Rev.6:3-4 3When he broke open the second seal, I heard the second living creature cry out, “Come forward.” 4 Another horse came out, a red one. Its rider was given power to take peace away from the earth, so that people would slaughter one another. And he was given a huge sword.
From the Dailysignal.com http://dailysignal.com/2014/09/05/flashback-president-george-w-bush-warned-happen-u-s-withdrew-iraq-early/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social
"The Heritage Foundation and Fox News are nothing more than a couple of congenital liars with absolutely no journalistic integrity. Bush made the call on the Iraqi pullout to be in 2011 per the Media Matters link below."
A Prophet. Former United States National Security Advisor Gen. Brent Scowcroft. August 4, 2002: Scowcroft Warns That Invading Iraq Could Destabilize the Middle East, Scowcroft, a Bush foreign affairs adviser who had been marginalized and scorned by administration neoconservatives appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” to make his case that the US should not invade Iraq. Scowcroft, with the blessing of his friend and patron George H. W. Bush, went on a one-man media blitz, appearing on Fox News and the BBC to argue his position. The administration’s other high-profile centrists, Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, refused to publicly disagree with the administration’s push for war. Scowcroft warned that a unilateral invasion of Iraq could destabilize the Middle East and undermine efforts to defeat international anti-American militant groups. He said: "It’s a matter of setting your priorities. There’s no question that Saddam is a problem. He has already launched two wars and spent all the resources he can working on his military. But the president has announced that terrorism is our number one focus. Saddam [Hussein] is a problem, but he’s not a problem because of terrorism. I think we could have an explosion in the Middle East. It could turn the whole region into a cauldron and destroy the war on terror.”
You Neocons opened up Pandora's Box basically for the sake of oil: The Wine of God's Fury.
Rev.14:9-13 9A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice, “Anyone who worships the beast [oil companies] or its image, or accepts its mark on forehead or hand, 10will also drink the wine of God’s fury, poured full strength into the cup of his wrath, and will be tormented in burning sulfur before the holy angels and before the Lamb. 11The smoke of the fire that torments them will rise forever and ever, and there will be no relief day or night for those who worship the beast or its image or accept the mark of its name.” 12Here is what sustains the holy ones who keep God’s commandments and their faith in Jesus. 13 I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” said the Spirit, “let them find rest from their labors, for their works accompany them.”
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a self-proclaimed status as a caliphate, it claims religious authority over all Muslims across the world and aspires to bring most of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its political control beginning with territory in the Levant region which includes Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Cyprus and part of southern Turkey.
Rev. 9:13-16 The Sixth Trumpet.* 13Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the [four] horns of the gold altar before God, 14telling the sixth angel who held the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the banks of the great river Euphrates.” 15So the four angels were released, who were prepared for this hour, day, month, and year to kill a third of the human race. 16The number of cavalry troops was two hundred million; I heard their number.
* [9:13–21] The sixth trumpet heralds a woe representing another diabolical attack symbolized by an invasion by the Parthians living east of the Euphrates; see note on Rev 6:2. [ISIS is currently congregated east of the Euphrates, between the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers in both Syria and Iraq]
The four countries along the Euphrates are Syria, Turkey, Iran, and Iraq. Their combined populations in 2008 were 197,000,000. In 2011, their combined populations were 202,000,000. In 2013, their combined populations were 214,000,000.
Rev.16:12-16 12The sixth angel emptied his bowl on the great river Euphrates. Its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings of the East.* 13I saw three unclean spirits like frogs* come from the mouth of the dragon, from the mouth of the beast, and from the mouth of the false prophet. 14These were demonic spirits who performed signs. They went out to the kings of the whole world to assemble them for the battle on the great day of God the almighty. 15(“Behold, I am coming like a thief.”* Blessed is the one who watches and keeps his clothes ready, so that he may not go naked and people see him exposed.) 16They then assembled the kings in the place that is named Armageddon* in Hebrew.
* [16:12] The kings of the East: Parthians; see notes on Rev 6:2 and Rev 17:12–13. East: literally, “rising of the sun,” as in Rev 7:2.
* [16:13] Frogs: possibly an allusion to the second Egyptian plague (Ex 7:25–8:11). The false prophet: identified with the two-horned second beast (Rev 13:11–18 and the note there).
* [16:15] Like a thief: as in Rev 3:3 (cf. Mt 24:42–44; 1 Thes 5:2). Blessed: see note on Rev 1:3.
* [16:16] Armageddon: in Hebrew, this means “Mountain of Megiddo.” Since Megiddo was the scene of many decisive battles in antiquity (Jgs 5:19–20; 2 Kgs 9:27; 2 Chr 35:20–24), the town became the symbol of the final disastrous rout of the forces of evil.
Per a NY Times article in 2009 (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/14/world/middle east/14euphrates.html), the Euphrates River has been drying up due to drought in Iraq, Syria and Turkey, misuse for years by Iraq and its farmers and 2 Wars in Iraq.
Rev. 17:12-18 12The ten horns that you saw represent ten kings who have not yet been crowned;* they will receive royal authority along with the beast for one hour. 13They are of one mind and will give their power and authority to the beast. 14They will fight with the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and king of kings, and those with him are called, chosen, and faithful.” 15Then he said to me, “The waters that you saw where the harlot lives represent large numbers of peoples, nations, and tongues. 16The ten horns* that you saw and the beast will hate the harlot; they will leave her desolate and naked; they will eat her flesh and consume her with fire. 17For God has put it into their minds to carry out his purpose and to make them come to an agreement to give their kingdom to the beast until the words of God are accomplished. 18The woman whom you saw represents the great city that has sovereignty over the kings of the earth.”
* [17:12–13] Ten kings who have not yet been crowned: perhaps Parthian satraps who are to accompany the revived Nero (the beast) in his march on Rome to regain power; see note on Rev 13:3. In Rev 19:11–21, the Lamb and his companions will conquer them.
* [17:16–18] The ten horns: the ten pagan kings (Rev 17:12) who unwittingly fulfill God’s will against harlot Rome, the great city; cf. Ez 16:37.
Islam is the largest religion in 9 of the 12 OPEC nations: Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Iraq, Algeria, Nigeria, and Libya. Angola’s majority religion is composed of indigenous beliefs followed by the Roman Catholic faith. The largest religion in Ecuador and Venezuela is the Roman Catholic Church.
The Biblical Notes above are by no means an indictment of neither Islam nor a reference to it as pagan. Christianity, Judaism and Islam are Abrahamic and worship the same God.
As it says in the Quran سورة البقرة , Al-Baqara, Chapter #2, Verse #96:
Thou wilt indeed find them, of all people, most greedy of life,-even more than the idolaters: Each one of them wishes He could be given a life of a thousand years: But the grant of such life will not save him from (due) punishment. For Allah sees well all that they do.[i]
And it says in both the Bible and the Torah, Numbers 11:33-34:
33But while the meat was still between their teeth, before it could be chewed, the LORD’s wrath flared up against the people, and the LORD struck them with a very great plague. 34So that place was named Kibroth-hattaavah,* because it was there that the greedy people were buried.
* [11:34] Kibroth-hattaavah: means “graves of greed.”
But what will happen to the OPEC nations (particularly based on their location) when natural gas, nuclear energy and renewable energy displaces oil and coal? ... thought provoking.
For all those who have been slaughtered by ISIS:
Rev.6:9-10 9When he broke open the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered because of the witness they bore to the word of God. 10They cried out in a loud voice, “How long will it be, holy and true master, before you sit in judgment and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?” 11Each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to be patient a little while longer until the number was filled of their fellow servants and brothers who were going to be killed as they had been.
Now we have to go kill these monsters who were spawned by the Republicans.
Catholic Catechism 2265: Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm. For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility.
This is why I continually refer to the Tea Party as the 4th Seal:
Rev.6:7-8 7When he broke open the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature cry out, “Come forward.” 8I looked, and there was a pale green* horse. Its rider was named Death, and Hades accompanied him. They were given authority over a quarter of the earth, to kill with sword, famine, and plague, and by means of the beasts of the earth.
* [6:8] Pale green: symbol of death and decay; cf. Ez 14:21. [The Tea Party]
[Multiple wars around the globe. Climate-change-driven drought, raising food prices. Ebola in Africa and the U.S.] Rev.13:1-18 The Beasts of the earth: Oil and coal companies. See http://tribulation7.weebly.com/blog My 19th Blog: The Literal and Symbolic Views of the 1st Beast [antichrist], the 2nd Beast [false prophet], and the Harlot [the port city of 7 hills and 7 heads] Parts 1-7
This all started on Aug. 2, 1990 when Iraq invaded Kuwait ... one man killing his fellow man, both the descendants of Abraham (Gen.17:20) in the Biblical land of Babylon and the Garden of Eden (Gen.2:10-14), all for the sake of oil: The Wine of God's Fury. It was on this date that the 1st Seal was broken open.
Rev.6:1-2 1 Then I watched while the Lamb broke open the first of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures cry out in a voice like thunder, “Come forward.” 2 I looked, and there was a white horse, and its rider had a bow. He was given a crown, and he rode forth victorious to further his victories.
Nm.35:33 You will not pollute the land where you live. For bloodshed pollutes the land, and the land can have no expiation for the blood shed on it except through the blood of the one who shed it.
It's all starting to link together.
Author G.R. Miller, utilizing his engineering and project management experiences in the fossil fuels energy sectors and guidance from God, takes a pragmatic approach of part preterism, part symbolism and part literalism in decoding the Revelation of Jesus Christ. He exhibits a Climate Change connection through scripture, commentary and illustrations.