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1st Seal: White Horse
2nd Seal: Red Horse
3rd Seal: Black Horse
4th Seal: Pale Horse
Spirit of the Antichrist
Spirit of War
Spirit of Famine
Spirit of Death and Hades
THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF BIRTH PAINS (SORROWS)
FIRST SEAL: The White Horse = The Spirit of the Antichrist who rides in preparation for the coming of the lawless one and in so doing takes on many forms, activities, religions and ideologies. Revelation 6:2: 2I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest. The Bible indicates that the spirit of the Antichrist (that which opposes everything that is called God or is worshiped) will flourish as a forerunner to the arrival of the lawless one (Antichrist) and will serve as an indicator that we are in the Last Days. Whether it be Hitler, Mussolini, Napoleon, Nero, Nebuchadnezzar or the like, this spirit has been with us since the Fall of Man and will no doubt continue until God, in His time, puts an end to its time among man. More recently, Fox News reported the following on April 16, 2009. "The University of Notre Dame is not the only Catholic institution raising eyebrows when it comes to President Obama. Officials at Georgetown University covered a monogram symbolizing the name of Jesus because it was inscribed on the stage where the president spoke Tuesday, April 14, 2009. The White House asked for all symbols to be covered at the lecture hall. The monogram "IHS" — which comes from the Greek for Jesus — was covered with a triangle of blackpainted plywood. Catholic League president Bill Donohue says: The cowardice of Georgetown to stand fast on principle tells us more than we need to know... but the bigger story is the audacity of the Obama administration to ask a religious school to neuter itself before the president speaks there." Georgetown officials did not respond to the question of whether there were similar requests for past presidential speeches. This single event suggests that the spirit of the Antichrist is alive and well on planet earth. In the past we have had dictators and their kind rise and fall throughout the course of the earth's history but the worst is yet to come. 1 John 2:18: Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 1 John 2:22: Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Messiah. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 1 John 4:3: but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. 2 John 1:7: Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. When Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives his disciples asked him what would be the sign of His coming, the end of the age and when will it happen. Among several responses to the question, the first one Christ made was that there would be those who would come in His name and deceive many. With very little effort we can look back through history to this present day and find those who have come in the name of Christ and in so doing have and are deceiving many…Jim Jones (Peoples Temple), Joseph Smith (Mormons), Charles Taze Russell (Jehovah's Witnesses), Sun Myung Moon (Moonies), Maitreya (False Christ), Sabati Levi (1666 – False Christ to the Jews), David Koresh ( Branch Davidian), Marshall Applewhite (Heaven's Gate Cult), Islam, New Age Religion, Atheism, Wicca (witchcraft) and the list goes on. • The Lord Jesus predicted that at the end of the age many would come in His name proclaiming one message, but having another. Matthew 24:5: 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Messiah,' and will deceive many. Mark 13:5-6: 5 Jesus said to them: "Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and will deceive many. Luke 21:8: 8 He replied: "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and, 'The time is near.' Do not follow them." On the occasion of President Obama's 100th day in office, a large poster of him in an upper torso stance, head lowered and turned to the right so as to imitate the crucifixion, wearing a victors barbed crown (stephanos) all staged in front of the Great Seal of the President of the United States was hung in the New York Train Station. He is also frequently referred to as the Messiah. Severe protest caused this image to be taken down. Could this have been an Antichrist activity?
The rider on the white horse wearing a single crown which was given to him, symbolizes the Antichrist although some argue that it is Jesus Christ, a position that His personal history does not fit. Also the fact that Christ is breaking the seals while at the same time representing a rider on a white horse is also doubtful. Furthermore, Christ does not appear as a White Horse Rider until Revelation19:11-16. The actual identity of the rider is not given but can only be recognized from prophetic similarities indicated throughout the Bible. Nonetheless, a conquering rider best fits with the lawless one (Antichrist) prophetically described in 2 Thessalonians 2. The white horse, symbolic of purity and justice can be compared (equated) to the Lord who rides a white horse when He comes to Armageddon (Revelation 19:11-21). As an imitator of Christ, the rider fulfills his destiny and the white horse is part of the deception. The fact that he is riding a white horse indicates battle readiness. In Old Testament times kings and rulers on missions of peace rode on a donkey, while horses were used for battle. Given a single crown indicates that he does not possess authority, but that it is given to him, i.e. the rider (spirit) must have permission (of God) to act before initiating an action. The Greek word for a King's crown is diadem. The rider wears a stephanos, or victor's crown which was the honor given to winners in the ancient Olympics and other public games. It was typically an ivy wreath, in fact the word stephanos comes from a root meaning wreath. It identified the wearer as a conqueror, but not as royalty. The garland worn by the rider on the white horse symbolizes a single kingdom, authority and power that will rise and flourish for a time, after which it will fall. It will not continue. By wearing a crown, once again the symbolic Antichrist mimics Christ who wears a royal crown (diadem) of gold on His head when He comes to harvest the earth of believers. Revelation 14:14: 14I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one "like a son of man" with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. The horseman gives a messianic allusion to those who are deceived by his actions and deeds as does the real Antichrist Revelation 13:8: 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb's book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. His purpose is "conquering" and to conquer (continents, nations, peoples, religious systems, governments, ideologies). The Antichrist spirit will change hearts of men and their systems from what was, to embrace that which is to come, thereby making a way for the arrival of the lawless one. Revelation 13:7: 7He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. The bow (an ancient instrument of war) in his hand is a symbol of aggressive warfare, yet he has no arrows (in his hands). How then will he conquer? He will conquer through his being a willful (determined) king and diplomacy. Again the spirit of the Antichrist will use those who will do his bidding. Diplomacy, believable schemes, negotiation and deception will be part of the methodology used by the spirit through man yet against man in preparation for the one who is to come. Writers and scholars have assumed, because it is not mentioned, that the rider on the white horse has no arrows. The correctness of this point of view may be in error because in Ephesians 6:10-18 we are exhorted to put on the whole armour of God that we will be able to stand against the devil's schemes and the flaming arrows of the evil one. I rather suspect that the fiery arrows (darts) come from the bow of the rider on the white horse. If the collective church does not have the protection of the full armour of God then the spirit of Antichrist is going to destroy many of the people spiritually resulting in a great falling away (apostasy) as indicated in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. Apostasy ("the falling away") is not necessarily a departure from an organized body but a departure from truth. One
can remain in an organization and depart from the truth. It points to a deliberate abandonment of a former professed position or belief. According to how filled with the Holy Spirit you are will determine how well you will be able to fight and stand in the hour of testing. Carnal (unregenerated) Christians are more vulnerable to the destruction of the white horseman in that they have not repented of their sinful carnal nature. Christians who have fallen into deceptive doctrines of demons will also be destroyed by this horse and rider. Every time the hooves of the white horse hit the ground they shake the foundation of the Church and all of the Christians. When the foundation is being shaken protection comes only from being filled with the Holy Spirit and being covered with the full armour of God. We are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world and against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6: 10-18: 10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the
flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. 2 Thessalonians 2:3: 3Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for (that day will not come) until the rebellion (falling away) occurs and the man (Antichrist) of lawlessness (sin) is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. Revelation 3:10: 10Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.
The Antichrist spirit will have deceived, brainwashed and desensitized mankind to such a degree that when the Antichrist appears the scene he will simply rise up and continue in a well established system. Change will not be apparent to most and deception will continue. The lawless one is one who comes as a deceiver. Daniel 9:25: " He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior."
He comes promising peace and unity to many. Daniel 9:27: " He will confirm, (validate, not make), a covenant with many (Israel) for one 'seven. 'In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering." The nature of the covenant is not explicitly stated—possibly peace, economic, Temple Mount restoration, sacrificial system or all of the aforementioned. If the 70th week ends on or near Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement, Sept./Oct.), this covenant event would take place around late Oct. or early Nov. which would be seven prophetic years or 2,520 days (7 times 360 days) before Yom Kippur. Isaiah 28:15: 15 You (Jews) boast, "We have entered into a covenant (treaty) with death, with the grave we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge (Great Tribulation, Jacob's Trouble) sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place. The apostasy of Israel will commence when many within the nation sign a covenant (security accord) with the Antichrist, (unknown to them, a covenant with death), which will officially initiate the seventieth week of Daniel. The apostasy will encompass a total abandonment or falling away from the God of their forefathers and the promised Messiah. They will embrace a counterfeit religion (humanism) and a counterfeit Messiah (Antichrist) who offers a counterfeit peace and solution to the Middle East dilemma. The rise of this White Horse Rider of necessity antedates the beginning of the "Seventieth Week," for he must have reached a position of power to make a Covenant with the Jews at the beginning of the "week," but he does not become "the Beast," as described in chapter 13:1-8, until the "Middle" of the week, that is, until after Satan is cast out of the Heavenlies and gives power to him. The establishment of the Antichrist's power will be comparatively peaceful, that peace will be short lived as is evident from the breaking of the "Second Seal."
Apostasy, deception and the manifestation of the antichrist spirit is occurring at a disturbing rate in Christian churches as indicated in the following list. Repentance of sin is not being preached or taught. Contemporary music is replacing the tried and true hymns of our forefathers. Rock and roll type music is prevailing in most churches throughout the land. Calling out of obvious sin is not being done by the pastors. The Bible in its entirety is not being embraced and taught. Strange interpretations of scripture are being fed to the flocks. In an effort to increase income, churches are renting space to non Christian groups. The sacredness of the church and the service is being abandoned. The quenching of the spirit is prevalent in churches. Lack of preaching that Homosexuality is a sin. Mixing in of new age theology, mysticism and eastern religions. False revivals where possession by demons cause the manifestations of bizarre behavior such as barking, crowing, cursing, uncontrollable laughter, etc. There is the penetration of occult members into the churches to corrupt and destroy the church and its congregation. Lowering of standards to attract more church members. The preaching of the Prosperity and Self improvement Gospel. Non preaching about the current unfolding of prophecy and end time preparedness. Pre-tribulation rapture doctrine has reached the status of a cult. Ecumenism movement (interfaith plurality) is pushing for religious unity and cooperation thereby setting the church up for the coming deception of the Antichrist. This movement is teaching that there is more than one way to God. Revelation 13 prophesies about a one world religion that will have the Antichrist as it's figurehead and he will seek to be worshipped as God.
When we compare scripture with scripture and look about us we can be sure that first seal has been opened and the rider on the white horse is the Spirit of the Antichrist who is going forth to help prepare the way for the real thing.
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