Were John’s apocalyptic snapshots and descriptions of the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” in the Book of Revelation pointing to events that would only take place nearly 2000 years after first being revealed? All too often, many of today’s Christian teachers and Bible prophecy experts have repeated the belief that the entirety of the Book of Revelation, with the exception of the first three chapters, are to be understood in futuristic terms only. Whether it be the Seven Seals or the Seven Trumpets or the Seven Bowls of wrath, everything contained therein and described by John from Revelation 4:1 onward must be treated as little more than a description of apocalyptic earth-shattering events that we, as Christians, will never witness taking place upon the world in which we live, events that can only begin to come to fruition after an imminent rapture has suddenly removed all followers of Christ from the face of the earth to deliver them from the impending wrath of God upon the world and the last-days Beast of Revelation. If we take the time to engage in a careful examination of the text, however, we may begin to see that some of the events often understood as yet to come, are events that are already taking place today.
An Overview Of History: The Islamic Beast Of Revelation – The Past And The Present
After careful study, I have come to the conclusion that, judging from the description of events and their sequence provided for us in Scripture, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse described in the first four Seals of Revelation 6 are four separate stages of the last-days Beast Empire upon the earth — Islam. Beginning with its birth and growth, to its effects upon those under its power and the effect it has had and will have upon God’s elect, the Seals provide us with a general overview of the last 1400 years until immediately after the tribulation, where we then see the complete destruction of the Islamic Beast at the Second Coming of Christ in power and glory.
To understand why, we must first begin by reading through Revelation 6-7 and Matthew 24 and ascertain the parallels that solidify the placement of the Seven Seals, parallels that I am sure you will agree are quite eye opening when laid out in full. The following are those parallels between the Seals of Revelation chapters 6 and 7, and Matthew 24. Closer attention will be paid to specific details surrounding the sixth parallel itself:
Parallel 1: Conquest Through Deception And The Crowning Of Mohammed
* Matthew 24:5 — Many will come in Christ’s name and deceive many.
* Revelation 6:2 — The 1st Seal – White horse and rider with bow who is given a crown; went out conquering and to conquer.
In “The Best Biography of Prophet Mohammed”, Islamic scholars Grand Muhaddith Master Abdullah Ben Sadek, Anne Khadeijah Darwish and Ahmad Darwish write that, “In the Koran, Allah calls His Prophet, praise and peace be upon him, by many blessed names … In his sayings one finds many other names that were frequently used by his Companions and followers. These include names such as the: Chosen, Selected, Father of Kasim, the Beloved, Messenger of the Lord of the Worlds, Accepted, Intercessor, the Fearfully Aware, Amender, Outward, Guardian, Truthful, Confirmer, Guide, Master of the Children of Adam, Master of the Messengers, Leader of the Fearfully Aware, Leader of the Glorious Radiant Ones, Beloved of Allah, Friend of the Merciful, Possessor of the Visited Pool, Intercessor, the Praiseworthy Station, Possessor of Means, Excellence and the High Degree, Possessor of the Crown …” . In the Islamic world, Mohammed is regarded as “the greatest of all the prophets and messengers of God and the crown of all creation” .
Some may say that the crown of Revelation 6:2 must be literal and must be referring to an actual king who wears an actual, physical crown. However, if the horse and rider are obviously symbolic, it only stands to reason that the crown can also be symbolic as well. According to Islamic lecturer Ahmed Deedat, “Moses and Muhammad were Prophets as well as kings. A prophet means a man who receives Divine Revelation for the Guidance of Man and this Guidance he conveys to God’s creatures as received without any addition or deletion. A king is a person who has the power of life and death over his people. It is immaterial whether the person wears a [literal] crown or not, or whether he was ever addressed as king or monarch – if the man has the prerogative of inflicting capital punishment – He is a King” .
Walid Shoebat, a former Muslim who converted to Christianity, once described Islam as a “Christian Cult”, a characterization of Islam to which I would agree wholeheartedly. Mohammed’s religion borrows bits and pieces from Christianity (both the Old Testament and New Testament) but then twists and corrupts Truth. As Christians, we know that Christ is God. He is the Prince of Peace. Mohammed, who received the kingly crown of “prophethood” before his conquests, claims that his religion is the “Religion of Peace.” Both he and his followers acknowledged Mary and the virgin birth of Jesus, called Jesus the Messiah and even claimed to be following the true faith of the God of Abraham, however Mohammed’s teachings denied Christ’s divinity and denied the Triunity of One God — much like Mormonism and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Mohammed claimed to come in the name of the God of Abraham to the Jews and in the name of Christ to the Christians, but his teachings deceived everyone who followed him then and deceives everyone following him to this very day.
Parallel 2: Unending Conflict Within Islam And The ‘House Of War’
* Matthew 24:6-7 — Wars, nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom.
* Revelation 6:3-4 — The 2nd Seal – Red horse to take peace from the earth.
Behold the fruit of Islam: Jihad. Islamic jihad has been the greatest mass murdering force in the history of humanity. As long as Islam has existed, it has never known peace. Bill Warner, director of the Center for the Study of Political Islam, stated during a 2007 interview with FrontPageMagazine that, “Jihad destroyed a Christian Middle East and a Christian North Africa. Soon it was the fate of the Persian Zoroastrian and the Hindu to be the victims of jihad. The history of political Islam is the destruction of Christianity in the Middle East, Egypt, Turkey and North Africa. Half of Christianity was lost. Before Islam, North Africa was the southern part of Europe (part of the Roman Empire). Around 60 million Christians were slaughtered during the jihadic conquest… The Jews became permanent dhimmis throughout Islam. In Africa over 120 million Christians and animists have died over the last 1400 years of jihad. Approximately 270 million nonbelievers died over the last 1400 years for the glory of political Islam. These are the Tears of Jihad which are not taught in any school.” . And the persecution of Jews and Christians, and the atmosphere of Islamic wars upon the earth, continues to this very day. Even now, Islamists boldly declare that if non-Muslims do not accept Islam “they will never know peace.”
Parallel 3: Hunger, Destitution, Commotions, Strife, Earthquakes …
* Matthew 24:7 — Famines, pestilences and earthquakes.
* Revelation 6:5-6 — The 3rd Seal – Black horse bringing famine.
If we take a look at the heart of the Islamic world today, what is it characterized by? It is characterized by desert. By famine. By starvation. By destitution. By disease. And this is true both spiritually and physically. Take a brief look at the headlines even today and we learn that in Sudan, tens of thousands of Christians are facing starvation because of policies instituted by an Islamist government. In Mali, 4.6 million people face starvation following Islamist advances in the north. Starvation threatens more than 7 million citizens in Afghanistan as over 90% of the country’s agriculture is destroyed by drought. In Somalia, Islamist militants deprive 1.3 million people of food, clean water and health care after banning humanitarian aid. In Chad, children starve to death as Islamic ‘doctors’ with ‘healing gifts from Allah’ throw common sense into the wind. Islamists are killing aid workers in Pakistan for trying to save lives with un-Islamic polio vaccines. Nigeria faces famine because most of the farmers in the north are threatened by Islamist attacks. Famine is gripping Syria as Islamists engaged in an all-out war to oust Al-Assad and implement an Islamic state. And this is all just the tip of the iceberg.
These are the kind of conditions that precipitate all sorts of pestilences, all manner of plagues, and any number of “commotions” both inside and outside the Islamic world. In should be noted that the Greek word for “earthquakes” is “seismos” and also means “commotion” or “tempest”, as in Matthew 8:24 when “suddenly a great tempest [seismos] arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves…”). Islam is a prime example of missing the mark of God — “hamartia” or “sin” — and the whole of creation groans and labors with birth pangs because of it (Romans 8:22).
Parallel 4: The Man Of Lawlessness, Destruction
* Matthew 24:15 — The Anti-Christ and the Abomination of Desolation.
* Revelation 6:7-8 — The 4th Seal – Pale (Green) horse with Death and Hell.
Revelation 6:8, “And I looked, and behold a ‘chlōros’ 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 ‘thērion’ [beasts] of the earth.”
In Revelation 6:8, John describes the “fourth horseman” as being “chlōros”, which translates literally as “green”. It is where we get the words “chlorophyll” from, a green pigment found in cyanobacteria and the chloroplasts of algae and plants. Green is the official color of Islam, and the “green” horseman is described as having power over the fourth part of the earth. Islam today has dominion over a fourth part of the earth. He has the power to “kill with sword.” Islam is spread through Jihad, the “Sword of Islam.” He also kills with hunger/famine. When Islamists rise up, deprivation and lawlessness will quickly follow, so much so that they would even prefer to see children starve to death than to see them receive life-saving aid from the “Christian West.” He kills with “death”, and the love of death and martyrdom for the cause of “Allah” permeates Islamic culture to the point where Islamists will even openly declare that they “love death more than you love life.” Lastly, he is described as killing with “the beasts of the earth.” The Greek word for beasts is “thērion” and is very likely being used metaphorically to refer to “savage”, “brutal” and “bestial” men — a perfect description of what we’re witnessing today in the radical world of Islam’s death seekers. If Antichrist is a man, we can be certain that he is now on the verge of being revealed. If Antichrist is a system, it is already here.
Parallel 5: Intensifying Persecution Of God’s Elect
* Matthew 24:9-13, 15-22 — Many are delivered up to be afflicted and killed. Many fall away from the faith. Great Tribulation.
* Revelation 6:9-11 — The 5th Seal – Saints in heaven are told that fellow servants are to be killed.
It is my view that we are already within the 5th Seal, which encompasses the Great Tribulation of the elect spoken of by the prophet Daniel and John in Revelation. We’ve seen near-genocidal persecution of Jews and Christians at the hands of Muslims throughout history, but now, after a relative lull, Islamic persecution has literally exploded since 2011 with the rise of the Arab Spring. As Iran prepares for a nuclear Armageddon and threatens to turn Jerusalem into a mass graveyard while calling for the death of all Jews worldwide and the annihilation of the state of Israel, and as Hamas and Hezbollah and even the Muslim Brotherhood seek to join the fray, Egyptian Christians are experiencing the worst persecution seen from Islamists in hundreds of years, with many now unable to buy or sell. In Iraq, Muslim clerics issue a fatwa against Christians demanding that they convert to Islam or be killed as men run for their lives, women plead for God’s mercy, children scream in fear while Islamists attacks continue unabated in an effort to “cleanse” the land of Christians. Intense Christian persecution is ‘coursing through Muslim-majority nations from one end of the globe to the other’ and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. As one reporter wrote recently in The Telegraph, Christianity is ‘close to extinction’ in the Middle East because of Islam.
The Islamic Beast Of Revelation – The Future
As we can see, the Four Horsemen have now arisen and are now all riding together in full gallop upon the earth. Very soon, an angel of God will cry out with a loud voice, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe” (Revelation 14:15), which now brings me to the 6th Parallel, broken down into individual parts.
Parallel 6a: Post-Tribulational Cosmic Signs Preceding The Second Coming Of Christ
* Matthew 24:29, “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”
This corresponds with:
* Revelation 6:12-13, “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, And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth …”
Parallel 6b: Judgement Comes – The Wicked Are Gripped With Terror At The Power And Glory Of Christ
* Matthew 24:30, “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.”
This corresponds with:
* Revelation 6:15-17, “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, 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: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”
Parallel 6c: The Deliverance and Salvation of God’s Elect
* Matthew 24:31, “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
This corresponds with:
* Revelation 7:1-4,9,14 “And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God … Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: [and there were] sealed an hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel … After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands … these are the ones who come out of the great tribulation.”
At the beginning of Revelation 7 John writes that, “And after these things I saw …”. This is a continuation of the post-tribulational signs that John witnessed at the 6th Seal a few verses earlier. Remember, although the text is inspired by the Spirit of God, chapter and verse divisions were added later by men.
Declaring The End From The Beginning And The Revelation Of Our Savior
Jamieson, Fausset & Brown write in their commentary of Revelation that “the seven seals, the seven trumpets, and the seven vials, are not consecutive, but parallel, and ending in the same consummation. They present the unfolding of God’s plans for bringing about the grand end under three different aspects, mutually complementing each other.” This Semitic writing style is something that we also find in the Genesis account regarding creation, which is why some skeptics claim that there are two different creation accounts when in fact there is only one. In Revelation, the Seals reveal to us snapshots and descriptions of the rise of the last-days Beast, the ungodliness of Islam’s sordid history, and its effect upon the earth and upon the Israel of God as it grows and strengthens, followed by the revelation of Christ’s return in power and great glory to deliver His people and judge the wicked. Due to the Semitic style of writing employed by John, we see a “rewind” as it were after describing all seven Seals which then shifts focus on the judgements that take place during and immediately after the tribulation (called “trumpets”), and then a refocusing of his “camera” once again upon the end-result of each one of the seven judgements (called “vials” or “bowls”). The seventh seal, seventh trumpet and seventh vial/bowl all end together right around the same time in the eschaton.
Though many in the Church today are taught that most of Revelation is yet to happen in the future, the fact of the matter is that much of what John saw has already taken place and is in the process of taking place right now, today. Although there are many who recognize that the Islamist ideology espoused by Al Qaeda and its ilk has metastasized since 9/11 throughout the Muslim world, the call to reality has unfortunately fallen largely on the deaf ears of Western leadership, both secular and Christian. Nations can fight against armies, against a foe that is well defined, but a religious ideology that recognizes no borders, no limits, no definition of peace apart from its own is an ideology that no nation will ever defeat, and an ideology that will continue to become more mainstream each and every day until its fiery end at the epiphany of Christ Jesus in power and great glory. Will you be ready?
Romans 11:26, “And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob’”