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The First Four Seals are Opened

This should not be thought of as four separate future events: The First Four Seals are already broken by the Lamb, and reveal the violence of the four horse men of the Apocalypse that has been in effect through out the centuries within time.
(See Revelation 6:1-8.)

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
, is an 1887 painting by Victor Vasnetsov. The Lamb is visible at the top of the painting.

MG 6 And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
MG 7 
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 

[Likewise in Luke's Gospel account: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (See Luke 21:9-11.)]

MG 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Theologians, past and present, have no consensus in their philosophical understanding of the first 4 seals and the meaning of the revelation of the 4 horses and their 4 riders.  Some have believed that in the past history, a singular apocalyptic event illustrated the occurring times of each of the horses with their riders.  Then there are other theologians, who see the opening of the seals happening only during the very last days before the coming of the King of kings, and Lord of lords.  While we wait for God's Kingdom of Life to come, let's see if we can intervene and bring to light a clearer picture to the history of sin within Satan's kingdom of death on earth.  The first four opened seal reveal what will take place up until the close of time.

Perhaps the one picture above by Victor Vasnetsov correctly displays the inclusivity of the power of the Antichrist and his kingdom that brings his destruction upon the face of the earth.

6 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. 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.

This rider on the white horse, from the beginning is the Antichrist, even before our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God and the True Bread of Heaven, came on earth to become the Son of Man/Adam.  In the Garden of Eden, Elohim gave His Word declaring that the the genetic seed of Woman would crush the head of evil, while the seed of evil would bruise His Heal.  The seed of Evil had taken power on earth to conquer and destroy any witness of the Almighty God's creation of the first Adam/Man.  But now let's witness the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ, the last Son of Adam/Man, during His forty days in the desert and His encounter with Satan, the Prince of the Air and his power on the earth.

[3 And the devil said to Jesus: If thou be the Son of God, then command this stone that it be made bread 4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word of God. 5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed unto Him all the kingdoms of the world "in a moment of time". 6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give Thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7 If Thou therefore will worship me, all shall be Yours. 8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind Me, Satan: For it is written: You shall worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shall you serve. (See Luke 4:3-15.)]

Witness directly above that Satan, with his temptations of the Christ of God, revealed within a moment of time, that all the kingdoms of the earth were delivered into his corrupting power.  Jesus, the Incarnate Seed of Woman, worships His Father God Almighty and serves the Good Will of His Father God Alone. God is not willing that any one should perish, but that all would come to repentance(See 2nd Peter 3:9-10.) Time is relative to God's creations of intelligent beings, who live within the Infinite God's creation of Time.  The Infinite Creator does not live in time, but inhabits the unknown Eternity.  The fabric of time, remains open to the eyes of the Almighty God, and according to His eternal understanding, He will provide knowledge of that which was and is and is to be, to whomsoever He chooses.  All of the seven seals have already been opened by Christ Jesus, and the timing of the occurring events in the beginning and ending of the fabric of time, is always in the Hand of God the Almighty.

Satan, after his deception of Adam and Ishshah/Eve in the Garden of Eden, had laid claim to all that was in the earth, including the coming kingdom's of man kind.  The crown on the head of the 1st rider of the Apocalypse reveals that God had given Satan all the rights to that which he had usurped from Adam.  The dominion over the earth that had belonged to Adam, the first Man, was taken away by the deceitful hands of Satan, to do as he would choose to do in the earth.  Power on earth was usurped by Satan the spiritual Antichrist and despotic adversary of the God of creation.  The first rider possessed a bow, and this bow is an instrument of a long range war of stealth, and by stealth the rider on the white horse went forth conquering, and to conquer.  All this usurped power belongs to stealthy Satan, and he will give the power of evil to his like accomplices, so they together would accomplish their self centered desires.  (See Isaiah 14:12-16.)

3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.  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.

Satan gives power to the rider of the second red horse to destroy peace on earth with a great sword of war that was given to the rider by Satan.

5 And when he had 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. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

The Power of sin, derived from Satan, causes famines and inflation to the monetary cost of food.  The rider of famine had no power over the oil (being the Spirit of God) nor the wine (becoming through the same Holy Spirit of Grace, the Life giving Blood of Jesus Christ). (See Fountain of Living Water.)

7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.

Satan and his power as sin, is part and parcel with the fourth rider seated on the pale horse.  His name is Death accompanied by Hell.

And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Unfortunately verse 8 has included 2 separate declarations, with the latter sentence of verse 8 having to do with all of the horsemen of the first 4 seals.  The rider on the white horse is Satan the spiritual Antichrist, who gives power to the other 3 riders; the second rider with the sword; the third rider with famine; and the fourth rider with ultimate death and hell.

Witness for yourself when reading the scripture correctly: And (then) power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth.  The translated word of 'them' is the 4 horsemen together, who are given power over the forth part of the earth.  Their power and control over the fourth part of the land, is to kill with the sword, and with hunger, and with death and [also] with the beast of the field, as they go forth in the power of the first Antichrist rider, conquering, and to conquer. 

One current prophetic author mistakenly has the 4th rider, whose name is Death, as the one responsible for the killing a fourth of the people only in the latter days.  His understanding is that since this single, solitary catastrophic event has not happened as yet, therefore the 4th seal has not been opened.  It needs to be understood that this conception of revelation events is grievously flawed! It is thought that the bubonic black plague of death killed as many as a third of the population in the mid 1300's. 

These four seals are all open, and the Antichrist ways of death, have been taking place throughout the centuries.  All who follow the mistaken concept of a future time for the Revelation of Jesus Christ, have painted themselves into a corner with cheap tacky paint, and they are stuck in it.  Full repentance, from the misleading error, is absolutely necessary for all of their followers, and those in the Ecclesia of God.  Then, it would be wise, for them to take in faith, of the cleansing Fellowship  Blood of Jesus Christ that will absolve the error of their grave mistake, but not necessarily the consequences.

Our human flesh always desires to prevail in its own judgment of rewards; and justified greed always perverts what was a good beginning in the Lord, the Christ of God.  As many as I Agape/Love, I rebuke and chasten:  Be zealous therefore, and REPENT. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Ecclesia churches. (See full stop of Revelation 3:19-22.) Our self justifying minds have closed the Door to the Eternal Truth that is Christ Jesus, but the Table of the Lord of Truth is full of Grace and the Spirit of Grace is always ready to serve those who open to Him the door of their closed hearts.

Lacking a true vision from the Lord, we now have self proclaimed prophets making their interpretations based on bits and pieces of scripture, then they have sown them together to make a rent fabric of deception that their unlearned disciples proudly wear. 

All of us are guilty before God, and have minds that are centered on our own self serving doctrines of the flesh, and not God's doctrine of the crucified Christ of God, and we crucified with Him.  We have ignored God's Covenant Provisions for the remission of sins, and we will all be tried by our own sins of idolatrous separation from Holy God Almighty.  Our un-repentant sins are producing more sin, and the folly of our sins will seek us out, and bring its own reward.

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