Summary: Today's End Time Doctrine deals with the the first four seal judgments of God, or what is called The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
End Times Doctrines
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
** Watch at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE9kXRiPR7w&t=16s
“Riders on the Storm”
Whenever I think of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the song, “Rider on the Storm” from the Doors always pops up in my head, because the storm that these four will bring will decimate a quarter of the world’s population.
And we see this scenario coming to a head sometime soon, as we look at what’s being written, and listen to what’s being said, about all the viruses that have occurred and the coronavirus that presently is, along with all the violence that is happing in our streets and around the world, and the economic devastation that is happening as a result of this, people are scared, and everyone sort of has the sense of impending doom. It’s like the world knows that a killer storm is on its way, and fear is beginning to set in as they can sense the destruction that it will bring.
The Apostle John records for us this killer storm in the Book of Revelation in the first eight verses of chapter six.
And it begins with Jesus opening up the first seal and out comes the first rider, The Antichrist (with picture)
“Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, ‘Come and see.’ And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.” (Revelation 6:1-2)
Now we looked at the coming Antichrist earlier in our End Times Doctrinal series, and you can find it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gbDtgHjWN8
Now, as I mentioned in that teaching, there are those who confuse this rider on the white horse with Jesus, which shouldn’t surprise us, because of what the Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 about Satan and those he sends.
“For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15)
But there exist pronounced differences between the two, that is, between this white rider and Jesus Christ. Let me just quickly point these out.
• Jesus is the one who breaks the seal negating Him being the rider. Further, Jesus comes at the end of the book or Revelation, not at the beginning.
• Following this white rider is war, famine, and death, whereas those that follow Jesus are the host of heaven, the church.
• The white rider is given a victory crown, which in the Greek is the word, “stephanos,” whereas Jesus comes with many kingly or royal crowns, which in the Greek is the word, “diadems.”
• The white rider carries a bow, whereas Jesus’s weapon is His word. Further, the bow contains no arrows, which means that it will be a bloodless victory, that is, He comes bringing peace, through the threat of violence, which will be both political and religious to a part of the world that has known little if any peace, and that is the mid-east, and more specifically, Israel.
And this white rider is going to come looking like Christ, but is anything but, which is why He is called “The Antichrist.” In other words, He will come assuming the guise or the appearance of Christ, but opposes all that Jesus Christ and the Bible stands for. He will bring his own anti-Christ standards while doing away with biblical standards, or we could say the doctrine of demons.
And it shouldn’t be missed that the horse and rider are white, which is interesting because besides mimicking Christ’s return, white is the color of surrender, and the world will surrender itself to him.
And why would the world accept him and his peace accord, it’s because the world at this time will accept anyone or anything that will bring peace to this war torn and violent world. But the peace that the Antichrist brings will not last, just describes any peace that is brought about though threats of violence.
Therefore, at the heels of the Antichrist comes the second rider, War (with picture).
“When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, ‘Come and see.’ Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.” (Revelation 6:3-4)
When Jesus opens the second seal, out rides War riding upon a fiery red horse, which so happens to be the color of blood. And it says that power was given to him to take away the peace brought by the first seal rider, the Antichrist. In other words, whatever restraint existed up to this point that has been preserving peace, God has given this rider the power to remove it.