Everyone who studies the bible understands explicitly that the Tribulation (Time of Jacob’s Trouble) will be a time of upheaval and war. Everyone who has heard about Revelation but isn’t a believer or hasn’t studied understands implicitly that it will be a time of upheaval and war. Rev 6:4 says–
“And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.”
But even more than war, look at the last part of the verse again. “take peace from the earth.” A privilege we have been granted (peace) will be taken (purposely removed) from the earth (the ENTIRE earth). This means that there will be nowhere that will experience peace- of any kind- not just war. Armed conflicts of any and all kinds will be the order of the day. Tribal conflicts, armed robberies, protecting one’ self and family by means of violence… The word peace in this context, in the Greek is eirene, meaning a peace (literally or figuratively); by implication, prosperity — one, peace, quietness, rest, welfare. What will be happening is not just the opposite of peace (war), but conflicts of ALL kinds.
If your welfare and personal safety is at risk, you do not have peace. Many Americans say “not here, not us.” But the bible is clear: peace will be taken from the earth. Even, probably especially, America. We can see the precursors to this coming judgment setting up now. I was startled to read the following in today’s news:
Unemployment Offices To Add Armed Guards
“Armed security guards will be on hand at 36 unemployment offices around Indiana in what state officials said is a step to improve safety and make branch security more consistent. No specific incidents prompted the action, Department of Workforce Development spokesman Marc Lotter told 6News’ Norman Cox. Lotter said the agency is merely being cautious with the approach of an early-December deadline when thousands of Indiana residents could see their unemployment benefits end after exhausting the maximum 99 weeks provided through multiple federal extension periods.”
Look at that crowd. It wouldn’t take much for a mob scene to break out. People who are counting on those checks for their family, to feed their children, to keep a roof over their heads, would start rioting in a moment if they thought money was running low. And this isn’t the first time armed uprisings have been mentioned. Last week Gulf Coast residents got together: Feeling Abandoned, Gulf Coast Residents Issue A Call To Arms
Many fellow Republicans edged away from a candidate who said this week that violent overthrow isn’t out of the question:
GOP Candidate for Congress Says a Violent Overthrow of Government Is ‘On the Table’
“Stephen Broden, a pastor and GOP nominee for Texas’s 30th district, which covers most of Dallas, is not one of those hysterical militant types who wants everyone to go grab their weapons and overthrow the government. No sir. He wants a “revolution,” sure, but at the ballot box. And if that doesn’t work, then okay, an actual revolution. “Republican congressional candidate Stephen Broden stunned his party Thursday, saying he would not rule out violent overthrow of the government if elections did not produce a change in leadership.”
But he wasn’t the only one to be talking this way, Sharron Angle has been saying it for three months:
Nev. Senate hopeful Sharron Angle talks of armed revolt
“LAS VEGAS – There’s no doubt a chunk of the electorate is angry with the federal government. But are voters willing to take up arms? In Nevada, Sharron Angle — the Senate candidate who wants to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid –seemed to raise that specter in three interviews in the past six months, suggesting that some would seek “Second Amendment remedies” if Congress isn’t reined in.”
Back to the Indiana unemployment office and the arming of the office guards. Take a look at the photo at the top again… and ponder this: The Friday after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday and always comes with giveaways, discounts, and low prices, often for the certain first number of customers who get there. So crowds start lining up and often there is a police presence to quell the agitated and excited crowds. In 2008, a Wal-Mart worker was killed in the stampede to get to the toys.
Black Friday worker killed in stampede
“A worker died after being trampled and a woman miscarried when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island Wal-Mart Friday morning, witnesses said. The unidentified worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.”
Now below we see that people are so poor now, that they line up at midnight to check out at Wal-Mart because that is the hour their paycheck, or unemployment check, or food stamps is clicked into their bank accounts. It’s when the money becomes available. Look at the crowd buying baby food and diapers at midnight:
Ponder this: if unemployment offices are arming, what do you think will be the next logical place that riots and armed conflict could break out? If people kill for a laptop on Black Friday, what do you think they will do if they think they can’t get food for their baby? (Peace will be taken from the earth.) If you ever saw a crowd go bonkers at a movie premiere trying to grab the free poster, then you know that getting money, currency, food, or other necessities will likely take a gun to either get or to protect. (Peace will be taken from the earth.) The French have been rioting for weeks at the thought of having the retirement age raised by two years.
Peace will be taken from the earth! But YOU do not have to be on the earth at the time peace will be taken from it. You can appeal to the Savior, and ask Him to forgive your sins. It is your sin that is keeping you from heaven, and from a relationship with your Creator. If you humbly and sincerely ask Him to forgive them and ask Him to help you change, He will send the Holy Spirit to indwell you and make that change from rebellion against God to a productive citizen of His kingdom. It’s your choice. Peace is a good thing. And ultimately, only Jesus offers it.