In Revelation 6:8 the King James Bible translation reads; "And I looked, and behold a pale horse." The ESV also translates it as "pale horse". The NASB translates it as "ashen horse". The Greek word translated "pale" and "ashen" is "chloros." Strong’s Executive Concordance gives the definition of "chloros" as pale or green." "Chlorophyll" comes from the route word "chloros" which is the pigment in plants that makes them green. One wonders if the New Revised Standard Version; the Life Application Study Bible and other versions that render this passage as "green horse" are more accurate.
Green is predominate in Islam, used in the decoration of mosques, the bindings of Korans, the silken covers for the graves of their Sufi saints, and in the flags of various Muslim countries. Green has been associated with Islam since its inception. In the Koran (Surah 76:21), it is said that the inhabitants of paradise will wear "green garments" of fine silk. The color green has been considered especially Islamic for centuries. The Crusaders avoided using any green in their Coats of Arms, so that they would not be mistaken for their Muslim opponents in the heat of battle.
Green was the color used by Muhammad’s tribe on their flag. Muslims believe if this "green banner of Muhammad" is ever raised above the mosque in Istanbul (where it is currently kept) it will be a signal to the entire Islamic World to war against Christians throughout the world. The rising of the "green standard" will be a call that none may disobey without sacrificing all hopes of entering paradise. It will be a summons to an anti-Christian crusade, a challenge to every believer in the prophet to arms.
The prophet Muhammad himself predicted that one day when his followers would number a hundred millions (which they now exceed) that his flag would fly against the advancing power of the "northern" races. The Koran says that when the silken folds of Muhammad's flag are flung forth "the earth will shake, the mountains melt into dust, the seas blaze up in fire and the children’s hair grow white in anguish!" In September 2006 an influential Imam in Gaza, Sheik Abu Saqer declared; "the day will come when the green flag of Muhammad will be raised upon the Vatican and all around the world."
The spirit represented by the green horse is described as having power over one fourth of the earth. Estimates of followers of Islam by country based on US State Department figures now yield a total of 1.48 billion (Wikipedia) - a figure is nearly the exact amount for one quarter of the world population.
Death is the trade mark of the fourth horse in Revelation, just as death is the trade mark of Islam. Muslim clerics cynically boast that the West "loves life" but that Islam "loves death." They teach their followers the surest and most glorious path to paradise is "martyrdom". Almost daily we are confronted with deadly Islamic suicide attacks and murders around the world (i.e., see here).
Many of the nations in Europe today are overrun with an Islamic presence such as France, Germany, the Netherlands and England such that many now have more mosques than they do churches. To date, more than 900 churches in the U.K. have been converted into mosques.
Daniel 7:25 says that the anti-Christ beast "shall intend to change times and law." When Islam conquers a nation they immediately implement Shariah Law along with their Islamic calendar. While none of the European nations have become an Islamic nation as of yet, the influence of Islam and the push for Shariah Law is fierce; it is already in limited use in Britain (see here.)
Revelation 6 chronicles that "hell" follows the rider of death while Islam teaches their suicide bombers that paradise with 72 virgins follows their act of "martyrdom." The green death horse rider was to "kill with a sword, hunger and death." Each of these forces thrives where Islam reigns in the world today. Islamic countries are often characterized by violence and poverty.
Beheading was practiced by the founder of Islam and by most Islamic rulers thereafter. The Koran not only commands this as a specific method of killing ones enemies but it was also a favoured method of killing by Muhammad and his followers: "If you encounter (in war) those who disbelieve, you may strike the necks" ~ Surah 47:4 (Khalifa); "When ye encounter the infidels, strike off their heads." –Surah 47:4 (Rodwell).
Today, beheading is the preferred method of execution for ISIS. The end-times described in the Bible depict a time when Christians will be persecuted and murdered for their faith. The specific manner of death that the Bible mentions for Christians will be "martyred by beheading" (Revelation 20:4.) Beheading is in fact, a practice throughout Islamic history.
Islam itself has documented the fact that Muhammad and his immediate successors practiced beheading as the specific means to kill "the enemies of Islam", a practice which continues in certain quarters of Islam to this very day. The Koran itself actually encourages beheading, or at a bare minimum, "smiting the necks" of "idolaters" and any "prisoners of war." The death sentence is also prescribed for those who do not submit to or agree with the authority of the Caliph. As such it is reasonable to assume that in the Islamic vision of the last-days, if a Caliph (specifically the predicted Mahdi) emerges and decrees all Christians and Jews and any who support them are considered "enemies of Islam," then it would be universally lawful and indeed even obligatory for all Muslims to "make war" and "smite the necks" of all Christians, Jews, or Westerners who dispute the authority of the Caliph.
If the interpretation is correct that the Fourth horse of Revelation is Islam, they will be a force to reckon with as we edge further and further into the last days.
Few Christians in the West are familiar with the Arabic word "Da'wah". Many other words such as Jihad, Allah, Koran and Ramadan are now accepted words in many English language dictionaries, but Da'wah remains unknown. Da'wah is the quiet, subversive method that Muslims often use to conquer in the West (sometimes known as "soft jihad" - see here my earlier treatise on it) Da'wah is their quiet revolution and they like to compare it to a popular story in the Middle East:
"…An Arab was making a long trip across the desert. During the day the heat can be scorching, but at night it can get bitter cold. On one especially cold night, the Arab was in his nice warm tent where fire kept the environment warm. As the man began to go to sleep, he noticed a large camel nose sticking in under the tent…! "Camel," he said, "why is your nose in my tent? "O Master," he replied, "it’s so cold out here, and if only my nose were warm, then I could have a good night’s sleep."
The Arab thought it over and allowed him to keep his nose in. A little later the man awoke and saw that the camel now had his whole head in the tent. "What are you doing Camel? You said you only wanted your nose in the tent!" "O Master, you just do not know how cold it is out here, and if my head is in the tent, then I will be satisfied." After thinking it over, the Arab agreed and he went back to sleep… Once again he was awakened, this time to find that the camel had his head, neck, and two feet in the tent. "Camel, this is too much. You must stop!" "O Master, now I am really comfortable. I can sleep the whole night through." "O.K. said the Arab, "but this is the last time!" Later in the night the Arab awakened to discover that the tent was now full with the whole body of the camel inside the tent, and the Arab had little room. "Camel" he shouted..."What are you doing?"
"If you are not happy with the ways things are then get out of my tent, you stupid Arab" was the camel’s reply!"
Da’wah is Islam’s tactic of encroaching a little bit at a time while using somewhat appealing and convincing arguments. The results are dangerous for the West.