The Four Horsemen and Beyond Many people are interested in Bible prophecy but don’t understand it. In some cases, the prophecied event has already happened. Just because the event has already happened, doesn’t mean it wasn’t prophecy. For example, Jesus prophecied about the destruction of the second temple in Jerusalem. About 40 years later, it happened. That’s over 1900 years in the past for us. Although it is now easy to understand what Jesus was saying, it’s hard to recognize those verses as prophetic. In other cases, the prophecy hasn’t happened yet. Daniel 12:1-4 reads, “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. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” There’s a lot to unpack here. It’s an end time prophecy. There’s also likely a reference to the rapture. The thing I want you to focus on is verse 4. “shut up the words, and seal the book…” How are the words shut up? If we were reading the Bible in order, we just read 11 chapters of the book of Daniel. They are shut up, because they won’t make sense until the right things happen in the world to reveal what the words mean. “…even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” In the later days, our knowledge will increase enough to understand them. That is one reason prophecy is difficult to understand. The correct events haven’t happened yet. Now, lets examine a method to help understanding prophecy as well as the Bible in general. The apostle Paul refers to scripture as milk and meat. It’s a metaphore. Milk represents verses that are easy to understand. Meat represents verses that are hard to understand. One method is to interpret difficult to understand verses with easy to understand verses. Use milk to read meat. I am going to do that several times in this lesson. What is happening by the time we get to Revelation 6? There is a book with 7 seals, and the seals are being opened. Each time a seal is opened, something happens. In order to start making sense of this, lets at least skim what happened before. The first 3 chapters of Revelation talk about Jesus Christ and the 7 churches. Next, chapter 4 starts with a door was opened in heaven. “…Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” Something significant has just happened in heaven. It is not much longer before creation feels the effects. Various entities in heaven say, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” In chapter 5, the book of the 7 seals is presented in heaven, but only one is found worthy to open it. “…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.” It’s talking about Jesus. So, in heaven Jesus is opening seals of a book. Each time a seal is opened, something happens on earth. One might ask why? I think there’s more than one answer to that question. The passage in Chapter 4 I just read is one answer. God is redeeming the creation Adam lost to Satan in the Garden of Eden. Chapter 6 will give us another reason. I’ll get to that in a moment. For now, let’s skim chapter 6 and do just a little more preparation before we take the deep dive. We see 4 horses described. Each time Jesus opens one of the first 4 seals on the book, a horse appears with a rider. Yes, this is the 4 horsemen of the apocolypse. The horses are described with these colors. White, Red, Black, and Pale. We have 4 horses. So what? This doesn’t make any sense. Let’s use Zachariah 6 to interpret Revelation 6, because Zachariah actually asks what are these? Zachariah 6, verses 1 through 5 read, “And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass. In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses; And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses. Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord? And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth.” Here you have chariots pulled by horses, but look at the colors. White, Red, Black, and grisled and bay. I’m not exactly sure what grisled and bay means, but I suppose it could pass for pale. Otherwise, these horses match the horses in Revelation 6, and the angel tells Zachariah, they are spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord. I think these are the spirits being described in Revelation 6. The first horseman (spirit) conquers to conquer. That’s pretty underwhelming. He doesn’t fight a war or kill a bunch of people. He just conquers. He is wearing a crown. The word here is stephanos. That’s the victor’s crown, not the king’s crown. This guy isn’t even royalty. I did notice something. Know what the Latin word for crown is? Corona. So, a spirit is given a corona and then conquers without fighting a war. Hmmm… Sounds a little familiar, doesn’t it? The second horseman (spirit) was given the power to take peace from the earth, and people began killing one another. War? Where’s the word war? How can you take away peace, and cause people to kill each other without a war? Could it be increasing murder rates? Could it be riots? Does that sound familiar? Are you paying attention yet? The third horseman (spirit) holds balances. A voice says, “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 word translated as measure here is Choinix. This is the only use of the word in the Bible, but it is roughly equivalent to a quart. The word translated as penny is denarius. A denarius was a silver Greek coin. Denarius appears 4 times in the Bible, thus it gives us a bit better context. Matthew 20 gives us a parable, in which a householder agrees to pay 1 penny (denarius) for a day’s labor. In the context of the Bible, it is payment for a day of work. Actually, for a silver coin, that’s pretty reasonable. Even today, if someone gave you a true silver dollar (actual silver, not base metals) for a day of work that wouldn’t be completely unreasonable for a low skill job. It would only be slightly less than minimum wage. So, a bag of flour at the grocery store will cost about what someone would make working all day at a minimum wage job, but some how the cost of oil and wine isn’t going to be effected. Inflation is going to get very bad and somewhat targeted. That hasn’t exactly happened just yet, but you can kind of see it starting, can’t you? The final horseman (spirit) is the pale horse. Up to this point, nothing particularly bad on a wide scale has happened. Food got expensive. Peace was taken away, but there were no wars and death was minimal enough that numbers aren’t given. That changes with the 4th seal. “…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.” A quarter of the people of the earth die by murder, starvation, death (often translated as disease or pestilence), and by animal attacks. War obviously kills people. Famine often follows war, because farmers can’t grow their crops while under threat of armies. Supply lines get disrupted, so some of the food that is grown doesn’t get to where it needs to go. When people are starving, they are more susceptible to diseases. It’s likely various diseases both natural and artifical will spread more easily. We should recognize the first 2 or 3 horses at this point and start taking measures to ensure we aren’t among the quarter that die. Obviously, if an army marches through your front door, you can’t do much about it other than hope to take one of the soldiers out with you. Beyond that, you can store food, medicine, water, tools, weapons, etc and you can learn skills, repair your house, etc so you’re ready as you can be when when supplies and utilities are cut off. That concludes the 4 horsemen, but there’s a lot more to go in chapter 6. I find the 5th seal to be one of the more interesting seals. Everything that happens, happens in heaven. The souls of the slain cry to God. “And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” God answers them. “it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” Calm down. God’s got it under control. This isn’t done. More are going to join them in heaven. I do see a bit of this happening on earth. People are waking up, and they are seeing the evil of the people who are controlling the earth right now. Call it whatever you want, globalists, Bilderburger, New World Order, Agenda 21, Great Reset, World Economic Forum, etc. They realize something is wrong. One thing I noticed with the lock downs in 2020 is a lot of people swapped. People who went to church, because it was more of a social club, stayed home. People who didn’t go to church started to recognize something was wrong and started going to the churches who had a pastor who wasn’t feeding them a bunch of feel good fluff. Some people can tell what is real and what is fake. There’s a thirst for truth like there wasn’t before, even among people who you might not otherwise suspect. God has a way of sorting out the wheat from the chaff. The 6th seal is when God finally starts to act directly. “For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” …but what about the rapture? I don’t have to worry about any of this. Do I? Well… There are a lot of Bible believing Christians with different opinions regarding the rapture. There is pre-tribulation rapture, mid-tribulation rapture, post-tribulation rapture, rapture and return, and no rapture. I’m going to cover a little bit of this in a moment. The only opinion that I am going to come right out and say is absolutely incorrect is the no rapture opinion. I have no doubt God’s word is correct. I do doubt if man’s interpretation of God’s word is correct, and that includes my own interpretation. For the record, I believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, but that does not mean things can’t be bad before then, and it doesn’t tell us exactly at what point the rapture happens. Now let’s jump to Matthew 24 for awhile before we come back to Revelation. You really should read all of Matthew 24. There is a lot to unpack there, but I want to highlight a few things, as I have done in Revelation 6. Verse 5 reads, “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Verses 23 and 24, “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Verses 26 and 27 read, “Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Whoever claims to be Christ… just don’t believe them. I don’t care if they work miracles. Don’t buy it. It’s a fake Christ. It’s that simple. I want to warn you about one more thing, when it comes to false prophets. 2 Thesalonians 2:9-11 reads, “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” I only recenly understood this. I was talking to a man, who didn’t believe a word I told him. He always believed what he heard in the news. If I quoted a CDC stat, he didn’t believe me, because I don’t trust the CDC. Even if I was quoting the CDC in order to show inconsistencies in the information, he still didn’t believe it. Then if I quoted a doctor’s research, the information wasn’t comprehensive enough for him. At one point, I presented a paper with almost 60 sources of information, and he still didn’t believe it. He did not love the truth. Instead, he loves the lies the government and associated companies tell him, and accepts those as truth. At that point, I had an epiphany. Now this passage makes sense. You see? “…God shall send them a strong delusion…” Why would God send the delusion? I didn’t know God deceived people. “…they received not the truth…and for this cause…” God will send them a delusion that they will believe a lie. The delusion is punishment. Hear me. Do not hate the truth. That will put you in a dangerous position. Do not follow a false messiah. Even if someone is performing signs and wonders, he’s not Christ. They are lying wonders. You should love the truth or God is going to cause you to believe a lie as punishment. There’s some serious stuff going on here, isn’t there? Verses 6 through 8 read, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” When you see the wars, famines, disease, and earthquakes, things are just beginning. So when is the end near? 1 Thessalonians 5:3 reads, “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them…” Once things begin, Christians will be hated of all the nations. Many people will be offended (see that already) and people will betray one another. Iniquity shall abound. (crime is already everywhere. It’ll get worse.) The love of many will was cold, but if you endure to the end, you’ll be saved. The gospel will be preached to all the world and then the end shall come. (Matthew 24:9-14) “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place,…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” If you are looking at the world, and think it all looks hopeless… you’re right. It is. …but these days are going to be shortened. Thank God… literally. Verses 29 through 31 sound similar to the 6th seal in Revelation 6. So, here’s the big question. When is the rapture? Verse 36 reads, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” No body knows. If you do, you know more than Jesus did. (hint: you don’t) That’s a problem here. I can’t tell you where in this timeline the rapture occurs. If I had to guess it’s 5th or 6th seal, which would mean we have to go through the 4 horsemen. We had to go through the dark ages, didn’t we? No rapture. Things can get really tough with no divine intervention. 1 Thesalonians 5:9 reads, “For God hath not appointed us to wrath…” Yes, but that doesn’t mean we can’t suffer man’s or Satan’s wrath. Just look at the world for a moment. There’s a lot of wrath of man against Christians. Life can suck before the rapture. Honestly, I’m on the fence. Would I want to be here for the 6th seal or not? On one hand, it’s going to be really hard to still be on earth. On the other hand, I’d finally get to see these globalists getting their butts kicked. It might be worth a little pain to watch that. While everyone is running for cover as the stars fall out of the sky, I’d be the one sitting on my porch watching the fireworks and saying, “Go get ’em, God.” Eh… I’ll go with whatever God decides. 🙂 “Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” That’s the rapture. It’s spoken about in several places throughout the Bible. It’s going to happen. This is why I say the opinion there is no rapture, is just wrong. The rest… we’ll figure it out when it happens. I think we’ll know the rapture when it does. People just vanishing would be hard to miss. As I said, my guess is it’s just before the 6th seal. However, I just got done telling you no one knows for sure. It could be much father into Revelation than even I’m guessing. It may even be after we see the mark of the beast. What’s a good peek into the apocolypse without the mark of the beast? Let’s peek at the beast for a moment. Revelation 13:16-18 read, “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: 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. 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.” The mark is a mark of a man, thus the beast is a man. That’s using milk to read meat 101. Simple. We’re going to do a bit more of that before I close out. We have seen several things that are like the mark. Call them ‘a mark’ as opposed to ‘the mark’. In places, we’ve seen you have to wear a mask as a symbol in order to buy or sell. It’s a mark. Vaccine passports… a mark. WIP patent by bill gates 060606… a mark. Trudeau charging $666 per night to quarantine people entering Canada. …a mark. You see mark like things going on, but they aren’t the mark. …it’s just getting your attention… and some of it may be these demonic A-holes just mocking us. It’s O.K. Just note it and move on. You know the real deal is coming. Consider this training. I’m not going to spend too much time on all of the creatures described in Revelation. There’s some good explanations, both in Revelation as well as Daniel. However, I do want to make an observation. At times, most of the leaders of the world, seem to act at the same time in the same way. There is a reason for this. Klaus Schwab and Henry Kissinger set up something called Davos school. Many world leaders or their cabinet members were trained here. Examples are Trudeau, Macron, and Zelenski. They really do get the same memo. Now lets peek at Revelation 17:12,13 “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” What do we have here? The horns are kings. Check. They give their power to the beast… who is a man. Check. They are of one mind. Check. Klaus Schwab (WEF, Davos, Bilderburger) gets power from world leaders he trained and installed. He is like a beast. The Davos school leaders are like horns, giving him power. Now you see how this works? I hope. Let’s finish with Revelation 12:12. “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 knoweth that he hath but a short time.” You have to understand something. All of the evil is coming out of the woods and attacking us… from a position of weakness. They know people are waking up. They know they are about to loose. Satan does to. Satan and his minions are lashing out in every way they can, because he knows he is about to loose. See Revelation 18 and 19. I know things are getting hard. Prepare for them, but when this is done, the survivors get to rebuild in a world with no Satan. Ponder that for a moment. For the first time since Adam’s fall in the garden of Eden, Satan will be gone and the world will not be his dominion.