23/03/14 Sermon Note
The 4 Horsemen in Revelation. All the 4 Horsemen are bad news. They are not good news they are not from God. They are evil and meant to bring destruction. We can be protected!
First Seal:The Conqueror
Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
Second Seal:Conflict on Earth
When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.
Third Seal:Scarcity on Earth
When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”
(Denarius is a currency in middle east)
Fourth Seal:Widespread Death on Earth
When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.
John saw a scroll sealed with 7 seals! John who saw the vision said there was no one unseal the seal. As long as the seal is sealed, it is bad news for man.
Seal can be entity. Can be a being. You r sealed with Holy Spirit!!!
This scroll with 7 seals represent all of us living episodes!
When Jesus unloose the seal, He show us what we are loosed from the seal!
The Only One seated on white horse is Jesus Christ. The devil create false doctrine. When we believe wrong things become wrong! There is no power just trying to live right. It is believing right than we live right!
The lady who was possessed was being set free by Jesus when pastor prayed! Is Jesus who set free!
Evil spirit don’t want u to prosper because the poor can’t help the poor.
Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back.
The first living creature was like a lion,
Book of Matthew
the second living creature like a calf,
Book of Mark
the third living creature had a face like a man, and
Book of Luke
the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.
Book of John
This is in the order of the gospel.
The gospel of Matthew and Luke has genealogy of Jesus!
The Gospel of John no genealogy. You don’t ask God about genealogy.
Lion Ox Man and Eagle
Having the fullness of Jesus in our lives! This means having Lion, Ox, Man and Eagle in our lives!!
Protected from the 4 winds.
The entrance is the East.
“Everyone of the children of Israel shall camp by his own standard, beside the emblems of his father’s house; they shall camp some distance from the tabernacle of meeting.
On the east side, toward the rising of the sun, those of the standard of the forces with Judah shall camp according to their armies; and Nahshon the son of Amminadab shall be the leader of the children of Judah.”
All 3 tribes are camped together
(Keil Delitzsch commentary)
Judah banner – Lion
As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man; each of the four had the face of a lion on the right side, each of the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and each of the four had the face of an eagle.
Man – intelligence of Jesus as Man
He is all God and all Man.
He has human feeling. He is forever a Man, still God. One of us!!
The boldness of Lion and untiring of Ox
We are looking from east. God wants us to camp facing inward, face Jesus! Revolve around the church!!!
God wants our entire life to revolve around Him. Focus on Jesus!!
When we face inward our backs are exposed to potential enemies. However, when we focus on Jesus, our backs are protected!!!
Don’t worry about the devil, God has taken care of it!!
We don’t catch snake by tail, we catch it by head. God told him the catch by tail cos God will catch the head! God takes care of our backs! He got us covered!!
Reuben means to see the face of Jesus
Vision of the Four Chariots
Then I turned and raised my eyes and looked, and behold, four chariots were coming from between two mountains, and the mountains were mountains of bronze.
With the first chariot were red horses, with the second chariot black horses, with the third chariot white horses, and with the fourth chariot dappled horses—strong steeds. Then I answered and said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?”
And the angel answered and said to me, “These are four spirits of heaven, who go out from their station before the Lord of all the earth.
The one with the black horses is going to the north country, the white are going after them, and the dappled are going toward the south country.”
We are facing north. White horse coming from east.
When u allow entrance, you are into wrong doctrine. If u accept the wrong thinking, the red horse will cause strifes.
We are inside the curtain. We are all like standing board. When the enemy comes against God’s people,he sees the 4 sides -Eagle, Man, Ox and Lion!
When the horsemen approach us, the banners are raised and the horses fled!
When we come to church, man’s name are not lifted up. We only lift up Jesus’ name!!
In gospel of John, Jesus raised the man who was died for 4 days to life!! There is eagle’s power over there against death!!
We are stressed free yet we are working hard – the side of Ox
We become transformed by beholding His glory!
We are In Christ!!!
The devil is so afraid to see the 4 faces of God in us.
Jesus died to take our place, to suffer our punishment!!
All things we deserved (punishments) don’t belong to us. All things Jesus deserve, belong to us!!
Cross of Jesus-
North South East West
We take His place of protection.
North South East West
Sword hold on the right (for majority)
Bow hold on the left.
Jesus redeemed us from flying darts.
The soldiers were gambling for Jesus’ clothes. He was wearing no clothes on the cross.
We are redeemed from poverty!!
Jesus breathed the last breath out and death took over and He redeemed us from death!!!
Jesus Himself talked about 4 horsemen without mentioning horsemen.
Matthew 24:3-5 (the first horse about wrong doctrine)
The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age
Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
And Jesus answered and said to them:“ Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.
Jerusalem was under the rules of other countries till now they are finally on their own.
When Jesus comes again we have brand new bodies! We shall be forever young!!
God who cannot lie, tell us this!
Matthew 24:6 (war – red horse)
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matthew 24:7 (feminine – not only food, but also poverty)
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
(The 4th horse – death)
And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
Wealth is redistributed!! The world says Crisis in the market. We say Christ is in the market
God is telling us these are signs.
He will give us our bodies.
We shall have brand new bodies. It is not limited by physical substance. It is faster than speed of light!
Redemption of the bodies.
Dead in Christ will raise first. God transform our bodies than raise us up!
God is not behind earthquakes. It is not act of God!
Heaven has no diseases. Let my family be like this too!!
In heaven no diseases, we also no diseases. God wants us to be rich and not greedy!
Let’s not be afraid. Don’t turn our back on Jesus and try to fight ourselves.
Focus on Jesus, listen to the Word!
Raise Jesus high!!
Let God arise and enemies be scattered!!!
Song of Songs 2:4
He brought me to the banqueting house,
And his banner over me was love.
Look to Jesus!! Don’t live life trying to see our back!!
It is hard to live life guiding our back and make progress.
Focus on the Lord and make progress!
Live our life with our church in front of us!
When we focus on Jesus, what was our troubles are being handled by Jesus!!!
Blessings will come from behind and overtake us as we focus on Jesus!!!!