Revelation 6:3-4 "3And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 4And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given to him a great sword."
Sword is machaira in Greek; meaning a large sword (like a machete) for cutting flesh and killing. It is the feminine form of mache, a battle.
Revelation 8:7-8 "7And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 8And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given to them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth."
Sword is rhomphaia in Greek; meaning a sabre or cutlass, which is comparable to the scimitar. The Persian word for scimitar is shamshir, meaning 'lion's claw'.
Beasts is therion in Greek; meaning wild or venomous beasts. It is based upon thera, which means hunting with a snare or trap, and figuratively to prepare the destruction of men.
Iran has set its trap for the destruction of Israel with Hezbollah in the north (2006 war) and Hamas in the south (Dec. 2008 current war) while Iran prepares the components given to it from Russia and other countries to produce a "great sword". In December, 2008 Russia sold Iran S-300 long-range missiles as an "air defense" system. [http://www.debka.com/headline.php?hid=5789]
As Iran keeps tormenting Israel into battles, Islam is fomenting its hatred for the Jews worldwide, and most media is playing into their hands. They will eventually turn the whole world against Israel and demand its destruction.
Revelation 16:13-16 "13And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. 15Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 16And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon."
Although they are bent upon another Holocaust. Jesus will come to deliver His people and to slaughter the unbelievers.
Revelation 17:14 "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful."
Notice just prior to the battle of Armageddon, Jesus tells His Bride to watch for His coming; and when Jesus engages the enemy, His chosen and faithful Bride is with Him to do battle. Wake up, Bride, and keep your garments pure and righteous.
For more info on the rapture of the Bride of Christ, see the lesson on Resurrections and Rapture at www.KneelingMedia.org/AwakeBride/