Now I watched when the
Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four
living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” and I
looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a
crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.
The first of the seven
seals will be broken early in the 70th week of Daniel, soon after
the church has disappeared. Liberal scholars often identify the
rider of the white horse as the Lord Jesus, pointing to his crown
and the fact that he’s a conqueror. I think some part of their
conclusion comes from watching all those TV westerns as kids, where
the good guys always rode white horses. I say that because
this rider is most definitely not Jesus. He’s the anti-Christ.
What Makes You Think So?
In the first place he carries a bow. The
Lord’s weapon of choice is a sword. The reason he has no arrows is
that he won’t use force to make his initial impact on Earth. He
comes as a peacemaker (Daniel
8:25). Since the Book of Revelation is filled with
symbolism explained elsewhere in the Bible, I looked for a reference
to a man with a bow, hoping to get an additional clue to this
rider’s identity. I found it in
Genesis 21:20, referring to Ishmael as an archer.
It’s the Bible’s first mention of a man with a bow. Earlier God said
Ishmael would be a wild donkey of a man with his hand against
As details of Islamic eschatology become more
widely known, prophecy students are discovering a striking
similarity between descriptions of al Mahdi, a Messianic figure from
the Shiite tradition, and a figure Christians call the anti-Christ.
(Please note that I’m not saying al Mahdi is the Moslem anti-Christ,
called the Dajjal, but that he resembles the Christian anti-Christ.)
Both come on the scene during a time of great turmoil on Earth, both
come claiming a desire to restore peace, both have a seven year
reign, both head a one world religion and one world government, both
claim supernatural origins, and both reigns end in a battle between
good and evil that brings about Earth’s final judgment.
The number of similarities between the two
defies coincidence and continues to grow as knowledge of al Mahdi
increases. Now with the connection between the Bible’s first archer
and the man with a bow in
another piece of the puzzle may have fallen into place. Mohammed was
descended from Kedar, second son of Ishmael, and Al Mahdi is the
12th Iman, descended from Mohammed. So he’s another son of Ishmael.
After the true Church is gone, those who also
call themselves the church, but have been left behind, won’t have
much trouble at all accepting Islam. They are already convinced that
Islam is a religion of peace, and that Allah is another name for the
God of the Bible. And like Paul said, the anti-Christ’s
display of “miraculous power” will be all it takes to deceive the
whole world. Having refused to believe the truth they’ll be fair
game for the lie (2
Got Anything Else?
In the second place this guy’s wearing the
wrong kind of crown. The Greek word for a king’s crown is diadem.
But the rider on the white horse wears a stephanos, or victor’s
crown. It was the award given to winners in the ancient Olympics and
other public games. It was typically an ivy wreath, and in fact the
word stephanos comes from a root meaning wreath. It identifies the
wearer as a conqueror, but not as royalty. And in
where the Great Tribulation begins, we’re told that He was given
power to make war against the saints and to conquer them.
And he was given authority
over every tribe, people, language and nation. (Rev.
Why would Jesus make war with the tribulation
saints to conquer them? Like I said, while he fools people into
thinking he’s the Christ, he’s really the anti-Christ.
When he opened the second
seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” And out came
another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace
from the earth, so that men should slay one another, and he was
given a great sword. (Rev.
This is the point at which the anti-Christ
turns to war to establish his authority over human governments and
move the world toward his religion. The Moslem prophecies say this
will be Islam, of course, and the Koran teaches conversion or death
as the only alternatives available to “non-believers”. Current
studies speculate that Europe, far into its post Christian era, may
already be on the verge of yielding to the growing Moslem influence,
but other parts of the world will resist, causing much bloodshed.
If You Think This Is Bad …
Historically, the great sword held by the
rider on the red horse was a long two-handed weapon wielded by
mighty warriors who received double the average soldier’s wage. With
overwhelming strength they hacked their way through enemy lines,
leaving a gaping hole for the regular troops who followed. In just
this way the anti-Christ will use supernatural power to tighten his
grip on the world, enforcing his will upon the people of Earth. And
remember, the Seal judgments are just the beginning of Daniel’s 70th
week. The last half, called the Great Tribulation, is still to come
and will be significantly more deadly.
When he opened the third
seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked,
and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his
hand. And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four
living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and
three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and
Two things result when the world is plunged
into uncertainty and wars erupt. First comes inflation, causing the
prices of everything to skyrocket. When John wrote this, a denarius
was the average pay for a day’s work, and that’s what it will cost
to buy enough food for one day. Think of it. For many, a whole days
wages will barely buy their food for that day. The next day it
starts all over again. No money left for anything else.
Of course, the wealthy always benefit from
inflation. When they see it coming, they’re able to convert their
wealth into things that are either inflation proof, or actually
increase in value during periods of inflation. The earliest example
of this is comes from the Book of Genesis, when Joseph, who gained
control of the world’s wheat supply on Pharaoh’s behalf, eventually
acquired the entire wealth of Egypt in exchange for it. That’s what
John meant by not harming the oil and wine, commodities that in his
day were symbols of wealth. The vision he saw was famine amidst
plenty. Both the Book of Daniel and the Moslem prophecies speak of
the anti-Christ/al Mahdi showering lavish gifts on his followers
while forcing his enemies into submission. (Daniel
When he opened the fourth
seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!”
And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was
Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a
fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with
pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth. (Rev. 6:7-8)
The second result of war is famine and
pestilence. Crops and food processing facilities are destroyed.
Transportation networks are disrupted. Dead bodies are left where
they fall and public health systems break down. Mass starvation and
rampant disease often claim more victims than the battles that
caused them. Animals become desperate for food and attack humans.
Some think the phrase “a fourth of the Earth”
relates to geography and some think it describes the number of
people involved. Either way, many will suffer and die during this
time, while those not in the direct path of war will enjoy a false
sense of peace and prosperity.
When he opened the fifth
seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain
for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried
out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long
before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the
earth?” Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a
little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their
brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they
themselves had been. (Rev.
Just as the church has a fixed number to
achieve before its time on Earth is fulfilled (Romans
11:25) so it is for believers who’re martyred for
their faith following the Church’s disappearance. I believe these
are the first post-rapture believers, martyred for their faith in
the anti-Christ’s quest for world dominance. Another large
group will arrive in heaven soon after (Rev.
7:9) and through out the coming Great Tribulation
untold numbers will be executed for the crime of believing in Jesus.
They’ll all receive resurrection bodies at the time of the Second
Coming (Rev. 20:4).
An Eye For An Eye
In Hebrew the word translated “kinsman
redeemer” also means “avenger of blood.” The same next of kin who
was responsible for buying a relative out of debt related servitude
or redeeming his lost property, was also responsible for avenging
physical attacks against a relative that resulted in death (Numbers
35:18-19). The tribulation martyrs are calling for
enforcement of this law.
Our Lord Jesus is our Kinsman Redeemer, come
to pay our debts and buy back that which our father Adam lost. But
He’s also our Avenger of Blood, responsible for bringing to justice
the one who maliciously murdered our first parents and therefore all
of us. Everyone who sides with Satan, called those who dwell on the
Earth in Revelation, will share his punishment, just as we who side
with the Lord, called those who dwell in heaven, will share His
When he opened the sixth
seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the
sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and
the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its
winter fruit when shaken by a gale. The sky vanished like a scroll
that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed
from its place. (Rev.
Some say this verse points to
and say it proves the seal judgments are an overview of the entire
70th Week. But that can’t be true. Although there are
similarities between the two verses, they can’t be the same.
In Rev. 6:17 below the Kings of the Earth say the
time of wrath has begun, but
describes the time just after the Great Tribulation ends. Also
says the sun turns black and the moon blood red whereas in
the Sun and Moon both go dark, meaning they give no light.
A careful reading of this verse shows that
the darkening of the Sun and the Moon turning to blood can’t be
caused by an eclipse either. A Solar eclipse occurs when the
Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. This causes the
Sun’s light to go dim since a portion of it is blocked by the Moon.
But the moon, being much smaller cannot make the entire Sun turn
black as this verse requires.
A Lunar eclipse happens when the Earth passes
between the Sun and the Moon. Here the intensity of the Sun’s
light is not altered, but being in the shadow of Earth the Moon can
turn a dark red, depending on the density of particulates in the
Earth’s atmosphere. As you can see, either one of these
conditions can be caused by an eclipse of some sort, but no eclipse
can cause both the Sun and Moon to be affected because it would
require the Moon to be on both sides of the Earth at once.
A more likely cause would be a vast amount of
particulates thrown into the atmosphere be the eruption of volcanoes
or by massive fires on Earth caused by warfare.
Recently the magnetic North pole has begun
drifting across Canada and is headed for Siberia. Also, the strength
of the Earth’s magnetic field has weakened noticeably, being about
10% weaker now than when scientists began measuring it in 1845.
Based on these findings, some scientists are now convinced that a
reversal of the Earth’s magnetic poles is underway. They’re
predicting that in 2012-2013 this reversal will be completed with
the North pole having the polarity of the South pole and vice versa.
The Sun will also experience a polar
reversal. The Sun’s magnetic poles reverse every eleven years, but
in the memory of man, the Earth has never experienced a magnetic
polar reversal. This double shift could produce even greater
occurrences of massive quakes and volcanic eruptions of an unknown
The Earth’s magnetic field helps protect us
against harmful rays from the sun, and a polar reversal could cause
this field to temporarily collapse just like the water vapor canopy
around the earth collapsed at the time of the Great Flood. That
event brought violent weather and drastically shortened life spans.
The effects of a magnetic field collapse
would be even more severe. According to some projections, the
electromagnetic energy released from the sun during a polar reversal
could cause Earth’s upper atmosphere to “erupt in flames” if our
magnetic field isn’t there to deflect it. Was John referring to this
in saying the sky vanished like a scroll being rolled up? No one
knows. We can only imagine what a sudden reversal of magnetic poles
would do to life on Earth. Predictions range all the way from a
temporary increase in the frequency and severity of volcanic
eruptions and earthquakes to a worldwide disaster of “Biblical
proportions.” The convergence of other prophetic timelines
leads me to believe that the 6th Seal Judgment might very well be
John’s description of this coming dual Magnetic Polar Reversal.
Then the kings of the
earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the
powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves
and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and
rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on
the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of
their wrath has come, and who can stand?” (Rev.
It’s no surprise that verse 15 is reminiscent
of Joshua 10:16.
Of the 404 verses in Revelation, 280 are taken from the Old
Testament. As they hide, the kings of the Earth unknowingly utter a
prophecy we should all read carefully. “The great day of their wrath
has come, and who can stand?” This passage has always been
associated with the beginning of God’s wrath. The view that His
wrath begins with the bowl judgments of
Revelation 16 is a newcomer to studies of prophecy, and
we’ll see the first group of 144,000 (there are two and they’re not
the same) the arrival of an enormous group of Tribulation martyrs in
Heaven, the completion of the Seal Judgments, and the beginning of
round two, the Trumpet Judgments.