News Review - 17 Apr 2020
The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse

Quoted at the United Nations… quoted by US politicians… quoted in the media… but misunderstood by most…

“The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse”

In a world of surging geopolitical tensions and global mistrust, more and more leaders are using the term - “ The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”. Here are a few examples:

UN Secretary-General António Guterres: “UN chief outlines solutions to defeat ‘four horsemen’ threatening our global future.” ( news.un.org)


“Defeating the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” ( thedailystar.net)


“Why are people claiming the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have arrived?” ( express.co.uk)


“Condoleezza Rice warns of ‘Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’ in US foreign policy.” ( thehill.com)

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse appear in the last book of the Bible – the Book of Revelation. Many Bibles head this last book of the Bible as – The Revelation of St John the divine. However, if we read the very first verse of the book, the author is clearly revealed!

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John…” (Revelation 1:1)

The Apostle John was a scribe. He wrote out what was revealed by the Father to Jesus Christ.

Here is what God's endtime apostle Mr Armstrong wrote:

Here is Jesus’ own interpretation, in plain language, of these mystic symbols of the four horsemen.

The first was a WHITE HORSE…

Many men, using human interpretation, have looked over into the 19th chapter of Revelation, where we find the description of the glorious return of Christ pictured as coming on a white horse, and have made the great error of deciding that this first seal, then, since it is a white horse, pictures the second coming of Christ. But Christ’s own revealing of the meaning is that this white horse of the first seal pictures exactly the opposite – those preaching a false Christ, different from the Christ of the New Testament! It refers to this great deception that has descended like a dark cloud to cover the earth and hide from it the glorious truth of God!

All war is the result of violating the supreme spiritual Law of God, which Jesus lived and taught! The false teaching of doing away with the Law of God, and the GOVERNMENT of God, and endorsing the ways of men, led inevitably to WARS, which have grown progressively more frightening and colossal in scale, until it is now questionable whether the world can survive another war, unless God Almighty steps in supernaturally to intervene!

And so the second seal pictures a RED horse – the color of blood – and this horseman, as Jesus Himself reveals, is WAR. ‘And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword’ (Rev. 6:4).

And in like manner the third horse is the FAMINE: ‘And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and, lo, a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine’ (Rev. 6:5-6).

And, fourth, following in the wake of famine, DISEASE EPIDEMICS: ‘And I looked, and, behold, a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell [the grave] followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with the sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth’ (Rev. 6:8).

There is Christ’s own explanation of the four horsemen! But this brings us to the fearful present. This is only the very beginning of the prophecy!” ( Revelation Unveiled at last!)

Matthew 24

Another place in the Bible where Christ explains endtime events is in Matthew 24. These events link up with the four horsemen. War, famine, pestilence and earthquakes – which would include volcanoes, tsunamis, tornadoes and hurricanes. These increase as we approach the end of this age.

The Earth Is Moving

Right now, lost in the Coronavirus clouded news, ominous events are going largely unreported. The earth itself is shaking! One article reported the explosion on Mount Krakatoa – as a single event.

“Indonesia’s Krakatoa volcano has erupted in what is said to be its most active phase since 2018, when it caused a deadly tsunami that killed over 400 people. The seismic activity at the top of the mountain began late Friday night and proceeded till Saturday morning, according to officials.

The volcano spewed thick clouds of black ash along with lava at least 657 meters (2,155 ft) above sea level, the ministry reported, as it issued an orange level alert, the second highest volcano aviation warning.” ( rt.com)

However, if we look at the local news, several other volcanoes were erupting at the same time!

“Three more volcanoes — Mount Kerinci in West Sumatra, Mount Semeru in East Java and Mount Merapi in Central Java — showed elevated activity on Friday, on the same day that Anak Krakatau erupted.

Anak Krakatau, a volcano that emerged from the remains of the biggest volcano blast recorded by the Krakatau volcano in 1883, erupted twice on Friday evening, spewing out a 500-meter-high column of ash during the second eruption, which lasted more than 38 minutes.

Mount Kerinci in Jambi, West Sumatra last erupted in March 2019, sending ash 600 m into the sky. On Friday, the Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry reported tremors and quakes at Mount Kerinci.

Mount Semeru, the tallest peak of Java Island, which is located in Lumajang, East Java, erupted on Friday with 42 explosion quakes and a 400-meter-high column of ash blowing north. Mount Merapi, located between Yogyakarta and Central Java, erupted on March 29 with a 1,500-m-high ash column. Friday’s data show that the volcano is still experiencing quakes.

The PVMBG declared the waspada (caution) alert status for all four mountains on Saturday, the second-highest level .” ( thejakartapost.com)

Danger In Ecuador

“Scientists are warning that the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador is showing early signs of impending catastrophic collapse, after satellite data showed substantial internal damage from ongoing magma activity.

Tungurahua, has been persistently active since 1999 so wear and tear was inevitable, especially given that the ‘Throat of fire,’ or ‘Black giant’ as the Quechua indigenous people named it, has already collapsed twice before thousands of years ago.

Such collapses can trigger massive landslides and pyroclastic flows, which can travel for tens of kilometers. For example, the collapse 3,000 years ago is thought to have laid waste to an area of roughly 80km sq (11,000 football fields).

Meanwhile, an eruption in 1999 forced the evacuation of some 25,000 people, so the impact on human life in the area should the volcano collapse again would be truly staggering.” ( rt.com)

Awakening Volcanic Region In Iceland

Volcanic eruptions in Iceland back in 2010 resulted in travel chaos across Europe. This could happen again, according to reports.

In 2010…

  • Most European airspace closed progressively, April 15-21
  • 100,000 flights cancelled in total, peaking at 19,000/day
  • Over 10 million people stranded or unable to board flights
  • Airlines lost $1.7 billion in missed revenues
  • Airports lost €250 million ( telegraph.co.uk)

“Reykjanes peninsula’s last active period started in 10th century and lasted 300 years. Volcanic activity is escalating in a region of Iceland that has not erupted for 800 years, with scientists warning it could cause disruption [to air traffic over Europe] for centuries to come.

Since 21 January, the Reykjanes peninsula south-west of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, has experienced more than 8,000 earthquakes and about 10cm of land uplift due to magma intrusions underground.” ( theguardian.com)

What If…?

As we watch endtime events shape up, what can we expect? What if the 1883 Mt Krakatoa eruption happened today? The population back in the 1800’s would have been small by today’s figures. Today, there are around 260 million people in the area – mostly living in cities located at or near sea level.

“If Anak [son of] Krakatau, the volcano that grew in place of the legendary Krakatoa, erupted with a force similar to the 1883 eruption today, I have no doubts that it would be bad. There are now major cities, each one packing perhaps hundreds of thousands of people. Some of these cities are also major ports, so a major eruption would have major economic effects in Indonesia.

When the volcano finally erupts, the force of the eruption might displace huge quantities of water, generating tsunamis. These tsunamis will hit these cities, just as its father’s tsunamis did in 1883. It’s even possible that the pyroclastic flows might reach the nearby islands, killing any survivors. The worst case scenario could mean tens of thousands dead at the minimum.” ( quora.com)

The Ultimate Volcano – Tambora - 1815

Around 200 years ago a worldwide mega–catastrophe occurred.

The Tambora blast was ten times more powerful than the Krakatau explosion. The sun was blotted out for days… the size and power of the blast are hard to understand, but before the explosion, Mount Tambora was around 14,000ft [4,300 meters]. It is now 2,851 metres (9,354 feet) high, having lost much of its top in the 1815 eruption. The crater left behind is 3.7 miles (6 km)across!

Tambora Overview

What would happen in our world today if we were faced with a disaster this size? What would happen if we were to be hit with a disaster of this magnitude right now, with the world in a tailspin due to the coronavirus?

“On April 10, 1815, Indonesia’s island of Sumbawa became ground zero for the worst volcanic eruption in modern times — and a chilling example of a widespread climate catastrophe. The Tambora event was the largest volcanic eruption in the last millennium. On the US Geological Survey’s Volcano Explosivity Index, Tambora scores a seven out of eight. That’s ten times bigger than the 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption and a hundred times more powerful than the 1981 Mount St Helens blast.

On the island, the immediate event killed at least 10,000 people and possibly more than 90,000, largely from exposure to the searing hot, toxic swells of gas and rock that came tumbling down the mountain, known as pyroclastic flows. But Tambora’s effects were felt even farther afield. The eruption injected about 100 megatons of sulfur aerosols into the stratosphere, a gaseous surge that eventually morphed into a global haze.

‘People literally on the other side of the world [were] impacted,’ says Liz Cottrell, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Program. Initially, Tambora’s deadly haze created strange, spectacular sunsets that inspired artists the world over. But it also reflected back a fraction of incoming sunlight, cooling the Earth by half a degree Celsius — and wreaking havoc with regional climates for a harrowing three years.

‘A half a degree is a pretty big change, when you think about how much energy you’re blocking,’ says Ben Andrews, also of the Global Volcanism Program. ‘You’re setting up a lot of changes to climate.’

In the US, frosts and cold weather ravaged the New England growing season, prompting cries of a ‘year without a summer’ and a migration into western states. Plunging temperatures broke the monsoon cycle in Asia, sending India into famine and triggering a cholera epidemic of unprecedented severity. Summer cold snaps and crippling rains also destroyed Chinese farmers’ rice paddies, driving many to starvation…

Tragically, climate science was too young and information too slow for anyone to realize at the time what was unfolding: a climatic disaster that indirectly killed millions. ‘I think of Tambora as the most recent and most drastic climate deterioration on human communities,’ says environmental historian Gillen D’Arcy Wood of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ‘It’s a study of human vulnerability.’

According to Cottrell, volcanic vulnerabilities persist today: The 2010 eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano essentially shut down European air travel, costing the global economy billions of dollars. And Tambora still looms dangerously large over the people of Indonesia: ‘More than one million people live within 100 kilometers of Tambora today — and 100,000 live within 30 kilometers,’ says Cottrell.” ( nationalgeographic.com)

Earthquakes!

Many scientists are warning that we are overdue for a “big one”. America’s biggest earthquake could happen again! A catastrophe of this size would cripple the USA!

The New Madrid earthquakes

Back in 1811-1812, several huge earthquakes ripped through America. When we realize that the Mississippi actually ran backwards for several hours we get some idea of the size of the earthquake.

“The New Madrid earthquakes were the biggest earthquakes in American history. They occurred in the central Mississippi Valley, but were felt as far away as New York City, Boston, Montreal, and Washington DC. President James Madison and his wife Dolly felt them in the White House. Church bells rang in Boston. From December 16, 1811 through March of 1812 there were over 2,000 earthquakes in the central Midwest, and between 6,000-10,000 earthquakes in the Bootheel of Missouri where New Madrid is located near the junction of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

In the known history of the world, no other earthquakes have lasted so long or produced so much evidence of damage as the New Madrid earthquakes. Three of the earthquakes are on the list of America’s top earthquakes: the first one on December 16, 1811, a magnitude of 8.1 on the Richter scale; the second on January 23, 1812, at 7.8; and the third on February 7, 1812, at as much as 8.8 magnitude.

The Mississippi Ran Backwards

After the February 7 earthquake, boatmen reported that the Mississippi actually ran backwards for several hours. The force of the land upheaval 15 miles south of New Madrid created Reelfoot Lake, drowned the inhabitants of an Indian village; turned the river against itself to flow backwards; devastated thousands of acres of virgin forest; and created two temporary waterfalls in the Mississippi. Boatmen on flatboats actually survived this experience and lived to tell the tale.

The New Madrid Region

The New Madrid Seismic Zone is approximately 40 miles wide and 200 miles long. Encompassing parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee, the zone straddles a large section of the central US. Major cities in the central Mississippi River and Wabash Valley that are near the zone include Memphis, Tennessee, and St Louis, Missouri.” ( new-madrid.mo.us)

Estimated Impact and Damage in the New Madrid Region Following a Magnitude 7.7 Earthquake

What would happen if a similar event were to happen today? The Mid-America Earthquake Centre gave this estimate:

  • “Nearly 715,000 damaged buildings…
  • Limited medical, firefighting, and law enforcement services…
  • Over 3,500 damaged bridges…
  • 2.6 million households without electricity and 1.1 million households without water…
  • 86,000 casualties and 3,500 fatalities…
  • $300 billion in direct economic loss…
  • More than 730,000 people permanently displaced 42,000 search and rescue personnel required for nearly 1,500 teams…
  • 425,000 breaks to utility pipelines…
  • Local flooding due to damage due to damaged dams and levees…
  • Damage to 130 hospitals…” ( in.gov)
Our World Right Now

Deaths from coronavirus top 142,000 worldwide with over 2,000,000 confirmed cases. This is a major disaster. But there are encouraging signs that we should be getting back to “normal” soon, many predicting the end of lockdowns in the next few weeks…

BUT… Once we start to get back to “normal” somebody has to pay the bills. And the bills are huge!

It will be a different world with so many well known companies having gone bankrupt and food-chains disrupted! The whole economic balance in the world has been severely shaken – and may never recover.

Chances are, we will find ourselves living in a new “normal”, where trade wars are increasing – and historically, trade wars lead to “hot” wars. While the world focuses on wars between the USA and China, the USA and Russia, the USA and Iran… the real area we must watch is EUROPE!

Yet Europe Is In Chaos

Many are predicting that the Euro, the currency of the Eurozone, is at the point of collapse. There is so much strife between the nations in Europe today that even the whole idea of a united Europe is being questioned.

Yet out of all this chaos and confusion will come a United Europe – Bible prophecy makes this plain.

This soon to be formed United States of Europe will be a true superpower:

“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:4)

Total State Control!

“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13:17)

Here we see the basis for the totalitarian state, total state control – so that the governments can “protect” the people. And most will accept it! Those who don’t are “removed”!

“And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.(Revelation 13:15)

This event seems to happen quickly:

“And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.(Revelation 17:12)

These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” (Revelation 17:13)

Why? Why this sudden unity?

For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.(Revelation17:17)

God has a plan, and that plan cannot be thwarted!

There are some who no longer believe in these prophetic events… and to any who doubt I say…

“Remember Egypt!”