Sunday, January 20, 2013

JESUS BEGINS TO OPEN THE SCROLL (Post #8)


It is important that you read the previous post to be able to fully understand the comments in this post.  It will also be helpful if you will read Matthew 24:1-10 to better be able to discern the validity of my comments in this post.  You will find that the information presented there seems to be directly related to the opening of the first five seals.  The signs that correlate to the first four seals are described in Matthew as “the beginning of sorrows,” a term that references the pains of childbirth; in other words, they will increase in frequency and intensity as the time for Jesus to return draws near.

As Jesus begins to open the seals, He is preparing the way for the rule of the Antichrist during the seven years of tribulation identified in the previous post.  There are some people that think the rider on the white horse is Jesus—I don’t see how—He is the one opening the seals.  These riders and horses all seem to be related; they all depict judgment. 

When Jesus opens the first seal, a rider emerges on a white horse carrying a bow and wearing a crown that had been given to him.  His purpose is to go forth and conquer the world.  Note that he is carrying a bow; research indicates that this word references the arc or crescent shape of the weapon he carries.  The scientific names of some organisms were derived from the Greek root “toxon” because of their shape, e.g. toxoplasma.   The word is singular and would seem to indicate a bow with no reference to arrows; in other words, he will conquer without using physical force.

In Matthew 24 Jesus first warns His disciples that many will come claiming to be “Christ” and will deceive many.  It is posited by many that this rider represents the final antichrist that will emerge as the world dictator of the final days before Jesus returns as King.  That person will initially establish himself as a world leader who is able to broker a seven-year peace treaty with Israel. 

I think the rider on the white horse represents Satan going forth to exert his power and influence on the world through the being we call Antichrist.  He will first appear as a man of peace, an angel of light. 

2 Corinthians 11:14–15 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

Satan doesn’t know the time of the Lord’s return any more than we do, and he has had to be ready with his man of sin in every generation since the resurrection.

Significant to note is that the crown represents authority, but it has been given to him—not earned.  Upon creation God gave man dominion over the earth. 

Genesis 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

Man basically handed the control of this world over to Satan when he chose to sin by believing Satan rather than trusting God.  Satan has been busy ever since seeking control of men.

1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

2 Corinthians 4:3–4 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

Paul makes it clear that Jesus called him to witness to the Gentiles to deliver them from the power of Satan unto God.  His call as stated in Acts 26:18 was to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”

It has ever been Satan’s desire to attain the position of God…

Isaiah 14:12–14 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

and he will attempt to establish his throne as God in the temple in Jerusalem during the tribulation.

2 Thessalonians 2:3–4 “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

Satan will be greatly assisted in accomplishing his objective by producing “lying wonders,” apparent miracles that many will assume has to be from God.  They will be greatly deceived.

2 Thessalonians 2:8–10 “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

(to be continued…)

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