Four Horsemen in the Secular Era

Following the Christian era that came to an end with the rise of the secular state, the the four horsmen rode again before the seven trumpets began to sound during this present era.  The firs trumpet sounded in 1914 and so the four horsemen must have ridden before then and after 1798. Since the seven trumpets are the continuation of the history of the nation that is the focus of the four horsemen, and as the seven trumpets describe the major events in US military history the four horsemen must also describe events in the the history of the USA. Our exposition of Daniel’s four kingdoms shows clearly that the history of ancient Rome is being repeated by the USA.

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Seven Seals

Dates

Historical Event

1

White Horse

1776 – 1851

Expansion of the USA

2

Red Horse

1861 – 1865

US Civil War

3

Black Horse

1873 -1879

Panic of 1873

4

Grey Horse

1888 – 1900

Attempt to legislate religion/ Spanish flu

During the first seal the rider of the white horse is given a crown and goes to conquer. This represents the crown of sovereignty that was given to the USA on its obtaining independence in 1776. It then went forth to conquer much territory, which it did, not so much through military might but economic strength. First the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 more than doubled the size of the US territory adding over 2 million square kilometres (828,000 square miles) that encompassed portions of 14 current U.S. states at a total cost of $15 million dollars.  Then in 1818 the British Cesession of added parts of North Dakota and Minnesota and the following year (1819) East and West Florida were added through the Spanish Cession. Then in 1845 the former republic of Texas was annexed and the following year the Oregon Territory was added through a treaty with Great Britain (1846). Two years later the Mexican Cession following the Mexican-American war added the territories of California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah in 1848. Finally the Alaskan purchase was later completed in 1867 for $7.2 million. This period in US history from about 1803 through to 1851 can truly be represented by the white horse.

Next we see the red horse with power to “take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another.” (Rev 6:4) We notice that they are specifically to kill “one another” rather than to kill others. This is a clear indication of internal strife as took place during the American Civil War from 1861-1865.  Still to this date there has been no war deadlier in US military history.

The black horse followed after with its clear indications of economic hardship. This was born out in the period following the Civil War due to economic overexpansion from the Northern railroad boom. Four years after the war there occurred a number of serious economic setbacks beginning with the Black Friday panic of 1869, followed two years later by the Chicago fire, and the outbreak of equine influenza the next year and then and the demonetization of silver the following year in 1873. The demonetisation of silver depressed the price of silver and the value of those holding silver coins and also reduced the money supply. This all came to a head seven years after the war with the “Panic of 1873” marking the start of the severe nationwide “Long Depression” in the USA that that lasted 23 years until 1896. The period of economic contraction itself lasted until 1879. The equine influenza in 1872 perhaps best describes the nature of this affliction as it affected every facet of business. Nearly 100% of horses in the USA were affected. Not only was all horse drawn transport affected but also railways as coal and wood could not be delivered to power them. This meant that trains and ships full of cargo could not be unloaded and deliveries of produce to markets could not be made. Whatever deliveries were made were by men pulling wagons by hand. Fires in the major cities raged unchecked because there were no horses to pull the fire engines. The United States Army Cavalry was even reduced to fighting the Apache Indians on foot, as their horses were too sick to be ridden. A modern counterpart to the Plague of Cyprian also arose in the yellow fever that struck the lower Mississippi Valley in 1878 killing over 13,000 people. As we saw during the Roman Empire such a breakdown of business and transportation made consumer staples such as wheat, barley bread, wine and oil very extremely scarce especially those items that could not be produced locally.

The period of the pale horse was to bring death and hell in its train and beings with an effort to unite church and state to create laws to regulate religious worship as took place during this period in the Roman Empire. This was repeated in the history of the USA in the years that followed the Long Depression. In 1888 there was an attempt to introduce of a national Sunday Law to regulate religious worship thereby uniting the interests of the various churches with those of the state with the introduction of a bill into the senate by  Senator H. W. Blair (New Hampshire).  While this effort did not succeed at that time because among other reasons this last-day era is secular it was nevertheless sufficient to fulfil the repetition of history. Death and hell certainly did  follow in unimaginable numbers during WWI & WW2 as part of the seven trumpets that immediately followed.

About this time the volcanic island of Krakatoa exploded in 1883 with the force of 13,000 Hiroshimas and was heard almost 5000 kilometres (3000 miles) away. Its pressure wave was recorded around the world for up to five days after the explosion. Tsunamis were recorded as far away as South Africa. So much dust and gas was ejected into the upper atmosphere that, the following year, the average global temperature fell by more than one degree, causing crop failures and acid rain. The eruption darkened the sky for years around the world producing spectacular blood red skies and sunsets; a blue moon was seen for two years. The famous painting of the “Scream” by Munch depicted the appearance of the sky over Norway. Munch said: “suddenly the sky turned blood red … I stood there shaking with fear and felt an endless scream passing through nature.” We are reminded of the text “there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.” (Luk 21:25) and also of the sixth seal with its signs in the heavens and in the earth. The chaotic weather did no return to normal for many years.

While the effort to unite church and state did not succeed at that time, the push to tear down of the wall of separation of church and state by the religious right and introduce Sunday rest legislation into the USA has recently been gathering momentum and is encouraged by demands for its introduction by the Pope under the guise of protecting the environment (see Laudato Si) and the economy, the recent introduction of such legislation into Croatia and attempts for its introduction at the level of the EU. This agitation is however a sign that the secular age of the last days is drawing to a close and the post-secular, final age when the whole world will worship the beast and his image (Rev 13) is beginning and therefore the time for the final ride of the four horsemen approaches.

Read the previous section to see how this history was repeated in the history of the Roman Empire.

Read the next section to see how the four horsemen will ride one last time in this world’s history.

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