Discover why Islam may be the 4th Horseman of the Apocalypse.
Who are the other three? You May Just be Shocked to Know!
Robert Rite (2/26/17): There are several schools of thought regarding the identities of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. In this study we will explore one interpretation of this mystery end time prophecy; one that makes sense both historically and sequentially; and one that fits perfectly with recent and current world events.
We read of this great mystery in Chapter 6 of the Book of Revelation. There are 7 seal, 7 trumpet and 7 bowl judgments revealed in Revelation. The 4 horsemen are the first 4 judgments of the 7 seals (see Rev. chapter 6).
NOTE: Colors carry great significance in bible prophecy.
Zech 6:4 reveals that these 4 horsemen are “4 spirits”; so that the colors of their horses symbolize different spirits of the major systems of government and major religions (in the cases where religion is part of the government) applicable.
First Horseman – the White Horse
Rev. 6:2 the first is the white horse whose rider has a bow (but no arrow!) “…and a crown was given to him; and he went out to conquer”. He conquers without the shedding of blood since he has no arrows.
This rider may not necessarily be the antichrist or Jesus Christ as some believe. Instead it may be referring to a dominant system that controlled the world throughout the dark ages. It is a dual belief system of government mixed with religion (just like the coming end time beast kingdom).
It is the Holy Roman Empire which mixed government with Catholicism. In the book “Communism, Democracy and Catholic Power” by Paul Blanchard, he proposes that Catholicism was one component of the three great spiritual powers (geopolitical powers) of the then modern times.
NOTE: The Pope normally dresses in white. His helicopter, the Pope Mobile, and his airplane supplied by Air Italia (his horses) are all white! This rider wears a crown like the pope does. And he has a Bow (influence) but no arrow – because at the time of the end the Vatican is not the military might or warring spirit that she once was.
Second Horseman – the Red Horse
Rev. 6:3-4 the second rider is a horseman on a red horse which takes peace from the earth. Red is clearly ascribed to communism, particularly Russia and China, and it is interesting to note that red is also their national colors. In china’s case, its national flag is all red! Communism has indeed taken peace from the earth. Stalin killed 20 million Russians during his reign. 60 million Chinese were killed under Chinese communism. And these nations most certainly have a great sword in these times, meaning great military might.
The end time government of the antichrist as depicted in Revelation 17 also bears the color “red”. This is because it most certainly will be a dictatorship under the rule of one man, the antichrist – who will bear the spirit of socialism, communism and totalitarianism, as he will acquire global power and will demand worship from all mankind.
Interesting that as we approach the end times, we observe a global movement today towards socialism – even in America! Recently a Newsweek article in 2/6/2009 boasted: “we are all socialists now“.
Third Horseman – the Black Horse
Rev. 6:5 is a black horse and its rider has a pair of scales that is being used to measure certain commodities such as food and oil.
This spirit may refer to the West because of the scales of balance that the horseman carries? Scales symbolize trade and capitalism, the economy and free enterprise. In a capitalist society, a strong economy is its hallmark of success.
The Fourth Horseman – the Ashen (Green) Horse
Rev. 6:7-8 is a pale/ashen (greenish) horse and its rider is death – “…and power was given to “them” over the 4th part of the earth to kill with sword, hunger and death.”
This horse is represented in Rev. 6:7-8 as a pale/ashen (greenish) horse and its rider is symbolic with death: “…and power was given to “them” over the 4th part of the earth to kill with sword, hunger and death.”
The last spiritual movement is represented by this fourth and final horse; it is the spirit of Islam. The bible prophesied the establishment of Islam in the Book of Revelation, approximately 600 years before it was founded by the Prophet Muhammad (read Rev. 6:7-8). There are approximately 1.8 to 2 billion followers of the Islamic faith. So it should stand to reason that the prophecies would mention such a significant force as Islam, in these last days.
Pale in the Greek is not the same as the English interpretation. In the Greek Pale is chloros, which is green. GREEN is the color of Islam. The Islamic prophet wore a green cloak and turban, and his writings are full of references to the color green. A passage from the Quran describes paradise as a place where people “will wear green garments of fine silk.” (Source: article by Christopher Beam “Why is the color green so important in the Muslim world?”). In the original Greek text on Rev. 6:8 it refers to the horse’s color as Chloros (green); not pale or ashen.
The point here is that the spirit of Islam will be a dominant force at the time of the end, and Islam’s dominant color is green. Hamas carries green flags, and the Al Aqsa Mosque has a green door, and there are a myriad of other associations with Islam and the color green.
Another identifier to the 4th horseman being symbolic with Islam is that this horse represents death, and to Islam death by martyrdom is an honor. The Islamic faith is clearly a culture of death, and their fearless willingness to die for their faith is probably why the rider of the green horse bears the name of death! Islam glorifies death. They consider it the highest honor to die for Allah. Muslims believe that the only way to be assured paradise is to become a Martyr for Allah. Even Yasser Arafat once said that he hoped someday to be a martyr for Allah.
Interesting also how their favorite or most common tool or weapon of punishment and execution is death by sword and Rev. 6:8 reveals that the sword is the fourth horseman’s first weapon of choice”! Let’s Read Revelation 6:7-8:
“So I looked, and behold, a pale 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.”
As we witness unfolding world events today, it becomes even clearer that Islam is a dominant spirit force in these last days; and this is why the Almighty lists Islam as the fourth horseman of the apocalypse!
When we study world History we also realize that these colors also fit chronologically in order of these 4 great belief systems!
1) White Horse – Holy Roman Empire – Catholicism
2) Red Horse – the Rise of Communism in 1848 with the “Communist manifesto”, and the Bolshevik revolution of 1917.
3) Black Horse – America and the West – a symbol of capitalism. Following WW2, America became the dominant global superpower (economically and militarily).
3) Green Horse – Islam is dominating world events in these last days, as we witness the rise of Islam as a unified force in this end time world scenario. And as we will soon read, true to form, many souls will experience death during the coming WW3 which by the way will be triggered from the Middle East.
The Numbers and Percentages also Line Up
Interesting also how the numbers line up as well. Approximately 1/4th of the world population are catholic/Christian, 1/4th is Communist/Socialist, and 1/4th of population is Islamic. Is the God of the bible in control of everything including end time results, or what!
The Fourth Horseman is on the Move!
Understand that Satan has always had a stronghold in the Middle East, with an everlasting hatred for God’s people and His holy land. In fact the prophecies indicate that Satan’s throne (his stronghold) is located somewhere in the Middle East (see Rev. 2:13).
No doubt that powerful malevolent forces are stirring up the spirit of the fourth horseman of the apocalypse in the Middle East – but who are these forces?.
The enemy has assigned some of his most powerful fallen angels (Prince Powers) to the Middle East area. In one of Daniel’s visions the archangels Gabriel and Michael had to take down the Prince power of Persia (Iran) in order for Gabriel to give Daniel some crucial end time prophecies (Read Daniel 10:13-21) Also, in Revelation 9:14 four powerful fallen angels are released from the Euphrates area; the Middle East to stir up the nations and trigger Armageddon !
Does this not explain all of the Everlasting Hatred and Violence in that Region?
Today, certain Muslim factions are attempting to bring about WW3 (and Armageddon) in order to realize their mandate for a global Caliphate. Whether they or other Non-Muslim factions will trigger the apocalypse – we must understand that it is God’s will and timing that allows these end time events to manifest today. The following prophecy makes this clear:
“For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.“ Rev. 17:17 (emphasis mine)
In Revelation 9:13-18 a Middle East based war leads to the death of 1/3rd of mankind; at least two billion deaths! These end time prophecies are most likely describing the catastrophic global effects of a massive nuclear exchange extending way beyond the Mid East area.
It was already foretold over 2,500 years ago, that WW3 will start from the Middle East area. We even know who some of the key players are. Those who study bible prophecy already know that this coming war will include Iran, Turkey, Libya, and most likely Russia (which already has a stronghold in Syria) among other nations involved (Read Ezekiel 38).
As this world heats up, in both the natural and supernatural sense, Satan’s influence over the nations will continue to increase. As we get closer to the end of the age the enemy wields even greater influence over the minds of nations, peoples and ethnic groups. This is why there is so much hatred and chaos escalating today in America, Europe, and the Middle East. Peace in these last days will be an illusion and a deception at best.
It is time to put on the full armor of God (read Ephesians 6:11) and get our spiritual house in order while we still can.
Until next time, your fellow servant signs out.