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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
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The Bible is a historical book but some may not be aware that it is also a prophetic book. To state it more accurately, the Bible is a compilation of writings and letters authored by different persons over a span of a few thousand years. Of these various writings, approximately 27% are prophetic in nature. These prophetic writings predict the future – some of which have been already been fulfilled and other predictions, yet to be fulfilled. The most well-known prophecies, collectively foretell the birth, life, death, and bodily resurrection of Jesus the Messiah (the anointed one) thousands of years before his birth. Fast forward to today. Given what we have witnessed over the past two years with the advent of Covid-19 and the consequent upheaval of society, what if anything, does the Bible say about the times in which we live?  

The last book in the Bible was written by the Apostle John toward the end of his life when he was banished to the isle of Patmos by the Roman government. The Roman authorities considered Christians to be a threat to their empire so tradition has it that the Roman Emperor Domitian ordered that John be thrown into a vat of burning oil. The problem is John didn't die, as he emerged from the oil bath miraculously unscathed. John's five-year banishment to the island of Patmos was the resolution of that failed execution.

The Book of the Revelation by John the Apostle consists of a series of apocalyptic visions given to him by God which describe future events leading up to the second coming of Jesus Christ to the earth. The first set of visions received by John during his exile on Patmos describes the unsealing of seven seals, the first four of which describe four horsemen riding on different colored horses. Each of the riders in turn delivers a particular judgment upon the earth. This article focuses on the opening of the first seal only as it pertains to Covid-19.

The Opening of the First Seal

Revelation 6:1-2

I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!”2 I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.

Since much of the book of Revelation is written in figurative language, throughout history there's been much speculation as to who the four horsemen are and what they represent. When the first seal is opened, John provides three descriptors that describe the rider and a fourth descriptor that describes the rider's mission. Let's examine each description individually and then try to determine if we can make some sense of John's prophetic vision.  

The rider is on a white horse.

We normally think of a rider on a white horse as a hero – the stereotypical good guy in the movies who rescues a damsel in distress. In the Bible, the color white is associated with purity and holiness. In Revelation, we find two instances where a rider on a white horse is mentioned. The first is in Revelation 6:2 referenced above and the second is Revelation 19:11 which states:

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.

The rider on this white horse is a "good guy" as this verse is descriptive of Jesus on his white steed returning to the earth to conquer evil and restore righteousness. So is Jesus also the rider described earlier in Revelation 6:2? The answer is no as Jesus referenced in Rev 19:11 is not the same rider mentioned in Rev 6:2.

In my opinion, the rider in Rev 6:2 isn't a hero or savior but is instead a personification of evil. This rider represents Satan's mission to conquer all of humanity. The color of the white horse is merely a deception to make it appear that it's rider is on a peace mission. The white-colored horse represents Satan's ability to deceive and misrepresent himself as something good when in fact his goal is one of destruction.
13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:13-14

Satan is a deceiver who opposes all things of God and his goal is to steal people away from God, to kill them, or to destroy their lives.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; John 10:10a
Interpretation: The rider on the white horse is an imposter, conquering not to save the world but to destroy it.

The rider has a bow.

Notice that although the rider has a bow, no mention is made of him also having arrows. Bows and arrows go together. No rider "bent on conquest" carries a bow without any arrows. He could not be a "conqueror" unless armed with plenty of arrows. On the other hand, does the absence of arrows mean that this rider somehow conquers through peaceful means? So naturally, the question is, how does this rider conquer without having any arrows in his quiver? The answer becomes more apparent when we examine the kind of "bow" he possesses.

The word translated as "bow" in Rev 6:2 is from the Greek word τόξον or "toxon." Toxon comes from the root word tikto, which means to bring forth, deliver, birth, to bear or produce.  From this, we can infer that the rider with the bow on the white horse is about to bring forth or deliver something. But when we further examine the word toxon, we find something else of interest. The Greek word toxon is related to the English word toxic. A word's etymology is an explanation of where a word came from – the history of a word. From etymonline.com we find the word origin of "toxic."

A similar explanation from etymologynerd.com

Based on these two explanations, we see that the Greek word toxon originally meaning "bow" evolved through the centuries via different languages including its association with poisoned arrows to finally arrive at the English word today which means toxic.

Interpretation: The rider on a white horse who carries a bow, brings forth and delivers something that is toxic.

The rider is given a crown.

Instead of being given arrows, the rider on the white horse is given a crown. Why is this so significant? The word "crown" in this verse is translated from the Greek word Στέφανος or "stephanos" which means crown or victor's wreath. Consider the fact that the SARS CoV-2 virus which is said to cause Covid-19 is so named because the virus is covered with protein spikes that resemble a crown. In both Latin and Spanish, corona means crown. In English, the anatomical term corona is used for body parts resembling a crown. Thus, SARS CoV-2 is a coronavirus, or crown virus.

Interpretation: The rider on the white horse receives a crown which is representative of the SARS CoV-2 virus.

The rider rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.

The rider on the white horse is a conqueror whose mission is to conquer the world. When we interpret and assemble together all the pieces of John's vision, this could very well be the interpretation.

The rider on a white horse carries a bow which signifies the bringing forth of a vaccine that is toxic. Instead of arrows, a crown is given to the rider which is symbolic of the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus. The toxic covid mRNA vaccine was brought forth and touted as the one and only solution to eliminate this crown virus thereby ridding society of fear and restoring peace and order to the world. But instead, the white-horsed rider is a ruse; a deception that results in control of the world through government mandates, restrictions, and lockdowns. Peace will not be retored as life will never return back to normal as the world's population is being conquered by deception, which generates fear, which is why the white-horsed rider has no need of any arrows.

The fact is, Satan delights in mocking God and Jesus. As the Savior of the world, a  stéphanos or crown made of thorns was placed upon Jesus' head during his trial which sentenced him to death by crucifixion. Jesus' sacrificial death results in atonement for sin, forgiveness, hope, life, and salvation for all who trust in Jesus' sacrifice. However, Satan continues to mock the death of Jesus by introducing the world to a crown of his own making, namely the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus. Do not bow down and acquiesce to it.

Hidden in Plain Sight

If this biblical narrative doesn't suit you, simply read the CDC's narrative which is eerily similar. The EID Journal is a publication of the CDC. This issue has a cover image of the four horses but only with the one rider with a crown on his head representing the coronavirus.

In the face of the current raging COVID-19 pandemic, it is hoped that the spikes of the radiate corona of SARS-CoV-2 will herald its downfall. If these spikes become targets of successful therapeutic and prophylactic interventions, we may somehow resolve the paradox of the resemblance of the spikes of this pathogen to the welcome rays of Helios.

Do not bow down to the spikes of this pathogen which represent their false Helios sun god.

The Concept of the Crown and Its Potential Role in the Downfall of Coronavirus
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If what I've written is an accurate interpretation of John's vision, time is getting short as we are now in the last days and the end of the age approaches when Jesus returns. If the biblical tribulation timeline is upon us, life will only get more difficult and perilous. Therefore, ask yourself, what if anything do you need to do about it? Do you need to get your life in order, not only spiritually, but mentally, emotionally, and physically as well? How will you prepare yourself for the days ahead? For each and every one of us, getting right with God is the first step in the journey that lies ahead.

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gracious gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Romans 5:1
For God so loved the world that He gave the only begotten Son, so that everyone believing in Him should not perish, but should have eternal life. John 3:16
...and having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all those obeying Him, Hebrews 5:9

No one is perfect. Everyone has sinned at one time or another in their lives. Ever told a lie in your life, even a white lie? That's a sin. We tend to excuse it but God doesn't. That's the reason God sent his son Jesus Christ to die on the cross on behalf of our sins. His sacrificial death atoned for our sins. Jesus did his part. Our part requires that we acknowledge our sinful state, repent of our sins, believe that Jesus died for our sins, and start living a life in obedience to God. It requires a change in our thinking and behavior. We cannot remain the same persons as we once were. We need God's help, through His Spirit, to obey Him from the heart and bring our thoughts, attitudes and actions in line with His.

Ezekiel 36

26And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. 27And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.