“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.” – Revelation 6:1
Last week, I penned the first installment of a 14-week series on the Book of Revelation. In a preview from my latest book in “The Signs of Our Times” series, THE COMING SIGNS OF OUR TIMES: A Guide for Those Who Are Left Behind in the Generation of Tribulation, I explained what occurs after the Rapture of the Church and just prior to the seven-year Tribulation. In this second installment, I will give a preview from Chapter One of my book about how the Tribulation period on Planet Earth begins.
In that chapter, I examine each of the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” in detail. They are released into the earth when Lord Jesus begins breaking the Seven Seals that officially kick off the seven years of Hell on Earth. While I won’t be sharing who all four of these riders are in this article (otherwise, why buy the book?!), I will be sharing all that I wrote about the first rider. Enjoy these few pages about the character who arrives at the start of the Tribulation, and who’ll be present all the way up unto the end…
The opening of the seven-sealed book officially begins the Tribulation judgments on Planet Earth. Lord Jesus is the only one in Heaven who is found worthy to break the seals of the book that contains the long overdue judgments of God. During the Church Age, Christ was the one who saved us from God’s wrath. During the Tribulation, He will become the executor of it. There will be three sets of judgments to be released upon the earth in multiples of seven, equating to the number of our God and Father, YHWH – 777. These will all take place throughout a seven-year period. As I’ve written in my past books, there is no denying that God loves the number 7; and it is never made more clear than in Revelation.
The Seven Seals will be followed by the Seven Trumpets, and then the Seven Vials (Bowls) of seven plagues will be poured out upon Earth in the culmination of the seven years of God’s great wrath. The first four seals that Lord Jesus will break open release the infamous Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and the opening of the first seal brings forth the rider on the WHITE HORSE –
“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.” – Revelation 6:2
This first horseman will be Antichrist. He will be an impostor of Jesus Christ – who just so happens to make His return to the earth on a white horse (Revelation 19:11). The color is symbolic of light, purity, and holiness – which are all attributes of our Lord. While I say that the rider is “Antichrist,” he will definitely not be recognized as such upon his arrival on the world scene. He is said to come carrying a bow. The bow (opposed to sword) symbolizes that he’ll initially come into the world as a peacemaker – imitating Christ, who is the Prince of Peace. The bow is symbolic of peace because the rainbow is what the LORD used to symbolize His Covenant with mankind.
This makes perfect sense, since the event that bridges the gap between the Rapture and the start of the Tribulation is the forging of a seven-year covenant of peace between Israel and her hostile Muslim neighbors (specifically Palestine) – which is brokered by the Antichrist. While most Bible believers know the truth about this great deceiver, the majority of those left behind will view him as a man of peace. They will praise and uplift him as a savior, and as the messiah of a world that’s been thrown into chaos following the mysterious disappearance of much of the earth’s population in the Rapture. No one that is ignorant to Biblical teaching will ever suspect him of being the most wicked leader to ever rise to power in the history of mankind.
“He shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.” – Daniel 11:21
He will do absolutely no wrong in their eyes. In fact, halfway through the seven-year Tribulation (when he begins to show his true colors and actually blasphemes the God of gods), instead of losing popularity among the citizens of the world, he will actually be worshipped by them as God. The crown that is given to him, in verse 2 of Revelation 6, implies that he’ll be victorious over anyone who opposes him; and further proof of this can be found in the next phrase: “he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” So, though he rises to power as a man of peace, he will eventually become hell-bent (no pun intended) on global conquest and world domination. There’s much more to say about this rider, and you’ll read about him all throughout this book – especially in “THE ANTICHRIST” chapter.
That’s it for this week’s installment. Next week’s article will delve into the Sixth Seal being broken by our Lord, and the calamities that it will bring upon the earth. If you don’t want to wait over two months to read every preview of the book, then head over to Amazon and grab your copy today at the lowest price of the year!
With Christmas approaching, it will make a perfect stocking stuffer for Christian family and friends, but also for unbelievers that you think will be among the left behind. They may not read it today, but I guarantee they’ll crack it open after we mysteriously vanish in the Rapture! Until then, keep looking up my friends.
“Jesus said, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 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. Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” – Matthew 24:4-7