"The Fourth Seal" by Tricia Tillin
Are We Hearing the Hoofbeats of the Pale Rider?
When at first I wrote on the subject of the Four Seals, I was a long way from this year of 2015 and it wasn't my intention to speculate on whether the seven-year pattern between seals would hold true or not, giving us a date of 2015 for the fourth seal. Now we are here, nearly at the end of 2015, and witnessing a massive buildup to something supremely evil in the dying world.
Truly, the Spirit of Death rides across the world, as described in Seal Four! Almost every day we hear of more tragedy, murder, terrorism, persecution, genocide and bloodshed, where videos of executions, crucifixions, burning alive and drowning are almost commonplace!
We wonder - will it be war? Have the nations been provoked to the point of armed conflict? Will there soon be nuclear conflict to add to the nations' woes? If we stand at the doorway of World War Three, then 2015 indeed will have been a significant turning point in our history, and further confirmation of the gradual opening of the first four seals mentioned in the book of Revelation.
Growing Darkness and a Flood of Refugees
Probably the most prominent and noteworthy event of this year of 2015 has been the seemingly unstoppable advance of the DEATH CULT called ISIS (or IS or Daesh). We could hardly envision a more apt symbol of the rider of the horse of death, as this bloodthirsty and merciless offshoot of Islam rampages around the world leaving nothing but tragedy, destruction and heartache behind them.
Even the name ISIS is (perhaps by sheer coincidence) the name of the ancient goddess wedded to the god of the UNDERWORLD, or HADES.
One result of the death and destruction caused by the forces of ISIS - as well as other similar groups - has been a growing flood of refugees fleeing terror, but also allowing terrorists to mingle in their midst to spread their infection across the globe.
I am reminded of a dream that I believe was from God many years ago (in the 1970's) in which I witnessed a map of the Middle East and Europe with a black tide spreading out across those countries. Significantly, the dream ended with the words spoken by a man (an angel?) who said, "If you value your freedom, USE your freedom to fight for it".
At the time, I had no idea what that meant, and I've pondered the words ever since. Only NOW does it take on real meaning with the West dithering and making lame excuses as we allow our freedom to be snatched from under our noses. We appear to be paralysed as death creeps into our nations, instead of using the God-given freedom that is at our disposal!
2015-16 is the loosing of the Fourth Seal, the Pale Horse.
As you may know, the colour of the fourth horse of Revelation is PALE GREEN, in Greek "Chloros" used in such English words as Chlorine and Chlorophyll - the green matter in leaves.. Thus we understand the hue to be a pale blue-green or yellow-green, often said to be the sickly pallor of a corpse.
However, what may not be as well known is that GREEN is the colour of ISLAM and the Arab Nations!
From the earliest years, Muslims used the colour pale green or turquoise to distinguish their sites. The colour green-blue has a special place in Islam. It is used in the decoration of mosques, coats of arms, and other important buildings so that they could not possibly be mistaken for their Muslim opponents in the heat of battle.
Furthermore, the colour green was used as the background for the first Caliphate flags - and green is still used today by many Arab nations for their insignia and flags. See for instance the Hamas flag below.
There is more.
It is an astonishing fact that the earliest Arab flag, from 1909, contained four coloured stripes, and these were the same colours as the FOUR HORSES of Revelation: White, Red, Black and Green.
To this day, these four Pan-Arab colours, white, black, green and red, dominate the flags of Arab states. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_in_Islam]
In particular, green is also used in several national flags as a symbol of Islam. These include: Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Comoros, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia. and Sri Lanka.
The Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, wrote in a recent op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal: “As 800,000 Jews were once expelled from Arab countries, so are Christians being forced from lands they've inhabited for centuries”, Ambassador Oren stated, comparing the expulsion of Jews after the establishment of the state of Israel with the Arab countries’ current treatment of their Christian minorities.
The numbers are telling. Today there is only one Middle Eastern country where the number of Christians has grown: Israel. As documented in the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, the Christian community that numbered 34,000 people in 1949 is now 163,000-strong, and will reach 187,000 in 2020. In the rest of the Middle East, the drive for Islamic purity is going to banish all traces of pre-Islamic pasts. When the Islamists will have prevailed, the Middle East will be completely green, the colour of Islam. [source]
See also: Midnightwatcher article here
Many prophets falsely claimed that September 2015 would be the crucial turning-point - either for the Rapture, Tribulation or the End of the World. It was as if the Devil knew his time was short and wanted to mock the Church and cry wolf to the world in order to divert attention from what he was really doing.
In my own studies (as readers of this website will know) I also pointed to 2015 as a pivotal year, but for different reasons. Let me first say what I do NOT believe will happen:
- The Church will NOT be raptured in 2015
- The Lord Jesus will NOT return to judge the earth in 2015
- The earth will NOT be struck by an asteroid or other cosmic body in 2015
- The supposed Shemittah/Jubilee year of 2015 will NOT result in America's financial ruin
The reason for my certainly (since you ask) is that these events are prophesied in the bible as taking place within a certain decided timetable of events that have not yet taken place. It's as simple as that. If you need clarification, either email me or look up these events in the bible for yourself.
Deadly Happenings of 2015 (so far)
- The worrying outbreak of Ebola has been contained (at least we are told so) but has changed into a milder but more contagious form. Therefore, more people are experiencing the virus but there are fewer deaths and less global panic at the consequences.
- Secondly, the march of ISIS, the death-cult, continues apace, with no signs yet of falling back or being thwarted. In the Middle East and elsewhere, Christians and others are being slaughtered in a terrible bloodbath that surely prefigures Seal Five (the martyrs seen at the base of God's altar). Indeed, some are openly identifying these mass executions as a Seal Five holocaust but even so NOT acknowledging the obvious - that to be at Seal Five, we'd have to have passed through Seals One-Four! I wish more Christians were open enough to consider that.
- Thirdly, this year of 2015 is notable for the number of terrorist attacks worldwide, with the result of a flood of millions of refugees (some of them undoubtedly connected to terrorism) spreading out to Europe and the Western World.
- Something was announced in October 2015 that is little reported but is sure to have universally lethal results. The final full stop to antibiotics. I will consider that report below.
Death by Pestilence
Although in the bible text this seal is not specifically said to be plagues, or "pestilence", that has been the opinion of many throughout the ages. That may be because of the fourfold judgements pronounced by God throughout the bible [beasts, sword, famine and pestilence; for example Ezek 14:21], the only one of which is missing from the four seals sequence is pestilence. Also, the colour of Death's horse is that of a sickly person on the point of death.
Just after the First World War, a flu epidemic killed FIVE TIMES more people than the war itself! The virus was thought to have originated in chickens and mutated in pigs before emerging in humans in the spring of 1918. A deadly virus - just like Ebola in 2014 - can sweep through the world at breakneck speed, mutating as it goes. It would be virtually impossible to contain an outbreak if God chose to loose it on society today. We live closely together in cities and travel all over the world. At least in the Middle Ages, quarantine was feasible. Today it is not.
There is also the spectre of biological warfare to add to the pot. Who knows what governments or terrorists might plan to do against those they perceive as enemies?
However, in November 2015 just at the turn of the year, according to the Jewish calendar, the media released a report on what they are calling the "Antibiotic Apocalypse". This could be the first sign of what will be the deadliest plague of all.
A Totally New World Problem
The world is on the cusp of a "post-antibiotic era", scientists have warned after finding bacteria resistant to drugs used when all other treatments have failed. They identified bacteria able to shrug off the drug of last resort - colistin - in patients and livestock in China. They said that resistance would spread around the world and raised the spectre of untreatable infections.
Bacteria becoming completely resistant to treatment - also known as the antibiotic apocalypse - could plunge medicine back into the dark ages. Common infections would kill once again, while surgery and cancer therapies, which are reliant on antibiotics, would be under threat.
Chinese scientists identified a new mutation, dubbed the MCR-1 gene, that prevented colistin from killing bacteria. The report in the Lancet Infectious Diseases showed resistance in a fifth of animals tested, 15% of raw meat samples and in 16 patients. And the resistance had spread between a range of bacterial strains and species, including E. coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
There is evidence that it has spread to Laos and Malaysia. And more recently it has been found in Europe. Scientists believe it's "only a matter of time" before it becomes widespread throughout the world.
Prof Timothy Walsh, who collaborated on the study, from the University of Cardiff, told the BBC News website: "All the key players are now in place to make the post-antibiotic world a reality. If MCR-1 becomes global, which is a case of WHEN, NOT IF, and the gene aligns itself with other antibiotic resistance genes, which is INEVITABLE, then we will have very likely reached the start of the post-antibiotic era. At that point if a patient is seriously ill, say with E. coli, then there is virtually nothing you can do."
Resistance to colistin has emerged before. However, the crucial difference this time is the mutation has arisen in a way that is very easily shared between bacteria. "The transfer rate of this resistance gene is ridiculously high, that doesn't look good," said Prof Mark Wilcox, from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. His hospital is now dealing with multiple cases "where we're struggling to find an antibiotic" every month - an event he describes as being as "rare as hens' teeth" five years ago.
He said there was no single event that would mark the start of the antibiotic apocalypse, but it was clear "we're losing the battle". The concern is that the new resistance gene will hook up with others plaguing hospitals, leading to bacteria resistant to all treatment - what is known as pan-resistance. Prof Wilcox told the BBC News website: "Do I fear we'll get to an untreatable organism situation? Ultimately yes. Whether that happens this year, or next year, or the year after, it's very hard to say."
New drugs are in development, such as teixobactin, which might delay the apocalypse, but are not yet ready for medical use. A commentary in the Lancet concluded the "implications [of this study] are enormous" and unless something significant changes, doctors would "face increasing numbers of patients for whom we will need to say, 'Sorry, there is nothing I can do to cure your infection.'"
God Removes Health Protection - Seal Four
Since each seal so far has removed a fundamental blessing that God covenanted to mankind, it's no surprise that the fourth seal removes the immunity from disease and provision of miracle drugs from an ungrateful and faithless population. Health and long life are blessings we have taken for granted, but they are provided by the grace of God - and now in preparation of his wrath, God is preparing to remove those gifts from the godless.
Since antibiotics were developed just in time to treat the many wounds and infections of the second world war (by the mercy of God) they have been increasingly abused. Doctors saw them as a way to fob off patients who wanted to go away from the Surgery with a tablet of some kind, even for ailments that cannot respond to antibiotics like the common cold and flu. Even worse, antibiotics have increasingly been given to farm animals, especially to pigs in China..
When the deadly post-war flu epidemic killed millions, it was discovered that it mutated in PIGS before transferring to humans. This 1918 flu pandemic is described as the world's deadliest natural disaster.
The 1918 flu pandemic (January 1918 – December 1920) was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic, the first of the two pandemics involving H1N1 influenza virus. It infected 500 million people across the world, including remote Pacific islands and the Arctic, and resulted in the deaths of 50 to 100 million (three to five percent of the world's population), making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history.
Now once again in China we see the first signs of a deadly bacterial plague, but this time it cannot be halted! The Daily Mail confirmed that antibiotic-resistant diseases are beginning to be found in Europe, and scientists predict that it's only a matter of time before it takes hold universally.
Superbug resistant to ALL antibiotics reaches Europe [Source]
Danish patient becomes infected with untreatable form of salmonella that is 'probably already in Britain'
- Resistant bugs probably in the UK already, say experts
- Fears this is the start of a global epidemic of untreatable infections
- Chinese academics discovered superbugs have breached antibiotic 'last resort'
Superbugs resistant to all antibiotics have spread to Europe for the first time. A patient in Denmark has become infected with an untreatable form of salmonella, scientists announced today. They also discovered untreatable bacteria in five samples of chicken imported from China via Germany. Experts fear it is the start of a global epidemic of untreatable infections.
The Danish scientist who made the alarming discovery told the Daily Mail he would be ‘very surprised’ if the bug was not already in Britain.
The grim announcement comes just three weeks after Chinese academics discovered that superbugs had breached the last line of antibiotic defences for the first time. The Chinese team had warned that the hyper-resistant bugs were likely to spread fast - but last night experts said the speed at which it had travelled to Europe was extremely serious.
Colistin - a drug classed as ‘critical’ to human medicine - was until recently the only antibiotic to work after all others had failed. But experts last month identified the first germs to become resistant to the drugs - and warned of the ‘inevitable’ spread of uncontrollable superbugs which attack the blood and lungs. They discovered mobile gene called MCR-1, which made bacteria such as E.Coli, salmonella and germs which cause pneumonia untreatable. Critically, they found that the gene could easily be transferred to other types of bacteria, meaning it could spread quickly between animals and humans.
Experts at the Technical University of Denmark started searching for signs of the MCR-1 gene in their own country as soon as they read the Chinese report. And, to their horror, they found six samples - five in imported chicken and one in the blood of a sick patient. Professor Frank Møller Aarestrup, a microbiologist at the Technical University of Denmark, said today: ‘This is a very alarming discovery. It is something I had feared, but hoped I would not see.’ He said the bugs had probably come from China via imported meat, or brought in by people travelling from the Far East. I would be very much surprised if it was not in the UK already. It is a much bigger country than Denmark, with more travel and more food imports.’
Leading British expert Professor Mark Enright, a microbiologist at Manchester Metropolitan University, said last night that patients infected with such superbugs would have very few treatment options. If a patient is resistant there is not a lot you could do. He added that people are probably getting the bug by handling infected meat. But he warned that once it gets into hospitals it would be very hard to control, passing from patient to patient with ease. ‘Now that it is Europe, we can’t contain it,’ he said.
Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association said: ‘This represents a significant milestone in the growth of antibiotic resistance in Europe and is a worrying step towards a future where the simplest of infections routinely become life-threatening'.
As I have said before, the opening of a seal does not immediately create a disastrous world event, but it starts the ball rolling down a very steep hill.
When God in 1994 permitted an antichrist spirit to descend upon the careless and selfish in the churches, apostasy and heresy of every kind began to take hold, but it took decades before it reached the universal levels of today, where almost every church is infected with false teaching of some kind, and deceivers "wax worse and worse".
And so in 2015, we only see the tip of the iceberg but scientists predict the wrecking of our self-glorifying "Titanic" of global health is INEVITABLE.
The contents of this page one are specific to 2015, but there is much more that is relevant in general. Continuing on to page two will allow you to recap all the seal events so far, in their context, and see how they fit into the message of Jesus to the disciples. Is there a revealed biblical pattern to the seals and what other events confirm their opening?
Mark 13:35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch!
- "The Beginning of Sorrows" series: are we in the time of the opening of the seals?
- "The Third Seal" series: specifically dealing with the events of 2008 and beyond
- "The Countdown Has Begun" how the Israeli-Palestinian peace process marks off the years.
- "The Tribulation - Another Look" going back to the roots of scriptural interpretation.
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