The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

“Revelation 14: 17-20 says: “And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of thousand and six hundred furlongs.”

This passage is referring to the second Jewish revolt against Rome under Bar Kochba. It was said that it was such a great slaughter in the Betar fortress that the blood flowed to the horse bridles.

This was the final stand by the Jews that caused them to be dispersed in 135 A.D. Since that time the four horsemen have been walking to and fro in the earth unleashing deception on those who don’t want truth, war, famine, and plague. These four Horsemen are the four winds of heaven (Zech. 6: 5, Rev. 7: 1). They are the four carpenters who scattered Jerusalem after 70 A.D. and 135 A.D. (Zech. 1: 18). These are the ones that walk to and fro in the earth, (Zech. 1: 10, 6: 7). They are also God’s four sore judgments in the earth.

This can be found in Ezek. 14: 21, which says: “For thus saith the Lord God; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, (red horse) and the famine (black horse) and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast? (pale horse).”

The scattering of Jerusalem happened during the 1000-year heavenly reign of Christ which began in A.D. 70. Ezekiel calls it the time of the heathen, but he also calls it the day of the Lord: Ezek. 30: 3 says “For the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.” Luke calls it the times of the Gentiles: Lu. 21: 24 says “And they (the Jews) shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” The 1000 years is symbolic for an extended period of time. Matthew 19 explains that the scattering of Israel was a judgment by God: Matthew 19: 28 says “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” This is also referring to Revelation 20: 4 where John “… saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them…” meaning they were given authority to judge. The regeneration is another name for the heavenly millennial reign of Christ.” – Anthony D. Booker

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