The Apocalypse is a Biblical account of the destruction of the world as we know it, commonly known that the End Times. Their are seven documented signs of the Apocalypse:
The Four Horses: 1-Antichrist, 2-War, 3-Famine, 4-Plague; then 5-Persecution, 6-Worldwide Chaos, 7-Silence leading to a Re-birth or the Final End yet to be determined.
Nearly every book of the Bible contains prophecy regarding the End Times. Taking all of these prophecies and organizing them can be difficult. Here is a very brief summary of what the Bible declares will happen in the end times:
The Antichrist will come into power and sign a peace pact with Israel for seven years. This seven year period of time is known as the Tribulation.
During the Tribulation, there will be terrible wars, famines, plagues, persecution and natural disasters. God will be pouring out His wrath against sin, evil, and wickedness. The Tribulation will contain the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and the seven seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments.
At the end of the seven year Tribulation the Antichrist will launch a final attack on Jerusalem, culminating in the Battle of Armageddon. And then, Jesus Christ will return, destroy the Antichrist and his armies and cast them into the lake of fire. Christ will then bind Satan in the Abyss for 1000 years and will rule His earthly kingdom for the next 1000 years. Before this is to occur, Mankind will have to suffer through the Seven Signs.
When the First seal is opened a white horse appears, its rider holds a bow. Opinions differ on whether the first horseman, riding the white horse represents evil or righteousness. According to some scholars, the first seal, when broken open is said to either bring the Antichrist or The Holy Ghost.
Once lured, the followers will be trapped into years of suffering. Do not be deceived by false prophecy or global leaders that promise salvation. Global conduct will determine the outcome and breaking of this seal as well as Jesus Christ's role as the Lamb who opens the seven seals.
"At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. False Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect “- if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time" Matthew 24:10-13;24).
The rider of the second horse is generally held to represent War. The red color of his horse represents blood spilled on the battlefield. He carries a great sword, which represents battle and fighting. Revelation 6:4 - "And 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."
"And you will hear wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will raise against nation, and Kingdom against kingdom." (Matthew 24:6)
"When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, 'Come!' Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword. The red color of the second horse could mean bloody war, and the sword held by the rider could symbolize war and violence." (Revelation 6:3)
The third horseman brings the slavery wage conditions under which man must serve Satan. One day's supply for one day's work. The conditions are set so man is unable to work his way out of poverty.
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." (Revelation 6:5) "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." (Revelation 6:6).
Second Seal - Black Horse - Famine. This is the situation with the western and third world today which takes the luxurious food for itself leaving hardly enough basic food for the third world. Famine can also lead to political instability which is also a cause of war. Famine is also one of the conditions leading to the end times.
The fourth horseman, on the pale horse, is explicitly named Death. The horse is a gruesome color. Its a pale yellowish-green, depicting death and decomposition, set before us in all its abhorrence. The next pandemic.
Quotes: "And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a pale green horse; and he that sat on him was called Death, and Hades followed with him." (Revelation 6:7) "And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, and that the four horsemen should kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth." (Revelation 6:8)
4th sign - The pale horse: "Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him." - Hades is the abode of the spirits after death and therefore always follows closely behind death - "They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth." (Rev 6:8)
The 5th seal is different from seals 1 through 4 and the 6th seal. Instead of pouring out judgment on the world that rejected the creator and his plan of salvation we see martyrs crying out to God for justice. That is they are asking God to judge the world for killing them. 5th Seal opened–Martyrdom.
Quotes: "When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those slaughtered because of God's word and the testimony they had.(Revelation 6:9) They cried out with a loud voice: "O Lord, holy and true, how long until You judge and avenge our blood from those who live on the earth?" (Revelation 6:10)
5th_seal: "So a white robe was given to each of them, and they were told to rest a little while longer until the number of their fellow slaves and their brothers, who were going to be killed just as they had been, would be completed." (Revelation 6:11)
The sixth seal is a massive and violent earth quake, shaking the earth to its very core.Sixth Seal - World Chaos.
Quotes: "Then I saw Him open the sixth seal. A violent earthquake occurred; the sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair; the entire moon became like blood; the stars of heaven fell to the earth as a fig tree drops its unripe figs when shaken by a high wind; the sky separated like a scroll being rolled up; and every mountain and island was moved from its place." (Revelation 6:12 - 14).
6th_seal: "Then the kings of the earth, the nobles, the military commanders, the rich, the powerful, and every slave and free person hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains." And they said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of the One seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, because the great day of Their wrath has come! And who is able to stand?" (Revelation 6:15 - 17)
The Seventh Seal Opened begins with Silence in Heaven for the space of half an hour and then: The Seven Angels given Seven Trumpets; The Golden Censer offered with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar: The prayers of the saints come up before God in a cloud of incense; no prayer, thus recommended, was ever denied audience or acceptance. Silence in heaven.
Quotes: "And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. (Revelation 8:1-3)
7th_seal2: " And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel`s hand; the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth;
And there were voices, and thundering, lightning’s, and an earthquake, and the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound." (Revelation 8:4-6)
May the grace of God be upon you always.
Pastor Andy Anderson
Celestial Grace Ministry