It is good to be poor: Africa May Survive the Horsemen? Maybe-Revelation
The location of the continent of Africa leaves much to be desired. Human history puts it on a path of condemnation from the idea of modernity and civilization. Imagine the lifestyle of the African villagers. Many still go to the river to draw water, the idea of a toilet for many is still a hole in the ground, and a ‘shower’ is a bucket with water in a hut whose walls are the distributed mosquito nets from world vision.
To the average mind, this is poverty, under class, decadence and absolute marginalization within the definition of development. If we define life within the concept of economics, then we can rightly disqualify Africans and throw them in the dustbins of nothingness, declaring them ‘third world’. But in the scheme of the prophetic expectations, it is good to be poor! African may be in the safest spot.
Consider the book of Revelation and its predicted doom, “I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
3 When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.
5 When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. 6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds[a] of wheat for a day’s wages,[b] and six pounds[c] of barley for a day’s wages,[d] and do not damage the oil and the wine!”
7 When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” 8 I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. 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.” Revelation 6:ff
These acts can only be realized using the existing power of war. The idea of a nuclear holocaust stands affirmed by those countries whose finances allow them to acquire nuclear weapons. Only in a nuclear holocaust can the earth be made bear to the point of non-production. In many major economies, majority of the people depend on certain specialized farmers and big co-operations! Therefore in a nuclear holocaust, food production is incapacitated and given that the verse majority of populations live in modern cities where production is non-material, their existent is doomed. The African grows ‘sukuma wiki’ In the back yard!
During the post election violence in Kenya, my American friends living in Nairobi with small children, found themselves with an empty refrigerator. Stores had no supplies of milk, meat or other necessary food supplies. There was minimal food being delivered to the cities from the rural farmers given marigiti was non-functional. I remember taking them milk, carrots and potatoes from the village. The cities are dangerous places to live in times of war or in this case in the events of Revelation.
From a purely postulated extension based upon the analysis of Revelation prophecy, the 6th horseman is given the right to take out three quarters of the world’s population! Given that Africa (apart from South Africa?) does not possess nuclear weapons to bring about such catastrophic numbers, it would follow that the poor will not suffer this initial destruction as those rich and 1st world nations blow each other up in a state of utter madness.
Yet again, Africans cannot sit without faith for Revelation 12:12 states, “Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” The writer of psalms advised humanity to “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him” Psalms 2:12
Jesus Said, “Behold I stand at the door and Knock . . .” Will you open the Door?
Teddy Njoroge Kamau (PhD) HTBluff Associates. An EMG Consortium. Diaspora Messenger Senior Columnist. Follow @HTTBluff (All quotes NIV Bible)