THE FOURTH SEAL

Rev 6:8  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.

Death is riding the pale horse, and Hell is following with him. The most chilling thought under this seal is not that death rides forth over the earth, but that it is following the spread of the Gospel from Jesus riding the first horse. It is a testament to the father of lies’ power to deceive the hearts of men that the gospel of peace should be used to bring forth wars among them. From the day of Pentecost forward until the end of the age a Spirtual War has been and will continue to be waged for the souls of mankind.

Toward the end of the age this war will shape up to be against the Satanic Forces of Islam against the Capitalistic nations of the West. Satan is fighting this battle to kill mens bodies. Jesus is fighting it to save their souls. The entire Book of the Revelation can be seen in this fight which Satan is waging against the woman Israel and the remnant of her seed who have the testimony of Jesus Christ, (Rev. 12:1 - 13:18)

Dan 9:26  And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

Because it was the Romans who sacked and destroyed the Temple and Jerusalem, it has most often been considered to be that “the people of the prince that shall come” will be Romans.  But the Prince that shall come is Antichrist who is Satan personified as the 12th Imam of Islam. Therefore, any people doing the bidding of Satan are his people. Any peson, people, or nation that wages war against Israel or the church is doing so at the bidding of Satan.

The prophesy in Daniel 9:26 refers to the period of time called Daniel’s Seventy Weeks. It is a period seventy “weeks of years,” or seventy times seven or 490 years.  The prophesy of Messiah’s death in Jerusalem was foretold by Daniel’s prophecy, but not recognized as such by the Jews because they had rejected Him as their Messiah. That part of the prophecy that is printed above states from the time of Jesus’ Crucifixion until end of the war desolations are determined. The Hebrew word translated as “desolations” is used in many senses to convey anything from “stupification to complete and utter destruction of a place, a people, a culture, and nations.” It refers all of these things within the lands occupied by the Roman Empire at the time of Jesus’ death. 

The battles that have been fought for centuries from about the sixth century onward until the first world war ended have been to determine the king who would be successor to the Roman Caesars. At the time the Ottoman Empire fell to the Allied Forces, the emphasis to reestablish the Ottoman Empire over the lands previously held by the Roman Empire began.  This Empire is even now beginning to form up in the Nations around the Mediterranean Sea. This will become the Kingdom of the Great Red Dragon. The Ottoman Empire that was defeated in World War One but rises again represents the head of the Beast that wounded unto death but came back to life while all the world wonders about the rebirth. Islam will be the religion in the kingdom of the great red Dragon. And Satan will become personified as the 12th Imam returned from the dead. He will show such power so as to fool even the elect if possible.

Mat 24:6-8  And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  (7)  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.  (8)  All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Jesus has told us that as long as we are hearing wars and rumors of wars that the end has not yet come. Therefore, it is not war that is a sign of the end, but PEACE.

Dan 8:23-25  And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.  (24)  And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.  (25)  And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

If nothing changes, America will have an Islamic government by 2040. America will become like Iran, and Jihad will be declared against all infidels in the United States. The time to stop this is short, and the only remedy is restoration of the church in America. Progressives should understand that they will be the first to be exterminated because of their amoral lifestyles and infidelity to every notion of deity. Christians must unify and spread the Gospel to the Lost souls in Amerca. We must see Christians whose hearts are breaking for the lost in prayer. We must evangelize! Jesus has set before us an open door. We mut go through in a flood prayerfully and lovingly sharing the Gospel as we go. Only Jesus can save us. Only Jesus can save America from Islam.

I believe that Jesus will destroy America through great catastrophies before He will allow her to become like Iran. But the same thing that happened within the Byzantine Empire during the middle ages will happen in America when the Muslims become the Majority.

The map below shows the lands controlled by the Byzantine Empire in 555 AD.

Byzantine Empire 555 AD

The next map shows the extent of the Islamic Ottoman Empire at the time of its maximum extent in 1683 AD

Byzntine at greatest extent

It can be seen how much of the Byzantian Christian Empire had fallen in the hands of the Islamic Ottoman Empire over a period of some 1100 years.  This kind of progress is what has been taking place over the Western Hemisphere since the end of WWII; only the integration of Islam into the west has been much more rapid. A Region of Byzantium would be settled by Isalamic integration over many years until they existed in sufficient numbers to declare Jihad within the region. The Turks would then expand their armies into the area when the armies of Byzantium were unprepared to defend the region.

Christians within the region were either taxed heavily, or forced to convert to Islam under pain of Death. Many Chrisitans chose to become apostates rather than be Martyred for Jesus. The Ottoman Turks were defeated in WWI and the empire was broken up. Turkey became a Republic shorthly afterwards.

Rev 13:1-10  And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.  (2)  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.  (3)  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.  (4)  And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?  (5)  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.  (6)  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.  (7)  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.  (8)  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  (9)  If any man have an ear, let him hear.  (10)  He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

John wrote that he saw a beast rise from the sea. The Sea is the Mediterranean Sea. This beast is not the same as the beasts around the throne that John saw in Rev. 4:6. Those were called zoon, or living creatures. This beast is called a therion, a wild, dangerous, and venomous animal. This beast and its nature represents the Islamic Empire of the Ottomans as the conquered Christianity within that region of the Old Roman Empire.

From the time Islam originated in 610 AD wars began within any region where Islam was trying to take hold. Most were regional in extent and usually lasted only long enough to give Islam a place from which to grow and spread. This pattern was used almost exlcusively to defeat the Christian nations within the Byzantine Empire.

Here is the patience and faith of the saints - This beast was judged in righteousness, and it died from the sword of war in WWI. This was the head that was wounded to death. But it will come back to life at a later time, and all of the world will wonder at this rebirth.

Rev 13:11-18  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.  (12)  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.  (13)  And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,  (14)  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.  (15)  And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.  (16)  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:  (17)  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.  (18)  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

In the verses above John says he saw a second beast, another wild, dangerous, and venomous animal, rise up. But this time it rises from the earth. In the New Testament the term, earth, usually refers to the lands of the Old Roman Empire. Since the lands of the Old Roman Empire are now occupied by those nations that were part of the former Ottoman Empire, it simply means that this false prophet who will unite the nations of that former empire into a union again. The beast that looks like a lamb but speaks as a dragon is of course The Antichrist.

The Antichrist will be an Islamist of great charisma. Prior to his appearance there will have been hundreds of wars throughout the region, mostly local, but some involving global powers. The Anitchrist will bring peace to all of this conflict. As Daniel prophesied, “By reason of Peace, He will destroy many. He will traverse the region like an old fashioned tent revival performing great supernatural deed. He will call himself the Hebrew Messiah, and the return of the Christian Christ.  The whole world will be talking about him. Muslims from all over the world will travel to where ever he is meeting people. 

Jesus also warned us of this person: Matt. 24:23-28  Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.  (24)  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.  (25)  Behold, I have told you before.  (26)  Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.  (27)  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  (28)  For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

It is a very easy thing to avoid being taken in by anyone claiming to be Christ. If you are saved and you know it, you will not be here when Jesus returns: 1 Thess. 4:14-17  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  (15)  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  (16)  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  (17)  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. If you have doubts that Jesus will save you, take the follow verse with you into a quiet place where you can spend sometime with Jesus alone and pray with Him on this verse: “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.John 6:37

As well as all of the Nations of the former Ottoman Empire, The Antichrist will bring Eastern and Western Russia, and Germany into allegiance to the kingdom of the great red dragon. It is this alliance that will attack Jerusalem just before the return of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The people of these nations that survive that battle will go into the Millennial Kingdom as subjects to Jesus Christ and the Jews will be priests unto them, fulfilling their original commission to be a nation of priests.  When Satan is released at the end of the millennium, it is these same peoples that he stirs up to the final rebellion, and they and Satan are taken and thrown into the lake of fire.

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The Power to Love

1 Pet. 4:8-9  And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall

cover the multitude of sins.  (9)  Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

 

Rom. 13:8  Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath

 fulfilled the law.

John 15:12  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

 

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.  (23)  I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Isa. 45:22-23 

1 Cor. 12:31  But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

1 Cor. 13:8  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.