So, are you still convinced that Yahweh’s wrath doesn’t start when Yeshua opens the first seal? And do you still think that the first half of the Tribulation Period is just a cake walk? And do you really want to stick around to witness the seals being broken, rather than be raptured up to meet Yeshua in the clouds? Then perhaps a little bit of simple math will change your mind.
The Seals are Broken
Revelation 6:3-4 – When the second seal is broken, a red horse goes out and its rider is given the power to take peace away from the earth and to make people slaughter each other.
Yeshua breaks the second seal and the people of the earth start slaughtering each other. Did you catch that – slaughter. The Greek word translated slaughter, sphazo [σφάζω G4969], indicates a bloodbath, a holocaust of unimaginable proportions. The people of the earth do not just murder, do not just kill each other, but butcher and massacre each other.
Revelation 6:5-6 – When the third seal is broken, a black horse goes out and it takes a whole day to earn enough money to buy just enough bread for one, perhaps two persons.
Yeshua breaks the third seal and the beginnings of famine start to make its presence known. Short rations almost always leads to the death of many. Starvation is no fun way to die.
Revelation 6:7-8 – When the fourth seal is broken, a pale horse goes forth and out come Thanatos and Hades. Famine, pestilence, wild animals follow behind. One fourth of the people dwelling on the earth are killed.
Yeshua breaks the fourth seal and famine becomes widespread, leading to pestilence and a whole slew of very hungry animals, who now decide that humans are fit to eat, not just take a small bite out of the leg! One fourth, or twenty-five percent are killed.
The Early Numbers
The estimated population of earth dwellers is a tad over seven and one-half billion, – let’s say that’s 7,600,000,000. Divide that by four and one gets a figure of about 1,900,000,000, or 1.9 Billion – billion with a B. That is a lot of dead bodies, just in the first half of the tribulation period.
Those numbers are too big for me – I can’t compute.
Okay, let’s find a smaller number – say a number for just one year’s time. To do that we will divide that 1.9 billion figure by the number of years in the first half of the Tribulation Period – three and one-half. Get ready;
• 1,900,000,000 divided by 3.5 equals just over 542 million people (542,857,143).
Almost five and one-half million deaths on average each year. Even if we reduce the number by 600,000,000 people (who get raptured before the tribulation), that would still amount to five hundred million (500,000,000) deaths on average each year.
The Later Numbers
Revelation 9:15 – The four angels are released to kill one-third of the people.
And then the shofars start to blow, and another third of the remaining population is killed. So, let’s again do the math:
• Remember common denominators? 1/4 + 1/3 = 3/12 + 4/12. Which is 7/12. Seven twelfths of seven and one-half billion is just over 4.4 billion people (4,433,000,000).
The first three and one-half years of the Tribulation Period are going to be devastating. The death toll alone may exceed five-hundred million people each year just by the breaking of the seals. Add in the shofars, and well over one-half of the current inhabitants of the earth end up dead. Still want to hang around to witness the seals being broken, rather than be raptured up to meet Yeshua in the clouds? Not me . . . . . .
The great day of Yahweh is getting really near, even at the door. It hastens forth and will not delay. We do NOT set dates, but clearly Yahweh is getting ready to change the course of human history once again. The signs are clear for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.