4
The time of the second seal is when war and destruction shall be unleashed upon the earth like never before in history. I was watching the movie called “Troy,” and in the movie it was said that the battle of Troy and Sparta, at that time, was the greatest battle in history and would be remembered for thousands of years. This was a story of course but since that time there have been many great wars. For when the Second Seal is opened soon will follow,
”For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” Matthew 24:21-22
In the 21st century we have seen modern warfare exterminate life with bullets, bombs, missiles, and biological weapons as compared to swords, spears and bows of the past. WWII, the biggest war in history, realized approximately eighty (80) million deaths in a six-year period. There was roughly 2.5 billion people at the time, of which 2% of the worlds population were casualties in the 1940’s. By 2050, estimates show the population at over 9 billion.
Compared with history scholars can see that WWII tops every other conflict. By delving back in the past, man has not changed, he has indeed become more cunning at destroying his fellow man. There must exist something to draw from, a list if you will, to compare the devastation in order to understand what has not yet occurred. Mere statements of figures based on a battle that has not taken place without a comparison to draw from would hardly paint a realistic picture of what will occur. The magnitude of the Seven Seals in comparison dwarfs the figures below. As mankind approaches the battle of Armageddon, which will be the greatest battle in the history of mankind, wars and conflicts will increase in scope. The list below grants a vague understanding of the loss of life and bloodshed this world has seen in order that you may understand the severity of the Seven Seals.
|1||55 million+||Second World War||20C|
|2||40 million||Mao Zedong (mostly famine)||20C|
|3||40 million||Mongol Conquests||13C|
|4||36 million||An Lushan Revolt||8C|
|5||25 million||Manchu Conquest||17C|
|6||20 million||Taiping Rebellion||19C|
|7||20 million||Ethnocide American Indians||15C-19C|
|8||20 million||Iosif Stalin||20C|
|9||19 million||Mideast Slave Trade||7C-19C|
|10||18 million||Atlantic Slave Trade||15C-19C|
|11||17 million||Timur Lenk||14C-15C|
|12||17 million||British India (mostly famine)||19C|
|13||15 million||First World War||20C|
|14||9 million||Russian Civil War||20C|
|16||8 million||Fall of Rome||3C-5C|
|17||8 million||Congo Free State||19C-20C|
|18||7 million||Thirty Years War||17C|
|19||5 million||Russia’s Time of Troubles||16C-17C|
|20||4 million||Napoleonic Wars||19C|
|21||3 million||Chinese Civil War||20C|
|22||3 million||Huguenot War||16C|
Matthew White, Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century, 2001
There have been many attempted genocides throughout history and for modern America undoubtedly the Native Americans.
“The destruction of the Indians of the Americas was, far and away, the most massive act of genocide in the history of the world,” David E. Stannard.
The old saying applies, “with much wisdom, comes much sorrow.” No one enjoys thinking of millions of people dying but it has happened and those who are uneducated in the matters of historical warfare can now see a glimpse of what is. Although a sultry topic, mass murder is indeed history and history shapes the future.
We will discuss in depth the suffering of mankind as one of the greatest questions is, “why would an all loving, all powerful God allow such disasters to happen?” I am positive the answer you receive will not be similar to the answers given by popular books on the subject nor in agreement with the fantasies of supposed ‘authoritative’ ministers or clerics.
The Second Seal has been opened and, hand in hand, according to the prophecy as given to Daniel the prophet around 530 BC, the abomination which brings desolation is setup by the man called the beast, who wields Satan’s power that he may destroy billions of souls before being bound for a thousand years.
“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9:27
“And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days. Daniel 12:11-12
“And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.” Rev 12:6-12
Many preachers believe that the antichrist is alive today. Some have even gone so far as to name names. This may well be, and God will reveal this to whom He will reveal before Onpiov comes to power. There are many clues as to when and how this creature and enemy of mankind will come.
“The Lamb opened the third seal. Then I heard the third living being say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse. The rider on the horse held a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard something that sounded like a voice. The voice came from where the four living beings were. It said, “A quart of wheat or three quarts of barley will cost a full day’s pay. But don’t harm the supply of olive oil and wine!” Revelation 6:5-6
This is believed to be a global economic break down. For some reason the oil and the wine will not be hurt during this time. This is just speculation but there will be plenty to drink and get drunk during this time accelerating world chaos as society collapses. How could this economic disaster happen? There have been many theory, zombie/viral included, of ways an economic collapse could happen.
Of course many movies have portrayed the subject as well. It certainly is not far fetched; I personally have discussed the great depression of the 1930’s with those who lived during that bleak economic existence. With war breaking out all over the earth and sabotage in the markets we could have an economic collapse from many different avenues. The current reality is that with every dollar produced creates four dollars of debt. The dollar is absolutely a house of cards waiting to collapse as discussed in previous chapter.
Is the author suggesting we are on the verge of an economic breakdown? No I certainly am not preaching that the economy is going to collapse any time soon. If it does happen it will not mean that the tribulation has started. Many events must occur for the human race to be consumed by tribulation as already discussed.
In Greek (Byzantine) to English and many translation we see, “A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny,” but the Greek is δηνάριον, which means denarius (denarion, latin origin). According to Thayers Greek Lexicon:
denarius = containing ten
- A Roman silver coin being equal to ten “asses,” a number after 217 BC increased to sixteen (about 3.898 grams or .1375 oz.). It was the principal silver coin of the Roman empire. From the parable of the labourers in the vineyard, it would seem that a denarius was then the ordinary pay for a day’s wages. (Mt. 20:2-13)
In short, a loaf of bread for a common days wage. As an example in American society that could be equated to $80 for Wonder bread. Not good. Imagine a time when society is far worse than that of the great depression of the 1930’s. Hard to imagine. People dying of mass starvation, theft, crime, war, and the beasts of the earth.
“When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, ‘Come!’ And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with famine, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” Revelation 6:7-8
According to worldometer.info, the 2019 population is 7.7 Billion people. If the fourth seal were to be opened right now, 1.9 Billion people would perish through war, famine, death, and animals. Does the 4th Seal unleash nuclear warfare? I would say yes. In fact, the prophet Zechariyah was very specific on how the armies who fight against Jerusalem are terminated during this time,
“And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem:
Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet,
Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets,
And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.
Such also shall be the plague
On the horse and the mule,
On the camel and the donkey,
And on all the cattle that will be in those camps.
So shall this plague be.”
Over a billion people will die with the opening of the 4th Seal and the judgment of mankind is just getting started. Society no longer exists as it does now and never will again. All the Sci/fi movies showing the colonization of Mars and the Moon is merely children’s comic books – it will never happen. Society as you know it: cell phones, computers, airplanes, technology – all gone, and not coming back. Mankind will soon become scarce from the earth with the opening of the next seals as written by Isaiah 13:9-13,
“Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.”
Under the 4th Seal people are fleeing cities in droves and seeking shelter or asylum anywhere they can to escape the mass murder, theft, death, famine, and roaming beasts plaguing the entire world. Those who stay within the cities and do not flee will die en masse with the Seals and judgments yet to be opened. America is starting to look like the Walking Dead, or something out of a Mad Max movie.
As all of this is occurring, the new world order led by Onpiov the worshiped and loved beast will start cracking down like never before. All resource at his disposal will be brought to bear for the extermination of the Christian population as Onpiov further destabilizes the world through mass murder and war. The beast tool of Satan will be thrust into a melancholy, maniacal, vanguard of unholy destruction the world has never seen; his master knows he has little time left.