When He opened the first Seal false christ
When He opened the first seal, the arrival of the false christ, who is the rider on the white horse is revealed. This beast arises from the sea, and so begins the Great tribulation.
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
Although a lot of what Christ gives to John is in a parable like format, when comparisons are made with other scriptures these revelations are revealed.
Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
These white horses have two very different riders. One is faithful and true the other is a deadly deceiver. One conquers through the power of Satan, the other brings about righteousness.
Notice is that the word bow (G 5115) used here is not in reference to a weapon, and it is only used once in scripture. It may be describing some sort of fabric used for a flag or banner perhaps.
Consider the following verse, and remember this individual is the false Christ, and as such he seeks to imitate Christ Jesus. Jesus opened the first seal and reveals this imposter that much of the world will follow.
Rev 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
An important teaching of Jesus Christ is the warning that many would come in His name claiming to be of Him. These impostors would deceive many (Math 24:5).
When the Lamb opened the first seal, the Great tribulation would commence
Mark 13:5-6 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am (Christ and) shall deceive many.
In the verse above, there are two words inserted that are inappropriate.
1- The word Christ, does not appear in the original Greek
2- The word and, actually means also or as well.
The message that Jesus is declaring is that many would come in His name and say, “I am with (Him) also”.
He that is not with me is against me, and he that does not gather with me causes the sheep to be wasted (Luke 11:23, John 10:12).
The beast exposed will occupy a base in the Holy land, not a rebuilt Jewish temple. Satan, however, will occupy the hearts and minds of the lost generations.
He as God sits in the Temple of God, is part of a verse that is one of the most misused and misunderstood in relation to both scriptural prophecies, and the Christian identity.
The gross misrepresentation of this verse is used to propagate the false theory of a rebuilt Jewish temple in the last days. Jesus opened the first seal marking the arrival of the beast who would set his palace in the Holy Mountain (Dan 11:45).
Satan seeks to impersonate God, and the place where the Holy Spirit should dwell often is occupied by him.
2 Thes 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
The phrase,”He as God sits in the Temple of God” should not be a mystery. Scripture informs us that Satan is the god of this world.
1 Cor 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
Satan imitating God dwells in the place of God, showing himself that he is a god (1 Cor 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor 6:16; Acts 7:48; 17:24; Rev 11:19).
Satan represents Mystery Babylon the Mother of Whores, and he will dwell in and control spiritually, both the false Christ and the false prophet. They will represent the greatest deception the world has ever seen, even surpassing that of the Great Whore (2 Thes 2:8-12; Rev 13:11-14).
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The very first thing Jesus warned of regarding the last days was, see that you are not deceived. When He opened the first seal, He also allowed for the greatest period of deception ever to commence.
Mark 13:22 For false Christ’s and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
The correct interpretation of Mark 13:22, is a false christ and a false prophet shall rise.
This verse is in reference to the Great Tribulation which has a duration of three and a half years.
Satan will introduce to the world his false christ, and false prophet of deception. This is a representation of The Unholy Trinity, Satan the Beast and the false prophet.
When He opened the first seal, the rider had a crown given unto him. This represents the authority and throne of power given to him by Satan himself (Rev 13:2-4).
Crowns are given by the only true God (1 Thes 2:19, 2 Tim 4:8). Crowns are also awarded to those who serve Satan or the Dragon, who has power for a short while (Rev 13:1, 17:12).
2 Tim 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
When the Lamb opened the first seal incredible persecution and death would follow
When the Lamb opened the first seal he would also bring about a period in which true Christians will go through incredible persecution and death (John 16:33, Rev 2:10, Rev 7:14).
Many who faithfully follow Christ will become martyrs for Him and some will even be beheaded (Rev 20:4).
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them, and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations (Rev 13:7).
This man of sin will wage a battle against the saints, and this proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that a pre-tribulation rapture is another false teaching.
When He opened the first seal, the rider went forth conquering, and to conquer (Rev 6:2).
To conquer is to overcome someone, and thus take control over them. The beast through the power of Satan spiritually prevails over the deceived.
Christ Jesus has conquered; that is He has already won the battle for those faithful believers that indeed follow him.
The same word used for conquering is also the word overcome, is also translated as prevail or victory, and is used 29 times in the New Testament.
Three times it is in reference to the beast that conquers or kills the Saints, thus dealing with the problem of their testimony. He does not overcome them spiritually or mentally but only prevails over them physically.
As well he conquers or defeats all others by completely controlling them, as in they are stunned and shocked by his lying signs and wonders (2 Thes 2:9-12).
Rev 11:7 refers to him killing the two witnesses. The beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome and kill them.
The beast prevails or is victorious over them only when their time of ministry is completed, but he does not have control over them as he does with most of the inhabitants of the world, who are spiritually blind.
When the Lamb opened the first seal in Rev 6:2, is in reference to this man of sin conquering or gaining victory over much of the world and its unfaithful inhabitants (Rev 13:8).
In Rev 13: 7 the beast does not overcome the saints, rather he is only able to destroy or kill them in the physical sense.
Twenty-two times this word overcome is used in reference to gaining victory over the world, the Beast or Satan and the wickedness or evil in general that he has orchestrated.
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
The Lamb opened the first seal and revealed the man of sin that would cause a great falling away. The gathering together of the saints shall not occur until after that man of sin, also known as the son of perdition, is revealed (2 Thes 2:1-3).
So here again, we have yet another scripture to dispel the fairy tale notion of a rapture from occurring until after the tribulation (Mat 24:29-31).
When Christ opened the first seal He revealed a master of deception that all would worship. The all, however, refers to all of a type, namely those who are not sealed by the Holy Spirit of truth.
Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
The word overcome is also translated as prevail, to get victory over, or to conquer someone or something.
Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Christians are not to be overcome with evil but are to conquer, or get the victory over evil through Christ Jesus, who has conquered sin and death.
Matt 13:18-19 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
When the Lamb opened the first seal – the rapture deception will be exposed
Below is yet another proof text to dispel the myth of the secret rapture, as the ones who are left behind are in Christ.
Rev 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
Rev 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
Those deceived by incredible lying signs and wonders will worship the dragon which gave power unto the beast, and they will worship the beast. They will say to one another, “who is like unto the beast and who is able to make war with him” (Rev 13:4).
Rev 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
The word short space used in Rev 17:10, and short time used in Rev 12:12, quite possibly represent the period of time known as the Great tribulation which is 3 ½ years.
Rev 17:10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
Rev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Rev 17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
Five kings were already fallen before the time that John penned the book of Revelations. These would include the kings of Babylon, the Medes and Persians, and Greece all who had control over the tribe or people of Judah and Jerusalem.
The sixth king would represent Rome, the power during John’s last days on earth, which also had control over Judah and Jerusalem.
The seventh king most probably also has control over Jerusalem, but only for a short period of time. It is probable then that the seventh and eighth kings are both represented by the beast which arises out of the sea. This beast was, and is not, and yet is (Rev 17:8, 10, 11, 13:3, 12, 17:11).
Rev 13:12 And (the false prophet) exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.