Before I delve into the subject of the four horsemen of end-time Bible prophecy, I must deal with some wrong thinking. Some ministers and Christians proclaim that we (Christians) will NOT be able to discern the times and seasons leading up to the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. They often quote verses like these out of context:
“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36) or “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-2).
However, in failing to give the proper context of these verses, they are teaching the exact opposite of what the Lord Jesus and His prophets taught in the Scriptures. For instance, in the very chapter where Jesus said no man will know the DAY or HOUR of His return, He had just given them many SIGNS TO LOOK FOR! So, it is ridiculous to say that Jesus did not want us to recognize the season when His return was drawing near. And in the passage of 1 Thessalonians 5, the Apostle Paul goes on to say in verse 4, “But ye, BRETHREN, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.” In other words, true believers who know the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word will NOT be taken by surprise in the end time!
Furthermore, the Lord Jesus gave us clear teachings about watching and being ready for His return (Luke 12:35-48; Matthew 24:36-52; 25:1-1-13). But some have argued that Christians have been saying the coming of Jesus Christ was near for centuries and it hasn’t happened. These same people go on to say that it could be another 50 or 100 hundred years or even longer before we enter the last days and the see the second coming of Jesus Christ. Others add to those statements saying, “No one really knows. Just live your life and don’t worry about it. It doesn’t matter that much anyway. Just be ready” But the Holy Spirit warned us through the Apostle Peter that this would be the attitude of people who would choose to be “willingly ignorant” in the very days (see 2 Peter 3).
Part of the problem stems from Christians who do not understand that Jesus CAN NOT come at “any moment.” The Bible has never taught that His return could happen at “any moment.” The Apostle Paul addressed this issue in 2 Thessalonians 2 when he wrote, “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by OUR gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon SHAKEN IN MIND, or BE TROUBLED, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man DECEIVE you by any means: FOR THAT DAY SHALL NOT COME EXCEPT there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed (The Final Antichrist), the son of perdition, Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-5).