"Is ISLAM… the Green Horse of Revelation?"
This Muslim painting depicts the 12th Mahdi’s horse with Islam’s green flag. Counter – clockwise spiral symbolizes death!
Shalom Partner and Friend of Israel,
Does the "pale green horse rider" of Revelation 6 intrigue and send a mysterious sense of wonder for you? We have always been intrigued by the colours used for the four horses as it appears that they are the key. With the first three riders their colours depicts their "war tactics." For instance the rider on the white horse goes out conquering and to conquer and the black horse will cause death and famine. The rider of the red horse will take peace from the world… he will make war! The rider of the pale-green horse has the same terrible effects to his colour but will destroy one-fourth of the population of the world.
Twice in the Bible, a significant prophecy is written concerning the four horsemen… in Zechariah 6:1 - 8 and in Revelation 6:1 - 8.
"I don't think you can overstate the importance that the rise of Islamic fundamentalism will have to the rest of the world in the century ahead… especially if, as seems possible, its most fanatical elements get their hands on nuclear and chemical weapons and the means to deliver them against their enemies." ~ Ronald Reagan
In Revelation 6:8 the King James Bible translation reads; "And I looked, and behold a pale horse." The Greek word that was translated "pale" is "chloros." Strong’s Executive Concordance gives the definition of "chloros as pale or green." "Chlorophyll" comes from the route word "chloros" which is the pigment in plants that makes them green.
Knowing this, we have to ask if this passage shouldn’t really have been translated "behold a green horse." The New Revised Standard Version; The Life Application Study Bible and other versions actually render this passage; "I looked and there was a pale green horse."
Who are these ‘Four Horsemen?’ In Zechariah 6: 1-8, we do not have to wonder what these four horsemen represent because the verses tell us plainly. They are four spirits that travel across the earth. "When the strong horses came out, they were impatient to go and patrol the earth. And he said, "Go, patrol the earth." So they patrolled the earth." Zechariah 6:7 (ESV)
Are these Four Horsemen the four spirits that are striving to control the earth in the last days? And, are these prevailing end-time spirits historically arch rivals, both in beliefs and politics?
Let’s look at these four horsemen from a different point of view… what God’s Word says, what past history has shown us and what’s happening today!
The White Horse: Catholism fits the description of the white horse rider perfectly in Revelations 6:2. It is Roman Catholic custom that the Pope dresses in white; his helicopter is white; his jet-plane is white and his pope mobile is white. White is used as a symbol of peace. The predominant message of Roman Catholism is the message of peace. The Vatican has become a diplomatic peace centre for the world. When peace is being negotiated between rulers of our world, the Pope and other high officials of the Roman Catholic Church are often consulted. The verse states that "a crown was given to the one sitting on the white horse." History teaches that the pope originally had no crown. But, today the pope’s crown is a tiara consisting of three crowns. The verse also states that the rider of the white horse went forth conquering and to conquer. Although Catholism at present has no standing army… this has not always been the case… the first Crusades were initiated by Pope Urban II and the Crusaders under the blessing of the pope fought on for many years. When the majority of the people of a nation becomes Catholic that nation is referred to as a Catholic nation. Conquering and to conquer is the spirit of the white horse.
The Red Horse: There is an International spirit in the earth today known as the "red power" – nations that embrace Communism and Socialism – are known as "red nations." Red China; the Red Bear – Russia are just a few examples. Revelation 6:3-4 states that, "power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth."
Everywhere Communism has raised its ugly head, revolution and war has broken out. Korea, Berlin, The Congo, Cuba, Vietnam and Afghanistan are just a few of many examples. The prophecy says that those controlled by this "red spirit" would kill one another. It has been estimated that 80,000,000 Chinese have been violently killed and removed since the Communists took over China in 1948. 20,000,000 were killed in Russia by Joseph Stalin. Everywhere communist revolution has gone there has been bloodshed and death!
Finally; in the same verse, there was given to the rider of this red horse a great sword. What greater military might exist in the world today, than the combined power of Russia and China? Is there a nation that would like to go to war against these two giants? The red spirit which takes peace from the earth is Communism.
The most intriguing characteristic of the rider on the red horse is the "mighty sword" he possesses. What is this mighty sword? Although we don’t know for sure, we do know that it is a unique and powerful weapon. No other "mighty swords" are mentioned in these verses, and it would seem unnecessary to mention the rider’s "mighty sword" if it was just one of many.
The Black Horse: Revelation 6:5 says that the rider on the black horse has a pair of scales in his hand. Scales are a symbol of trade and commerce. What International spirit in the world embodies the message of commerce? Capitalism, of course! This is reinforced in the next portion of this prophecy. "And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, a measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny." (Vs. 6) One of the things heard daily in the news of capitalist countries is; Dow Jones Industrials – up three cents; AT and T – down a penny… Xerox is steady. This passage is a prophetic Stock Market Exchange report!
Finally; in the same passage the Bible says, "… and do not hurt the oil and wine." One of the quickest ways for a man to loose office in the political world of capitalism is for the economy of that nation to suffer under his administration. Is the black horse the spirit of capitalism foreseen by God 2,000 years ago?
Wheat and barley… are measured in Revelation 6, and it appears these staples are scarce because people are paying a Denarius – a day’s wage for a labourer (Matthew 20:2) – for a relatively small amount of these essential grains. "To eat bread by weight" is a Jewish phrase indicating that food supplies are sparse (Leviticus 26:26). It seems this famine, as all others, falls most severely on the poor, who spend their entire wages on dwindling quantities of food, without spare funds for olive oil and wine, the delicacies of the rich.
Zechariah 6:6 tells us that the black horse went to the "north country" – amazingly most capitalist countries are located in the northern hemisphere!
The Green Horse: Could the green horse be a prophetic symbol of Islam? Islam certainly fits into the pattern of the previous three world movements symbolized by Communism, Catholism and Capitalism. These are all powerful international movements that affected the course of the nations that embrace them and they each have symbolic colours that match one of the four horsemen. In Daniel Pikes book – "Militant Islam Reaches America" – he describes the rise of Islam in a very interesting way… "The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, prompted loose talk about Islam replacing Marxism – Leninism as the West’s enemy. In symbolic terms, it was said that GREEN (Islam’s colour) had replaced RED (Communism’s colour) in the West’s rogues gallery."
Let’s look at the entire prophecy about the "pale green" horse… "…And I saw, and behold, a pale green horse, and the name of the one sitting on it was Death; and Hades followed after him. And authority was given to them to kill over the fourth of the earth with sword, and with famine, and with death, and the wild beasts of the earth." Revelations 6:8
Since the colour of the green horse can legitimately be translated as green… and since the official colour of Islam is green, that aspect of the prophecy certainly fits!
Zechariah 6:6 states that the fourth horse went into the south country – this too is amazing, since over 96.5 percent of the world’s Muslims live in Africa and Southern Asia, and Islam’s capital Mecca is south of Israel.
The colour "green" has a special place in Islam... It is used in the decoration of mosques, the bindings of Koran’s, the silken covers for the graves of their Sufi saints, and in the flags of various Muslim countries. Green has been associated with Islam for many centuries. In the Koran (Surah 76:21), it is said that the inhabitants of paradise will wear "green garments" of fine silk. The colour green has been considered especially Islamic for centuries. The Crusaders avoided using any green in their Coats of Arms, so that they could not possibly be mistaken for their Muslim opponents in the heat of battle.
Green was the colour used by Muhammad’s tribe on their flags… It is said that if this "green banner of Muhammad" is ever raised above the mosque in Istanbul (where it is kept) it is a sign to the entire Muslim World, that it is time to go to war against Christians throughout the world! Remember… that they are already at war with the Jews!
"The rising of the "green standard" is a call which none may disobey, without sacrificing, as the Koran calls it…all hopes of paradise. It is a summons to an anti-Christian crusade, a challenge of every believer in the prophet to arms; a war – signal in fact, which like the fiery cross of Scotland, would flash its dread command through the domain of Islam. In the interest of humanity, however, we may hope that "the commander of the faithful" will never utter the dreadful word; for then indeed would the whole soul and strength of Christendom turn against the enemy of all civilized laws, human and divine…!
The prophet Muhammad himself predicted that one day when his followers should number a hundred millions – which they do now, with twenty millions more added to it – his flag should fly against the advancing power of the "northern" races; and the Koran, says that when its silken folds are flung forth "the earth will shake, the mountains melt into dust, the seas blaze up in fire and the children’s hair grow white in anguish!" (littell’s Article in 1878)
A September 2006 article, WorldNet Daily.com reported an influential Imam (Muslim religious leader) in Gaza, Sheik Abu Saqer declared; "the day will come when the green flag of Muhammad will be raised upon the Vatican and all around the world."
The spirit of the green horse is described as having power over one fourth part of the earth… Estimates of followers of Islam by country based on US State Department figures now yield a total of 1.48 billion (Wikipedia). This figure is nearly the exact amount for one quarter of the world population. It is clear that from many events that we are very near the beginning of the great tribulation right now. If the fourth pale-green horse rider is the presence resurgence of Islam, the timing is absolutely perfect!
This is in direct conflict with the TRUE EN SIGN, the flag of God, Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ)… Six times in the Book of Isaiah… he called the Messiah an ensign (banner, sign or flag). "And He (God) will lift up an ensign (banner) to the nations from far… they shall come with speed swiftly," (Isaiah 5:26) Yeshua (Jesus) is the true flag of God and when He returns, His presence will be infinitely MORE significant than the flag of Muhammad! Muhammad will NEVER again be seen on this earth, nor will he ever have a kingdom for himself. BUT, Yeshua (Jesus) WILL rule and reign over the entire world for a 1,000 years FROM JERUSALEM, Israel.
The Sword of Death…! Death is the trade mark of the pale-green horse, just as death is the trade mark of Islam. Can anyone question the accuracy of this prophecy when Islam today is associated around the world with the more than 3,000 deaths in the world Trade Centre on 09/11/2001 and with 8,000 and more subsequent Islamic terrorist bombings around the world since then? Muslim clerics cynically boast that the West "loves life" BUT that Islam loves "death." They teach their followers that the most glorious path to paradise is "martyrdom" (death by killing others while performing an act of suicide, in the name of Allah). Almost daily we read reports of deadly suicide attacks in Israel, France, Kenya, Iraq, and many other countries.
Many of the nations in Europe today are being overrun by an Islamic presence such as France, Germany, the Netherlands and England and many have more mosques than they do churches. In fact over 900 churches in the UK have been converted into mosques! It isn't hard to foresee Islam possibly getting the upper hand in Europe sometime in the near future.
Daniel 7:25 says that the anti-Christ beast "shall intend to change times and law."
Whenever Islam takes over a nation they immediately implement Shariah Law and along with their Islamic calendar. While none of the European nations have become Islamic nations… as of yet, the influence of Islam and the push for Shariah Law is fierce. If Turkey gets its way and becomes an EU member things could change in Europe drastically and quickly.
Revelation 6 says that "hell" follows the rider of death. Islam teaches their suicide bombers that paradise with 72 virgins follows their act of "martyrdom." BUT our Holy Bible teaches us that all murderers will have their place in the lake of fire (Revelations 21:8).
The pale-green death horse rider was to "kill with a sword, hunger and death." Each of these forces thrives where Islam reigns! Islamic countries are known for the spreading and increasing violence, poverty and disease. Beheading was practiced by the founder of Islam, the prophet Muhammad himself during the 7th century period of Islam and by most Islamic rulers thereafter.
The Koran not only commands this as a specific method of killing ones enemies but it was also a favoured method of killing by Muhammad and his followers:
"If you encounter (in war) those who disbelieve, you may strike the necks" ~ Surah 47:4 (Khalifa)
"When ye encounter the infidels, strike off their heads." –Surah 47:4 (Rodwell)
The end-times as described in the Bible will be a time when Christians will be persecuted and murdered for their faith… The specific manner of death that the Bible mentions for Christians will be "martyred by beheading" Revelations 20:4. It is quite undeniable that beheading is a tradition that stretches throughout Islamic history.
Islam itself has thoroughly documented the fact that Muhammad and his immediate successors practiced beheading as the specific means to kill "the enemies of Islam." This practice has continued in certain quarters of Islam to this very day. The Koran itself actually encourages beheading, or at a bare minimum, "smiting the necks" of "idolaters" and any "prisoners of war." The death sentence is also prescribed for those who do not submit to or agree with the authority of the Caliph. As such it is actually very fair to assume that in the Islamic vision of the last-days, if a Caliph, specifically the Mahdi comes forward and accepts the notion that all Christians, Jews, Israelis, and any who support them are considered "enemies of Islam," then it would be considered universally lawful and indeed even obligatory for all Muslims to "make war" and "smite the necks" of all Christians, Jews, or Westerners… etc, as well as any who dispute the authority of the Caliph.
The Green Horse is also going to initiate the global ecological movement in the wake of World War III - a series of regional nuclear confrontations that are largely brought about in various areas through religious conflict initiated by the Islamic strongholds of planet earth. The Green Crescent is the recognized symbol of Islam and marks that hideous spirit of death that has historically animated the Moslem faith. That ancient evil is now riding at full gallop.
Almost every single terrorist act that we read or hear about was done in the name of Allah… For 1400 years they have been all about world domination. They don’t want to share the world they want to own it and they are driven to do so with terror and force. They will not be satisfied until the entire world is bowing down to Allah. This will never change. That is why they will be a force to reckon with as we edge further and further into the last days.
It seems to be of no coincidence that as we get closer to the Tribulation hour that Islam has been on the rise more and more… As we examine current events we see that the things going on in the Islamic nations and around Israel are lining up with the Scriptures. Throughout the books of the prophets we see judgment upon judgment being laid on nations that are all today’s Islamic nations. There is the burden against Egypt (Isaiah 19); the burden against Babylon (Isaiah 13); the burden against Edom (Isaiah 21:11); the burden against Arabia (Isaiah 21:13); the burden against Syria (Isaiah 17) and even the burden against Israel that shares its land with a large Islamic presence. The word "burden" means "a duty or misfortune that causes hardship, anxiety or grief."
Do we not see this in all of these nations today? Sure other nations are going through troubles too but they are NOT listed in the Bible and that is for a reason.
The reason being is that the Bible is outlining the nations that are specifically against God or shall we say "anti" (against) Christ. The Bible is consistently naming the Middle Eastern nations throughout its prophecies as being the subject of God’s wrath. Furthermore, Islam denies the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit!
We would like to finish with a story that demonstrates the subtle takeover of Islam in the West…
Few Christians in the West are familiar with the Arabic word Da'wah. Many other words such as Jihad, Allah, Koran and Ramadan are now accepted words in many English language dictionaries, but Da'wah remains unknown. One of the reasons is that it is the quiet way that Muslims are attempting to make new converts to Islam especially in the West. Da'wah is their quiet revolution and they like to compare it to a story that is popular in the Middle East… and it goes like this:
"…An Arab was making a long trip across the desert. During the day the heat can be scorching, but at night it can get bitter cold. On one especially cold night, the Arab was in his nice warm tent where fire kept the environment warm. As the man began to go to sleep, he noticed a large camel nose sticking in under the tent…! "Camel," he said, "why is your nose in my tent? "O Master," he replied, "it’s so cold out here, and if only my nose were warm, then I could have a good night’s sleep."
The Arab thought it over and allowed him to keep his nose in. A little later the man awoke and saw that the camel now had his whole head in the tent. "What are you doing Camel? You said you only wanted your nose in the tent!" "O Master, you just do not know how cold it is out here, and if my head is in the tent, then I will be satisfied." After thinking it over, the Arab agreed and he went back to sleep… Once again he was awakened, this time to find that the camel had his head, neck, and two feet in the tent. "Camel, this is too much. You must stop!" "O Master, now I am really comfortable. I can sleep the whole night through." "O.K. said the Arab, "but this is the last time!" Later in the night the Arab awakened to discover that the tent was now full with the whole body of the camel inside the tent, and the Arab had little room. "Camel" he shouted..."What are you doing?" "If you are not happy with the ways things are then get out of my tent, you stupid Arab" was the camel’s reply!"
Da’wah is Islam’s method… of taking a little bit at a time always using somewhat convincing arguments as to why we should accept them. The results could be rather dangerous for us in the West and especially for Israel!
Rewriting the history of the Land of Israel in order to deny Israel's right to exist is central to Palestinian Authority (PA) policy… Long before it started the PA Terror Campaign (the "Intifada,") the PA was fighting a history war – erasing Jewish history and replacing it with a fabricated Palestinian history.
This rewriting has two central goals:
1. To erase the Jewish 3,000 year history in the land of Israel.
2. Invent ancient Palestinian, Muslim and Arab histories in the land of Israel.
Erasing Jewish history in the land of Israel is followed by the PA’s invention of ancient and modern histories that support its political ideology and claim to the land of Israel. The Holocaust and other aspects of Jewish history are alternately denied, downplayed or distorted.
Another distortion is to hide from Palestinians that Yeshua (Jesus) historically and biblically was a Jew who lived in the Land of Judea/Israel. PA leaders repeatedly define Yeshua (Jesus) as a Palestinian and to hitch a ride into the past saying that He preached Islam, thus denying not only Jewish history, but also the history and legitimacy of Christianity. The say… "We must not forget that Messiah (Jesus) is a Palestinian, the son of Mary the Palestinian." (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 18, 2005 and up to the today) This is a distortion of our Lord’s personal history. The Romans changed the name of Judea/Israel to "Palestine" 136 years after the birth of Yeshua (Jesus) to punish the Jewish nation after their unsuccessful rebellion (Islam did not even exist then). Another of their ridiculous inventions…Yeshua (Jesus) is turned into a Shahid – a holy Martyr of Islam.
The entire religion of Muhammad’s Islam appears to be one that was created with the most evil intentions to discredit, replace and eliminate both Judaism and Christianity while attempting to build it entirely on the foundation of the Old and New Testament’s its principle characters, it effectively discredits the ENTIRE Bible making a complete mockery of it.
We hope that you enjoy and become more informed by our work. We serve an awesome God and we are humbled by this opportunity to bring you this information. With Shalom to you and your family always,
Alf & Julie Saunders
15th September, 2012
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