White horse rider.
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Now, in this 5th chapter, the breaking of these Seals. And now, the Seven-Sealed Book... first we want to read the First Seal. Last evening (to background it just a little more), we find out that when John looked and seen that Book still in the hands of the original Owner-God... Do you remember how it was lost? By Adam. He forfeited the Book of Life for the knowledge of Satan, and lost his inheritance. He lost everything, and no way for redemption. Then God, made in the likeness of man, came down and become a Redeemer to us, to redeem us. And now we find out that in days passed by, these things which was mysterious is to be opened up to us in the last days.
Now we find out also in this that as soon as John heard this announcement for the Kinsman Redeemer to come forth and to make His claims, there was no man that could do it. No man in heaven, no man in earth, no man beneath the earth, no one was worthy even to look at the Book. Just think of that! No person at all worthy even to look at it. And John just started weeping. He knowed that all, there was no chance for redemption then. Everything was failed, and quickly... We find his weeping stopping quickly, because it was announced by one of the four beasts, or the elders rather, one of the elders said, “Don't weep, John, for the Lion of the tribe of Judah has prevailed.”-in other words, overcome and has conquered.
John turning, he saw a Lamb coming out. It must have been bloody and cut and wounded. It had been slain. A Lamb that had been slain, and it was still bloody. If you had cut the lamb and killed it, the way that Lamb was anyhow... It was hacked to pieces on a cross, spears in the side, and nails in the hands and feet, and thorns over the brow. He was in an awful condition. And this Lamb come forth and went over to Him that sat upon the Throne, that held the complete title deed of Redemption. And the Lamb goes and takes the Book out of the hand of Him that sat upon the Throne, and was took and opened the Seals, and opened the Book. Then when that happened, we found out there must have been a great something took place in heaven, for the elders and... the four and twenty elders, the beasts and everything in heaven began to cry, “Worthy,” and here come the angels and poured out the vials of the prayers of the saints. The saints under the altar screamed out, “Worthy art thou, O Lamb, for you have redeemed us, and now You have made us kings and priests, and we shall rule on the earth.” Oh, my! And that's so, when He opened that Book.
You see, the Book actually was planned and written before the foundation of the world. This Book-the Bible-was really written before the foundation of the world. And Christ, being the Lamb, was slain before the foundation of the world. And the members of His Bride, their names were put in the Lamb's Book of Life before the foundation of the world. But it's been sealed up, and now it's being revealed; whose names were in there, all about it. What a great thing. And John, when he saw it, he said everything in heaven, everything underneath the earth, everything heard him saying, “Amen, blessings and honor!” He just really was having a great time, for the Lamb was worthy.
And now, the Lamb is standing now tonight, as we enter into this 6th chapter. He's got the Book in his hand and starting to reveal it. And, oh, I would have absolutely today.. and I hope that people are spiritual. I would have had a horrible mistake on that if it hadn't been.. about twelve o'clock today when the Holy Spirit came in the room and corrected me on something that I was writing down to say. I was taking it from an old context. I had nothing on it. I don't know what the Second Seal is, no more than nothing. But I've got some old contexts of something that I'd spoke on several years ago and wrote it down. And I had gathered this context from Dr. Smith, many great outstanding teachers that I'd gathered. And all of them believed that, so I'd wrote it down. And I was fixing to say, “Well, now I'll study it from that standpoint.” And there, about twelve o'clock in the day, the Holy Spirit just swept right down into the room, and the whole thing just opened up to me and there it was; of this First Seal being opened.
I'm as positive as I'm standing here tonight that this is the Gospel Truth that I'm going to show you tonight. I just know it is. Because if a Revelation is contrary to the Word, then it isn't Revelation. And you know, there's some of the stuff can look so absolutely true, and yet isn't true. It looks like it is, but it isn't.
Now, we find the Lamb with the Book, now. And now in the 6th chapter we read:
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of a thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
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.
Now, that's the First Seal, the one we're going to try by the grace of God to explain it tonight. By the very best.. and I realize that a man trying to explain that is walking on dangerous ground if you don't know what you are doing. So if it comes to me by revelation, I'll tell you so. If I just have to take it through my own mind, then I'll tell you that before I talk about it. But I'm just as positive as I'm standing here tonight that it come afresh to me today from the Almighty. I'm not prone to just saying things like that when it comes to this part of the scripture. I hope you know what I'm talking about now. You know, you can't say things if something's supposed to be laying over here before it happens. You can't say it till something lays it over there. See? Are you reading, are you listening to something?
Now, the Seven-Seal rolled Book is now being released by the Lamb. We approach that place tonight. God help us. As the Seals are broken and released, the mysteries of the Book are revealed. Now, you see this is a sealed Book. Now, we believe that, do we not? [Congregation says, “Amen”] We believe that it is a sealed Book. Now, we never knowed this before, but it is! It's sealed with Seven Seals. That is, on the back of the Book, the Book is sealed with Seven Seals.
If we was talking about this kind of book, it would be like putting a strap across itseven straps. But it isn't this kind of a book; it's a scroll. Then when the scroll is unwound, that's one; then laying right in the scroll is number two, and right here it says what it is-but it's a mystery. But yet we have probed in it, but remember, the book is sealed and the Book is a book of mystery of revelation. It is the revelation of Jesus Christ, see, a Book of revelation. And now you know down through the age, man has probed and tried to get into that. We all have!
Then when the Lamb took the Book and broke that First Seal, God spoke from His eternal throne to say what that Seal was to be revealed. But when it was placed before John, it was in a symbol. When John saw it, it was still a mystery. Why? It wasn't even revealed right then. It cannot be revealed until what He said here at the end-time. But it come in a symbol. When it thundered, remember, a loud clapping noise of a thunder is the voice of God. That's what the Bible says, see-a clap of thunder! They thought it was a thunder, but it was God. He understood it, for it was revealed to Him, see. It was a thunder. And notice, the First Seal opened; The First Seal, when it was opened in the symbol form, it thundered! Now what about when it's opened in its reality form?
Notice. Christ is not seen anymore, see, from the time there. But He is on a white horse. So if this guy is riding a white horse, he's only an impersonator of Christ, see. Did you get that? Notice, the rider on the white horse don't have any name. He might use two or three titles, but he hasn't got any name. But Christ has a name! What is it? The Word of God! “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... And the Word was made flesh,” see?
The rider has no name, but Christ is called “The Word of God.” That's what He is. He's called that. Now He's got a name that no man knows, but He's called “The Word of God.” This guy isn't called nothing, see, but he is on a white horse. The rider has no arrows for his bow. Did you notice? He had a bow, but there is nothing said about having any arrows. So he must be a bluffer. That's right. Maybe he has got a lot of thunder and no lightning. But you find out Christ had both lightning and thunder, for out of His mouth goes a sharp two-edged sword, and He smites the nations. And this guy can't smite nothing, see, but he's playing the part of a hypocrite. He is going forth riding on a white horse, going out to conquer.
Christ has a sharp sword, and watch. It comes from His mouth. The living Word. That's the Word of God revealed to His servants; like He said to Moses: “Go stand there and hold that stick out yonder and call for flies,” and there was flies. Sure. Whatever He said, He done it, and it come to pass, His living Word. God and His Word is the selfsame Person. God is the Word. Who is this mysterious rider of the First Church Age then? Who is he? Let's think of it. Who is this mysterious rider that starts forth in the First Church Age and rides plumb on out into eternity, goes to the end?
The Second Seal comes forth and goes right on out into the end. The Third Seal comes forth and goes right on out into the end. Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh-every one of them winds right up out here in the end. And at the end-time, these Books that have been rolled up, all this time with these mysteries in them, it's broken. Then out comes the mystery, to see what it is. But actually they started forth at the First Church Age because the First Church Age received the message, like this. “The white horse rider went out,” see? Who is he? He is mighty in his conquering power. He is a great fellow in his conquering power. Do you want me to tell you who he is? He is the antichrist. That is exactly what he is. Now, because, you see, if an antichrist... Jesus said that “the two would be so close together until it would deceive the very Elected (the Bride), if it was possible.” Antichrist, it's the antichrist spirit.
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And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.