BIBLE scholars have sensationally claimed the end of the world could be upon us as they believe the Four Horsemen, who bring about death, war, famine and disease before the return of Jesus Christ in the holy book, have all been released.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse appear in the Book of Revelation, where they are named as a punishment of God, but some believe they are an analogy of real-life events to come in the future. Revelation 6 tells of a scroll in God’s right hand that is secured with seven seals, which, when opened, summons four beings that ride out on white, black, red and pale horses to bring about death, war, famine and plague. It states: “They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.”
In 2005, Bible scholar Fred Dattolo published an article in ‘The Trumpet’ where he claimed “the galloping hoofbeats of the four horses are getting ever louder and closer,” stating that a future pandemic was all that was needed to set free the final Horseman, who would spread a disease to a quarter of the world.
He said: “The four horsemen are depicted in the Book of Revelation Chapter 6 as the first four of seven seals.
“These seals are benchmarks of end-time events leading up to and including the return of Jesus Christ.
“John witnessed these vivid events in a vision sent by God the Father to Jesus Christ, who gave it to an angel to reveal to John – Revelation 1:1.
“Then John, as he was instructed, recorded what he saw in brilliant prophetic imagery.”
With the coronavirus pandemic currently causing global panic, Mr Dattolo’s claims have come back into the spotlight, with some bizarrely stating it proves COVID-19 is in fact a sign of the End Times.
One Twitter user said: “The Four Horsemen of Apocalypse representing war, famine, pestilence and death as depicted in the Bible on Revelation 6:2-8 are most likely causing this coronavirus worldwide.
“We don’t see them but we can feel their wrath everywhere.”
Another added: “What if the coronavirus pandemic is one of the Four Horsemen?
“This virus is the pale horse and Horseman.”
And a third outright claimed: “The Four Horsemen of the Bible are currently active.”
According to the Book of Revelation, there are still three more seals to be broken before the Second Coming.
The fifth seal will reveal the souls of those who had been slain for the “Word of God,” and things get much more concerning thereafter.
Upon the sixth seal breaking there will be a “great earthquake” before the Sun turns “black as sackcloth made of hair” and the Moon becomes “like blood”.
Then, the seventh seal is opened and heaven is silent for about half an hour before the seven trumpets are sounded to cue apocalyptic events.