Revelation 6 The Peace that Comes from Knowing Christ -Eschatology #41

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You know, Jesus speaking to His disciples in Mathew, He says, “Think not that I came to bring peace, but I came to bring a sword,” that’s probably the lease quoted verse of Scripture in most churches because the Jesus that is depicted is always a warm and fuzzy Jesus, a Jesus that is kind of effeminate and that’s just the way it’s painted, it’s a more maternal, if you will, than manly Jesus. I want to follow a manly Jesus by the way, no offence. But distinguish what He said when He made that statement to His disciples in Matthew 10, “I came not to bring peace but a sword.” Distinguish that in contradistinction to what He said in John 16:33, when He said, “Peace, my peace I give unto you: I’ve told you these things, essentially, but what, what you may have is the peace that I give unto you.” And separate the two and that’s what, there’s a whole universe out there that cannot distinguish between what Jesus said, “In the world you’ll have tribulation,” what He did not come to bring because if you read the rest of that passage it says “to set a man at variance”” And what was said by and recorded by John, in that the things that He told His disciples were to bring them comfort and to give them peace from Christ. And once we are sure about the separation, the distinction between these two things, we can move into the rest of the book, we can read the apostle Paul talking about “to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is peace and life,” and all the greetings by the way, the greetings of “peace from our God and Father and our Lord Jesus Christ” or the closing salutations of a letter, “Now the God of peace,” all of those closing remarks. It’s all that which flows from Him that gives the believer the ability to have peace here on earth, not to have peace on earth. The mistake, by the way, and I’ll talk about that as we get closer to Christmas and all those fun greeting cards come out, “peace on earth.” You know, I did that translation one time and I remember talking to someone who said, “No, no, no, you can’t do that!” I said, “Well, I’m not doing it,” that’s what the Greek reads, it’s not my fault that the King James translators said something a certain way that now is on every greeting card everywhere. And the peace that came to earth was that baby, not born in December; I don’t want to even go there, why am I going there? I was talking about peace. And we’ll, there’s so many things to cover on that subject, but what I want to remind you of as I get into today’s message which will be back in the book of Revelation, believe it or not; it’s a strange introduction, but just like in Jeremiah’s day where there were false prophets running around saying, “Peace, peace,” but there was no peace, you’re going to find the same thing, which, by the way, out of many pulpits is happening now. We’re told in a way that we should, in, forget about in light of current events, but that somehow there should be some syncretism, some blending, some molding, the concept we are one. Again, there’s a kernel of truth to everything. I’ve quoted this many times, Ezekiel 18, the Lord says, “All souls are mine”” this is true, and in that sense we all are one. But the things that so bitterly divide us; and I could talk about the divisions between Christians alone, which is scary, but the things that divide us. Until we find the peace that comes from Christ alone, you cannot have peace; you can have what I call a temporary band-aid, you can meditate for a while and block the world out for a couple of minutes, but you back out and you’ll still find there is a world that is not at peace. And so I thought, you know, it’s interesting because God’s word on the final days come out of the book of Daniel where He says there “shall be a flood, and unto the end war and desolations are determined.” That’s Daniel 9:26, which tells you God says the exclamation mark on the end of days will be war. And it’s unfortunate because every generation has seen a gearing up for something, which has brought many people to the precipice of thinking, “Is this it?” But the reality is, and I’ve said this to you, if you read prophecy and if prophecy is to be rightly understood, the war that takes place in the end of the book, there is a final, we’ll call it a final meltdown over Jerusalem, if you will. I’m not talking about the battle of Armageddon because it says clearly there that “blood shall flow.” And we’re not talking about the possibility of that war being a nuclear war because blood doesn’t flow in a nuclear war. You know, you’ve got to read the Bible with eyes that are going to confirm the passages that are spelt out clearly for us. But my purpose today is to kind of get back into, we’ve stepped away from the book last week for me to talk to you about the, what I call the self-absorbed current events, the self generation, but I want to get back into Revelation today as we have been trying to work our way through the book, this could be a long, long book. In the 5th chapter, we begin to see, and I think I wasn’t going to read it but I think I will. The 5th chapter we begin to see kind of where everything starts to unfold. And let me just give you a kind of a sidebar to this. If the same one who said at the close of Mathew’s Gospel, “I am with you alway until the end of the world,” if you can take those words and you can apply them and stick them into the book of Revelation, you see that God has not left some riddle and He’s not left us to try and scratch our heads and figure out. He’ll, He will be with us, He will be with those that will be saved in the tribulation and there are tribulation saints, and He will then return with the rest of the saints to set up His glorious kingdom on earth. Now in the 5th chapter we have this interesting scene, “And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.” Somewhat interesting that John is given to see this. “And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath conquered,” (“hath prevailed,” the King James reads), “to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.” So we know, beginning right here and into the 6th chapter, it is the Lamb who will open the seals. “And,” this depiction, “I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne, the four beasts,” those are living beings, those are not to be confused with beasts that will appear later, these are zoa, from the Greek, “living beings, and in the midst of the elders stood, a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns, seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.” If you ever talk to people about the trinity, those people especially who deny the trinity, and I’ve met a few in my lifetime, this is pretty hard to remedy this, “He came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat on the throne.” So we know the Lamb and obviously the One sitting on the throne are two distinct personages of the Godhead. “And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and the four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou was slain, and has redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” That’s interesting, again, these small little details: “we shall reign on the earth,” and this is a scene going on in heaven. Just think about that. “And I beheld, and heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,” that’s a great number of people or a great number of these, “saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all them that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts,” those four living creatures, “said, Amen,” these are speaking, living creatures. “And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.” There was no chapter and verse here so just keep reading with me, “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals.” So it is the Lamb that is opening the seals. And this, this activity of the seven seals being opened is the activity of the Lamb. And when we get to the seven trumpets, that will be the activity of the angels, but this first portion here, you’ve got the activity of the Lamb. It is the Lamb essentially opening and letting loose. And remember it was, the book was given “to open the book and to loose the seven seals thereof.” So what I want to say is if I’ve described this word the Almighty, the Pantokrator, the One who, who has everything in His power, also knows the time; that’s in His power too. Interesting that if you keep reading this passage, “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts,” one of those four living creatures, zoa, said, “Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” And I’ll read just these two to begin with, “And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast”” living creature, living being, “say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth.” Now remember what I was talking about. Some of you were trying to follow along while I was quoting all the quotations of peace; peace or not peace, but the true peace that comes from Christ, versus the false peace that is often propagated without Christ. So when it says here to this second one, the one riding the red horse “to take peace from the earth, stop right there to follow along with me something very simple; there are seven seals, the seventh one will be silence and between the sixth and the seventh there are two events that are unfolded: the sealing of the 144,000, which will be the preachers of righteousness who will preach on the earth to those people who remain here on earth, and the uncovering of the martyred souls under the altar of God, if you will, that are essentially revealed as those having paid the ultimate price. That’s later on in the 7th chapter. So there is this, we’ll call it in-between the sixth and seventh seal there are events that happen. The whole book is like this; you’ve got events unfolding and events between events. It’s not just a whole unfolding as you read chapter and verse. And I tried to kind of make a thumbnail sketch to kind of say very generically, so don’t say this is a detailed concept, but very generically, if you take the seven seals and the seventh, the seventh seal, the opening of the seventh seal brings on the seven trumpets, which then bring on the seven vials. You’ve got events in between, but the last portion of those, the last seven vials or golden bowls, whatever you want to call them, that is the ultimate wrath of God being poured out on the earth. You’ve got essentially the cleansing of the earth, the binding of Satan, the setting up of the millennial kingdom and the final last word on Satan and his cohorts into the lake of fire. And that gives you a thumbnail sketch, really thumbnail, of the book. Now what fascinates me here in the 6th chapter is we’re reading about what is commonly known as the four horseman of the apocalypse, the fact that these are A), not riding on anything else but horses; they’re not riding on donkeys (just think about that for a minute), it would have looked really mighty powerful, but the horse in the Bible is always depicted as incredible strength and beauty. In fact, there is a passage in Job, I’ll read it to you so you don’t have to turn there, I’ll just read you a little bit of what in a conversation between God and Job. And it is God speaking to Job and He says, “Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? The glory of his nostrils is terrible. He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men. He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth back from the sword.” And if you read the last part of this, it is says, “He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage.” So a brief descript━it’s interesting that that’s given to describe a little bit. The seer, John, sees these different events if you will all coming on horseback. Now I’ve done this before but for the benefit of laying down individual messages, which you don’t have to go back and look at, or listen to another message, I want to make sure that it’s understood that this first white horse is not Christ. There have been many, and there are many, I have many Bible commentaries in my possession that talk about this being Christ, and it is absolutely, unequivocally not. I want you to think if, if, IF, which it is not, but if it was, it’s a strange grouping that first of all, the Lamb is the one opening the seals; that’s Christ, the Lamb is opening the seals only to reveal Himself riding on horse; like we know that He’s very talented and He’s omnipresent and omni-, but you know, uh, no. That’s number one. Number two, is He’s grouped immediately with this horse which is depicting war, carnage, bloodshed; immediately after that, famine, death, and hell. The grouping does not fit, and if you want to see why we always talk about this Antichrist being this great imitator, you turn to the 19th chapter of the book of Revelation, beginning in the 11th verse, “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, in righteousness he doth judge and make war,” there is the description of Christ, “His eyes were a flame of fire, on his head were many crowns,” I want to just emphasis that, “many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” Now think about this, it’s kind of interesting. So you’ve got two abilities here to see and compare the two, this white horse in the 6th chapter is the Antichrist, and we can, I can go out of another passage that basically lines, outlines the identity of this person. We’ve already covered this in the 9th chapter of Daniel, which you can go back and read for yourself. I kind of think it’s interesting, by the way, that, as I said, Antichrist is always going to be imitating, and that’s why people who are not well-versed in the Bible will be, as Christ said “even the very elect will be deceived.” You know, there are things that we could take a page out of our modern, the modern happenings, and say you, one, can succumb to propaganda and listen to the noise, or you can do the research yourself. It’s like somebody standing up and saying they’re an expert on constitutional law, but they have never even looked at the constitution, it’s kind of like that. You know, there are a lot of people in churches today and they are not studying this word and unfortunately this will be the great victory as it is so evident. Now I, I took the liberty here to write out the Greek of both passages to show something which I’ve already pointed out, but just so that you can see. There’s something I want you to notice about this rider in 6:2, we have here echon toxon kai edothe. You don’t have to read Greek or speak Greek, I’ll do something real simple. This King James was right, “was given,” auto, “unto him” stephanos “a crown.” And I want to point something out here. This will tell you why I explain the verse, it’s a little bit misleading when it says “conquering, and to conquer,” it makes it sound like he’s immediately a man of war, but in fact, this “was given to him” is in the Greek a verb. All I’ll tell you is a verb and passive, how’s that, so I’ll simplify it. That simply means when something is in the passive in the Greek, you stand still and something is acted upon you, something is done upon you, all right, versus I do it myself, or I do it for myself, two different actions. This one, it says “it was given to him,” it means that the nations surrendered something to him. And we know what Daniel says, in Daniel 9, it talks about a covenant made with the people, “thy people,” Daniel’s people, that is in the middle of the week, that is the last seven years, three and a half marking the middle of the of the week, the covenant is broken. But before that covenant is broken, nations will bow down and surrender, just take a look at this, passively. So, when it says “it was given unto him,” passively, it was given; he received it. He was a recipient of this stephanos, this crown, versus our Rider in Revelation 19:11, who is Christ. Here we have Antichrist, and here we have Christ. And what it’s talking about that “He will come,” the One that comes is called “Faithful,” pistos kai alethinos, “and Truth, and in righteousness,” kai en dikaiosune krinei, “he will judge and,” kai polemei, we get our English word for “polemics”” it says in the King James “to make war.” But it says upon “his head were many” diademata, this is of Christ. We get our word; I’ll give just the singular “diadem.” So the diadem is a crown, the King James reads “many crowns.” The diadem that Christ is wearing is that of a Sovereign, of a Monarch, of a King, of One reigning. This crown that the Antichrist is wearing is simply one of a victor when they would have games or races, Olympic games, one would receive stephanos, not diadem. So we can, at least with the Greek, make absolute certain we are not dealing with confused personalities here, and I want to make sure that’s clear. With that being said, now that we have an absolute certainty of who we’re dealing with, it’s pretty easy for us to go back now and read what’s happening. So we’ve got this individual on “a white horse: he that sat on him had a bow; a crown,” stephanos, “was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” And I should say a word about that as well. As I taught on this passage on Festival and it, if you remember, back in the earlier chapters, the promise to the seven churches “to him that overcometh, to him that overcometh.” You remember that, right? Okay, that “overcometh” is the same word, I used the root of it to show you in the Greek, we’ll write it in English, nike or nikao, that’s the “victory word.” We have our, the brand of running shoes with the swoosh, Nike, so you can say, “I know what that means; that’s, that’s victory.” King James translates many times over “overcometh, overcometh, to him that overcometh.” And the same word is being used here for the Antichrist when it says, “He went forth conquering, and to conquer.” Now I did a translation of this and I said you might be better, seeing that it was given unto him passively, this crown; you might be better off saying, and although it may seem like semantics, it takes away the initial look of violence. The violence comes afterwards. Right now he comes as man of peace. And if you read what Thessalonians talks about, he’s not yet revealed. There’s an apostasy, and then this man of sin is revealed. So here we have the concept, nikon kai hina nikese. So I would translate this “overcoming,” just as the overcomers did to the churches, “overcoming, and that,” kai hina, “he,” this is a subjunctive mood of possibility, “that he might conquer.” So that’s important. He’s coming to overcome, but I go back to that passive, “it was given unto him,” the crown that was given unto him, so you can understand the initial picture here is a man of peace. I just want to make sure that’s emphasized correctly. Now, what we have here is we have the man of peace, and then we’ve got that red horse, which is given, “power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast,” the third living creature say, “Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts says, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine,” the mark of famine here. “And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse,” the word in the Greek chloros, which could also be a kind of a light green color. It’s the same word in the Septuagint used in the book of Leviticus to describe diseases of the skin, including leprosy. Let’s leave that one alone. “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with the sword, with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” Now let’s wait, fifth, the fifth seal. And I misspoke earlier because I said it’s between the sixth and the seventh. But it’s actually between the fifth and the seventh. But let’s pause here because I want to see if what’s said here lines up with what Christ talks about in Matthew 24 and see how these things weigh out, so turn with me to Matthew 24 because the disciples came to Him and said, “Tell us what’s going to be the sign. Tell us what.” Matthew 24, beginning at verse 3, “Tell us, when these things shall be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you,” now it’s interesting that the first words out of Christ’s mouth when they say, “What shall be the sign of thy coming, and the end of the world?” He said, “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Now we know, let’s call it the spirit of Antichrist and we’ll go all the way back to the garden for a minute and then go all the way forward. There has been no new way, if you think about it, no new way to deceive man and to lure him away from serving his God. In other words, we just think that there are new things, but there are not new things. Satan is not creative that way. The same tactic has worked brilliantly for hundreds, thousands of years and it’s always by deception. It’s always by a little twist, a little quarter turn of truth: “Did God really say?” And that “Did God really say?” I want you to hear that echo through the ages and through time because here, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” We know the spirit of Antichrist already, the New Testament says, is at work in the land out of John’s pen and equally out of the Apostle Paul’s pen to tell us that there are people even in their day, but there will be people in the last days. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” So here we have false Christs. “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” Now if you just, if you use this as the briefest possible, I’m going to use the word again, “thumbnail sketch,” encompassed in these few verses, you’ve got false Christs, you’ve got wars and rumors of wars, representing that red horse, you’ve got the kingdoms raising against kingdoms, famine, black horse, pestilence which is often referred to as the pestilence, the mark of death as “death that followed.” He gives the thumb━ it’s not, it’s only a sketch, but if we can take from this and say━you can read the rest of the chapter in your own time. In fact, read through the chapter into the 28th verse, it gives you a really good idea that you’ve got more than a thumbnail sketch. But the details given to the seer, John, and the thumbnail sketch that’s given here in Matthew 24, line up to give you a crystal clear picture that that first individual we are talking about is none other than the Antichrist. Now if you go back with me━I like to make you go back and forth, you go back with me now. “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.” Now just remember the difference between these and John’s situation. John’s situation in the opening, we’re told that he’s on the Isle of Patmos, essentially, he says, “For the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.” Here, a little bit different. These, these are where they are, “the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.” Now you can say whatever you want, but when I read this, I think just like we’ve talked about those folks who say, “Can anybody be saved?” These are tribulation saints, so that obviously means the preachers of righteousness did what they came to do and they were successful at it, because these obviously came to the faith, but they were martyred. These are not the martyrs of years past and of through the ages. These are those which paid a price for their testimony. “And they cried with a loud voice saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” That tells you there are still people dwelling on the earth in this time. And white robes were given unto them, “every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants and also their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” That means there will still be more preaching going on. Just think about that. You know, we tend to think of one event and one event alone, but there will be multiple events as people talk about, and I taught on this: raptures or catching away of people. There will be multiple catching away of people. Through this book even, there are multiple catchings away. There will be multiple waves of people being saved in this timeframe. And this passage clearly says it. So they’re told to “rest for a little season, until their fellowservants also their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake,” was that not the catalog of things I just read out of Matthew 24? So you can get an idea. I’ve told you to make doctrine, Scripture has to confirm itself. You can’t lift something out; I’ve seen this done so many times where somebody will lift a verse and it’s text out of context is error. Thank God I said that right. “And the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; and the stars of heaven,” if you keep reading in Matthew, you’ll read some of this; “the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as the fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.” And if you go back and read in your own leisure, that’s the next passage in Matthew’s Gospel about the fig tree. Just think about this. There’s nothing independent by itself. “And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondmen, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” Now I told you, as I said, I stand corrected, between the fifth and the seventh seals; these are the vignettes of what we’re seeing. And then we have the sealing of the 144,000, and then it’s a picture again, which I’m going to jump over because I started on that section, we’ll come back to it because I’m trying to paint a broader picture now. And after the sealing of the 144,000, pick up with me in the 9th verse of the 7th chapter. “And after this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude,” remember: no chapter and verse; it’s a letter, right? That came much later, chapter and verse is a product of recent times. “And after this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? And whence they came? And I said unto him, Sir,” King James, “Sir, thou knowest. He said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto the living fountains of water: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” Now when people begin to read this book, I think a lot of times the element of God’s care and grace is left out. A lot of it is just the harsh brutality of what will happen, the final judgment upon the earth, but I want us today to just consider one thing. After the Lamb unleashes and opens up these seals, there is always a measure of grace in between each line if you’ll look carefully. And the reason why I preach this is because as I get into further chapters, especially when we get into what I’ll call the judgment and wrath chapters, it seems quite bleak. And God has not just said, “I’ll give you one warning,” but through the ages has given many, many warnings for people to turn back. The lament that I have as a pastor, I told you I’m far from perfect, I’m a very flawed vessel. The one thing I’ve tried to stand here and say is a message that I’ve gleaned from this book, which is it’s never too late to turn back, the concept of repentance must not be something that falls merely from the lips, but the reality of the Greek word with the mind, the turning of the self from your way to Christ’s. And anytime any individual can turn from their ways to God, it doesn’t take a special prayer, it doesn’t take special clothing or special appearance; it takes one act of hearing the gospel message and understanding He indeed is the Christ, the Savior of the world. And even in these last days, if you think about it, a measure of grace. If this book continues to be preached and the message of this book continues to be preached until the end and the preachers of righteousness, these 144,000 are given unto the world to reach in and glean those that are His. And repeatedly we read there are at least probably two other groups that will come out of this period, then it’s very safe to say that God is still calling His people. He’s still speaking to us today. And as strange as this may seem to attach this to a message that carries with it some scary stuff, you think about these four riders and you think about what it means. Don’t make it a caricature, don’t make it a drawing in your mind; the reality of what will be unleashed on the earth. We think the things we’re going through now are the greatest tumult, and the greatest turmoil that we can see, but this is nothing compared to what God’s book reveals will happen. And I haven’t even gotten to the really kind of deep part of this book; the bleak part, but just the beginning which tells you that God has and will have, straight until the end, grace. The book of Zechariah tells me that unequivocally when it says, when His feet touch down on the Mount of Olives, they’ll look upon Him, whom they’ve pierced and they’ll mourn. That means that people will come to recognize and know this indeed was the Savior, the Christ and is the Savior, the Christ come again for His people and to set up His kingdom. Now if you think about this in the outline of this, there’s always going to be a pseudo, a look-a-like, something that is the imposter of Christ. This is why I really feel preaching this message today is, again, nothing but another foundation to make sure we’re clear about who we’re dealing with in the 6th chapter and the events that unfold. And we can go into more detail as time progresses, as more things are put on the table, and pieces are fit into place in the book, but the most important thing is to remember that there will be, just as there have been in our time. I’ve said this to you many times, the, the desperate nature when we’re given a diagnosis of something that’s terminal, some disease that you know there’s no cure for. And you know, only if you’ve been given a diagnosis like that, if you’ve heard the words, “You have cancer,” and I know that many of you in this congregation have heard those words spoken to you; I’ve heard them myself, I know what it means and you, you realize I have to throw myself at the mercy of this One who I’ve come to trust for my salvation to see me through this time which seems impossible. The very One who, who is the Healer, the Great Physician is also in control of all these things. You know that when I think of that I also think of the myriad number of people who do not know anything about the Bible, but they’ll see some person who’s holding a healing meeting. I told you the story and there have been many exposés on these type of people who come into a town and, you know, they want to make it look old-timey, so they up a tent somewhere. The one fellow who set up a tent in Florida and it was a big thing, probably about, I don’t know, ten years ago and everybody flocked to his meetings. And you know, listen, he, he did not look like a typical preacher. He was covered in tattoos, you know, he, he looked like, he looked like the biker down the street━nothing wrong with that. That may be in many ways, at first appearance makes you say, “This is somebody who identifies with the real man,” not wearing a fake, you know, white outfit or trying to dance around and be somebody they’re not. And people flocked to this meeting and hearing, hearing snippets of Scripture being quoted and promising people, making promises to them instead of teaching them and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and you let Christ do the work that only He can do. These individuals promised healing that they could dispense, that they had power. And are there healers? Well, the Bible says there are those with gifts of healing, but I have yet to see a great myriad, a great number of them. But these are people who went out to see this healer to get healed because they had a desperate need. Now the Bible says that in the last days, in this timeframe we’re talking about, people will be so desperate to achieve and reach peace that this one who comes with a peace plan, who comes with, with great words, he will please everybody. He’ll please the Catholics, he’ll please the Jews, he’ll please the Protestants because they’re going to have “every day is going to be a Friday” for them; great swelling words that bring great comfort. The only words that can bring peace and comfort to your hearts today and to my heart now and through the, the rest of my life and into eternity are the words that Christ spoke. That peace that comes from knowing Him, and I go back to something that I have preached now all of these years and I think it’s probably the most solid thing to hang onto. When His words abide in you His life is in you, and the only way His words can abide in you, John 15, is for you to abide in His words, to live in the word, to listen to the word. I can’t make somebody want that. I can’t make you desire it, but believe me, there will be a group of people after being deceived and after seeing when the man of sin is revealed and believe me, scales will fall off the eyes when they see this wicked one for what he really is. They’ll be deceived at first because he comes with great words, great promises like the evangelist I just spoke of; but when the reality is revealed of who this person is and what the, the events that follow: carnage, blood, famine, death and hell. When you think about that, I think scales will fall off the eyes of people and I think there will be many people in desperation. This is why it says and kings of the earth, great men will, will say; they’re praying for the rocks to fall upon them for them to be hid. We have refuge in Christ. Just as, I’ve mentioned this before, I want it to be something that we can, we can say with absolute certainty, there were many people, not just Noah in the ark being protected from the flood. I want you to think of Lot, which 2 Peter talks about “righteous Lot, who vexed his poor soul,” but you know, if you think about, if you think a lot about Lot, something interesting was said. No fire or brimstone could fall until Lot was removed from that place called Sodom and Gomorrah. No, nothing could fall on Lot until the angel said, “Until thou come hence.” And I think those words should be a comfort to the child of God. There’s not going to be wrath poured out on His people. God is always in the telling of, this whole book tells of God looking for obedience and trusting His word to take care of His own, because it says He loved us before we loved Him, knowing the state of this earth and the state of the one deceiver who will come. My plea to you today, especially to those people who are so easily moved with what we’ll call every wind of doctrine that the Bible warns against, stay in the word of God. Listen to the preaching of God’s word and this repetition for most of you, but not for all of you, needs to be dinned in enough to say that this is what is going to happen. I said just a thumbnail sketch. The reality, the brutal reality we’ll encounter in these chapters coming and for the child of God you mustn’t think, “I have to worry. I have to be concerned,” because you’re one of His and He knows who are His and He loves His own, and that’s why I preach out of this book to tell you God’s in control. He’s in control of these last days events. He’s in control if you go back and you read Daniel 9, you read exactly what it’s saying: “The seventy years are determined upon thy people,” and to the day, and the things that have already been fulfilled, and the things that are yet to be fulfilled. It gives me the confidence. Somebody said, “How do you know these things?” And I said, “I do not know them, but the Bible reveals them and the Bible is true.” The words that are in the Bible are God’s word recorded through different writers at different times to tell me God has been saying the same thing. He knows who are His. He knows the evil one, his wicked plan. He knows the pride of that wicked one that will eventually be cast into the lake of fire, that spirit that rules that is now, even now. But make no mistake; even though that spirit is roaming and at large, “Greater is He that is in us,” greater is He that is in us than he that is in air, that he moves; he that moves through the air and he that has power in the air, that’s the prince of the power of the. And for the Christian, I know this, God is faithful. So let’s step away for a minute from the teaching I’ve done today and you ask yourself, if God is in the details and God can be looked on through the pages of this book and you realize God’s been faithful to fulfill His word, God will be faithful to fulfill the rest, including taking care of His, of His own, the church of Jesus Christ and right now in this day today for all those listening to me. The ones that have maybe listened to the voice of the Antichrist or we’ll call it the False Prophet, the voice of the devil that says, “You’re in your situation because you made it this way. You’re losing your grip because God doesn’t want you. You’ve fallen out of favor with whatever it is in your life because this is the way it shall be.” No. That’s part of the lot of a Christian. You’re going to go through a lot and you’re going to come through like Job said and Peter declared, like gold tried in the fire. You will come through stronger and strengthened in the faith because you know in whom you have believed and whom you have placed your trust now and all the way into eternity. To be continued, folks. That’s my message. You have been watching me, Pastor Melissa Scott, live from Glendale, California at Faith Center. If you would like to attend the service with us, Sunday morning at 11am, simply call 1-800-338-3030 to receive your pass. If you’d like more teaching and you would like to go straight to our website, the address is www.PastorMelissaScott.com

 

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  1. Bruce Windorski

    August 13, 2019 5:34 am

    Good message Pastor Scott, love to hear the John 15 way to live. Since living , and believing JESUS, to abide in HIM is life abundantly

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