WORLD - The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Arno Froese

The powerful Old Testament image of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse has been repeatedly brought back into discussion when humanity has faced peril and war. Ezekiel and Zachariah have often been interpreted as describing the four horsemen as plague, war, famine and finally death.

Despite much that has happened, Europe and Russia have risen as powers and then crumbled repeatedly. It seems, finally, that this cycle of plague, war and famine will be the last of Western hegemony and the birth of a new world order, a new world order which will probably bring back the balance of power to Asia and Africa, which were the centers of global wealth and power long before the industrial revolution.

-www.jpost.com, 26 June 2022

Arno's Commentary

While the excerpts from the Jerusalem Post article emphasize the prophets Ezekiel and Zechariah, our attention is focused on Revelation 6. The Lamb opens the seven-sealed book and reveals “a white horse … he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” We know this process was implemented throughout human history. The second seal reveals a red horse: “power was given…to take peace from the earth, and … kill one another.” That too happened throughout recorded history. The third seal unveils a black horse, an announcement of famine. And, after opening the fourth seal, a pale horse emerges, “…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” (Revelation 6:8).

While most commentaries insist that this is future, our understanding is that this describes the entire history of humanity from the beginning to the end.

We take particular notice of the revelation of the second seal, the rider on the red horse. What is his given authority? “To take peace from the earth … that they should kill one another … there was given unto him a great sword” (Revelation 6:4). That indeed is nothing new and applicable to all of human history.

“Take peace from the earth” took place in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve were expelled because of sin. “They should kill one another” is not unusual either; hundreds of millions—maybe billions—of people have been killed by wars throughout human history. Where did it all start? When Cain killed his brother Abel.

In our time, the world’s military powers have received “a great sword” as never before in history. What will be the result? The appearance of the Lamb of God, but this time “the wrath of the Lamb” will be evident, as we can read in Revelation 6:16. The leaders of the world, the rich and the poor, the free and the bound, will pray to created material, “mountains and rocks,” to protect them from the wrath of the Lamb.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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