Unsealed: A Closer Look At Revelation 6 And ‘The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse’

05/02/2013 115 comments

By ICA

Revelation 6:1, “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see…”

Were John’s apocalyptic snapshots and descriptions of the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” in the Book of Revelation pointing to events that would only take place nearly 2000 years after the visions were first revealed? All too often, many of today’s Christian teachers and Bible prophecy experts have repeated the belief that the entirety of the Book of Revelation, with the exception of the first three chapters, are to be understood in futuristic terms only. I have done this myself in the past. Whether it be the Seven Seals or the Seven Trumpets or the Seven Bowls of wrath, everything contained therein and described by John from Revelation 4:1 onward must be treated as little more than a description of apocalyptic earth-shattering events that we, as Christians, will never witness taking place upon the world in which we live, events that can only begin to come to fruition after an imminent rapture has suddenly removed all followers of Christ from the face of the earth to deliver them from the impending wrath of God and the last-days Beast of Revelation. If we take the time to engage in a careful examination of the text, however, we may begin to see that some of the events often understood as yet to come, are events that are already taking place today.

An Overview Of History: The Islamic Beast Of Revelation – The Past And The Present

After careful study, I have come to the conclusion that, judging from the description of events and their sequence provided for us in Scripture, the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” described in the first four Seals of Revelation 6 are four separate Read more…

Christian Bishop In Egypt: Christians Are Currently Experiencing Their Worst Time In Recent Centuries, Many Now Unable To Buy Or Sell

11/05/2011 22 comments

If we believed that all of these things were only supposed to happen after the rapture of the Church, then it’s high time to rethink what we thought we knew …

Recommended: The Revelation Of Jesus Christ And The Rapture Of The Church
Recommended: ‘Not Appointed Unto Wrath’ – What Scripture Is Really Saying

Revelation 13:16-18, “… it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate ['psēphizō' - reckon] the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is χξς.”

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ACN News – “Christians in Egypt are currently experiencing their worst time in recent centuries. This statement was made by the Coptic Orthodox Bishop Stephanos of Beba and Elfashn to the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). Christians are being violently killed under the eyes of the international media. Also, for the first time in many years, churches are being systematically burned and destroyed. The police are taking no action and nobody is punished for it. In the Egyptian media, ‘the facts are systematically covered up in order to keep the international media from reporting the truth and bringing pressure from outside,’ he complained. However, video films showing the massacre of demonstrators on 9 October were broadcast by the three television stations operated by the Coptic Church and have thus also found their way into the international media. This time the attacks on Copts ‘have been better documented’.

Problems are also experienced in day-to-day life because calls are often made in the media not to buy from Christian merchants or to sell anything to Christians. Businessmen are therefore faced with a struggle for economic survival. Christians are indirectly excluded from employment, for example by job advertisements specifying ‘a female employee with headscarf’. Attempts are being made ‘to drive the Christians out’.” Read more.

Islamists Behead Syrian Christians In Front Of A Cheering Crowd

Islamists Behead Syrian Christians In Front Of Cheering Crowd

‘Bloody’: Christian Persecution is ‘Coursing Through Muslim-Majority Nations from One End of the Globe to the Other’ – “We hear so often about Muslims as victims of abuse in the West and combatants in the Arab Spring’s fight against tyranny. But, in fact, a wholly different kind of war is underway—an unrecognized battle costing thousands of lives. Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion. It is a rising genocide that ought to provoke global alarm… In recent years the violent oppression of Christian minorities has become the norm in Muslim-majority nations stretching from West Africa and the Middle East to South Asia and Oceania. In some countries it is governments and their agents that have burned churches and imprisoned parishioners. In others, rebel groups and vigilantes have taken matters into their own hands…” Read more.

Iraqi Christian Ashur Yacob Issa Beheaded by Islamists

Iraqi Christian Ashur Yacob Issa Beheaded By Islamists

Mali: Christian Leader Beheaded as Islamists Terrorize Country, Create List of All Christians They Intend to Execute by Beheading – “A Christian leader has been beheaded and others are being threatened with similar treatment as Islamic militants run amok in Mali, West Africa. Christians have fled the town of Timbuktu in the north of the country where harsh Sharia Law has already been imposed amid reports that churches in Gao, 200 miles to the east, have been completely destroyed… ‘We have escaped in the wake of horrible death threats as the Islamists have a list of all the Christians in Timbuktu whom they intend to execute by beheading.’” Read more.

Islamic Militants Behead Afghan Christian

Islamic Militants Behead Afghan Christian

Egypt: Rising Islamic Leader Declares ‘We Will Launch a Campaign of Islamic Conquest Throughout the World’, ‘Exterminate’ Christians Who Get In the Way of Sharia - “A rising leader in the radical Islamic movement in Egypt that has become a major political player since the demise of Hosni Mubarak’s regime says Christian churches may need to be blown up and Christians exterminated to allow the advance of Islamic law, or Shariah. The comments come from Sheik ‘Adel Shehato, a senior leader with the Egyptian Islamic Jihad terrorist group… The sheik, a senior jihadist leader, responded to a question about using violence against Christians, who make up a substantial minority in Egypt.” Read more.

Mansuur Mohammed, 25, Beheaded by Islamists After Leaving Islam for Christianity

Christian Beheaded by Islamists In Somalia

Islamic Militants Calling Themselves ‘The Unknown Soldiers of The Hidden Imam’ Threaten to Hunt Down and Execute Christians Who Flee Iran – “Islamic militants with suspected ties to Iranian security forces have been terrorizing evangelical Christians with threats to ‘repent’ or die, it was reported Sunday. Christian Solidarity Worldwide has reported that 11 Iranian Christians who fled Iran in the wake of a government campaign against Christianity have received threats via email to ‘repent’ or face extrajudicial execution, from a group identifying itself as the ‘The Unknown Soldiers of The Hidden Imam.’ The threatening emails that were sent to each individual on Sept. 14 aspired to extend the arm of Iranian Islamic militancy beyond the borders of Iran by implying that, although the recipients have left Iran, they have not escaped the ‘acute eyes of the unknown soldiers.’” Read more.

Convert to Christianity Beheaded in Tunisia

Convert To Christianity Beheaded In Tunisia

‘It’s Just the Beginning’: The Unprecedented Persecution of Christians – “‘It’s just the beginning.’ That’s what one of the attackers said while bombing a church in eastern Kenya last week. Two people were killed and three others injured in the attack, which authorities believe was carried out by the al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab. This month at least 65 people were killed in the city of Damaturu in northeastern Nigeria, when Islamist insurgents bombed churches, mosques and police stations. The Boko Haram militant sect claimed responsibility.” Read more.

Hamas Song Glorifies Kidnappers Of Three Israeli Teens: “Hide Your Prey, A Child”

07/24/2014 1 comment

Hadith, Tabari 7:97, “The morning after the murder of Ashraf, the Prophet declared, ‘Kill any Jew who falls under your power.’”

And “any Jew” means “any Jew” — including the children …

Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), 7/16/2014: “Under the rock, O hawk, hide your prey – a child. Your brothers in captivity (i.e., in Israeli prisons) tell you to keep him… You are from Hebron, O hawk, and all are proud of you… By Allah, O brother, I won’t rest until you see light, until I see you free… With the rifle open the [prison] cell, Kidnap soldiers till we free my brothers… Allah will strengthen your faith, The homeland’s sun is singing your name… The joy of the Loyalty of the Free must return (i.e., exchanging 1,027 prisoners for the kidnapped Israeli soldier Shalit).”

How A Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused A Catastrophe On Earth

07/24/2014 Leave a comment

God is in control …

By Jason Samenow, Washington Post – “On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere.  These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most powerful in at least 150 years.

‘If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,’ physicist Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado tells NASA.

Fortunately, the blast site of the CMEs was not directed at Earth.  Had this event occurred a week earlier when the point of eruption was Earth-facing, a potentially disastrous outcome would have unfolded.

‘I have come away from our recent studies more convinced than ever that Earth and its inhabitants were incredibly fortunate that the 2012 eruption happened when it did,’ Baker tells NASA.  ‘If the eruption had occurred only one week earlier, Earth would have been in the line of fire.’

A CME double whammy of this potency striking Earth would likely cripple satellite communications and could severely damage the power grid. NASA offers this sobering assessment:

Analysts believe that a direct hit … could cause widespread power blackouts, disabling everything that plugs into a wall socket.  Most people wouldn’t even be able to flush their toilet because urban water supplies largely rely on electric pumps.

. . .

According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, the total economic impact could exceed $2 trillion or 20 times greater than the costs of a Hurricane Katrina. Multi-ton transformers damaged by such a storm might take years to repair.

CWG’s Steve Tracton put it this way in his frightening overview of the risks of a severe solar storm: ‘The consequences could be devastating for commerce, transportation, agriculture and food stocks, fuel and water supplies, human health and medical facilities, national security, and daily life in general.’” Read more.

Categories: Cosmic Craziness

The Difference Between The Savage And The Civilized

07/24/2014 1 comment

Sometimes a picture that is worth a thousand words can leave us speechless. While Hamas is putting the lives of others in danger to protect themselves, Israelis are putting themselves in danger to protect the lives of others. This poignant photo posted on Twitter today reminds us why no nation should ever be forced to negotiate, let alone tolerate, Islamic terror. While Israel is being berated and vilified for protecting itself, every other nation in the world would be doing the same thing that Israel is doing if they were in Israel’s shoes. Or at least we should hope they’d be. “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man.” Sadly, too many are failing to distinguish between who is the Beast and who is the prey …

A stranger shields a father & his son as Beersheba, Israel, comes under rocket attack. NO NATION WOULD TOLERATE THIS

“A stranger shields a father & his son as Beersheba, Israel, comes under rocket attack. NO NATION WOULD TOLERATE THIS” (Source – Twitter)

Iran’s Supreme Leader: For Peace And Safety Israel Must Be Destroyed

07/24/2014 1 comment

We keep hearing this sort of racist, virulent anti-Semitism repeated all throughout the Muslim world, even in the West, particularly when Israel is forced to protect itself from the savage blood-thirsty terrorists who were elected to “lead” the people of Gaza. This mentality, however, only serves to underscore the fact that the only “peace and safety” the Islamic world is interested in is the sort of “peace and safety” they believe to achieve once the nation of Israel has been completely destroyed. But the fact of the matter is that true peace and safety will never come with Israel’s destruction. It will only come with Islam’s …

Joel 3:11-12, 14, “Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations, And gather yourselves there. Bring down, O LORD, Your mighty ones. Let the nations be aroused And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, For there I will sit to judge All the surrounding nations… Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near …”

1 Thessalonians 5:2-3, “For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when THEY say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon THEM, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And THEY shall not escape …”

Trafalgar Square In London

Trafalgar Square In London

By Reza Kahlili, Daily Caller – “Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated on Wednesday that the only solution for the region is the destruction of Israel, and that the armed confrontation must expand beyond Gaza.

Meanwhile, revolutionary guards announced new missiles which could destroy Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

Fars News Agency, a media outlet run by the Iranian state, reported today that Khamenei addressed the conflict in Gaza in a meeting with Iranian college students.

‘These crimes which are beyond imagination and show the true nature of the wolfish and child killer regime, which the only solution is its destruction,’ the ayatollah declared to his audience. ‘However, until that time, the expansion of the armed resistance of the Palestinians of the West Bank is the only way to confront this wild regime.’

Khamenei then criticized America, claiming its defense of Israel is ‘shameful,’ and suggested that its support affects Iran’s behavior towards America.

‘The anti-American and anti-West view in Iran is a logical view based on experience and a righteous calculation,’ he said.

Referring to Israel, Khamenei added, ‘This event is a sample of the ‘violent policies with iron fist’ which the fake and illegitimate regime [Israel] in its 66 years of existence has repeatedly and proudly conducted.’

He then emphasized, ‘As said by Imam Khomeini [the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran] Israel must be destroyed…However, until that time with the help of God for this cruel and murderous regime to be destroyed, strong confrontation with steadfast armed resistance is the only solution against this destructive regime.’

Khamenei then mocked Israel for looking for a ceasefire agreement, stating that Israel is powerless against the resistance of Hamas …” Read more.

Antichrist: Leader Of A One-World Government? – “Though the ‘seat of the Beast’ is regional, we have already seen and will continue to see Muslim rioting, civil unrest and acts of terror in non-Muslim nations such as America, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and elsewhere, as well as Muslim nations. Its effect will certainly be felt globally, but the extent to which it will be felt at its peak, however, remains to be seen. Although Antichrist will seek to rule the whole literal earth and force the political and religious ideology of the Beast upon every government and upon every man, woman and child on the planet, Antichrist’s efforts will not succeed — an increasingly evident fact to which the whole of the prophetic texts testify. When Christ returns in power and great glory Scripture lists the nations that He fights against by name, and every nation that is identified in Scripture is today an Islamic nation.” Read more.

Nigeria: At Least 82 Slaughtered After Devout Muslims Blow Up Less Devout Muslims

07/24/2014 1 comment

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But does there really need to be? …

“These ['moderate' and 'immoderate' Muslim] descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.” – Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Islam: From Deception To Destruction To Death. For Peaceful Purposes.

Islam: From Deception To Destruction To Death. For Peaceful Purposes.

News 24 – “Two bomb blasts in the north Nigerian city of Kaduna killed at least 82 people on Wednesday, officials said, in attacks that bore the hallmarks of violent Islamist group Boko Haram.

A suicide bomber targeting a moderate Muslim cleric killed at least 32 of the cleric’s congregation on a busy commercial road. Shortly after, a second bomb blast killed 50 people in the crowded Kawo market on Wednesday, a local Red Cross worker on the scene, who declined to be named, told Reuters.

Two bomb blasts in the north Nigerian city of Kaduna killed at least 82 people on Wednesday, officials said, in attacks that bore the hallmarks of violent Islamist group Boko Haram.

A suicide bomber targeting a moderate Muslim cleric killed at least 32 of the cleric’s congregation on a busy commercial road. Shortly after, a second bomb blast killed 50 people in the crowded Kawo market on Wednesday, a local Red Cross worker on the scene, who declined to be named, told Reuters.

Thousands were gathered for prayers with Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi in Murtala Muhammed square, and when his convoy pulled up, the bomber lunged at him before being stopped by his private security, witnesses and police said.

‘The attack was targeted at the sheikh. No arrest has been made yet,’ said police commissioner Shehu Umar.

The bomb did not injure Bauchi, several witnesses told Reuters. Mustafa Sani, a volunteer for Bauchi’s mosque evacuating bodies, said there were 32 confirmed dead so far.

‘Somebody with a bomb vest… was blocked. He detonated the bomb along with the person that tried to block him,’ Umar said, adding that police had only been able to confirm 25 dead, with 14 wounded. Police sometimes give lower casualty tolls than workers on the scene.

A Reuters reporter saw blood and body parts scattered on the Alkali Road in the city centre. The military used pick-up trucks to cordon off the area. Sirens wailed as fire engines raced to the scene.

An angry crowd started throwing stones at police, who responded by dispersing them with tear gas. Some followers had come from Senegal, Chad and Niger to see the popular sheikh.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either blast, but Islamist militant group Boko Haram has been staging attacks, especially with explosives, outside its northeastern heartlands in the past three months.” Read more.

Flashback: Nigeria: Islamists Slaughter 30+ In Wedding Convoy, ‘They Targeted Everybody … Muslims, Christians And Children’ – “Gunmen have attacked a wedding convoy in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno, killing more than 30 people including the groom in a suspected ambush, witnesses and survivors said Sunday… ‘It was a gory scene,’ said Kyari Buba, a driver, adding that he had seen more than 30 dead bodies on the side of the road following the attack. ‘I was in the middle of the convoy when the gunmen attacked and I was able to stop the vehicle in time to open the door and run into the bush along with the people I was with,’ he said. ‘When we returned long after the gunmen were gone we met a gory scene with more than 30 people shot dead or slaughtered,’ he told AFP.” Read more.

Iran Sentences Christian Man To Have Lips Burnt With Cigarette For Not Observing Ramadan

07/24/2014 Leave a comment

Qur’an Sura 9:29, “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, even if they are of the People of the Book [Christians] …”

The Qur’an has spoken. If you’re not a Muslim and live in (or even visit) an Islamic country you’ll often be expected to behave as if you are. Or else …

By Nick Hallett, Breitbart – “A Christian man in Iran has been sentenced to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during the day in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The punishment was carried out in public in the city of Kermanshah.

Five Muslim men were also publicly flogged, each receiving 70 lashes for not fasting during the holy month, when Muslims are required to not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset.

The Daily Mail reports that a spokesman for Iran’s National Council of Resistance denounced the punishment as ‘savage’ and called on the West to take action against Iran.

They said: ‘The silence of the world community, especially of western countries, vis-à-vis these medieval punishments under the excuse of having nuclear talks with Iran has intensified the brutal and systematic violation of human rights in Iran.

‘This will ultimately embolden the Iranian regime to continue its nuclear projects more than before.’

Earlier this year, the UN issued a report condemning Iran for the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities. The report found that the country continues to imprison Christians based purely on their beliefs and even labels house churches, set up by Evangelicals, as ‘threats to national security’.” Read more.

Unsealed: A Closer Look At Revelation 6 And ‘The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse’ – “John describes the rider of the Black Horse in Revelation 6:5 as having ‘scales’ or ‘balances’ in his hands, employing the Greek word ‘zygos’ which is also used metaphorically to refer to any sort of ‘burden’ or ‘bondage’ as well as the imposition of ‘troublesome laws’… In every facet of daily life a Muslim’s conduct must be based upon a strict set of Islamic laws, called the Sharia, and anyone failing to follow ‘Allah’s’ burdensome edicts must suffer draconian punishments, non-Musims included. But take a look at the Islamic world today. Is it exemplified by peace and justice and social harmony because of ‘Allah’s laws’? To the contrary, the Islamic world is ravaged by war, by deprivation, by desert and famine and starvation and pestilences, conditions that are true both physically and spiritually, both literally and figuratively. Because of ‘Sharia lawlessness’ the ‘Religion of Peace’ is typified by widespread destruction and disparity, and any number of recent headlines bear this out all too well.” Read more.

Flashback: Islamic Cleric: Imprison People For Eating In Public During Ramadan, Including Non-Muslims

Walid Shoebat: Muslim Doctor In Mosul Lays Down Scalpal, Takes Up Knife In Search Of Christians To Behead

07/23/2014 3 comments

“Within a decade from now, the Muslim practice of beheading will increase tremendously, and via Muslim immigration and Islamic outreach into western societies, we will see this trend happening daily here in the streets of the U.S. and in Europe” …

Revelation 20:4b, “And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

Qur’an Sura 8:12b, “… terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an.”

Muslim-doctor2By Walid Shoebat – “Feisal Bin Shaman Al-Anzi is a Saudi doctor whose story sparked public controversy throughout the Middle East. His family went all over the media and were claiming that he was simply a humanitarian who treats patients at his clinic in Mosul Iraq.

The questions about his whereabouts came up as Al-Anzi was killed, somehow, and he was announced as a casualty of the ISIS. But photos of him taken in his last days in Mosul show a different story altogether …

Do these photos need more explanation?

I think not.

Just how many Muslim doctors are there who give the hippocratic oath while in the closet they give oath to Jihad will never be known. But it gets to prove that education and the appearance of civility are not evidence for not being involved in terrorism. Educated folks can be savages. Feisal’s photo carrying the knife was circulated and under it written ‘Bithabh Jeenakum’, one of the most popular Muslim songs, which means, we came to behead you.

And if you think I am kidding, just take a look at some examples. Shoebat.com obtained some eye opening videos.

For example, Bidayyat.org is a website with its domain in California has tweaked the Arabic song ‘Ji’nakum Bithabh’ (we come to behead you) to include whomever Islamists want the enemy to be. Bidayyat does not include the original lyrics of the song but sort of tweaked it to show that such songs can be directed to all sorts of peoples.

‘We are going to behead Catholics,’ and even the ‘Armenians,’ so says Bidayyat asking in a way ‘whats next after the Shiites’.

The song with different variations is sung in regular day-to-day private and public gatherings, weddings and on the streets, balconies and homes. It is sang by old men doing the Muslim rosary, teenagers and even by little children.” Read more to see photos and videos.

Child Hoisted On Shoulders To Sing “We Are Coming To Behead You”

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