"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."I've spent some time studying this verse, and as with most of the words within the Bible, there's more to these words than their plain text meaning in English. Take the word 'pale' in the above. Did you know that in the original Greek text the word is chlōros and is directly related to the color green. This is proven by referring to Mark 6:39 for it is the exact same word as in this verse of Revelation. This word chlōros is used twice more in Revelation 8:7 and Revelation 9:4 where in both instances its meaning is without question to something which is green in color. So what color is the horse in Revelation 6:8? It is a green horse.
And the rider of this horse is a proper name because it is capitalized: Death. In the original Greek text: Thanatos, and Thanatos is synonymous with pestilence. And another proper name follows with this male rider, Hadēs which is a direct reference to a dark, infernal region; an uncomfortable and dismal place where the souls of the sinful dead go once 'Thanatos' has separated them from the body that had just been alive on the Earth. To put this in another perspective, go back to Mark 6 and read verse 11. This is the fate of those on the Earth who have refused the Word of God, the saving Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. But we're not just talking, with respect to Revelation 6:8, about a few individuals or even a couple of cities, we're talking about one-fourth of all humanity alive on the earth at this time, or in real numbers as of right now, just a shade under 2 Billion people. A critical point in time has arrived. On which side do you stand? The rest of this Eschatology Today post will now, hopefully, make more sense.
29 August 2014: Not being a huge fan of rhetorical questions, I am still feeling compelled to ask: Was there ever a time when multiple and very specific 'last days' eschatological themes were resonating simultaneously or glowing white hot as they are today? I do not recall any such time within this parameter as the present time.
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Update 31 August 2014: In the opening of this SITREP I deferred from being redundant by citing specific examples of the many prophecies mentioned above that will constitute the sheteph of fulfillments which will reconfigure planet earth specifically for the advent of the angel Gabriel's prophetic 70th Week. They have been discussed here numerous times in the past six and three-quarter years; all are available in the Eschatology Today blog archive found in the right-hand margin of the main page.