MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show has a video clip showing various riot scenes from Egypt, and at about the 10:27 mark in a clip titled “World’s Eyes on Egypt,” there appears to be a mysterious horseman. Obviously this is a glare, or a weird reflection of the fire on the lens of the camera. Nevertheless, for anyone who knows of the four horsemen of the apocalypse in Revelation chapter 6, it’s kinda spooky, and very, very cool.
Here’s the original from Rachel Maddow’s site. The video is long, and the ghostly image appears around the 10:27 mark.
Here’s a much shorter video that plays up the spookiness factor. (It’s a little silly)
Here’s a link that demonstrates it’s just a camera lens thing.
Speculations are abounding on Youtube. While it is undoubtedly just a weird reflection, it is nevertheless a rather striking one. Why couldn’t it have looked like a racoon? Or a flaming peace symbol? Or the Eye of Sauron? For something that appears to simply be one of those camera anomalies, it sure picked a significant shape. A thought-provoking one for me.
Twenty years ago, while studying the book of Revelation, I came up with a theory about Revelation 6 that no one really took seriously, and I quickly dropped. By “no one,” I mean the 3-4 people I explained my theory to. Hey, I was just a young college student with plans to make a career in business, not dedicate my life to the ministry. Just as well. If I’d tried that theory out in Bible college, it would have undoubtedly been shot down even sooner, different as it was from a traditional interpretation. Besides, nothing really came of it. Twenty years passed, and the world didn’t end.
Which certainly may happen again, but for the record, it is somewhat interesting that something I predicted 20 years ago, seems poised to happen in the Middle East. Maybe my timing was just off?
Anyway, I predicted democracy would sweep the region, and that the rider on the White horse in Revelation 6, was democracy. A thing, not a person. Today, I think I’d just call it revolution.
Here’s how I got there:
The second rider in Revelation chapter 6 is riding a red horse, and he takes peace from the earth. He is obviously War, and war is a thing. A thing that happens.
The third rider in Revelation chapter 6 is riding a black horse, and its rider was holding a pair of scales, while voices cried out about exorbitant prices for food and essentials. He is obviously Famine, or an even broader Economic Distress, and that is also a thing. A thing that happens.
The fourth rider in Revelation chapter 6 is riding a pale horse, and this one the Bible actually names -Death. Hades follows behind him. The rider Death is given power over one-fourth of the earth to kill by various means, including war and famine. Death is also a thing. A thing that happens.
Of these four horsemen in Revelation 6, at least three of them are things that happen. Why would we assume the first is a “who?”
Most often, the first rider on the white horse is assumed to be either the anti-christ, or Jesus. The idea this is Jesus comes from the fact he’s riding a “white horse” and Jesus is riding one in Revelation 19. However, this rider in Revelation 6 is wearing merely a victor’s crown (the kind that would be worn by winning in the Roman games), while Jesus is wearing many crowns, the kind that would be worn by kings signifying authority and rule.
Plus, in Revelation 6, Jesus is the one who releases the first seal, including the rider on the white horse. Kinda weird that He would release Himself. Seems more natural to conclude this is not Jesus, but someone, or something, else.
Most have traditionally interpreted the rider on the white horse in Revelation 6 as the anti-christ. And evil world rulers aren’t exactly new, so one could argue this is a “thing,” but… what other “things” would also fit?
Well 20 years ago, I wondered if democracy would fit. Or revolution. And as revolution and democracy begin to sweep the Middle East as we watch on tv, I find myself wondering the same thing again.
If so, war would follow. Hope that takes longer than 20 years.