As we discussed last week, the First Four Seals... each of which, unleash a symbolic Rider on a Horse... Are the, "Four Riders of the Apocalypse" that we hear so much about! The four scenes represented by these horsemen, seem to be connected in one major event... beginning with that appearance of the antichrist and his false peace. Let's see how the rest of the Riders fit together!
Seal #2: The Rider on the Red Horse: Revelation 6:3-4: the peace that comes with the antichrist’s treat will be powerful, but misleading because the next Rider brings war against Israel: Ezekiel 38:14-16: Notice the country that moves on Israel does so when Israel is dwelling in peace and safety. Israel has not dwelt in peace and safety for thousands of year (just as prophecy predicted). The only time Israel is to have peace is after this treaty, and then it happens. Ezekiel 38:3: This Gog, from the land of Magog, can be traced back in history to be our modern-day Russia. In addition, Meshech and Tubal are also southern areas of modern Russia today. Ezekiel 38:15 and Ezekiel 39:2 say this nation is from the farthest point north of Israel (Russia). Ezekiel 38:5-7: The countries that are allied with, protected by and armed by this ‘King of the North’: Persia (Iran), Sudan, Libya and Turkey; other Arab nations will join (‘and many people are with you…’): look at the alliance that is foremost in the Middle East today (Russia & Iran). Iran and every other country listed in Ezekiel have these things in common: all receive either arms sales, training, advisors or soldiers and pilots from Russia today; all are Muslim countries; all have a deep desire to remove Israel from earth. Even Turkey has now accepted military assistance from Russia in the fight against ISIS, declining all offers from the U.S. Ezekiel gives detailed prophecies of these countries moving together to destroy Israel shortly after the treaty brings false peace. Every country prophesied is in place with the right alliances today, as predicted over 2500 years ago. Ezekiel 38:16-23, Ezekiel 39:4-6: in the destruction of Russia and the Middle East Alliance, God will use a supernatural event that is unmistakably His hand, in the form of an incredible earthquake on the mountains of Israel. Along with this, God says He will call for ‘a Sword’ and make every brother fight one another. This sounds as if the fragile alliance splinters and the nations fight amongst themselves as well, which has been so typical of the Muslim alliances in the region. With this, God ‘sends fire on Magog and his allies’. When you see the extent of this death and destruction mentioned next, it is very probable this is describing a nuclear response. An earthquake, deception of nations and a nuclear exchange leave Russia and her allies completely annihilated. It will take seven months to bury bodies: Ezekiel 39:14-15: (see pg38 of WHO/PAHO manual).
Seal #3: The Rider on the Black Horse: Revelation 6:5-6: brings with him extreme famine and hording all over the world. In the midst of what has already become a constant drought, since the arrival of the two prophets of God in Jerusalem. Seal #4: Revelation 6:7-8: The Rider on the Green or Pale Horse: this verse clearly associates the reasoning behind the death, with the war and famine preceding. (Hades: Hell in Greek: meaning the grave, or temporary holding place of the damned). The reasons for the massive death toll (1/4 of all the earth) are: war, hunger, and disease (kill almost 2 billion people worldwide). Remember that during all of this, the true Christians have left the earth at once, leaving a world of millions that are selfish and heartless. Among that crowd are countless millions who react the opposite: turning to God through this unmistakable proof and judgment. These people are hated at a new level, and probably blamed for much that is occurring. The First Four Seals brought the world to it’s knees—in that moment when much of the world which was left behind, thought it was rid of God and Christians and was about to have ‘world peace’ for the first time…
Seal #5: Revelation 6:9-11: here are the people who have been martyred for their love of Christ in times past (because they are wearing ‘White Robes’) crying for justice. God tells them to wait a little while longer—many more will be saved—give them time. This was the buildup of God’s Wrath as He heard the pleas for justice and vengeance from those killed throughout history.
Seal #6: Revelation 6:12-17: God is not doubted by most of those left—they acknowledge Him, they just choose to reject Him. This is the proclamation that His Wrath has come. All of these events seem to be completely natural in origin, not manmade or results of war, because the world acknowledges it is God. The world is rocked by massive earthquakes. The sky, already darkened from a nuclear exchange is blacked out further by the dust of the earthquakes, disasters and the meteorites that are falling, with impacts and effects mirroring megatons of nuclear explosions, leveling mountains and even moving islands in the sea. Then there is an Angelic cry to temporarily bring a break to the wrath pouring out: Revelation 7:2-4: the angels place a mark of ownership and protection on 144,000 Jews from the 12 tribes of Israel (no the church here); a small number considering the population, are to be protected through the devastation still to come because they have a special mission during the Tribulation (it could be to evangelize those remaining): Revelation 7:9-10, 13-17.
Seal #7: Silence—every Angel, every Saint, every demon—is completely silent.
Next week: Matthew 24:22…
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