One doesn’t need be an Einstein to figure out that the world is in peril. The media outlets as well as the internet are bombarding us with over-information/disinformation. It’s nearly impossible to find what is truth.
There is one source that never fails in delivering the truth, The Bible. As Hal Lindsey used to say, “The Bible is more accurate than today’s headlines”. If you drink the drink of the mass media and big tech, you’ll certainly be in a state of despair, fear, and hopelessness. It’ll latch on to you as a blood sucking leech and drain you into oblivion. I’m not saying, do not be informed as to what is going on. Just be apprehensive and investigatory and run everything you see through the lens of God’s Word. Believe nothing you hear, half of what you see, and ALL of God’s Word!!
Right now, I see God starting to send shots across the bow of humanity. Time is getting short, and Divine Judgment is coming. We are getting a subtle taste and warning of what is to come. God in His lovingkindness and longsuffering sends warnings, and warnings, and warnings… Many perceive things are really-bad now, but they really aren’t, not yet at least.
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
Knowing this, it also warns us that one day the door of the ark will slam closed and all on the outside will perish in the Wrath of Almighty God. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. (Revelation 22:15)
Have you ever had a sample at the grocery store? A small taste of what you get in the full package. Knowing that these current events are NOT the opening of the seals, they do indeed seem as if a small sampling of them and what is to come — In the distance can you hear the hoof-beats of the horsemen?
The First Sample (Antichrist)
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.” 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. (Revelation 6:1–2)
Antichrist. What do we know about antichrist? Is it a spirit? A man? A system? Look at the condition of humanity and you will hear his hoof-beats.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:1–6)
Therefore, the spirit of the antichrist is ALREADY in the world. Sound familiar? The utter denial that Jesus as fully God and fully man who He says He is. It deludes us with false teachers, false theologies, and a distorted view of Jesus that we do not even recognize. John says to “Test all spirits” Indeed so, test all spirits, premonitions, teachings, and so-called prophets, new revelations, against the backdrop of God’s written Word. If it does not align with the written word, it is a false spirit of antichrist at play. To my point, if you are not reading The Bible, how in the world will you have discernment? How will you be prepared for what is coming? What weapon do you really have other than the Word of God? And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (Ephesians 6:17) For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12) Get in HIS Word and sharpen your sword. Keep it sharp and be ready for battle.
One need only open their eyes a but a little to see this spirit at work in the world. A spirit of deception and lies that have even infiltrated the church. Take note, that the so-called church in the world is not the true body of Christ. There is and has only ever been a small remnant of true born-again believers in the church. Most churches are built on shifting sand and not the SOLID rock of Jesus Christ. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:26–27)
Indeed so, the man of sin will come into the world as a leader that we call “the antichrist”. The one spoken of by scripture:
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, (2 Thessalonians 2:8–9)
He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time. (Daniel 7:25)
As you see this rider is the opposite of Jesus in every way. The Real Christ is faithful and true, the false one is performing lying wonders.
He will be a false Christ an imitation of the real one. NOTE**This rider is not to be confused with the white horse in Revelation 19:11: Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. (Revelation 19:11) This Rider (rev 19:11) is Jesus Christ.
Biblically we call this system “The World” This system is also antichrist. Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (James 4:4b)
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. (1 John 2:15–16)
We are told to not conform to this system: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)
We know this system HATES God and truth. “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:18–19)
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20)
This system as an un-holy and un-just form of religion with sacraments such as abortion, practice sexual perversions, murder, strife, envy, and so on… Sound familiar? being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:29–32)
This White Horseman is to be set forth to conquer and dominate all aspects of human life, politically, spiritually, and economically. It’ll be like a high-tech Nazi Germany thousands of times worse and on a global scale.
The Second Sample (War)
When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.” And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him. (Revelation 6:3–4)
This is the loss of peace and the conflagration of global war. Can you hear this hoof beat? Just look on the TV or internet at the foremost world event at this moment. War in the Ukraine.
Currently the country (Russia) with the world’s largest nuclear arsenal of approximately 5500 warheads is mired down in the first major European war since WWII. What folks really do not fathom is how close we are to total nuclear war currently more so than in the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.
War is nothing new to mankind. It has been with us since Cain murdered his brother. However, this current war (birth pang) has connotations of total global conflict for the first time in the nuclear age. These advanced weapons of mass destruction are readily available to any nations (despotic or not) that desire them. They are many and more easily obtainable as each day passes.
The capability to kill with unprecedented efficiency has never been at the level it is now. It is also getting more lethal by the day. When this Horseman arrives on the scene, his warfare will be unlike anything humanity has seen yet.
Our news is permeated with war and conflict. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (Matthew 24:6)
The Third Sample (Famine)
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. 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.” (Revelation 6:5–6)
Look at the stores now as of this writing. Shelves are empty, shrink inflation is out of control, and disasters are happening to fertilizer facilities daily in the news. The war in Ukraine also will burden the global food supply.
We will have this sample upon us soon I believe. Food shortages are already becoming reality. The current shortages are a major inconvenience to world and will effect food supplies. Again, it’s another warning shot across the bow of what will come later. Later when the Rider does arrive, it’ll be horrific. It’ll be 1970’s Ethiopian famine times a thousand on a global scale. An entire day’s wages for a quart of wheat. That’s enough to feed yourself but not your family… As you can see the inflation spiking upward on a global scale. My friend John  observed: “Do you notice those empty spaces on some grocery shelves as well as hard to obtain, or even unobtainable products, with numerous businesses closing shop? Any prophetic implications here?“
The Fourth Sample (Death)
When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 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. (Revelation 6:7–8)
Over the last few years, we have certainly seen a sampling of this. We had a global pandemic which albeit bad, it is nothing like others before. However, this current one sparked global fear and permitted leads and governments to start stripping away rights of the people in the name of safety. Nevertheless, many people have perished from it. When the real seal is broken, the world will be begging for the good old days of Covid again.
What do we do?
My friend Pastor John concluded a similar article  with this:
“ARE WE READY? WHAT ABOUT OUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS? In other words, WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT? DO WE REALLY CARE (about others as much as we do about ourselves)?”
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20) …!
“Things are getting hotter and will literally come to pass shortly and suddenly“
Knowing we are being warned by The Almighty, what course shall we take? How do we Prepare?
1. Now is a good time to get right with God if you are not. Is there oil in you lantern? “Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’“But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’“Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour. (Matthew 25:11–13)
2. Are you in God’s Word every day? If not, How can you be prepared to give a defense of what you believe? How can you discern truth from error? How will you know God’s will, and way? You are in a war! If you are not exercising your spiritual muscles you will be overwhelmed and unfit for what is coming. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16–17)
Make no mistake, the last few years have been a small sampling of what is to come. I believe we are experiencing the birth pangs Jesus spoke of at the Olivet discourse (Matt 24).
I don’t know about you. But, I certainly can hear HOOF-BEATS coming. Be Ready!
Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” (Luke 21:28)