The Unveiling – Lesson Seven
ANTICHRIST & APOCALYPSE
Antichrist, The Mark, & Four Horsemen
Revelation 13:16-17 (KJV) 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
The Antichrist will arrive on the scene and make alliances with many and varied people, nations and organizations.
He will sign a covenant with Israel, and become a friend to the Jew for three and a half years.
At the end of three and a half years, at the midpoint of the tribulation, he will make the mark mandatory. Revelation 13:16 says, “…he causes all to receive a mark in their right hand or forehand.”
The necessity for this to take place is driven by identity theft, drug abuse, commerce control, tax control, and other miscellaneous population control reasoning.
The mark will solve a multitude of perceived problems.
Technology today paves the way for a device to be implemented. Banks are set up for cashless banking. The world’s largest banks demand a one world currency. There are many different cashless possibilities that have tested out as well as are being tested that could fit this need.
In July of 2010, the United Nations officially stated their support for the replacement of the dollar as the standard for holding foreign-exchange reserves in international trade with a new-one world currency issued by the international monetary fund.
The Obama administration signed off on this proposition, even though the implementation of this plan ultimately meant the death of the dollar as the world’s standard for international trade.
Changes are taking place rapidly, and it seems as if it’s all spinning out of control. Economists speculate, but no one has a true grip on what really is happening accept for one source.
That source is your Bible; the Word of God is the only thing that make sense during all of this change.
Revelation 13:16 says, all will receive a mark. Without this mark, a person will not be able to buy or sell, will not be able to travel, will not own anything, will not be able to function, and, essentially, will not be able to exist!
TECNOLOGY OF THE MARK
Getting a tattoo has become a common thing. It is now widely accepted, and people are beginning to view getting a tattoo as a rite of passage. It even has a religious status some individuals adhere to, which promotes the idea that tattooing one’s self all over the body prevents the marking of God that scripture talks about.
Since tattoos are now viewed so casually, getting a tattoo will not be a big deal to most people, especially if it is invisible and will make life more convenient for them.
Invisible tattoo ink with chipless RFID ink can be used to track and reduce security and financial risk.
The ink is invisible to eyesight but readable to an RFID scanner sending the number to a computer which then gives all of the individual’s information such as, the person’s location, where they have previously been, and other vital information. This is not speculative technology, but it is technology that is available today.
Why would the public readily believe that this technology would be necessary? In 2010 alone there were 11 million identity thefts. Since then, breaches in systems, scamming, and security risk continue to accelerate.
RFID microchip is a miniaturized implantable Radio Frequency Identification Device that simply is a number that transmits back to a computer holding all of your information and allows the number to be captured by briefly passing a scanner over the microchip. Essentially, it is a number under the skin.
Though it has been downplayed, it also has the potential of GPS tracking, so an individual’s location is known. This device has been used with criminals, as well as military personnel.
No longer can we say that only one company has the technology to potentially be the mark of the beast.
Much technology today paves the way for the mark to be implemented.
Though the final form of what the mark will consist of is not definitely known, it is easy to speculate what it could be with known technology that is available today.
Several options are available that could be the final system.
Some of this technology is written into law that potentially places a number on individuals as scripture says will take place.
Iris scanning devices are in place. Entire cities are being made secure by IRIS scanning technology.
Security firms around the world including airports, border check points, and private businesses are using IRIS technology.
Banks and financial entities are becoming cashless societies and headlines read, “IRIS Scanning Set to Secure City, Then the World!”
Large archway detectors using infrared imaging can pick out 50 people per minute, even as they hustle by at speeds of up to 3.3 miles per hour per second.
When it comes to biometric identification, fingerprints have been the most widespread and trusted technology in previous years.
Yet they only contain a few dozen data points to link to your ID and a fingerprint must be carefully applied to a surface for capturing.
Irises, in contrast, have around 2000 points of reference – enough to uniquely identify every person on Earth.
Many companies have developed the means to take an iris scan and use these reference points to match them quickly to a database of scans through the use of detectors with infrared imaging making it a much quicker process.
Add to all of this the facial recognition capabilities available coupled with Iris scanning for complete security and we realize this is more technology already available, not coming, that could be implemented to fulfill prophetic scripture.
A discussion taking place is the use of IRIS technology interfaced with SOMARK, the invisible tattoo, creating the mark of the beast.
The tattoo would identify your number, and other technology of choice would confirm your identification beyond any doubt, then transactions, security access, etc. could be processed.
What is so unbelievable about technology increasing is the great possibility of the technology being discussed here could beome obsolete between the time this is written to the time this writing is published! Technology is moving that rapidly! The system will use the very latest of technology to implement The Mark!
BUY AND SELL
Revelation 13:17-18 (KJV) 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Individuals will not be able to buy or sell, and will not be able to exist without the mark!
People need to wake up and realize all of this prophecy stuff that has been preached about, taught on, and talked about all of these years is not all hype and imagination.
Prophetic Word has been fulfilled and is fulfilling at an extraordinarily rapid pace!
Technology is moved into place, paving the way for the beast!
It’s not all conspiracy thinking as world media and leaders would have you believe, it is the prophetic Word of God fulfilling right before our very eyes!
It is time to pay close attention to the Word of God and prophetic fulfillment! During this last critical hour of this age, our hearts must cry out, “I must be saved!”
Revelation 13:14-15 (KJV) 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
Revelation 13:14 and 15 says an image is created and the antichrist is able to give it life. The original definition is “he gives it a “spirit.” Then, he commands the people to worship this image.
Verse 16 then states that he causes all to receive a mark. These events become a psychological domino effect for the general public making it easy to understand how a person isn’t going to haphazardly take the mark. They will take the mark as a natural response to world events, and as a natural progression of technology.
Once the mark is implemented, an individual remaining here will have the opportunity to denounce taking the mark. Revelation 14:9-11 explains:
Revelation 14:9-11 (KJV) 9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Revelation 14:9-11 plainly states anyone worshipping the image of the beast, the antichrist, who takes the mark will drink the wine of the wrath of God poured out without mixture and shall be tormented in fire and brimstone forever and ever.
Revelation 13:12 (KJV) 12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
The word worship from this verse of scripture derives from the word proskyneō in the original meaning worship as a dog licking his mater’s hand.
In taking The Mark, this is “worship,” worship is something one chooses to do, you don’t accidently choose to worship something! The individual choosing to take the mark will choose to worship the image paying his undivided allegiance to the beast! No one will take the mark by accident!
GOG AND MAGOG
Ezekiel 38:1-6 (KJV) 1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: 4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: 5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: 6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
Ezekiel 38:1-3 (KJV) 1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
The Revised Version as well as other translations including Young’s Literal Translation includes and says prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal clarifying even better the King of the North as Russia.
Gog and Magog Coalition
Events continue to unfold that push this world closer to the apocalyptic explosion on the brink of no return, edging this world to the first stage of Armageddon, Gog and Magog.
As the coalition of Gog and Magog push across the borders into Israel, this invasion is confronted by the antichrist and his armies because of the covenant, the treaty that the antichrist has in place with Israel.
The coalition against Israel consists of the following:
Rosh – Russia – King of the North
Egypt – King of the South
Ethiopia – Arabia
Persia – Iran
Gomer – Germany
Togarmah – Turkey
And scripture says, many others
A coalition of primarily Islamic countries unites, and a hook is placed in their jaw and they launch an all-out attack against Israel.
It is understood that the King of the North is Russia and the King of the East is China because Scripture clearly notes it, but speculation to the identity of the King of the South has always been surrounded in controversy and speculation.
Islam continues to march toward world dominance. It has stated it’s intention of Israel’s annihilation, as well as world dominance goals, and currently succeeds around the globe in spurring global chaos with the backing of top Islamic leaderships.
The King of the South recognized in history is Egypt. Although discussions have mentioned others being the King of the South, with the rising unrest of nations and the overthrowing of governments, Islamic factions battle to be the one on top forming to be the formable force. As they struggle with each other, they unite, and as their unity progresses finally they will culminate into a unit that will form a united Islamic force and state to be reckoned with.
Ezekiel 39:2 (KJV) 2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
Regardless, this picture clears more each day, the we closer we move to an all-out war event that is headed to this world with unprecedented power and mass destruction that has not yet been experienced, with only a one-sixth of this coalition left alive to later join in the final battle of Armageddon.
Ezekiel 39:9 (KJV) 9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:
The devastation will be so great, it will take seven years to destroy all the tanks and artillery!
Ezekiel 39:12 (KJV) 12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.
So many will perish it will take seven months to bury all of the dead!
The Middle East is in the midst of chaotic upheaval, and governments have been overturned that have been in place for centuries. Islam, overturning world governments spins into existence, a global army merges together under the noses of world leaders who fully do not understand the complete impact until it will be too late.
The coalition of Islamic nations will begin the war campaign of Armageddon with the first stage of Gog and Magog.
Around this world this army is forming labeled “demonstrations,” but all that are part have the same goal, world domination. However, it is perceived as simply individuals who are tired of their nation’s leaderships, or individuals fighting for freedom for their religious rights!
Islamic extremists use many names and faces to accomplish their goals of world dominance. These organizations play major roles in these new governments forming throughout the Middle East. Their plan of spreading their poisonous veins around the world is working and well under way.
Homeland Security, the FBI, other agencies have acknowledged that Islamic radicals have strong roots planted in America.
America is not exempt from this storm that is blowing across our globe!
It is simply a matter of time. The smaller nations join now, and the larger join later. At the same time, Fatah, which works alongside Jihad, is implemented and silently infiltrating societies.
Fatah is part of Jihad. It is the Islamic recruitment penetration arm of Jihad. It is realizing great success around the World.
In the year 1900, the Muslim population was less than 5 percent.
By 2025, it is expected to reach 25 percent. By 2050, it is expected to reach 50%. By 2075, it is expected to reach over 75 percent!
Islamic extremism is a movement that believes Zionists must be exterminated, Israel wiped off the map, and the infidel annihilated!
An “infidel” according to the Koran is anyone that does not believe and follow the Koran. Such individuals according to the Koran, is worthy of only one thing: death!
As we watch leaders lose control of their countries, one common thread moves to the forefront: Islam.
All over the globe these threads are synched tighter, and the bonds are strengthened as we move closer toward the Gog Magog conflict of devastation!
This common thread of Islam in end time events sharpens the question, “Are Islamic forces part of the antichrist forces? Are they with the coalitions that attack Israel?” A verse stands out that helps answer the question.
Ezekiel 38:21 (KJV) 21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man’s sword shall be against his brother.
This gives room for thought through the eyes of Islam of an Islamic messiah ushered in on the scene. Differences turn one Muslim brother against the other; part taking a stand with their believed messiah, part unconvinced.
Given the differences between the Sunni and Shia beliefs one could see how brother could fight against brother as the antichrist signs a covenant with Israel.
The antichrist, their perceived Messiah, for a period of time will honor the Jewish covenant.
As the world considers and implements Islamic concessions, so does America following Europe’s leading of Sharia law in court rooms. Islam is on its way to extensive world impact, no matter how much it is down played!
All of this moves us closer to Globalization, One World Government Law, a New World Order, Gog and Magog in full blown explosive power!
Spinning and mixing in with the antichrist and his platform of evilness will be the Apocalyptic Judgments we call “The Tribulation” or “Great Tribulation.”
Right now, we have the advantage of warnings of this period that is both to the saint and sinner.
These prophetic words written in scripture ask the saint if he is wise or foolish, if he is awake or slumbering, is his lamp full of oil or is it running out, and if he is watching and waiting?
To the individual not in relationship with Christ, it’s saying that if he continues down this broad path he is on his way to maximum destruction like this world has never seen!
To everyone, scripture proclaims:
Matthew 25:13 (KJV) 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Titus 1:2 (KJV) 2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Thank God we have a promise! That promise is from God himself!
If we are watching, waiting, anticipating, living with eternity in our hearts, living with our eyes fixed on the prize, following his commandment, and staying in relationship with him, our promise is eternal life!
1 Thessalonians 3:4 (KJV) 4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.
1 Thessalonians 3:4, Paul said you will face tribulation even while I am with you!
This word tribulation in the original derives from the world thilpsis meaning “affliction, anguish, distress, or tribulation.”
We live in the day of man’s trouble or pressure, the period when Satan has rule over the kingdoms of darkness and plays havoc with mankind.
NOT APPOINTED TO WRATH
1 Thessalonians 5:9 (KJV) 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
The word from the original for wrath here is orgē, meaning “anger, angry, or wrath of God.”
1 Thessalonians 5:9 tells us that we are not appointed to wrath.
This gives the bride peace that the church will not suffer the apocalyptic judgments that we call the “Great Tribulation,” which is more appropriately explained as Jacob’s Trouble or Wrath of God.
Ekklēsia (ek-klay-see’-ah) is the word from the original used for the church here on earth. Ek is the preposition which means “out of.” Klay-see-a means “the called out ones.”
Ekklesia is not used after the fourth chapter until the end of Revelations.
You will read hagios in the original after the fourth chapter which means “holy one, saints, Jews, or angels.”
Ekklesia, the saints of the most high God, the bride of Christ is used 19 times in the first three chapters of the book of Revelation.
MERCY AND GRACE
For all of these years, mercy and grace have abounded, and we have lived in the season of obtaining salvation!
The lamb slain at Calvary that shed His Blood on Golgotha’s hill, covered sin, forgave sin, and allowed choice. Finally, the day shall arrive when choice is gone, and grace and mercy are removed!
The Holy Spirit that has resided in mankind will be raptured from off of this earth, and the Lamb will turn from mercy and grace to the nature of the Lion. Judgment, the wrath of God, is poured out onto this world!
The last seven years of this earth is an upheaval of nature, fleshly wickedness, and demonic evilness all wrapped up into one with magnitudes never imaginable before!
Atrocities that face mankind this time are on unprecedented levels greater than has ever been experienced!
For individuals who have chosen to ignore principles of God, who have chosen to ignore scripture and direction from the Word of God, no matter the excuse, the horrors and magnitude of suffering will be unbearable, and the mind will be a nightmare of emotional chaos!
Proverbs 16:25 (KJV) 25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Sadly, many believe the masses and the multitudes are saved by their own reasoning.
The truth is that there is a way that seemth right, but the end is destruction.
Matthew 7:13 (KJV) 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
It doesn’t matter what man’s philosophies are. What matters is the Word of God, it’s principles, commandments, and requirements.
The Bible is our manual for salvation, and it points and gives us direction home.
Matthew 7:21-23 gives us honest reason to pause and consider our relationship with Jesus Christ and examine if we are doing all that needs to be done for our final destination to be that eternal city!
Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV) 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
This verse of scripture should make us check to be sure we are on the straight and narrow, not the broad path entering the wide gate.
Many will do great works, will prophesy, will cast out devils, and will do great wonderful works in his name. However, he will say to these individuals, “I never knew you.”
Why? These individuals didn’t take time to make certain of their salvation, and they followed their own philosophies or vain philosophies of mankind.
It is of utmost importance to live by the Word of God, to shun evilness and any false doctrine, no matter what subscription man prescribes.
We are past the hour in the day to prove points, to argue theology, to concern ourselves with winning debates of who is right or who is wrong.
What matters during this most critical hour of the history of mankind is that we are on the straight and narrow entering the gate called strait!
We can get a lot of things wrong in this live, but we must get this right! Avoid hell at any cost and embrace heavenly direction!
THINGS TO COME
Revelation 4:1 (KJV) 1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
John saw a door opened in heaven. He was commanded to write down what he saw.
It was a warning to the church of things to come. The events that take place that John saw from this point on are horrendous events that mankind wants no part of. Individuals want to be light years away from this earth as they unfold.
The wrath of God poured out on this earth are judgments of horrendous magnitude that have been held back for centuries while God has given mankind every chance possible to live holy lives.
This seven year period is about Israel.
As one studies Israel, its drawing close to God, its falling away and worship of other gods through the centuries of time, the chastisement of the Jews come to the forefront.
The Gentile bride, the church of the living God, is not part of the sixty nine weeks of Daniel; it is not part of the seventieth week.
The Tribulation or Great Tribulation, which can be better explained or phrased as the Seventieth Week or Wrath of God, is about Israel!
The Gentile bride is caught up out of all of the chaotic conditions of end time events. This will leave individuals of both Jewish and Gentile persuasion that have not followed the salvation commandments of God to suffer the horrendous events of His wrath!
Up to the point of the seventieth week, man has lived as he wants to, believing he has gotten away with a life lived the way he wanted to live it.
The seals are a scroll with seven separate redemption documents rolled up together and sealed.
Inside those legal documents is written what it’s going to take to redeem the earth.
Revelation 5:2-4 (KJV) 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
In this passage, John is looking on and begins to weep because no man was found worthy to open these documents.
Revelation 5:5 (KJV) 5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
One of the elders tells John not to weep, there is One worthy!
Revelation 5:6-7 (KJV) 6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
Jesus Christ the Lamb of Calvary is the only one worthy to open the scrolls!
When He opens them, one by one, the earth is redeemed as each seal is opened.
Events take place that have been predicted, prophesied, taught and preached.
Revelation is a book of symbols, and we will examine them now.
First Seal – White Horse
Revelation 6:1-2 (KJV) 1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
The first seal is the rider on the white horse. White is heaven’s color.
We read in revelation about the white horse, the white cloud, the white throne, and white robes, so it is apparent that white is heaven’s color.
When we read of Satan’s color, it is apparently red. For instance, the red dragon makes Satan’s color known.
If Christ is at the end on a white horse, a logical deduction espouses that it is Christ at the beginning on a white horse.
How can Christ on a white horse as the first seal be a judgment?
The worst judgment one can think of, greater than all of the others, is given to individuals who have been around church, who may have been filled with his spirit at one time, who think they are going to heaven in spite of false thinking, who have chosen to live their lives in a way that never fully surrendered to God’s will. These people will suddenly realize that the rapture has taken place, and they are left here on this earth to face the wrath of God they have been taught about and heard preached!
There is no harsher judgment than to know what is coming, and know that you are now helpless to do anything about it! It seems that each time one denied God complete control in his life, each time that he chose flesh over God, each time that he sought the accolades of man over the will of God will be played and replayed in one’s mind. There truly can be no worse punishment than knowing that one had a chance at eternal life and an escape from the terrors of tribulation, but he passed it up for temporal pleasures and fading acceptance.
One has to wonder how many heart failures will occur ten minutes after the rapture takes place.
Individuals may ask, “Don’t you believe that a rider manipulated by Satan could have a crown on his head?” Yes, Satan has a crown in the book of Revelation, but not this crown.
This crown is from the original word stephanos, which means “a victor’s crown.” This same word is used for the crown of thorns placed on Jesus Christ; it is used for the Crown of Righteousness.
When you read of Satan in Revelations having a crown, it is always diadems or crowns of royalty.
The rider on the White Horse is wearing a Martyr’s Crown.
There’s only one identified in the bible who has the right to wear a Martyr’s Crown, and it is Jesus Christ!
Bow Without Arrows
He has a bow in His hand, but he does not have arrows. What good is a bow without arrows?
Scripture bespeaks that the battle is already over, the victory won, and the arrows are already shot!
Continuing To Conquer
He “went forth” or ek. He goes out while continuing to conquer.
Accumulative day by day victories of the bride produce the ultimate victory, which is that of resurrection and rapture.
There is only One with one group that leaves this world continuing to conquer. It is Jesus Christ and His bride who are raptured, meeting in the clouds, returning to that celestial city, reigning as kings and priests forevermore!
Second Seal – Red Horse
Revelation 6:3-4 (KJV) 3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 4 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 is the rider on the red horse. The symbolism indicated by the color represented by the red horse requires us to recognize Satanic forces. This could be the Antichrist appearing after the rapture takes places fulfilling scripture;
2 Thessalonians 2:6-8 (KJV) 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
Any appearance of peace that remains is stricken from the earth and mankind seeks to kill one another!
Third Seal – Black Horse
Revelation 6:5-6 (KJV) 5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
The third seal is the rider on the black horse. Black is the color of mourning and famine.
A great famine strikes the earth as the black horse goes out. The scales are fitting to gauge the cost of commodities in consideration of the wages of the times.
We have to understand that verse six is simply saying that the cost of a meal will be equivalent to a day’s wages.
This will be the state of the economy and living expenses. Devastation to the economy will occur, as well as war, famine, and disease.
“…see thou hurt not the oil and the wine,” means that these will be considered luxuries and possibly unaffordable by the common man.
Fourth Seal – Pale-Green Horse
Revelation 6:7-8 (KJV) 7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 8 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 hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
The fourth horse is a pale-green horse. The description describes the color as a yellowish light green of plants.
It is a ghostly color symbolizing death and terror. It also represents the paleness of disease which would follow as the aftermath of war.
The rider is named death, with hell following. These authorities destroy one-fourth of the population of the world, roughly 2.6 billion people if it were to happen today!
The first four seals symbolized by the four horseman of the apocalypse stand together. They describe and measure the events on the earth.
The white horse dramatizes the effect of the rapture of the church on the world that has been left, just as the closing of the door of Noah’s ark or the exodus of Lot from Sodom.
Possibly the worst of all the judgments is the realization that the rapture has been missed.
The red horse predicts monstrous wars that take place during this last seven-year period and is very likely the introduction of the antichrist as well.
The black horse proclaims the famine and economic disaster to come.
The pale-green horse speaks of death and disease that eliminates one-fourth of the earth’s population.
WRATH HAS BEGUN
The rest of the seals, trumpets, vials, or bowls are coming, and the wrath of God is in full swing.
It is unleashed devastation wreaked against earth and unbridled atrocities against mankind that Satan unleashes.
With technology now in-place, the apocalypse waits in the wings for the signal to ride.
Mankind continues to stumble down the path in a slumbering stupor.
Will you be caught slumbering, or will you be ready? That is the question of priority that is worth more than all the gold, valuables, and riches in the world. To be ready is worth everything!
Luke 21:36 (KJV) 36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Thank God for scripture, for his promise to his bride. We must search out the scriptures, seek to find salvation, and pray that we are accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass!
God is able to deliver those who have found favor with Him from the destruction headed to this earth!
Thank God for the cross, for Calvary, for His salvation, and for His escape plan!
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