In the sixth chapter of the Book of Revelation, the ride of four horsemen are described. The passages about the fourth horseman are as follows:
7 When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, "Come and see." 8 So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth. (Revelation 6:7-8, NKJV throughout)
So, the opening of the fourth seal is the time that the pale horse of death is apparently increasing death by war, hunger, and pestilences (the beasts of the earth).
With all of the natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, related food shortages, recessions, and emerging pestilences in the past few years, perhaps this would be a good time to show people that these are to begin PRIOR to the “great tribulation” (which starts with the opening of the fifth seal in Revelation 6:9).
The disciples asked Jesus the sequence:
3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" (Matthew 24:3)
Notice what Jesus taught in response:
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
The Great Tribulation itself does not begin until later (see also When Will the Great Tribulation Begin?):
15 "Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 "then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains...21For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. (Matthew 24:15-16, 21)
Perhaps it should be pointed out that the fourth sorrow, like the fourth horseman, involves pestilence.
Richard Ames, back in 2007 and 2003 wrote:
The fourth seal shows a rider on a pale horse, with the power over one-fourth of the earth to kill major portions of earth’s population. (Ames R. What Is The Day of The Lord? Tomorrow’s World magazine, March-April 2007)
The seven seals reveal prophetic events that lie just ahead of us… In Revelation 6, we read the description of six of those seals. The first four seals are known as the four horsemen of the Apocalypse… In Matthew 24, Jesus…tells us: "...All these are the beginning of sorrows...”… in Matthew, Jesus confirmed the meaning of these seals when He spoke of:
• Deceptive religion (Matthew 24:4)—the first seal, or the first of the four horsemen [of the Apocalypse, or Revelation];
• Wars (Matthew 24:6–7)—the second seal, or the second of the four horsemen;
• Famines (Matthew 24:7)—the third seal, or the third of the four horsemen;
• Pestilences (Matthew 24:7)—the fourth seal, or the fourth of the four horsemen… (Ames, R. The Seven Seals of Revelation. Tomorrow’s World magazine, March-April 2003)
Davy Crockett wrote:
In a number of prophecies referring to the end times, disease and human suffering are described in detail. In one well-known passage, a disturbing word picture is drawn. “So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth” (Revelation 6:8).
It is only a matter of time until the pale horse rides with the resulting suffering and death. (Crockett D. A Pale Horse. LCG Commentary, October 25, 2011)
And I agree that this horseman is about to ride.
Notice the following by George Ritter:
Epidemics Of The Future
The world has yet to see the last of widespread disease epidemics. That, in effect, was what Jesus Christ told His disciples in the pivotal Olivet prophecy recorded in Matthew 24 and Luke 21.
Right along with wars and famine came pestilence: “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places” (Matt. 24:7). These were some of the prophetic signs that Christ listed in answering the question, “What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world [age]?” (Verse 3.)
Granted, pestilence, famine and war have been ongoing problems that have plagued mankind ever since the dawn of history. But the main thrust of Christ’s message is futuristic. The overall context of the Olivet prophecy readily attests to this fact. In verses 21 and 22 of Matthew 24, Christ referred to a time when the total annihilation of human life would be a distinct possibility. Only with the recent development of multiple-megaton nuclear weaponry could such an event have become a reality.
The book of Revelation also underscores the fact that such tumultuous times are yet in store for the future. John’s apocalyptic scenario centers around the events surrounding the Day of the Lord (Rev.1:10). In the sixth chapter we see war, famine and pestilence (the last three of the four horsemen of John’s vision) riding together at this critical juncture in world history.
The Pale Horseman Rides
With both the black horse of famine and the red horse of war riding roughshod over the earth, it is only natural for the pale horse of pestilence to follow hard on their heels. Ezekiel also described the devastating effect this deadly triad can have: “A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part in to all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them” (Ezek. 5:12).
Parallel prophecies found in the Old Testament clearly indicate why man will continue to suffer from the ravages of disease. Notice this cause-andeffect relationship as outlined in the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy: “But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God,” warns man’s Creator, “the Lord will make the pestilence cling to you until He has consumed you from off the land, which you go to possess. The Lord will smite you with consumption [wasting, degenerative disease], with fever and inflammation [possibly infectious contagions).... and the tumors, the scurvy [deficiency disease] and the itch, of which you cannot be healed. The Lord will smite you with madness [mental disorders] and blind-ness and dismay of heart [emotional trauma]” (verses 15, 21-22, 27-28, The Amplified Bible).
Misgovernment, greed and oppression over the course of nearly 6000 years of history have saddled the human race with the unwanted burden of disease. For instance, man’s proclivity to crowd into disease — prone cities is indicative of this problem. And it is interesting to note that Bible prophecy seems to indicate that this crowd-atall-costs policy will eventually backfire on the human race. Notice Leviticus 26:25: “… And when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you… .” Also Ezekiel 7:15: “The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him.”
Dr. Douglas Winnail wrote:
Bible prophecies about the end of the age employ sobering images of four horsemen to describe terrible events that will sweep over the earth just before the return of Jesus Christ. The Fourth Horseman (Revelation 6:7–8) pictures the outbreak of pestilences and troubles (Matthew 24:7; Mark 13:8; Luke 21:11) that will ravage one quarter of the earth by violence, hunger and "the beasts of the earth"—including viruses and bacteria (Revelation 6:8)...
Our Vulnerable World
In the past century, the development of antibiotics—the "magic bullets" of modern medicine—has fostered a false sense of security in which many assume that we are no longer threatened by infectious diseases. However, the appearance of microbes resistant to powerful drugs reveals that there are limits to what antibiotics can do. In just a few hours, thanks to international jet travel, disease carriers can come into contact with thousands of people at airports half a world away, greatly aiding the spread of disease. The rise of mega-cities, where millions of people live in close contact, also facilitates the spread of disease. In the developing world—where millions crowd together in slums with little access to clean water, medical services or the sanitary disposal of human wastes and garbage—these infectious diseases thrive. Social disruptions caused by war and political turmoil that plague Africa, the Middle East and other areas of the world create fertile conditions for the spread of infectious disease. All these factors are present and growing in our world today. The threat of biochemical terrorism—the deliberate release of toxic microbes or chemical agents in large urban centers—offers a scary scenario capable of killing large numbers of people in very little time. In the last decade, our world has clearly become more vulnerable to the outbreak of global epidemics that have the potential of claiming millions of lives—which is exactly what the Fourth Horseman pictures!
The Forgotten PastA quick glance at history reveals that "epidemics have crumbled empires, defeated armies and forever changed the way we live" (Fourth Horseman, Nikiforuk, p. xv). Epidemics in the past arrived unexpectedly, and spread death and devastation over wide areas of the world. In the Middle Ages leprosy, tuberculosis, cholera and typhoid thrived in the filth and crowded living conditions of medieval cities. In 1348 an epidemic of plague—the "Black Death"—killed one third of the population of Europe (some 30 million) in just two years! The plague spread along medieval trade routes. Columbus' sailors brought syphilis from the Americas, and the disease spread rapidly through Europe, aided by promiscuity and public bathhouses. Europeans brought smallpox to the Americas, where it killed 100 million Native Americans in one century because they lacked natural antibodies to the disease. The most dramatic global epidemic in modern times was the flu epidemic of 1918, which killed 50 million people in just 18 months! By contrast, the battlefields of World War I required four years to claim 15 million lives. The recent SARS outbreak and the resurgence of infectious diseases clearly indicate that the Fourth Horseman is still a threat to the health of mankind—and he will ride...when conditions are ripe. (Winnail D. Disease Epidemics: The Fourth Horseman. Tomorrow's World magazine, Mar-Apr, 2004)
In modern times, the spread of diseases is so much easier than in more ancient times. Notice some comments from the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about this related to the 2011 movie Contagion:
The movie tells the story of a novel virus that spreads across the globe rapidly, with scientists and the public following its every move. The idea of a contagion such as this is very real...the plot of a new, deadly virus spreading quickly is quite plausible. In fact, CDC and public health partners identify, on average, one new or emerging infectious disease each year. The movie is a reminder that public health at local, state, national, and global levels must be supported to quickly detect, investigate, and respond to outbreaks and keep Americans safe from health, safety, and security threats arising in this country or anywhere in the world.
The film underscores that we are all connected by the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink...Contagion shows that fear is also contagious. (Frieden T. CDC Director on 'Contagion': Deadly Viruses Could Spread Fast. The Atlantic, September 10, 2011. http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/09/cdc-director-on-contagion-deadly-viruses-could-spread-fast/244849/ viewed 09/10/11)
Humankind is at risk. And modern travel and other practices are placing humanity at even greater risk. The ride of the pale horseman of death will result in deaths from pestilences.
I would also like to comment about fear as the Contagion movie apparently emphasizes that. In a recent trip to Europe, I noticed that some Asian-appearing individuals (and only Asians, and then mainly women) were wearing masks to presumably reduce their risk of catching airborne diseases in airports and some other places. Washing hands and wearing masks sometimes do have limited benefit, and it is possible that in times of epidemic that some (though not all) may benefit from these actions.
The fourth horseman of the apocalypse will result in death of a quarter of humankind (Revelation 6:8). Just like bodily exercise can benefit for a little while, physical hygiene steps may also benefit some for a little while, yet turning to God and living His ways are what we need to do:
8 For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. 9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. 10 For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. (1 Timothy 4:8-11)
Yes, it is possible that those who take certain physical precautions will fare better than those that do not (see also Physical Preparation Scriptures for Christians). Yet godliness is profitable in all things (see also What is the Meaning of Life? and The Ten Commandments Reflect Love, Breaking them is Evil).
Because of sin, greed, and ignorance, America has been into producing genetically-modified foods. Although the Europeans allow some, Europe has had much more restrictions on them and is less dependent upon them for their food supply.
For the USA and Canada, the situation is much more precarious. The vast majority of soy beans and corn produced by these combined nations is from genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).
The intent also seems to be to develop other GMO crops as well. GMO wheat (and wheat one of the most major crops) is starting to be introduced as well (see Super Wheat: Solution or Disaster Awaiting?). The Bible also warns:
2 Why do you spend money for what is not bread (Isaiah 55:2)
And I have long wondered that other than possibly referring to white bread, if this verse may possibly refer to “bread” made with genetically-modified wheat or other GMO grains.
These human-engineered "foods" are genetically identical within species which makes them susceptible to total elimination via famine-causing pestilential organisms. I have long suspected that the time will come when some type of pestilence will hit America's genetically-modified grain crops like corn and wreak havoc on the land. Enough so, that this may embolden its enemies to attack Britain and/or the USA to begin the Great Tribulation.
Having genetically-modified, along with mainly hybrid, seeds will mean that it will be difficult to actually grown enough food in those regions once some type of blight or other pestilence hits.
The idea of genetically-modified crops being at risk is not far-fetched. It is something I have warned about for years, and sadly science is now starting to admit that I was right on that point. It was announced in August 2011 for "the first time a major Midwest scourge has developed resistance to a genetically modified crop"(for more details, see Pestilence Issues and Genetically-Modified Corn).
The Bible is clear that pestilences are coming and the USA, Canada, etc. seem determined to place themselves at greater risk than necessary by seemingly racing to see how much of the food supply can become dependent on genetically-engineered grains and other crops.
Here are some passages from Lamentations, plus one in Ezekiel that seem to be directed towards the Anglo-nations (for more on the identity of the Anglo-nations in prophecy, please see the article Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel):
12 They say to their mothers,"Where is grain and wine?" (Lamentations 2:12)
19 "Arise, cry out in the night,
At the beginning of the watches;
Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord.
Lift your hands toward Him
For the life of your young children,
Who faint from hunger at the head of every street." (Lamentations 2:19)
9 Those slain by the sword are better off
Than those who die of hunger;
For these pine away,
Stricken for lack of the fruits of the field.
10 The hands of the compassionate women
Have cooked their own children;
They became food for them
In the destruction of the daughter of my people.
11 The Lord has fulfilled His fury,
He has poured out His fierce anger.
He kindled a fire in Zion,
And it has devoured its foundations. (Lamentations 4:9-11)
19 Our pursuers were swifter
Than the eagles of the heavens.
They pursued us on the mountains
And lay in wait for us in the wilderness. (Lamentations 4:18-19)
12 One-third of you shall die of the pestilence, and be consumed with famine in your midst; and one-third shall fall by the sword all around you; and I will scatter another third to all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them. (Ezekiel 5:12)
15 ‘So it shall be a reproach, a taunt, a lesson, and an astonishment to the nations that are all around you, when I execute judgments among you in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I, the Lord, have spoken. 16 When I send against them the terrible arrows of famine which shall be for destruction, which I will send to destroy you, I will increase the famine upon you and cut off your supply of bread. 17 So I will send against you famine and wild beasts, and they will bereave you. Pestilence and blood shall pass through you, and I will bring the sword against you. I, the Lord, have spoken.’” (Ezekiel 5:15-17)
Notice that this shows famine, then pestilence, and then the sword. The above sequence seems to be slightly different than that Jesus listed as part of the “beginning of sorrows” (Mathew 24:7-8) as the sword comes afterwards. But since the sword should begin the Great Tribulation, the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30:7), this may be part of how the beginning of sorrows ties into the Great Tribulation–this also may suggest hunger and disease problems for the Anglo-nations prior to the start of the Great Tribulation.
Notice part of the reason for terror and pestilences:
14 'But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments,
15 and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant,
16 I also will do this to you:
I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart.
And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
17 I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies.
Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you. (Leviticus 26:14-17)
21 ‘Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins.
22 I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, destroy your livestock, and make you few in number;
and your highways shall be desolate.
23 ‘And if by these things you are not reformed by Me, but walk contrary to Me,
24 then I also will walk contrary to you, and I will punish you yet seven times for your sins.
25 And I will bring a sword against you that will execute the vengeance of the covenant;
when you are gathered together within your cities I will send pestilence among you;
and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy. (Leviticus 26:21-25)
Notice that it is after various pestilences, that the some nation is delivered to its enemies. This suggests that the USA, UK, and their Anglo-descended allies will face pestilences before they are taken over. And for those who question that the prophecy in Leviticus could be directed towards the Anglo-descended nations, understand that in the Bible, the man Israel specifically stated that his name would be on the descendants of Ephraim and Manasseh (Genesis 48:14-20). Hence if the Anglo-descended nations came from them (which they did), then some of the prophecies that apply to “Israel” are prophecies that should be applied to the primarily Anglo-descended nations.
The Anglo-descended nations, who should know better, are walking contrary to the word of God. Pestilences are coming to their lands.
The Anglo-nations that are relying on genetically-engineered foods and not repentance are taking a major risk that will cost them many lives.
While they will be subject to the persecutions prior to the start of the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:9-10; Daniel 11:29-35), there is a group that Jesus promised to protect from the hour of trial that will come on the earth:
7 "And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write,
'These things says He who is holy, He who is true, "He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens": 8 "I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 9 Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie — indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. (Revelation 3:7-10)
The "Philadelphia" Christians are promised protection, but others are not (Daniel 12:17). For more information, please see the article There is a Place of Safety for the Philadelphians. Why it May Be Petra.
The ride of the fourth horseman in these end times will apparently result in one quarter of humanity to die. Based on current and projected population counts, this would seem to be between 1.6-2.0 billion people.
Despite various precautions that people will take, massive numbers of people will still die.
Death from war, famine, and pestilences will increase and kill.
Some will be protected. Do you wish to be among them? There is a Place of Safety for the Philadelphians.
The time for the final ride to begin may be very close (see also Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End?).
Physical preparations, while helpful for a while (Physical Preparation Scriptures for Christians), but this fourth rider will bring deaths. But spiritual preparations, on the other hand, are what truly is needed for real protection (Revelation 3:7-10; 1 Timothy 4:8-11).
What will you do?
Thiel B. Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, the Pale Horse of Death and Pestilence. http://www.cogwriter.com/fourth-horseman-apocalypse-pale-horse-of-death.htm COGwriter (c) 2011/2012/2013 0512
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