And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 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. (Revelation 6:7-8)
I believe that the first two and possibly three of the seven seals are already opened. I could be wrong I admit, but I definitely believe that in our time, the White Horse and Rider is sweeping the earth, for the AntiChrist Spirit is already conditioning people everywhere, to accept a new humanistic Utopia, as well as a new “Christianity”, and to anticipate the new Messiah.
There is little doubt in my mind that the Red Horse of wanton violence has been released upon the earth. Many thought that the end of Cold War would usher in a golden age, an “End of History” because the ‘last man standing’ was the benevolent superpower, the USA.
Alas, the vacuum is filled now by a movement even more totalitarian,violent and extreme than the Communists ever dreamed of being; radical Islam, in both Sunni and Shia versions. Violence has been loosed upon the earth and not even a superpower can stop it, for the new warfare is ‘asymmetrical’, and decentralised.
The genius of this movement is that it is like a swarm of bees rather than as a bear for whom we can always build a big enough gun to shoot down. The Communist leaders were ruthless and evil, but at least they wanted to live, they were coldly pragmatic. This new wave of violence is led by men who want to ‘die for Allah’ and obtain their virgins.
But I don’t think the pale horse is riding yet, in this prophecy for we are given a tally of destruction that the world has never seen before. When these two riders (Death and Hell), commence, destruction occurs in which one-fourth of the population of the earth is slated to die violent deaths.
First of all the actual color of the horse; the greek word is Chloros, which is the color green. A corpse turns green when there is no antiseptic treatment of the body, meat turns green when it goes bad, Chloros is the greenish color of death.
The Riders are both Death and Hell, that is physical and spiritual death are personified, and allowed wreak havoc on the inhabitants of the earth ,using four tools of destruction. How is it that as many as one-fourth of the population of the earth are destroyed?
* The sword- Wars of cataclysmic proportion are going to occur. What we see occurring in the Middle East right now, as secular governments either cede or violently fall to popular democratic movements, is the beginning of this calamity. Islamists are taking the helm in nation after nation, removing the former restraints on the violent forces churning in the Arab world.
This will eventually lead to aggression,particularly against Israel, and the west. The disastrous wars that come out of this will utterly destroy Arab capitols such as Damascus, and Amman, rendering parts of the Arab world uninhabitable. The whole world will teeter, and “stagger like a drunkard”, as Isaiah 24 tells us. Judgment is coming upon the earth.
Instability breeds instability, thus the world is in for geopolitical tremors, earthquakes and tsunamis which are of never before seen proportions. As Daniel tells us,
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. (Daniel 12:1)
* Hunger-War always leads to deprivation such as hunger. Therefore it shall be as asJesus told us ,
“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”(Matthew 24:7)
*Death- This is plague. It is part of the arsenal of Death and Hades, in the execution of the Judgment of God upon the earth. Part of modern man’s pride is in his “conquest” over the traditional diseases which once wrought so much misery such as tuberculosis,measles, Smallpox, etc.
Devastating plagues are coming for which there is no antidote other than turning in repentant sorrow back to our Maker, whom we have spurned. Some of these plagues, such as AIDS come as a direct result of the accommodation to perversions such as homosexuality.
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;(Romans 1:27-28)
* The beasts of the earth-There are beasts that are obvious, such as lions and tigers and bears, and there are beasts that are lesser but powerful to destroy such as rats, andthere are beasts that are microscopic, such as germs. God is going to employ all of them in the time of the opening of the fourth seal, to carry out the destruction of up to one-fourth of the population of the earth.
These are the four weapons God told Israel he would bring upon them in the time that they refused to repent, in the last days of Judah,
And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.(Jeremiah 24:10)
For thus says the Lord GOD: “How much more it shall be when I send My four severe judgments on Jerusalem—the sword and famine and wild beasts and pestilence—to cut off man and beast from it?(Ezekiel 14:21)
People are going to come to realise that Israel, whom they despise for the most part, is a microcosm of the human race. As God once dealt with Israel, offering the nation grace or judgment, goodness or severity, so does He deal with the whole human race.
The frightening thing about this is it seems that when the fourth seal opens, most of those killed are unready for death, for it is not just death, but death and Hell who ride together. Repent and turn to the Lord while you can!