In Part I we saw that the four horsemen will affect the people on earth in several devastating ways. Through war, famine, pestilence, and wild beasts over one fourth of earth’s population will die. That would equate to at least 1.5 billion people based upon the current world population. In the Old Testament God had warned Israel, “For thus says the Lord GOD: “How much more it shall be when I send My four severe judgments on Jerusalem; the sword and famine and wild beasts and pestilence; to cut off man and beast from it?” (Ezekiel 14:21)
When comparing what Jesus said to His disciples concerning the end, these events take place during the first part of the seven years of tribulation. In Matthew 24 verses 4-8, He told them that many would be deceived through false prophets. He said that there would be wars and rumor of wars. Furthermore, He said there would be famines, pestilence, and earthquakes. And then He said that these were only the beginning of sorrows. The word for sorrow can be translated as birth pang. In other words the events come suddenly and are only the beginning of a sequence of much more terrible events that will come upon the world.
The irony of these events is that the unbelieving will be saying “peace and safety”. They will believe that the world is about to experience a great time of peace, when the Bible says that “sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.” (I Thessalonians 5:3)
For those of faith, the Bible teaches that we should be looking for “the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13) We are to “wait for His Son from heaven whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” (I Thessalonians 1:10) We are not to be in fear of what is about to come upon the world. We are not instructed to look for antichrist or to worry about Armageddon. Jesus said, “…do not worry about tomorrow. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matt 6:34)
The Bible is very clear. This world will come to an end. No one knows when. If the beginning of the end starts today, are you ready? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be – not just for the end of the world, but for all eternity!