The Four Horses of Revelation (1)

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If you haven’t noticed that the world is changing very fast, you are not paying attention. The curtain is falling on the present age as we speak; we are on the cusp of the new world order that politicians have been talking about for a long time. The phasing out of our cherished democratic systems of government has begun.

On May 22nd, a few days from now, 47 nations of the world will bring their health care systems under the command of the World Health Organization of the United Nations. This event will authorize the WHO to order lockdowns and other restrictions on participating nations without governmental approval, thus removing critical aspects of their sovereignty. Bear in mind that the United Nations is an unelected body with no accountability to anyone.

This is the first step toward a modern Global Government, but not the first attempt to unite the world in this way. Think of the Tower of Babel in Genesis chapter 6 — and how things worked out for them back then. Several of the Bible’s prophets spoke about a last days attempt to revive that idea. A recent announcement informed us that the World Economic Forum — also an unelected organization with a global reach — signed an agreement with the United Nations to expedite its Agenda 2030. (Please take the time to research this vision for the world)

Without looking into the impact that these agreements will have on the citizens of the world, we know exactly what to expect by looking at what the Bible has to say about it. A one world government under a single, unelected leader is mentioned in several places in the Scriptures. This is how the world will be governed during the seven years of Tribulation, which are just around the corner. Clear (and graphic) descriptions of what life will be like during those years are given throughout the Bible. Read more about the Tribulation period here, here and here

When will this Tribulation period begin? Several clues have been given to us in God’s Word. What takes place in the spiritual reflects in the natural, and so it will also be with this imminent development. Let’s follow the Bible’s narrative on how these things will unfold.

Revelation chapter 5 portrays Jesus, the Lamb of God, receiving a scroll that is handed to Him. The scroll is sealed with seven seals, and He opens them one after the other. As He does so, every seal opens a window on a scene that takes place in heaven.

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 6:2

When the first seal is opened, a rider on a white horse appears. He has a bow, but no arrows, but authority is given to him. This is the antichrist who comes as a man of peace, someone who, ostensibly, will bring peace and prosperity to our troubled world. A crown is given to him, which indicates that he receives authority to conquer and rule over the entire world population. The idea is, of course, to have a benevolent dictator who will unite the world to make it easier to deal with global “threats,” such as Covid-19, climate change, food shortage, etc. Instead of tackling these threats with a variety of policies of different governments, as is the case today, it will make good sense to address these matters with a single, unified approach and global support.

However, as promising as it may seem, the rider of this horse ushers in the Tribulation week — a period of seven years under a cruel global government. Already we see the world moving in that direction under the influence of the United Nations and the World Economic Forum. There have also been calls for a global leader, someone to bring peace and prosperity to the chaos down here.

As the rider on the white horse begins his journey in the heavenlies, the antichrist is seen in action on the earth as he confirms a covenant (or treaty, or agreement) on behalf of Israel with “many.” This covenant is to last for seven years, which is the Tribulation period we read about in the Bible — a time of unspeakable hardship such as the world has never seen before.

Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.” Daniel 9:27

The new world leader, the antichrist, will confirm (Hebrew: strengthen; make better) a covenant between Israel and “many” — maybe the United Nations or the European Union? We do not exactly know at this time. This agreement is agreed upon for seven years, and will probably include the building of a Temple for Israel.

Note that Daniel 9:24 clearly states that all 70 weeks mentioned in that passage, including the last one, are “determined” for the Jews and Jerusalem. This is God pouring out His wrath on their disobedience and rejection of the Messiah. The church is not mentioned here, or anywhere else during the Tribulation years. Before the white horse and its rider (Revelation 6) are seen riding forth, we see the church in heaven, represented by the elders clothed in white robes — the raiment of the redeemed. After Jesus took the scroll to open it, they sing the song of the redeemed:

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.” Revelation 5:9,10

The church is the redeemed, and will therefore not share in the wrath of God that will be released on the earth, since God already punished Jesus for our sin. Those who repented from their carnal lifestyles by surrendering to Him are the church, the ekklesia — the called out ones — also called His bride, who will be taken to be with Him, as He also said:

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” John 14:1-4

The Tribulation period is God judging the Jewish nation. Their stubborn determination to earn their salvation by their works, and their rejection of Jesus as their Messiah, will cost them dearly. However, it is also during this time that a remnant will soften their hearts and return to Him:

For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, and like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear them and go away; I will take them away, and no one shall rescue. I will return again to My place till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; in their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.” Hosea 5:14,15

The focus of the Tribulation period is Israel:

Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it. Jeremiah 30:7

At the halfway mark of the seven years of Jacob’s Trouble, a remnant of Israel will flee to the mountains as Jesus suggested in Matthew 24:15-21. God will sustain them there while Jerusalem suffers greatly; two-thirds of the Jews who remain in Israel will be wiped out during that time:

And it shall come to pass in all the land,” says the Lord, “that two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one-third shall be left in it: I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘this is My people’; and each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’ ” Zechariah 13:8,9

It is at this point that the Jewish remnant will receive Jesus as their Messiah:

It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. Zechariah 12:9-11

The white horse of Revelation chapter 6 is chomping at the bit. World events are lining up with the prophecies of the Bible at an alarming rate; what seemed like mysteries a short while ago, are becoming clear as we see God’s Word unfold before our eyes. The spiritual war is ramping up as the devil knows his time is short — but so is ours. Today is the day of salvation; soon the trumpet will sound and the church will be called home.

If you haven’t taken advantage of God’s offer of salvation through Jesus Christ, you should delay no longer. The Tribulation period may be known as God’s judgment on the Jewish nation, but all who dwell on the earth at that time will fall under His wrath. The antichrist’s reign will be global, and all who dwell on the earth at that time will find themselves under his brutal rule.

Please consider this article and realize that religion cannot save you, neither will your good works, church attendance, or anything else. Jesus is the one who died for you, therefore He is the only one who can save you.

…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:9-13

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