Did Revelation Predict What Is Happening in Egypt & the Middle East?

It’s pure speculation at this point, especially when the results of so many protests and attempts at revolution are still up in the air, but how might all this turmoil fit with the Bible? I’d keep my eye on Revelation chapter 6, specifically the four riders of the Apocalypse as they are called. Again, I wouldn’t make any grand pronouncements, but it’s like anything else, it bears watching.

As I explained in a previous post, it’s the first rider that intrigues me most. Revelation chapter 5, the prologue to the four horsemen and the other three judgments, begins with God holding a book sealed with seven seals. In the day Revelation was written, books (or scrolls) were sealed in that way when they were legal documents pertaining to life and death. Many Bible teachers say this book was “the title deed for the earth.” Well, the Bible doesn’t say that, but it is at least true that anyone reading Revelation at the time it was written, would recognize that book was about life and death. And as it turns out, it was about the earth.

It becomes clear very quickly that it is a book about judgment. Chapter 5 begins by asking the question “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?” (verse 2) and no one is found in heaven or earth who is worthy.

That is, until Jesus steps forward. John sees Him as a very symbolic image: “a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth.” (verse 6) Nevertheless, all of the titles and descriptions of this Lamb make it very clear that the image John sees represents Jesus. Revelation chapter 5 pictures heaven worshiping Christ because He is worthy to break the seals, and when He starts to break them in chapter 6, bad things are unleashed on the earth.

The first four seals are the four horseman. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th are easy to identify, but the 1st one is much more vague. There have been different ideas, but none that can be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. Think about that for a second. When you aren’t sure about the first thing that happens, then by the time you became sure, whatever is happening would already be in progress wouldn’t it? I think that’s pretty key. Bible prophecy is such that by the time you know for sure, it’s already happening. For most people, that was the case when Jesus came to earth the first time. It will likely be similar when Jesus comes the second time, in that by the time we realize this is for real, time will be short indeed. Just my opinion.

At any rate, it’s the first rider that might be related to what is going on in Egypt, the Middle East, and other parts of the world. Again, this is speculation. I’m not going to go out and sell my house. (Well, actually I am, but thats unrelated to world events I assure you)

The first rider has often been portrayed as Jesus or the anti-christ. I’ve never thought Jesus fit because it’s Jesus who is letting this rider loose in the first place, and if Jesus is also the rider, not only does that seem weird, but Jesus would be in bad company. Hey look! It’s Death, Famine, War, and… Jesus! I’ve never thought that was it. However, I have agreed with the idea that the first rider is the anti-christ. At least he’s a bad guy and would seem to go along with the other bad things, right?

I wonder, however, if we’ve missed something. Since riders 2,3,and 4 are all things that happen in a general sense, why would rider #1 be a person? Wouldn’t it be more consistent to look at the rider on the white horse as something that happens in the world, in a general sense, too? That would fit with the other riders, war, economic distress, and death.

I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. -Revelation 6:2

What if that was never meant to refer to a “who” but a “what”? What if it really referred to revolution? Democracy? Or a movement of such that would sweep the world, and the Middle East in particular?

I had this idea 20 years ago, and now I’m wondering if I was on to something. We’ll see of course. This is all just speculation. Something to consider.

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17 thoughts on “Did Revelation Predict What Is Happening in Egypt & the Middle East?

  1. I certainly agree that the 1st rider is not the Lord Jesus. I am inclined to see the current situation as leading to the fulfillment of the prophecies of Daniel 11:36-45. The ouster of these tyrannical regimes leaves a vacuum. These nations are now vulnerable to consolidation. I am watching to see if Russia and/or Iran take advantage of the situation. What amazing times we live in!

  2. Im not sure I would use the term “amazing” for what is happening right now, in particular with Libya. Horrifying might be better…

  3. Why you so-called Christians only read the book of revelation? This is the reason why so many commentators about Bible prophecy are DEAD WRONG interpreting this Book. WHY? THAT BOOK IS A BOOK OF ALLEGORIES YOU MUST CHECK FIRST THE LITERAL MEANING OT THOSE ALLEGORIES THAN TO PUT THAT ALLEGORY TO LITERAL MEANING!

  4. The author of this website is right in one thing HE ONLY SPECULATES! HE IS NOT SURE ABOUT THE events in the Middle east sighhhhh, read the hebrew bible or the Old testament from jeremiah, isaiah, Job, daniel and other book of the prophets, you will understand revelation. PLS READ YOUR BIBLE AS A WHOLE NOT SOME PARTS OF IT! ARABIA WILL BE NEXT! BABYLON HAS FALLEN HAS FALLEN!

  5. Gen, it’s ok, it’s ok, breathe! 🙂 I do read, and even study! the other Old Testament and New Testament books and passages of prophecy. I was just using a passage in the book of Revelation that I believe may apply to our times. There are other passages to consider as well, but I just wrote about the one. Keep up your studying and stay ready my friend.

  6. the term “horrifying” does indeed apply to the killing in Libya. It’s exciting to think about the return of Christ, but you are right, these are very sobering events as well

  7. What makes you think that we do not read the rest of the Bible? You cannot understand Revelation unless you understand the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants, the major and minor prophets,Paul’s teaching on the subject and of course Jesus’ Olivet discourse. Read the book, Jesus says that the book of Revelation is a PROPHECY, that will soon come to pass.
    When the book of Revelation has come to pass, nobody will be touting that it was merely allegory.Babylon has not fallen, Babylon is the current system of men. Babylon will be replaced by Christ’s Kingdom and there will be no doubt about it!

  8. Well am happy at least people do realise that we are living at the end time.I only worry that there are so many interpreters of the book of revelation.Most of you guys have gone to theology colleges as others use godly knowledge and others are God called to the ministry of serving God.Everyone wants to be seen as the one who is telling the truth.Where do we stand and who will tell us the truth? I live in Kenya and there was alot of killings where people went to the extent of burning others inside a church.Is what is happening in Egypt more irritating than what happened in kenya or The genocide that took in Rwanda?
    Its the high time you guys told us the truth about the bible other than your own personal thinking.

  9. Well, Paul, if you want the “truth” about the end times, you’ll just have to wait and see how the end times work out. That’s all any of us can do. Very few people figured out the first coming of Jesus ahead of time, and even John the Baptist seemed to doubt at one point. Right before Jesus ascended, the disciples were still asking Jesus when he was going to take over the world. (so to speak) Interpretations about the end times are guesses. Educated guesses many times, but still guesses. The important thing is not to worry about figuring out how everything will happen and when, because no one can really know that. The important thing is to understand how it COULD happen. When you realize it COULD happen, it keeps you ready in case it does.

  10. it is horrifying…and hopefully this country is smart enough to stay outta other countries war other wise we will have world war 3 very soon

  11. wow we are all worried dont get me wrong but if its going to happen their is no sence in freakin out about it its going to happen whether we like it or not

  12. Wow everybody is so smart. I am interested in what is going on in the middle east. I just wish I knew someone who can help me see the light…so to speak..I understand..my question is “Does the Bible stand for basic instructions before leaving earth” Can someone answer that for me…
    Just wondering…
    Thanks

  13. The Bible is a lot of things. Stories. Instructions. Historical records. Standards of right and wrong. Prophecies. Teachings. Etc… If you want to discover a relationship with God, it’s pretty much an unlimited source.

    If you’re just looking for “instructions before leaving earth,” then there is one message (which is in the Bible) that matters. -Namely that God forgives our sins and mistakes by the sacrifice of His son Jesus. Everyone who accepts Jesus (faith) and turns to God (repentance) will be forgiven and will have eternal life.

  14. Get things in the right order. Read what must be the first thing that happens in Revelation that tells us the End Times are here. That is assuming that Revelation is in a chronological order.

  15. Jesus urges all of us to watch for His return. …

    Mark 13:32 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert ! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. 35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back–whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!'”

    Jesus warned that there would be false teaching (yeast) in this age (Mt 13:33). However, the Holy Spirit leads us into truth if we really want to know it. Prayer, scripture reading and the Holy Spirit are the key

    John 16:12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.

    We do not watch out of fear but hope…
    Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good

  16. Joe, you thinking about the Rapture? Or something else? I’m all for the rapture happening 7 years ahead of time or even sooner! I hope that opinion turns out to be right. But it’s not in the book of Revelation at the beginning unless you look for figurative meanings. One has to claim John going to heaven symbolizes the rapture, or claim that John going to heaven has a double meaning. But a distinct description of a great catching away of people from the earth, with the aftermath it would undoubtedly cause, is not found in the beginning of Revelation. I’m all for it, like I said, but I believe a person needs to be ready for the possibility that the rapture doesn’t happen 7 years out.

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