(by: John Johnson 12-6-2003)
The identity of these “Four Horsemen” was given to John the Revelator in the Scriptures, Chapter 6 of book of Revelation (Revelation is Yahweh’s “revealed” work of Messiah, and is given specifically and purposely for Believers to fully understand the end of the age). In fact, the American Heritage dictionary definition of the “Apocalypse” means “Revelation,” or “prophetic disclosure or revelation,” and certainly Yahweh intends for His Children to KNOW about the times and the events to come. However, you hear people say, “well, you know the Bible book of Revelation is a mystery and you can’t really know what it says.” That is simply not true… quite the contrary, although it is a fact that satan would have you think that… to further deceive you and keep you from the absolute truth that Yahweh’s Word is revealing to you. Further, your understanding of the prophetic books must be seasoned with the Scriptures’ confirmed reality that “Elohim is a Spirit, and must be worshiped in spirit and in truth” (Yeshua’s words in John 4:24). The Holy Spirit is your “guide” through the book of Revelation’s “symbols” and “signs” and their relationship to all that is happening in the world as we near the “end of the age.” Your "knowing" the truth of the book of Revelation will come from your diligent study and it will be a "progression," and your progress will grow at the same pace you study the Scriptures and prayerfully ask the Holy Spirit for understanding... which understanding comes from "believing," which is only validated by "obedience" to the Scriptures... not to "church traditions" and "doctrines of men."
Spiritual things are more substantial in life than “temporal” things as they seem to appear (2Cor 4:18). Yahweh is very much in the know concerning the spiritual powers and their movements, and nothing can happen without Yahweh’s knowledge of it nor can it happen without His allowing it… all for His purpose. We must trust Yahweh for His care for us and accept His marvelous wisdom in dealing with everything that is happening in our times. Spiritual dynamics are behind the scenes of “natural” things, and they are very real catalyst and influential forces shaping men’s thinking and their relationships, and their activity… which cause the events that come to pass, to have not simply just happened or just appear without apparent reason. There are two kingdoms, the kingdom of Yahweh and the kingdom of satan… diametrically opposed spiritual powers, and it all has a place in Yahweh’s divine plan. The more you know about the Scriptures (Torah especially, Prophets, and New Testament), the clearer the picture of the times will come into focus as you study the unfolding of prophetic events in “Revelations.” Let us look at Yahweh’s Word: (emphasis “bold and underlining” added for focus)
6:1 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.
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.
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.
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. KJV
At this point, I want to clearly tell you that what you read in the following is commentary on my (Pastor John’s) part… giving you some food for thought, which you may want to think and pray about. The observations I share come from my research of the Scriptures and my “witness of the times,” as I see them, and how I view them in light of the Scriptures combined with prayerful thought which relate to these “Four Horsemen,” and herein I give the reader my insight to our times and I challenge the reader to “study and watch” for the hour is at hand. I will also point out that the "Horsemen," as presented here, are not literal "horses," but movements and events (comprised of both natural and spiritual dynamics) that overlap in time and activity... as John the Revelator was "looking" at a multiplicity of events, from a position of what would be similar to being inside a 360-degree "wrap-around" theater, with him in the center. It could be referred to as a "discursive" view. The book of Revelation, to me, should be viewed as a composite, with links to the prophetic books of the Scriptures, and with a rooted foundation in Torah (which sets Yahweh's divine plan from the beginning). Remember, Revelation is the "revealing" of Messiah's doings.
The “White Horse”
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.
The first “White Horse” is probably the most controversial of the four… I have heard it said that this is the “Church going forth” to overcome the evil that is challenging Yahweh’s Kingdom… a view I personally do not share. I believe that clearly this “White Horse” is the false spiritual deception that is rampant in the “Church” of today (late 1980’s to present 2003). It is not a new thing; it is only gaining speed and power. It is disguised as pure or “white” religion (not a racial issue) that enters the thinker’s “carnal” or “intellectual” perception on the “love” side of Messiah while denying the “judgment” side of Messiah’s hatred for sin and moral decay of our times. The Church is full of "Eastern mystical religious practices;" and doctrines not unlike an ancient spiritual malaise recorded as the "ghost of Marcion." Marcion taught that there was a judgmental, wrathful God (Old Testament God), and a New Testament God of love and grace... two Gods so to speak. He even had his own limited version of Scriptures, those that fit his views. Note, Watchman Nee’s book, “The Latent Power of the Soul”, describes a later day Church full of “soulish” power and conflict with true spiritual truth. Further, the "new age" prognosticators, (as clearly published in "The Rainbow Swastika," by Hannah Newman) have been successfully using their "change agents" within the Church to transition it into the "White Horse" model. I believe the modern “ Church” has been infiltrated with both direct heresy and “ watered down” poisons, in place of Yahweh’s True Word... most "churches" are Torahless (lawless, redefining the divine Word to their own interest), Profane His Name (make common), reject His Sabbaths and Feast (substituting their own Holy days), missing Messiah’s true identity (presenting "another Jesus"), disregarding order of assembly and focus of purpose (more like entertainment)… all of which has today’s Church in disillusion. Most Churches of today are nothing more than social fellowships, where the Holy Spirit is not allowed to enter (He moves in His time and place, not as some “programmed” man-made model). The torture stake (cross) of Messiah, and the Blood of Yeshua are considered offensive in teaching or song. The Torah (primarily as related to obedience to the commandments) is considered “Old Covenant” and not relevant to "the dispensation of grace." I know all these issues to be relevant because I have come out of this "religious system," and I have returned to the sacred text for renewal of my thinking and walk with the believers of the Commonwealth of Israel (believers in Messiah Yeshua who believe in keeping the Sabbath Holy and being more careful to keep His commandments in our daily living). I believe the historical archives and the Scriptures both confirm that the original "church" of the early disciples (apostles and Yeshua Himself) was fully observant of the Old Testament teaching. The early (first century) church was very different than the “feel good” Church that is growing in popularity in this 21st Century, which I believe is the picture of the Laodicean Church of Revelation 3:14-22, which Yeshua called the “lukewarm” Church… that He would “spew (expel) out of His mouth.” There is a famous picture of Yeshua, standing knocking at the door, that most people have seen. I once believed this was a picture of Messiah trying to gain entry into the “unbeliever’s heart” (partially true). However, this is clearly symbolic of Yeshua (His Spirit) in Rev. 3:20, knocking on the door of the disillusioned Laodicean Church…“Behold, I stand a the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me;” and, I believe I have heard the Holy Spirit speak to me during prayer and study concerning this issue. I now believe certainly that this is a picture of Yahweh’s Holy Spirit trying to get into HIS “Church” that has closed the door to Him by “doing their own thing.” This is basically the sin of Israel in Exodus where the “golden calf” was brought out to represent Yahweh (not replace Him). A church enjoined in calf worship is simply a group of people who have made up their own rules, doctrines, and practices as to how they will “worship” and hold “church,” most of which are not in line with the Torah defined model, which has never changed.
#1 Yeshua Himself is yet sitting at the right hand of the Father in Heaven, and He is not Himself (person of Messiah) on earth, and will not be until the Second Coming. He therefore cannot be the person at the door, except by His Spirit.
#2 The Holy Spirit (Yahweh’s Spirit) is the Agent of Yahweh in the earth today (who Yeshua said, would not come until He had ascended to the Father…) He is the only “representative” of Yahweh who is able to fit this picture. Calf worshipers have modeled their own “Jesus” and are blinded to the real Messiah. They also do not like being called to task for their departure from the "original" model for worship and fellowship with the Father... as He requires in the Torah (Forever Settled Word: Ps 119:89)
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. K JV
Be careful with "him" here, this is the "parakletos" [Strongs G3875], meaning advocate or comforter, the Spirit of Yahweh,simply "manifested" in a broad out-pouring to "all flesh," (NOT a separate PERSON as Trinitarian doctrine can imply, which leads to "dispensationalism") which recipients of the outpouring would include the Gentiles as well as the Jews. Early English Bibles, pre-1611 manuscripts, some 40 known to me, all render the original reference to the Word in John 1:1-5 as "it," NOT "him," as rendered in modernEnglish bibles, such as in my KJV Bible. Nevertheless, the point is that Yahweh was now manifesting Himself in a greater and broader sense to gather in the scattered seed of the house of Israel. (See our articles on the "Two House" identity in prophecy).
The Holy Spirit’s outpouring at Pentecost (Acts Chpt 2) is second only in importance and significance to the birth and resurrection of Messiah Yeshua. Just as Yeshua was rejected and opposed by the theologians of the institutional Church of His day, likewise the precious Holy Spirit is rejected and opposed by the same institutional theology driving the majority of Churches today, as they have since Constantine's time. Pray that Yahweh will “lift the veil off from their hearts and minds.” Beware of anyone who separates the Old and New Testaments from being ONE Book, the same as the "bud" is to the "flower," as the later is only the expression of the former... in exact form. Trinitarian doctrine (rooted in the Roman Church) has caused many to be confused... making three separate parties to the ONE Elohim... Yahweh alone (Deut 6:4), Yahweh is ONE, manifested in spirit in many and sundry ways, and represented in the incarnate Yeshua when on earth. The tendency of modern religious systems is to pick and choose scriptures that can be used to support their selfish interest (fragment the context of "...every word that proceeds out of the mouth of Elohim." Mat 4:4). Many hold the New Testament as the "New" Covenant without understanding that the "forever settled Word of Elohim" is in unity from Genesis to Revelation when viewed from Yahweh's point of view... and only scripture can correctly interpret scripture. When the Tanach (Old Testament Torah and Prophets) are not consulted for relevance of New Testament teaching... error is often the result, and the "flower" no longer resembles the original "bud."
Your study of the "entire Scripture text" enlightened by the personal council of the Holy Spirit sought with prayer, can protect you from confusion by misinformed "church" based programming. Such a proposal is inflammatory to most institutionally confused Torahless churchmen of our day. Just try asking your Pastor or Elders to show you in scripture where Sunday worship came from... the "first day of the week," passages (few there are) are without underpinning support for even "near-miss" proof of such a plan... The Church of Rome changed the original Sabbath that Messiah, Paul, the disciples and every other believer (believing Jews and believing Gentiles together) of the first 200 years kept holy. The Scriptures have over 60 references to keeping Sabbath as Yahweh's holy day (7th day, sundown Friday thru Sundown Saturday). The support for Sabbath worship and Torah study has never been changed by Yahweh... men have changed it and most people don't know the difference... tradition and regurgitation of "in plan" activity are the only answer to the breaking of the Fourth Commandment. Check me out... these afore mentioned facts are recorded in your Bible, and secular reference books reveal the history of the era of Constantine and his tinkering with dates, times and Hebraic roots of truth in the "original" assembly of Messiah Yeshua's followers. Tragically, many innocent and genuinely devout "God-fearing" people who love Jesus and believe in Him for salvation are caught up in "church traditions," and I believe they (like me) are being called out of those ''system" churches. They simply need to study their Bibles and good references for history and pray for their hearts to hear the direction for their future. Otherwise, they will miss the best of this life's fellowship with the body of Messiah... not to mention the confusion they will endure in the last days if they do not get proper Torah based teaching on the "appointed times" of Yahweh.
Yes, it is the Holy Spirit “knocking” at Church doors today; and the Spirit has been locked out by “religious” programs and man-made redefinition of who Yeshua is… and what Church is. Most Churches do not know what real Yahweh honoring Assembly is, and people can be easily angered if you insult their “intelligence” with truth. Theology gone “carnal” is the enemy of faith. Again, Messiah Yeshua’s opposition in His time was the “theologians” of His day, not the Believers who followed Him with “childlike faith.” Tragically, most Churches today are either self-propelled by selfish leaders and their objectives (many who are quite impressive in the natural) or with intellectual leadership who are institutionally confused … both of these and other cultic religions are the “interfaith” conglomerate that make up the “White Horse” of Rev 6:2. The rider of this horse is described as having a “bow and a crown,” royalty in appearance but without ammunition for the bow, which is only available from the Truth (Word of Yahweh) as Yeshua calls the “sword of my mouth,” Rev 2:16, when speaking against the false teaching of the Pergamos Church “doctrine of the Nicolaitans;” and this rider, “he went out conquering and to conquer.” These false teachings and doctrinal errors are “conquering,” today and deceiving many. These Churches, those that mistakenly call themselves “Christian,” (which is supposed to mean “Christ (Messiah) like") are growing in numbers but not in truth. It is my opinion that this disillusioned and deceived body of people are those who Yeshua warned to repent, “who think they are rich… but are poor, wretched, miserable, blind and naked.” Vs 17.
Yes, it is my opinion that this “White Horse” is today gaining power and eventually will turn into the instrument of persecution, as a united “interfaith” body, used against the true Believers of Messiah, and out of this “White Horse” will come the false prophet and anti-Messiah spiritual base of Revelation. Beware of those who will embrace Yeshua for His “love” and deny His call for repentance and obedience to His commandments, and of those who picture Yeshua as one who fellowships with sinners within the Church… Yeshua clearly said He was an offense to the world and its ways. Yeshua calls for purity and holiness in His body (Church). Fellowship with the world is a Scriptural declaration of war (Eph 5:11, James 4:4). Yes, we welcome “worldly” people to come to the assembly of believers to hear the salvation message of the gospel; however, when Yeshua befriended “worldly” people who “needed a physician” I do not believe He was taking them into Church fellowship (contrary to His warning about a little leaven ruining the entire lot), but it was His love for them to call them to repentance unto salvation. When Yeshua spoke to those in sin, He sometimes directly spoke offensive language, truth, not to hurt them, but to provide them deliverance. The Scriptures clearly tell us that when a "brother” (a believer in the body) defiles the body, we are to correct them to the point of putting them outside the assembly until they repent. (I Cor 5:11-13). The Scripture says “If I regard (have or hold) iniquity in my heart (convictions) Yahweh will not hear me.” (Ps 66:18). To teach that man can come to Messiah without repentance disputes the initial ministry model of Yeshua. The “White Horse” can conquer those who don’t know Yahweh’s Word… only the “it is written” answer from the truth of Yahweh’s Word will keep people from being deceived. When spoken in love from a Spirit filled Believer, Yahweh’s Word has power to set sinners free, and lead them out of the religious system that will, (in my opinion in the last days), be part of the "apostate church" (which will be under the influence of The "Mother of Harlots, or Great Whore") that John spoke of in Rev Chp17. When John saw this incredible scene, the scriptures say he wondered greatly... so would you or I if we had been John. The assembly of saints he knew and loved had become a incredible monster... departed from the faith, ordinances of worship and holiness, and without any resemblance of the original model... beware of the White Horse... it is on the move in these last days. Come out of Her.
The Red Horse
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.
The “Red Horse” is an agent of satan… with “power” to take peace from the earth and cause men to kill one another. If there was ever, in mankind’s history, a more evil and murderous power in the earth than communism, then it has been kept a public secret. Even Adolph Hitler was dwarfed in accomplished destruction of humanity by the communist regimes of the 20th century. Demographic experts, trying to define the magnitude of Joseph Stalin’s destruction of human life, can’t seem to fully account for the millions murdered and imprisoned by communist powers under his influence alone. I have read numbers ranging from 20 million to 50 million lives snuffed from the face of the earth from his regime. This total is not complete without adding in the millions who have been vanquished by other Communist regimes in the 20th Century. The “Red” army has not faded from the scene since the “cold war” has ended. The cold war in fact has not ended… it has only been renamed (or redefined) by powers that be for political convenience. Redefining events and social movements (recasting historical facts) with the aid of time, is designed to bend ideological bias… from past stigmas and social scorns, to a more acceptable or tolerable reference to attempt to create a more monolithic society for benefit to the “present” powers. Communist propaganda has been working continually to mask its true identity. Evil has no end and evil spiritual forces work, like rust, which never ends its corrosive purpose… to eat the structural underpinnings of things and is now simply reorganizing its forces for the day of resurrection of its core purpose… the enslavement of free men and destruction of Messiah’s truth (both its mortal enemy). To believe that the “Red Horse” is not in the earth today is to misunderstand its latent state, that simply because this force has lost its “visible” champion (namely the Soviet Empire), that somehow it is not. The world is full of satellite communist regimes that await the rise of this dormant beast. The Chinese “Red” army alone, not to mention North Korea and a host of “socialists” nations that sympathize with this evil, will eventually ignite into further confirmation of “taking peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another…” Further, “and there was given unto him a great sword,” causes me to believe the “great sword” of technology and monstrous destructive weapons will cause greater destruction of peace and human life than that of the “Red Horse Colt” that preceded this “full grown” monster that is to invade these last days… where the scriptures warn:
1 Thess 5:3
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. K JV
Communist oppression of Believers exists everywhere communism exists… from China to Africa and in numerous other locations. Believers will always need to beware of this “Red Horse” as there will never be a time when they can carelessly ignore its rage against them. Only the name of Yeshua and the power of His Blood can oppose it’s stampeding in the earth. And even then, just as many Believers have died because of this evil, others will continue to give their lives in our time for their faith until Yeshua comes. It is not about “physical” life, it is about “spiritual” eternal life, and Yahweh’s people have the commission to take Yeshua's salvation message to difficult places… even into the path of the storm.
It is my personal belief that the Red Chinese will (within the next 3 to 4 years or sooner) begin to more aggressively dominate the world political scene and that China will become the “Red Horse” visible champion that once again will terrorize the globe. It has been reported in recent news that China will, within 3 to 4 years, outpace the USA in exports and that China is expected to “out consume” the USA in petroleum products in 5 to 6 years (the later from a front page story in the Wall Street Journal 12-3-03). All of this coupled with the global energy crisis and existing Mideast turmoil, provokes common sense to warn us that the time is getting short before major conflict will erupt for control of the energy reserves that are limited in supply. Some Christian writers predict a “China War” in the near future… could these “hoof beats” of this rising power be the beginning of “sorrows” that Yeshua spoke of in Mat 24:8? Not long ago (12-6-03), news reports said that the US is making major political decisions concerning US support for Taiwan, which before the Iraqi war and the North Korean and Iranian nuclear threats, was not politically negotiable. Things are progressing quickly; and with men’s appetite for political power and election pressure, one should not be surprised if unheard-of alliances and deals are made to either grab office or keep it. These events at home and globally are spinning out of control and the raging “Red Horse” is about to break out of the corral … time is short.
The Black Horse
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..
Who in our times, having been around for a while (61 years for me; presently in 2003), has not experienced the impact of local, national and global economic unrest? These times we now live in, as we enter the new millennium, has brought us to the greatest time of opportunity and also the greatest time for potential socioeconomic calamity. There seems to be no end to corruption in western nations where such high level thievery, unethical, and dishonest conduct of spiritual, political, and business “leaders” deeds rivals the destructive regimes of despot government’s abuse of their people. Greed, lust, grabs for fame, wealth and power and pleasures of the flesh are epidemic. In present day United States of America, the boldness and willingness of people to sell out to their greed is without parallel… “One Nation Under Yahweh?” The past greatness of America has faded into the archives of time. The judgment of Yahweh on such evil is surely not far behind the shameful condition of our Nation. David Wilkerson, a Christian Preacher, has been a lonely voice of prophecy warning our nation of its evils that will bring judgment unless repentance is soon made. He has written many articles and a number of books concerning a coming economic shaking in America. I personally believe he speaks prophetically clear on this issue. Others unlike Wilkerson, who should be sounding the alarm are deafly silent… why are they not joining him in warning our nation in this approaching storm? WE ARE LIKE Judah of old Testament times, where the people stoned the Prophets for telling them to repent to stay the oncoming destruction caused by their sin... saying, "how can you preach such doom and gloom in such good times like these?"
We have become a nation of spoiled, murmuring special interest groups that blame everyone and everything for our own problems. We forsake our security interest by electing ungodly and unethical men to do our bidding and complain because they do what scoundrels do. We have become a nation that produces only 20% of its goods and now 80% of its GNP is services. We are now facing more “ insider” malfeasance on Wall Street, because selfish interest and expedient gain are the norm. This is a major fracture in our national financial strength because our entire banking and investment foundation is made up of “trust.” Trust is beginning to suffer serious damage. We are at the mercy of foreign suppliers and desperately in danger of inadequate supply of strategic materials if major conflict should erupt. We have clogged courts with litigation structured to defend selfish and criminal agendas. The courts are full of cases of money-driven “advocacy” motives and little value is given for truth and justice, which are available in proportion to how much the party can afford to purchase. We appoint judges who are
“predetermined” to favor the “right” political agenda… all this fulfilling the scripture, which says:
14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. KJV
With this tragic backdrop for a “picture frame” through which to view this next “Horseman” it is my belief that the “Black Horse” is the “economic” behemoth that is inextricably intertwined globally in America’s economic structure to the point that it cannot be separated to our national interest alone. The power and control that international financial interests have are now capable of majority influence over America’s destiny. The global financial powers run our nation… not "we the people." Such is the case for other nations as well. This “Black Horse” is clearly the product of the spirit of “mammon” (riches, money personified) that Yeshua referred to when He said, “You cannot serve Yahweh and mammon.” (Luke 16:13) This is not just “well to do” people, it is a consolidated AGENDA, a structured financial power, that like a giant octopus wraps its tentacles around global interest. This spirit is no less a destroyer than its other three harness mates. Its evil products of poverty, pestilence, and famine, is at work in most of the earth today. This spirit is building its strength until it can (and surely will) enslave persons everywhere. This is the spirit that gives birth to the “mark of the beast,” without which “no man can buy or sell, Rev 13:17.” Clearly it is coming via the monetary system (a quasi “control circuit” ), and clearly the use of high-powered computers and global satellites will track and monitor mankind’s every move, just as the Scripture foretells in Revelation Chpt 13.
The Pale Horse
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. KJV
The clue to the identity of this “Pale Horse,” to me, is linked to its rider’s description and objective. “His name is Death, and Hell followed him.” Death and Hell, as referred to here, I believe to be the same two characters named in Rev 20: 11-15. They were cast into the lake of fire… real beings some say… although certainly satan’s henchmen. These spirits were given power, “…over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” This “power” that these spirits possess are the influences they have on their human surrogates. This could become a controversial discussion, however I believe there is a good likelihood this “Pale Horse” represents Islam. Since Islam’s rise to power in the seventh century (about 622 CE), it has brought death by the sword, destruction of nations, poverty, hunger and fanatical religious oppression over every territory it has dominated… which is a large part of the earth. Its grab for conquest is once again on the rise, also being one of the fastest growing religious groups on the face of the earth. There is said to be 1.3 billion people under the bondage of Islam; and, it is said 10%, or more, of these are fanatical concerning the establishment of “Sharia” or Islamic code of law. This represents 130,000,000 people who regard “non-Islamic” people as infidels… to be brought under submission or to be put to the sword… a clear declaration of duty according to the Qur’an (Koran) (Surat Al-Anfal 8:38-39; Surat Al-Maidah 5:33 MPT). The world IS NOW in a religious war… and such a truthful and candid proclamation is being avoided because of the "political correctness" to appease the Islamic powers and their control of the oil. The largest provider of oil to the US is also the greatest exporter of fanatical Islam, Wahhabism, which has it home in Saudi Arabia.
The nation of Israel is collectively hated among Islamic tribes and marked for annihilation by the Islamic powers. Some argue that not all Muslims agree with this and I would welcome such defense (by Muslims) of Israel in public debate in the UN, international forums, and in national Muslim media enterprises. Such Muslin defense of Israel’s right to exist is yet to be seen. The western world, namely the US and Great Britain, followed by a few other nations, are also targets of hate by radical Islam. The rise of international "terrorism" is clearly increasing and no Jewish or Christian nation is exempt from this threat. The implication of this threat reaches beyond philosophical conflict and threatens economic and social structures everywhere. The direct cost of the 9-11 Islamic assault on the World Trade Center was only a part of the overall cost in economic impact. The magnitude of the economic fallout from a greater event, such as the denotation of a nuclear device in a major western city is awesome. The political response could be the onset of World War III. I personally believe that the US and Great Britain have enemies who’s national interest could cause them to view such calamity in the US or Britain with pleasure. For example, the Chinese, French, and Russians have no qualms about selling nuclear hardware to Middle Eastern powers. In fact, I suspect China is delighted with the US’s dilemma in Iraq and with Iran and North Korea… making its grab for control of Taiwan less risky. I submit that China would certainly use Islamic fanatics as surrogates (and probably has) to further its quest for global dominance. Communist China has supported the enemies of the US in every conflict we have been in, in the Asian theater, in the last 50 years.
Now for what is perhaps my strongest reason that the “Pale Horse” is likely Islam... Bible history clearly details Yahweh’s disdain for moral decay in His people. Without fail, Yahweh allowed pagan nations and foreign powers to humble His people when they no longer looked to Him for Lordship and chose to multiply their sin and ungodly lifestyles. No Bible history of record details corruption in moral social populace greater than that of our modern society. Judgment is surely to come and this “Pale Horse” is becoming restless and seems to have no one that can tame its force. Suicidal bombers driven by radical demonic influence seem determined to further their cause. Their hatred for western nations and Jewish and Christian social structures has no limit. The god of Islam is not the Elohim (God) of the Believer’s faith, quite the contrary… because Islam rejects Messiah Yeshua as the Son of Yahweh, Savior and Redeemer of mankind, and further denies His crucifixion and resurrection. Islam must be identified for the evil that it is and for its opposition to the Elohim of Scripture, and it is time to stop playing with politically correct words that mask its real identity and its connection with international terrorists and their plans for destruction of western nations. Without a doubt, my view is that this “Pale Horse” is headed for western soil and unlike the last Islamic invasion of Europe; the entire western world is their target. Like the days of old when Ezekiel and Jeremiah faithfully proclaimed Yahweh’s warnings to Israel to repent and turn back to Him, without an ear to hear, Yahweh has warned us of the consequences of sin and iniquity, and like Israel of old, we are drunk with our own confidence of self provision and falsely believe we are out of reach of Judgment. We are full of our own flawed opinions and fail to understand the house of cards that our prideful and deceived hearts are resting upon… sand, as Yeshua called it, that failed to stand in the storm and the foundation was washed away and “great was the fall of that house.” Many observant writers say that the "Babylon" of the last days, as noted in the book of Revelation, has to be (by objective analysis) the modern USA... I would not be able to point to a better alternative... Judgment is coming to a world of iniquity.
It is my opinion that we live in the last days, perhaps hours, and that these “Four Horsemen” are all hitched to the same wagon and are running through the earth (the devil’s assault on Yahweh’s people) and will soon manifest their purpose… none of which is any surprise to Yahweh, as he has given us (Believers) their plan in the “revealed prophetic disclosure,” the Holy Scripture’s book of Revelation. If you are a born-again Believer, feasting on Yahweh’s Word, best friends with the Holy Spirit, love the instruction of Torah, keep Yahweh's commandments, and are “discerning the times,” you will not be taken by surprise. If however, your have your head in the sands of false doctrines and watered-down Church programs and social “ religious” functions, you will be taken by destructive surprise with no less than the same experience of those five foolish virgins of Mat. Chpt 25, who did not have the oil in their lamps sufficient for the long dark night… the oil we must keep in our lamps is none other than Yahweh’s precious Holy Spirit; and without it and the counsel of the Torah, we are helpless in this coming rampage of these “Four Horsemen.” Faith in Yahweh alone, loving Him more than we love this life and the things of this world, and letting Yahweh's Holy Spirit have His way in us is our certain hope and confidence for these days.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. KJV