The Four Horsemen – Conclusion

Sorry to take so long to get this conclusion out. I’ve been hard at work putting together an overview of the pretribulation rapture theory. This will be the first of many overviews of different theories about the Last Days.

There’s a reason why the truth about the Last Days was sealed. And, I’m not sure that it has been unsealed yet, so we should all be a little humble about our thoughts on this topic. I will certainly do my best.

Anyway, let’s wrap up these four horsemen with a conclusion.


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The Four Horsemen


Over the past two months, we have traced the course chosen for the Four Horsemen of Revelation 6. They come in specific order for specific reasons. And, we would only have begun to understand that order and those reasons now. Of course, that’s assuming that we clearly see what’s happening. I could be wrong. It won’t be the first time.

Because the events predicted appear to be natural, we should not assume that they are supernatural. The timing is from God, but the events themselves are physical. And, as someone who has been watching our struggle to supply enough energy to our growing civilization, I can see the collapse in energy supply as playing a key role in the ride of these horsemen.

The White Horse

The White Horse rides first and represents the growth of empire. The energy wars of the past century would seem to fit perfectly with his Ride. The Roman system of governance has spread across the world reaching such far-flung places as Japan and Taiwan. Even such corrupt systems as Russia and China give lip-service to the Roman ideals of ‘representative government’ – even if it is a sham.

So, has the White Horse begun its ride?

I can’t say for sure.

We might see an even stronger imperial system rise, as fear grows in the hearts of world leaders. As the ties that hold us together start to weaken, nations will seek to unify even more strongly as disaster becomes easier and easier to see.

The Red Horse

Unfortunately, greed and foolishness will do great damage, so whatever our leaders choose to do, we can be certain that it will backfire terribly. History is full of presidents and kings doing the wrong thing at the absolutely worst time.

History teaches us that men and
nations behave wisely once they
have exhausted all other

 – Abba Eban

At the same time, the threat of disaster will grow as each year passes by. Oil and natural gas will continue to be more and more difficult to obtain. Ore grades for coal and uranium will continue to decline. And, the hysteria over ‘the climate’ will only become more shrill as ‘renewable’ energy sources fail to live up to their hype.

As the competition for energy increases, our economic condition will worsen. This will cause anger and violence in the streets. It will cause nations to go to war with each other, to protect what they have, or take what they need.

Also, don’t forget that there are movements that would love to take advantage of any discontent to increase their power. The Muslim Brotherhood did that during 2011 uprisings in Egypt. We should expect similar efforts by other groups that agitate for revolution.

The Black Horse

Of all the horses, I have understood the Black Horse best and feared it the most. Scarcity is the destroyer of nations and empires. It brought down Rome, and it brought down every empire that replaced it. And, as energy resources continue their decline, everything that we need to survive will become so scarce that having enough food to eat, will consume all of our time and energy.

Remember that without oil-based fuels, farmers can’t run the tractors that plant and harvest the food that we need. Without oil-based fuel, trains and trucks can’t get the food transported to where it needs to go. Without electricity, the factories that process and package our food, can’t operate. And, without natural gas, we can’t make the fertilizer that farmers need to feed eight billion people.

That last one, fertilizer, is particularly awful. Without the Haber Process that creates nitrogen fertilizer from natural gas, we can only feed three billion people. The thought of five billion people starving to death is horrifying.

The Pale Horse

It’s not pale. It’s green. But, I’m not sure that the color matters, since it’s utterly and completely awful. The Black Horse introduced scarcity, and famine will follow right behind it. And with famine, we get famine-related diseases. We’ll also see violence as those with weapons take from those who are defenseless. Then, as areas of the world depopulate, animals will take over and prey upon the survivors.

The major famines of the past two hundred years were usually man-made. This will also be ‘man made’ in the sense that we should have been able to anticipate this event, and maybe do something about it.

We could have done things differently. We could have been less short-sighted. We could have invested more in nuclear energy. We could have put our money into better farming methods that required fewer chemicals. We could have encouraged more small towns that were more self-sufficient, instead of packing the cities with billions of people. But, even these improvements might not have done more than temporarily stave off the ride of these horsemen.

Our Sin Is The Cause

Our biggest failure is our rejection of God. Because of our sin, we are doomed to experience what the four horsemen will bring.

Worse, we have defiled ourselves with every sin imaginable. We chose Sodom and Gomorrah. We became selfish and violent. We became dishonest and deceitful.

We could have probably avoided the worst of what’s coming, if we Christians hadn’t corrupted ourselves.

14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

 – 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

And maybe there will be those who do humble themselves before God, seek Him and repent of their wickedness. Those Christians who do so, will stand a better chance of survival than those who do not.

Ultimately, our job isn’t to prolong a self-indulgent life, but to commit ourselves to serving God to the best of the ability that He has given us. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. And then, love your neighbor as you love yourself. (Matthew 24:37-40)

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

 – Romans 8:28 (NKJV)


I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.Proverbs 22:3


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