No doubt you are familiar with or have at least heard of the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.” These are the four horses of Revelation 6 that are supposed to bring destruction, plagues and death upon the earth during a 7 year period of great tribulation at the end of time. This interpretation is almost universal in Christendom today, but is this interpretation correct? A thousand times NO it is not; and the rest of this chapter should convince you of why it is not.
For starters, even the word “apocalypse” has acquired a definition that is different from what it first meant only one hundred years ago. It is quite probable, although this probably can’t be proven, the definition changed over time because of the works of these four horsemen.
The first text box on this page shows the current day definition of apocalypse as given in the Oxford English Dictionary. As you can see the current day definition is all about damage, destruction and catastrophe.
The bottom text box from Webster’s 1913 English Dictionary is completely different than the current day dictionaries. It mentions nothing about damage or destruction. It is all about uncovering and disclosing such as is done in a revelation, when something is being revealed as in the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
This describes exactly what will be done as you read this chapter. The true identity of these “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” is going to be revealed to you and once you understand who they are you will be able to uncover and discover a lot more of what the Book of Revelation is revealing to us. You can’t see it now, but after you understand their identity, it will make a great deal more of the Book of Revelation fall into place. You will be able to see just how far off current day Bible prophecy teaching really is, guaranteed!
As was insinuated, this interpretation of the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse is going to be quite different than anything you have ever read before. What you are about to read should pretty much establish the fact Islam is the “antichrist” of end times Bible prophecy. Almost everyone thinks of “antichrist” as being one bad dude that comes to power as a man of peace. The common teaching is that He will make a peace treaty with Israel and break it after 3½ years; but nothing could be further from the truth.
This interpretation of the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse is going to be quite different than anything you have ever read before. What you are about to read should pretty much establish the fact that Islam is the “antichrist” of end times Bible prophecy. Almost everyone thinks of “antichrist” as being one bad dude that comes to power as a man of peace. The common teaching is that He will make a peace treaty with Israel and break it after 3½ years; but nothing could be further from the truth.
First, the “antichrist” is not just one man, it is the worship of a false god, a false religion. The best way to understand “antichrist” is to think of Christ and everything about Him. This includes all that He said and did and even the things He said He will do in the future. The “antichrist” will be similar in almost every aspect you can think of, but at the same time be the exact opposite of Christ. Here are some examples which will be demonstrated to you through these “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”
Christ is the true Savior and King and Cornerstone of the world’s largest religion. The false profit that Christ warned us about will also be the leader of a very large false religion that will be “antichrist.” Christ will rule for a 1000 years during the time of His Millennial Kingdom. Antichrist will reign for more than 1,000 years: from the opening of the first seal to the opening of the 5th seal. This will be proven by an exact day to exact day prophecy that spans 1395 years and 15 days as given in Revelation 9. Christ brought peace on earth and good will toward men; antichrist will take peace from the earth and will bring 1400 years of war and strife. Christ’s was perfect in all His ways and His ministry was 3½ years. The “Man of Sin” who is “Satan in the Flesh” will be corrupt in all his ways and will rule his dominion for 3½ years. Christ came to seek and to save that which was lost. Antichrist will seek out and kill those that are saved. By seeing these similarities and anti traits we will be able to see and know things that will help us better understand the Word of God.
Christians of today have been taught a lot of falsehood regarding Bible Prophecy. What you are about to read should go a very long way to dispel many of these teachings, because everything is going to fit in place perfectly, and everything which you are about to read regarding these 4 horsemen has already happened. It is prophecy that has been fulfilled so how can it be doubted unless someone has changed the history you have been taught?
1 John 2:22 (KJV)
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist; that denieth the Father and the Son.
You have probably heard politicians say when addressing audiences after a horrible Islamic terror attack; “We all worship the same God.” This sounds so nice and Muslims love to hear it, but nothing could be further from the truth! The God of the Christian has a son, but the god of Islam has no son. In fact, the only sin in Islam that is unforgivable is called “shirk.” You commit this sin when you say “Jesus Christ is the son of God.” So from what the Apostle John tells us, Islam is spot-on the definition of “antichrist” given in this verse. If one would take the time to read the Quran and the Bible, it would be obvious that they do not have the same author. Islamic teachings are the TOTAL OPPOSITE, or anti-Christian and thus anti-Christ. It is this same religion that God uses to reveal many things in the book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ. It is through the understanding of this false religion that we can tell exactly where we are on our Lords timeline that is revealed to us in the Revelation of Jesus Christ. This is because almost every prophecy of time in the Word of God relates to Islam and Islamic events in some way shape or form.
We are about to meet 4 of the most mysterious characters in the Bible, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. There have been many different articles written on the identity of these horsemen, but there have not been any like the one you are about to read. Unlike the others, this article will provide you with the actual identities of each one of these horsemen. In fact, we can not only provide you with their names, we can even provide you with their date of birth, (except the white horse) and the length of time they served in government. Since we now know the identity of these 4 horsemen we can even determine the exact date each one of these first 5 seals were opened. You probably are now thinking that this is just a bunch of hogwash, but if you will be patient and open your mind, you will see how everything fits perfectly, like a man in a custom tailored suit.
You are about to meet the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse, but before we introduce them to you, let’s take a look at a few Bible verses that give credibility to the observation that these 4 horsemen are members of the Islamic community, and how this shows that previous interpretations which have been widely accepted and taught, need to be reconsidered by those teaching them.
Who is the Biblical False Profit Christ Warned Us About?
Matthew 24:23-26 (KJV)
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:
Notice that in this scripture our Lord tells us where to look for this false Christ. There is only one false messiah that ever came out of the desert, and he was the architect of the world’s 2nd largest religion. His name was Mohamed. It is also worth noting that Muslims are supposed to visit Mecca at least once during their lifetime. In verse 26 we find Christ telling and warning them “go not forth” or “don’t go there,” and He did this more than 500 years before Mohamed was born or the proclamation made that Muslims should visit the Mosque in Mecca at least once during their lifetime.
Who Else in The World Still Uses Beheading?
Revelation 20:4 (KJV)
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Islam is the only religion that cuts off your head as a form of capital punishment. You may also lose your head if you are someone that will not convert to their religion. Islam has taken great pleasure in cutting off people’s heads since its inception. Islam is the only religion that will cut off your head and believe they are doing a good deed. Islam started performing beheadings with Mohamed and does so right up to the current time.
Who Leaves Their Victims Bodies Lie in the Streets?
Revelation 11:9-10 (KJV)
9 And they of the people and kindred’s and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
Muslims desecrate the bodies of their enemies. They drag dead bodies around the streets, leave them lie in the streets, and then they love to celebrate the death of the enemy by sending gifts to one another. Not long ago two Muslims went into a Jewish Synagogue and killed 3 Rabbi’s by cutting off their heads. Video on the news showed Muslim men, women, and children in Gaza celebrating. They were dancing in the streets, stopping cars and passing out cupcakes to the people inside, and men were going from small shop to small shop passing out candy. Tell me what other religion celebrates death and believes everlasting life can be gained and enhanced by taking the life of another? Evil scenarios such as this have played out over and over again since Islam was founded back in the sixth century, but the vast majority of the non-Islamic world has no idea how evil and barbaric this cult of Islam is. Once again the prophecy stated by the Word of God is 100% accurate.
Who Else Kills in the Name of Their god?
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
Can you think of any other religion whose followers will kill a Christian, Jew, or even another Moslem of a different or even the same sect and think they are doing what their god has asked them to do?
These are just a few examples of Bible prophecy showing Islam to be the Anti-Christ of the End Times. When you see how well the identities of these 4 horsemen fit you may begin to realize the book of Revelation is not what many believed it is to be. Pay close attention to the timed prophecies and you will see that almost every prophecy of time will include a starting or ending date that is in some way connected with Islam.
REVELATION 6 – THE RIDERS
In Revelation chapter 6 we find 4 different colored horses with riders which have been referred to as “The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse.” These four riders bring false religion, war, famine, and death. There are many that believe these 4 riders are only symbols of the antichrist and all that is described in these verses takes place in a very short period of time called the “Tribulation Period.” That these events take place during the tribulation period is correct, but they do not take place in a Tribulation Period that is only 3½ or 7 years in duration. As this chapter will show, this “tribulation period” is at least 1,395 years, and probably more like 2000 years in duration. This is what our Lord tells us regarding the tribulation His followers will experience.”
John 16:33 (KJV)
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
What He is saying here is that while we are here on earth we will always have tribulation which means the Tribulation Period is from the time of Christ to the time he comes to gather us to himself, or the Rapture of His Church. The Great Tribulation which is the “Day of the Lord,” begins immediately after the Rapture. I can say this because of what Christ said in Matthew 24:29:
Matthew 24:29-30 (KJV)
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
In the verses preceding this statement Christ listed 9 events which all took place from A.D 70, beginning with the destruction of the second Jewish temple to the time of the rapture. There are many that will argue with this because they view those events as happening just before the rapture, but ALL of these events have already taken place, even the “abomination that brings desolation” spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place.” This is the Muslim temple “Dome of the Rock” which currently stands on God’s Holy Mountain, which is also called The Mount of the Congregation. This sits next to the area where the Jewish temple once was. This is proved by the 1290 prophecy of Daniel 12 together with the 1260 day and 42 month prophecy of Revelation 11. This will be demonstrated and proven to you in the coming chapters.
The point here is that Christ foretold events beginning shortly after His life on Earth and included events that bring us up to the present time. After doing this He then says “Immediately after the tribulation of those days.” This means that the REAL “tribulation period” was from the time of Christ to the present. Furthermore in Revelation 9 you will see that He named the period of the greatest tribulation there will ever be, and that was 1,300 years ago. Once you understand who these Horsemen REALLY are, you will see just how little understanding we have about Bible Prophecy and what Christ was talking about when He named the periods of tribulation.
Now let’s take a look at these horses and riders who can be shown to be specific individuals that can be named because of the detailed descriptions that our Lord gave us. They are all members of the antichrist religion of Islam, with the first rider actually being the false profit that leads a large part of the world astray and the last rider being the actual Man of Sin and Satan in the Flesh. They also can be shown to be specific individuals because each is given (allowed) a specific power with the last rider having the combined powers of the previous three.
THE 4 HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE
THE WHITE HORSE
Revelation 6:1-2 (KJV)
And 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. 2 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.
Chapter 6 opens with Christ (the Lamb and Lion of Judah in Revelation 5) opening the first of seven seals in the book. One of the four beasts bids John to come and see. He sees a rider on a white horse that has a bow and then receives a crown, and he goes about doing much conquering.
In many commentaries they suggest that because the horse is white, the color of purity, and the rider has a crown and goes about conquering, it must be Christ. This is not very likely as Christ is the one opening the seals so it’s extremely doubtful this would be him. The solid proof that this is not Christ can be found among the items he has. First the weapon he carries is a bow which cannot be compared to the weapon Christ uses. Christ carries no weapon but uses the Word of God and the breath of His mouth. This rider has a bow, before he is given a crown which means the crown was obtained through the battles that he fought. It is quite obvious that his battles were successful and quite numerous as he went forth conquering and continues to conquer. In fact, it can be said that the rider of this white horse has never stopped conquering and still goes about conquering even today. As you learned previously, Islam teaches they must fight until every knee has bowed to Allah.
However, it is the crown this rider is given that proves this is not Jesus Christ. It is the crown this rider wears that reveals to us the true identity of this rider. Christ has many crowns, but if you go back to the original Greek you will see that Christ’s crown is a “diadema,” (Rev. 19:12) or what we call a diadem; which according to Strong’s Greek Dictionary is bound about the head; often decorated with costly jewels and more the type of crown a European king might wear.
The crown this rider is wearing is a more elaborate crown. The original Greek word used here is “stephanos, and according to Strong’s original Greek Dictionary, a “stephanos” describes a crown which is twisted or wreathed about the head. Webster’s 1913 Dictionary tells us that “wreathe” means to “revolve” about the head.
When you apply both the twisted and wreathed together you do not get what in the past has been passed off as a headpiece worn by Greek and Roman athletes; the “stephanos” crown better fits the description of what we call a turban, worn by men of the Levant; which is twisted and revolves about the head.
Note: (The Levant is the land mass east of the Mediterranean Sea and includes Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, and some would include parts of Arabia, Turkey and Egypt.)
This rider has a bow, but since it doesn’t mention any arrows many commentaries say he will come into power as a man of peace. This makes no sense because a bow is a sign of war. Would you call him a man of peace if instead he would have been holding an unloaded gun? No!! A bow is a sign of war and that is what this rider is all about. Since Christ rides a white horse, wears a crown and is a victorious conqueror; this rider is similar enough to Christ that he has fooled billions of people. Therefore, if he is not Christ, he must be an imposter and a deceiver. In fact he is the 2nd greatest deceiver of all time! You might even call him the “Great Deceiver.” His crown is the crown a Muslim wears and he fits the description of what Christ warned us about in Mathew 24:26 perfectly. Jesus warned of a false Christ coming out from the desert, which can only be Mohamed, founder of the second largest religion in the world, which is very anti-Christ. It is a religion which teaches that there can be no “peace” until the whole world belongs to Allah. Muslims believe that they are peaceful and that others are the ones who cause war because they will not convert to Islam. For this reason, Islam must and always will always be in a constant state of war (jihad) until the whole world is Allah’s. If you research world history you will find that from the time Islam came on the world stage, the world has known practically nothing but war. From the early 600’s on there have been constant battles where many men died not to mention the suffering and lives lost because people would not convert to Islam. Even today Muslims are killing people in the name of Allah all over the world, but the world just ignores it. Islam is responsible for more deaths than any other group or World War in history. In Revelation chapter 9 our Lord tells us how many lives Islam will be responsible for taking, so we will wait until we get to that chapter to reveal it. How can anyone call it a Religion of peace? Revelation 9 gives us even more outstanding proof that these 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse are indeed what you are reading here.
To close our case on Mohamed being the rider of the white horse we have a very ironic bit of information from the Quran. Quran 33:40 states; “Not is Muhammad (the) father (of) anyone of your men but (he is the) Messenger (of) Allah and Seal (of) the Prophets.“
When the Quran calls Mohamed the Seal of the Prophets, it means that he is the last of the prophets. As we stated earlier, in almost every way Islam is the opposite of Christianity, it is Anti-Christ. In this instance Mohamed is called the “Seal” or last of the Prophets”, but in the Bible he’s the false prophet and “first of the Seals“.
THE RED HORSE
Revelation 6:3-4 (KJV)
And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 4And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
Take notice of the phrase “was given to him” and “was given unto him”. It is used quite often in this portion of scripture. This signifies that it is a power or ability that God is allowing them to have. The rider of the red horse is given power to take peace from the earth. Power was also given that they should kill one another. When you stop and think about it, this is a very strange power to be given, but as you will see this power speaks to internal strife and civil war. This power is what really seals the deal as to who this red horse is. That he was given a “great sword” means this rider will be responsible for the deaths of a great many people. He will continue the conquering that the White Horse began.
There is no mistaking who the rider of the “red horse” is. The phrase “and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another:” points directly to one man, and if you are familiar with the history of Islam this will be obvious to you.
Mohamed, before he died mainly conquered and “converted” the tribes of current day Saudi Arabia along with the current day countries of Oman and Yemen. It was the death of Mohamed that caused the big split in Islam. Mohamed never appointed a successor to lead Islam before he died. One group of Muslim’s (Shiite) believed that Mohamed’s successor should be from the linage of Mohamed and the other group (Sunni) believed that his right hand man and first convert to Islam, Abu-Bakr, should get the position. Because of this dispute the Sunni believe the Shiite’s are not Muslims but infidels and the Shiite’s believe the same about the Sunni. This hatred is so intense that in the Sunni nations the Shiite’s are not even counted as part of the population, so no one really knows how many Shiite’s there actually are. The fierceness of this debate still exists today.
Abu-Bakr established the first ruling body in Islam and appointed himself the first “Caliph” of Islam. Since there were many that opposed him he began eliminating (permanently) Muslims that were opposed to his authority. Hence they were given the power to kill one another. This power is still in effect as Muslims are still killing each other because of it.
After securing his position as leader, power was given to Abu-Bakr to take piece from the earth. Just as this verse tells us, the Muslim conquest now left the confines of Arabia as they made plans and attacked the Byzantine Empire. The “Great Sword” is in reference to all the killing and murder Muslims will be allowed to commit. As you can see Muslims don’t just kill infidels that will not accept Allah, they also kill each other just as our Lord said they would. This is not a religion of peace; it’s a religion of war and death.
THE BLACK HORSE
Revelation 6:5-6 (KJV)
And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, a measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
The third horse of the apocalypse is a black horse and he represents pestilence and famine and food shortages that drive up the cost of food to the point that it costs an entire days wage for the average peasant to buy three measures of barley. This is as much as it cost the well to do person to buy wheat. Pestilence usually follows war, but it also happens during a time of famine, when many people living together have been starved of the nutrition their body needs to fight off disease. The oils and the wines were of the more luxurious items that were stored within the walls of the cities of that day. Wine, besides the obvious use, was also used to purify the drinking water of that time; and the oils had many uses including perfumes and medicines. Quite often when a city was under attack and things were looking grim, the occupants of the city would destroy these valuables rather than let them fall into the hands of the enemy. In this case they were commanded not to hurt the oil and the wine.
These verses describe the siege of Jerusalem by the Muslims in 636-637 A.D. This was carried out under the reign of the rider of the Black Horse. He is our third rider, Umar ibn al-Khattab, even though he remained at home until the last minute. After the Muslims finished their assault on the Byzantine Empire in Syria their ranks were dwindling, so when they came to Jerusalem they didn’t have what it takes to assault the city walls. So instead they laid siege to it and let no people, food or material in or out of the city for more than 6 months. In April of 637 A.D. Sophronius, the Patriarch of Jerusalem surrendered. There was a great shortage of food in the city and this caused the inflation of food prices spoken of in these verses.
Sophronius however, refused to surrender the city to anyone but Umar ibn al-Khattab, the third leader of Islam and rider of the black horse, who was still back in Arabia. The Muslim commander Abu Ubaidah, sent in an imposter to fool Sophronius, but someone in Jerusalem exposed him so Umar ibn al-Khattab the Caliph was forced to travel to Jerusalem in order to work out a peaceful takeover of Jerusalem.
This type of victory was and is a very rare type of victory for Muslims. They conquered Jerusalem without bloodshed or damage. Thus all the oil and wine and good things in the city were not hurt, just as our Lord said it would be when He said “and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.” To this day it is known in the Muslim world as the “Bloodless Victory”, and could quite possibly be the only one they have ever known. After the onset of Islam there would be no peace on earth. As verse 4 states they were given power to “take peace from the earth.” War and famine and death are Islam’s contribution to the world. Our first three riders are the first three leaders of what would become the 7th beast of Revelation 17, and our last horseman, the Pale Horse, will be the leader of the 8th and final beast of the earth.
Just a side note here: This 3rd horse was by far the hardest of the horseman to discover and it took quite a bit of patience, prayer and research before his identity was revealed. However, in retrospect it should not have been so difficult because whenever you have the number four in the Bible it can almost, if not always, be divided into 3 of 1 and 1 of another. In the case of the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse you have the first 3 leaders of Islam and the last. You also have 1 founder and 3 Caliphs. There are 3 horses of color, and one that is the absence of color. (Black)
THE PALE HORSE
Revelation 6:7-8 (KJV)
And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, come and see. 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.
“His name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.” If you were to ask anyone that knows anything about Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi; the appointed leader of ISIS and Caliph of Islam, what first comes to mind when they hear his name or the name of ISIS; they will probably say “death”. Almost every time you hear about this Muslim, he is putting numerous people to death and each time he does, it is in a more gruesome or horrific way than the last.
This Horseman brings us up to date. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Husseini al-Qurashi is the rider of the Pale Horse. In the Bible he is a man of many names. Among the many names the Bible has for him are; the “man of sin“, the “lawless one“, the “son of perdition,” the “King of Babylon,” the “Assyrian” and many more. He is literally “Satan in the flesh” and he matches all of the prophecies in the Bible that describe this evil man. There are so many verses in the Bible that allude to this “man of sin,” that it is hard to believe the church does not see it. We will not cover them all here, but we will cover enough to prove the point. Many refer to the “man of sin,” “lawless one,” “son of Perdition” as a one man anti-Christ; and although he would definitely qualify, it is the religion of Islam that he practices this title should be reserved for. Notice how this verse points out that this “man of sin” has been allowed all the powers of the first three horsemen and then some.
And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth: The White Horse was a conqueror that conquered many, but this guy is ruler over much, much more than Mohamed ever was. Being Caliph of Islam he has power over a religion of 1.8 billion presently.
To kill with sword: This is the power that was given to the Red Horse.
To kill with hunger: This was the power given to the Black Horse.
And with death, and with the beasts of the earth: The power to kill with death speaks of eternal death which is achieved by forcing people to convert to Islam. To kill with the “beasts of the earth” refers to the jihadists that are spread all over the world and killing by his command in every sort of way he instructs them. This “man of sin” truly is a killer and best described as DEATH!
With that being said, the following is a sampling of prophecy that exposes who this head of ISIS and Caliph of Islam really is. Some of these verses were used previously, but it never hurts to refresh the memory!!
Exhibit 1: THE “LITTLE HORN” OF DANIEL 7
Daniel 7:8 (KJV)
I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
A “horn” in Middle East speak is a leader or person in power, such as the leader of a group, army, country or nation. That this leader “came up among them” would suggest a revolt where power or land would be taken from the nations where this “little horn” came up. The “roots” would be the citizens of the country. So the “before whom there were three of the first horns (3 leaders) plucked up by the roots (the people) means that there will be three leaders removed from power by their own citizens; as opposed to an outside source or another country, before this little horn appears on the scene. The three leaders tossed out by the citizens (roots) of their countries before Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi’s entry on to the scene were:
- Hosni Mubarak of Egypt: (Forced out of office February 2nd, 2011)
- Muammar Gaddafi of Libya: (Forced out and killed October 20th, 2011)
- Mohamed Morsi of Egypt: (Rule began June 30th 2012 and forced out July 3rd 2013
Daniel 7:8 tells us when to start looking for this “little horn.” In order to make these events stand out to us, Our Lord has given these events a name. There probably are not many that have not heard it, yet His church is blind to this title because they do not place much importance on Bible prophecy. Thus there is little effort put into uncovering what our Lord has revealed to us. Have you not heard the term “Arab Spring”? This is the name used to describe this series of Muslim uprisings that lead up to the revealing of the “Man of Sin” who is Satan in the flesh.
Next we have verses in Revelation 13 which connect with Daniel 7 and reveal to us the actual dominion of this Satan in the flesh. They give us another set of clues which will validate that this horn of Daniel 7 is the “beast” of Revelation 13; and that he is none other than Abu Bakr al Baghdadi of ISIS.
Exhibit 2: THE BEAST OF REVELATION 13
Revelation 13:11-12 (KJV)
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, who’s deadly wound was healed.
This “beast coming up out of the earth” is really special. Every square inch of this Earth is now claimed by one country or another. (Maybe with the exception of the South Pole, as the North Pole is all ice) To have a nation rise up out of the earth is a very rare thing, especially if you take into consideration the fact that the countries of Syria and Iraq still existed even though they controlled much less territory with ISIS setting up shop in between them. Yet this is exactly what we see with ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. There were now three countries where there once were two. ISIL or ISIS came up out of them. This verse aligns with Daniel 7:8 exactly. It states that as he considered the 10 horns a little horn “came up” among them. “He had two horns like a lamb” means that the territory he came up from was the land that was formerly held by two leaders or horns as we previously described. Since these horns are “like a lamb” it means that the earth this beast will come up out of will be taken away from two weak leaders. The two horns that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and ISIS rose up from are:
- Bashar al Assad of Syria (Assad was in civil war and weak as in a “horn of a lamb”
- Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq (Maliki was leader of a split government at odds with itself)
The “first beast before him” is speaking to the Ottoman Empire. This Empire was Islamic and thus ruled by Sharia law as given by its founder Mohamed. This beast survived until 1924 when Turkey abolished the position of Caliph, the highest position of power in Islam. This was the “wound to the head (leader position) of the beast” that verse 12 mentions. Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi, who still holds that title of Caliph or “head” of Islam has healed that deadly wound to the beast. He forced everyone in his dominion to live by a very rigid form of Sharia law as given by Mohamed. He has made it known to the world that he is practicing Islam exactly as Mohamed practiced it. In this way he is making an exact copy or “image” of the first beast that was before him. This is what it means that he exercised all the power of the first beast.
Exhibit 3: REMOVAL OF THE JIZYA TAX
Revelation 13:15 (KJV)
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.
As we explained earlier Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is now Caliph of Islam. We also explained to you that the translation of the Arabic word Caliph or Khalifa is “replacement or substitute for.” So to a Muslim, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is Allah’s (Satan’s) replacement or substitute on earth. Every Muslim must pledge allegiance to him and do exactly as he says, so he has the power to bring back the “image of the beast” which means he will do everything just as Mohamed and the Quran teach.
However, there is one practice this Caliph is doing differently that distinguishes Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from the other Caliph’s and further proves that he is the “Man of Sin.” The practice that sets him apart is the “jizya tax” which this verse speaks of. In the past, the people of the lands that Muslims conquered were forced to become a Muslim or die, unless another Muslim wanted them as a slave. However, Christians and Jews were allowed to live, (Revelation 9:4) but they had to pay a heavy tax, called a “jizya tax” to their Muslim conquerors. This allowed them to live, but essentially left them with a life of slavery. This has been the Muslim practice ever since the early Caliphs.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has changed this practice. He has taken away this jizya tax. He has forced “ALL” people, including Christians and Jews to convert to Islam or die. No longer do they have the option of paying a tax and being allowed to live and worship the God of the Christians and Jews. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has forced all people including Christians, Jews, and Muslims to pledge allegiance to him under the penalty of death just as this verse tells us.
To verify this, there have been multiple reports of ISIS fighters escaping ISIS and al-Baghdadi because they could not stomach all the killing and because they thought it wrong for him to be killing other Muslims. It is not difficult to see how non-Muslims must have suffered under the rule of previous Muslim rulers. Here again we have another example of how precisely our Lord has warned us of the “things to come.”
Exhibit 4: ASSYRIAN & THE KING OF BABYLON
The only two names given to the “Man of Sin” that some call “Anti-Christ” in the Bible that are geographical in nature are “The Assyrian” and the “King of Babylon”. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was born in Sammara, Iraq. Iraq is the old Babylonian Empire and Sammara is located in the small geographical area of the original ancient Assyrian Empire as it existed between 1600 and 1800 B.C. So Abu-Bakr not only was born in the common area of the old Assyrian and Babylonian empires, but it is also the same area he rules. As a side note and just for your information, Abu-Bakr is a Sunni Moslem, but it is the Shiite Muslims that believe the 12th Imam or last leader of Islam will come out of the city of Sammara, Iraq. This is Islamic prophecy that is actually correct even though you will have a very difficult time finding a Muslim that will agree with this. The map included shows the location of al-Baghdadi’s birth as well as area of the Assyrian Empire.
Exhibit 5: THE BIBLE CALLS HIM BY NAME!
Revelation 9:11 (KJV)
And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
The name given to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by those in the Middle East and Muslims all over the world is “Da’esh” or “the destroyer;” Which is the same as:
- Abaddon of Hebrew origin (‘abaddown)]; a destroying Angel: – Abaddon
- Apollyon (Greek) active participle of (apollumi); a destroyer (i.e. Satan): – Apollyon.
- “Da’esh” Arabic meaning to trample down or crush. (i.e. to destroy)
There are many more Biblical descriptions he fits but we will continue from here. Notice also that the pale horse is given the power of all the horses before him. He is given the power to kill with the sword, with hunger, with death and with all the beasts of the earth. We have already witnessed him using each one of these powers. The number of atrocious acts he has committed are way too numerous to list here. He has been and is committing genocide; and the mass graves are now only starting to be uncovered. There can be no doubt that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is living up to or should I say “down to” his reputation. This is one bad evil man, Satan in the flesh, the “destroyer”.
Exhibit 6: THE EXTENT OF HIS RULE
There is one more power he is given that the other ones did not have. He is given power over “a fourth part of the earth“. Many commentaries have interpreted this as saying he will kill a quarter of the people on earth, but that is not what this means. As we said earlier “to be given power” is evil that God is allowing. What this is saying is that he will be allowed to rule over one quarter of the earth. If you go to the internet right now and type in “What percentage of the Earth’s population is Muslim”; the range of answers you will receive are 23%, 24%, 25% and “one out of every four people on earth is Muslim.” The 23% figure is from a 2009 census. It is almost for certain our Lord was speaking to Muslims as a whole because Muslims consider themselves to all be part of one community or “Umah”. This is a very clear sign that Christ will return VERY soon. God is only allowing him power over one fourth of the earth and according to this verse he will not be allowed exceed it. If one takes into consideration the current rate that Muslims are multiplying and the current rate they are killing everyone else, (and that’s not taking into account those that convert to Islam) it will not be very long before the percentage of Muslims goes up again. (The average Muslim family is larger than that of other groups. Remember, Osama Bin Laden had 54 siblings.)
Exhibit 7: KILL WITH THE BEASTS OF THE EARTH
There is one more part of this verse that must be commented on. He is given power to kill with the beasts of the earth. “Beasts of the earth” are not wild animals as some believe. A “beast’ is the Bible when used figuratively is a man without the love of God in his heart. This can refer to an entire kingdom of men, group of men, or only one man as it does in this example. Wild animals only kill for food, and as we have seen in the previous verses, these beasts kill for their god, Allah. Remember, John 16:2 says “yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.“
The “beasts of the earth” are the “lone wolves” (interesting that we have given them that name isn’t it?) and terrorist groups that kill because their hearts are full of hate and they have literally sold their souls to the devil. Revelation 13:4 And they worshiped the dragon (Satan) which gave power unto the beast: and they worshiped the beast, saying, who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
These “beasts of the earth” are given the power to kill also. This should be very obvious to everyone alive today. We have seen Abu Akbar command Muslims in other countries to kill people in law enforcement, the military and Jews and Christians.
Exhibit 8: BY PEACE SHALL DESTROY MANY
Daniel 8:25 (KJV)
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.
This verse is speaking of this 4th rider. He uses craft (deception) to succeed and “by peace shall destroy many“. We have been told time, and time and time again that Muslims are peaceful and that “Islam” means “peace.” This is total deception because “Islam” does not mean peace; it means “submit.” This verse is spot on when it says by peace (he) shall destroy many. As explained earlier it is the Muslim quest for “peace” that causes them to make war and terrorize and murder people. They believe it is all those that will not submit to Allah that cause war. In other words, if you will not submit to Allah it means you want war, and do not want peace. If you wanted peace, you would submit to Allah. At least 109 times the Quran commands Muslims to conduct violence against and kill those who do not submit to Allah and the prophet. Once again one can see just how totally opposite Islam is to Christianity. When a person (even a Muslim) accepts Christ as his savior he receives the love of Christ in his heart and true peace that no one can take away from him. A Muslim on the other hand is brought up with hatred in his heart and is doomed to a life of hate, murder and war.
There are yet 2 more important prophecies in this verse:
Exhibit 9: HE SHALL STAND UP AGAINST THE PRINCE OF PRINCES
He will go up against the “Prince of princes” which is the Lord Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, who Islam denies the existence of. When you behead, crucify, kill and make war with the disciples of Jesus Christ, the Bible teaches it is the same as making war with Him. This is exactly what Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has done by killing all Christians that would not convert to Islam. This is neither an advisable nor is it an intelligent thing to do, but what else would you expect from those that worship and have sold their souls to the devil, who incidentally was the very first one that believed himself to be “Alihu Akbar.” (Greater than God)
Exhibit 10: HE SHALL BE BROKEN WITHOUT HAND
This means that he will not be killed by the military force of any country. He will be defeated by the Word of God, Jesus Christ, with the breath of His mouth. This may seem like weak evidence to you, because this is still a future event; but haven’t you thought it odd that someone that has been killing and committing terrorist acts in so many different countries has yet to bring down the total wrath of the world upon himself and his deceived followers? The physical fighting force he commands in Syria and Iraq are not enough to stand up to any one of the European countries and probably no match for many third world countries, so why is he still there? The answer is that he is reserved for The King of Kings and Lord of Lord’s Jesus Christ.
Just to offer a little more proof on this matter; in November of 2014 it was reported that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in an American air strike on the town of al-Qaim on the Syrian border. He was not seen for months and presumed dead. Then on May 28th 2017 the Russians reported with almost 100% surety that they had killed him in an air strike. Unfortunately, once again he has resurfaced in a voice recording talking about current day events. Even while his territory was being taken away from him and his army being disposed of, he somehow managed to escape and nobody knows where he is. However, like all people of the Earth that do not know Christ as Savior and Lord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will not be able to escape the wrath of God.
There are even more reasons why Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the “man of sin” or as many call the Anti-Christ that many people are expecting, but do not see. They do not see because they are looking for someone that fits the descriptions given by men, and not the descriptions given in the Word of God. You will see even more proof of his identity in the coming chapters.
SUMMARY OF THESE 4 HORSEMEN
In these first eight verses of Revelation 6 we have 4 riders. As was mentioned earlier, the number 4 in the Scripture can be broken down into 3 and 1. There are 4 gospel accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry. Each of these emphasizes a unique aspect of his sacrifice and ministry. Matthew’s focus is on Christ being the son of David and a King. Mark highlights the suffering servant aspect of his ministry. Luke showcases him as the Perfect Man, but John proclaims Jesus is the One and Only begotten Son of God.
A similarity can be seen in these 4 horsemen. The first 3 horseman all reigned one right after the other and each were given specific powers. Then we skip a long period of time to the last one who has the combined powers of the first three, and is Satan in the flesh. This is much the same as the kingdoms in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. The first three kingdoms were evil and followed one right after the other. Then a long interval of time goes by until the fourth kingdom appears which is far more evil than the first three put together.
It can be shown that these 4 horsemen are Anti-Christ by comparing the aspects of each one of these riders with Christ.
Rider 1: White, the color of purity: Mohamed believed by Muslims to be the perfect man….. but Christ is the Son of God, perfect in all His ways.
Rider 2: Red the color of war: Abu Bakr was given power to take peace from the earth. …… Christ brings peace to earth and goodwill towards men.
Rider 3: Black the color of famine: Umar ibn al-Khattab brought famine of food and the Word of God. …. Christ is the bread of life, the living water and the Word of God.
Rider 4: Pale is the color of death: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is death, with hell accompanying him and all those that would follow in his way and believe his lies. …….. Christ is the way, the truth and the life.
We have now seen the first four seals opened and as you can see they cover a timeline of almost 1,400 years. These 4 horsemen have and continue to spew havoc all over the earth. They were and are a warning to everyone that dwells on the earth and they testify as to how cruel and evil man is when he is left to his own devices and has not the love of God in his heart. I would like to leave you with a brief synopsis of some of the lessons we could take from these 4 horsemen that Jesus told us were coming almost 2,000 years ago. As we stated earlier the Bible, which is the Word of God that we are to live by is very deep, and although these 4 Horsemen were evil men, there is good that can come out of them if we are willing to learn from them.
The 7 Feasts of the Lord found in Leviticus 23 spell out the plan of salvation for all mankind. By contrast, the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse spell out the path of destruction and death. (This is why God calls them destroyers)
Rider 1: The White Horse: Mohamed the rider of the white horse was “given” a crown. He did nothing to deserve a crown. Mohamed created his own religion; he did it by robbing and stealing from caravans and by raping and murdering their occupants. He promised to share and split all booty with those men that aided him in his crimes. When men of other tribes saw all the riches Mohamed and his followers were gathering, they were quick to join in and adopt his new religion. This is how Mohamed’s Islam grew so fast and this is still what it practices today. He took a crown he did not deserve and made himself a king, and a god. He made his own laws as it benefited and seemed right to him. This brought forth the 2nd horse of the apocalypse.
Rider 2: The Red Horse: Abu-Bakr, the rider of the red horse, was given the power to take peace from the earth. Thus he is the rider of division, lies, anger, violence, hate, murder, war and bloodshed. This is truly what Abu-Bakr and Islam have brought to the earth.
Rider 3: The Black Horse: Umar ibn al-Khattab the rider of the black horse, did not have the military strength to defeat the walls of Jerusalem, so they laid siege to the city and starved the occupants of the city. He brought hunger, famine, disease and death upon others to get the riches and power he wanted.
Rider 4: The Pale Horse: Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi the rider of the pale horse is actually the final product of the previous three. He is Death & Destruction. Only those that take a pledge to him are worthy to live. He is a god unto himself, determining who should be allowed to live and how they should live that life he has allowed. Everything and everyone that is contrary to him and does not live their life the way he desires is either killed or destroyed.
Death and destruction; this is what Satan and Islam have brought to the world. Man without God is nothing but a beast. He becomes so great in his own mind that everything must yield to him. Only he is right, and anything that differs must cease to exist. He does not realize that if the Love of God does not rule your heart, the lies of Satan will.
The White Horse tells us of the DOMINION of this antichrist Islam.
The Red Horse speaks to the DESTRUCTION of Islam.
The Black Horse reveals the DEPRIVATION Islam brings.
The Pale Horse warns of the DEATH this evil religion brings, which is the DESTINATION of all who look to it for their salvation.
John 8:44 (KJV)
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
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.
This is what man without God can look forward to. Not only are these things happening in the Middle East right now, they are happening all over the world, yet Christendom has practically no clue of any of this. Christendom does not understand the Parable (Prophecy) of the Ten Virgins was about the Christian of today. Matthew 25:5 says “While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.” Christendom is in a deep sleep; when it awakens it will not be ready, nor will it know what is happening until it is too late.
THE FIFTH & SIXTH SEALS OPENED
This is being included in this chapter because it ties in with the Four Horsemen and it contains a very important piece of information regarding the time of the coming of our Lord. This is not easy to understand and very easy to overlook.
This Fifth seal is opened after the time of the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” were prepared for is over. This date is revealed by the hour, day, month and year prophecy found in Revelation 9:15 which totals 1395 years and 15 days. This is the period of time they were prepared “for to slay the third part of men.” The “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” are the very same “four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.” They were bound during the warning period of the first 5 warning trumpets which sounded during the space of time from the writing of Revelation to the emergence of Mohamed and Islam. When man did not heed our Lord’s warnings to repent and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ, these Horsemen were released as a plague on the world as stated in Revelation 9:20. As a result of this plague called Islam, a third part of all men would be killed by it. This period correlates to the Islamic “Hijra,” which had its beginnings on the day that Mohamed escaped from those in Mecca that wanted to kill him and his followers. It was on September 20th, 622 A.D. when he came to Quba in Arabia and purchased the land to build the first Islamic Mosque. The 1395 year and 15 day period these horsemen were prepared for ended on October 5, 2017 when Abu Bakr al Baghdadi of ISIS was forced to flee his dominion which was under attack. This day falls exactly on our Lords “Feast of Tabernacles.” In other words, this prophecy begins on the first day of Modern Islam and the first Islamic Mosque (Tabernacle) and ends on a Feast of the Lord, the Feast of Tabernacles. (This is illustrated in chapter 8 on Rev. 9) This leaves but one more prophetic time period to be fulfilled before our Lord returns during the Fall Feast Season that God’s chosen people have been rehearsing for 3500 years.
Revelation 6:9-11 (KJV)
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
–And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:– The Fourth Seal was the “Pale Horse” which represented the reincarnated King of Babylon and the Babylonian Empire cast out of the bottomless pit. The Fifth Seal is opened shortly after the reincarnated King of Babylon (ISIS) no longer has power over and is no longer crucifying Christians. We know this because the Bible states that John “saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and the testimony which they held.” Because this verse does not say “all them that had been slain for the Word of God,” these souls would be the ones that were recently slain by the Pale Horse and not the Muslim Horsemen of centuries past that were responsible for the deaths of millions.
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? Those who were martyred are now asking our Lord how long it will be before He judges and carries out justice on those of the earth that killed them. This was not because they were looking for vengeance on those that shed their blood, but because they were anxious and knew the time of their redemption was near. Our Lord’s response is important because it gives us a very important clue as to the time of his return. As will be shown later in this book, our Lords judgment on those that dwell on the earth will be carried out during the Fall Feasts of the Lord which begin on Tishri 1 on the Hebrew calendar, which is actually “God’s Calendar. When combined with a few other verses which speak of the same period of time, we are given important information that should not be ignored by any that are watching for our Lords return.
–And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season.– Those that were killed for their testimony are given white robes and told they should rest for a “little season.” The 64 million dollar question is “How long is a “little season.” This is a difficult thing to know, so lets take a look at two other verses that speak of this same period of time. One comes from Daniel 7 and the other from Revelation 17.
Daniel 7:25-26 (KJV)
And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. 26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
This scripture tells us the “Man of Sin,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of ISIS will have power over the saints of the most High for a time, (1 year) times, (2 years) and the dividing of time. In today’s terminology this could be stated as 3+ years, meaning more than 3 years but less than 4. This is quite accurate as Abu Bakr was exercising his power over people before March of 2014 and was forced into exile from his domain sometime in October of 2017. The exact date of his departure has not been documented as there were no reporters in the area to report when he secretly exited his domain. This date is only to be found in the Word of God.
“To consume and to destroy it unto the end” is the same period of time covered by the “little season” of verse 11. The problem is that this also shows this to be a time of indefinite length; so while this verse confirms Rev. 6:11, it does not help in determining how long a period of time this “little season” is.
Also notice that it says the saints of the most High shall be “given” into his hand. This is exactly what happened as Muslims who had been living close to and friends with Christians for many years now reported them to the Muslim overlords. They were then executed in horrible ways with many of the Christians being crucified as Christ was. This was Abu Bakr’s way or mocking Christ.
Revelation 11:7-12 (KJV)
7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
Revelation 11 is the story of what will happen to God’s two witnesses. As you will be shown later, these two witnesses are actually all those of the House of Judah and the House of Israel that love the Lord their God with all their heart and love their neighbor as themselves. However, these verses are only speaking of the bodies that are crucified by Muslims under the authority of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the Caliph of Islam. The bodies of these crucified witnesses will be left in the street for a period of precisely 3½ days, which in Bible prophecy time is 3½ years. That is not saying that each body will be left in the street for 3½ years, but that the practice of leaving their dead bodies lie in the streets will be executed for 3½ years. This 3½ day (year) period is followed by a second 3+ year period as stated in verse 11 and backed up by Daniel 7:26. “And after three days and a half;” as in sometime after the 3½ days (years) the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. This of course is referring to the rapture of His saints, and once again there is no hint as to exactly how long “after” these crucifixions stop that the rapture will happen. It is after the crucifixions stop that the 5th Seal is opened and the “little season” begins. (This is explained in further depth in the chapter on Rev. 11)
Revelation 17:11 (KJV)
And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
According to Strong’s Greek Dictionary, “perdition” means to destroy, but not with a complete destruction. Once again this verse confirms that ISIS will be destroyed, but not with a total destruction at the time of our Lords return. Abu Bakr has fled his domain which was the very same territory of Ancient Babylon, but he is still the Caliph of Islam and is still commanding troops and is still planning the killing of innocent people. This is the point in time we are at right now. The “little season” is the last period of time mentioned pertaining to the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. However, we are still no closer to finding out the length of time that is meant by the “little season” in Revelation 6:11.
The word “season” is used in many different ways throughout the Bible. It can mean different things depending upon what other words are used with it. For example, when used with the word “due” as in “due season,” it is actually referring to an “appointed time.” Or a season can be referring to a designated time of year or even just time in general.
However, in this case we are speaking about a period of time which is probably not very long as it uses the word “little” to describe it’s duration.. This is a strange way to describe a period of time as we would probably describe a length of time as being either “short” or “long.” Also it should be mentioned here that according to the Jamieson, Fausset, Brown Bible Commentary, the word “little” did not appear in oldest manuscript they were using.
When searching the scriptures we are told that a “long” season could be defined as 40 years as this was the amount of time the Israelites roamed the dessert before going into the Promised Land. But we also have a verse in Luke which would define a “long” season as at being at most 3 years. Here are the two examples being considered.
Joshua 24:7 (KJV)
.And when they cried unto the LORD, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt: and ye dwelt in the wilderness a long season.
Luke 23:8 (KJV)
And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.
As you can see a “long” season can be said to have a very broad interpretation when it comes to time. So with that being said, is there no way that anyone can ever hope to be find a solution to the “little season” described in this verse? As it just so happens there is a way to solve this dilemma and feel quite comfortable with the answer it conveys to us.
In this chapter we revealed that anti-Christ is literally anyone who denies that Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of God. This means Islam, the second largest religion in the world, qualifies as antichrist since it teaches that God has no son. However, Islam’s qualifications as end time’s antichrist does not stop there. Islam is truly anti-Christ in ways that are almost innumerable.
The term “anti” according to Webster 1913 Unabridged Dictionary means against, opposite or opposed to, contrary, or in place of. When you compare Islam and the Quran to Christianity and the Bible, the word “anti” is an understatement. However, just because it means opposite does not mean that there are not similarities; but it does mean that almost all of these similarities are going to be opposite. For just about everything in Christianity there is a likeness or mirror image in Islam. The term “mirror image” is used because when you look in the mirror right becomes left and left becomes right. In other words, even though there is a likeness, they are different or opposite.
Christianity uses the Bible as the Word of God, Islam uses the Quran as its Bible. The Christian Bible teaches us to love and pray for our enemies while the Quran teaches the enemy that will not bow to Islam is to become a slave or be killed. The Bible teaches God in not a respecter of persons, while the Quran teaches that the Muslim is superior to the non-Muslim infidel. Christianity has a day of rest which is Saturday or Sunday depending on what denomination, while Islam honors Friday. You can go on and on with this because there are so very many things you can find that clearly demonstrate this. So how does this help to determine what a “little season” is?
Knowing Christ along with specific details about antichrist provides us with a way to understand some of the more elusive things in the Bible. Among these things are the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” as just revealed previously. You were shown how each one of these “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” are similar yet the opposite of Christ. So if we know the Word of God, which is Jesus Christ, there are similarities we can find that will help us understand what this “season” is. So let’s go a little deeper into defining the similarities and differences between Christ and this antichrist called Islam; especially when it concerns time on earth regarding Christ and the “Man of Sin;” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Christ came to Earth over 2000 years ago. The angels that alerted the shepherds proclaimed “Peace on Earth, good will toward men.” His 3½ year ministry on earth began with His anointing (Baptism) by John and His physical presence ended when He ascended up into the heavens on a cloud. Even though His physical presence on earth ended after the 3½ years, the 70 week prophecy of Daniel chapter 9 which reveals the time when the Messiah will appear, does not speak only of a 3½ year ministry. It speaks of a last “week” which is a 7 year period of time, with each day being equal to one year. Here’s the scripture to refresh your memory:
Daniel 9:24-27 (KJV)
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.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. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
It is this “one week” we are particularly interested in because current day prophecy interpretation claims this week is about the antichrist (man of sin) when it actually is about Christ. Because there is so much confusion regarding this 70 week prophecy, it is quite conceivable that both Christ and antichrist will experience a seven year period. In fact, this is confirmed by the two 3½+ year periods that are revealed in Revelation 11 that you were just shown. Just as Christ rides a white horse, wears a crown, and is a conqueror, so does the false prophet (antichrist) that we revealed to you as the white horse. Since we are dealing with Christ and antichrist, we know that even though the period of time may be similar, the events and actions of each will be quite the opposite.
Every Christian should know that after Christ returns He will set up His kingdom and reign for a thousand years. This period of time is called the Millennium Reign of Jesus Christ. During this time He will reign with a rod of iron. It will be a time of peace when the Earth is at rest and Israel will have the status she once enjoyed restored. Israel will no longer be a reproach among the nations.
When we take a look at the reign of antichrist, which these “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” are; we can find similarities along with characteristics that are opposite. The graphic on the following page shows the time of the reign of the Islamic antichrist. Notice that there is a reign of a thousand plus years which could be stated as the “Millennial Reign of Islam.” This is followed by a seven year period as revealed in Revelation 11 by the 2 separate but consecutive 3½ day (year) prophecies.
Next, take a look at the Christ / Antichrist Reign Comparison chart. Notice how they both will have a millennial reign and they both have a seven year period which is separated from the millennial reign of each. The difference is that the 7 year period for Christ came before His millennial reign and the 7 year period for antichrist came after Islams millennial reign. The 7 year period of Christ comes first and is separated from His millennial reign by almost 2000 years. The 7 year period of antichrist follows its millennial reign and is separated by only a period of 100 years.
The Christ / Antichrist Reign Comparison shows that the last week (7 Years) of the 70 week covenant of Daniel 9 was regarding Jesus Christ, and should not be regarded as the last week (7 years) before Christ returns. Yes, there is a seven year tribulation period during which time the antichrist will be killing the saints, but it will not be the worst that has ever been, neither will it be anything like what has been taught in the past and even in current day churches. There is a 7 year period of tribulation before Christ returns, but not because it’s the 70th week of the Daniel 9 prophecy, it’s because it is another example of how the antichrist mimics what Christ does.
The final witness to the existence of a 7 year period before Christ returns can be found in the examples of previous eras. Seven is the number of completeness. Before God declared judgment on mankind and destroyed life on earth in the days of Noah, there was a final “7 day” warning before the rains began to fall. (Genesis 7:4) This is speaking of a literal 7 days because it is not given in a prophetic sense, but rather in retrospect. If prophetic a day would be equal to a year. In Daniels 70 weeks the covenant consisted of 7 weeks, (49 years) 62 weeks, (434 weeks) and 1 week. (7 years) Again ending with a 7 day / year period. For there to be a 7 year period before the New Covenant ends and the earth is judged is quite consistent with what our Lord has done in the past.
The number 5 in the Bible is the number of “God’s Grace,” and this is true of the first five seals just as it is true of the first 5 soundings of the trumpet in Revelation 8 and 9. The first 5 seals were opened under a period of God’s grace. They began with the first Seal being opened which introduced the false prophet and founder of Islam, Mohamed; and ended with the opening of the fifth seal which marked the end of the period of time the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” were prepared for. It is after this period of time that John “saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.” It is but a “little season” after this that the Rapture of His saints occurs, and yes this would be at the end of the 7 year period of the “Man of Sin.” When you possess a significant understanding of the “Feasts of the Lord” and the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ it should be quite clear that the Rapture of His saints is at the end of the 7 year reign of the “Man of Sin,” “King of Babylon,” and “Caliph of Islam,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of ISIS.
The Sixth Seal Opened
Revelation 6:12 (KJV)
And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
To this point in time this commentary could be backed up and confirmed by events that have already happened. From this point on it gets a little more difficult because we are dealing with events that have not occurred as of yet. The remaining verses in this chapter deal with the future, the Rapture of His saints and “The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord.” This can be said for certainty because they read very much like other scriptures describing the “Sign of the Son of Man” and the Rapture of His saints. These same events can be found in Matthew 24 and Revelation 11. Both of these chapters are covered in depth later in the book so we will just touch on them now.
“And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake.” The sixth seal is opened by a great earthquake. This earthquake could be figurative or it could be literal or it could be both. In this verse it is probably both. The reason for this is the things described in this verse and the ones that follow are all descriptions of what will happen on the day of the Rapture of His Saints. In other words the Sixth Seal is opened on the “Feast of Trumpets.” The “great earthquake” is caused by the trembling population of the earth when the “Sign of the Son of Man” appears in the eastern sky. The detail regarding the “Sign of the Son of Man” will be revealed later, and the importance of your reading and understanding it cannot be stressed enough. For now we will just abbreviate by telling you it is the turning of night into day, which is what our Lord does in both a figurative and literal way. The Rapture will take place in the dark of the night while many are sleeping. The “Sign of the Son of Man” is exactly what happens during an ordinary morning sunrise, except in this case it will happen during the midnight hour. When it becomes brighter than noon day bright in the middle of the night, it will be extremely frightening to all those that have been left behind. This will include Christians that had no idea as to when the master of the House would return. In fact, Christians have been so misinformed they have no idea what our Lord commanded them to do when the event occurs, and because of this they will be left behind. (This will be explained in the commentary regarding the Parable of the Ten Virgins.)
“And the sun became black as sackcloth of hair:” This also has both literal and figurative translations which are both quite accurate. In the literal sense the sun will be on the day side of the earth along with the moon because it will occur on the night of the “new moon.” This means the sun will be dark and the light on the night side of the earth will be the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ whose brightness will be brighter than the sun. In the figurative sense this relates to the concept of good and evil. Evil is darkness and good is light. When His saints are allowed to spread the Gospel there is light, when they are forbidden to for any reason there is darkness. In this case His saints have been raptured at first light, (Luke 21:28) leaving only the evil servants that did not know there master well enough to know when He was returning (Matthew 24:48-51) and the evil ones who did not know Him at all. Since all the light is gone, the earth is left in total darkness even though the light shining in the sky is brighter than the son.
“And the moon became as blood:” The moon refers to all whose names are not written in the book of life. Early pagans worshiped the moon as one god or another which is a big no-no to our God who is a jealous God. “The moon became as blood” because this is the time of judgement; this is the time that the wrath of God will be unleashed on all unbelievers and on all those that did not know him well enough. The “blood” that will be shed will be theirs.
Revelation 6:13 (KJV)
And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
This verse has two possible interpretations, both of which are figurative. It is obvious that the “stars of heaven” cannot fall to the earth, but it can seem as though they are, and this is not referring to meteors. As we just mentioned, there will be a sunrise during the midnight hour. When the light starts becoming brighter in the evening sky the stars of the heavens begin to disappear because of the brighter light, thus the stars could be said to be falling from heaven.
However, because of what is said in the following verse, this most likely refers to the Rapture itself. At the instant the Rapture occurs the physical body of the saints will die and fall to earth. The spiritual body will be given and they will be transported up to an altitude of 30 to 40 thousand feet where they will float as eagles in the air until they are gathered by His angels and taken to the uttermost parts of the heavens. This also is explained in the same portion of scripture that reveals the “Sign of the Son of Man” which will be explained later.
Revelation 6:14 (KJV)
And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
“And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together:” This is a description of what the Rapture process will look like as it is viewed from the heavens. The earth will be rotating in one direction as the left hand side of the scroll being rolled inward, and the angels coming in the opposite rotation and retrieving the saints and carrying them away will be the right hand side of the scroll being rolled inwardly. (A diagram of this is provided in the chapter on Matthew 24 in the section entitled the “Sign of the Son of Man.”)
“And every mountain and island were moved out of their places.” Once again this could have both a literal and a figurative translation and both would be true. The “mountains” in scripture refer to “kingdoms or empires” and islands would refer to smaller nations. Because of the wording of the next verse, being moved out of their places would mean there is a new chain of command coming and your position has been eliminated because the King of Kings will be taking over the reigns. It could also mean the literal mountains are being moved because of the literal shaking of the earth.
Revelation 6:15-17 (KJV)
And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
If you had any doubts about this being judgment day, this should clear it up for you. The Rapture of His saints will take 24 hours to complete because it will occur at the rotational speed of the earth as defined by the “Sign of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:27-31) The following day is the “Day of the Lord,” which is described in these verses. This is why Paul tells us the “Day of the Lord” will come “as a thief in the night,” because the only ones that are left behind are those who had no idea when our Lord would be returning. Paul is speaking about the “Day of the Lord” and not the Rapture of His saints. If you know nothing about the “Feasts of the Lord” you will not correctly interpret prophecy in the Word of God. These verses describe one of the “Feasts of the Lord” and they are very, very important!
The Sign of the Son of Man &
The Appointed Time of Christ’s Return
Book Introduction (Read for more info contained in the book)
- The REAL 4th Kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream (Daniel 2)
- The REAL King of Babylon (Isaiah 14)
- The REAL Key to Deciphering Time Prophecy
- The REAL Secret Prophecy of Daniel 4
- The REAL Beast of Revelation 13
- The REAL Beast that was and is not; And the Great Whore (Revelation 17)
- The REAL 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Revelation 6)
- The REAL First 4 Trumpets of Revelation 8
- The REAL 4 Angels of Revelation 9 And the Plague of Islam
- The REAL Woman, Dragon and Flood of Revelation 12
- The REAL 2 Witnesses of Revelation 11
- The REAL 70 Weeks of Daniel 9
- The FEASTS OF THE LORD; The Appointed Time of Christ’s Return
- The REAL Sign of the Son of Man; and Signs of the End (Matthew 24)
- The REAL Parable of the 10 Virgins (Matthew 25)
- The Fall Feast Days as Revealed in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 6,7,8,11)
- The REAL Warning to the Church of Laodicea; the Church of Today (Revelation 3)
- Closing Thoughts & the REAL Day of the Resurrection of Our Lord