Question 16: Do the four horseman of the Apocalypse have names?

Answer:  The four horsemen of the Apocalypse do not have names, and their description in the book of Revelation pertains to the nature of their judgments rather than to their personal names.

The first rider, who comes forth conquering and to conquer, represents the Antichrist. He will be a world leader during the tribulation. The second rider brings on a world war because he is a assigned “to take peace from the earth.” The third horseman brings on a worldwide famine. The fourth horseman is assigned to destroy 25% of the world’s population in four different ways: by the sword (death by slaughter), by famine (death by hunger), by pestilence (death by disease), and by wild beasts (death by being hunted by wild animals).

For more details, please see my book, The Footsteps of the Messiah: A Study of the Sequence of Prophetic Events.

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Question 15: In I Timothy 1:4, Paul is instructing Timothy not to pay attention to “endless genealogies.” Does that make it a scripturally forbidden practice for believers to compile family trees or genealogies?

Answer:

I Timothy 1:4 says:

4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. (ESV)

The practice referred to in I Timothy 1:4 was prevalent among Greeks, who usually traced genealogies for two reasons: to try to show superiority in family origin and/or to try to trace the lineage to one of the Greek gods or goddesses. It is this kind of genealogy that is forbidden by I Timothy 1:4. To compile a genealogy as a matter of family history would not be a problem. God Himself recorded many genealogies in His own Word, so He cannot be against keeping track of one’s family history in this way.

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