FIRST YEAR – FIRST SEAL
Spirit of Christ
Book of Revelation Chapter 6:1-2
Remember now, the characters in this Book are introduced to you in each of the Seals. The Seals will give you clues to identify them and a small glimpse of what they will be doing through these seven years. When reading these Scriptures, remember, John is speaking and we will be there; we will get to see everything that will take place, starting with this first seal right through to the end of the chart. A full seven years.
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.”
Rev. 6:2 “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.”
The Lamb is referring to Jesus Christ. He will be the One who will open all of the Seals. The four Beasts are Cherubim’s. Remember now, we are in heaven right along with John. The word “Thunder” is referring to all of the people who are now in heaven; the ones who will be raptured at the beginning of these seven years and those who went before when Christ set them free out of Hades.
Before we go to Scripture to confirm who this rider is in this first Seal, let’s first know for sure that the word “Thunder” is pertaining to us (people). So let’s read the Scriptures so you will be comfortable with this word and to its meaning.
Rev. 10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.”
Rev. 10:4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.:
Rev. 14:2-3 “And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters and as the voice of a great thunder:”
Revelation 17:15 gives the understanding to the word “water”. (“The waters which thou sawest where the whore sitteth, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.”) Now look in Rev.14:2-3. (“Voices of many waters and as the voice of a great thunder”). The word “thunder” is referring to us, the saints who will be raptured at the beginning of these seven years. The great thunder in chapter fourteen is referring to the ones who will be taken at the end of the seven years. These people will be the Israelites (The 144,000), plus all the people who will be ready and those who have accepted Christ during these seven years along with the Two Witnesses.
Remember John is writing what he saw when he was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, 7th year, plus everything he saw before that year. He not only saw the Harvest Rapture but also when Christ opens all the Seals, the rapture etc. So, as you can see, the seven thunders are people who have accepted Christ and those who will already be there in heaven at this particular time
Isn’t it interesting that we will get to see everything from heaven that will take place upon the earth during these seven years! Events will be so dramatic in the seventh year it will be hard for us to be quiet when Jesus opens the seventh and final Seal and puts His right foot on the sea and left foot on the earth to proclaim His day. (The Day of the Lord). (YEAR)
There are only two verses in this first Seal, but they speak as a multitude, a small glimpse of who the main character will be and what he will be doing throughout these seven years. Notice how each character in these first four Seals will be riding a specific colored horse. Don’t be confused by them. The horses are used as symbols only. They are not the subject to focus our attention on; the rider is.
For more clues as to whom all four riders are, let’s go to the book of Zechariah where it will show each one riding a different colored horse. Now, notice how it states that they are four different spirits who are to run to and fro upon the earth; however, it states that there are only three evil ones, not four. Many believe the rider on this first horse is not the Spirit of Christ but the Anti-Christ. Let’s go to the Word to show who this spirit belongs to.
Zec. 6:1”…behold there came four chariots out from between two mountains.”
Zec. 6:2 “…In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;”
Zec. 6:3 “And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses.”
Zec. 6:4 “…What are these, my Lord?”
Zec. 6:5 “…These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth.”
Zec. 6:6 “The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the grisled (Appaloosa) go forth to the south country.”
Zec. 6:7 “And the bay went forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth: and he said get thee hence, walk to and fro through the earth. So they walked to and fro through the earth.
Rev. 16:13 “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.”
Rev. 16:14 “For they are the spirits of devils…”
Scriptures definitely show there are four spirits. Notice how they were commanded by God to walk to and fro upon the earth, even Christ Spirit. For them to walk, they have to be in someone, Right? I have the Spirit of Christ in me. Some people don’t want to choose, God or Satan; they want to stay in the middle of the road. When you do this it opens the door for Satan to do his work through you. You need to choose; otherwise, you’re in the same boat as the Anti-Christ. These three evil spirits are the riders on the next three horses. Notice how each evil one has a name?
The Dragon is Satan on the red horse, the Beast is the Anti-Christ on the black horse, and the False Prophet on the pale horse will be a co-conspirator to the Beast, “three unclean spirits, and spirits of devils”. What happened to the fourth spirit? Notice the passage did not give this spirit a name. Could we conclude this rider on the white horse could be the Spirit of Christ? My goodness! Without His Spirit where would we be?
These Scriptures definitely give you the clues to which each rider will be, but not their given name as to what they will be known as. When we enter into the Seals there will be many clues to help you to identify them. If you need more clues to know for sure who this first rider is, let’s look at words that are used to describe him…
“He had a bow.”
Rev. 4:3 “…rainbow round about the throne…” Rev. 10:1 “…rainbow was upon his head…” Gen.11 “…I set my bow in the clouds…”
The word “bow” is used in short form for rainbow “the bow in the clouds”; God’s covenant He made with man that He would never destroy earth again with water. Upon God’s throne is where you will find the word “rainbow,” also, never Satan. As you read, proper application will be revealed to you.
“A crown was given to him.”
Rev. 4:10 “…cast their crowns before the throne…” Rev. 19:12 “…and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written…” Rev. 19:13 “…and his name is called “the Word of God.”
This scene is in heaven. The Four Beasts are saying: “Come and see.” These particular Beasts are Cherubim, so don’t be confused by them, they are not the same as the riders on the next three horses, Satan, the Anti-Christ and his co-conspirators, the False Prophet.
I believe the crowns that will be cast before the throne in heaven will come from the elders that are spoken of in the Old Testament. The many crowns with names upon his head I believe will be all the people who have accepted Him. They will have a mark on their foreheads (The Word of God) Rev.19:13. When we study the mark of the Beast you will then understand more of what is being said; the “mark of the Beast” compared to the mark of God”.
Rev. 17:17 “For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.”
Remember now, the Lord in heaven is the One who controls Satan and the other two spirits. He gives Satan power to fulfill His Word (Rev.6:4). Without a doubt Christ is the One who is conquering. Not Satan. God knows what He is doing. He has always been in control, even over Satan. He has his role to play the same as the Spirit of Christ. God has given us a free will to choose. Being that we live in the realm of Satan, the Prince of this earth, how could we know to choose Christ if He were not revealed to us? How would we know there was any other way?
When Adam and Eve fell in the Garden of Eden it plunged the whole earth into a state of damnation. Satan is the Prince of this earth, but not the King. We are born into a sinful nature without redemption. With Christ dying for our sins, we now have a way back by accepting God’s Spirit to come and live within us. We are then born of a new spirit which takes the place of the sinful nature we were born into. Christ’s desire is that no one be lost. Many of you know tribulation has to be put upon some people more than others, to show them Satan’s way and turn them away from sin to everlasting life with Christ. So, we see God is the One who is conquering, to bring his set time about to redeem man, earth, and all creatures.
“And to conquer”
Rev. 16:17 “And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne saying, It is done.”
Rev. 19:20 “And the beast …and the False Prophet …were cast into a lake of fire…”
Rev. 20:1 “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.”
Rev. 20:2 “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,”
Rev. 1:18 “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and death.”
These Scriptures and there are many, show that the rider on this white horse is definitely the Spirit of Christ. And look who is riding the White Horse when He returns with all of the Saints at the end of the seventh year; “Christ”.
The word “Heaven” is another clue (Zech.6:5). When God was asked what the four horses were, notice what He said, “They were the four spirits of the heavens” (Plural) (Meaning more than one heaven). We are going to run into the word “heaven” quite a few times, so don’t always apply them to our natural way of thinking of how we would normally use them. When God created all things, He made more than one heaven. He separated the sky and made the first heaven, the air we breathe, the area of which Satan is Prince of, the earth.
Gen. 1:7 “And God made the firmament…”
Gen. 1:8 “And God called the firmament Heaven.” (sky)”
Gen. 1:9 “And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place…
Gen. 1:20 “…and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.”
The second heaven is where the sun and the moon are; to divide the day from the night. The stars were also made for this area, which is generally referred to as the “starry heaven.”
Gen. 1:14 “…Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from night.” (sun and the moon)
Gen. 1:15 “And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth…”
Gen. 1:16 “…he made the stars also.”
Gen. 1:17 “And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth.”
Gen. 2:1 “Thus the heavens and earth were finished, and all the host of them.”
Where God dwells is called “Paradise”, or, “heaven of heavens,” the third heaven. As you can see the Word clearly shows there are three heavens.
II Cor. 12:2 “…God knoweth; such a one caught up to the third heaven. (Jesus).”
II Cor. 12:4 “How that He was caught up into paradise…
Deut. 10:14 “Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s…”
Psalm 8:1 “Lord…who hast set thy glory above the heavens.” (plural)
Psalm 115:16 “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s:”
Notice how these last two Scriptures when using the word “heavens” speaks of them in plural form, meaning more than one. The heavens are His and He is Lord over them. This Scripture alone should tell you who is in control, and who is conquering. There are many Scriptures in the Word that will tell you there is more than one heaven.
To get an understanding of the whole WORD is to understand single words. This is why I said, “USE YOUR KING JAMES BIBLE.” Where Scripture said; “the four horses were four spirits of the heavens” it is letting you know there is more than one. But, the New International Bible said, (heaven). The Living Bible said (four heavenly spirits). The Revised Standard Bible said they were (four winds of heaven). King James said (four spirits of the heavens – (plural). The King James Version is the best study Bible. The reason I am bringing this fact to your attention is that many good teachers are teaching the white horse is the Anti-Christ. They are wrong. Very plainly, Scriptures show that the four horses with the four spirits are (Christ), (Satan), (Anti-Christ), and the (False Prophet). Now, when you read the word “heavens” remember there are three. The air we breathe is the first heaven where Satan is Prince; the second heaven is where the stars are; and the third heaven is Christ.
Without a doubt the next three colored horses with their riders, are the three evil ones. The rider on this white horse is Christ who goes after them. Being there are four riders on different colored horses and three are evil, then one must conclude that one of them is not evil. Could that one be Christ? YES!
Now let’s go to the second Seal. The next rider on the red horse to see who he will be and what he will be doing.
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