(OPINION) Those of us eagerly awaiting Jesus’ appearing did not expect to see so many signs of the coming kingdom of the antichrist before going home to be with our Savior. We never anticipated seeing so much vile wickedness and demonic deception before the Rapture.

For that matter, I assumed that the Lord would severely judge America long before now. “With such failed expectations,” one might ask, “why do I believe Jesus will soon appear to take us home? Why do I remain convinced that we live in the season of His return for His church?” It’s because the world is so very close to the fulfillment of Revelation 6:1-8, and Scripture assures us that we will be with Jesus in heaven before these riders begin their deadly trek across planet earth.

Can you guess who wrote the following? “I have heard the distant sound of hoofbeats. I have seen the evil riders on the horizons of our lives. I am still an evangelist whose one goal is to proclaim new life in Christ, but there is serious trouble ahead for our world, for all of us who live in it, and in the four horsemen of the Apocalypse there is both a warning and wisdom for those troubled days ahead.”


If these things were true back in 1983 when Billy Graham penned these words, how much more so today? How near must we be to Jesus’ appearing? What sounds do we here today that point to the nearness of the Lord opening the seal judgments of Revelation 6? Revelation 6:1-2 tells us about the first seal, the first rider:

Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. Many, including me, believe these verses refer to the antichrist bringing the world together under his rule. The absence of an arrow in the bow points to that absence of force, although he will gather an impressive arsenal of weapons during his campaign.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-8 assures us that the Rapture will happen before this “man of lawlessness” makes his presence known on the world scene. However, we already see the formation this coming New World Order through the UN and the World Economic Forum (WEF). Without firing a shot, they have gained the allegiance of most world leaders for their Marxist plans to enslave the people of the world.

The globalists no longer hide their intentions. President Biden recently asserted his allegiance the New World Order. Klaus Schwab, the head of the WEF, recently asked the 2,600 delegates to his annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, to work aggressively to bring about the communistic, totalitarian agenda advocated by him as well as those in attendance.

He opened the meeting by saying that “the future is not just happening; the future is built by us, by a powerful community, as you here in this room.” In other words, the globalists believe they have the means to reshape the world according to their agenda via the influence they have gained over the global leaders of our day. Can you hear the sound of the first horse getting ready to ride?

The second rider is that of war as John describes in Revelation 6:4-5: When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” 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.

I’m old enough to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis in the early 1960’s. I did not fully understand what was happening at the time, but I sensed the fear. At school, we had drills in which we would hide under our desks (as if that would help in a nuclear conflict).

I believe the threat today is at least equal to that time if not far greater, but the mainstream media is diverting our attention away from the current and present danger to matters such as pride month and the January 6 hearings. Those who are truly awake today clearly see these looming threats to world peace:

Russia repeatedly warns the west, and the U.S. of a nuclear attack if they keep supporting Ukraine. However, the Biden administration seems to be doing all it can to provoke Putin into just such an attack by increasing the flow of weapons to Ukraine.

Iran is on the brink of developing its first nuclear weapon with many believing that Israel will attack Iran before that happens. China appears intent on attacking Taiwan and is threatening an all-out war against anyone who interferes. President Biden says he will defend Taiwan, which would mean a war with China.

North Korea has stepped up its testing of missiles during the past year and a half demonstrating that it can hit North America with a nuclear bomb. When we put these threats together with the words of Revelation 6:8 that tell us war will play a part in killing a fourth of the world’s population, it seems likely that perhaps one or more of these threats will happen. Do these dangers not beg the question regarding the nearness of Rapture? Could the saber-rattling of Russia, China, and North Korea be the sound of the second horse getting ready to ride? READ MORE


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