The Road We’re On . . .
Vol: 133 Issue: 22 Monday, October 22, 2012
The first four judgments in the Book of the Revelation are nicknamed The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse because the Apostle John symbolizes each as a rider upon a specifically-colored horse.
The first judgment of the Tribulation Period is symbolized by a rider on a white horse, whom John notes carries a bow and wears a crown. He is a conqueror but he carries no arrows for his bow. John identifies him as the antichrist.
“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.” (Revelation 6:1)
The second judgment of the Tribulation Period rides a red horse. He symbolizes War.
“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.”
The third judgment of the Tribulation rides a black horse.
“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.”
He symbolizes economic catastrophe, but with a unique twist. What makes it a “unique twist” is that it prophesies runaway inflation, something not possible prior to the introduction of fiat (paper) money.
During his ride a day’s wages will equal a day’s food for the ordinary working man, but the rich will be unhurt by it.
“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.”
Finally, there is the fourth horseman of the Tribulation. He rides aboard a pale horse and symbolizes Death. Not a particular kind of death or death by some specific judgment.
Rather, he bespeaks death on a wholesale level as a consequence of the first three judgments and their ramifications.
“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.” (Revelation 6:1-6)
Let’s pull this together into a narrative and see what we’re looking at. According to John, the antichrist will appear on a white horse. The symbolism of the white horse is unmistakable; Jesus rides a white horse on His return.
The antichrist goes forth to conquer but without arrows for his bow — Daniel 8:25 says that “by peace [he] shall destroy many.” The antichrist will rule over what we would today consider “the West” and that includes oversight of the Arab-Israeli peace process.
The antichrist’s conquests are primarily political, but his efforts DO incite considerable war and violence, as symbolized by the red horse.
The warfare produces economic catastrophe in the form of runaway inflation, as warfare generally does, except among the members of the fabled Military-Industrial Complex, which refers to arms manufacturers, bankers and those that grow rich on wars.
The rider on the pale horse, Death, claims a quarter of the population. Given that today’s global population just passed 7 billion, that makes the death toll from the first four judgments of the Tribulation Period roughly 1.75 billion people.
It is therefore interesting to note that Islamic eschatology calls for the Mahdi to lead the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims into all-out war against the infidel world in the last days — approximately the number killed by the first four judgments of the Tribulation.
This event must, by definition, happen shortly after the Rapture, if not almost simultaneously with it. The first four judgments take out a quarter of the population . . . but there are still another seventeen judgments to go.
These are all big, complicated events. The political arrival of the antichrist takes time to accomplish. Wars generally require time for the belligerents to prepare — there is significant lag time between when wars are planned and when the first shots are fired.
Famines don’t spring up overnight. And 1.6 billion people is a lot of people. Another way of expressing that number is one thousand, six hundred million people.
For comparison purposes, World War One claimed 38 million lives — World War Two 58 million. The first four judgments of the Tribulation are, just in terms of sheer numbers, 150 times worse than the two bloodiest wars in the history of man — combined!
The whole scenario is made that much more complicated by the truncated time period. As noted, there are a total of twenty-one judgments and they all fall inside a temporal framework of just seven years.
To make it all work, the first four judgments of the Tribulation pretty much have to come back-to-back, beginning with the rider on the white horse and ending in the deaths of sixteen hundred million people.
Logic dictates that most of the “preparation” must therefore be in place before the first horseman mounts up.
Because once he does, all hell breaks loose. Literally.
What will happen if Obama gets re-elected next month for another four years in the White House? First off, he will be a “lame duck” — this will be the final four years of his political career. There is no higher office to aspire to. There is no hope for re-election. He will have little, if any, accountability.
As Obama himself noted in his famous whisper to Russia’s Dmitri Medvedev, if he is re-elected in November, he will have “a lot more flexibility.” In essence, any restraint on his power in his second term will be entirely voluntary on his part.
Obama has shown almost no restraint in his first term, so why would anyone expect him to restrain himself as a lame duck? Over the next four years, if re-elected, Obama will get to choose replacements for about half the justices on the Supreme Court.
In addition to having a stacked Supreme Court, Obama will have a mandate to expand the welfare state, raise taxes and impose even more crippling regulations on business. He will have a mandate to shrink the military and advance his grand vision for an Islamic Middle East and Palestinian statehood.
Some see in an Obama second term a repeat of Woodrow Wilson’s.
In his first term, Wilson had legislative accomplishments more popular than Obama’s. A partisan Democratic Congress passed a new antitrust act, created the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Reserve, lowered trade barriers and imposed an income tax on high earners.
When Americans voted in November 1916, World War I had been raging in Europe for more than two years. Hundreds of thousands were dying in trench warfare, and Wilson ran on the slogan of, “He kept us out of war.”
Wilson’s second term was wholly unlike his first. In April 1917, he went before Congress and got approval for a declaration of war against Germany. A military draft was instituted, a law passed criminalizing antiwar protests, the railroads were nationalized, and the top income tax rate was raised to 77 percent.
What if Obama wins a second term? A second term is just about how long it would take to finish making the advance preparations necessary for the Four Horseman to complete their rides on schedule.
We already have war and death. We’re on the road to total economic collapse. Indeed, we’re far enough along that Obama wouldn’t need the whole term.
That is not to say that Mitt Romney will be any different. But it is only possible that Romney will be worse than Obama, whereas it is an absolute certainty that Obama Unchained would continue to lead us down the road we’re already on.
We already know where that road leads.
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