"The Fourth Seal" by Tricia Tillin (update)
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 2021 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 in the year 2021 we know that 13 years have passed since the first economic shaking and its fallout in 2008.
But it WAS (as it turns out) exactly 7 years after 2008 - in the year 2015 as beforementioned - that we saw the accidental, or deliberate, action/event (whatsoever it was) that resulted in what we now know is a global pandemic. Thus, my article is being updated in 2021. When I first wrote, only TWO of the seals had occurred. When the 2008 financial crash happened, I saw that there were seven years between each seal. Seven years from the 2008 seal was 2015. Let's look at what happened in 2015.
A Portal Opens
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.
For example, 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".
However, with each seal a portal opens permitting the consequences of mankind's sin and disobedience to begin to impact us without the benefit of God's merciful protection, as in earlier years.
First the delusion of an antichrist spirit infected the church and its leaders; secondly violence was loosed around the world through terrorism, intolerance, hatred and international strife; thirdly the financial stability and justice system we had long enjoyed was rocked to its core, and in the fourth seal death comes to visit each country bringing a combination of all the horsemen at once.
Truly, the Spirit of Death now rides across the world, as described in Seal Four! But that Seal appears to double up on the previous three. A corporate delusion grips the churches, the nation's economies are shaking, and a new virus is challenging each country's heath resources and funds. But we have also seen the "Spirit of Violence" [Seal Two] emerge in various forms since 9/11, not only the horrific rise of islamic terrorism across the world but also right-wing terrorism, the re-emergence of facism, and the "wars and rumours of wars" of which Jesus also warned.
ISIS and the Spirit of Death
One noteworthy event since 2008 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.
Chloros, 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. 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. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_in_Islam]
The Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, wrote in an 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”. Today there is only one Middle Eastern country where the number of Christians has grown: Israel. 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.
2015: China develops a new deadly virus
As I write, in June 2021, the world is still suffering from a virus we call Covid-19. Some credible reports have speculated on the creation of this novel coronavirus, saying that the location of Wuhan's virology laboratories - close to the epicentre of the epidemic - is too coincidental to be dismissed. See New York Post report here, for instance: NY Post article here.
Don’t buy China’s story: The coronavirus may have leaked from a lab
By Steven W. Mosher Feb 22, 2020
At an emergency meeting in Beijing held last Friday, Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke about the need to contain the coronavirus and set up a system to prevent similar epidemics in the future. A national system to control biosecurity risks must be put in place “to protect the people’s health,” Xi said, because lab safety is a “national security” issue. Xi didn’t actually admit that the coronavirus now devastating large swaths of China had escaped from one of the country’s bioresearch labs. But the very next day, evidence emerged suggesting that this is exactly what happened, as the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology released a new directive titled: “Instructions on strengthening biosecurity management in microbiology labs that handle advanced viruses like the novel coronavirus.” Read that again. It sure sounds like China has a problem keeping dangerous pathogens in test tubes where they belong, doesn’t it? And just how many “microbiology labs” are there in China that handle “advanced viruses like the novel coronavirus”? It turns out that in all of China, there is only one. And this one is located in the Chinese city of Wuhan that just happens to be … the epicenter of the epidemic.
Controversial Experiments and Wuhan Lab
ince the official announcement by China of the novel virus SARS-CoV-2 that we know now as COVID-19, about 170 million cases have been reported worldwide, with 3.6 million deaths – and those are only the ones we have been told about. If the ongoing pandemic is part of Seal Four, then there should be a link to 2015, the next seventh-year marker of the sequence. And there is!
There have been growing suspicions that its origin may have been a result of controversial experiments inside the Wuhan Laboratories, seen in the image above. More to the point, and pertinent to my article about the four seals, the actual birthdate of the virus now causing a global pandemic might be 2015, the very date I had earlier earmarked for the fourth seal pandemic.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology is known to have begun research into bat coronaviruses in 2015. The lab performed experiments inserting pieces of the SARS virus into a similar bat coronavirus, resulting in a virus that is capable of infecting human cells.
Similar work, funded in part by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, has been carried out in dozens of labs throughout the world. Crucially, hundreds of breaches have occurred in the U.S., including a 2014 release of anthrax from a U.S. government lab that exposed 84 people. The SARS virus escaped from a Beijing lab in 2004, causing four infections and one death. Thus, accidents are not as rare as some might claim.
Now we know that a leaked 2015 government paper has revealed a discussion by top Chinese scientists saying a virus could be “unleashed in way never seen before”. The document, written by Chinese scientists and Chinese public health officials in 2015 was titled "The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New Species of Man-Made Viruses as Genetic Bioweapons", and suggested that World War Three might be fought with biological weapons.
The document is discussed in a new book ‘What really happened in Wuhan’ by Sharri Markson, published by HarperCollins.
Experts have said it should be technically impossible for a virus to escape for a BSL-4 lab if correct protocol is followed. But, since the coronavirus outbreak, researchers at WIV discovered the new infection is 96 per cent similar to that in bats held in the lab.
But no matter what the origin, the point here is that the door opened to this kind of viral research back in 2015, and as with the other three seals, it is mankind's foolishness, arrogance and fallibility that has plunged us into a vicious global pandemic.
Death by Pestilence
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. Not without reason did God warn us that pigs are unclean!
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. Knowing that, why take chances developing a new virus, even for the sake of research?
Is It Seal Four?
If this pandemic truly is the ongoing result of the opening of seal four in 2015, or if we are to expect an even deadlier plague as a continuation of the 2015 work, the bible tells us that many more will die. Nations believe in hope, and doing their best; few believe in the mercy of God. As Christians we pray for ourselves, our families, our neighbours and friends, asking God for shelter from this storm, yet we also know that increasing judgements will come upon the world until the return of our Lord.
Not for us the upbeat message of the revivalists, who believe everything will be better and better until they finally bring everyone into the kingdom and thus, after their rulership for a thousand years of peace and harmony, they "bring back Jesus" to claim his throne. We who have read and understood bible prophecy know that "we must through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of God." (Acts 14:22)
YET we know that in all things the Lord protects, loves and cares for us and that we can trust Him for every day and every hour.
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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