Updated: Aug 23
Dedicated to Don Koenig, owner of the ‘Prophetic Years’ website (https://www.thepropheticyears.com/). A contemporary Colossus in the world of End Time prophetic scholars.
In a previous article ‘After the Rapture’ from November 2019, I mentioned one standout point – what will become of all those unsaved decent people I encounter each day immediately after the Rapture happens? This article will examine the aftermath those decent people will find themselves in after the initial chaos, where a terminal and broken world of perpetual gloom looks to a charismatic leader from Europe for the answers as war, famine, and pestilence erupt.
The Covid 19 pandemic (a real and somewhat deadly virus) has been a great tool in ensuring the governments of the world are on a reactionary footing. They are mobilized, aggressive, and have much of the population under their control via vaccines, lockdowns, and fear. Most of the loud overbearing sheep populations are kneeling to the left-leaning political/big Pharma will around mandatory vaccine cards and lockdowns. When the Rapture happens, the governments of the world will be in a much better position than pre-Covid 19 to handle such an event, while the mindless sheep will follow.
In the moments, days, and weeks after the Rapture event, the world will be a confusing mess of civil upheaval, and breakdowns at every conceivable level of public and private service and utilities. All of this will happen while tormented individuals looking for answers to the most perplexing event in human history roam the streets. Of all the places on planet earth circa the 2020s, none will take such a devastating hit as the USA. America is home to the largest proportion of born-again believers, and their removal from every conceivable role in society will be the very thing that undoes her.
Most governments of the world should likely mobilize in the weeks after the event. The military would begin securing sources of food – farms, food terminals, grocery stores, - and help local authorities in clearing airports, sea terminals, and highways, and roads of empty vehicles and debris. Power and water would also be key targets to secure. Disruptions, however, would be the norm for people emerging from the confusion.
Similar to the Covid 19 response, the governments may initiate staged returns to a new normal in getting the flummoxed masses of people back to their jobs and roles in society – and away from their homes watching TV/internet for the latest answers on what has happened. The Covid 19 predicament of government stages and menacing instruction will prove a very useful conditioning tool in handling the aftermath of the Rapture, as the familiarity of the Covid 19 guidelines will not be lost on the general public/sheep.
As society merges back into a shadowy semblance of its former self, a person’s day-to-day life will be harrowing. Just getting to work will be driving through a grim new world of lawlessness, smoke, and panic. Fast food locations will have severely limited menus, grocery stores (looted in the days after the event) would return to a new normal of constant shortages, and most essential services and needs would be disrupted permanently. Not to mention a whole other topic unto itself – that of the day-to-day order the Restrainer formerly controlled.
With the removal of Christians I believe the veil will be pulled back and all those ‘things’ on the periphery we so often hear about now – the dark demonic agents behind alien abductions, UFO’s, hauntings, possessions, Bigfoot phenomena, and oddities around missing people (think David Paulides’ very creepy ‘Missing 411’ series) – will be unshackled on the population. Day-to-day life will be – as Chuck Missler once put it – weird!
People will demand answers. Enter….the 4 Horsemen.
Whether it be the wars or economic collapse or new waves of pandemics, it is most likely that here in North America (and elsewhere) our unsaved friends will meet their end. By the time the 4 Horsemen are done riding 25% of the inhabitants of the earth will have been killed off. That is almost 2 billion people on planet earth and much of the events John and Daniel describe have yet to even begin!
The Man of the Hour – the White Horse
The Prophet Daniel in Daniel 7:23 states:
23 “He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. 24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. 25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.”
In the Post-Rapture confusion, it is very easy to see how Europe would immediately align to form a 10 nation power bloc. This union would be needed for both internal reorganization and a face to show her enemies and the world it is ready to move forward. Europe and the world at large will hear of the utter collapse and chaos that America has descended into. It is highly possible that China or Russia will enhance the chaos via further cyber-attacks, EMPs, or other forms of sabotage. Their avowed enemy, the US, already down from the impact of the Rapture, would be a perfect target for further eroding attacks to keep her disabled for good. Europe, seeing no alternative would merge…and fast. It would have a moderately formidable nuclear force of France and the UK’s nuclear arsenal.
The new alliance would also have large military manpower, advanced western electronics, a decent modern airforce, and fairly significant manpower. It is also conceivable that some American military assets (aircraft carriers, bombers, and perhaps in the urgency of the situation – a dire need to get America’s more exotic technologies exported to Europe prior to landing in Chinese hands. I strongly think the continental USA will experience surgical strikes and small footprints of foreign troops covertly sabotaging and/or stealing valuable assets/technologies). Russia and the Eastern bloc will also have their own problems with missing people. Paranoia will abound and the age-old east/west tension will ramp up – this will fuel the rapid rise of the West simultaneous to the Russian-led Eastern bloc, which in the haste and power vacuum America has left, could see the events of the Magog War of Ezekiel 38 play out not long after.
The answers so many have been waiting to hear will soon be pacified. At first, social media will begin whispering about a charismatic politician within the new Western alliance. He will be a problem solver, a suave diplomat, and a man that likely will have answers for where the millions of people have gone. It is not improbable he has some connection to the New Age alien agenda in explaining why the ‘deplorables’ and ‘undesirables’ have been taken off-world to some sinister fate. It is also highly likely some type of UFO/alien presence reveals itself to the masses.
Enter the White Horse….
Strange days on Patmos….
Poor John. If Daniel had a bad post-prophetic experience in being ill for days and astonished at what he saw from his prophetic dreams, John may have had an even worse time recovering. Circa 96 AD, John was exiled to the island of Patmos for his Christian beliefs by the Roman Empire. Patmos was an island made up of criminals and outcasts of the Roman society – for many, this was the end of the line. Yet….the Good Lord had other ideas for John.
In one of the most fascinating stories from the Bible – one very much overlooked due to the attention given on the complexity and symbolism of the book of Revelation – John is ‘time walked' almost two thousand years into the future and shown exactly what would play out in the end-times. I hope the reader gives thought to the raw unimaginable power it takes to i) create Time, ii) control Time and iii) walk through Time….hard to fathom.
John encounters mind-bending creatures before the Throne of God - from six-winged, four-faced beasts covered in eyes (The Seraphim), the 24 elders, many angels, a particularly strong angel, the 4 Horsemen of the apocalypse, 4 gigantic angels around the entire Earth, the 7 spirits of the Holy Spirit, the 7 horned and 7 eyed covered Lamb, and the ever-observing God the Father - Yahweh (who watches His Son and His creation action out this grand play as He humbly watches on, all-powerful yet never seeming to show an ounce of His true strength and power. Partly because He doesn’t have to, and partly because of the difficulty in interacting with the flawed state of man). Quick author’s note – what an honor it is to write about Him!
One of the first things John witnesses is the opening of the Seal judgments. A Seraphim instructs John to watch the unfolding below them in Revelation 6:1-2
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.
Daniel also speaks about the White Horseman saying he “…by peace shall destroy many” Daniel 8:25.
The timing of this seal judgment is hard for me to pin down exactly. Some believe it is within the first 3 ½ years of the Tribulation, while others think it possible immediately after the Rapture in the gap of time prior to the Antichrist’s 7-year treaty signing with Israel. As I have learned over the years, trying to pin down the sequential mechanics of Bible Prophecy is not easy!. I could be wrong, but it seems this Seal is broken prior to the 7-year tribulation.
The White Horseman gathers power, a following, and begins conquering through diplomacy but backed with the threat and availability of some serious firepower (hence the bow). Again I could be in error, but this build-up and consolidation of power would eventually establish the White Horseman/Antichrist and then lead to the 7-year treaty signing with Israel. Israel would likely only sign with a well-rooted and established European leader.
Now that people have someone they can follow, someone that seems to have the answers and is moving forward in creating order out of the chaos, all hell is about to break loose…again. As the world increasingly follows the White Horseman is a perfect leader for navigating out of very imperfect events, the sounds of 3 other Horsemen loom.
As the other Seals are opened, most people we know today will be eagerly awaiting the next move of this booming world leader. With the Seal judgments passing over the darkening world, the man on the white Horse will be looked at to solve the coming world wars, economic collapse, pestilence, and other calamities the Seals unleash. People will have two options…follow this new leader in his global campaign or, listen to whispers from the underground.
I strongly feel there will be some forms of underground Christian movements taking shape. Some people will know the Rapture has taken place, they will have previously heard about it from now Raptured Christian family and friends, and even pop culture. Small movements will be calling this new leader out for what he really is …. The man of sin - The Antichrist himself.
Total War – The Red Horse
As the hooves of the Red Horse smash into earth, it is very likely all these good but unsaved people we now know and in cases love will see their earthly journey’s end. Rev 6:4
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.
The Red Horse brings war to the earth. I imagine places around the globe where there is currently a peace or détente to be what John is talking about. Peace in these places will be taken, and wars will erupt all over the globe. Whether it is China invading Taiwan, India, and Pakistan exchanging fire in the Kashmir region, Russia taking former Soviet satellites back in Eastern Europe, Middle East flare-ups, or civil unrest. If peace is taken from the earth, it means every level of society would have conflict – from neighbors to coworkers to mad-max-style gangs fighting for turf and resources. With so many American civilians armed this takes on a whole new level of civil unrest. Inner cities would literally become warzones.
Rural areas would seek to protect their assets, land, and resources from those fleeing the big cities – resulting in more conflict. America is the last place you would want to live in post-Rapture. The carnage left by the Rapture will be dwarfed by the World War taking place. It is very likely the alliance of nations the White Horseman has built up by now conquer everyone in its way. The text does not specifically call out who battles whom, just that peace is taken. Instead of two sides as per World War 1 or 2, total war is engulfing the planet.
With the world in such a state, the wheels of global trade will crash to a halt.
Economic Collapse and Hyperinflation - The Black Horse
The Economic Collapse proper (aka the Big One).
Since about 2008 when the banking crisis hit Wall Street, analysts have been predicting the ‘big one’ almost daily for the last 13 years or so. They touted the dollar collapse, black swan events, credit freezes, China revealing its actual gold tonnage, hyperinflation, debt defaults, and calamities in the $2 Quadrillion global derivatives markets.
However, the remarkable resiliency of the US dollar, the petrodollar system, and the Federal Reserve-backed monetary system as a whole have and continues to remain fairly firmly intact. I would even go as far as to say that even after the Rapture, the US Dollar system will survive in some ways for a short period of time.
Cash is king and will be used for a short period by stores and banks. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) may not even have time to implement the Special Drawing Right’s ‘currency’ if the Black Horseman rides close enough to the Rapture. Author Jim Rickards (author of ‘Currency Wars’ and ‘The Death of Money’) has speculated that the next global post-dollar currency system will be based on a basket of the world’s stronger currencies (with some influence by central bank holdings of gold tonnage per member). These would be the Special Drawing Rights (SDR’s) the IMF would control and delegate. If the gap between the Rapture and the final 7 years is of a longer nature (e.g. decades), then it is feasible this SDR system comes into play at some point. If the gap is shorter as most scholars speculate, the SDR system will likely see itself used only in the first 3 ½ year portion of the Tribulation as a kind of digital precursor to the global Beast system to come.
John gives a very interesting peek into the economic scarcity of the time (Rev 6:5-6):
 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.
This indicates a global economic scene of hyperinflation and shortages, yet still depicts a dichotomy of wealth classes. While the scales of wages and what those wages can purchase for the average person are astoundingly different from today’s purchasing power, the text indicates there will still be demand for luxury goods. The wealthy that survive the wars of the Red Horseman will continue to seek out the finer things – which by this point will be of a greater and greater rarity as global manufacturing, agriculture, and transportation will suffer catastrophic obstacles and destruction.
Even if vineyards from the Bordeaux region of France remain intact, the methods of transporting these lovely wines will likely have been severely disrupted or all but gone. Imagine a country like the US or China suffering heavy losses from the global war (Red Horse) on its hundreds of commercial shipping ports and the loss of all those traded goods and supplies? This will be a time where if you possess any type of delicacy – fine wines or whiskeys, to imported caviar, rare meats, and seafood – it is likely the last time you will ever enjoy them.
In the 2009 movie The Road which starred Vigo Mortensen, he and his son are scavenging for food in a desolate and deserted Mall. The setting for the film is an extremely bleak post-apocalyptic world where there is no future and no hope to be found. The main character by luck finds what may very well be the last dusty can of Coke on earth that he shares with his son. In many developed parts of the world in Revelation 6:5-6, it could really get this bad.
The creepy one - The Green Horse
I have always felt this final peculiar Horseman as the most disturbing. John now hears a voice instructing him to observe this last Horseman. The Rider is named Death, and Hell/Hades follows him as he rides.
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.
Don Koenig at the Prophetic Years website mentioned that it is possible Death has some type of control over the Underworld (Hell). It seems like some type of extra portal or perceptibly rapid access to the Gates of Death/Hades is transpiring. From the Psalms, the Book of Job, Matthew, and Revelation, it appears the Underworld is entered into via some type of immense and powerful gate. The Green Horse seems to have the power to pull the very open Gates of Hades behind him, rapidly collecting as many of the dead souls as possible from war, famine, pestilence, and animals.
Yet, how would this differ from any other mass death event now or in the past? As most deaths are of unsaved people now and historically, what is the point of this passage as they would descend upon death to Hades anyway? It could be that something unusual may be happening and perhaps very visual to the world.
Another oddity is the mention of the state of animals. Again, there is a distortion here. Since the Fall of Man, animals of the domesticated sort have with effort, been subservient, pliant, and fearful, yet most wild animals are generally alarmed and uninvolved at our presence. The text from John, however, mentions deaths occurring from the beasts of the earth. Whatever fear of man they previously possessed is now replaced with a fearless feral mentality.
Would house pets now begin attacking their owners huddled in their homes together from the Red and Black Horsemen? Would harmless birds and squirrels now attack with a new violent nature? The comfort and love animals have always brought humans would now completely reverse – another sad point to a life absent from God and all of His comforting gifts via nature...now removed.
When these 4 Horsemen finally leave earth to whatever interesting cosmic fate the Lord has for them, 25% of Earths’ inhabitants will be dead, and most survivors will be suffering in near despair for help. The world will be catastrophically altered. Despite this, if any of those familiar day-to-day unsaved people we see each day survive, they still have the remaining seal judgments, the authority of the 2 witnesses and their destructive power over any adversarial people or nation for 3 ½ years, the 7 Trumpet judgments and 7 Bowl judgments to contend with.
To conclude and perhaps a FINAL WARNING to the non-believers. A day is fast approaching when people are going to vanish in a split second possibly before you’re very eyes. You will see a heap of clothing, shoes, precious iPhones, cash, bank cards, purses, dental fillings, pacemakers, and other accessories like watches, rings, and bracelets crumple before you. Remember this article and the many superior articles (before being stripped off of the web) by champions of modern-day eschatology like Pete Garcia, Randy Nettles, Don Koenig, Ron Ferguson, T.W. Tramm, and many others and remember these words of John (3:16):
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
The Rapture of the Church will have happened, and the times you see yourself in have radically changed from before, but understand one thing and one thing only – you can be saved, - you can be pulled into the very breast of God the Father and recline at His table, you can escape eternal damnation, and you can have life….life in abundance that will never end or see sadness or tears or lost innocence or pain. You WILL go through temporary hardship on earth, but it is incredibly fleeting and will not last. For those on this side of the Rapture, I beg you to question deep within yourselves if this seems truthful.
I take full duty among friends, family, strangers, and others, in looking ridiculous and a fool in asking such a foreign thing to the unbeliever. However, it is the Truth, and I feel like the warnings of a nothing and a sinner like myself - but a blood-bought one in Christ - is coming to an end… and soon. I have far too many friends and family in the ever-growing Laodicean churches believing in the tepid ‘Jesus supports all things’ woke/liberal topics of the day – they need to dust off their Bibles if they could find them.
This major paradigm shift in history may yet be a few years off…. or not, but I believe the Rapture of Christ’s children is just about here.
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