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. Revelation 6:1-2 (KJV)
Let’s recap for a second. Revelation deals with things which the Apostle John had seen, the things which are, and the things which are yet to pass.
The letters to the seven churches are the past and present. Revelation 4 begins with the words, “after this…”
So EVERYTHING that happens starting in Revelation 4 is the future. It has not happened yet. And will not happen until the Rapture of the church.
So, who is the White Rider? It cannot be the Lord Jesus Christ, being unleashed at the beginning of the Tribulation, conquering and to conquer. I’ve read that several times, always from people who confuse Israel and the churches.
logicla question – why would Jesus Christ open a seal that… unleashes Jesus Christ? Let’s hear no more about it.
The White Rider is the little horn. The Antichrist.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 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: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 (KJV)
This is the Antichrist. The Holy Ghost is what holds him back (2 Thess. 2:7). Until the churches are taken from the earth, he cannot rise. Once he does, he will begin conquering. First by peace, flattery, political intrigue.
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. 26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. Daniel 7:24-26 (KJV)
23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. 24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. 25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. Daniel 8:23-25 (KJV)
There will be a league if ten nations, who will help put the Antichrist into power. However, for reasons unexplained, he will strike down three of the nations in warfare. That war will spill over and engulf the world, which is the second seal.
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. Revelation 6:3-4 (KJV)
I’d give you figures on how many people die here, but Scripture does not say. World War II killed millions. This will be a war as big, as we see from “take peace from the earth” and “great sword”. If you didn’t want to live during World War II – I’d suggest you get saved, because world War III will probably be as bad.
Shortly after the Antichrist comes into power, he will attempt to assume total control and dominion over the world. This will lead to war. War always leads to famine.
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. Revelation 6:5-6 (KJV)
Why does war lead to famine? Simple. Dead people cannot farm. And your sons and daughters will be taken to be in the war. So they’re not helping you on the farm. And when they die in combat, there’s going to be nobody to help after the war.
Bombs land in your fields, destroying the crop. Enemy vehicles tear up your land as they invade. People hoarde food and supplies, knowing if they don’t, they’ll die. Suvivalism sets in. And people begin starving. and dying.
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. Revelation 6:7-8 (KJV)
Assuming the world population is six billion at the rapture, at this point, over one and a half billion people will die, from disease, famine and war. The world population will drop from 20-whatever levels to 1970 levels. This will make the 10 or so million that died in World War II seem pale by comparison.
I’m going to urge it again. Get saved, before this happens. There’ll be no further raptures. If you miss the first one, that’s it. There’s no “I’ll take the next train.” That was it. You got left behind. And it’s going to get a lot worse. horrific worse.
This is the major problem I have with the Left Behind series, is that the major characters had fancyt computers, lived well, lots of food and water, could fly anywhere in the world and buy whatever they wanted. It sounded like fun! Okay, there’s an earthquake or two, nothing major.
The Tribulation is going to be horrendous. We really need a Fundamentalist version of “Left Behind” that will tell the horrific story as it probably will be in reality.
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10 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? 11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and 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. Revelation 6:9-11 (KJV)
I’m not going to downplay this at all. If you’re reading this AFTER the rapture, the this is probably going to include you. I’m working on a website where I tell people how to survive the Tribulation, but I emphasize this – if you ignored all the warnings and got stuck in the Tribulation, odds are good most of you will die at this point. And this passage is talking about you.
The Good news is, God keeps you in His presence. That’s how precious you are to Him.
12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? Revelation 6:12-17 (KJV)
This is the first Great Earthquake. This will be tremendous, dwarfing all other earthquakes we’ve seen in history. It will result in wholesale destruction, and probably will be a series of worldwide “Earthquake storms”. Scientists used to say it was impossible, until we had our first ones a few years ago. They don’t say that any more. Geologists who find this page should be especially disturbed by this, as you know the instantaneous power available to an earthquake.
Get saved before this happens!