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HOOF BEATS

 

I wrote this a year ago. Since then, we have seen gas prices double but even more alarming is news that food prices have kept pace with this rising cost. The basic foods, wheat, corn and rice have risen more then most other prices. Recently I heard a news report on food prices. It reminded me of Rev 6:5,6 in which the rider of the black horse (the 3rd seal) has a scale and tells that a loaf of bread would cost a days wage. It also said the "oil and wine" would not
be harmed. With the shortages we see in many areas, it is not hard to see that rationing may soon be started and just as gas prices keep raising, so will food prices, yet it will not effect the rich, they will still get all they want while others go without the basics of life itself.

My friend, in light of today's news, I believe this message is just as if not more relevant then it was last year when it was written.


Sometime ago, I told the story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis and how 316 of the crew of 1199 were rescued. As several ships steaming full speed ahead without zigzagging to get
there quickly, they approached them with their search lights on and shined them into the air toward the ship wreck. Of course, this was dangerous as it also gave their position to any enemy sub which often lurked beneath the sea for such an event as this...but they wanted to give HOPE TO THE HOPELESS! 

Today, sirens often give this hope as they get closer and closer when someone has been in an accident. There is something about knowing that help is on the way that instills HOPE.

Many Westerns have shown the old Wild West version of this hope when a wagon train was under attack, "hoof beats" could be heard in the distance as the Calvary came galloping in. Of course the sound of the bugle playing...CHARGE! helped too.

Sometimes the sound of hoof beats did not bring the promise of help, it brought doom. If the hoofs were stampeding cattle it could bring disaster if you were in the way.

My friend...I hear hoof beats on the horizon and I have mixed feelings about these hoof beats. I personally believe these hoof beats are so close that if we listen, we can hear the snorting of
the horses although there are only four horses that are galloping toward us in an effort to seal each of our destinies.

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.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Lets look at these horses and their riders for a moment

The White horse and its rider:

I have seen many say that this is the LORD returning but is it? Notice in verse one that it is the LAMB that is opening the seal...the Lamb is Jesus Christ so He can not be the rider of this white horse so who is it? In Revelations 19, we see the Lamb coming out of heaven on a ...white horse. He is accompanied by an army, NOT three other horsemen. Since this horseman is pretending to be Jesus Christ by wearing a crown and riding a white horse, it can be none other then THE antichrist. If we keep watch of the events in the world, I think this person is about to step up and take power but I will not speculate as to who he is.

The Red horse...war.

Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, Israel, Lebanon, Syria and the list goes on. It almost seems like every area of the globe is a hot spot or at least a high potential for one. It almost seems we are having a world war, one war at a time in so many places. There are so many powder kegs around the world that all it will take is one spark.....and I firmly believe that spark is very close to the making. I also think that spark will occur in the Middle East.

The rider of the Black horse:

He has a balance in his hand indication commerce. It talks about a loaf of bread costing a day's wage. My friend, have you stopped at a gas station recently? The supermarket? Have you read the news reports of honey bees dying or abandoning their hives for some unknown reason? Add to this the Mad Cow disease and now the tainted pet food which appears to be getting into more and more products including chicken feed and now there if fear it is getting into the human food chain. Can you hear them now? The hoof beats as they get louder and louder?


The Pale Horse and its rider...DEATH

Few of us should have ever heard about Columbine High School but it is now a household word. This was just one in over 40 mentioned in Wikipedia including the University of Texas at Austin, the Jonesboro massacre, the Amish school shooting and the most recent, Virginia Tech. Contrary to popular views, it is not only men doing it. Laurie Dann – was the perpetrator of Hubbard Woods Elementary School shooting and the Brenda Ann Spencer, incident at Cleveland Elementary School are but two of them. I will not go into the
possible reasons for these shootings as that is not the intention of this message. It is my attention to encourage you to listen for these hoof beats.

I see other major signs of these rapidly advancing horsemen.

Global warming, the Arctic ice melting, storms and major weather changes, (Remember, Jesus said we would not know the season...well maybe that is because the seasons are all messed up so we can not tell winter from summer) Inflation, Free markets and international
trade agreements are leading to a one world government as well as are the breaking up of our homes so many experience today.

Add this to new super bugs that are antibiotic resistant such as the recent news headline "Masks may not help against super-flu", Bird flu, and other possible "pandemics" that could spread throughout the world like wild fire either intentionally with bio weapons or accidentally and I can only conclude…the hoof beats are getting closer.

I am also sure we have all heard about the famines, droughts, freezing crops; storm damaged crops, floods and fires. I can easily see food prices going "through the sky" Many people, perhaps some of  you, already do not know where your next meal is coming from. If it
is that bad now, what will it be like then? 

Many if not most of us have also heard about things like "Digital Angel" which is a computer chip that has been inserted into animals and some humans. I firmly believe this is the precursor to the mark of the beat told about in Revelation 13:17

"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." In the next few chapters we are told that no one would be able to buy or sell anything except they have this mark "in" their hand or forehead but we are also told that anyone that had this mark would be doomed for eternity.


Yes this has been a message of gloom and doom so far. If it were not for one thing...and only one...I too would be petrified with fear as I hear these hoof beats getting closer. In fact, there was a time I was afraid. I will not go into that now because I do want to let each of you know that there is no reason to be afraid of these horsemen because another horseman will come to our rescue and just as the bugle sounding "charge" in the wild west as the cavalry came
over the hill, we will hear a trumpet as the King of Kings comes to our rescue.

Revelation 20:4
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Six times in the book of Revelations we are told things like: To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. (Revelation 2:7)

While most may think this applies to those who get through this period of time, those that do not accept this mark, I want to point out a deeper meaning:

1 John 5:5
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that  Jesus is the Son of God?

An over comer is one that has placed their trust in Jesus Christ for full payment for their sin. My friend, do you hear the hoof beats? Do you fear them? You can be an over comer by following the link below.

http://www.shatterdmen.com/first_step.htm


I am reminded about a song that was written by Larry Norman before most of the school shootings:

Life was filled with guns and war
And everyone got trampled on the floor.
I wish we'd all been ready.

Children died, the days grew cold,
A piece of bread could buy a bag of gold.
I wish we'd all been ready.

There's no time to change your mind,
The Son has come and you've been left behind.

A man and wife asleep in bed,
She hears a noise, she turns her head, he's gone!
I wish we'd all been ready.

Two men walking up a hill,
One disappears and one's left standing still.
I wish we'd all been ready.

There's no time to change your mind,
The Son has come and you've been left behind.

There's no time to change your mind.
How could you have been so blind?
The Father spoke, the demons dined,
The Son has come and you've been left behind.
You've been left behind
You've been left behind!

Just as Gorden Jensen wrote:

Years of time have come and gone
Since I first heard it told
How Jesus would come again someday

If back then it seemed so real
Then I just can't help but feel
How much closer His coming is today

Signs of the times are everywhere
There's a brand new feeling in the air
Keep your eyes upon the eastern sky
Lift up your head
Redemption draweth nigh

War and strife on every hand
And violence fills our land
Still, some people doubt He'll come again
But the Word of God is true
He'll redeem His chosen few
So don't lose hope
For soon Christ Jesus will descend

1 Corinthians 15:51-52

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall  all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Once again....there is hope for all of us

http://www.shatterdmen.com/first_step.htm

TO OUR CHRISTIANS!

This message was primarily written to those who would have been left behind but I do pray that they will place their trust in Jesus Christ but I want to talk to you for a moment. I am so glad that you know you will not be left behind, but I ask you, what about your loved ones? Your neighbor? Your friends? Will they be left behind? Have you told them about the hope that is within you? Have you told them about Jesus. More important…does your life agree
with your talk?

Many of our Christians can praise the Lord…in our groups and in our churches, but I ask…would your co-workers or friends be surprised to hear that you are a Christian? We are the only Jesus many will ever see. What image do they have of Jesus by looking at you? If you
do go to meet the Lord before this time, what will your obituary say about you? Will it say….you made a difference? I will leave you with this closing poem…it is my understanding by talking to the authors sister that it is a true story.

My Friend
By Vera Lynn Edge

One day a girl named Louise fell asleep and dreamed a strange dream. she dreamed that a gal in Hell wrote her a letter and sent it to her by an angel-its a true story - if you can read it without weeping then......

The Letter

My friend I stand in judgment now.
And feel that you are to blame somehow.
On earth, I walked with you day by day,
And you never did point the way.

You knew the Lord in truth and glory.
But never did you tell the story.
My knowledge then was very dim.
You could have led me safe to him.

Though we lived together on earth.
you never told me of the sacred birth,
and now I stand this day condemned, because you failed to mention
him.

You taught me many things that's true,
I called you friend and trusted you.
but I learn now that its too late.
you could have kept me from this fate.

We walked by day and talked by night.
And yet you showed me not the light.
you let me live and love and die.

But you knew I would never live on high.
Yet I called you friend in life.
And trusted you through joy and strife.
and yet on coming to the end.
I cannot, now , call you "My Friend".

-Marsha

After Louise awoke from that dream and it was still real in her mind, She contemplated the meaning of the dream. And thought that she had not done all that she could to tell her friends about Jesus. She said to herself that she would make a point to tell her friend
Marsha about the dream some time soon!! The next day She called her friend Marsha and this was the conversation "Bill is Marsha there?? "Louise , you don't know yet!!!". "No, Bill what". "MARSHA  WAS KILLED LAST NIGHT IN A CAR ACCIDENT"!" I thought you knew"

Some other links used in this message are:

http://www.shatterdmen.com/Obit.htm

http://my.homewithgod.com/heavenlymidis2/ready.html

http://cloud9lyrics.com/436/redemption-draweth-nigh/

http://www.shatterdmen.com/Indianapolis.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_shooting#Well_known_shootings

 

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