The American Wisdom Series

Pamphlet 1849 Rev. kc 17

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:
the devils also believe, and tremble.

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.

James 2:19
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
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.
Mark 13:23
But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
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:
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.
Notice though that Timothy added a qualifier as to how we should study. We should rightly divide it.

Knowing now the importance of these Seven Seals to our understanding of the Word in our generation, and that we should examine them carefully and prayerfully, let us study the Fifth Seal.

Rev. 6:9
          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:

Wow, this is revealing! Remember that the "I" in the "I saw" is John who is in heaven at the very throne of our Father witnessing along with the 24 elders and the innumerable multitude of the sons of God, the unsealing by Jesus Christ. And what time is it? It is the day of the Lord (Rev. 1:10), the first day of the Millennium, just before the King of kings and Lord of lords returns to earth to rule all nations with a rod of iron.

Look who John sees! The "dead in Christ", who are under the altar of God, right there in heaven. (Picture them as being in the center
court, with prestigious front row seats, beneath the throne which is elevated before and above them, as well as every one else.) This is an
"eye witness" documentation of where the dead are! But they are not dead at all for we shall see them speak in the next verse.

The apostle Paul also made this point concerning where the dead are perfectly clear in 1 Thes. 4. He said that if you believe Christ died and rose again you must also believe that those who have died in Christ have done likewise and are with Him now. Of course, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. That's how it is He is able to bring them with Him when He returns.

          1 Thes. 4:13-14
          But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not,
          even as others which have no hope. [14] For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them
          also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

So in Seal # 5 we must know where the slain, the dead in Christ are! We now know. They are in heaven with Christ.

Next we are told why they were slain. They were slain for the Word of God, for boldly and fearlessly teaching the truth and for giving
testimony both of Him that was crucified and against those who would crucify.

And guess what? The Four Horsemen have ridden far enough, dropping enough manure, to see to it that at this time the most "Politically Incorrect" subject in our society is the "true" Word of God. They seek to erase it from our government, our schools, our money, and yes, even our churches (Whadda you know, I believe we touched all four dynasties there).

Here is what the dead in Christ were saying as John looked on:

          Rev. 6:10 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?

How long? Soon. And there will be a judging and an avenging by He who is holy and true, and every knee shall bow! It is known as the
Day of Vengeance of our God, the return of Messiah.

Do you recall in Luke chapter 4 that Christ went into the synagogue and picked up the Book of Isaiah and read the first half of chapter
61, verse 2, which pertained to His first advent, and then closed the book?

Well, the second half of that verse pertains to His second advent and you can read it for yourself:

          Isaiah 61:2
          To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that

His enemies are going to "get what's coming", holy and true. His beloved are going to be comforted.

Back to Rev. 6:11

          [11] And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest
          yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they
          were, should be fulfilled.

Next we see that White Robes were given to them. Remember from our study of the Seven Churches in chapters 2 and 3 that white
raiment symbolizes purity and righteous acts, which are the "clothing" for the spiritual body. These remnant are not just dressed in "play
clothes", they are elegantly adorned in beautiful white flowing robes. They earned them!

These saints under the altar of God are then told to be patient for a "little season".  That season would be the summer of Mark 13:28.

          Mark 13:28
          Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that
          summer is near:  Read "The Fig Tree" pamphlets

Why must they rest for that little season? Uh, oh! So that that which shall befall their fellowservants and the brethren of their
fellowservants, who should be killed as they were (should be, but won't except for the two witnesses), should be fulfilled.

You must understand this part of Seal 5, the number of grace in biblical numerics (see appendix 10 in the Companion Bible). Christ
foretold His disciples of this very same happening. Read it carefully, because for some of you, it is your commission, your very destiny. This is reality! How exciting!

          Mark 13:9
          But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be
          beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.

They shall deliver you up? Who are they? They are the leaders of the councils and the synagogues of Satan that we read of in Rev 2:9
and Rev. 3:9. The churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia know!

The big question is who is the "you" who will be delivered up? Take heed, Christ said, that could be you!

The beating and scourging will be verbal abuse, brow beating if you will, of the most severe nature. (In fact you'll be on the "hot seat"
heated 7 times hotter than is wont to be). Imagine a courtroom full of hateful scripture lawyers from the synagogue, skilled prosecuting
attorneys, and you are on the witness stand for boldly teaching God's Word, for daring to use the "k" word, etc., i.e. you are on trial for
His sake. CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, etc. all have their cameras rolling and the gavel sounds order in the court, and you....

.... suddenly remember the words of Christ (whom you refer to as "Savior" at this point), and you KNOW there's a reason and a purpose
for this!

         Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

There's a testimony you are about to give all right! But it won't be directly from you. Almighty God is about to "proclaim" the gospel
among all nations.

          [11] But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak,
          neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye
          that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

Jesus Christ says don't even think about what you are going to say. So tell your attorney to "chill out" and "Behold the Witness of the
Holy Spirit" (on second thought, maybe just tell him to relax, you'll be OK).

Because here's where it really gets exciting! At this delivering up, that cloven "tongue" which goes forth in all directions, which was
spoken on Pentecost Day in Acts chapter 2, will once again be spoken.  Every person of every language of every nation tuned in to listen
will hear God's servants give testimony, and they will hear the words spoken in their own dialektos, i.e. their own native language
wherein they were born.

For it is not ye that will speak, but Holy Spirit!

Also, at that time of these trials, the rider of the first white horse will be here in person and the world at large will believe he is in fact the
real Jesus. But he will be the fake, the false, the anti (instead of) Christ, who you better know appears first. And don't forget, one of his
names as we read a few verses back is "Death".

Now check out this next verse:

          Mark 13:12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall
          rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.

Now you already know that there are two deaths, the First Death and the Second Death. Many people struggle with this verse, but it is
really very simple when they understand that the death spoken of here is the Second Death. Hello!

If your spouse or brother or child believes Jesus is here, they will naturally want to help you be "saved" too! Why? Because they love
you! Parents don't turn their kids over to anyone to be put to death, even if they are guilty of heinous crimes or even murdering
someone.  Watched any news lately? They always hire hi-powered attorneys to get their kids off!

But even though they turn a loved one over to the spurious messiah, Satan, believing in their hearts that he is Jesus, they have just betrayed that
loved one, haven't they?

          Mark 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end,
          the same shall be saved.

And those "rascally bruisers", you stubborn elect of God, shall be hated for His sake. But not to worry, hang in there, you'll be OK.

We will soon document that those with the seal of God in their foreheads cannot be harmed by Antichrist and his little serpentettes. But
just so you know that Mark 13:12 speaks of the second death and not the first (flesh), here's Luke's account of the same event.

          Luke 21:17-18
          And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. [18] But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

If you are one of His then not one hair of your head can be harmed!

Do you remember the type of the "delivering up", set forth in the Book of Daniel, when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were
delivered up before the king of Babylon, the type of willful king, Satan?  They were tossed into the fiery furnace which was heated 7 times hotter
than was wont to be.  And guess what? Yep, not one hair on their heads was even singed.

And so the words of the Psalmist rings true as the command to Satan concerning God's elect:

          Psalm 105:15
          Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

Seal #5 has been unveiled. What incredible comfort there is in knowing His Word!

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

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