Storm Warning :: By Jonathan Brentner

The weather fascinates me. Some say that I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to tracking severe thunderstorms and snowstorms. With smartphones and high-definition radar, we know what’s coming weatherwise.

Did you know that Jesus also referred to the weather watchers of His day? Luke 12:54-56 records the words he spoke to the crowds:

“When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?”

In the above text, Jesus scolds the Jews for their ability to discern weather patterns but not the signs telling them their Messiah stood in their midst.

Might Jesus make a similar statement today regarding Christians and pastors who remain blind to the numerous prophetic indicators of the last days that abound around us? I am sure He would.

The particular storm warning for our day is found in Revelation 6:1-8. The dark threatening clouds on our horizon point to nearness of the time when these four riders will burst out of their stalls and gallop across the earth.

For us as believers, it signals the nearness of Jesus’ appearing; we will be in heaven with Jesus when opens the seals that initiate these judgments.

The White Horse with the Rider that Conquers

The rider upon the white horse in Revelation 6:2 may be the antichrist or someone who conquers in advance of his tyrannical rule over the nations. The description of this rider indicates that he will conquer without using military might or perhaps with the threat of war.

“And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.”

Klaus Schwab, the founder and head of the World Economic Forum (WEF), provides us with an example of wielding consider clout apart from military might. The support for his radical Great Reset includes leaders from all across the world.

The following world leaders took part via video conference in the recent Davos Agenda 2022 sponsored by the WEF (Klaus Schwab moderated all sessions): [i]

  • Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China
  • Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Adviser to the President of the United States
  • John Kerry, the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate
  • Janet Yellen, Secretary of the Treasury, US Department of the Treasury
  • UN Secretary-General António Guterres
  • Indonesian President Joko Widodo
  • Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison
  • Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio
  • Yemi Osinbajo, Vice-President of Nigeria
  • Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica
  • Jose Pedro Castillo Terrones, President of the Republic of Peru
  • Olaf Scholz, Germany’s new Federal Chancellor
  • Brian Moynihan, Chairman and CEO, Bank of America
  • European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

I am not saying that Klaus Schwab will be the rider on the white horse; I believe it will be someone else. However, the worldwide support he has garnered for his vision of a one-world communistic government provides an insight into how this rider, probably the antichrist, will do so in the future.

The Red Horse Signifying War

The apostle John describes the second horse and rider in Revelation 6:4:

“And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.”

It’s clear that what we now see in our world shouts loudly that this horse is about to romp through the nations. Consider just a few of the hotspots in our world that explode into much larger conflicts:

  1. Russia continues to amass considerable military might on its border with Ukraine, which is also putting a great number of troops on the border. With some NATO nations sending military help amid rumors that the US will send eight thousand troops to the conflict, the tensions increase by the day. I do not know what will happen here, but it seems like it could spark a major war in the future.
  2. Many fear that the rising hostilities between the US and Russia, related to the conflict in Ukraine, could lead Putin to launch an attack on American soil.
  3. Iran continues to pour missiles and weapons, along with many soldiers, into Syria. Turkey and Russia also have a significant military presence there.
  4. China continues to threaten Taiwan by sending warplanes toward the island nation.
  5. A war rages in the Arabian Peninsula between the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen and the moderate Arab states, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

We are not yet at the time when this horse will leave its stall; that will happen after the Rapture. However, it seems abundantly clear that the stage is set for major wars across the planet.

If this were a severe storm coming our way, we would already see the dark clouds on the horizon.

The Black Horse of Great Economic Turmoil

The alarm bells are also sounding for the great economic turmoil that will come on the heels of the black horse described in Revelation 6:5-6:

“When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, ‘Come!’ And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, ‘A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!'”

The conditions described above depict great inflation where a “quart of wheat,” a relatively small amount, would cost an entire day’s wages. This is extreme inflation.

Many economists warn that trouble lies ahead for the world in the form of a depression that will be much worse than during the 1930s.[ii]

Michael Snyder, who often writes about the dire state of the US economy, recently sounded the warning about the inflation numbers for December 2021, which showed the consumer price index rising by 7%. He concluded his article, The Dollar Has Entered a Death Spiral, and a Lot More Inflation Is on the Way, with these words:

This truly is the beginning of the end for the US economy, and I would recommend that you prepare accordingly. [iii]

Where I live, the cost of natural gas for heating my home has gone by 80%, and the price of gas per gallon is up about 33%. These factors will continue to push grocery bills higher and severely hurt those living on fixed incomes.

I believe the Lord will continue to sovereignly hold back the worst of the coming economic disaster until after the Rapture (as He has for many years). Please know, however, that it’s only a matter of time before this turmoil explodes in the US and brings the world’s economy down with it. This has already started to happen.

The Pale Horse of Death

When the Lord opens the fourth seal, death envelopes the world as never before in human history. In Revelation 6:8, John writes about what he saw next:

“And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.”

One-fourth of the world’s current population would amount to close to two billion people. The great wars and famine of the future will result in a death toll not seen since the Genesis 6 flood.

The previous riders will contribute to this enormously high death toll. We have already seen the tragic result of tampering with the COVID virus to make it much more contagious and deadly.

The COVID-19 injections are already contributing to a high death toll in the world. As of January 14, 2022, medical personnel have reported a total of 22,193 deaths as the result of the mRNA to the CDC in America, along with 39,150 permanently disabled. We know from previous years that at the very most, doctors report only ten percent of vaccine injuries to the CDC; it’s actually much closer to one percent. [iv]

The true death toll from the mRNA injections likely stands at 221,930, at an absolute minimum. The true number is almost certainly in the millions; so many have died and suffered because of these shots.

The Good News for Those Who Know Christ

I cannot finish on such a dreadful note as the enormously high death toll that will occur in the early part of the Day of the Lord. For those of us who know Jesus as our Savior, our anticipation is most decidedly not the Lord’s wrath that will fall on this world in the near future. Ours is the “blessed hope of Titus 2:11-14. Pause and think about our wonderful anticipation of the Lord’s appearing to take us home to the place He’s preparing for us (John 14:1-3).

Jesus is our future, not the coming time of Tribulation that will soon overtake the world.

For those of us in Christ, the storm warning signifies the need to hold the things of this life loosely, knowing that we may soon be in the presence of our Savior. No one knows the day or the hour of Jesus’ appearing, but the storm clouds on the horizon of our world tell us that it’s ever so close. We surely live in biblical times. He could come for us any day now; it could be one just like today!

If you are reading this and have not yet turned to Jesus in faith, now is the time to heed the storm warnings and run to the Savior who promises eternal life to all who call upon Him.

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Jonathan C. Brentner

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[i] Taken from the WEF Website:

[ii] F. William Engdahl is a strategic risk consultant and lecturer. In late 2021, he warned of a coming economic meltdown that’s he says is coming to the US and the world. @

[iii] Michael Snyder, The Dollar Has Entered A Death Spiral, And A Lot More Inflation Is On The Way, January 12, 2022, on the Economic Collapse website @

[iv] These numbers come from searches on the CDC VAERS database and include some numbers from other countries as well. The latest numbers from this database search can be found at: