The Four Horsemen
Adam's sin allowed death to enter the world. Our original parents were first to taste the warmth of life, and also first to feel the coldness of death. Before the fall there was no disease, no coughing, fevers, convulsions, or death. But death brought sickness when it arrived, and now sickness accounts for the most deaths each year around the world.
Every cough is a reminder of our fallen world, every sickness is a reminder of our inevitable death, and all who will ever sin, get sick or die need a Savior. So each new wave of diseases and death is actually an advertisement showing how desperately we all need a Savior.
Reminders of our Greatest Need: A Savior
Whatever the next course global viruses take, all who know Jesus Christ should use disease and death to increase our longing for heaven. Paul tells us in I Corinthians 15:53, "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality". Our next destination is final and it is a place where there is neither death nor disease. All tears, all pain, and every pathogen will be defeated and Christ will make us eternally free to worship and serve Him.
To bring world news under the lens of the Scriptures, we have come today to the next sign Jesus gave when He described how to recognize the End of Days. It is the:
#7: The Sign of Global Pestilences
As we open to Matthew 24:7, Jesus is describing another element of what the Earth would be like at His Coming. Each of the other six elements given in God's Word (Global: Travel, Knowledge Explosion, Disaster Awareness, Communications, Commerce, and Apostasy) are actually trends that become full blown, global realities during what is known in God's Word the Bible as the End of Days.
After examining the first six of the ten biggest trends that are clearly described in the Scriptures, we have come to the seventh, which may be described as "Global Pestilences". Listen to Christ's ominous warning:
Matthew 24:7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places."
Now turn to the inspired ending of human history, when the Lord is reeling in the rebellious planet look at Revelation 6 with me.
The rider on the pale horse begins his deadly ride at some point during the Tribulation, and before his ride is over, a quarter of the population of mankind will be dead, from either war, famine or 'the beasts of the earth'.
The word translated 'beasts' is 'therion' in Greek, and means a 'venomous beast'.
We should seriously listen to Christ's chilling words that sound so much like the news reports of recent days. The future:
Revelation 6:7-8 "When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, "Come and see." 8 So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth."
Could it be that we are seeing the days that lead up to the release of The Four Horsemen, the start of the coming Global Graveyards, the advent of deadly Flu, Pandemics, and the End of days?
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