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Red Horse of the Apocalypse
June 19, 2005
------------The Red Horse of The Apocalypse---------
In a previous newsletter, we learned that the white horse of the apocalypse was someone pretending to be the Messiah. We know him as the Antichrist. How did he come to power? The Bible says he conquers through peace so we know that he has the military might to back up or confirm a peace treaty. All the world marvels at this and believes he is God himself.
However, this man's power comes from Satan. There is no peace with Satan. Since the nature of man is sinful and warlike, there will never be peace on earth until the nature of man is changed. History confirms this. In the entire 6,000 or so years of man there has only been slightly more than 200 years of relative peace on earth. This peace is not an inner peace but a peace derived from lack of conflicts.
Is the world at peace today? No it is not. We have the war in Iraq and the war against terrorism going on. We also have the high tension between countries in the Middle East. If a man was to come on the scene that would settle things in that region the world would think of that man as a god. George Bush is definitely not that man.
Without Christ there is no true peace. Man's nature has to be changed for that to happen and only Christ can do that. The saying,"No God, No Peace Know God, Know Peace" is very true. So what happens after the Antichrist has come to power?
Revelation 6 tells us When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, "Come and see." 4 Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.
What is the fruit of the Antichrist? World War III begins. This is not just another war. Man's hatred for fellow man will go much deeper. Imagine the street gang violence of the inner cities on a global scale and that you will give you a faint idea of how bad things will get.
Is this when Russia and the Mid-East Muslim nations attack Israel? It could be. Drug use will be rampant so people will have no second thoughts about murdering someone for money so they can buy their drugs. Yes, this happens now but it will be on a much larger scale then. Brother will betray brother and sister will betray sister. Mothers will betray their children and children will betray their parents.
Why will there be so much death during the coming tribulation period on Earth? First of all, there will be no Christians here as they will have been removed from this planet. Secondly, the ones who accept Christ during this time will be killed by the forces of the Antichrist. Thirdly, everyone else has rejected God and God cannot rule those who reject Him. God does not force Himself on anyone.
God is preparing to come to this planet to set up His kingdom and His kingdom means no sin therefore the sin element has to be removed. The whole purpose of the tribulation is to remove the sin element and make some radical changes to the planet's surface because a righteous ruler is coming to put a stop to wars and disease and poverty.
Think of it this way. We are married to Christ when we receive Him as our Lord and Savior. When Christ comes back to earth, there is going to be a great reception with many guests in attendance. We know this as the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. When the reception is over, we go on the honeymoon which is the 1,000 year reign of Christ on Earth. After the honeymoon is over, we get to move into our new home which will be a renewed Earth and Heaven.
Copyright 2005 by Gary Goodworth
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