The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse

Rev 6: 1-8

I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest. When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword. When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand.Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two poundsof wheat for a day’s wages, and six poundsof barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!” When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.

In the last 3 years, we have witnessed a global pandemic, a war that could lead to a global war and global inflation.  Many have speculated that probably the first 2 or 3 of the horsemen have already appeared.

The rider of the first white horse is given a crown. Could the crown refer to the covid-19 virus plague or pandemic for the appearance of the virus resembles a crown ? It has indeed affected all nations. (The interpretation of a plague is very plausible because the fourth horsemen seems to be given the power of each of the first three horsemen to kill by sword, famine and PLAGUE.) The rider of the second fiery red horse is given a sword to take peace from the earth and make people kill each other.  Could it refer to the on-going Russia-Ukraine war ?   The rider of the third black horse is holding a pair of scales. Two pounds of wheat cost a whole day’s wages and that sounds like runaway food inflation which we are witnessing right now for some countries like Lebanon, Laos and Sri Lanka.  And more are facing bankruptcy. The World Bank has predicted a global famine disaster from 2023 and the Horn of Africa is already facing critical famine right now.  The rider of the fourth pale horse is given power to kill by sword, famine and plague over a fourth of the earth. If the above interpretation of the first three seal judgments are plague, war and famine, it seems to me then that the last horsemen is given the power to escalate the first 3 seal judgments simultaneously. To be given the authority over a fourth of the earth to kill does not necessarily mean a fourth of the earth’s population will be killed. It is more likely that authority is given to kill over a TERRITORY covering a fourth of the earth. Scripture at times call extremely evil people as wild beasts and they join in the slaughter.

The pandemic, Russia-Ukraine war and inflation cum famine are still continuing right now. Will all these three seal judgments worsen suddenly and usher in the pale horse seal judgment ?

Eternal Security

There is always this perennial argument whether believers are really saved in the beginning when they fall away later, or they are saved initially but lose their salvation when they fall away later.  Let us take a look at the following two Scriptural passages closely.

John 2:23-25

Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name as they observed His signs which He was doing. But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, because He knew all people, and because He did not need anyone to testify about mankind, for He Himself knew what was in mankind.

John 6:60-66

So then many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This statement is very unpleasant; who can listen to it?” But Jesus, aware that His disciples were complaining about this, said to them, “Is this offensive to you? What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh provides no benefit; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit, and are life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray Him. And He was saying, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.” As a result of this many of His disciples left, and would no longer walk with Him.

In John 2:23-25, Scripture said that many believed in His name but Jesus our Lord did not entrust Himself to them.  In other words, He did not believe their faith.  So did these people believe in His name initially ?  Were their faith illegitimate from the start which was why Jesus our Lord said He could not trust their faith ?

Later in John 6:64-65, Scripture said that Jesus our Lord knew from the BEGINNING who did not believe.  In John 6:66, Scripture said clearly these believers, who were His DISCIPLES, left and no longer walked with Him.  Were these believers DISCIPLES from the beginning but later fell away ?

Reading the passages of John 2:23-25 and John 6:60-66,  one can interpret that the believers can lose their salvation when they fall away for Scripture mentioned that they believed in the name of Jesus  and were disciples.  Another can interpret otherwise that they were not believers in the first place because Jesus our Lord did not trust their faith and He knew from the beginning those who did not believe even though they followed Him for some time.   

The parable of the sower gave 4 different heart responses to the gospel.  Can the rocky ground and the ground with weeds be transformed to the good soil ?   Or the condition of the heart already settles the receptivity to the gospel even though they may receive the gospel with joy initially.  Luke 8:13.

I believe a better question to ask, which we can have a definite answer from Scripture, is to ask how we can know if we have eternal life in Christ. Scripture does give us an answer to examine our faith. 

1 John 5:13

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

The apostle John said in 1 John 5:13 that he had written all these things in his epistle so that we may know we have eternal life.  So what are these things written in 1 John ?  https://www.gotquestions.org/signs-saving-faith.html

Scripture also gives us the the right repentance leading to legitimate faith in 2 Cor 7:9-11.  http://www.jcmanifesto.org/?s=godly+sorrow

Only with legitimate faith can one be born again with the new heart and new spirit.  So can it be that some believers do not have the new heart and new spirit given by the Lord when they first believed apparently ?  Perhaps these believers do not count their cost of discipleship or have the wrong repentance leading to faith in the first place which render their faith to be illegitimate all along. Zacchaeus decided there and then on the cost of following Jesus by taking appropriate action upon having the right repentance leading to faith; while the rich young ruler decided the cost was too high and walked away. Even if the young ruler decided to follow Jesus without the repentance shown by Zacchaeus, his faith would be illegitimate.

Recurring Visions Of Sep 2008 Great Recession

I nearly forgot to put this testimony in this blog. I felt it was necessary because the visions for the Sep 2008 Great Recession could be corroborated.

It was in late 2004 that I started to have the vision of a great recession.  I blogged about it in 2005 in one website Antioch.sg and I entitled it “The Coming Financial Tsunami”.  (I was surprised as well that the media also called the crisis a financial tsunami later in 2009. Another surprise was that it turned out to be caused by the US subprime loan crisis which I had blogged.)  When I was first called to missions in China in 2007,  I started warning the Chinese church to be prepared for the looming economic crisis.

In late 2007, I went to the Hakka region between Fujian and Guangdong province to warn the three-self church in Dapu.  The church leaders were not happy for they misconstrued that I was slighting the economic progress of China.  Nevertheless I started to save up the ministry funds in case of need.

In early 2008,  I went to a rural city in Liaoning province near to Shenyang.   The church gathered several pastors and ministry workers from other remote places to meet in a three day conference in an obscure village.  (It was still not allowed then to hold such conference without official approval.)  I spoke and warned of the looming economic crisis which would happen after the Sep 2008 Olympics held in Beijing. I just blurted out the date spontaneously when I was giving the message. My traveling partner CH Goh, a missionary based in Hong Kong, translated for me for I was not fluent in speaking Mandarin then.  (Later he told me that he lost USD 20,000 in his stock portfolio.  Though he translated for me, he admitted that he was not paying attention to what I shared then. The picture below was taken when he was leading the worship then.)

In early 2009, I went again to the Dapu church bringing funds to relieve the financially strapped elderly brothers and sisters.  Their children, who were working in Dongguan, did not remit money to them after the financial crisis hit.  I believed they were laid off.  The church leaders were awkward when I reminded them of their unpleasant attitude towards me in my last visit in 2007.  We had a good laugh to break the awkwardness.

All glory to the Lord.

Caroling Again

I have not been involved in caroling for the past 40 years ! Finally had the chance to sing carols and gospel songs and did street evangelism again in Chinatown here. Hallelujah ! I joined a group who has been active in street evangelism in Chinatown for the past 2 years.

It was raining cats and dogs at about 3.30 pm when I went to pick up the goodie bags which we would distribute at Chinatown on this Saturday afternoon. While putting the bags into the van and praying at the same time, I knew the Lord would grant my prayer for the program to proceed. The program could not be postponed because we only had two Saturdays before Christmas and it would take time to apply for the police permit for the event. Hallelujah ! The rain stopped completely at 4.10 pm. The program had to start at 4.30 sharp. While driving there, I told a brother and a sister in the van to take a look at the sky. There was still dense dark clouds to the north, east and west except over Chinatown. All thanks and glory to the Lord !

十架代表主的心

The original lyrics of one of Teresa Teng’s popular songs have been altered into several Christian praise song versions shown on Youtube. I tried my hand too to modify the lyrics closer to the original lyrics. Here is my version and the English translation.

你问 主愛我有多深 我愛他有幾分
主恩典也真 主的爱也真
十架代表他的心

你問 主愛我有多深 我愛他有幾分
主恩典不移 主的爱不變
十架代表他的心

主耶稣的舍命 已經打動我的心
主耶稣的救恩 教我思念到如今

你問 主愛我有多深 我愛他有幾分
你去想一想 你去看一看
十架代表他的心

Verse :

You ask how much the Lord loves me, how much do I love Him ?

Hi grace is true (His grace never changes) ;  His love is true (His love never changes)

The Cross represents His heart.

Refrain :

The sacrifice of the Lord Jesus has touched my heart

The salvation of the Lord Jesus caused me to ponder in my heart till now.

Testimony (28)

One evening while I was doing my walking exercise, the Lord’s Spirit prompted me to pray for the Lord’s hedge of protection against physical harm for my family. (I was perplexed but I obeyed anyway. I searched the web to read up on the three words – hedge of protection – which I often heard in prayer.) About five days later, my son had a car accident on the way to work. The great impact caused the airbags to activate.

By the grace of our Lord, he had no visible injury. He was hospitalized for a few days to undergo scans and other tests to ascertain there is no other internal injury. All test results did not reveal any internal injury as well.

All thanks and glory to our Lord Jesus. Hallelujah ! Too thankful for words.

Testimony (27)

I believe all healing is divine healing. At times when we pray for an incurable medical problem, our prayer is answered when medical science discovers the cure timely. I had very sweaty palms since young and I prayed for healing despite doctors telling me it was incurable. And the cure came in 1998.

I was distressed over the severe inflammation on my face for the past few months. Anyone looking at me would notice it. I have tried the steroidal cream prescribed by the national specialist clinic for a month without any effect. I prayed for healing and at the opportune time, a brother gave me a spray he invented to try. (If I did not travel overseas for a ministry purpose, I would not have met this brother.) The inflammation was gone after a week of applying it. Hallelujah ! All thanks to the Lord for His healing !


Word Ministry

The Philippine Council of Intercessors International Movement, Inc. (PCIIMI) was founded in 2008 and is based in General Santos City, Philippines.   It is a council of intercessory movements whose only purpose is to gather and unite all Christian believers from various denominational backgrounds in prayer and intercession.  As of today,  it has 253 different intercessory groups under her umbrella with a total membership of some 25,000.

PCIIMI invited me in Nov 2018 to share a message with their leaders in General Santos in which I spoke of the current economic hard times and the need for preparation.  Since the start of the pandemic,  I have been invited several times to share a message over zoom at their Monday intercession program.  All thanks to the Lord for the opportunity to serve the Body of Christ at PCIIMI. 

Postscript : All thanks to the Lord also for the opportunity to minister the word over zoom to churches in South India and Pakistan during this period.

主耶稣我要敬拜你

主耶稣我要敬拜你

我要永远永远爱着你

你为我的罪 钉死在十字架上

让我跟父神和好

主耶稣我要敬拜你

我要永远永远跟随你

你为我的罪 钉死在十字架上

显示你的大爱


(Lord Jesus, I worship You. I will always love You and follow You.  You died on the cross for my sins demonstrating Your great love and reconciling me with God our Father.)

Peace (Acronym 10)

In the New Testament, the Greek word for “peace” is eirene, and it means rest and tranquility.  The advent of our Lord Jesus brought peace as announced by the angels. Our Lord is called Prince of Peace.  It is through His atoning work of justification that we can have peace with God.  Peace is the fruit of the Spirit God and to set our minds on the Spirit will bring us life and peace.  Rom 8:16.  And that peace of God will keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:7.

John 16:13

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation.  But take heart, I have overcome the world.

True peace can only be found in abiding in Christ.