"For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night," my favorite response to doomsdayers and predictors of the end time. Similar verses are found in more than one book of The Holy Bible. Two of the most commonly known are in 2 Peter and 1 Thessalonians. Apostle John, "The Revelator," writes of his dreams/visions and details in the Book of Revelations events that will precede the end of times. Believers look for the rapture, tribulation, millennium, and other events that according to John's writings will follow the ride of the most famous of all the horses and horsemen mentioned in the Bible. In one of over a dozen books he's written, the spiritual adviser to twelve U. S. Presidents takes a close look at what these four symbols mean, where they came from, where they are going, and what we can do about it.
The Disciples expected the Second Coming to occur in their lifetime. Believers in every succeeding generation have seen the signs and expected it, too. Billy Graham heard the sound of the hoofs in 1983 and wrote Approaching Hoofbeats: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. My copy came from a garage sale back in Louisiana about five or six years ago. We are approaching the thirtieth anniversary of the publishing of this book, so it's a good time to read what Reverend Graham had to say twenty-seven years ago, put my ear to the ground, and see if I can hear anything.
Most of the books and literature to which I have been exposed regarding the apocalypse have been scholarly, text book type, studious works that were not necessarily easy to read. Graham's writing sounds conversational, friendly, and appealing. It's almost as if he recorded the text and then edited it — maybe he did. When this book appeared out of a pile in a garage sale, I flipped through it, added it to my purchases, and tucked it away for a future read. Not sure how I decided it was time to read it the other day when I unpacked a box and found it, but it made it's way to my nightstand and atop the queue of books to read.