The Final Ride of the Four Horsemen

As in the previous occasions the four horsemen represent the history of the most powerful nation of the era. During the Jewish era, Republican Rome was the subject of the horsemen and Imperial Rome during the Christian era. So in the secular era of the 19th century it was the history of the US republic. Like Republican Rome, the USA is being now being transformed into an imperial power. When that transformation is complete, marking the end of the secular era, the four horsemen will ride again, for the final time.

In reviewing the previous fulfilments of the four horsemen and the trumpets that follow we see that these describe a nation gradually falling apart after God’s blessings are removed, first through external threats (war and invasion) and then internal threats (drought and famine) and then disease and death. The last three horsemen represent the three judgements of God that are commonly referred to as the sword, famine and pestilence (1Ch 21:12; Jer 14:12; Eze 7:15). After the fourth horseman and the beginning of the trumpets God intervenes more openly sending signs in the earth and heavens under the fifth seal.

# Seven Seals Historical Event
1 White Horse US victorious in war
2 Red Horse Sword – civil war
3 Black Horse – Famine
4 Grey Horse – Pestilence
5 Souls under Altar – Persecution of Saints
6 Earthquake – Signs Signs in the heavens / earth
7 Silence for ½ hour – wrath of God

The first seal is the white horse whose rider is given a crown and that goes forth conquering in war. This describes a time when the USA is given a crown – a political transition from a republic to a kingdom an imperial power with a king or emperor. This may also include territorial expansion as is currently considered under the proposed North American Union.

This transition is represented in Rev 13 as the beast with two innocent lamb-like horns speaking as a dragon. As the world’s only superpower its influence will grow until it will be in a position to force the entire world to worship the beast.

And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. Rev 13:12

We find it quite insightful to consider the events relating to Babylon under the first seal in the Jewish Epoch. Apart from conquering the nations that God had given into his hand Nebuchadnezzar spent most of his time building up Babylon or more correctly rebuilding the ruins of ancient Babel and its infamous tower. This well represents the activities of the US under the first horseman that will spend its energies in re-establishing the power of the first beast (representing Mystery Babylon) and its worship. We also note this was also the time of the destruction of the political state of Israel and the setting up of the golden image in the plain of Dura. Nebuchadnezzar’s command to worship this image represents the setting up of the image of the beast with its associated death penalty for those who do not worship (or reverence) it.

And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. Rev 13:15

Next we see the red horse that as we have noted in all previous fulfillments has denoted a civil war. Here is portrayed a backlash of republican sentiment against this imperial power just as occurred in the last years of Republican Rome. What form this civil war will take we are not sure but many will be “taken away”. The imperial power will emerge victorious from this conflict.

The black horse representing social and economic instability follows this civil war that is accompanied by monetary instability (such as hyperinflation) as was the case in both previous historical fulfillments. This will cause famine. At the same time all transportation will come to an end bringing famine to the cities and travel will be prohibitive as it has been in all prior occasions. Fires will break out that will not be able to be put out because fire engines will be inoperable.

Next the fourth seal is opened revealing the pale horse. We note that its rider was given power to kill with (1) the sword; (2) hunger; (3) death and the (4) beasts of the earth. The expression “to kill with death” appears tautological and so we understand this in the context of expressions such as “the black death” where the word death is used synonymously with plague or pestilence. Even if we don’t associate the word death in this instance with pestilence there is only one other verse in the Bible where God’s judgement comes in the form of famine and sword and beasts of the earth. Not surprisingly it occurred during the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar.

So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee; and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the LORD have spoken it. Eze 5:17

All the previous fulfillments of the fourth horseman have begun with an attempt to unite church and state and enforcing religious worship universally. This has always involved either a universal law enforcing Sunday worship 321AD or outlawing Saturday worship 176BC. It will be the same this time as well.  It is under the fourth horseman that the Mark of the beast will be imposed forbidding buying and selling for those without the mark.

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: Rev 6:9

Under the fifth seal the death penalty will be placed upon those without the mark of the beast. Like the law made by Anitochus 167 BC making Sabbath keeping punishable by death, this law will cause many to be martyred for remaining true to the worship of God.

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; 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. Rev 6:12 – 13

The signs of the coming of the Son of Man are seen under the sixth seal. Again as we have seen the earth and the heavens shall be shaken. There will be a great earthquake, the sun will become black and the moon turned to blood and the stars of will heaven fall. Jesus spoke of these signs occurring in the generation immediately before his second coming.

So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Mat 24:33 – 34

Under the sixth seal those that have been called out of Babylon at this final hour of the world’s history receive the seal of God on their foreheads and are prepared to pass through the seven last plagues or vials. The seventh seal marks the commencement of the outpouring of God’s wrath unmixed with mercy for those that have the received the mark of the beast and accepted its worship.

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