Unsealed: A Closer Look At Revelation 6 And “The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse”

05/02/2013 116 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 23 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
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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.

US Secretary Of State Kerry Suggests Iran Could Lead Fight Against ISIS If US “Fails Miserably”

09/18/2014 1 comment

If the prophetic foreshadowings of Daniel are any indication, Iran may certainly get involved …

Daniel 8:4, 17, 20, “I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great… ‘Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end… The ram which you saw, having the two horns — they are the kings of Media and Persia.”

By Raf Sanchez, Washington and Jack Gurdon, The Telegraph – “John Kerry suggested today that the task of defeating the Islamic State could fall to Iran and the Syrian government if the US was ‘failing miserably’ in its effort to defeat the jihadists.

The hypothetical scenario raised by the secretary of state is likely to be a new frustration for the White House, which has spent the day quashing speculation by American generals that US ground troops could be sent back to Iraq.

Mr Kerry’s words may also heighten Sunni suspicions that the US secretly intends to ally with the Shia governments in Damascus and Tehran against Isil.

Mr Kerry made the suggestion as he faced hostile questions from Republicans during a hearing of the Senate foreign relations committee.

He was asked by Marco Rubio, a hawkish Republican, whether American combat forces could be deployed to the Middle East if commanders deemed it was necessary for defeating Isil.

Mr Kerry repeated President Barack Obama’s pledge not to deploy ground troops under any circumstances but then raised the prospect of Iranian and Syrian intervention.

‘I’m not going to get into hypotheticals but you’re presuming that Iran and Syria don’t have any capacity to take on Isil. I mean, who knows? I don’t know what’s going to happen here,’ he said. ‘If we’re failing and failing miserably who knows what choice they’re might make.'” Read more.

Iran Slams ‘Ridiculous’ US Coalition As Congress Funds Arms Against ISIS - “Without committing ground troops to the cause, a coalition led by the United States against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria is a ‘ridiculous’ enterprise, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday… ‘[I]s it really possible to fight terrorism without any hardship [with combat boots on the ground], without any sacrifice? Is it possible to reach a big goal without that? In all regional and international issues, the victorious one is the one who is ready to do sacrifice.'” Read more.

ISIS Caliphate Bans Sports, Social Studies And Math For Syrian Children

09/18/2014 1 comment

Sports are banned because sports are fun, and fun is un-Islamic. Social Studies are banned because Islamic society looks horrible in comparison to others. And Math is banned because the teachings of Islam just never seem to add up

“Do not laugh too much, for laughing deadens the heart.” – The “Prophet” Mohammed, Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2305; Ibn Maajah, 4193.

Hadith, Al-Tirmidhi 4649, “He does not belong to us who imitates other people. Do not imitate the Jews or the Christians …”

Qur’an Sura 7:54, “… your Lord is Allah Who created the heavens and the earth in six Days …” <– Heavens and Earth Created in 6 Days

Qur’an Sura 41:9-12, “… created the earth in two Days … set mountains over its surface, and He blessed it and determined therein its [creatures'] sustenance in four days … Then He completed and finished from their creation (as) seven heavens in two Days …” <– Heavens and Earth Created in 8 Days

By Erika Villanueva, China Topix – “After gaining control over Syria, the Islamic State terrorist group is now prohibiting thousands of children in the country from learning mathematics or social studies based on their newly released diktats.

According to a report from CNN, Syrian children will no longer have the chance to learn about democracy and election as well as sports, and will instead be taught the radical teachings of the jihadists.

Posters and fliers posted on street poles and billboards indicate the new educational demands and emphasize that anyone who disobeys ‘will be punished.’

It also stated that teachers will be given alternative courses to teach the children and that phrases like the ‘Syrian Arab Republic’ would no longer be used and should be replaced by ‘Islamic State.’

Ideologies and nationalistic virtues are also prohibited in the new education system and will be replaced with teachings which emphasize ‘the belonging to Islam … and to denounce infidelity and infidels.’

Aside from this, books should no longer bear any reference to evolution and should indicate that laws of chemistry and physics are subject to ‘Allah’s rules and laws.’

The directive concluded with a vehement warning stressing that obeying it is ‘obligatory’ and that ‘all violators will be punished.’

To make matters worse, the jihadist group was reported to have killed at least 200 people on Tuesday alone.” Read more.

Flashback: Time To Ban Science: Islam’s ‘Holy Book’ Teaches A Flat Earth – “If the ‘holy’ Qur’an were truly holy it would need to be divine in origin, and to be divine in origin would, by definition, necessitate that any and all its claims be free from error, be they historical or scientific. In the case of science, it has shown us that the sun does not set in a spring of murky water. The Qur’an says otherwise (Sura 18:86). Science discovered that the earth revolves around the sun, not the other way around. The Qur’an says otherwise (Sura 21:33; 36:38, 40 and 91:1-2). Science discovered that the stars are not close to us. The Qur’an says otherwise (Sura 37:6). Science discovered that the moon does not emit light but rather reflects it. The Qur’an says otherwise (Sura 71:16). Science discovered that the earth did not exist before the creation of the universe. The Qur’an says otherwise (Sura 2:29). Science discovered that male sperm comes from the testicles, not from between the backbone and the ribs. The Qur’an says otherwise (Sura 86:6-7). Science discovered that flesh is formed before bones. But, again, the Qur’an says otherwise (Sura 23:14)…” Read more.

Flashback: Time To Ban History: Islam’s ‘Holy Book’ Teaches Historical Errors – “In many places, the Qur’an mentions Mary as the sister of Moses and Aaron and the daughter of Imran. The Qur’an has confused Jesus’ mother with Aaron’s sister because both of them carry the same name, though there are several centuries between them. The Qur’an indicates that Mary (Christ’s mother) had a brother whose name was Aaron (chapter 19:28) and a father whose name is Imran (chapter 66:12). Their mother was called ‘the wife of Imran’ (chapter 3:35) which eliminates any doubt that it confuses Mary, mother of Jesus, with Mary, sister of Aaron. Muslim scholars acknowledge what happened and they are confused and fail in their desperate attempts to justify this grave error. Their contradictory interpretations fail to help them to find a solution to this dilemma.” Read more.

Syrian Child Soldier: “I’ve Gotten Used To Killing Soldiers”

09/18/2014 1 comment

Luke 17:1-2, “Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones [children] to sin.’”

Report on a Syrian Child Soldier, LDC/LBC TV (Lebanon), 9/13/2014: “They arrive here as children and quickly turn into killing machines. Sometimes, they are urged to come by those older than them, but in most cases, they arrive on their own accord, in order to fight for the sake of their families and their country, Syria. This is what they say, or are taught to say. 12-year-old Midyan Abu Al-Qa’qa’ is one of these Syrian children. He voluntarily joined the ranks of the fighters, after his father was killed in battle in the south of Idlib. Midyan is a skilled sniper and he can fire mortars, but he prefers to be a sniper, which is exactly what he does in the Wadi Deif Camp, east of Maarat Al-Nu’man. ‘I get up in the morning and try to shoot some soldiers. Sometimes I manage to shoot one or two, and sometimes I don’t. There’s nothing to it … I didn’t feel anything …’” Watch the video for more.

Hadith, Tabari 9:69, “Killing Unbelievers [non-Muslims] is a small matter to us” – The Words of Mohammad, “Prophet” of Islam

Report: Four Middle Easterners With “Known Ties To Terrorists” Captured On Southern Texas Border On September 10th

09/18/2014 2 comments

I’m sure their intent was to simply make it to the nearest mosque before Friday prayers in order to pray for the success of endeavors that had absolutely nothing to do with Islam

Gateway Pundit – “Congressman Jason Chaffetz broke this shocking news Wednesday that four known terrorists were apprehended at the US border in Texas on September 10 – the day before the 13th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.

Chaffetz questioned Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on whether he is ‘aware of any apprehensions of suspected or known terrorists.’

Johnson dodged the question.

Tonight, Rep. Chaffetz told Megyn Kelly there were four terrorists arrested crossing the US border in Texas on September 10.

There were actually four individuals trying to cross through the Texas border, who were apprehended at two different stations, that do have ties to known terrorist organizations in the Middle East.

Via The Kelly File:

Breitbart has more on today’s exchange at the Homeland Security hearing:

During a House Homeland Security Committee hearing today focused on worldwide threats to America, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), asked DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson whether he is ‘aware of any apprehensions of suspected or known terrorists’ who have attempted to enter the U.S. illegally during his tenure as homeland security chief. Johnson was sworn in as the fourth DHS secretary on December 23, 2013.

Rep. Chaffetz, who serves on the homeland security panel’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, clarified that he was Read more…

Categories: Radical Islam

“Brace Yourselves”: ISIS Terrorists Are Being Monitored In West Virginia

09/18/2014 Leave a comment

We have a virulent cancer in our midst that is intent on killing us all. And a virulent cancer like that requires much more than just a bit of “monitoring” …

Qur’an Sura 4:76a, “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah …”

Qur’an sura 9:111, “… They fight in the cause of Allah , so they kill and are killed …”

Inquisitr – “ISIS terrorists may be in West Virginia. Investigators at the Fusion Intelligence Center in Charleston are reportedly researching classified information related to the whereabouts of Islamic State militants on a daily basis.

During an interview with Mountain State news outlet WCHSTV, the intelligence center staffers refused to get into specifics regarding how many ISIS militants could be in West Virginia, or the exact locations where the terrorists may have been spotted. Fusion Intelligence Center staffers did reveal that ISIS is recruiting and training people ‘close enough to be concerned.’ The center has also reportedly been ‘monitoring’ individuals with Islamic State ties that have passed through West Virginia.

Fusion centers were created under the arm of the Department of Justice’s Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative and the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council. The centers are supposed to be an ‘effective and efficient mechanism to exchange information and intelligence’ for fighting crime and terrorism. Staff at the centers merge information from multiple sources as a part of the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan.

‘Our role is receiving information,’ Fusion Intelligence Center Director Thomas Kirk said.

‘You’re looking for things to authenticate what is the key difference between this one and the last one. The texture of the sand, the type of rocks, the way the wind blows, the garb that’s being worn,’ the director added in response to work investigators are conducting in relation to comparing ISIS beheading videos.

Kirk also said that if citizens think that journalist Steven Sotloff will be the last American to die at the hands of the Islamic State, we should ‘brace’ ourselves.” Read more.

Flashback: Video: Imam In Virginia Tells Muslims That If They Are Called ‘Terrorists’ They Should ‘Make This Title Worth It’ – “First of all, the mosque where this Imam – Sheikh Shaker – gave this speech from the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Virginia. To say this mosque has a checkered history would be a bit of an understatement. Despite that history, Shaker tells the audience that because Muslims are viewed as ‘terrorists’, they should wear the label proudly by giving those who label them as such a ‘run for their money’. He also decries moderate Islam while calling for more fundamentalists. Also note the man who takes the podium after Shaker. He issues a ‘disclaimer’ by saying that Shaker was not calling for ‘armed Jihad’, despite Shaker’s call for… well… armed Jihad.” Read more.

Flashback: Virginia: Muslim Man Arrested After Police Find Shrapnel-Laced Bomb In Home – “A Fairfax County man has been charged with possessing a crude homemade bomb constructed out of fireworks. Thirty-eight year-old Atal Bashar of Burke is a native of Afghanistan and a naturalized U.S. citizen. He made an initial appearance Monday in federal court in Alexandria. According to an FBI affidavit, a cleaning service hired by a real estate agent found what appeared to be a bomb while cleaning Bashar’s father’s home in the Alexandria section of the county in March 2012. According to the affidavit, Bashar admitted to investigators last week that he built the device for self-defense by placing fireworks in the duffel bag and surrounding it with shrapnel like nails and screws.” Read more.

Australia: Islamic State Ordered “Demonstration Killings” Of Non-Muslims

09/18/2014 Leave a comment

And the Muslims who vowed to carry out the wishes of the “Prince of the Faithful” chose beheading as their preferred method of murder. This must serve as a warning to the whole world that the eyes of the ISIS caliphate is not simply upon the necks of Australians, but upon the necks of Americans, Canadians, Europeans, Israelis and anyone else who “gets in their way” …

Qur’an Sura 8:59a, “The infidels should not think that they can get away from us. Prepare against them whatever arms and weaponry you can muster so that you may terrorize them …”

Qur’an Sura 47:4, “So when you meet in battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks until when you have overcome them …”

Channel NewsAsia – “A series of anti-terror raids across Sydney and Brisbane were sparked by a senior Islamic State militant ordering ‘demonstration killings’ in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Thursday (Sep 18).

‘The exhortations, quite direct exhortations, were coming from an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country,’ he said referring to Islamic State by its other commonly used acronym. ‘So this is not just suspicion, this is intent and that’s why the police and security agencies decided to act in the way they have.’

A major pre-dawn operation by more than 800 officers detained 15 people. So far one person has been charged with serious terrorism-related offences. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said court documents were expected to reveal that the plan involved snatching a random member of the public in Sydney, draping them in an Islamic State flag and beheading them on camera.

‘These people, I regret to say, do not hate us for what we do, they hate us for who we are and how we live. That’s what makes us a target,’ said Abbott. ‘It’s important our police and security organisations be one step ahead of them and this morning they were.'” Source – Channel NewsAsia.

Australia: Muslims Planned To Publicly Behead Random Citizens To Demonstrate The Reach Of ISIS

09/18/2014 2 comments

For peaceful purposes. The “random citizens” would have been non-Muslim and, according to Islam, guilty of crimes against “Allah” simply for being non-Muslim and deserve to die. It is only a matter of time before these conceived plans bear, yet again, its sinful fruit …

James 1:14-15, “… each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”

ABC Australia – “Police say a large-scale anti-terrorism raid in Sydney this morning has foiled a plot to ‘commit violent acts’ in Australia, including a plan to behead a member of the public.

More than 800 officers launched the raids as part of Operation Appleby in suburbs across Sydney’s west and north-west, with a further 70 police involved in raids on properties in Brisbane’s south.

Police said 15 people had been detained in Sydney as part of the operation between NSW officers, the Australian Federal Police and ASIO.

Court documents are expected to reveal that the raids, at 25 different properties, were aimed at a cell which planned to behead a member of the public in Sydney.

The documents are expected to say that the plan involved snatching a random member of the public in Sydney, draping them in an Islamic State group (IS) flag and beheading them on camera.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he was briefed last night on the operation, adding that the intelligence received by police gave ‘not just suspicion’ but ‘intent’.

‘The exhortations, quite direct exhortations, were coming from an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country,’ he said, using another acronym for IS.

‘That’s why the police and security agencies decided to act in the way they have.’

Mr Abbott will cut short his visit to Arnhem Land today to farewell RAAF crews heading to the Middle East and to attend security briefings on the terror raids in Sydney.

He said the operation commenced earlier this year and had interrupted a terrorist attack in Australia.

‘Police believe that this group that we have executed this operation on today had the intention and had started to carry out planning to commit violent acts here in Australia,’ he said.

‘Those violent acts particularly related to random acts against members of the public.’

Commissioner Colvin said the raids in Brisbane were not ‘directly linked’ to the raids in Sydney, but authorities were looking to see whether there were any links.

He said the Brisbane raids were linked to a similar operation in Queensland last week, when an Islamic bookshop was searched, and two men arrested.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the raids reflected ‘the reality of the threat we actually face’.

‘You know it is of serious concern that right at the heart of our communities we have people that are planning to conduct random attacks,’ he said.” Read more.

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

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