Before the Wrath

Before the Wrath

How the Four Horsemen Of the Apocalypse Teach a Pre-Tribulation Rapture

One of the great promises to the church is that we are, “saved from the wrath to come” – 1 Thess. 1:10.

What wrath?

The context of this verse is very important. Paul is teaching the Thessalonian’s about the Rapture and the promise of being saved from the wrath of the coming Tribulation. That’s why we believe in a Pre-Tribulation rapture.

But in the last several decades, two new positions have developed regarding the timing of the Rapture: The Mid-Tribulation and the Pre-Wrath Rapture Theories.

I my view, both these theories suffer from the same error. They both teach that God’s wrath doesn’t show up in the first half of the Tribulation.

The purpose of our class is exposing this error by showing the true mission of the Four Horsemen in the first half of the Tribulation.

These four characters are nothing to be trifled with as they display the unmitigated wrath of God from day one of the 7-Year Tribulation.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Part 1

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Part 1

The topic of our upcoming class is the Rapture and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. To help you be prepared for the class, you may want to read Revelation chapters 4-6. 

I love those 3 chapters because they cover the rapture of the church, before the Tribulation begins and the scene around God’s Throne immediately following the rapture. I love seeing the Lamb who was slain take the seven-sealed scroll and break loose the four Horsemen.

Over the next two weeks, I’d like to give a brief overview of the four horsemen and their meaning in Revelation 6. We’ll cover the first two Horses this week and the final two horses next week.

There are many movies and shows that deal with apocalyptic circumstances, and many of us have heard reference to the four horsemen. But where does the idea come from? Are they real people? What do they do?
  

In Revelation 6 Jesus opens seven seals of judgment to begin the Tribulation period on earth. The first four seals he opens are the four horsemen, and each one carries the wrath of God which is released from heaven to usher judgments on the earth.

While some apocalyptic judgments are specific events, these four last throughout the first half of the Tribulation and beyond. Here’s a look at the first two horsemen and their symbolic meaning: 

The White Horse

“And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.” (Rev. 6:1-2)

The rider on the white horse is Antichrist.  He will rise just prior to the Tribulation by taking control of the 10 King Empire and making a peace treaty with Israel. He will be a deeply religious leader that operates on behalf of his false god Allah (Dan. 11:39).

 

His power and authority will come from the dragon (Satan), and like Satan he is a great deceiver. The symbol of him on a white horse aptly illustrates his deceptive nature for Jesus also returns to earth on a white horse (Rev. 19:11-14).

Satan’s purpose has always been to counterfeit the work of Christ. By the second half of the Tribulation, Antichrist will break his peace treaty and wage open war against Israel.

The Red Horse

“Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.” (Rev. 6:3-4) 

The next horse is the red horse. The blood-red appearance speaks of the holocaust of war and bloodshed. God will grant this horse the power to create war. Think about that for a moment!  We are told the red horse takes peace from the earth and that he wields a great sword! What do you think that BIG SWORD means?

Here’s how I view that big sword. Most likely, the “great sword” is God’s way of warning us that the coming 10-King Caliphate may possess nuclear weapons and won’t be afraid to use them! 

Nations rise against nations during the Tribulation because they’re stirred up by the spirit of the Red Horse sent out from the Throne of God.

We know the red horse spirit of war lasts through the entire Tribulation because Jesus said if he didn’t return after seven years, no one would be alive.

This will be seven years like no other in history filled with murder, assassination, bloodshed, revolution, and war.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Part 1

The Four Horsemen Part 2

the topic of our upcoming class is the Rapture and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

To be prepared for the class, consider reading Revelation chapters 4-6 and Zechariah 6. 

We continue our brief overview of the four horsemen with the third (Black) and fourth (Green) horses this week. 

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – Pt. 2

In Revelation 6 Jesus opens seven seals of judgment to begin the Tribulation period. The first four seals he opens are the four horsemen, and each one carries the wrath of God which is released from heaven to usher judgments on the earth.

The first two horsemen ride on white (Antichrist) and red (War) horses. Let’s see what the final two horses look like and discuss their meaning: 

The Black Horse

So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard 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 the wine.’ (Rev. 6:5-6)

Black is often connected with famine in the Bible. God will grant this horse the power to destroy the world’s economy and to diminish earth’s food resources. Both of these disasters are the byproducts of war.

A denarius was the standard daily wage for ancient laborers. In the early days of the Tribulation period, food will be in such short supply that people will have to work all day just to get enough food to eat.

The famine will play into Antichrist’s hands. Later in the Tribulation, he will require all the captured peoples, who fall under the control of the Caliphate, to wear the symbol of the Islamic empire (mark of the beast) in order to buy or sell. They will either submit to Allah or starve to death.

The Green Horse

“So I looked, and behold, a green 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.” (Rev. 6:8) 

Death rides the green horse and Hades (hell) follows behind. Death doesn’t end life it simply opens the door to heaven or hell. In this case, one quarter of the earth is destined for hell after they die. That’s a stunning statistic. which may refer to the 25% of mankind under the control of Islam.

According to the CIA Fact Book, green is the color of Islam! This incredible prophecy may be telling us that Antichrist will steer the Caliphate to initially go after Muslim nations who refuse to recognize his rule over the Muslim world (25% of earth’s population). 

Antichrist and the Caliphate will kill with “the sword, hunger, disease, and wild beasts—the four judgments the Lord said he would send in Ezekiel 14:21. 

Death and Hades are mentioned together three times in Revelation, and the first time in Revelation 1:18 tells us that Christ holds the keys to Death and Hades.

Though the companions will wreak havoc during the Tribulation, Jesus holds the ultimate power and will throw them both into the lake of fire at His Second Coming.

Revelation Generation – Part 2

Revelation Generation – Part 2

Prophecies the Ancients Couldn’t Understand

There are numerous prophesies in Revelation that could not happen until this generation. Many of them would have seemed impossible to first century believers. Here are six prophecies that couldn’t be understood until our generation:

These three were covered in my last blog:
1.    Army of 200 million soldiers
2.    Drying up the Euphrates
3.    Global satellite communication

These three are discussed in this blog:
4.    Nuclear weapons and WMD’s
5.    Israel reborn as a nation
6.    Israel’s LGBT lifestyle

Revelation Generation Prophecies

4. Nuclear Weapons and WMD’s

God warns us, no less than four times in scripture, that the coming 7-year Tribulation will be the worst period in earth’s history (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1; Mt. 24:21; Mk. 13:19).

In His discourse about the end times, Jesus said, “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:22). “And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved” (Mark 13:20).

According to this passage, when God planned the Tribulation period, he limited it to seven years so that some of the redeemed remnant of Israel (“elect”) would still be alive at the end of the Tribulation and would therefore be able to populate the earth in the millennium. Anything beyond seven years would be so catastrophic that no one on earth would remain alive.

There’s no army on earth that can kill earth’s population of eight billion today with conventional weapons in seven years. Earth’s population could only be threatened with the arrival of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction.

In the Middle East war that’s centered around the Euphrates River (Rev. 9:14), a third of the world’s population will be wiped out according to Revelation 9:15. That means some two to three billion people will be killed in that war alone!

The best description of nuclear war appears in the prophecy of Zechariah where he describes the horrific details during the Battle of Armageddon,

”This is the plague with which the LORD will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.” (Zechariah 14:12)

Once again, we see the prophecies in Revelation beingfulfilled in our generation.

5. Israel reborn as a nation – 1948

God’s chosen nation is the epicenter of Bible prophecy! In 2018we celebrate the seventy year birthday of the State of Israel(1948-2018). Israel’s return is happening during our generation. Even this week, several airplanes with Jewish families from around the world, landed in Tel Aviv to declare Israel as their new home.

Did you know that the attack waged by the Arab Nations, the next morning after Israel’s Declaration of Independence in 1948, became the fulfillment of a fascinating prophecy?

There are many prophecies about the re-establishment of Israel in the end times, but one of my favorites is a symbolic prophecy. Isaiah records, “Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she gave birth to a boy.” (Isaiah 66:7-8) 

How many women have ever given birth before the birth pains? They come before the birth, not after. This prophecy says, No! The labor pains will come after the birth.
“Who has heard of such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once?” After her birth, the birth pains came.

Israel didn’t get a very nice welcome from their Arab neighbors. On May 14, 1948, the nation of Israel was declared, and on May 15, 1948, the very next morning, five Arab nations attacked Israel. Since then, throughout our generation, the tiny nation has seen constant threats and constant wars for her survival.

6. Israel’s LGBT lifestyle

Their bodies (2-Witnesses) will lie in the public square of the great city (Jerusalem) which is figuratively called Sodom… where also their Lord was crucified (Rev. 11:8)
When I speak to people about the moral plight of Israel in the end times, it is with a heavy heart. The above verse is a prophecy that forecasts Israel living in the Tribulation and acting like Sodom.
Sadly today, Israel’s reputation for same sex entertainment is world famous. Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest city, was recently named by the Boston Globe as one of the top destinations catering to the alternate lifestyle and featuring them as “one of the best gay pride parades” in the world. The bad news is that the parade is funded through Israel’s state budget.
Israel may have returned to their ancient land but not to the Lord. God’s wayward nation will have to be brought through the fire and the flood of the Tribulation where, according to Zechariah, just one third will come through and survive (Zech. 13:8-9).
Once again, we see a unique prophecy in Revelation being fulfilled in our generation indicating we are closer to the return of the Lord than ever before! We may even be the generation when Jesus returns. Hallelujah! Are YOU READY?
The Revelation Generation – Part 1

The Revelation Generation – Part 1

The Revelation Generation – Part 1

Discover Prophecies That
Could Never Take Place
Until Our Generation

 God is opening up an understanding of Bible prophecy today as never before and releasing the secrets to His end time church. In fact, the closer we get to the coming of the Lord the more understanding God seems to be pouring out. We see a hint of this promised in the prophet Daniel, 

But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will investigate the prophesies, and knowledge will increase.” (Daniel 12:4). 

This verse promises that God will unseal prophecy as the end time approaches so that people will search for answers concerning the troubling events in the world and discover increased knowledge of understanding from God’s Word! 

There are certain prophecies concerning the end times that could only be understood and interpreted by those who are living in the season of the end times.

For example, in the book of Revelation there are several remarkable predictions that in John’s day were both impossible to occur and impossible to understand. They could only be understood and implemented in our generation.

 

Strange Prophecies:

 Head Scratchers that the
Ancients Couldn’t Understand
 

There are numerous examples in Revelation of prophesies that could not happen until more recent times. Many of them would have seemed bizarre to first century believers. Real head scratchers. Can you think of some?

Here are six prophecies that couldn’t be understood until our generation. I’ll discus 3 of them in this Blog and the other three in a follow up blog:


 Revelation Generation Prophecies

 1.       Army of 200 million soldiers

2.       Drying up the Euphrates

3.       Global satellite communication

4.       Nuclear weapons and WMD’s

5.       Israel reborn as a nation

6.       Israel’s LGBT lifestyle

1. Army of 200 Million Soldiers

16 The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number. (Rev. 9:16)

John speaks of a war during the Tribulation with a 200-million-man army marching across the Euphrates, which numerically did not exist in his day (Revelation 9:14-16). Even the Roman army in John’s day would have boasted of no more than several hundred thousand throughout the empire.
 
Earth’s first century population was estimated to range from 250-300 million. The Apostle John must have understood how absurd his prediction would seem so he immediately confirmed it by saying, “I heard the number.”In other words, “don’t think I’m crazy… that’s the size I heard!”
 
Notice this war takes place in the heart of the Middle East along the Euphrates corridor, a region that is now over 90% Muslim. For practical reasons, this prophecy must be describing Antichrist’s Caliphate invasion which is stationed in the Middle East at this time in the book of Revelation.
 
The world’s largest military (China) has only 2.3 million active duty personnel, and all world militaries combined have 20.2 million— a far cry from the 200 million troops spoken of here. So, like many end-times prophecies, we can only see how these things are possible when they actually start to unfold.
 
For years, prophecy teachers believed only China could muster an army this size. However, the passage never mentions China and there’s simply not enough time in the Tribulation Period, for example, for 200 million soldiers to march 4,000 miles from China to Jerusalem.
 
The logistics prevent that interpretation for this prophecy. For example, it took the Pentagon six months to move 500,000 (½ million) military personnel into the Middle East to invade Iraq in 1991. It appears more likely that the majority of these soldiers will arrive on foot or in their personal vehicles.
 
Only recently has the Middle East Muslim population exploded that could host an invasion of 200 million.
  
Pew Research reported that by 2030, the Middle East and North Africa Muslim population will be close to 450 million! The gathering of a massive Islamic invasion into the Palestinian theater is now not only possible but becoming a real and present danger and we are the first generation when this prophecy can be literally fulfilled.

2. Drying up the Euphrates River

12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the Kings from the East (Rev. 16:12).

In the Tribulation, much of the drying of the Euphrates will be due to a long drought caused by God’s 2-Witnesses (Revelation 11:6). However, in 1990, Turkey completed construction of the Ataturk Dam that can now control water flow and water levels of the Euphrates River with the push of a button!

 

Upping the Prophetic Ante: Turkey Controls the Flow

 

The Euphrates originates in Turkey, then flows through Syria and Iraq. Water sharing has been a source of tension in the region. Turkey and Syria have undertaken multiple large water engineering projects in recent years, including the construction of dams and reservoirs on the Euphrates.
 
So when Turkey completely cut off the flow of the Euphrates in May 2014, leaving millions without access to water and endangering the stability of Syria’s dams, the outcry was deafening. Farmers were fleeing the countryside in droves. Lake Assad was down by 6 meters, and it was predicted that if Turkey didn’t open the dams back up, the reservoirs would be depleted within two days. (Anjarini 2014)

One witness made the shocking statement that “No drop of the Euphrates now enters Syrian territory.” (al-Masri 2014)

The headwaters of the Euphrates begins in the mountains of Turkey and control of the Euphrates now rests in their hands. For the first time in history, it’s now possible to actually dry up the entire flow of the Euphrates River into Syria and Iraq and we are the first generation that could see this prophecy fulfilled. 

3. 24/7 Global Satellite Communication  

For three and a half days the people from around the world will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. (Rev. 11:9-10)

Worldwide Satellite Transmission has only become commonplace in the last few decades. For 2000 years,believers were stumped as to how this prophecy could be taken literally. How could people around the world all be watching the same thing at the same time?

Murdered by Antichrist

 

After a successful ministry of 1260 days, covering the first half of the Tribulation, the two witnesses are killed by the Islamic BEAST (Rev. 11:7 – aka 10-King Caliphate) during the conquest of Jerusalem.
 

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Glowing with success, Antichrist wants to send a message to the world. This is achieved by desecrating the bodies of the two men they hate the most.


The enemy refuses to bury God’s Two Witnesses and leavestheir bodies exposed to the elements for 3 ½ days while the world watches and mocks them laying there, “people from around the world will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.” (Rev. 11:9-10)

Islamic followers would certainly allow the bodies of noted individuals, those they deem to be infidels and enemies of Islam, to lie out in the open as an act of defiling their memory and to disrespect them in the eyes of the public. No other religious system practices such barbarism but Islam.

Watching from the other side of the world

Around the clock for three and a half days, the whole world watches the corpses of these two servants laying dead and motionless in Jerusalem. Only today is this prophecy realistic.The world’s a much smaller place today where satellite TV and social media can instantly broadcast live events for the entire world to watch simultaneously.

Broadcast Live:

Resurrection and Rapture

11 After three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. 12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on. (Rev. 11:11-12)

The prophecy indicates the whole world will gawk at their dead bodies as their images are flashed across social media and TV screens around the world. Then, in a sudden twist of fate, God resurrects them, live and on camera, and their enemies watch them ascend into heaven.

Can’t you see the headline… TRENDING NOW… “Two Jewish Prophets fly up to heaven.”

Conclusion

One thing is clear. It can no longer be said that the prophecies of Revelation are not feasible! And what does that mean? It means that the book of Revelation is coming true.

It also means that we are the “Revelation Generation,” that’s blessed to understand and interpret prophecy more than any generation before.

You can understand Revelation! Don’t let it scare you or confuse you. Just start reading it and ask the Lord to help you. It’s not meant to scare us, it’s meant to prepare us for what’s ahead… for Christ’s soon return!

Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you. (Revelation 3:3)