Hi John B....in regards to your comment to Lisa Taylor....
I read Lisa's comments, and they were very thought provoking. Then I read what you said about her perception of things. Here is what you said:
I concur with almost everything you put forward in your post. One thing you need "not" to concern yourself with or wait for though...... is one quarter of the earth's population to be killed in the fourth seal. The bible does not say that, it says......."And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth."When I read this, my understanding is that power was given to the four horsemen over one fourth of the real estate of the earth. And in that area these four horsemen were allowed to kill by the sword (war--wars), with hunger (famine), with death (pestilence), and by the beasts of the earth. It doesn't say that they will kill one fourth the population of the earth but will have sway over one fourth of the real estate to do their evil deeds.
You are right about them doing their evil "thing" on one fourth of the population. It will happen that way because that is what the words say. However, you told Lisa "not to worry" about part of the population being killed. I had to read that one twice (I only know how to transfer one part at a time, so I am only remembering what I read and relaying it). Please forgive me if I read it wrong. Do we need to worry about one fourth of the population being killed? Uh......more than that, I'm afraid. Read on:
Rev. 8:13.....tells about the "three woes" (the last 3 Trumpet judgments). This time is not going to be pretty...all hell is going to break loose and ONE THIRD part ! of men will be killed...
1. First Woe.....Rev 9....bottomless pit opened. (This is not the Chinese armies as some preachers tell us). They are demonic "horsemen" described in Joel chapter 2. Verse 6 tells us..."And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them." No, people won't die here, but they will sure wish they could!!!
2. Second woe...Rev.9:15..."And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year for to SLAY THE THIRD PART OF MAN.
Rev. 9:18...."By these three was the third part of men killed, by the ! fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths."
Rev.11:19...."And the temple of God was opened in heaven....." By this time, ALL believers have been raptured. This is after the last (7th) trumpet sounds and Jesus is reclaiming the world for Himself (verse 15)...God's wrath (the "vial" or "bowl" judgments begin on the unrepentant, unbelieving world).
I have a feeling that some Christians are not concerned about the Tribulation of 1260 days (42 months under AC)....then why did Luke tell us in Luke 21:26..."Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken." I read that as people, during this time, are literally going to be "scared to death" from what is happenin! g.
There is so much more, but I think you get the point that there is definitely something to be frightened of for those who are left behind after the rapture of the "bride". I pray I am worthy to escape these things (Luke 21:36), but if I'm not, I will "hang in there" with Job who said, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him." (Job doesn't want to be a hypocrite, and neither do I).