Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse - Fulfilled in 2001

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are the Four Aircraft involved in the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11: read here the amazing details of this event, which we all saw unfold before our eyes on that awful day in 2001

The story of the four horsemen starts in Revelation ch.6:

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.

Remembering that this is a vision of the “end times”, in other words in our present time, these cannot literally be horses, because no one today goes to war on horseback. So John is seeing something which his language does not have a word for. Is it possible that the horses mentioned are, in fact, aircraft and the “riders” are the pilots?

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!"

Here is the first clue about what is really happening! Don't look for deep meanings like a quart of wheat being a day's ration for one person and a denarius being a day's pay for one man. "Experts will tell you this means we are looking at starvation because a man cannot earn enough to feed his family and therefore the prophecy predicts famine and death. This is complete nonsense and the so-called experts have been peddling it for 2000 years

This little clue says: "we are talking TRADING here". "That's where we are going! To The World Trade Centre"

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.

The translation from which the word "pale" is derived in the original Greek text is the word "chloros", which actually means green, and green is the colour of Islam, which accounts for 23.5% of the world population, approximately one fourth, as the prophecy says!

So we are being told that this is an Islamic expedition to the World Trade Centre, which is exactly what it was!

This is quite a startling beginning but let's look for further confirmation that this revelation relates to 911, by examining some of the additional, quite 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. 

The peak estimate for the number dead was quoted in the headlines of the daily newspapers, a few days after the event, as being 6690. Although this was subsequently reduced, weeks later, by 50% because a lot of people had somehow been counted twice or, in many cases, had not been at work at the time the initial estimate was nearly 7000.

Revelation Ch 11 v 9/13 (not in the correct order)

 (v12) And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying “come up here” and they (the aircraft) ascended into heaven in a cloud

 (v13) 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 of Heaven.

It is interesting to note here the accuracy of the prophecy, in that 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, it says that "one tenth of the city fell" and if John considered the complex to be "a city" then his judgement was remarkably accurate because the plane struck the 95th floor of the 110 storey south tower, chopping almost exactly 10% off the top of the building!

But what were the other, really unusual, features of this tragedy?

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.

Verse 9 says: For three days and a half 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,

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.

Verse10 says: 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)

3. The general public in the USA was outraged and called on President Bush 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.

Chapter 6 verses 9/10 say: 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; 10) They cried out with a loud voice, "O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before thou wilt judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell upon the earth?"

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.

Chapter 6 verse11 says: Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

Note that the events above are not all in the correct order in Revelation, either because the prophecies were deliberately mixed to make it more difficult to interpret, or more likely, well-intentioned translators or editors, over the years, have decided certain passages were in the wrong order and changed the verses around. But these paragraphs even if in the wrong order, tell the story so accurately, that there can be no doubt that the verses quoted all refer to the same incident and that incident is, without a doubt, 9/11

One obvious mistake in the past by a well-intentioned translator, is where it says, in Rev Chapter 11 verse 11, "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 bodies did no such thing, because they were put into body bags and taken away. But Revelation then continues “within the hour (of them ascending into heaven) there was an earthquake and a tenth of the city fell…."

We know that it must be the aircraft which rose into heaven, not the corpses, because 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 to "correct" this apparent error.

The people who rejoiced because of the tragedy are described as “those who dwell on the earth”, as opposed to “those whose names are written in the book of life”. These two descriptions appear throughout the Book of Revelation and appear to distinguish between the followers of the “true God” and the “others” of a different faith.

They appear to be the two “sides” in the continuing Jewish/Christian v Arab conflict. The ones who rejoiced on news of the 911 tragedy, as we know, were a small minority of the Arab-Muslim community and since they do not worship the Christian God, their names are claimed to be “not written in the Book of Life” They are referred to as “those who dwell on the earth”.

The two prophets who allegedly “persecuted those who dwell on the earth” must be George Bush and Tony Blair, the leaders of the two major powers which had invaded Iraq/Kuwait previously and in retribution for which the 9/11 atrocity was carried out.

Revelation continues with the 6th seal:

Ch 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,

(6/13) and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale;

(6/14) 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 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.

It 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 two planes hit the Twin Towers and a tenth of the “city” fell. This one is the final collapse of the World Trade Centre buildings, when the rest of it collapsed.

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 part of two buildings”) 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 as possibly 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” must refer to the twin towers themselves.

There are no “islands” in New York unless we consider Manhattan which certainly did not disappear on that day! Is it possible that John was referring to a large number of relatively small unidentified objects scattered around the "mountains" aka The World Trade Centre, at the time of the collapse, which we might refer to as motor cars?

This is just another example of a modern artifact for which John would not have had a word to describe and there must have been many around the World Trade Centre when the planes struck. When the towers collapsed, they would have been covered by debris and would, to all intents and purposes, have “disappeared”.

Chapter 6 continues:

(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?

This appears at first reading to be saying that the leaders of some nations, perhaps the perpetrators of this atrocity, figuratively “hid among rocks and in caves” to avoid the wrath of “he who is seated on the throne and his lamb” for protection against "the great day of his wrath to come" But is there is this actually the intention?

“He who sits upon the throne” must be God and “His Lamb” must be Jesus, must it not? - Absolutely not! - Read this part again!!

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?

“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 Bush had promised, at the time.

So we are talking about George Bush and his “Lamb” (the other “witness” and co-conspirator in the invasion of Iraq) Tony Blair. The great day of their wrath had certainly come and the 2nd Gulf War followed by way of retribution for the attack, under the guise of eliminating weapons of mass destruction.

But 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” must be the rubble from the 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 people taking refuge in the rubble and in the subways of New York?

Perhaps the prophecy is referring "tongue in cheek" about a certain section of people closer to home, namely "those who dwell on the earth", figuratively taking cover under the “rocks of the mountains” and "in the caves" of New York seeking cover against government "retribution".

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 flag of Iraq. This might, or might not be relevant but the attack by Al Qaeda was generally thought, at the time, to be financed by Saddam Hussein.

There is a further detailed discussion/lament of the destruction of the World Trade Center in the Bible Prophecy fulfilled in 2001: The Fall of Babylon