The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 6) — the Aftermath of the War of the Antichrist

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TEXT: Revelation 6:1-8

1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.

4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 6) — the Aftermath of the War of the Antichrist

Every war has one undeniable outcome — death. This past week alone, dozens of people died as a result of war. Due to modern military technology, there is not as much death as a result of war as there would be otherwise. However, no matter how precise a military tries to be in who and what it attacks, noncombatants, civilians, end up dying — if not from bullets and bombs, then from famine, disease, and a lack of the basic vital necessities of life. The war of the antichrist will be no different. However it will be more intense.

We have seen how that although the Antichrist comes in peace, he will quickly turn in to a wartime world leader — the red horse, the second horseman of the apocalypse. As a result of a devastating global civil war, millions of people will be affected by famine — the black horse, the third horseman of the apocalypse. They will not have access to food and other necessities. Following fast on the heels of famine is a fourth horse — the pale horse of death. John says, “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”

Death comes with an arsenal with which to ensure the slaughter of one-quarter of the world’s population. W.A. Elwell states he has “power to kill with four judgments: the sword, famine, plague, and wild beasts. Although the wild beasts might seem rather out of place in this list, they actually form part of a familiar Old Testament prophetic pattern. Ezekiel speaks of the four dreadful judgments of almighty God — sword, famine, wild beasts, and plagues.” When people’s daily routines are disrupted, war, famine and plague always follow.

Right now in the Middle East and North Africa, tens of thousands of people are leaving their homes and walking hundreds of miles or risking their lives to sail across the Mediterranean Sea in order to get to Europe. This past fall, we saw images of masses of people walking along European highways, cramming into train cars, packing themselves onto unseaworthy vessels as they flee their own lands. The wars raging in their own countries have made their environment an unfit place to live and raise children. A modern-day exodus is taking place as we speak. The same sort of thing will happen in the last days. People will be driven out of their homes by war. They will face famine, plagues, and diseases; they will even be attacked by wild animals. Even as they try to escape, they will find that there is nowhere to turn because death will be all around them.

The Bible states that “power was given unto them [that is, Death and Hell] over the fourth part of the earth.” The passive tense of this statement emphasizes that they do not simply take this authority upon themselves. Rather, they receive it. There is a higher power at work here. God allows Death, if you will, to go on its grim rampage across the globe, gobbling up one-quarter of the earth’s population. While many of those who will die will be unbelievers and will end up in Hell, that is not in view here. The word translated “hell” in the King James Version is “hades” in the Greek. This does not indicate the fiery place of eternal punishment, but rather the grave or the abode of the dead.

Based on the current population of earth, over 1.5 billion people will be killed as a result of the fourth seal. That is more than the population of China and then some. It will be the greatest destruction of human life the world has ever seen.

The four-fold causes of this mass death — war, famine, plague, and wild animals -mirror the judgments that God poured out on Israel for its rebellion. The prophet Ezekiel wrote in Ezekiel 14:21, “For thus saith the Lord God; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence…” In light of these judgments, Ezekiel reveals some of God’s purpose. In verse 22-23, he writes, “Behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it. And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord God.”

This revelation from Ezekiel helps us see God’s perspective behind the awful judgments of Revelation. Ezekiel was told that he would be ‘comforted’, his mind would be put at ease, when he saw the results of God’s punishment upon Israel. After the four-fold judgment that God brought on Jerusalem, the children of Israel returned to their God and tried to serve Him faithfully. That is God’s purpose in allowing these awful judgments to fall on mankind in the end times. He wants man to see the terrible consequences of persistent rebellion against Him. And He wants many, even in those dark days, to turn to the light of Christ.

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If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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