The signs of the times – 3

1. “When He broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature shout, ‘Come!’ Immediately I saw another horse appear, deathly pale, and its rider was called Death; and Hades followed at its heels. They were given authority over a quarter of the earth, to kill by the sword, by famine, by plague and through wild beasts” (Rv 6:7-8).

2. “This is what I observed: a he-goat from the west, encroaching over the entire surface of the world though never touching the ground, and between its eyes the goat had one majestic horn. It advanced on the two-horned ram which I had seen standing in front of the gate, and charged at it in the full force of its fury. I saw it reach the ram; it was enraged with the ram and struck it, breaking both its horns, so that the ram was not strong enough to hold its ground. It through it to the ground and trampled it underfoot, no one was there to rescue the ram. The he-goat then grew more powerful than ever. But at the height of its strength, the great horn snapped and in its place sprouted four majestic horns, pointing to the four winds of heaven” (Dn 8:5-8).