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So the rider on this horse is riding on a lack of truth, knowledge, or righteousness, holding a yoke or balance, and a voice is crying out for the
continuation of medicines and energy and a continuation of the making of alcohol. I see in this a perfect representation of today in the USA. Besides
the references already mentioned to the pharmacy and energy comglomerations, we also have a major push to not interfere with the production of
ethanol, which is limiting and raising the price of our food supply (wheat and barley), despite evidence that it does nothing to help energy costs,
keeping the people slaves to the economy. In addition, the balances, or scales, are representative of our form of governmental checks and balances.
Could the word zugos have a doubly signifant meaning here?
As for Israel and how this also affects them, we are their main allies and the power behind their military technology. We are also the largest
Christian nation (in terms of popularity of belief, not in terms of national religion) in the world, and John was a Christian as well as a Jew.
We (the USA) are the third horse. It is yet to be seen who exactly the rider is, but I have little doubt it will be one of our Presidents (and
possibly George W. Bush himself). We are heading down a pathway where economic devastation will combine with a lack of truth and righteousness to
damage (or try to) the Christian faith. This is already evident when one looks at the riots now taking place over the recent Prop 8 vote against
churches and overt Christians; despite many calls for an end to violent acts, they are continuing and growing. And this is not only because of the
issues surrounding Prop 8; it is raising a deep-seated anger toward the Christian faith from people in general. One can see this very clearly in the
various threads and posts on this very forum. I believe this will get worse, and everyone of the Christian faith should be prepared to deal with this
Now, who is the fourth horse? In verse 8 we see the fourth and final horse is translated as 'pale' (chloros). This is a mistranslation of
chloros. It actually means a pale yellowish or green, and is the same root from which we get chlorophyll, chloroform, and chlorine (the
principle element in the two previous examples). Chlorine is also the principle component of the infamous 'mustard gas', due to its being a serious
irritant. The color of chloros is traditionally associated with jaundice and gangreen, and therefore by extension with sickness.
The rider's name is 'Death' (thanatos) and is accompanied by 'Hell' (hades). Both terms are related somewhat, with thanatos
referring to the pysical death and hades referring to the underworld, considered to be the abode of the wicked dead (this is where we get the
dubious concept of hell today). So we have a rider coming into the scene on sickness and disease, whose very name (which in Hebrew custom declared the
intent of the person's life and actions) is death, and even after death is an accompanying spiritual torment referred to with hades.
Power (exousia) is not just physical might; it refers to rights, liberty, and the authority of a government. And exousia is given to
this rider over one-fourth of the earth (ge). Now, from the context, I believe this time ge would refer to the nations of the earth as a
whole, whereas earlier I attributed it to indicate the nation of Israel. The fact that power (exousia) in the form of governmental authority is
given to the rider and his accomplise would seem to indicate we are talking about a greater overall area than a single country, as it would be highly
unusual and unlikely for someone to have control over a fourth of any country and still be able to carry out what is to come next. If this is true,
then only one country can today fit that description: China, home to a quarter of the earth's population.
The purpose of the authority given them is to kill (apokteino) with sword (rhomphaia), hunger (limos), death (thanatos),
and with beasts (therion) of the earth (ge). Apokteino is a term used for any method of killing or destruction, including a
deprivation of spiritual life, as compared to sphazo which was used with the second rider and refers only to wartime killing, of the physical
type only. This is accomplished by using a sword, where rhomphaia is a more specific term than machaira which was used in conjuction
with the second horse. Rhomphaia is a large sword, properly a long Thracian javelin designed to be carried across the right shoulder. Simply
stated, it is a larger and more terrible sword. Limos refers to hunger from famine or destitution, not to what we tend to think of as simple
hunger. Thanatos is the very name of the rider, as mentioned before, and is a horrible fate extending to both physical and spiitual death. I
interpret this part of John's vision as being a warning of sorts that actions taken against this enemy are as able to destroy spiritually as they are
physically. Hate must be controlled! This emphasizes that the evil that is done by this rider against the jews/Christians is so great that
attempts to even fight against it may destroy one in a spiritual sense. In the physical sense, could this be referring to disease that makes the
bodies of the dead toxic to others? I get visions of the Black Plague whenever I think about this.
One more thing is listed as being used to kill both physically and spiritually. That would be therion, properly wild or venemous beasts, or by
extension, a ferocious man. So we have the following ways this pysical and spiritual killing will be accomplished: by war, greater than those seen in
WWII; by famine and economic distress a'la the Great Depression or worse (so great people cannot get food); By stirring up hatred towards others that
opposes any organized resistance; By sickness that can possibly make dead bodies deadly in themselves to others (chemical warfare?), and by ferocity
from wild animals or ferocious warriors (biological warfare?). All this comes from China, possibly during a time when disease is plaguing them.
That's where I am going to wrap this up for now. I'm tired of typing. Talk amongst yourselves...
[edit on 19-11-2008 by TheRedneck]