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Revelation 22:20

This is a Home Bible study. It exists to promote the Word of God as it's written, which means nothing added or taken away, and minus opinions.

The Bible is the only source of Divine Truth in the world today. Although it is both helpful and informative in many ways, the Bible often doesn't tell us everything we want to know but the Bible does tell us everything we need to know.

My role is to guide you through the Scriptures; to explain what this book says and in some cases what it does not say because this is just as important.

Ultimately, you have a decision to make concerning your salvation - no one can make it for you. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator God, has given everyone the ability to make choices - this is is called "Free Will." I pray you consider your choice wisely.

II Timothy 2:15

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.


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Sunday, September 11, 2011

The First Seal Opened - Part III of III


Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

Revelation 6: 1-2

The First Seal Opened
Part III of III

I rarely open these sessions with announcements; however every now and again I sense the need.  I want to acknowledge those who are first-time visitors to our Bible study.

Perhaps you’ve heard of us through a family member or friend.
Maybe you just happened upon us via the web using a keyword search.
No matter the path you took to find us please know you are welcome here.

We’re a no-frills but sincere group of individuals committed to understanding God’s Word.  We gather twice a month in and about the area of Lutz, Florida.
We meet in each other’s home for Bible study, fellowship, food, and prayer,

We wish you could be here with us; but I understand that we would require a much bigger house to fit all you people in.  Our Bible study has grown over the years to include members across these United States, Germany, Russia, China, Singapore, and many other countries.  That’s not just the power of the Internet; I give God the Spirit all the credit.  None of this would be possible without Him.

For those of you who may not be aware the Bible verses that appear in these lessons are taken from the New American Standard Bible.  If I use different Bible translations,
I’ll notate them in the lesson for you.

We are currently studying the End Times.
It has been a two-year journey for our small group in order to reach this point.
I thank each of them for their commitment and for their patience.

We began with Genesis 1:1.  Eventually, we found ourselves at Genesis chapter 12.
Once we had a pretty good understanding of the Abrahamic Covenant, we elected to skip forward to the books of Daniel and Revelation.

Our members expressed an interest in understanding the “End Time” picture some time back.  There were many questions and some misunderstanding at the onset.
As we go along, the picture becomes more and more clear.

Curiosity RE this topic has grown exponentially over the years.  And now I find that even secular society is showing an interest and I thank God for that.
Whatever tool God wants to use to draw the souls of men to His Son…
Incidentally, if you’re interested, I have parked all previous Bible lessons in the HBS Library located at HBSGroup.Blogspot.com.

I welcome your comments and your questions.
Please contact me at:
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Let’s begin.
Please open your Bible to Revelation chapter 6.


Revelation 6

1: Then I (The Apostle John – writer of Revelation) saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.”

2: I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

I have shown you in previous lessons why I believe this first horseman is not the Lord Jesus Christ sitting upon this white horse; but is instead the false Christ.
Nothing I’ve read has altered my opinion of this.

Many others believe and teach this same point of view.
Among these is a man well-respected in the Christian Community.
You may have heard of him.
His name is Billy Graham.
(May 1, 1985). Approaching Hoofbeats. Avon. p. 70. ISBN 0380699214.

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“…and he (the Anti-Christ) went out conquering and to conquer.”

I read one commentary on this subject and the author was absolutely adamant about this first horseman being the Lord Jesus Christ and he said anyone who thought otherwise is committing blasphemy.   I’ll tell you why he thought he had it figured out.
It was these two final words in the Bible verse.  Conquering and conquer.

In his opinion, only the Lord Jesus Christ could possibly achieve the final victory.

But with all due respect I believe he’s wrong about this verse and this horseman.
The words conquering and conquer, as they are used in this Bible verse,  in no way invoke an image of, to use his words, Satan enjoying the final victory.

In the Greek language, the word “conquering” and “conquer” is nikao
(pronounced nik-ah’-o) and has more than one meaning.

This first horseman’s name is conquest.
He will be given limited authority and will conquer all those who oppose him.
On the surface this seems logical and what’s more it fits the verse.

However, if you take the time to “dig a little deeper” in your Bible research you may come across this verse.  Stay in Revelation; but turn to chapter 13 please.

Revelation 13

7: It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to (what) overcome (nikao) them, and (limited) authority over every tribe, and people and tongue and nation was given to him. (I believe this verse speaks of the Tribulation saints who shall be martyred because of their faith.) 

ALL authority has been given to the Lord Jesus Christ – not Satan.
Satan may enjoy only the freedom’s God permits him.

Matthew 28

18: And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying,”All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth…”  (Read Daniel 7:13-14)


As you can see, in the Revelation 13 verse, instead of the word “conquer” the Bible translator inserted the word “overcome.”

The context in which the word is used is the same as in Revelation 6.
They both speak of waging war albeit a different type of warfare.

Let’s look at one more.

Romans 12

21: Do not be (nikao) overcome by evil, but (nikao) overcome evil with good.

In this verse, there is no mention of warring as such with peoples/nations, but there is warfare in a word with an adversary of another type this being spiritual warfare.
I pray I haven’t lost you.  Please take the time to review if necessary.
I am demonstrating how NIKAO may be used to convey a different meaning.

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The first horseman (the Anti-Christ) will be given limited authority to wage war.
I mean to say actual warfare against nations and acts against new Believers.

If we turn to the Scriptures, for we can do little else, and focus on what the good Lord has revealed to us what do we know about these early Tribulation years?

After the Rapture of the Body of Christ, “and He who restrains him is taken out of the way…,” and chronologically speaking, there will be a great battle between the nation of Israel, and the Russian led consortium of nations in and about the mountains of Israel.  Read Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 – Gog and Magog Invasion.

In this battle, God will demonstrate His power to Israel and the world. 
God intercedes in this conflict defeating the aggressors.

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There is continuity between these Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
How So?  I never thought you’d ask.

1.      White Horse =          Conquest: Note carefully – he comes supposedly to save the world, however, he does the exact opposite.  He brings doom and despair.
2.      Red Horse =              War
3.      Black Horse =           Famine
4.      Pale Horse =             Death

Before the mid-point of the Tribulation is reached, ¼ of the earth’s population will be dead.  But what does Scripture say?

Jeremiah 9

22: Speak, “Thus says the LORD, ‘The corpses of men will fall like dung on the open field, And like the sheaf after the reaper, But no one will gather them.’”

And:

Ezekiel 39

4: “You will fall on the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you; I will give you as food to every kind of predatory bird and beast of the field,

5: “You will fall on the open field; for it is I who have spoken, declares the LORD GOD.

Don’t know about you; but if God said it I believe it!

I don’t know if this battle between Gog and Magog, and others, with Israel and the Almighty God is the instrument of all this death and destruction; but it fits.

There is something missing though.
We’ve spoken of it before.
Where is the U.S.A. in all this mayhem?
The Bible is silent.

We can only speculate.
But as America is becoming more uncharacteristically un-godly day by day,
Perhaps the Lord God is going to remove His blessing from us. 
Why should God continue to bless America? 

Maybe we will be placed in a position of neutrality because of the political climate at that time…forced to the side-lines so to speak while Russia, the Middle Eastern nations and others take the lead role.   

I’m not teaching the above as fact; but I am trying to get you to think.
This is what Bible students do…think.
Until we meet again.  Keep busy in the Word.

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