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.