The Precision of Prophecy-Week-37

We dig deeper into the prophecy of Daniel’s seventy weeks, drawing on the book The Coming Prince by Sir Robert Anderson (who Sharon has decided to include as a character in her next installment of The Redwing Saga). Anderson, who was Assistant Superintendent of Scotland Yard during the Jack the Ripper murders as well as a theologian, calculated that the prophecy foretold the arrival of the Messiah in Jerusalem on the very day that Jesus entered the holy city.

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Sixth Seal Resurrection-Week-35

Earthquakes are sometimes connected to God’s judgment, especially in the book of Revelation. However, we also find them connected to the act of resurrection—for example, in Matthew 27:52 and 28:2, and when the two witnesses are taken up into heaven in Revelation 11:13.

This is why we believe the “great earthquake” of Revelation 6:13 will be the result of the resurrection of the dead in Christ described by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:12-55.

For more on that idea, we recommend the excellent book Earthquake Resurrection by David W. Lowe.

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The Fifth and Sixth Seals-Week-34

This week we discuss the souls of the martyrs beneath the altar in the throne room of God. Then we analyze the great earthquake that follows the opening of the sixth seal: It’s more than plate tectonics; it may be the energy released by the resurrection of those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

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Horses-Week-33

Before we return to Revelation 6 and pick up with the fifth seal, we take a brief look at horses in the Bible. In the cultures around ancient Israel, horses were animals of war. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are certainly riding to war, but the rider on a white horse called Faithful and True will put an end to their reign of terror at Armageddon

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The Resurrection and the End of the Age-Week-32

As we celebrate the Resurrection, we discuss the messianic prophecy of Psalm 22 and how David foresaw the gloating spirits around the cross (the “bulls of Bashan”).

But those fallen entities know that their doom has also been foretold, and we summarize the last war of the age, Armageddon, and the ultimate end of those who have rebelled against God in the lake of fire.

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Zechariah, the Watchers, and Babylon-Week-31

We continue our comparison of the horsemen of the Book of Zechariah and find a fascinating link between the Old Testament and a popular story from ancient Babylon, the Erra Epic.

Erra was a warlike and violent deity, also a god of plagues. He was identified with the god Nergal, which means he was known to the Canaanites as Resheph and to the Greeks and Romans as Apollo. We explain how the Erra Epic connects the apkallu of Mesopotamia to the Watchers of Genesis 6, the “craftsmen” of Zechariah 1, and end times prophecy.

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The Chariots of Zechariah-Week-30

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse bear a striking similarity to four chariots in Zechariah 6 pulled by white, red, black, and dappled horses. We discuss those chariots and the mountains of bronze from which they emerged and how they connect to the riders in Revelation 6.

Then we bring in context from Psalm 68, the “many-peaked mountain of Bashan,” and Isaiah 14:19, contrasting the Branch of Zechariah 6:12 to Isaiah 14:19 to explain why Isaiah’s “loathed branch” was really a dead god—Lucifer.

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The Rider on the Pale Horse-Week-29

This week’s program is eerily appropriate as the world grapples with a viral pandemic that has infected more than a quarter-million people in less than two months and shows no sign of slowing down.

We discuss the pale horse rider, Thanatos, explain why Hades is a Greek version of the Canaanite death-god, Mot, and connect Revelation’s riders of the Apocalypse to the judgment God decreed against Judah in the days of the prophet Jeremiah and Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.

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The Rider on the Black Horse-Week-28

The Third Horseman of the Apocalypse carries scales, representing trade and commerce, but the Greek word is translated elsewhere in the New Testament as “yoke,” a symbol of slavery and oppression.

We connect the economic system of the Antichrist to the first global government, Nimrod’s kingdom of Uruk, and explain why we believe the rider on the black horse was the Babylonian god Nabu—better known to us as Hermes or Mercury.

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The Rider on the Red Horse-Week-27

The Second Horseman of the Apocalypse plainly represents war and bloodshed. But, as you might guess based on our recent books, we believe the rider on the red horse is a literal entity well known in the ancient world. Watch to find out why we argue that the rider called forth when the second seal is opened is the ancient war-god Chemosh—and the gender-fluid war god/dess Inanna.

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The Rider on the White Horse-Week-26

The first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is the topic this week. We explain why believe the first seal of the seven-sealed scroll was opened by the Lamb (Jesus) shortly after the Resurrection, and we speculate that the the rider may be the ancient god known as Nergal in Babylon, Resheph in Canaan, and Apollo in Greece and Rome.

The Lamb opened  one of the seals: The rider on the white horse. The Lamb exerted His authority in opening the first seals. 

With the opening of the seals, the scene shift from heaven to events on earth.  A pattern emerges, with a rider on a horse appearing as each of the first four seals is broken. (1)

The first to appear is a victorious rider on a white horse.

Some interpreters see “a white horse, and he that sat on it” as a reference to the conquering Christ, which is consistent with the overcomer theme. (2)

The identification of the rider seated on the white horse has given interpreters great difficulty. 

The main difficulty is whether the rider on the white horse represents Christ and the victory of the gospel, or, is this representing the antichrist and the forces of evil!

There are some problems in identifying the rider on the white horse in ch 6 with Jesus Christ:

  1. Since the Lamb is the one opening the seals in heaven, he cannot also be one of the riders. 
  2. Theologically, it would be inappropriate to have an angelic being, a creature, to be commanding Christ, the Creator to do things. 
  3. Given the negativity associated with all the other riders, the white horse is best understood as the conquering beast, the evil ruler of the tribulation period as stated in Daniel 9:26-27. This must be interpreted as a wicked parody of Jesus. (2)
  4. To identify the rider on the white horse as any specific person is not in keeping with the interpretation of the other horses, which symbolize conditions and not individuals.

It is rather more likely that this rider, like the riders on the other three horses, is a symbol of the antichrist and and the forces of evil and destruction. 

We must always never forget that the antichrist comes with a deceptive spirit, to the extent that the very elect would have been deceived but for the Holy Spirit who reveals all truth. 

As we see in Matthew 24: 4-5 where Jesus warned us about deceptiveness: “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”.

And remember too that Satan comes as an angel of light (2Cor. 11:14).

Jesus who is the rider on the white horse in Revelation  19: 11-16, is described as ‘Faithful and True’ who judges and makes war with justice. That can be contrasted with the rider on the white horse in chapter 6 who wage war simply for the sake of conquest.

We need to be completely guided and governed by the Spirit of Christ as we compare and contrast scripture. The symbolism of white throughout Revelation always being associated with Christ and righteousness. For example in chapters 1:14; 2:17; 3:4-5 and 1; 4:4 and more. (3) 

And that is where deception comes in, because we must remember that you cannot have a false version if you don’t first have the genuine. They both look alike with the naked eye, but there are signs and features to differentiate the two. 

Jesus Himself tells us that the first events mentioned are the rise of “false Christ’s and prophets” (Mtt 24:24).

It must be admitted that the identity of the rider on the white horse in chapter 6 is not a clear cut one. The evidence however, seems to stock in favour of the antichrist and his forces as an instrument of judgement, and the parallelism with the other three horses.

The most striking  and poignant association of the rider on the white horse in chapter 6 with the antichrist is the relation with the other three horses as the Lamb opened the first seal.

The two videos above and below provide more information on the rider on the white horse. 

References:
1 NIV Bible Commentary
2 Moody Bible Commentary.
3 Africa Bible Commentary

 

 

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The Lamb Who Was Slain-Week-25

John was taken up to heaven, where he saw “Him who was seated on the throne” holding out a scroll that was sealed with seven seals, but no one on heaven, on the earth, or—significantly—under the earth was worthy to open it. Then appeared the Lamb with seven horns and seven eyes.

We discuss the symbolism of the Lamb’s appearance and why John was shown every creature “under the earth and in the sea” crying out in praise of the Lamb. Hint: John wasn’t looking at worms and fish.

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The Four Creatures Around the Throne-Week-23

We continue our study Revelation 4 and the throne room of God. We discuss the similarities between John’s vision and Baal’s palace in The Baal Cycle, the reason the 24 elders cast their crowns before the throne, and why the living creatures around the throne are cherubim—which are most certainly not chubby babies with wings.

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