Are the wars meant to be global in Matthew 24?
People tend to dismiss these prophecies by assuming that Jesus is only referring to "generic" wars, which have always occurred since the beginning of human history. But is this really the case?
The Wars are meant to be Global.
True, since the beginning of human history, there had been wars, earthquakes, food shortages and epidemics. However, nothing previously to 1914 can be compared with what has taken place since then, for example, note the enormous number of deaths in WW1, WW2 and the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. (from Google) Other major conflicts were the cold war, the Korean and Vietnam wars. The figures do not include deaths from pestilences and food shortages that followed.
WW 1 Casualties
The total number of military and civilian casualties in World War I, was around 40 million. There were 20 million deaths and 21 million wounded. The total number of deaths includes 9.7 million military personnel and about 10 million civilians.
WW 2 Casualties.
An estimated total of 70–85 million people perished, which was about 3% of the 1940 world population (est. 2.3 billion). The tables below give a detailed country-by-country count of human losses. World War II fatality statistics vary, with estimates of total deaths ranging from 70 million to 85 million.
Spanish flue casualties.
The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, the deadliest in history, infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide, about one-third of the planet's population, and killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims, including some 675,000 Americans.
The Apostle John who received the Revelation confirmed it, and was commanded to write about" the things which must soon take place."
The Revelation of Jesus Christ
1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His
bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and
communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John.
In chapter 6 of the Revelation John confirms all the above in the account of what has been called the ride of "four horsemen of the Apocalypse."
The Rider on White Horse: (REV 6:1-2)
The rider of the first horse with a crown is Jesus and has been authorized to destroy his enemies.
6: 2 NASB "I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it
had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering
and to conquer.
Psalm 2:1-12 (ASV)
The reign of Jehovah’s anointed.
1 Why do the nations rage, And the peoples meditate a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against Jehovah, and against his anointed, saying, 3 Let us break their bonds asunder, And cast away their cords from us.4 He that sitteth in the heavens will laugh: The Lord will have them in derision. 5 Then will he speak unto them in his wrath, And [b]vex them in his sore displeasure:
6 Yet I have set my king Upon my holy hill of Zion. 7 I will tell of
the decree: Jehovah said unto me, Thou art my son; This day have I
begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I will give thee the nations for thine
inheritance, And the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; Thou shalt dash them in
pieces like a potter’s vessel. 10 Now therefore be wise, O ye kings:
Be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11 Serve Jehovah with fear,
And rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the son, lest he be angry, and ye
perish in the way, For his wrath [c]will soon be kindled. Blessed are
all they that take refuge in him.
The second rider on Red Horse.
This rider was given a great sword, a symbol of weapons and wars.
6: 4 NASB " And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him."
The third rider on a Black Horse.
This rider was given a pair of scales, representing famines and food shortages, and the scales to measure basic food supplies at inflated prices.
6: 5-6 I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a
pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard something like a voice in
the center of the four living creatures saying, “A [d]quart of wheat
for a [e]denarius, and three [f]quarts of barley for a [g]denarius;
and do not damage the oil and the wine.”
The fourth rider on a Pale Green Horse.
This rider has been given authority to kill with the sword, famines, by means of deadly plagues, and by the wild beasts of the earth. (For the identity of the wild beasts read the prophecy of Daniel chapter seven)
6: 8 NASB " I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it
had the name Death;" and Hades was following with him. Authority was
given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with
famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.