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The Green Apocalyptic Horse

 

THE GREEN APOCALYPTIC HORSE.

Written by Kenneth Allan Clark © Copyright 2012

 

 

In recent years, with resurgence of the Muslims as a major word power there have been a number of Christian End Time prophets and teachers, who in part support both what we often call the historical view of Biblical prophecy and what we often would call the gap view, or what I would call the breach view of Biblical prophecy.

 One such Christian End Time prophet and teacher is Irvin Baxter.

 

The gap view of end time prophecy.

 

 

A gap or breach view is when one views an end time prophecy as being divided into two parts. The first part being fulfilled before or up to the time of the destruction of the Jewish temple in 70 AD; and the second part not being fulfilled until or after the signing of the seven year covenant. Thus in-between the time of the temple’s destruction and the signing of the seven year covenant, we have a gap or a breach period (of almost 2,000 years now) in which little or nothing in the way of specific prophecies have or will be fulfilled, other than prophecies concerning the general condition of things on earth, and the condition of God’s people and the people of the world.

 

 

Irvin Baxter at least in part agrees with this view, in that he believes there is a gap in the prophecy given in Daniel 9:23 – 27. This gap (or breach) starts after the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple (mentioned in verse 26) and ends with the signing of the seven year covenant (mentioned in verse 27). In this prophecy, there is no mention of any specific events to be fulfilled between the destruction of the temple and the signing of the seven year covenant. As for the general condition of the Jews between these two events, verse 26 says “and till the end of the war desolations are determined. And yes over this 2,000 year breach period the Jewish nation and its people have continued to suffer desolations, and these desolations will continue until as a nation they make their peace with God by accepting Jesus Christ has their God come to earth in the flesh as their Lord and Deliverer.

 

 

The historical view of prophecy.

 

An historical view of prophecy is when one rejects the very idea that any Bible prophecy could be divided in two by an unannounced gap or breach period. Therefore they look at the first part of the prophecy and rightly match it against history. But then because they reject the idea of a gap or breach in the prophecy, they take many of those events that will not happen till after the signing of the seven year covenant, and try and fit them into the 2,000 year breach period. 

 

Irvin Baxter at least in part agrees with this view, in that he believes the first horseman (mention Revelation 6:2) represents Catholicism. On is D.V.D. about the four apocalyptic horsemen he quotes 

 

Revelation 6:2 And I looked, and saw a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

 

Then he points out, and even shows us a picture of the crown that was given to the Pope in the 8th Century.

 

So while Irvin Baxter interprets Daniel chapter 9, according to gap or breach theology, he interprets Revelation chapter 6 according to historical theology.

 

We will get back to the crown shortly; first let us look at Irvin view of the four horsemen.

Irvin Baxter tells us the first represents Catholicism, the second Communism, the third Capitalism and the forth Islam.

 

Yes Irvin is right when he says the Catholic pope was crowned in the 8th Century, and he is also first when he says Communism came to power early in the 20th Century as the opposite of Capitalism. But to say Islam is the forth horseman. If Irvin knew his history, he would know that Islam came to power in the 7th Century, long before Capitalism and Communism came to power. And Islam (for the greater part) has ruled over the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa ever since. Yes the Crusaders may have held Jerusalem and the odd port city or two, and in more recent years, the British and French may have oppressed them for a short period of time. But to say Islam came to power after Communism - - - - - - -.  Well you can’t start translating a prophecy with an historical view, and then completely disregard the order of historical events.

 

Revelation 6:8 So I looked, and saw, a green horse. And he who sat on him was named Death, and Sheol followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, with famine, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.

 

Irvin rightly says that it was the Greek word ‘chloros’ meaning green, which was originally used in this passage. The King James translates this Greek word ‘chloros’ as pale in this verse, but in Mark 6:39; & Rev 8:7 & 9:4 it translates it as green.

 

The Wikipedia.org makes this comment on the green horseman.

 

“Based on uses of the word (chloros) in ancient Greek medical literature, several scholars suggest the colour reflects the sickly pallor of a corpse.”

 

How we will get back to the crown that is given to the first horseman. According to Irvin this points to the fact the Pope was crowned in the 8th Century. But let us disregard the historical view and take a gap or breach view of this prophecy. Let us start with the prophecy in Daniel chapter 9, given that when Irvin places the seven years covenant in the future he is using the gap or breach view. 

 

Daniel 9:27 Then he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the middle of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease, and along with the abominations shall be the one he who makes desolate, even until the completion of that which is determined has been be poured upon the desolate.

 

Most gap or breach theories agree that he in this verse in the anti-christ who rules over the last days empire. In other prophecies this empire is sometimes represented by the beast with seven heads and ten horns. The ten horns both represent the ten kingdoms (that make up this empire) and the ten kings who rule over these ten kingdoms. Also most agree that the covenant will be for one week of years, meaning there will be a seven year covenant.

 

He (the anti-christ) shall confirm the covenant with many (the ten kings) for one week (of seven years) he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease, and along with the abominations (the defiling of the temple) shall be the one he who makes (Jerusalem, Judea and the Jews) desolate, even until the completion of that which is determined has been be poured upon the desolate.

 

Now a closer look at the beast.

 

Daniel 7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and saw a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the rest with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. 8 As I thinking about the horns, I saw another little horn come up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots: and I saw in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

 

 

Kings in Bible prophecy can be called either of the following, horns (representing their power) and thrones or crowns (representing their authority). The ten horns in this prophecy represent the ten kings who will rule over the ten kingdoms that make up the end time world empire. The little horn that comes up among them represents the anti-christ that is not one of the ten kings but comes up among them. So from this prophecy we can say that the anti-christ shall be given a crown.

 

We also see this in Revelation.

 

Revelation 17:12 The ten horns which you saw are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but they shall receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.”

 

 

In Daniel 7:23 – 25 the vision given in Daniel 7:7 – 8 is explained to Daniel.

 

Daniel 7:23 So he said; the fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be different from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.  24 The ten horns that arise out of this kingdom are ten kings; and another shall rise after them; he shall be different from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall afflict the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and half a time. 

 

So who is the rider on the white horse? Could it be the anti-christ who is still to come, and who (according to both the writings of Daniel and Christ Revelation to the Churches) will be given a crown by the ten end time kings? 

 

Revelation 6:2 And I looked, and saw a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

 

After watching Irvin Baxter’s DVD on the green horseman, in which he taught that the Muslins would be the dominant world power in the last days, and checking out some on his teachings on Googol, I also watched another of his DVDs. This one was about the coming new world order, in watch the world would be ruled over by a One world government, One world religion that embraces all world religions, with the Pope of the Catholic playing a major role the bringing together of this new world order.

 

I could not help but ask myself, how can anyone be taken seriously who turns out two DVDs; which in one he teaches the one world government, embracing all world religions will rule over the world in the last days, and on the other DVD say the Muslins will be the dominant world power in the last days. One DVD completely disagrees with the other. 

 

May I suggest, for further understanding of what Bible prophecy is telling us about the Last Days, that you read my book “Death, Resurrection and the Last 10½ Years” before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

 


Written by Kenneth Allan Clark © Copyright 2012

Scripture taken from the “Clarks English Translation” © copyright 2011 by Victorious Christian Ministries International. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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