Revelation 6 by Pastor Don Moore

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Revelation 6 by Pastor Don

This was a copy of the close captioning script, slightly edited. The words in the brackets [ ] are what people in the congregation said. All I did was take out repeat words, for example if Pastor Don said “I, I, I feel that…” I made it “I feel that…”

In the sixth chapter of the Revelation of Jesus Christ the Lord is speaking to us. John the Revelator in his Tabernacle and he is beginning to see some things begin unfolding. It says,

Revelation 6:1-2 ” 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.”

In this first verse we have a passage of Scripture that theologians have debated for a some time. But as I am trying to teach you, the Word speaks for itself if we learn to read the Word with clarity it will tell us who the players are. Because it says, “He’s coming out on a white horse,” we have an inclination to want to make this to be the Christ. But we have to understand where are we? What is the time period in Heaven? What is going on? And what is it that the Lord is trying to show us?

He is beginning the process of opening the seals. These seals are not invitations to a wedding, they are not invitations to a dance or a party. The breaking of these seals means that the judgment of God, the wrath of God is going to be released upon the earth. Did you get  that? Now we have to understand an amazing thing about God. God will use whatever He needs to use to accomplish His Will. He will manipulate the devil himself to get the end result that God wants. Did you hear what I am saying to you?  [Yes] Alright. So, let’s read this passage and see if we can’t identify who this person is.

In Verse two, “behold, a white horse.  He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was…” What?  [given to him] “a crown was given to him…” wait a minute, now. That tells us something immediately. A crown has to be given to this particular character. He hasn’t earned it. He hasn’t taken it for himself. It has to be permitted to Him.  Hallelujah!  John is in the vision and the Lamb of God is opening the seal, therefore He is opening the seal which is showing what is to come.  This personage who is riding a white horse is coming to conquer and to do conquest.  But it is some conquest that is given to him.

In other words what we are seeing is, we are seeing the evil one, we are seeing the prince of darkness as we saw him in Daniel Chapter 9.  In Daniel Chapter 9 it says in the last days, at the end of time, the evil one would come onto the earth to do war.  Let’s see if it is him and we can follow by seeing what does the next passages say.

Revelation 6:3 “When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.”  Notice, it says “another horse.”  In other words this horse is of the same paddock as you would of the other horse.  And it says,

Revelation 6: 4 “Another horse, fiery red, went out.  And it was granted…” The crown is permitted or given to the one who’s coming out to bring war on the earth, to conquer, he’s coming to conquer.  This one it is granted to him.  When Jesus, Himself, comes, He doesn’t have to have anything granted to Him.  He is already coming as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He doesn’t have to have anybody give him anything because everything is already His.  Amen.  Can you see that?  So we know that this one is of the evil one. Further information shows us.  “…the one who sat on it…”, the one who sat on this fiery red horse, “to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.

Now if we break this out into, into the language we see first of all, that in the Greek, where it says to kill one another the word there used is the same word that is used in reference to killing of the Lamb or the killing of the saints.  And it is a very specific sword, when it says a great sword, it is the sword that is pronounced “machaira.”  The machaira sword is a short killing sword that is used to kill the sacrifice.  And therefore we can see from this passage that this one coming in the first verse as well as the one coming in the fourth verse is coming to kill and martyr the saints.  To cause a sacrifice to be made.  And if we’re still not sure that these are evil personages, let’s go on to the next verse.

Revelation 6:5-6 “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.

Now before you start shouting in the Holy Ghost, be careful here, let’s learn to read and watch and see what’s happening.  When we look up this denarius at that time, here’s what we are talking about.  We have a first horse that’s coming to conquer.  We have a second horse that is coming to create martyrs and to kill and take peace from the earth.  To bring the earth into a warlike state.  And then we have this third horse that is coming to bring runaway inflation.  The reason it’s runaway inflation is because a denarius was a wage of a day.  In other words a man will have to work a whole day just to get a loaf of bread.  That poverty will be so much in the earth, inflation will be so runaway, that a man will have to work a whole day just to get a loaf of bread.

How much does a loaf of bread cost today?  Two bucks, something like that?  [many talking] Nobody knows?  Where are all these shoppers?  What’s a loaf of bread cost?  A couple of bucks.  OK, thank you. See, I know the problem.  You know what the problem is? Some of you are so rich right now that you’ll be buying that super wheat bread.You’ll be grazing with all the organic.  But this is saying that a time will come, listen to me a time will come where a whole day’s wages will be a few dollars.  And so what you have then, is this worldwide inflation, and this worldwide recession, hard times coming on the earth.

But notice it says, “don’t hurt the oil and the wine.”  Now there’s a couple of things we can learn from that.  One is, we want to say well, it’s a picture of the saints of God and the Holy Spirit.  But, wait a minute, in the verses right in front of this, it used the same word for killing of the saints and martyring of the saints. This is a time period then when those who are still on the earth, because remember, last week I told you more than likely that in the fifth chapter the church has been raptured between the fifth and the sixth chapter.  Remember that?  And we are going to look at that in more detail.  But the saints that are on the earth will be suffering the same thing because they were not, Matthew Chapter 25, virgins who were ready.

There’s some who were not ready.  There are wise virgins and there were foolish virgins.  The only difference between the wise and the foolish was what?  The foolish were not ready. That’s going to be the group of people that love Jesus but preach against the rapture.  They love Jesus but they’re not waiting for His coming.  And I’m going to give you the Scriptures on that.  Because God said that we should be anticipating.  In Peter is says this, it says that we can hasten the coming of the Lord, because why? Because we’re looking for it.  The same thing that Paul and Peter wrote about, they’re looking for the Blessed Hope.  We’ll give you more Scripture on that to prove that.

So, in this particular passage (Revelation 6:6), runaway inflation.  Now if you remember, I spoke to you about the Churches, remember the seven Churches at the beginning?  When we look at the seven Churches, and look at the wealth that they had, in cities like Smyrna.  These great powerful and wealthy cities, we learn something.  Inflation, runaway inflation hurts the poor and the middle class.  But the rich get along just fine when the price of the bread goes to a day’s wages.  The picture of oil and wine is this, that luxury items will still be in existence but only a few people will be able to afford them.  That’s the type of inflation it’s trying to show us.  It’s trying to say that it will not be an inflation of supply.  There will be a sufficient supply, but the demand will be so great, it’ll be overwhelming because people don’t have the resources to get it.  There will be oil and wine which are luxury items at the time of this writing, and what it is projecting is that in the future when this type of end times inflation comes, there will still be Lexuses, but nobody will be able to afford them.  There will still be luxury items but no one will be able to have them.  Alright?  So, it’s a little bit different from what you have been taught.  But when we look at the words and we put it in its proper context, do not hurt the oil and the wine, do not harm them.  And it will be luxury items are available. There will be a full supply, but there will be no money.

In other words, it’s going to be a worst type of poverty than the planet has ever seen.  Most types of hardships or hard times are there’s no supply.  In this case there will be a supply, but there will be no money to buy.  It will be a different picture.  So let’s go down a little bit further.  In verse seven He says,

Revelation 6:7-8 “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...” I want you to notice who these characters are. Now, I think you begin to see what God is doing in opening these first seals. That He is permitting satan to have his day and his time. He is permitting the evil sources, these dark spirits to have their time on the earth.  And He says, that death is going to come on the earth, hades which is hell of course, follows after 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.”  Well you say to yourself, how can that possibly happen?  Well if we hold our place here and go back to Thessalonians, we can take a peek, just a peek because I’m going to go over it in detail next week.  But this Scripture is so important to see.  Okay, in 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 He tells us of a time in Chapter 4 verse 13

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.  And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be…” What [caught up] shall be what?  [caught up] “shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”  And then He says, “Therefore comfort one another with these words.”  Now go to the second chapter of Thessalonians.  So that we can understand this event in context.  Second Chapter, second book, 2 Thessalonians, second chapter, second book.  Are you there?

2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 “Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.”  So before the day of Christ comes, all hell is going to break loose on the planet before he comes.  Do we see that?  [Yes] Tie the Revelation there to this to the other part and then he says,

2 Thessalonians 2:3 “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day” the day of Christ “…will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,”  Now we can undress this pretty quick here.  If you just stay with me and look at the Words.  The Word here is the apostasy.  We break down that word, we tend to put our flavor to it.  But we need to look at words in the Greek exactly for what they say.  Usually when we say “apostasy” we refer to people in the Church falling out of the Church and falling away from the Church.  Now that’s our coloring to it.  But here’s what it says in the Greek, The root of the word “apo” “apos” or apostasy is this word, it’s snatching away.  A falling away, or to take away, or to remove.  Now it has a different flavor when you read it for just what it says. What does it say?  It says that there is a catching away or a falling away that must occur and that will produce the revealing of the antichrist.  That will reveal that all of this work that is being done now, and why.

In another passage it says that He must be taken out of the way in order for the evil one to be revealed. You guys got that?  Now why would that be?  The reason is, if those horses were loosed on the earth and the Spirit filled saints were on the earth, what would we do?  [pray] We’d pray.  We would bind them suckers.  You all don’t shake your heads like you believe it.  You believe it Cari. (a person in the congregation) We would pray.  We would pray.  I don’t believe that the Church of Jesus Christ would let another Adolph Hitler rise up and just sweep all over Europe again.  We would pray.  We would begin to bind him.  We would have the heart of God.  It says that God does nothing unless He tells His prophets. Unless He lets His children know what ‘s going on, and the Spirit of God would say, that’s the antichrist making his move, bind him.  [Yeah] Lord have mercy!  You all ain’t sure.  We would see it.  We would identify.  We’d say, “Stop, in the Name of the Lord.  Stop, in the Name of the Lord.” We would do stuff like take your hands off our money, take your hands off our bread.  Take your hands off our resources. We would bind death at it’s door and say, “You’ll not come in here.”  [Right] I’m talking about the Church.  The Church would rise up and bind him.  But it says that there has to be a falling away, a snatching away, a catching away, in order for all of these darknesses, these spirits of evil to be revealed in the earth. Go to 1 Thessalonians chapter 5.  And I think some of you aren’t sure about it, but let’s get it all together here.  In chapter 5 there’s a number, a number of verses that point to this reality.  In verse 3 it says,

1 Thessalonians 5:3 “For when they say, “Peace and safety!”  then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman.  And they shall not escape.”  Come upon who?  He’s not talking about the Church.  Can you prove it?  Sure, let’s read the rest.

1 Thessalonians 5:4 “But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.”  In other words, somebody, somewhere is going to preach the truth and the Church is going to know.  Hey, we can smell evil a mile away.

1 Thessalonians 5:5-8 “You are all sons of light and sons of the day.  We are not of the night nor of darkness.  Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.  For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.  But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of” the hope of [salvation] “the hope of [salvation] “salvation.”  He is talking to people that are saved.  He can’t be talking about the hope of them getting saved, he is talking about the hope of salvation.  He is talking about what Jesus said, “Pray that you will be worthy.”  To do what?  To escape in the day of His wrath.  Well, let’s go a little bit further.  If Pastor’s right, you can see it.  For in the next verse he says,

1 Thessalonians 5:9 “For God…” Let’s Read together, “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Well, what is going to happen?  The first seals are going to be opened.  Then the wrath that is coming is the permitted wrath from God, that God is permitting to come upon the earth.  But that wrath [is not for us]…not for us. [amen] The wrath of God is what?  [not for us] say it again [not for us].  But what about the wrath of satan?…We’ve been in the last days since Peter declared it in Acts Chapter 1, Chapter 2. We’ve been in the last days.  The wrath of satan, has continually been poured out upon the Church. Hallelujah.  But greater is He who is in us, than he who is in the world.  But many will be martyred. Many will die at his hand.  But the wrath of God is what?  [not for us].  We will suffer persecution.  You know, we don’t like it, but the reality is there will be persecution.  You want some persecution?  Go stand up in front of Walmart this afternoon and start preaching the Gospel.  You will be persecuted.  Probably arrested.  But we will suffer persecution.  Go home today after church and point a finger at your unbelieving mate our unbelieving child or relative, and begin giving them the Gospel message.  And say, “Pastor Don today was preaching about making the rapture!  Not making the rapture and your name right now is  not on the list!”  [Laughter] You will suffer persecution.  But it won’t be the wrath of God. Amen.

Alright, let’s go back to Revelation.  Is some of this coming clear to you?  [yes] It’s a confusing puzzle unless you ask God, who are the players?  9th verse, fifth seal.

Revelation 6:9 “When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.”…Let’s get that again. “…the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.”  In other words, when all of the other seals are opened and the evil one comes to conquer, the saints who are on the earth at that time who did not go in the rapture they will hold to their testimony of Jesus Christ.  The second testing they’re going to make it.  They’re going to stand strong.  They’re going to stand tough.  They’re going to give a testimony.  Can I prove that those are the saints who came through the great tribulation?  Let’s see if we can read a little bit here.  Go on to verse 10.

Revelation 6:10-11 “And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”  Then a white robe was given to each of them...”  White stands for what?  Righteousness, purity.  “…and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.”  So, what do we end up with?

We end up with in this chapter, satan is turned loose to do his thing.  The Church is no longer on the earth, so there is no united power to stop it.  Individual saints are spread out all over the place.  But they’re not organized into churches.  Persecution comes against the Church.  Begins to crush it.  People are martyred, but those of us that go in the rapture will be praying, “Lord, when will you avenge them?  When will you bring vengeance on them?”  And He says, but not till their number is completed.  They will live on this earth in the most horrible time ever known to man.

Today you have a great opportunity.  A great opportunity.  Why put salvation off another day?  Why, in your heart, reject the voice of the Lord which is calling out to you to come up, move up another level? Why reject the opportunity to serve the Lord in Spirit and in Truth and to remove from yourself those things which so beset and hinder you?  Why do that?  Why wait another minute to answer the call and say, “Lord, here am I.”  There’ll be enough proof to convince you, but will you become convinced before you have to go through it without the power and the presence of the Lord?   I’m just trying to do my job.  I’m just trying to say in the best way that I can, live the best life you can now, so that you can have the strength that you need.

I’m a faith preacher.  I believe in it, I’m going to preach it, till Jesus comes.  But there’s one thing that I’ve learned about faith, in order to have it when you need it, you have to seek it when you don’t need it.  [oh, yeah] I’m preaching to somebody.  In order to have faith when you need it, you have to seek it when you don’t need it.  Let me say it one more time.  [go ahead] In order to have faith when you need it, listen, sickness, disease, trouble will come to all of us, we’re all going to not get through this without problems. You’re going to have some problems.  There’s going to be some stuff raining down on you, that you’re going to need some faith to overcome.  [amen] Lord have mercy!  There’s some stuff happening on the planet that right now you need some real faith, not some phony head faith, you need some real get down, old time religion faith, that you believe it because God said it!  And you’re not going to be swayed to the left nor to the right.  Your eye is fixed on Jesus and you are locked and you believe and it will be as you say so!  [amen]

That’s the kind of faith you’re going to need in this last day. There’s going to be some stuff going down, and it’s on the planet right now.  But the doctors have no cure, they can’t fix some stuff that’s going on now.  There’s new strains of this in wacky zacky dacky, popping out all over the place, you better have some faith to say, “No, in the name of Jesus, I am the Child of God who’s walking in faith.”  And those of us that are the children of God are those who are what?  Led by the Spirit of God.  And the Spirit of God is leading us to faith.  Don’t wait till you need faith to run and try and get it.  It’s a little bit late then.  You better have rise from the dead faith now because you need it now.  You’d better have get up from the bed of sickness now, because you need it now.  You’d better have out of poverty faith now because poverty is coming.  You’d better have, I can take it and I’m going to make it faith right now because there’s opposition on the planet and you need to know Jesus has made you promises, precious promises that you can only access through the prayer of faith.  That is believing and without fluctuation.  Locking your heart and mind on it and saying, “Jesus said it’s mine, therefore it’s so.”  [amen] Therefore it’s so.

Don’t wait for the President of the United States to bring peace.  You need to have the peace of God, that passes understanding, that guards your heart and your mind….The End Times, the Body of Christ must be prepared for the End Times.

That was the end of the program. I pray you are blessed.



About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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