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SECOND SEAL: The Red Horse = The Spirit of War, Bloodshed and Unrest as found in Communism, Socialism, Marxism,

Leninism, Fanatical Islam, Nazism and Third World Despots.

Revelation 6:3-4: 3When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come. 4Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given
power to take peace from the earth to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.

We know that the red horse and rider is a heavenly sent spirit (Zechariah 6:5) that has been loosed on the world. Given this information we now ask, what very powerful
international (world) spirit is there that can actually change the course of humanity, is associated with bloodshed and red power. The only spirit that could fulfill this criteria is
Communism, Marxism, Leninism or Socialism which are all synonymous terms. Communists are referred to as "reds" and since its inception in 1949, China as "Red China."
Communism is atheistic in belief and sees religion (Christianity) as an enemy, the "opiate of the people". The elimination of the middle class is paramount resulting in the
state being placed above the individual, who exists only to serve the nation or the "greater good" as it is sometimes called. In man's bent to have power over his own kind,
communism is to be the worldwide government of choice. One has only to look more recently at the USA, under the leadership of President Obama to see the seeds of
socialism and fascism being planted and nurtured. If something is not done about it, it will be only a matter of time until they flourish giving birth to another example of the
worldwide government of choice. How well does Communism fulfill the conditions of the Red Horse?

• Its rider was given power. The fact that the rider was given power indicates that he does not of himself possess the authority to act on his own but is the instrument chosen by God to complete an assignment within
specified parameters. He works within God's permissive will.

• To take peace from the earth. This rider's influence will be felt worldwide and in various venues and political systems. It is not likely that every nation will be at war or every government will be abusive but the mood of
the earth will be one of violent, savage warfare and ongoing unrest.

For example, everywhere that International Communism goes there is bloodshed, war, bondage and unrest. Whether in Vietnam, the Congo, North Korea, China, Cambodia, the Soviet Union, Latin America, Africa, etc. Where
Communism is found it takes peace from the earth and is always accompanied by revolution and covert ventures. Although Communism is not the only political regime that keeps the earth in turmoil, it is the one that is most
universal. Other hotspots frequently spring up on the planet involving tyranny and control of people, usually in third world countries. Although more localized, and frequently communist backed, they nevertheless contribute to
disorder throughout the globe. The red horse and rider will move down any corridor that provides an opportunity to carry out his mission. This accompanied with the desires that battle within the heart of man make for a lethal

• To make men slay each other. Not only do Marxists, Leninists, Maoists, and mankind in general kill their enemies but each other. This was the situation in the political purges in China where an estimated 60 million
people died in the cultural revolution. It was also the state of affairs during the term of Joseph Stalin who rose to become the leader of the Soviet Union. From 1936-1938, he launched the Great Purge (Great Terror). This
was a campaign to rid the Communist Party of people accused of corruption or treachery. Those involved were often executed, imprisoned in labour camps, or exiled. Archives indicate that some 700,000 people were executed
while many more died in "Gulag" labour camps. Paul Pot who was the leader of the Cambodian Communist movement known as the Khmer Rouge inflicted slave labour, malnutrition, poor medical care and execution resulting
in the deaths of and estimated 1.7 million people, approximately 26% of the Cambodian population.

And then there was Hitler and the Nazi (Nationalsozialist) Party. Although it was not a large nor sustaining movement, it gave rise to WWII which affected the entire planet. Nazism, a form of fascism, was comprised of a
number of ideologies and philosophies which centered around nationalism, anti-communism, traditionalism and the importance of the ethnostate. In its extreme it went about the business of conquering and exterminating on a
massive scale. The spirit of the red horse and rider moved through Europe with such devastation, it resulted in some 2.5 million people being murdered in what would come to be known as the Holocaust.

Africa is and was another source of human destruction and persecution. Idi Amin, a Ugandan military dictator, who took power in a coup in January of 1971 inflicted human rights abuses, political repression, ethnic
persecution, killings and expulsions upon the citizenry of Uganda. The number of people killed as a result of his regime is unknown but estimates from international observers and human rights groups range from 100,000 to
500, 000 people. Amin was neither a communist or a fascist, and indicated when asked that he was not following any policy at all. He simply was an Amin-ist. His actions drew attention to the world but for the most part were
confined to a local area within continental Africa. His policies were not transplanted to other areas of the world, although they may well have given other third world despots ideas as to how they could subjugate their own

History is full of examples of men slaying each other. From the days of Alexander the Great to Nero to Genghis Kahn and in every direction you choose to search, the song sadly goes on.

Men do slay each other and fallen man along with the red horse and rider has the means and desire to make it happen. This is clearly the time which was prophesied by Christ in Matthew 24:6-7: " You will hear of wars and
rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various
• To him was given a large sword. This speaks of military might. If you put the forces of the ex Soviet Union and China together right now who would want to take them on at the same time? No one. It would be a terrible
situation to be in because they have great military strength. In addition the large sword represents the individual might of a given regime, be it petty despot, political subtleness or anarchy, as it inflicts its will upon its own.

The large sword referred to in this passage is the Roman short sword (machaira). It is symbolic of the authority to make men slay each other, take peace from the earth and exercise military might.

Romans 13:1, 4: 1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. 4For he (the one in authority) is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong,
be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.

We can now see that the red horse symbolizes war, the military and their machines. The horse's colour is fitting because it represents all the bloodshed in man's hellish wars—war which God permits within His permissive will,
but which come from the pride, prejudices, and greed of man's heart.

James 4:1: 1What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?

It would seem that the spirit of Communism best represents the greatest, although not exclusively, the red horse and rider as he gallops throughout our planet even in this present day. As the end times unfold there is no doubt
that his actions will become more daring, sinister and involve more organizations, peoples and places. It's not over yet!

The following is a partial list of the wars from 1991-2008 and the estimated number of deaths. An increase of 37% over the previous 17 years.

Persian Gulf war-Desert Storm 1991 = 20,240 - 100,240

Croatia, Serbia, Yugoslavia 1991 = 10,668-13,603
Sierra Leone war 1991 = 75,000+
Algerian Civil war 1991 = 150,000-200,000
War in Bosnia and Herzegovina 1992 = 96,175-102,622
Burundi Civil war Rwandan Hutu/Tutsi 1993 = 300,000
First Chechen war Chechnya 1994 = 58,661-108,661
Insurgency in Ogaden- Ethiopia / Somalia 1995 = unknown
Kosovo war 1996 = 13,627
First Congo war -Zaire 1996 = 200,000
Eritrean-Ethiopian war 1998 = 53,000-190,000
Second Congo war 1998 = 3,500,000-4,400,000
Kargil war Pakistan/ Kashmir 1999 = 2921-6564
Second Chechen war Chechnya 1999 - ongoing= 25,000+
Al-Aqsa Intifada West Bank Gaza Strip Israel 2000 - ongoing =6,035+
Afghanistan war 2001- ongoing = unknown deaths
Darfour conflict 2003 - ongoing = 200,000 - 400,000+
Iraq war 2003- ongoing = 100,000 - 1,124,303+
War in Northwest Pakistan 2004- ongoing = 5000+
War in Chad 2005- ongoing = 1,400
Mexican drug war 2006 - ongoing = 2,700+
Lebanon war Lebanon/Northern Israel 2006 = 1,700
Fatah Hamas conflict Gaza Strip West Bank 2006 = 329
War in Somalia 2006 - ongoing = 16,000+
Lebanon conflict 2007 = 535
Kenya civil unrest 2007-2008 = 1,500
South Ossetia war Russia/ Georgia 2008 = unknown