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Rev 6:7  And when he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, Come. 

Rev 6:8  And I saw, and behold, a pale horse: and he that sat upon him, his name was Death; and Hades followed with him. And there was given unto them authority over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with famine, and with death, and by the wild beasts of the earth. 

Now this is really rather frightening. Death rides the horse and hell, which is a place of lost souls apostate souls and the demonic entities is following.

Unlike the black horse rider who is actually restrained somewhat this rider is authorized to kill with the sword and this time it is a sword.  (Strongs Greek #4501) rhomphaia   Probably of foreign origin; a sabre, that is, a long and broad cutlass (any weapon of the kind, literally or figuratively): – sword.) with famine or scarcity of food leading to starvation (Strongs Greek# 3042 limos Probably from (Strongs Greek #3007  leipō A primary verb; to leave, that is, (intransitive or passive) to fail or be absent: – be destitute (wanting), lack.)  (through the idea of destitution); a scarcity of food: – dearth, famine, hunger) and death Strongs Greek #2288 thanatos (From Strongs Greek # 2348  thnēskō A strengthened form of a simpler primary word thanō (which is used for it only in certain tenses); to die (literally or figuratively): – be dead, die.); (properly an adjective used as a noun) death (literally or figuratively): – X deadly, (be . . .) death.)
He will depopulate the world by ONE QUARTER.  Apparently we have come to the seven billion on this planet as of 2013.  That’s about one and a half billion people.  That’s a lot of people to die because of social unrest and scarcity and global destabilization.  What we need to understand is that there are three maybe four groups of people here.

  1.  The Believers,
  2. The Non Elect
  3. Those Elect possibly who are yet to call upon His name
  4. The Apostate.

Of these the Believers are being martyred and the rest who martyr them are being …judged.

Rev 6:9  And when he opened the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of them that had been slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 

Rev 6:10  and they cried with a great voice, saying, How long, O Master, the holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 

Rev 6:11  And there was given them to each one a white robe; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little time, until their fellow-servants also and their brethren, who should be killed even as they were, should have fulfilled their course. 

This is not happening on earth but gives a clue as to the wrath of the LAMB.  These are those martyred for HIS NAME.  He will AVENGE these deaths.