Power Over The Fourth Part Part 2
"nd 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" (Revelation 6:8).
In our first installment of the present exposition, we pointed out how twin Spiritual factions, identified by the proper names of Death and Hell, were "given power" over the "fourth part," in order to act as the vessel of evil which would inflict a four-fold judgment on the balance of the population. The key thought is that the Pale Horse was not given power to kill a fourth of the world; rather the text is telling us that a fourth of the world is indwelled by these twin entities to become the instrument of the killing.
We also identified the color coding of the Pale Horse (Chloros, as in green, in the Greek), as a significant emblem which pointed us to the quarter of the world which is now Islamic.
Although the Red Horse was also given "power" (to take peace from the world), in that instance, we note the KJV has the worditalicized – indicating the word is not in the Textus Receptus manuscripts; thus, the only one of the four horsemen to be given "power" is the Pale Horse. This speaks of an escalation, or even a removal of previous restraint upon these Spiritual energies.
We also tied the era of the Pale Horse to America in a broad sense, and the reign of Barack Obama to a sequential pattern (see part 1 of Power Over The Fourth Part for details).
In returning to the title phrase, we find a link between the first beast of Revelation 13 (typically referenced as the Antichrist beast), and the Pale Horse. The common denominator is the "power" which was "given." In that text, after the rise of the beast, we see another clue regarding chronology:
"…and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months" (Revelation 13:5).
A third reference occurs, and it is also associated with the Antichrist entity described in Revelation 13. There, we see a wholesale escalation of his power. The context says this is concurrent with the inauguration of his war on the saints and, at that time, the text tells us this entity is then given unprecedented power:
"…and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations" (Revelation 13:7).
Although this is hardly conclusive, a connection between the Pale Horse entity, which we've already associated with Barack Obama, and the Antichrist beast power, is certainly indicated. The problem is, of course, our mis-perception of the term "Antichrist."
Largely due to the massive "falling away" from the truth of the Gospel which has already immersed the contemporary church, many believers have already concluded President Obama fulfills the role of Antichrist (mostly due to his antipathy to the modern state of Israel); however, this is built around false prophetic expectations.
As is commonly the case, what is missing is an accurate perception of what the text actually states. The two Spiritual entities in view are identified as "Death" and "Hell" – and the widespread inability, on the part of the fallen body of Christ to accurately perceive the Spiritual architecture of the heavens, is the real problem:
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12).
I submit that "Death" and "Hell" are definitely not found in the phone book, yet those who are supposedly inhabited by the Holy Spirit through their relationship with Jesus Christ, routinely fail to recognize how these malevolent Spiritual entities are said to be "given power" – power which releases them to run amok during the time frame specified.
To make matters even worse, the believers in Jesus Christ are notorious for clinging to shallow, or two dimensional systems – even on the rare occasions when they encounter the truth. For instance, in the Apostolic era, John clashed with the expectation the "Antichrist" would arrive to counterfeit the work of the LORD, and He pointedly sought to correct this slanted misconception:
"…as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are theremany antichrists…" (I John 2:18).
Unfortunately, the widespread predilection towards playing thepin the donkey tail on the Antichrist game is everywhere. There are variations on the same theme, as believers offer a multitude of similarly superficial views on adjacent issues; but the point is, it is common practice to reduce the supernatural to the physical.
In the present instance, although the sequential kingdoms of the age are identified through the color coding of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (in conjunction with the imagery of a lion, bear, leopard, and diverse beast as seen in Daniel), since the Scriptures tell us the true opposition is Spiritual, it is far more useful to determine just who (or what) "Death" and "Hell" represent.
In prior efforts, we've noted a systemic pattern of dual identitieswhich are related to the Death and Hell which are imbued with power in order to fulfill the LORD's purpose. Few believers have realized the characteristics of these two evil entities runs throughout Bible prophecy. For instance, while the false prophets of our time are writing about raptures and rebuilt temples, Revelation has already told us the principalities and powers are peculiarly identified as unholy halves, which are actually named Death and Hell.
These two factions (for lack of a better word) are imaged as the "Antichrist" and the "False Prophet," but the twin polarities of iniquity are not individuals, they are the Spirits of devils which occupy the divided house of the Devil:
"For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty" (Revelation 16:14).
-- James Lloyd
(To Be Continued)
A further look at the Four Horsemen is found in the two hour CD from James Lloyd entitled RIDERS OF THE STORM: THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE.