“Behold, He comes in the clouds, and every eye shall see Him.”

Are these the Events that Precede Christ’s Return For His Servants and the Great Tribulation and Christ’s Reign on Earth?

For most of us, the Covid-19 Pandemic began in December of 2019.

My overwhelming sense was that the events taking place in the world could be setting the stage for something much bigger, perhaps even something Biblical was taking place and the events that lead to Christ’s return.

Now it’s becoming easier to imagine how the mark of the Beast 666 monetary austerity could come to pass, even here in America.

Now we can see the world has been pushed into economic hardships that could usher in such austerity measures if they continue to worsen.

-A Brief Overview of Revelation with applications to current geopolitical and scientific events.

I have always held a pre-tribulation belief because of the old testament illustrations of Noah’s Ark, and Sodom and Gomorrah and Lot’s family, but also because of 1 Thessalonians 1:10 – all are a rescue from wrath to come.

“and to wait for His Son, Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.”

And the details of 1Thessalonians 4:13-18 in that same epistle serve to confirm and complete just what Paul means by “the wrath to come” and how that rescue has become known as The Rapture.

1 Thessalonians 5:9 “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath, but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

But suffering for the testimony of Christ and suffering God’s wrath / judgement are 2 different things to the believer.

We are saved from judgment but called to suffer with Him if need be.

I believe many who call Christ Savior will live through Revelation 6 and the events of the Four Horsemen and Six of the Seven Seals.

The Times of Testing ,Testimony, and Suffering for Christ as we share Christ with a world drowning in hopelessness

The First Seal is opened- The Rider on a White Horse, I believe this happened in February 2022.

I believe Russia is the first rider on a White Horse. Rev. 6: 1-2

“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.”

Notice the alignment with scripture- no mention of this rider accomplishing anything at the onset!

The Second Seal is opened- The Rider on a Firery Red Horse

I believe this is China. Rev. 6: 3-4

“It’s rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.”

I believe that large sword is perhaps the economic effect of China taking Taiwan and the resulting sanctions on all nations that disapprove. The USA has been very naïve to have become so dependent on a communist country for so much and so has the whole world. A terrible down-cycle of economic and social chaos will be triggered effecting currency values , bank failures, and all logistical commerce including foods and agricultural supplies and the cost of energy and transportation, and most of our pharmaceuticals.

This horse and rider sets the conditions for the next 2 horsemen.

The Third Seal is opened- The Rider on a Black Horse

Rev. 6:5-6 “Its Rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard a voice among the four living creatures saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”

The rider on the black horse could be described as ushering in sever

Economic austerity. The scales the rider holds could represent food rationing and the necessity for careful measures in the distribution of

limited supplies.

I find it interesting that the call is to be extra careful with the oil and the wine.”

The Fourth Seal is opened- The Rider on a Pale Horse

Rev.6: 7-8 “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.”

Notice wild beasts and recall how often God has referred to men as beasts throughout His Word and even The Beast of Revelation is a man.

Gangs could rule as resources run out and men start to behave like animals more and more, even preying on each other!

The Fifth Seal is opened – A Call for God to Judge the earth and avenge innocent blood.

The Fifth Seal is opened- Rev. 6:9-11

“when he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the alter the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”

Notice that the indication is that God has not yet begun to judge the inhabitants of the earth. The blood of the saints has not yet reached the limit God has set before He unleashes His judgment!

“Then each one of them was given a white robe and told to wait a little longer , until the full number of number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters , were killed as they had been.”

At this point it’s hard to imagine but yes, things DO get a whole lot worse later on, but the saints who are alive and remain will be raptured before judgment and the full wrath of God is poured out. The Seventh Seal is yet to come. But first, the sixth seal and the final event that proceeds Christ’s return FOR His saints, a great Earthquake that is felt worldwide followed by the sealing of God’s Jewish servants and the rescue/rapture of all believers from every nation, tribe, people and language which no one could count.

The Sixth Seal is opened- Prelude to Judgment- Sealing and Rescuing

Rev. 7: 1- 4

144,000 Sealed – The 12,000 from Each of The 12 Tribes

After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.

(Jump to verse 9)

The Great Multitude in White Robes – Gentile Believers

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”

11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:

Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.

13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”

14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”

And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore,

they are before the throne of God
    and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne
    will shelter them with his presence.
16 ‘Never again will they hunger; 
    never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,’[
    nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne
    will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’[
    ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’

Notice that verses 13-14 ask “where did these come from?” Meaning they were not there before. Jesus, who saves us from the wrath to come.” 1 Thes. 1:10 fits Rev. 7: 13-17.

Notice that verses 16-17 describes their previous state of being, hunger, thirst, scorching heat, and sorrow. All believers will rescued from the wrath to come at the opening of the Seventh Seal.

This salvation can be yours.

Thrust Jesus and His finished work of atonement for our sins on the Cross.

He is waiting for you to accept His free gift of righteousness and the eternal life which He purchased with His own righteous blood for all who believe and ask in faith.

Just pray something like this ,”Jesus, I know I am a sinner, come into my heart and change me as you promise, make me new, make me yours as I trust your sacrifice for me on the cross when you died for me to take my punishment and rose from the dead to defeat death. Thank you , in Jesus name I pray, Amen.”

Christ will never leave you, you are His, bought with His blood and sealed with His Spirit. John 3:16 and Ephesians 1:13-14