We are now going to witness the "unsealing" of the scroll, the written (vs. 5:1) Word of God, by the only One found worthy in both heaven and earth, the One who prevailed at Calvary, the Lamb of God, the Living Word Himself, Jesus the Christ.
This is an awesome event, a momentous occasion, and we have just read that there is a huge assembly before the throne of God with all 24 elders present and seated in their formal attire with their crowns on and in place, and an innumerable number of angels, sons of God, gathered around the throne. And John is witnessing all of this! Can you imagine what a thrill this must have been for him? I don't know about you, but it's a thrill for me just reading about it! And I can't help thinking that as big an affair as this is, just wait until the wedding!
So what time is it? When is this occurring? The ceremony is taking place in preparation for the Day of the Lord, the end of this flesh age and the beginning of the Millennium, the time period where John was taken to in Chapter 1 verse 10 of this Book of Revelation, where he is now. Christ is still there, in heaven, and hasn't left yet to return to earth as King of kings and Lord of lords. But He is about to, as soon as He fulfills His promise to His servants to foretell them all things, i.e. to remove all seven seals.
This event was even foretold of in the 12th chapter of the Book of Daniel, when Daniel was instructed to place a seal on his book which would remain until the time of the end, until this ceremony of the unsealing took place, when the wise would understand! Here is the angel speaking to Daniel:
Remember also that Jesus' disciples came unto Him in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 and ASKED Him to REVEAL to them the signs when all these prophecies would come to pass and He would return to establish His kingdom (the Day of the Lord).Daniel 12:9-10
And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.  Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
By the way, notice what the very first thing He told them was, "Watch out for deception!" We'll come back to this verse shortly.Mark 13:4
Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?  And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
Jesus then proceeds to give them the Seven Seals and warns them again about false Christian representatives:
These will obviously be those ministers, Satan's angels, who are kicked out of heaven with him in Rev. 12:7-9 and perform signs and wonders in the sight of men. These guys are really good! To be able to even get the attention of God's elect will require supernatural ability, for there is no one on earth now that can stand up to true "bruisers".Mark 13:22
For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
There is no need to wonder about what is going on now, or what is about to transpire. How so? Christ has foretold us all things. He has revealed it all, taken off all the seals! Of course the disciples asked Him for the revelation, have you? But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
Now, do you recall that the scroll that was sealed with the seven seals was complete, i.e. filled on both sides, which means it was the entire Word of God? The removal of the seven seals would therefore unseal the entire scroll or the entire Word. However, Jesus is not going to read the entire scroll to us. He's just going to "take the cover off", unseal it, make is easily accessible for us to "unroll the scroll" and read with understanding. Got it?
There are several other foundational things that we need to look at before we see these seven seals come off. First, "Seals" are not "Trumpets". Trumpets are used to sound the charge of war, i.e. when you hear the trumpets it means the horses are coming and the battle has begun. We will "hear" the trumpets sound when we get to chapter 8. And since they unfold the battle, they are sounded in order. It is at the LAST TRUMP, the 7th trump, that the King of kings and Lord of lords returns on His white horse and every knee shall bow. But before that... watch out for the 6th Trump!
The seals then "seal up" the battle plan. Their removal reveals the preparatory knowledge necessary to successfully wage war and withstand the charge (all of which is a spiritual onslaught). So the seals need not be, nor are they revealed in the order of the "charge" but rather in the order of spiritual and mental preparation.
The first four seals are grouped together with several common denominators.
(1.) They are 4, the number of "earth" in Biblical numerics, such as the 4 points of the compass, East, South, West and North (Reference appendix 10 in the Companion Bible). They will reveal the knowledge of what is happening on earth at the time of the assembly of the unsealing taking place in heaven where John is. You must have this knowledge loaded into your mind in order to be able to "unroll the scroll" and understand it. You must have the Seal of God in your forehead in order to remain untouched and unscathed in the battle to come, when the trumpets sound. If you do, He has promised to protect you. If you don't, you're marked as "dead meat" for the beast to consume. Chomp, chomp!
(2.) John is invited by each one of the 4 Zoon, the guards at the throne, to come near unto them, even past them, if you will, to the Lamb, and take a look at these 4 seals. Can you believe the security clearance John was given? Unbelievable! These cherubs, if you recall, bear the likeness of the four standards of the Tribes of Israel (the Lion, the Man, the Ox, and the Eagle) which stand respectively at the East, South, West & North gates of the Temple. Can you see John right there at the throne of God? What a sight! It gives one goose bumps.
(3.) In as much as these seals are symbolized by 4 different colored horses, representing 4 different powers, they EXACTLY parallel the four hidden dynasties, the horns (powers), spoken of by Zechariah the prophet in the first chapter of the book bearing his name. They are the powers of Religion, Politics, the Economy, and Education. They are what's happening here on earth just before Satan, the false-christ, takes over. They are what's happening NOW! We'll point out each one as the seals are removed.
(4.) All 4 of these seals (even all 7) were given to the disciples by Jesus Christ, the Alpha and the Omega, at their request, in Matthew 24 and Mark 13. The Beginning and the End, there is nothing new under the sun. We'll also point out each seal in Mark 13 as we go.
All set? Let's go for it!
John is standing there watching the Lamb of God open one of the seals. Then one of the four guards turns to John and in his usual thunderous voice says, "Hey John! Come over here and take a look at this!" So John did. (It doesn't say anything about his knees shaking or anything! Brave soul I'd say.)Rev. 6:1
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 saying, Come and see.
You may already know this, but when we get to Rev. 19 we'll see that Christ comes on a white horse. His horse is white! (Let's see: "horse" = power, and "white" = purity, righteousness.) Hmmmm, now I know why all the "good" guys in the movies and on TV always rode white horses. It's Biblical! 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.
But wait! There's a "he" with a little "h" sitting on this white horse. No big "H"? Who's this dude? No big "H" means it's not Him.
We see he has a bow. What's a bow? A bow and arrow, a rainbow? Please hold while I go get my Strong's Concordance. The Greek word is toxon, #5115, and means the simplest (cheapest) fabric. It's a cheap fabric made to resemble the beautiful "shekinah glory" surrounding the big "H". This guy's a FAKE!
And he even has a crown. Who gave him that? My guess is that he crowned and exalted himself, the phony, and our Father has allowed him to continue his charade for a short season. No, I take that "guess" part back. It's no guess! I've read Ezekiel 28 and I know who this little "h" who thinks he's a big "H" is. Guess what? He's going to go to "h".
Finally, we see he's been riding around "conquering" and seeing who else he can conquer. And do you know what? He's been to five churches, rode right up to the pulpits, took over command, and conquered their congregations into believing he's the big "H". "Hey, look at me, I'm on a white horse!" And on queue they read from a script "It is the Lord, Amen." Let's now sing hymn # 666.
Did Christ warn of this? Did Jesus give this seal to the disciples?
Number one seal? Deception! Watch out for dudes who claim to be Christ's representatives! Their cheap clothing may be hiding a big bad wolf!Mark 13:5
And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
So the first "seal" to be removed in understanding God's Word shows that there are two Christ's, the real and the fake, the Christ and the instead of christ. The majority of Christianity CANNOT tell them apart, for they do not have "eyes to see" and "ears to hear". It is the Hidden Dynasty of Religion, even churchianity, that has deceived the whole world and caused them to fall asleep. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
There were Two TREES in the garden, the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (the little box cedar), there are Two ROCKS (a big "R" and a little "r"), there are Two Christ's and there are Two Christianities, the "religion", i.e. illusion, and the "reality".
The first seal has been removed. Was it tough? Not at all! It's a "Piece of Cake", we say figuratively, meaning it's simple!
Just remember seal #1: "Not everyone who rides a white horse is who in the "h" he says he is!"
We've learned that the removal of the First Seal revealed a white horse, the first of four horses in as many seals, symbolically used to represent "powers" in the earth. Each horse has a rider, one who controls the horse's reigns! These riders are commonly called "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse", and volumes have been written about them.
However, don't be mystified by the symbolism, for you will notice that the rider of each of these different colored horses is the very same entity, Satan himself. He controls the reigns of these four horses, i.e. powers (hidden dynasties), and rides upon them bringing about the religious, political, economic and educational conditions of the earth, which make up his New World Order (the political beast we'll soon read about), just prior to the return of Christ.
So in the first seal Satan rides as the "false messiah" using the power of religion to deceive the masses, even the whole world (Rev. 12:9). All they can see is a white horse and it appears good to their flesh eyes which cannot "see" the real rider. If you've followed Christ's messages to the 7 Churches in chapters 2 and 3 then you have "seen" the extent of this highwayman's robbery.
We now come to the second seal, opened by the Lamb of God.
This time, when the second seal is opened, the second cherub tells John to "Come see". Don't miss the fact that these four seals involve each of the four guards, the watchmen of the throne of God.Rev. 6:3 And when He had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
Here we see that the rider of the red horse has the power to take peace from the earth, i.e. to bring about war. Well, who is it that declares war? It is the governments, the political leaders of the nations, and the reigns of their power today are controlled by those same "children of disobedience" who listen to and follow "he who rides upon the red horse". And 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 unto him a great sword.
For an informative look behind the scenes and into the hidden dynasty of politics, read the book by author William Guy Carr, "Pawns in the Game", Omni Publications.
Jesus also warned the disciples to watch the political stage just prior to His return, and so He gave them the second seal.
There will even be world wars (I & II) that will bring about the alignment of the nations, and so it has come to pass. And there shall be "commotions" in divers places, and so there are.Mark 13:7
And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places,...
Note: Look up the Greek word translated "earthquakes". It is seismos and is directly translated "commotions". It derives its meaning from the context, i.e. the subject. If it is (of the air) it's a gale, if it is (of the ground) it's an earthquake, if it is (of wars) it's skirmishes.
That should about bring us up to date, to 1 Thes. 5:3. It's when you hear them cry peace, peace, peace plan here, peace accord there, that the 6th trumpet blows! Listen carefully!
And now the Third Seal.
The Black horse symbolizes famine and inflation which always follow war.Rev. 6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast 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.
Balances are the symbol which we use for justice. So yes, we could say that justice is out of balance, even upside down, and that would certainly be a true statement. But these balances aren't just used to mete out justice, they are used to weigh commerce as the next verse so aptly documents.
The word "penny" is denarius and it was the equivalent of a day's wages. This verse says that conditions will be such economically that it will take a day's wages to buy a loaf of bread.Rev. 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, 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.
They say we work until May 8th of each year to pay our taxes. Then we make mortgage payments, let's say of $1000 a month, and 90% ($900) of it goes to usury, to make the banks and mortgage lenders wealthy (let's see... $900 x 12 = $10,800 per year). Add to that the car payment interest and oh yes, the credit card debt.... Yep, that about leaves enough per day for a loaf of bread.
Do you think that's an overstatement? Actually, some are so insolvent they literally don't even have enough for a loaf of bread. They live on borrowed money.
Our people have become servants to a debtors system of usury. Many are prisoners in their own homes and yet they sleep on. But our Father warned us long ago about the stranger who rides with the red horseman.
Why has this happen to our people? The answer is in verse 45.Deut. 28:43-45
The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.  He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.
Note: If you would like a closer look at the third seal find and read the booklet "The Hidden Dynasty of the Economy". Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:
Did Christ include this third seal in His revelation of the signs He gave to the disciples? Yes He did. It is included in the 8th verse of Mark 13, right where it should be, following war.
Of course those with "eyes to see" know that the true famine of the end time is recorded in Amos 8:11, and is for the hearing of the Word of the Lord. Did we not just read in Deut. 28:45 that not listening to our Father is the reason for the "troubles" with the lenders?Mark 13:8
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
The Greek word for "sorrows" means "labor pains", and so it is that each contraction of current events, fulfilling one prophecy after another, brings us closer to the birth of a new age, the Day of the Lord.
Have you ever heard the phrase "Back in Biblical Times", as if God's Word stopped in history somewhere along the way? Well guess what? It's a stupid statement! Because these are the most exciting Biblical times in the history of mankind. Right now! All the prophets and disciples wanted to know what it would be like in 2011 A.D. Checked your calendar lately? Checked world events lately? Noticed any "contractions"?
Come on baby!
We have just completed the revelation, the unveiling, of the Third Seal by the Lamb of God and discovered that it too was given to the disciples in Matthew 24 and Mark 13. Not only that, we will see that all Seven Seals were given to the disciples when they ask Jesus what the "Signs" would be just prior to His return and "When" shall they be.
So in Matthew 24 and Mark 13, at the time Jesus walked this earth with the disciples, the "Seals" were called "Signs", but when John was taken in the spirit to the Day of the Lord, a time just a little ahead of us, these "Signs" had become "Seals". Why?
Because in the final generation, the generation of the "fig tree" (also known as the Baby Boomer generation), you MUST HAVE these "Signs" in your forehead, i.e. sealed in your mind, in order to escape the Flood of Lies, the fast approaching Great Spiritual Tribulation of the false-christ. It is documented in chapter 9, where we see Satan's army described as swarming locusts that may consume (eat spiritually) all those men which HAVE NOT the seal of God in their foreheads.
Do you remember what the very first thing Christ told His disciples would be the sign of His coming?Rev. 9:4
And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
What man? The man on the first "White Horse"! The First Sign! The First Seal!Mark 13:5
And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
Jesus told us that many would come riding in on the "white horse" of Christianity, claiming to be authorized riders of His horse, and deceive the masses. How would they do it? By teaching the Traditions of Men, like Rapture theories and Ishtar bunnies, and promoting religious services and church attendance, etc., etc., and never quite getting around to teaching the Word of God line by line, leaving their congregations UNSEALED. It is sad but documented thoroughly; If you are Biblically illiterate in this final generation then you are gourmet locust food, scorpion prey, or as we say today, just plain "Dog Meat".
That should come as no surprise. We learned when we read in chapters 2 and 3 what Christ said to the Seven Churches, that if you're not careful to study His Word, rightly dividing it to align with Smyrna and Philadelphia, you can pretty much kiss your Candlestick goodbye, because you won't have enough "oil" to keep it lit anyway.
Jesus then said to His disciples that there would be "Wars and rumours of wars..", i.e. the "Red Horse". The Second Sign! The Second Seal!
Then there would be "famines and troubles; which are the beginnings of sorrows", i.e. the "Black Horse". The Third Sign! The Third Seal!
And that brings us to the Fourth Seal.
Remember that John is right there at the very Throne of God. The fourth and final cherub now beckons John to come and see.Rev. 6:7
And when He had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
The rider's name is Death. Ever hear of the son of "perdition" which means to perish, i.e. die? Yep, that would be archenemy #1, Satan himself. Keep this in mind, i.e. that his name is "Death", when we return to Mark 13.Rev 6:8 And 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 unto 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.
Also, the fact that Hell follows with him shows that the death we are talking about is the "second death", the death of the soul, and not the death of flesh which is the first death and nothing to worry about (OK, OK, by comparison). I was just referring to what Christ said. Read it yourself.
Note: If you're looking to save your precious flesh body during the Great Tribulation by taking off in some Rapturemobile, then you've totally missed the point and you think too much of your temporary dwelling. Besides, the tribulation of Satan when he comes as the false-christ, the great end time battle, is spiritual anyway. That's why you need the gospel armor. It's a time of peace and prosperity with "live" people who have been "killed", yet still walk and talk, i.e. second death victims.Matthew 10:28
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Let's return to Rev 6:8. The phrase the "fourth part of the earth" should be read the "four parts of the earth", or even the "four corners of the earth" if you like, which means they have power over all the earth. See Acts 10:30 where exactly the same Greek word, tetartos, is translated "four" instead of "fourth": "And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour;... "
And so the power they are given over all the earth is to "kill", i.e. make ready for the second death, with sword, hunger, death and beasts. What are these?
The word "beasts" in verse 8 is not the same word used to describe the "living beings", the zoon (cherubs) who guard the throne of our Father. This word is therion and means a dangerous venomous beast, such as an asp or poisonous snake. They would be the very same "children of disobedience", the tares of Matthew 13, the offspring of the head Serpent, the kenites (descendents of Cain), the same "beasts" Christ addressed in John 8, Matthew 23, etc.
Their sword, hunger and death are symbolic of their "lies", their offensive weapon of propaganda (sword), and their withholding, i.e. starvation (hunger), of truth both secular and religious, which ultimately causes spiritual death unless the people "wake up" from the slumber induced by the viper's venom.Matthew 23:33
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
It is the Fourth Horn, the Fourth Horse, the Fourth Power on the earth, the Hidden Dynasty of Education, which permeates throughout the world, in the media, in the schools, in the institutes of higher education and in the "leaven" infected doctrines spewed forth from the pulpits. In the gnawing stage the locusts continue to eat away at the moral and religious fabric of society with their venomous lies and propaganda, consuming even now whom they may (I saw a hidden locust on TV just yesterday, hoLOCaUST). But be prepared, for as they say, "You ain't seen nothin' yet!" The swarming stage is soon upon us.
In Matthew 24:7 Jesus referred to this Fourth Seal as loimos, i.e. pestilences, meaning a "plague" or "disease" or figuratively "pests". And so it is and so they are.
And there you have them, the First Four Seals of the unveiling that you must have locked in your mind in this final generation in order to be able to begin to "unroll the scroll" and read His Word with understanding. Do you "see" them? Did you make the trip to the throne with John to take a look?
Let's recap the first four seals.
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I sincerely hope these 4 Seals, unveiled by the Lamb of God, revealing the hidden truth of what is happening on the four corners of the earth just prior to His return, has been a blessing to your eyes, shall we say a real "eye opener".
There are Three Seals yet to come. I can't wait!
Four Seals have been now been opened and revealed by the only one found worthy in both heaven and earth to open them, the Lamb of God. There are three more which must be opened in order to gain full access to the scroll on which they are affixed. If you know anything about sealing scrolls then you should realize that if one or two seals were to remain unopened, the scroll would still be waxed shut.
Many in this generation would say that it is not important to study the Bible in depth, or at all for that matter. What is important, they say, is that you just "believe" and have "love" in your heart. Well, you can't argue that those aren't important, because they are, but you can argue that they are not the ONLY important things. For instance, did you know that even the demons "believe" there is one God (and they also know that Jesus is the Christ), and that even non-believers love and care for their own families.
But Jesus Christ warned us. He said TAKE HEED, I have foretold you all things. Where has He foretold us all things? In His Word.James 2:19
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
Do you think He expects us to read and understand that which He foretold us? I hope you recognize that to be a dumb question (I'm capable of asking them you know). Timothy certainly knew the answer and so he recorded for us that which should be obvious to Christians:Mark 13:23
But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
Notice though that Timothy added a qualifier as to how we should study. We should rightly divide it.2 Tim. 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The Book of Malachi is the last book of the 12 Minor Prophets, which are called minor only because they are shorter in length than the other longer (major) prophetic books like Isaiah and Jeremiah.
Malachi is also chronologically the last book in the Old Testament just as Revelation is chronologically the last book in the New Testament.
To that end, we find a great similarity between the two in that they both begin with "messages" from the LORD to the House of Israel and to the seven churches respectively.
As with all of the Books in the Minor Prophets, much can be learned in the opening few verses concerning the overall purpose and what it is our Father would have us know from the book.
Here is the first verse of Malachi:
The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.
This burden, or warning, is not the word of Malachi but rather the word of the LORD to Israel, but spoken through Malachi, whose name appropriately means "My Messenger".
You see, that is how it works!
His Word from on high, from heaven, is spoken through His servants, His messengers, often translated angels.
Here is Strong's definition of "Malak" which is the base of "Malaki":
malak = CSìÀîÇmalĀaòkmal-awk' H4397
From an unused root meaning to despatch as a deputy; a messenger; specifically of God, that is, an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher):ó ambassador, angel, king, messenger.
angel = Tããåëïòaggelosang'-el-os G32
From PããÝëëùaggelloô (probably derived from G71; compare G34; to bring tidings); a messenger; especially an "angel"; by implication a pastor:ó angel, messenger.
Here's a quick preview:
For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
Unfortunately, we shall also learn much and read much about those who claim to be His messengers but have gone astray and led their entire congregations astray because they do not study His Word but rather teach corruption through the idolatrous traditions of men.
But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
All it took was 30 short years and things had fallen back in the "pits"!
This great Book of Malachi describes the idolatrous condition of the nation at that time, which would have been about 374 BC, or 400 years (a time of probation) before the coming of Messiah at His first advent.
In fact, when Christ came at His first advent He told His disciples that the scribes and Pharisees (the kenites) sat in the seat of Moses, meaning they sat in authority in the temple.
If you recall from the 8th chapter of Ezra when they came forth to rebuild the temple, Ezra stopped and took count and discovered that there was not even one Levitical Priest, a true priest of God, to perform the duties in the temple.
So he sent some "Nethinims", temple servants, back to Babylon to get some.
The point is that all the priests "stayed back in Babylon", just as they do spiritually today.
In other words, the priests today do not come out of Babylon, which means "the lon (land) of confusion", the state of spiritual confusion and idolatry!
And yes, many do not like to hear it said, but they teach the religion of Babylon which has infested and corrupted Christianity and become tradition in most of the churches of our land. So they roll "Ishtar's" fertility eggs and put forth her quick-like-a-bunny rabbits and call it cute and they go and face the sun as it rises (Ezk. 8:16).
Do you know anything about Easter?
The word is not even in ANY of the manuscripts of the New Testament!
You need to check it out because the idolatry and the
false sacrifice of Christianity only starts there and goes downhill from
live link to-Malachi