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February 15, 2012

Revelation 6:3 – 8 “And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 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 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. 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. And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.  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.”

While praying believers were on earth, their prayers diverted many calamities from happening, but now they are raptured. Yes, some of the people who in the past rejected salvation along with new converts will turn to Christ and start praying, but will it be enough?

The second seal is open, and peace is taken from the earth. The red horse symbolizes the blood and the sword symbolizes war. Besides the usual racial strife, labor feuding, organized crime, murders, civil wars, etc., the world will be engulfed in wars of unbelievable magnitude. The usual military conflict will not only be nation against nation but also involve dissatisfied nations revolting against the Antichrist. There will be no peace anywhere.

The opening of the third seal reveals a black horse and rider with a scale in his hand. The black horse represents famine, and the scale rationing in a failing economy. No doubt, the earth will become polluted by the wars resulting in inflation, driving the cost of produce sky high. What does not suffer is oil and wine. These commodities belong to the wealthy. Due to the exorbitant cost of food, poor people will starve while the rich continue to eat. The human starvation that we see in third world countries will visit our land.

The opening of the fourth seal reveals a pale horse whose rider was called Death with a companion called Hell. This fourth seal is the outcome of the compilation of the events of the previous seals: famine, war, and pestilence. The spread of disease will ravage the land. With so many people dying at the same time, corpses will be rotting in the streets, and the wild beast who roams the earth will have a human feast.

One-fourth of the world population will die within the first few years of the tribulation. Since our world census changes each day, and I do not have an actual date for the beginning of the tribulation, I am not able to give the exact number of deaths. Just know it will be in the millions.

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