With the Covid 19 Pandemic wreaking havoc on the global economy and FREEDOM of movement, many people are naturally beginning to LOOK UP to Heaven for answers. God always brings good out of what was meant for evil. Does the Bible speak of a global pandemic? Could this Pandemic indicate that we are in the last days? What does the Bible say?
In Matthew 24, Jesus lists a series of “signs” to look for that would indicate He is at the door..soon to return.
Matthew 24:3: As He (Jesus) was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
Jesus responds to His Disciples with a list of signs that HE called “the beginning of BIRTH PAINS”.. Why did Jesus compare these signs to birth pains? Because in the birthing process, a woman’s birth pains usually start out smaller, far apart, and less painful. As the birth draws closer, a woman’s pains will get closer together, and much more painful. So it is with end time events. They will start out small, less painful, with a nice space to “breathe” before the next pain begins. One thing that Biblical Scholars have noticed about the birth pangs listed by Jesus in Matthew 24…they look ALOT like the first few seals of Revelation. This may not be a coincidence.
Matthew 24:4: And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. 5 For MANY will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6 You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and pestilences and earthquakes. 8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
To summarize, Jesus begins to list the birthpains by first cautioning His Disciples that there would be DECEPTION. False prophets and teachers would arise with the intention of deceiving the masses. Many of these false teachers and prophets would even come in Jesus’ Name, meaning that they would be self-professing CHRISTIANS! Many Biblical scholars believe that the warning of false teachers and false prophets points to the opening of the first seal of Revelation..Now we know that there have always been false teachers and prophets, so how would we know when we are in “the beginning of birth pangs”? Better yet, what about this first seal being opened? How would we know when the first seal has been opened?
Rev. 6: Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” 2 I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
Honestly, I don’ t know if we CAN KNOW for CERTAIN when the first seal of Revelation is opened.
There are two generally accepted “criteria” , if you will, that will precede the opening of the first seal. One of these Criteria is completely Biblical and undisputed, the other is a matter of interpretation.
Criteria #1: The Rapture of the Church
Much of the Church believes that the Rapture MUST occur BEFORE the opening of the first seal. In-fact, nearly all Christians who believe in the pre-Tribulation Rapture believe that the Rapture will occur BEFORE the first seal is opened. Why do they think that?
There are good, Biblical reasons for the belief that the Rapture will occur before the opening of the first seal of Revelation. In Revelation 4, John is called up to Heaven through an OPEN DOOR so that he can see what will take place “after these things”. Most believers of the pre-Tribulation Rapture see the open door imagery as a metaphor for the catching away of the Church. Although we also BELIEVE in a pre-Tribulation Rapture, we think it is POSSIBLE that the Rapture may happen in an unexpected or unanticipated way! Why? Our God is very mysterious and may not have FULLY revealed ALL that is the MYSTERY of the Harpazo. It will occur exactly as written in God’s Word; however, we humans who seek to interpret or understand Bible prophecy may not have been given the full understanding of this mysterious and supernatural event.
Revelation 4: After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” 2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne.
On this blog, we are sharing a THEORY or POSSIBILITY of HOW the Rapture COULD unfold. It will unfold exactly as written and yet may not be at all as the vast majority of Christiandom EXPECT. Why would we present an alternative theory about the Rapture that is not widely accepted in Christiandom? Honestly, it is primarily because a dear sister in Christ, who has dreams and visions of the Lord Jesus Christ, has been shown that the Rapture will occur DIFFERENTLY than what is expected. Because this Rapture theory does NOT deviate one bit from the Word of God, we feel comfortable to present it as a distinct possibility while recognizing that in this current age of man, we all “prophesy in part” and are therefore only able to “see through a mirror dimly. “
1 Corinthians 13: 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 12: For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
We have detailed this Rapture theory in our previous posts titled “The Rapture”. To quickly summarize, we noted that in 2nd Thessalonians, there are two “phases” to rapture…first the Resurrection where the dead in Christ rise first (1 Thess. 4:16)..and then the actual catching away or “Rapture“( 1 Thess. 4:17). Based upon what our sister in Christ has been shown in her dreams and visions, we THINK that it is POSSIBLE there is a “gap” or a time delay in-between the Resurrection of the Bride of Christ and the catching away into Heaven for the purpose of bringing in the Harvest. If a time gap does exist, it is present in the Word of God and yet not recognized by most of Christiandom because of a MIS-interpretation of “the dead in Christ” who rise first. If this theory turns out to be a fact, then the WAY that the Rapture unfolds will come as a complete shock to the world and even the Church. This “gap theory”, if you will, leaves additional time and mercy for the lukewarm Church of Laodicea to repent and still make the Rapture /Wedding Supper of the Lamb. If you want more details on our theory of how the Rapture may unfold, please check out our post…https://dyingworld.org/2019/04/02/the-rapture/ If you would like more information about our sister in Christ’s dreams and visions, you can visit sparrowcloud9.com.
1 Thessalonians 4:16: For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the DEAD IN CHRIST will RISE first. 17 THEN we who are alive and remain will be caught up (Rapture) together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
Because we think it is quite possible that the Rapture may not occur as most expect, we also think it is possible for the Seals to open BEFORE the catching away (RAPTURE) of the Church…but not necessarily before the RESURRECTION. We believe that the Resurrection /Transformation will occur around the same time as the opening of the first 4 seals of Revelation…
What is the Resurrection of the body? The Resurrection of the body is when “the dead in Christ RISE first”. It is when mortal puts on immortality. The Resurrection of the body is when the believer receives a NEW, IMMORTAL BODY, one similar to the Body that Jesus received AFTER His Resurrection! The Resurrection is going to be supernatural and GLORIOUS! It is going to shock the world! As a humerous analogy, I sometimes say that it is when we turn in our old Yugos and receive a Rolls Royce!!
Notice that in these verses about the RESURRECTION, the RAPTURE is NOT mentioned.
1 Corinthians 15:50: Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I tell you a MYSTERY; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised IMPERISHABLE, and we will be changed.
Romans 8:22: For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, THE REDEMPTION OF OUR BODY. 24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
Philippians 3:20: For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will TRANSFORM the BODY of our humble state into conformity with the BODY OF HIS GLORY, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.
The Resurrection is when the Believer’s flesh is changed in an instant from mortal to immortality. This is the BLESSED HOPE! You see, Jesus Christ already TRANSFORMED the believer’s SPIRIT from DEATH into LIFE. We are WAITING for JESUS to transform our DEAD FLESH into LIFE!
Romans 8:10: If Christ is in you, though the BODY is DEAD BECAUSE OF SIN, yet the SPIRIT IS ALIVE BECAUSE OF RIGHTOEUSNESS. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give LIFE to your MORTAL BODIES through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Nothing good dwells in our flesh. This is why Paul tells us that we must crucify our flesh with it’s passions and desires. Paul is not telling us to literally crucify our flesh. Paul is telling us to not let the flesh have dominion over us. The Believer is to walk by the Spirit and NOT by the flesh. When we walk by the flesh, when we refuse to repent for sinful behavior, then we have set our minds on death, not life.
Galatians 5: 19: Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
If you are a born again believer in Jesus, your dead spirit has come to LIFE because of the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD who has taken up RESIDENCE within you! HALLELUJAH! But still, your flesh (BODY) is dead (Romans 8:10) UNTIL God’s Holy Spirit RAISES it from the DEAD at the LAST TRUMP. When this happens, mortal will put on immortality! It’ is going to be GLORIOUS! What was OLD will be YOUNG! What was SICK will be HEALTHY! What was DEAD will be ALIVE! But notice this…nowhere in these verses about the RESURRECTION of the FLESH is the HARPAZO (rapture) mentioned. The Church thinks that the catching away (rapture) and the resurrection ARE the SAME event. But what if…they are not. What if…the reason that some are ALIVE AND REMAIN in 1 Thess. 4 is because the dead flesh of the Bride of Christ has been RESURRECTED and THEN THEY REMAIN on earth FULLY ALIVE in RESURRECTED BODIES for a short while to help bring in the harvest BEFORE the Rapture? This is a THEORY that you’ve probably never heard before. As we’ve said before, the Rapture will happen, THIS IS WRITTEN. However, it MAY NOT happen in a way that most people expect. Please keep in mind, this is a Rapture THEORY, and not set in stone. We cannot know for sure until THAT DAY because for now, we see in a mirror dimly. Of course, hindsight is 2020, and we will see CLEARLY after the Resurrection and Rapture have happened.
You may be wondering WHY we again presented the THEORY on HOW the Rapture MAY unfold. What does this have to do with the opening of the seals of Revelation?
IF the Rapture unfolds in this unconventional manner THEN most Christians WILL BE CAUGHT BY SURPRISE as the seals of Revelation are opened. This is because Christians believe that we are “outta here” before the seals are opened and the “bad stuff” starts.
The Holy Spirit brought one other important piece of information to my mind today regarding the traditional understanding of the Rapture. I’d like to share it here. The majority of Evangelical Christians believe that the Rapture of the Church occurs just BEFORE the 7 year Tribulation begins. They also believe that when the Church is Raptured, the Holy Spirit will be removed from the earth WITH the Church because the Holy Spirit lives inside of God’s New Covenant believers. The Holy Spirit, who dwells within born again believers, is what restrains the evil on this earth. Once the Church is removed (Rapture), then evil will no longer be restrained and the antichrist will be revealed. Scripture tells us that the antichrist will take his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. When does the antichrist take his seat in the Temple of God? Not until the MIDDLE of the 7 year “TRIBULATION”.
2 Thess 2: 6 And you know what RESTRAINS him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now RESTRAINS will do so until he is taken out of the way. 8 Then that lawless one (antichrist) will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming;
2 Thess 2: 4: who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God
Rev. 12:13: And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman (Israel) who gave birth to the male child (Jesus christ/Church). 14 But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she *was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. (time, times and half a time = 3.5 years)
- Revelation 12 shows that the antichrist ONLY REIGNS for 3.5 years (1260 days), not 7 years.
- Rev. 12 also shows that the antichrist ONLY PERSUES “the woman” (ISRAEL) for 1260 days (3.5 years), not 7 years.
- Revelation 12 shows that the devil is not kicked out of Heaven UNTIL the final 3.5 years (with GREAT WRATH for the earth) .
How does the antichrist become indwelt by satan at the beginning of the 7 years when he isn’t even kicked out of Heaven at that point? Why does the Bible state that the Great Tribulation (final 3.5 years) is the worst time on earth IF evil has already been unrestrained for the first 3.5 years of the seven year Tribulation? Remember, as soon as the Rapture takes place, evil is unrestrained. If we assume that the Rapture occurs at the very beginning of the 7 year Tribulation (Daniel’s 70th week), then we must assume that evil is unrestrained for 7 years…and yet the Bible states that the worst time on earth, the time when the devil is thrown down to earth with great wrath, is only 3.5 years.
Matthew 24:21: For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 22 Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
Rev. 12: 12: For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.” 13 And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. 14 But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she *was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.
Do you see the problem with the traditional Rapture theory? Evil will continue to be restrained until the final 3.5 years, which is when all hell breaks out on earth….literally. The Resurrection of the Church will likely take place very early in Daniel’s 70th week (7 year Tribulation); however, the catching away (Rapture) may not ocur until closer to mid-week, which explains WHY evil is UNRESTRAINED during the final 3.5 years!
Criteria #2: the antichrist’s 7 year Peace Treaty
Most of Christiandom believes that after the Church is Raptured, the antichrist will sign a 7 year peace treaty with Israel kicking off the seven year Tribulation. Jesus Christ would then begin to open the 7 seals of Revelation AFTER the signing of the peace treaty. This is the assumption. What does the Bible say?
In the book of Daniel, we find that the final 7 years will begin when the antichrist makes firm or confirms a Covenant with “the many” for seven years. Notice what Daniel 9:27 does NOT say. It does NOT say that the antichrist will SIGN a 7 year PEACE TREATY. There is no mention of any SIGNING of a contract.
Daniel 9:27: And he (antichrist) will make a firm covenant with the many for one week (7 years), but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”
What Daniel 9:27 DOES SAY is that “he” (likely the the antichrist) will confirm a Covenant /contract/proposal with “the many” (could be Arab league, could be International community) that will START a time period of seven years that ENDS with the DECREED destruction of the antichrist. This Covenant will have something to do with Israel because that is who Daniel was concerned about…”his people”. The confirmation of the Covenant that kicks off the final 7 years may NOT be a SIGNED peace treaty, AS MANY EXPECT. How is a Covenant confirmed? In the Old Testament, Covenants were often confirmed by sharing a sacrificial meal.
Has Jesus begun to open the seals of Revelation?
The two “criteria” that we examined, although perhaps misinterpreted or misunderstood, still provide a relative benchmark for considering the possibility of whether or not the seals of Revelation have been opened. For instance, for us to even consider the possiblity that the first seal had been opened, there would need to be some activity, some type of PROPOSAL for PEACE that perhaps Israel would agree to accept. Others (the many) would also need to come into agreement with the Proposal in order for it to be confirmed. Hmmm…Has there been any activity in Israel regarding a Proposal for Peace? On June 26, 2019, the economic portion of the “Deal of the Century was presented at a conference with MANY NATIONS in Bahrain. The Proposal was finalized, or the political portion was announced by both Israel and the United States on January 28, 2020. Israel has accepted the Proposal.
Is it POSSIBLE that THE COVENANT from Daniel 9:27 is Trump’s “Deal of the Century”? Didn’t the Corona virus become a global event just after January 28, 2020? As a matter of fact, approximately 40 days after President Trump announced the Peace Proposal, the Covid became a huge problem for the United States and the world. In the Bible, the number 40 often represents trials and tests. If this period of “40 days” represented a trial or test for the United States, a time given by God for the country and the world to REPENT…it appears as though we’ve failed. President Trump declared a National Emergency on FRIDAY March 13th, only 43 days after the Proposal was announced. Also interesting is that the economic portion of the Proposal for peace was presented in Bahrain 43 days after Israel COMPLETED her 70th year in the land on May 14, 2019. (Jeremiah 25, Jeremiah 29). The completion of 70 years for Israel is very significant in Bible Prophecy! Some Bible teachers might say..this already happened literally when God judged the nation of Babylon! Yes…but what was, will be again! God TEACHES His people through patterns and cycles.
When 70 years are completed: God judges Babylon (the world’s Babylonian system) and at the same time, God fulfills His Good Word to Israel (the people of God), to bring them out of exile…Resurrection? Transformation? Rapture?
‘Jeremiah 25: 12: Then it will be when seventy years are completed I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation,’ declares the Lord, ‘for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans; and I will make it an everlasting desolation. 13 I will bring upon that land all My words which I have pronounced against it, all that is written in this book which Jeremiah has prophesied against all the nations. 14 (For many nations and great kings will make slaves of them, even them; and I will recompense them according to their deeds and according to the work of their hands.)’”
Jeremiah 29: 10 “For thus says the Lord, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’
Rev. 6: Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” 2 I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a CROWN was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
We want to make this clear before we continue. Even if the Proposal for Peace, the “Deal of the Century” is THE Covenant from Daniel 9:27, we do NOT believe that Donald Trump is the antichrist! The antichrist has not been revealed yet.
If the Proposal for Peace is THE COVENANT from Daniel 9:27, then it is VERY POSSIBLE that the Seals of Revelation are BEGINNING to be opened.
When Jesus opens the first seal of Revelation, the rider on the white horse will be GIVEN A CROWN and will then set out to conquer the earth. IF the rider is the antichrist, which is possible, THEN after the first seal is opened, the antichrist will be ALLOWED by God to BEGIN his conquest of the earth. We must also remember that during the first 3.5 years of Daniel’s 70th week (the 7 year Tribulation), the antichrist is just an evil, deceptive man who is doing satan’s bidding. The antichrist is not indwelt by satan UNTIL the final 3.5 years when the devil is thrown down to earth.
What might the opening of the first seal look like when the rider on the white horse sets out conquering and to conquer? Is it going to be OBVIOUS? Is he going to ride a literal horse? No.
- Might the antichrist USE a very ambitious, Communist, atheist country as a means to begin his global conquest? Could the antichrist have used or convinced a country like China, who clearly wants to be a global superpower, to release a virus on the world scene, one that has the name of CROWN (Corona)?
- Is it possible that this CROWN VIRUS that appears to have “escaped” from a LABORATORY in China, be the INITIAL TOOL that the antichrist will use to bring down the world’s current global superpower…the UNITED STATES and the monetary system in which she (USA) leads as the world’s reserve currency? One very significant goal of the antichrist will be to ESTABLISH the New World Order, the beast kingdom in the books of Daniel and Revelation. The current world order, along with the current financial system, will need to be “brought down” in order for the antichrist to establish the New world order.
- Is China the antichrist Kingdom? No! But China will likely pay a very heavy price for its role in this global pandemic. The antichrist subdues 3 kings and will not allow China to be the global superpower (Daniel 7:24). He (antichrist) wants a completely New World Order, a global government, not a new global superpower. He will be permitted by GOD to have his New World Order for 1260 days (3.5 years).
- The antichrist may be USING China to bring down the United States, the current global superpower while creating a “need” for the world to “band together”. …a need for a global vaccine, global monitoring, and eventually the mark of the beast.
In the first seal, the rider on the white horse is given a CROWN. Hmmm...Christiandom EXPECTS the rider on the White Horse to be a deceiver (antichrist). Do we expect his deceptions to be OBVIOUS?
Potential for the 2nd seal – WAR?
So is it POSSIBLE that the release of the CORONA VIRUS on the world scene is an indication that the first seal of Revelation has been opened? Yes…I think it is definitely possible.
If the Corona Virus is the opening of the first seal of Revelation, then we would likely see the potential for the remaining seals to be opened. What are the remaining seals? Seal #2 is WAR. Do we see any signs of war? Remember, in Matthew 24, Jesus mentions WARS and RUMORS OF WAR as BIRTHPAINS. I would imagine, as this Corona Virus has been unprecedented, wouldn’t this upcoming WAR also be unprecedented? I would think so. We would likely see a HUGE WAR, perhaps even WWIII. Is that possible? Well, we’re seeing some pretty bellicose and heated rhetoric between China and the United States, as well as other Western nations such as Germany. We’re also seeing some pretty intense threats between Iran and the United States. What has the Corona virus done to the US? It has weakened the US economy. It has made the military more vulnerable as there have been several reports of sickened soldiers on Navy vessels. Could this be an invitation for an ENEMY NATION to attack? It seems very possible. If the Corona Virus was the opening act from the First seal of Revelation then we would expect to see a major war, possibly even a nuclear war…very soon.
But what about the Resurrection or the Rapture? I think that IF the first seal has been opened THEN we should also see the Resurrection of the Saints very, very soon. Revelation 7 makes it clear that NO major destruction from the opening of the seals can take place UNTIL the 144,000 are sealed with the Holy Spirit. It is POSSIBLE that the sealing of the 144,000 IS the Firstfruit Resurrection. IF this is the case, then it is probable that the number 144,000 is a Spiritual number representing the completeness of God’s Government.
In Revelation 7 we see that 144,000 are sealed, and in Revelation 7:9, it appears that the HARVEST was successful because of the GREAT MULTITUDE of Raptured Saints around the Throne!
Rev. 7: After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living God; and he cried out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees UNTIL we have SEALED the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.”
Rev. 7:4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel
Rev. 7:9: After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; 10 and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
But even if Jesus opens all of the seals, and no damage can take place until the 144,000 are sealed (Rev. 7), then IF that first seal had been opened, we would likely be seeing RUMORS OF WAR (2nd seal), we would see the THREAT of an ECONOMIC COLLAPSE (3rd seal) and the POTENTIAL for a HORRIBLE FAMINE on a Biblical scale (4th seal)..along with PESTILENCE (pandemics), all of which would affect 1/4 of the earth according to Revelation 6.
Rev. 6: 8: Authority was given to THEM over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
What about the 3rd seal – global ECONOMIC collapse?
IF the first seal had been opened, we would expect that we would already see the POTENTIAL for an economic collapse in the relatively near future.
Revelation 6:5: When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”
When the Bible states a “quart of wheat for a denarius”, it is basically stating that a quart of wheat would cost an entire day’s wage. The 3rd seal is about a global economic collapse, MASSIVE HYPERINFLATION.. Even before the Corona Virus, the global economy has been very precarious with trillions of dollars in debt, so large that it can never be repaid. How do they keep it going? Governments print money. This is the STIMULUS packages that they are always talking about. However, the money that they are PRINTING is not backed by gold or anything of value…it is just paper, or even worse, virtual numbers on a computer. The only thing that has been holding the global economy together is CONFIDENCE. As soon as that confidence is ERODED….we have a problem. The Corona Virus has taken a big slice out of the economy as people have been forced into their homes, businesses shuttered, and demand for oil, travel, food..plunging. It is not difficult at all to imagine a global collapse being IMMINENT.
How about the 4th seal – FAMINE, PESTILENCE, DEATH?
The 4th Seal of Revelation INCLUDES global FAMINE, PESTILENCE (pandemic), and subsequent DEATH. The 4th seal seems almost like a combination of seals 2-4, including sword (war/2nd seal), famine (economic collapse/3rd seal)…with the addition of PESTILENCE and WILD BEASTS. The wild beasts could be literal as we have seen beasts moving into areas that have been vacated by humans...but the word “wild beast “(therion) in the Greek is the same word that is used for the ANTICHRIST BEAST kingdom.
These were also spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 24 as severe BIRTH PANGS.
Revelation 6:7: When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
Do we see the potential for PESTILENCE, WAR, FAMINE, and death on a global scale? Sadly, we do. The unstable economy, with the additional weight of the Corona Virus, can easily collapse. If the economy collapses, famine will be the result. Just this morning there was a warning from the United Nations that they EXPECT FAMINE on a scale of BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS. We’ve had reports that large meat manufacturers have had to shut their doors because of the Corona Virus. Large herds of Pork (pigs), and chicken have had to be culled because they cannot process them because of the Corona Virus. Large Truckloads of milk are literally being dumped onto the ground because of the closure of schools and restaurants. And…if we remember that there have been Biblical swarms of locusts killing crops, there have been floods and fires that have harmed crops over the past couple of years…it is not difficult to imagine the 4th seal of Revelation being opened.
This all sounds like all VERY BAD NEWS. However, we need to remember that these are BIRTH PANGS of the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ. There will be a Resurrection, which is very GOOD NEWS…GOOD NEWS made possible by the GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST! The bad stuff is going to happen because the evil leaders of the world, along with the devil, want complete control! But Jesus is taking back this earth. The devil will be thrown down to the earth, which is VERY bad news for the earth…but GOOD NEWS for HEAVEN. God will send a DIVINE RESCUE for His people! The Rapture (catching away) is also coming..and will be here before the Trumpets are blown! The Rapture will be here BEFORE the Beast Kingdom comes to POWER and before the MARK OF THE BEAST is enforced! This is also GOOD NEWS made possible by the GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST!
In order to partake of the GOOD NEWS…you MUST RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST into your heart as LORD and SAVIOR. The Bible tells us to BELIEVE that Jesus is the SON OF GOD, that HE lived a SINLESS LIFE, and that HE died on the CROSS to pay the DEBT that we ALL OWE…for our SIN! That debt MUST be paid! We can either pay it ourselves through an eternity in hell, or we can RECEIVE Jesus’ FREE GIFT of GRACE. JESUS paid our debt in full FOR US…so that we could have ETERNAL LIFE..FOREVER LIFE…ABUNDENT LIFE in Heaven, the KINGDOM OF GOD!
If we BELIEVE on the Son of God, Jesus Christ, and make HIM LORD of our LIVES, then we are SAVED and SEALED with the HOLY SPIRIT! If we are living for Christ, walking by the Spirit and not by the flesh, if we REPENT of our sin and ask Jesus to FORGIVE our sin, to come into our hearts, to help us live HOLY LIVES…then there is a VERY GOOD CHANCE we will be SPARED from all of this HORROR that is about to come upon the earth.
The Corona Virus, whether an indication that the first seal has opened, or just a BIRTH PAIN before the opening of the seals, is still NOTHING compared to what is coming! The Bible says to PRAY that we may be FOUND WORTHY to ESCAPE the things that are coming upon the earth and STAND before the SON OF MAN (JESUS CHRIST).
Maranatha! Jesus is coming soon!
Luke 21:36: Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.