Participants: James Rafferty (Host), Ivor Meyers (Host), Yvonne Lewis, Jason Bradley
Series Code: SISS
Program Code: SISS000019A
00:31 Okay, now we're in a really interesting part of Revelation,
00:33 not that the other hasn't been interesting.
00:35 But now we're into of the this part
00:37 about this four mysterious horses.
00:38 I mean, it's taken us 18 meetings to get this far.
00:42 Yeah, but it's been good
00:44 because we're not ploughing through,
00:46 we're taking it in bite size, morsel you know,
00:50 it's digestible this way,
00:52 so that it's just not over whelming.
00:55 In the past for me,
00:57 many times it's been overwhelm, you know,
00:59 you just trying to read it through
01:00 and you just cant connect the dots,
01:02 but this is just you know, it's digestible.
01:06 So, I'm loving this.
01:07 Yeah, this is deep book
01:09 that a lot of people don't even want to touch.
01:10 That's true.
01:11 Because it's just...
01:13 you know, all that lot of people says.
01:14 Yeah, I like the fact that we're going slower.
01:16 It's a good point.
01:18 I mean, we could have just 18,
01:19 we could almost finish the book in 18 meetings, right?
01:21 But I think you're right, I think we need to go slow,
01:24 we need to process it, these are keepers by the way.
01:27 These are thorough studies in the Book of Revelation,
01:30 deep stuff, good stuff.
01:32 I like the fact that we are,
01:33 when you and I were talking we decided we'll cover,
01:37 trying to get into may be Revelation 12 or 13,
01:40 may be in the first like five or six you know,
01:44 programs and no,
01:46 we've been moving through this much slower, so praise God.
01:49 You know,
01:51 but now the implication is J and I am kind of slow.
01:55 So we're not...
01:57 The implication is we're enjoy this
01:59 and just eating slowly.
02:01 Oh, see, you fixed it, you fixed it.
02:03 Better clean it up.
02:05 Yeah, that's right, that's right.
02:06 You must have been practicing with the taunting.
02:10 You guys are hand picked, by the best.
02:14 Because that's, you're right, we need to slow this down.
02:16 You know, one of the dangers that I think we face...
02:19 I remind, let's just say,
02:21 preaching, teaching Revelation
02:23 for 10 years, 20 years, 30 years, okay.
02:25 We're familiar with book,
02:26 we're familiar with the material,
02:28 we know what it says,
02:29 and so we've this danger just taken off.
02:31 Like these horses, we're just gonna just take off
02:32 and we're just gone, run in gallop.
02:34 You know, like, "Wait, wait, wait for us."
02:36 So you're here for purpose
02:38 at least to slow us down a little bit
02:40 so that we can connect with people
02:42 and they can follow through with this,
02:44 and get it, and understand it.
02:46 So I liked that, I like this mix.
02:47 I think it's really-- Yeah, me too.
02:49 Okay, four horses. Okay.
02:50 Four horses
02:52 We got four horses coming out of the seal book
02:54 and then we got three other seals,
02:55 really the four horses, just a quick over view,
02:58 are the first four of seven seals.
03:01 Jesus Christ, the lamb, symbolized here as a lamb,
03:05 representing the cross in Calvary,
03:06 according to Revelation 5,
03:08 is the one who has taken the book form him.
03:10 It says, son of throne, he's about unseal it,
03:12 Revelation 6:1.
03:14 And as he unseals the first four seals,
03:17 these horses go forth.
03:18 And in the fifth seal, the sixth seal, seventh seal,
03:21 the silence in heaven about the space
03:22 of half an hour.
03:24 Now we want to remind ourselves that this is again,
03:28 repeat and enlargement upon the seven churches.
03:32 That was the history from the early apostolic age
03:35 down to the second coming of Jesus Christ.
03:37 Now we're moving into the seven seals,
03:39 we're going to repeat, enlarge that same history.
03:41 We're going to go back to the apostolic age,
03:44 with the first horse, seal unsealed,
03:45 and we're gonna move all the way
03:47 through that same history
03:48 all the way to the second coming of Jesus Christ.
03:50 Two reasons why we know this really clearly.
03:53 Reason number one,
03:54 when we get to the sixth, and seventh seal,
03:56 we know its second coming of Jesus.
03:58 I mean, it's going to be obvious to us
03:59 it's the second coming of Christ.
04:01 And when we start in Revelation 6
04:04 with the first seal been unsealed,
04:07 we see this horse, and this rider with a bow,
04:11 and a crown, and it's white,
04:13 and the implications there is it something victorious,
04:17 something powerful is taking place
04:18 because this horse and its rider
04:20 are going forth conquering and conquer.
04:23 So, let's start, Jason, by reading the verses
04:25 and then we'll get in to understanding them.
04:27 Revelation 6:1-2.
04:29 We didn't had prayer yet.
04:30 Let's start with the word of prayers,
04:32 then we'll get into reading the verses.
04:34 That's good. That's good.
04:36 All right.
04:37 Dear Heavenly Father, thank you so much
04:39 for allowing has to be together once again
04:40 and studying your word.
04:42 Lord, as we take a look in Revelation
04:44 we ask that you would help us to fully comprehend
04:48 what we're studying
04:49 and to be able to retain the information
04:50 and share with others.
04:52 In Jesus' name we pray.
04:53 Amen. Amen.
04:55 All right.
04:56 So, the lamb open six seals okay,
04:59 "And I saw when the lamb opened one of the seals,
05:02 and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder,
05:05 one of the four beasts saying, come and see.
05:08 And I saw, and behold a white horse,
05:11 and he that sat on him had a bow,
05:13 and a crown was given unto him,
05:15 and he went forth conquering, and to conquer."
05:18 And when he had--
05:19 Just stop right there. Okay.
05:20 First seal, lets just start with the first seal.
05:22 All right a few observations here as we start.
05:26 The lamb is a symbol of the cross of Calvary.
05:29 The book is a book that sealed and no man can open it,
05:32 no man in heaven, no man in earth,
05:34 and no man under the earth.
05:36 It is a book that covers the history of humanity
05:40 in the context of Biblical truth.
05:43 In other words, this is Gods book,
05:44 so its God's record of biblical or God's record of our history,
05:48 biblical record of our history.
05:51 What I'm trying to say is
05:52 this book is sealed to our understanding.
05:54 That's what it means when it says sealed,
05:56 we can understand it.
05:58 There was another book in the Old Testimony
05:59 that was sealed for little time,
06:01 the Book of Daniel.
06:02 And the reason why it was sealed
06:03 because the Daniel couldn't understand it.
06:05 So, the point is that
06:07 when a book is sealed in Bible prophecy,
06:10 it means it can't be understood.
06:12 Now the Book of Revelation isn't sealed.
06:14 But the book that's revealed here
06:16 in the context of Revelation 6 is sealed.
06:20 But here's the key, the lamb opens it.
06:23 The lamb represents the cross,
06:25 the lamb represents the Calvary.
06:26 So, it is in the mystery of the cross,
06:28 it is in the mystery of Calvary
06:30 that every thing that is sealed is going to be opened.
06:33 So this is it's revealed through the cross.
06:38 Its revealed through the cross. Okay.
06:40 The cross is the mystery
06:42 that unlocks all other mysteries.
06:44 So when you look,
06:46 and this is why this is important to be honest
06:47 because when we look at the four horsemen,
06:50 we have a lot of theories up there.
06:52 We have lot of ideas over for horsemen,
06:54 that's talking about, you know there is Russians,
06:57 and then there's the Chinese,
06:58 and there's big conflict taking place,
07:00 and there is death, and there is,
07:02 you know all of that kind of stuff.
07:04 The first thing we want to look for,
07:05 when we look at the four horses,
07:07 is we want to look for Calvary,
07:09 we want to look for the cross,
07:11 we want to look for the plan of salvation.
07:12 Because it's the mystery of the cross
07:14 that's unlocking these seals,
07:15 it's unsealing these seals and showing us what it is
07:18 this actually means.
07:20 I would also add to that, that remember the structure
07:24 that we talked about
07:26 that you find in the Book of Revelation,
07:28 as it related to the sanctuary.
07:30 And we saw that you know, the seven candle sticks unfold,
07:33 I'm sorry, the seven churches unfold
07:35 under the seven candle sticks.
07:37 The seven seals we saw unfolds under the table of showbread
07:41 and the seven trumpets unfolds under the altar of incenses.
07:45 All those are located in the holy place,
07:49 and the priest are, when he minister at one,
07:52 he was minister at the other.
07:53 It was a simultaneous minister.
07:56 So, we know that whatever we're looking for
07:57 in the seven seals,
07:59 they must run simultaneously with the history
08:03 we've seen in the seven churches.
08:05 And so, this is how we can know,
08:07 we're not looking for, for example,
08:09 the first horse to be something that happens, you know...
08:11 In the first century, yeah.
08:13 All right.
08:14 We're looking for things that must correspond
08:16 with the seven churches.
08:18 And as we get to the seven trumpets,
08:20 we are now looking for things that must correspond
08:21 with the seven seals and the seven churches,
08:23 which means the further we going to the study
08:26 is the more,
08:28 the most firm the foundation is to help us
08:31 understand everything else that comes.
08:34 So I want to share something as we get into the first horse,
08:37 this first seal that really helps again,
08:40 I think to set the foundation.
08:42 And it deals with, again, what we've just mentioned,
08:44 these seals unfold.
08:48 The opening vision here is at the table of showbread,
08:52 and the reason we know that
08:54 because when we read Revelation 4:5,
08:57 the bible tells us that before the...
09:01 The throne, there was seven lamps burning.
09:05 So we know that these seven lamps
09:06 are located directly across from the throne.
09:10 When we go to the Old Testament sanctuary
09:12 we see that the article furniture
09:15 that was located directly across
09:17 from the seven branch candle stick
09:19 is the table of showbread.
09:22 Let me just show these three things very quickly
09:24 that we need to be looking for consistently
09:27 right throughout these seven seals.
09:29 The table of showbread
09:31 is located on the side to the north.
09:33 Now you remember that in the Book of Isaiah 14:13,
09:39 Lucifer wanted to sit on the sides to the north.
09:44 He actually says,
09:45 "I will exalt my throne above the stars of God,
09:48 I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation
09:53 on the sides of the north."
09:55 So what is the mount of the congregation?
09:57 That's God's people.
09:59 And what's on the table of showbread?
10:01 Twelve loaves of bread.
10:03 So those 12 loaves represent the people of God.
10:07 What a Satan wanted to do?
10:08 He wants to rule over those people.
10:12 So what we can know then
10:14 as we look at these seven seals,
10:16 they going to reveal to us
10:18 the conflict between God and Satan
10:21 over the mount of the congregation.
10:24 In other words, this is Satan trying to insinuate himself
10:28 over the mount of congregation, right.
10:31 Two more things very quickly, the second thing is this,
10:34 the word of God, the table of showbread
10:36 with those loaves of bread on it
10:37 represents the word of God.
10:39 "Man shall not live by bread alone,
10:40 but by every word that precedes out of the mouth of God."
10:43 So we can also expect that the seven seals
10:47 will reflect some kind of controversy
10:50 over the word of God.
10:52 And finally, and I will read this here,
10:54 I have it open on my computer, Leviticus 24:7-8.
10:58 In Leviticus 24:7-8, it reads this.
11:01 "And thou shalt put pure frankincense
11:03 upon each row
11:04 that it may be on the bread for a memorial,
11:07 even an offering made by fire unto the Lord."
11:09 Talking about the table of showbread.
11:11 Now listen to this,
11:12 "Every Sabbath he shall set it
11:14 in order before the Lord continually,
11:17 being taken from the children of Israel
11:19 by an everlasting covenant."
11:20 So the table showbread, not only bring our attention
11:24 to the mount of the congregation,
11:25 not only to the word of God,
11:28 but also specifically to the Sabbath of commandment.
11:32 In other words, the table showbread
11:34 brings our attention to the fact
11:35 that every seven days, every Sabbath,
11:38 that the bread was to be changed.
11:39 So as we go through seven seals,
11:41 here's we need to be looking for.
11:43 Number one,
11:44 how is Satan trying to insinuate himself
11:46 over the mount of congregation?
11:48 God's people. God's people.
11:50 Number two, how is he doing this?
11:52 By seeking to put his word
11:55 over the God's word or corrupt God's word?
11:57 Got it.
11:59 And number three,
12:00 what does all these have to do with the Sabbath?
12:03 And I will tell you this, James, its amazing
12:05 because right at the end of the six seals,
12:08 you have a group that is introduced.
12:10 They are called the hundred and forty four thousand.
12:13 And guess, where they're seen standing in Revelation 14?
12:17 On mount Sinai.
12:18 Which is where? On the sides of the north.
12:22 And they are also sealed with the seal of God.
12:23 And there are seals...
12:25 Direct us to the Sabbath Seven seals,
12:29 the hundred and forty four thousand
12:30 is mentioned right within the context of this battle
12:33 over the mount of the congregation,
12:35 the word of God or the law of God,
12:37 and the Sabbath specifically.
12:39 Now I really like...
12:40 Go ahead. Oh, yeah.
12:41 I just want you to go back over numbers two and three.
12:45 So yeah, how is Satan trying to rule the God's people?
12:49 Mount of the congregation, number two is the word of God.
12:52 How he's undermining God's word.
12:54 Right, "Man shall not live by bread alone
12:55 but by every word."
12:58 And number three, the Sabbath commanded specifically.
13:02 Because the showbread was changed
13:04 out of every Sabbath, every seventh day.
13:06 Yes. Okay.
13:08 And of course, God rained bread down six days
13:11 and that was a test pointing to the Sabbath.
13:14 The manna. The manna.
13:15 That's didn't come on Sabbath.
13:17 Okay, now in relation to that, those three points,
13:20 and it's interesting there's four horses
13:22 because three of the horses are actually representing
13:25 Satan seeking to undermine, undermine, undermine,
13:27 but one of the horses, the first horse,
13:29 the white horse actual represents God.
13:33 And we not only are going to find out
13:35 what Satan is doing in the seals,
13:37 but we're also going to find out
13:38 how we can be protective from what he is doing,
13:41 by connecting ourselves with Jesus.
13:43 Now the first thing I want us to do is,
13:45 look at a couple of Bible verses
13:46 that are going to help to identify this white horse
13:49 and it's rider
13:51 because we want to understand who this horse is.
13:54 It's the first one. Right.
13:55 It's going to be important for us,
13:57 if indeed it is a representation of Jesus.
14:00 So Revelation 19,
14:03 by the way this is really important
14:04 because we're keeping large,
14:06 all of the things that we're going to see here,
14:08 we're going to see enlarged upon
14:10 as we go to the end of the book,
14:11 and Revelation 19 is an enlargement
14:13 upon this horse and it's rider.
14:15 Revelation 19 is speaking here
14:18 and beginning here with verse 11,
14:21 about what we can consider to be
14:22 the culmination of the battle of Armageddon,
14:24 the battle for the mount of the congregation.
14:27 And it's talking about the time when Jesus returns,
14:30 which is also included in Revelation 7,
14:33 the sixth, or seventh, sixth and seventh seals.
14:37 So Revelation 19:11,
14:39 "I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse."
14:43 Okay, there's a white horse in Revelation 6:2,
14:46 and now here's a white horse in Revelation 19:11.
14:50 The first principle of Bible study,
14:52 especially prophetic Bible study
14:54 is to let the prophecy interpret itself,
14:56 let the prophecy interpret itself.
14:58 Don't jump out there and look somewhere in the world
15:00 for some kind of news report
15:02 that's going to talk about this guy
15:03 that bought a white horse and he wants to rule the world.
15:05 And so you know,
15:07 he's riding this horse to every different nation,
15:08 and just trying to get people to follow him.
15:11 Well, James, James, you know that there are people
15:13 who teach that this rider on a white horse is antichrist.
15:16 I understand that.
15:18 And it's you know, that's just a total violation
15:20 of the time period we're looking at.
15:23 The Bible interpreting itself.
15:24 So these are some of the conclusions
15:26 you can come to when you don't allow the Bible
15:29 to be it's own interpreter.
15:30 And we want to weight those, you know,
15:32 we want to weight those,
15:33 because Paul did talk about antichrist
15:35 rising up in this time you know, et cetera.
15:36 But we also want to recognize these,
15:38 what's the evidence?
15:40 Let's look at the evidence. Okay.
15:41 Evidence number one, in the context of Revelation,
15:44 we have an interpretation for the white horse.
15:47 It says, "I saw and behold the heaven was opened,
15:49 behold a white horse and he that sat on him
15:51 was called Faithful and Truth,
15:56 and in righteousness he judge and make war."
16:00 And it goes on here, now, this is really interesting.
16:02 "His eyes was a flame of fire, his head were many crowns.
16:05 He had a name written which no man knew,
16:08 but he himself,
16:09 he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood
16:12 and his name is called..."
16:13 "The word of God." "The word of God."
16:15 "The word of God."
16:16 And in the beginning where's the word?
16:17 Yes, and the table of showbread represents the...
16:20 Wow. Okay.
16:21 So we've seeing the connections here,
16:23 it's really simple.
16:24 This horse and its rider is the symbol of Gods people,
16:27 Gods church, and Jesus Christ.
16:29 They are connected here, okay, they are connected.
16:31 Now let me give you a, let's look at an Old Testimony verse.
16:34 This is a hard book to find,
16:35 so I'm just gonna give you the reference
16:37 so you can write it down.
16:38 I'll find the verse and read it.
16:39 It's Zechariah 10:3.
16:42 Zechariah 10:3, this verse says,
16:48 I'm just going to have to put my glasses here,
16:49 because so I can't fake it any longer.
16:53 "Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds,
16:55 and I punished the goats
16:56 for the Lord of hosts hath visited his flock
16:58 the house of Judah,
17:00 and made them as his goodly horse in the battle."
17:03 Okay, God says, that horse is the House of Judah,
17:09 the House of Judah
17:10 is my goodly horse in the battle.
17:12 The horse is a symbol of God's people.
17:14 When Jesus comes in Revelation 19,
17:16 he is not riding little horse, he is coming with his angels.
17:19 And we know that he's gonna bring all of his people,
17:22 resurrect them, and they're gonna be with him.
17:24 So the symbol in here is from the Old Testimony.
17:27 The Old Testimony tells, "My house,
17:29 Judah is like my goodly horse in the battle.
17:32 Now here's what the symbol is in so significant, okay.
17:37 You have any horse's right here?
17:38 Oh, yeah.
17:39 Danny's got like..
17:41 What does it take to ride them?
17:43 Don't look at me. Okay.
17:45 All right.
17:46 In order to ride a horse,
17:47 now it's not everyone has to just,
17:49 but most people you have to have bridle
17:51 and reins, right?
17:54 We're the horse and God is asking us
17:56 to give him the reins of our heart.
17:59 He wants us to be connected with him,
18:01 so he can turn us to the left,
18:02 he can turn us to the right, he can hold us back.
18:04 He can gallop us forward.
18:06 In other words, Revelation 6:1-2
18:10 is a representation,
18:12 a symbolic representation of God and his people
18:14 connected together.
18:16 And when we connect with God,
18:18 we go forth conquering and to conquer.
18:22 Ivor, you have some thoughts on that?
18:23 Revelation 12:11, the Bible says,
18:26 "They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb,
18:28 and by the word of their testimony,
18:30 and they loved not their lives unto the death."
18:33 You know, The word of God, which when you look at this,
18:36 the word of their testimony
18:37 and you think of that double connection
18:39 that we often see in the Book of Revelation,
18:41 the word of God
18:43 and the testimony of Jesus Christ,
18:45 the word of their testimony is not their testimony,
18:47 it's a testimony of Jesus Christ.
18:50 So now, you know speaking about those reins,
18:53 you know, when you conquer something
18:56 you control it, it's, yours.
19:00 So Christ is going forth
19:02 with the word of God to conquer us.
19:06 So I was conquered back in, let's see, 1996,
19:11 that's when I was conquered.
19:13 Amen. Right?
19:14 So each one us can look and say,
19:15 "Yeah, I remember when I was conquered by that rider
19:18 on the white horse."
19:19 And the reason
19:21 that the word of God goes forth, remember,
19:23 in the context of the mount of the congregation,
19:26 how do we overcome?
19:28 It is by the word of God and by our testimony.
19:31 So God, Christ is basically in this seal,
19:35 he is fighting
19:37 on behalf of the mount of the congregation.
19:39 Those who abide by the word of God
19:41 are the one's who will be in that end time,
19:44 that final picture of the mount of the congregation
19:47 standing on Mount Zion, on the sides of the north.
19:51 And I love the phrase, conquering and to conquer.
19:54 Yes. He conquered you in 1996.
19:56 Conquered me 1984, and he continues to conquer.
19:59 So everyday we give our hearts to Jesus,
20:02 and every day we give him our passions,
20:04 everyday we give him our anger,
20:05 everyday we give him our weaknesses, our failures.
20:08 And he takes those
20:09 and he implants in us his grace, and his love,
20:11 and his mercy, and his justice, and his righteousness,
20:14 and he conquers, he conquered, and he is conquering.
20:18 So what we were saying is that the first seal
20:22 actually parallels the first Church.
20:26 Just as a first Church was, you know,
20:28 the Church of that was in a condition
20:32 where there was a zealous, that white horse,
20:35 The word of God is what made them zealous.
20:39 So the rider on the white horse
20:40 represents a period in the early Church
20:42 where they were firmly based upon the word of God.
20:47 So in a historical sense,
20:49 we're looking at the time period
20:51 of the early Church.
20:52 But guess what that rider,
20:53 even though he began riding "symbolically", you know,
20:57 at the resurrection of Christ
20:59 and that the out pouring of the Holy spirit
21:01 on the day of Pentecost,
21:03 the rider is still riding to this day.
21:06 The rider is still riding to this day.
21:07 And what we're gonna see with the seals
21:08 as we go through them
21:10 is that even though the seals have a beginning point,
21:13 each one of them actually takes us
21:15 straight down to the second coming.
21:18 Because guess what?
21:19 The rider on a white horse will be symbolically riding
21:23 all the way down to the second coming.
21:25 So these seals now overlap,
21:28 but they begin and then move down to the second coming
21:31 and we'll see that as we moved through the seals.
21:33 So the seals don't start and then stop.
21:38 Oh, I always thought it started
21:41 and then that was the end of that one
21:43 and then the second one came
21:45 and then that was the end of that.
21:46 Okay, let me clarify that so that we can get this clear,
21:49 because that's a really good point.
21:50 They start and stop in the sense
21:52 that they have a...
21:53 An historical...
21:54 Historical stopping and starting point.
21:56 This is where they are in history.
21:57 But they don't start and stop in relation of the principles
21:59 that they bring forth.
22:01 Unpack that a little bit.
22:02 So history, the early Apostolic Church,
22:05 in love, and let me just give you another symbol in here
22:08 because it says this white horse rider has a bow.
22:12 And that bow is an offensive weapon.
22:15 That's what we think of it as an offensive weapon,
22:16 talks honest, that is the word.
22:18 If you trace that word through the book of revelation
22:20 not the word itself, because it's only used here,
22:22 but the base from which it comes from,
22:24 it's used five times in Revelation 12.
22:27 And that word in Revelation 12 describes
22:29 the woman bringing forth the man-child.
22:32 The man-child was brought forth by the woman.
22:34 See, a bow brings forth things,
22:35 shoot an arrow, brings it forth.
22:37 So this bow connects with Revelation 12
22:40 that describes the woman,
22:41 the Church bringing forth Jesus.
22:44 So the early Church, all they talk about is Jesus.
22:48 All they bring forth is Jesus. "Stop talking about Jesus."
22:50 "Oh, no, I can't, can't stop talking about Jesus."
22:52 See, that's the victory right there, that's the key.
22:54 Now, this was the early church, this was their history.
22:57 They were filled with the Holy Spirit,
22:59 and they were everywhere,
23:00 and they're just talked about Jesus all the time.
23:01 That history began and ended.
23:03 In other words, that history,
23:05 the early Apostolic church
23:06 came to an end at a certain point
23:07 when pagan persecution start to pick up,
23:09 and that comes to another series.
23:11 And then dark age has picks up,
23:12 and that comes to another section of history.
23:14 And then you got another section out there.
23:16 But the idea of the people
23:19 being united with Christ over coming,
23:21 and always talking about Jesus will continue on.
23:24 That will continue on.
23:26 You can't get rid of that, you can't designate
23:29 that to a certain time in history, and say, oh,
23:31 it was in that time of history.
23:32 Today, we don't talk about Jesus,
23:33 today, we don't overcome.
23:35 They did that in the early Apostolic church.
23:36 You see what I am saying?
23:38 So the history is powerful
23:40 as long as you allow it to inform you
23:42 on your present experience.
23:43 Then that history is like, yeah,
23:45 in the early Apostolic church they did this,
23:48 and that was the time frame from the time the Christ,
23:51 you know, upward a spirit, until about AD,
23:54 you know, 9,100 or 8,100, that was the church history.
23:56 But the principles, the things that they did,
23:59 those best spirit that they had,
24:01 we wanna have that today,
24:02 that's gonna continue on to the very end of time.
24:03 Exactly, that's good.
24:05 And we'll see that in every, same with the churches.
24:07 Church is first love.
24:09 Oh, that was the early Apostolic church,
24:10 they lost their first love and everything go off them.
24:12 Can we lose our first love today?
24:14 Yeah, we can lose our first love today.
24:16 So in principle, we still see those things applying to us
24:19 but that church history is first and foremost,
24:21 it's the foundation.
24:22 And the meaning why that's important
24:24 is because in order to get the meaning
24:27 of what's going on there you have to have the history.
24:30 If you take that white horse and you say,
24:31 oh that's antichrist.
24:32 Well, then we don't get any meaning
24:34 of being connected with Christ, and overcoming,
24:36 and speaking about Jesus,
24:38 we don't get any, cause that's the antichrist.
24:39 So none of the history matters to us.
24:41 You see what I am saying? Right.
24:42 That's something in the future, doesn't matter.
24:43 It's the early Apostolic church,
24:45 if that's the history
24:46 then all of a sudden we can bring
24:47 meaning out of that,
24:49 that takes us down to our time
24:50 and really gets a practical and powerful.
24:51 Yeah. That's good. It is.
24:54 Now, God doesn't put these symbols in here
24:56 for no reason,
24:58 and each one of these words are significant.
25:00 For example, we talked about the crown.
25:02 I mean, we talked about bow,
25:04 representing our weapon to bring forth Christ.
25:06 And many times we're tempted
25:09 to take another method in the way that we teach
25:11 or preach or the way that we practice our religion.
25:14 We tempted to go in different direction
25:15 and that's what the other horses
25:17 tempt us to do is may be to persecute,
25:18 you know Christians were persecuted.
25:20 May be they compromise.
25:21 Oh, we compromise with a world, we can win the world, you see.
25:24 No, our weapon, our bow is Jesus.
25:28 It represents bringing Christ.
25:30 "I, if I be lifted up will draw all men unto me."
25:34 All. So, he is our weapon?
25:36 Yes. Jesus Christ then crucified.
25:39 That was what the early church did,
25:40 and that's what God is calling us to do.
25:42 So you know one of the ways you can look at it
25:45 in the term of in an idealistic senses today,
25:48 and will see this is as we go through the rest of the horses.
25:52 Every one of us owns a horse or will riding a horse.
25:57 Question is, what horse are you on?
25:59 Which one are we connected with?
26:01 Yeah, are you riding the white horse?
26:03 Or are you riding the red horse?
26:04 Or are you riding the black horse?
26:06 Or are you riding the pale horse?
26:08 So we'll see that in a sense of just principle, right?
26:13 Each of these has a certain time period
26:15 in which they're fulfilled,
26:16 but these principles continue to go on,
26:19 through out time and like I said,
26:23 the rider on the white horse does not stop riding.
26:27 You know, this gospel, because that's the gospel,
26:29 that's the word of God going forth.
26:31 And by the way, in Isaiah 8:16 it says,
26:36 "Seal the law among my disciples",
26:41 "seal the law among my disciples."
26:43 The word of God going forth is ultimately what seals us
26:49 and prepares us to be ready for the coming of Christ.
26:53 It's what makes us able to stand
26:56 when it's time to stand.
26:58 And all this that we're talking about now
26:59 is setting us up for the end of Revelation 6.
27:03 Now, we're running out of time,
27:05 so we want to remind our viewers a few things,
27:07 but I can't remember what we need to remind them of.
27:09 Can you remember? The questions.
27:13 If you have any questions, you know,
27:15 if they have any questions that they wanna ask,
27:18 they can send an email to SSS,
27:21 as in Salvation in Symbol and Signs,
27:26 It's amazing that I can remember, you know,
27:28 the Book of Revelation, all they said.
27:30 And the email address. That's all right.
27:32 That went very fast, we still got a lot to cover.
27:34 Even in the first horses a few more thoughts here
27:36 and we're gonna just unpack it, unpack it, unpack it.
27:38 But let's close with the word of prayer.
27:40 Will you close this, Yvonne? Yes, sure.
27:41 Father, what a blessing this is to be able to see
27:45 just how you have just put layer upon layer
27:48 in this book,
27:50 and in each verse and we can find you,
27:52 Lord Jesus, in each verse.
27:54 We thank you, we thank you, God,
27:56 that you are revealing yourself to us
27:59 through the Book of Revelation.
28:01 So we thank you, and praise you,
28:03 and bless your name, and we just pray
28:05 that we will be able to stand when you come, Lord Jesus.
28:09 In your name we pray, amen.