The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - 911 attack on the World Trade Centre
Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the
seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say, with a voice of thunder, "Come!" And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and its rider had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!" And out came another horse, bright red; its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that
men should slay one another; and he was given a great sword.
When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" And I saw, and behold, a black horse,
and its rider had a balance in his hand; and I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not harm oil and wine!"
When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!" And I saw, and behold, a pale horse, and its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him;
and they were given power over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.
Remembering that this is a vision of the “end times”,
in other words of our present time, these cannot literally be horses, because no one today goes to war on horseback. So, either the horses are symbolic, or John is seeing something which he does not have a word for. Is it possible that the horses mentioned
are, in fact, aircraft and the “riders” are the pilots? They were “given a crown” to put on their heads. Could this be their headsets?
If we are right, they could be any 4 aircraft going anywhere,
except for the commentary as the third “horse” departs. Although the first two horses went forth with the riders carrying a “bow” and a “sword” respectively, the third is carrying a pair of scales which is a very strange
choice of weapon for either a horseman, or an aircraft, going into battle!
The voice accompanying the vision says: "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, but do not harm the oil
and the wine". This must be one of our little “clues” as to what is happening!
If we were playing a game of charades and this was defined as an “action” this little vision would be a clear reference
to TRADING and it was, of course, the World Trade Centre which was the target of two of the 4 hijacked aircraft in the 911 atrocity. The clue is trying to tell you where this “horse” is going!
A second clue is
given as the last horse departs. It says: “they were given power over a fourth of the earth”. We have already discussed the meaning of “a quarter” or “one fourth” as referring to the Muslim population of the earth
which is currently said to be 23.5%. So this horse effectively identifies this operation as a Muslim one!
But there is more! The word translated as “pale” horse actually says in the Greek version “chloros”
which is actually green and is the colour of the flag if ISLAM, the extremist Muslims from which factions such as Al Qaeda is drawn.
The identification, when you read and understand the clues, is quite unambiguous. But the
full details of this prophecy are absolutely amazing; we have only just begun! Let us examine some of the other unique features of the events surrounding the destruction of the Twin Towers.
If this is, indeed, the start
of the narrative of 911, you might expect a description of the collapse of the towers and maybe even a reference to the number of casualties, since the number was extremely high for a peacetime event.
maximum estimate for the number who died was quoted in the headlines of the daily newspapers 3 days after 911 as being 6796, or 7000 in round figures. This was subsequently reduced by 50%, because a lot of people had somehow been counted twice or, in many
cases, had not been at work at the time. But the initial estimates were in the region of 7000 dead.
11)…..they ascended into
heaven in a cloud (13) And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God
The accuracy of the prophecy is quite incredible! The explosion when the first plane hit the south tower was at 8.46 am, within the hour of taking off from Boston airport at 7.59 am, exactly
as John says. Moreover, he says that "one tenth of the city fell" and if John considered the tower to be "a city" then his judgement was remarkably accurate because the plane struck the 95th floor of the 110 storey building, chopping almost
exactly 10% off the top!
His maths would probably not have got him an A-pass in an exam for his answer of 10%, but for a visual estimate, it was pretty good.
What were the other, unusual
features of this atrocity?
1. The building took a long time to collapse and, because of this, the bodies of the dead lying in the street could not be removed immediately, for fear that the rescue workers would themselves
be killed by the continuing collapse of the buildings. It was not until the 4th day, that the bodies could be removed.
2 Across the USA and in Britain, some people rejoiced openly and held parties
to celebrate the atrocity. This is not a normal reaction to such an event, although it must be said, it was only a small minority of extremists who did so.
Revelation Ch 11 says:
(v9) For three and a half days men from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb, (v10) And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice
over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth. (more about the two prophets in due course)
Note that Revelation even identifies
those who rejoiced as being “those who dwell on the earth” and I think we don’t need to reiterate the meaning of this particular code!
Here is possibly the most important reaction by the American
public which, as we will see, shaped the whole of the future of the middle east for the next 15 years or more.
3. The general public in the USA was outraged and called on President Bush (not God) to take action
to avenge this atrocity but the official response to the people was that they must be patient and wait a while, before action could be taken to effect retribution.
4. The dead were finally removed from the streets and placed into white body bags, on the fourth day after the attack. Because of the sheer number of the dead, there was a great shortage of body bags, which further hindered the removal of the corpses.
(Ch 6/9) When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne; (the bodies from the destruction of the towers)
(6/10) They (the American people) cried out with a loud voice, "O Sovereign Lord, (we know they called on George Bush, not God, because we were there) holy and true, how long before thou wilt judge and avenge our
blood on those who dwell upon the earth?"
(6/11) Then they were each given a white robe (a bodybag) and told to rest a little longer,(wait a while) until the number of
their fellow servants and their brethren should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.
Some details are from the account of the “4 horsemen” in chapter 6 and the rest from the account
in Chapter 11 of the attack by the “Angel of the Bottomless Pit” who we identified in the previous chapter as Osama bin Laden. By combining both accounts here, we can see all the details of the event in one place. Although the events are extracted
from two separate accounts these paragraphs tell the story so accurately, that there can be no doubt that the verses quoted all refer to the same incident.
There is just one discrepancy to point out, in case someone has
already noticed. In one part translators have changed the text slightly and from a modern-day view one can see exactly why this has happened.
What Revelation actually says in chapter 11v11 is: “after lying in the
street for 3 ½ days, the dead bodies stood upon their feet and the voice from heaven said “come up here”, and they rose up in a cloud….and ascended into heaven.
We know that the dead bodies
did no such thing, because they were put into body bags and taken to the morgue. But Revelation then continues “within the hour ((of them ascending into heaven) there was an earthquake and a tenth of the city fell….
know that it must be the aircraft which rose into heaven, not the corpses, because we saw with our own eyes, with the benefit of hindsight, that the explosion was before the corpses lay in the street! But of course, later translators, who
had never encountered an aircraft before, would know that only dead people could rise into the air, on their way to heaven, so the text would have been altered accordingly.
The ones who rejoiced on the news of the
911 tragedy, as we know, were a small minority of the Arab-Muslim community and they are referred to as those whose names are “not written in the Book of Life” They are referred to as “those who dwell on the earth”.
The two prophets who are said to have “persecuted those who dwell on the earth” must be Colin Powell and Tony Blair, the two major figures in the crusade against Iraq and “deputies” to the person referred to in Revelation
as “Lord of the Earth” who must be George W Bush.
This would be an apt title for the leader of the most powerful and influential nation on earth and one of only two major powers which invaded Iraq in 2003 after
911, without UN authority. They are also referred to as The Two Witnesses in Rev Ch.11 and both campaigned extensively for the second invasion of Iraq in 2003 under the (later proven to be incorrect) allegations of Iraq having weapons of mass destruction.
(Was one of them The False Prophet?)
We will return to the question of the identity of The False Prophet later!
6.12 When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, (13) and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit
when shaken by a gale; (14) the sky vanished like a scroll that is rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
At first reading, this sounds like a separate prophecy of worldwide destruction
but although events in Revelation are not always in the correct sequence, this being the opening of the sixth seal, it should logically follow the opening of the fifth seal. On further examination, it quite obviously does.
shows that John does tend to exaggerate somewhat and a relatively small scale (if very serious) event, can appear to be a worldwide catastrophe. This “earthquake” is the second one in this prophecy, the first one being when the first plane hit
the North Tower and a tenth of the “city” fell. This one is the final collapse of the Towers.
The dust which came up was enough, as we probably remember from newsreels at the time, to dim the sun and the moon
and to completely shut out the stars. The stars were not actually seen to fall, they just disappeared from the sky, as if it were “rolled up like a scroll”.
The statement about every island and mountain being
removed does not immediately make any sense because there are no mountains in New York! However, remembering John’s tendency to exaggerate, (a tenth of the “city” fell in the first “earthquake”, when it was actually a part of
one building) perhaps we should be looking for a more modest occurrence to fit this account.
John would not have known what a skyscraper was, because nothing like it existed in his time. In another prophecy, from another
time, Nostradamus referred to “the hollow mountains of the Great City” in what is now thought to possibly be his own prophecy of 9/11 (Fire on the 45th parallel)
If we interpret “mountain” to be a
tall building, bearing in mind John previously referred to the Twin Towers themselves as “the city”, then “every mountain was removed from its place” could refer to the twin towers themselves, because no other buildings were destroyed.
But there are no “islands” in New York unless we consider Manhattan, which certainly did not disappear on the day!
Is it possible that John was referring to a large number of relatively small objects scattered
around the World Trade Centre at the time of the collapse, which he might refer to as “islands” but which we would now recognize as motor cars?
These are just another example of a modern artifact for which John
would not have had a word to describe and there must have been many cars around the World Trade Centre when the planes struck. an would have been covered by debris when the towers finally collapsed. They would, to all intents and purposes, have “disappeared”.
But now comes a CRUCIAL PART which sets up two identities absolutely essential to understanding what follows and leads to the final conflict of Armageddon.
(v15) Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the generals and the rich and the strong, and every one, slave and free, hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, 16 calling
to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand before it?
“The wrath of he who sits upon the throne and the wrath of his Lamb” appears, at first reading, as if it refers to “God and His Lamb” and that means Jesus, of course. But read it again and tie it in with the
American public calling on Bush for vengeance after the attack on 911.
“He who sits on the throne”, in this case, means the “throne” of the United States of America, not
God’s throne, because it was not God’s day of wrath but the wrath of the USA, which the public had called for, in retribution for the atrocity of the attack and which George W Bush had promised to carry out at the time.
So we are talking about George W Bush and his “Lamb” (one of Bush’s “witnesses” and co-conspirator in the invasion of Iraq): Anthony G L Blair. The great day of their wrath had certainly
come and the 2nd War in Iraq followed by way of retribution for the attack, under the guise of eliminating weapons of mass destruction.
This false accusation of WMD’s is actually highlighted in the next chapter in
another of our amazing little “clues” where the False Prophet is also clearly identified as Tony Blair.
However, is there some intentional irony in the description of “hiding under the rocks and in
the caves”? If the twin towers are thought of as mountains, the “rocks of the mountains” could be the rubble from the final collapse of the towers.
What then are “the caves”? There are no caves
in New York! But a cave is an underground cavern. Could we be talking about the public taking refuge in the rubble of the towers and in the subways of New York?
There is one final observation to make concerning
the colour of the horses. One was white, one black but the third one was red, which is not a colour of any known horse, neither were any of the aircraft used on the day, painted this colour.
However, black, red and white
are the colours of the Iraqi flag. Although it was Al Qaeda which was responsible for the attack, it is generally accepted that the attack was financed by Saddam Hussein in retaliation for the Gulf War. Maybe this is just another of those little clues”
which announces the work of Iraq?
Please note the following important identities which we have identified so far which will be needed to correctly interpret later prophecies:
who dwell on the earth” are non-Christians, whose names are “not written in the Book of Life
2. Those whose “names are written in the Book of Life” are Christians
“He who is seated on the throne” or “Lord of the Earth” is George Bush, not God
4. “His Lamb” is Tony Blair (not Jesus)
“Two witnesses” who persecute “those who dwell on the earth” are Colin Powell and Tony Blair (not Elijah & Moses)
6. A “third of mankind” refers to the Christian
7. A “quarter of mankind” refers to the Muslim population
If you don’t agree with these interpretations, or have forgotten the explanations, please read the
prophecy of the Four Horsemen again to refresh your memory before proceeding, because these identifications are crucial to the correct interpretation of the later prophecies.