In this day in which we live there are several drivers of fear. The daily news of terrorist attacks, horrendous weather conditions, the financial instability of nations, constant rumors of wars, and events in the Middle East. The question is why? The answer is that these events are purposely intended as a constant reminder that time is about to end. But did you know, it is not the aforementioned events that should primarily concern us?
These are not the first events which must take place, on a grand scale, before Jesus Christ returns! Look at Matthew 24 when Jesus spoke at the Mount of Olives. Matt 24:3 says, “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Notice what Jesus’ response was; especially, in the order in which it was provided:
“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” (Matt 24:5, KJV). “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” (Matt 24:7, KJV). Now, compare this to Revelation Chapter 6. “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.” (Rev 6:2, KJV) – this is the horseman of false Christianity. “And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.” (Rev 6:4, KJV) – this is the horseman of war.
“And when he opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo, a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.” (Rev 6:5, KJV) – this is the horseman of famine. “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with the sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beast of the earth.” (Rev 6:8, KJV) – this is the horseman of pestilences. Can you see the direct relationship to what Jesus spoke and what John saw in his vision?
In understanding Rev 6:2, it is important to breakdown the passage:
- “And I saw, and behold a white horse:” This horse, although it is white, is not the same horse found in Revelations 19:11. This horse is a deception. Although it is the same color as the horse, on which Christ will ride, this horse represents false Christianity – one who claims to be Christ and will deceive many.
- “he that sat on him had a bow,” Jesus Christ was never referred to as One with a “bow.” A bow implies a warrior: someone who goes forth to destroy and kill. Jesus did not come to destroy and kill but to save that which was lost according to Matt 18:11 and Lk 19:10. So, who is the warrior with the bow? The first reference to a bow is in Gen 10:9, “He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.” Several studies have translated this as meaning a mighty hunter who faced-off, or turned against the LORD. Therefore, this horseman will attempt to destroy the true Church and saints who follow God’s commands and statutes.
- “and a crown was given unto him:” The key words are “a crown was given unto him.” This alone shows the white horseman is not Christ because God has many crowns. In 2 Thes 2:4, we read where a person will place themself in a position to wear a false crown: “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.”
- “he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” Whilst there have been death and persecutions upon Christians for several decades, this is nothing to be compared to what will occur once this white horse and the horseman has been released to fulfill the start of the end-time. Rev 13:7 says, “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.”
As passages from both Matthew and Revelation have shown, the events are intended to make us aware of what is forthcoming. What does not seem to be visible is the real threat. The threat from false prophets and ministers because we live in an age where “everyone wants to be a part of the crowd, or no one wants to stand-out because of their disagreement with the majority.”
It is for this reason that we see Churches and religions accepting beliefs and standards that would have been unacceptable a decade ago. We see things in our congregations that make our head turn. How can the standards from which we were taught seem to be unimportant? What has caused us to drift from God? What has caused us to “no longer be a truly separated people?”
First, a true Christian should not fear religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, or Islam. In fact, we should never look at them in any comparative way (e.g., how they dress, when they pray, how often they pray, etc.). We should walk as God directed: be His witness to them, show them love and compassion, and tell them of His Good News. We must be a witness to them.
Do not let the devil create fear. Recognize that the devil is trying to get all “Christianity” to unite against Islam, and other religions, in an attempt to form a cohesive religious consortium that is watered down Christianity with much falsehood.
Second, and most importantly, our focus should be on identifying and not-following false Christian teachings. Matt 24:24 says, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” So, how can we identify false teaching?
There are two Scriptures which give an answer: 2 Thes 2:15: “Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” 2 Tim 3:14: “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and has been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them.” Therefore, the only way to identify false ministers and teachers is by following 2 Tim 2:15: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Cease from following others and basing your belief on what the “world is doing.” If everyone was going to heaven why would Isa 5:14a say, “Therefore, hell hath enlarged itself, and opened her mouth without measure;”
If you are one of those persons who spend their time watching renowned television preachers, I give you a warning! 2 Cor 11:13-15 says “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. “Therefore, it is no great thing that if his minsters also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” Even though a minister may say something that moves your spirit, it does not always mean the spirit is from the Lord.
When listening to these preachers, do you really know who you are listening to? Do you know what they really stand for? Do you know what fruit they bear? When you hear them preach the Word, do you go back and re-study what they have taught for your own salvation? And, most importantly, is there a Bible Doctrine they refuse to follow, practice, or teach because they are more interested in financial gain, the size of their audience, their own agenda, or the “tingling of ears?”
Instead of listening to these preachers, find an Apostolic Church that teaches the Bible doctrines taught in the Book of Acts and the Epistles. One that believes in God’s Plan of Salvation: the Oneness of God, true repentance, baptism in Jesus Name, the fulfilling of the Holy Spirit, the requirement to live a holy lifestyle, and being a separate and peculiar people.
If you are already attending an Apostolic Church, stop listening to renowned television preachers. Instead listen to the minister who has been placed over you and spend your time studying God’s Word. Change your perspective through fellowship and worship with others. Become involved with those who bear the fruit of the spirit (Gal 5:22-23, KJV) and righteousness (Phil 1:9-11, KJV). Let God direct you in what you need to understand. Remember what Jesus told His disciples when they could not perform miracles: “And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” (Mk 9:29, KJV)
Do Not Fear! “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.” (Phil 4:13, KJV)
I am not asking you to automatically believe what I have written. I am asking you to “study His Word” and let Him speak to you.