21 – “The Black Horse – Salvation in Symbols & Signs”


So we are moving
right into our next horse. There’s four of them. You got the white, the
red, the black and the pale. And all of these colors
symbolize significant actions or reactions that are
working in the earth today. So these four horses are
riding through earth today, but we’ve identified them primarily first
of as historic epics, historic timeframes
in the era of history, going back to the apostolic age, white horse, the
purity of the gospel and then coming
into the persecution, the red horse, the
persecution that took place as the gospel spread
out throughout the world and it became an
issue with pagan Rome. And now we’re moving
to a time of darkness, a time when another
transition takes place in relation to Christianity for Satan to try to
work in and up and destroy the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So the black
horse is gonna take us, it’s got another epic of time. And we won’t
understand all the symbols here. What we gonna find here
as we read these verses is, there’s a little bit more here. There’s a little
bit more for us to chew, to bite often chew here,
it might take us little longer to get through some of these
symbols and understand them. But they will be,
they are understandable. So Jason, can you lead us
out with the word of prayer and then we get
right into these verses, read these verses. Sure. Dear heavenly Father, we
ask that you be here with us as we study
about the black horse, Lord, please bless the study as You have all
of our other ones, in Jesus’ name we pray, amen. Amen. Okay, let’s read. Jason, would you
read for us verses. What is it five
and six, five and six. Okay. “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. 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. ” Okay, so this first symbol
that we want to look at here I think is the
symbol of the color. We’ve been doing
that all the way through. The white we connected in
about a dozen places there, it’s connected to the
righteousness of saints, the righteousness of God. So saw that in
relation to Revelation 19:11 the white horse and
its rider is Christ. So we identified the horses. Christ, His people
connected His church, connected with Him. And then the red
horse, we connected the red with the dragon
in Revelation 12:3, the great red
dragon, persecution again, the connection was made there. There are number of Bible verses that we want to look at here. And I’m thinking may be we can
just kind of look at a couple. One of them is
found in Acts 26:18. Acts 26:18. The other one that I want us
to look at is in John 3:19-21. So, Yvonne, do
you have the Acts one? Yeah, Acts 26, which is that? Yeah, Acts 26:18. John 3. Okay. John 3:19 to 21. Okay, and… As soon as you get
there just, you just go ahead. 26:18 you said? Yeah. Okay, “To open their
eyes and to turn them from darkness to light. ” Do you want me to do 17? Yeah, do 17, you get it. “Delivering
thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send
thee, to open their eyes and to turn them
from darkness to light and from the
power of Satan to God, that they may
receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among them
which are sanctified by faith that is in me. ” Okay, so just real quick one,
you want to comment on that. Paul here is
speaking about how the gospel, the white horse is symbolizing
the gospel is turning people from darkness to light. So here if we borrow this, we bring this
over to Revelation 6, we have darkness
and we have light. And Jesus is saying that this color is
symbolic of the darkness of not understanding
the gospel of Jesus Christ. Satan is going to try
to keep us in darkness. Now let’s read John Chapter 3. Verses 19 to 21. “And this is the condemnation, that light is
come into the world, and men loved
darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that
doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds
should be reproved. ” Okay, so… Oh, is that? Verse 21. “But he that doeth
truth cometh to the light, that his deeds
may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. ” Now, do you noticed
something significant here? These verses are
talking about people. Talking about
people specifically. So we’ve already
identified the horses as representing people works. So in this
particular epic of time, we’ve got horses. The black horse
representing people who are rejecting light
and moving into darkness, who are rejecting light
and holding on to darkness. Basically that’s
what’s taking place. You’ve got people… See every one of these
horses represents people and choices that we make. And we’ll see this even more
as we get to the end of this whole symbol or
symbols summarize it all in this incredible
application of parallel to one of the parables. A parallel to a
parable of Jesus in Matthew 13, but right now we
just want to emphasize that sometimes when
we think about horses, we think all these
horses, they must represent, you know, these earthly beast and the other that’s
going on in the earth and it’s, you know, the red
horse that must be communism, you know, and they
come down and they kill, you know, and take
piece from the earth and then disperse. No, these
horses represent people and they represent
very practical decisions that we make in relation
to the gospel of Jesus Christ. And so here we have
people who are represented as loving
darkness rather than light. And we have the
gospel trying to take us out of darkness into the light. And these Bibles
verses are helping us to unravel that and understand, you know, how that
applies to this, to this age, but we want to see it
in relation to history. How do we connect
this to the churches and the history
that’s taking place there? What’s happening in
this period of time? Let’s test our students here. Oh no. Quiz? I’m serious. We hate our
quizzes. We hate that. So but this one
should be pretty easy. Okay. So this is seal number what? This is number two, isn’t it? Number three. Three, three. Right so, if we’re looking
at seal number three then, if we need something
that we can check it again, so we can get a general idea of what period we
are talking about, where would we go. Would we look anywhere
else in the Book of Revelation for something that
we have covered before? The churches. The churches. Excellent, you are
doing great. The churches! Yay! The churches. Right. And what church specifically would we seek to find
some kind of connection with? What number? Three. Number three,
church number three. And if we go back to
the list of churches, church number three
is a church of Pergamos, which is where we found
compromise taking place. And we saw that that time period was beginning
roughly around 321 A.D, with the introduction
of the Emperor Constantine, and the compromise
that began to happen right after the persecutions
of the second church period. Okay. So now we know,
okay, this third horse, this black horse would represent compromise occurring really at the
time of this agreement that is about to
be made between Rome as a nation and Christianity. They began to come together and mix paganism
with Christianity which would
point us to the scales that the rider on the
black horse is holding, balance, false balances. False balances. Yeah, we have a
scale and you’re trying to, you know, you give a
little and you take a little. Right? Right. Make it and that’s
what’s going on here. Hey, you know what? We’ll make some concessions,
we’ll make some agreements. We’ll mingle
paganism with Christianity so that everyone can be happy. That’s what begins to happen. Yes. And this is really interesting
because as you bring that out, there’s a couple
of other Bible verses that I want us to
refer to in relation to this. The word balance
here also means a yoke or a burden or
bondage, and it can refer, you know in Mathew Chapter 11, it talks about being
yoked up with Christ. But in other Bible verses,
there’s a negative connotation to this yoke or this
balance that’s identified here. And I think it’s in a
negative that we’re seeing this. Just like peace can refer to, you know, the
gospel of Jesus Christ. The sword is
negative in the last one. It’s a sword of persecution but Jesus also can
represent the sword. So we have to
understand the context, that’s why these principles
are very important in layering with the churches and the
seals and then the trumpets, helping us to
make the connection. So look at these Bible verses. Look up Acts Chapter 15. Yvonne, can you
look up Acts 15:10? And then, Jason,
would you look up Acts or Galatians 5:1? Galatians 5:1 and Acts 15:10. And as you’re
looking up Galatians 5:1, I want to give a
little bit of background to what’s happening in Galatia. Do you have Acts
15 already? I do. Let’s start with that. Okay, “Now
therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon
the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers
nor we were able to bear?” Okay, Paul here is
dealing not only with the yoke that the Jews
were trying to bring in to the Christian church, the yoke of the ceremonial,
listen to the ceremony laws, that they even themselves were not able
to keep and follow, but he is also talking
about legalism in a sense. He is talking about the Judises, they were coming
in a sense undermining the gospel of Jesus Christ and wanting to force the
Gentiles to be circumcised and they keep these
certain ceremonial laws that really had been
fulfilled in Jesus Christ. And Galatians 5:1? Galatians 5:1, “Stand
fast therefore in the liberty where with Christ
have made us free, and be not entangled
again with a yoke of bondage. ” Okay, so here,
the yoke of bondage is again coming in
suddenly to the church through this Judisers, where they’re wanting to observe in the context of Galatians’ years and months and days, all of these different
holidays and formalisms. Christian formalism
that was trying to come in to the early church and that’s exactly
what we see taking place during this darkness. We see a mixture of paganism
and forms and ceremonies with the pure
gospel of Christianity. And so it’s
truly significant here because the balance
actually deepens the symbolism of the black horse
because in this case, it is referring to
these forms of legalism that are eroding the
gospel of Jesus Christ. Slowly eroding, eating away
at the gospel of Jesus Christ. And end up
coming to this fruition in this incredible
edifice of forms and ceremonies that the church becomes down toward the end of
this period of time, and something that the
gospel has to break through point by point. We’ll be looking
at this point by point and recover the brightness and the purity of the
gospel of Jesus Christ. And its freedom.
Yeah, and the freedom. Because the holy
yoke, the whole idea that there is a yoke here
and legalism is a yoke, it is. And so many people are
just so bound up in legalism that they don’t know
the freedom that comes with actually
knowing Christ in that. And not having to be just so… heavy-laden… Yeah,
havey-laden. With the burden. Yeah. And what’s interesting
about this is that, you know, that the Bible here is talking
about these pair of balances. These are false balances,
and let’s just made that word singular, false balance. So this idea of, you
know, hey, let’s be balance man, be careful because
sometimes, you know, whose definition of balance. Right. You know what I’m saying. So now in the early
church you have this. Look, you know, we don’t
have to keep God’s law the way that He wrote it. Let’s compromise
a little, you know, let the pagans do
their thing, be balance. You know, don’t be
so, and so, you know, on a very
practical personal level. White horse, you’re on fire, you know, they have the gospel. But then the red
horse comes along, persecute you, oh, man, and so the tendency
when we become persecuted is, what can I do to
stop this persecution, I know, I’ll
compromise a little bit. Let me just kind of cool that, and that’s what
the devil is trying. You know, on a
very personal level, devil wants to get you connected with that dark holes. So that now you’re balancing,
I mean, your false balance, you’re compromising, and this is
exactly what is happening in this church period, where they begin to
compromise with paganism, and the mansion here that actually speaks
about in that verse 6. “I heard a voice in the
midst of the four beasts saying a measure
of wheat for a penny, and three measures
of barley for a penny. ” Okay. Yeah. So what are bread, you know,
indeed barely and wheat are ingredients for bread. What is bread
symbolized in the Bible? Jesus often. Symbolizes Christ, and
it symbolizes His word. Man does not
live by bread alone, thy words were
found and I did eat them. So you’ve got the
table of showbread, remember in the
sanctuary symbolism, and the table of
showbread represents, you know, you got
the live witnessing, you got the altar prayer, you got the table of showbread, partaking of the word of God. Two stacks of 6, 66
books in the word of God. So God is bringing
these symbols alive and He is pointed out, He
will make a connection again with the sanctuary in
the sense with the bread. What does it mean for a penny? See, a penny was
like a day’s wages. So it was costly to
maintain that connection with the word of God and to have the
word of God was costly as this compromise
began to take place. Yeah, I see those two loaves,
you know, I mean two stacks, six loaves each as true balance. Perfect true balance, you know, so something by
attacking the word of God and creating a false
balance with the word of God has much significance when we come back to
the table of showbread, where there’s all
these seals are unfolding. So you think
about the book of… you know, it talks about this, how much it cost for this
bread and if there is a famine, there is a
famine and guess what, Amos Chapter 8,
I’m going to read it. Amos 8: 11, it says “Behold, the days
comes say the Lord God, that I will send a
famine in the land, not a famine of bread,
nor a thirst for water, but of hearing
the words of the Lord. And they shall
wander from sea and sea and from the
north even to the east they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the
Lord and shall not find it. ” What began to happen in
this time period is this. Taking away of the word of
God to where the word of God, the true word of
God becomes scarce. Now, want you to
think about this. Remember we talked about, because something very
specific happened in 321 A.D. And that was
actually the first Sunday law that was passed by Constantine. I remember we talked
about how the table of showbread was changed out every Sabbath. So we saw that look, the things that are going
to be the focus of the seal, of the seals
are the word of God, the mount of the
congregation and the Sabbath. So under the white
horse, white horse goes forth with the true word of God
and the Sabbath, you know, that’s what set
Christians aside in the yoke so they were actually
persecuted under the red horse because they were
keeping the Sabbath. It was a heavy
Sabbath persecution and because of this,
some Christians began to say, we need to distance
ourselves from the Sabbath because it’s
bringing persecution and so under Constantine, you have this compromise, right? Now remember this,
I want to show this, let’s get back
to the third church, which is what you
guys pointed out, okay. Remember how we talked
about how Lucifer wanted to sit on the sides of the north, over the mount
of the congregation. Well, this is third seal. I want you to go
back, let’s just go back very quickly to
the third church, Revelation Chapter 2 and let’s look
at verse 12 and 13, and let’s see 12 and 13. Could you, one of you read
that for us verse 12 and 13. “And to the angel of the
church in Pergamos write, These things saith he
which hath the sharp sword with two edges,
I know thy works, and where thou dwellest,
even where Satan’s seat is. ” All right, stop right there. Even where what? Satan’s seat. Satan’s seat. Third church, third seal, Sunday law, historically. So Satan is
attempting to take his seat over the mount
of the congregation. Worship. Wow. Worship. Wow. He is sitting in
a sense we can say he is attempting to sit
on the sides of the north over the mount
of the congregation, and using his
authority to change the Sabbath. Yeah. It was the priest that
changed the table of showbread every Sabbath. So now when he
sits, saying, yeah, I have authority to do this. I’m sitting over the
mount of the congregation. I have authority
to change God’s law, which brings us right
back to the Book of Daniel, which we will get into later,
but you see this connections that let you know
this is definitely where we are in history, the fact that Satan’s
seat would be mentioned in connection
with the third seal is absolutely profound and important
for us to understand. It really is, and
you know that history again informs us today. When we look back
at the history we say, okay, here’s where it applies. Then we take the principles
and we apply to us today. We don’t necessarily see Satan
doing the same thing exactly but we see the same
principles taking place. So Sunday law,
famine for the word of God, the true word of God is scarce. And there’s this famine
and people aren’t understanding really what the
word of God teaches because we have these
transition taking place and the word of God doesn’t become
the centre any longer. So how does that
apply to us today? Now, I want to
share with you a couple of bible worship versions that I think bring this
home to us, in our time. What we see taking
place today, by the way, this is really interesting because recently I
was given a bible to read, it’s called the… I’m now
forgetting the name of it, but it’s the bible
that’s written in sequence, everything is in, kind of
like the Chronological Bible, Chronological Bible. And I was like,
this is great, you know. ‘Cause when you reading Mathew, you don’t just read Mathew,
you have Mathew, Luke, John, Mathew, Mark, Luke, John. First chapter, second chapter. It puts it all in there, everything’s in
chronological order. So I started Genesis,
start reading through, and it was
filled with footnotes, and I was like, oh. And so I’m reading through,
and reading these footnotes, and I started
noticing, wait a minute, theses footnotes are actually
undermining the word of God. They’re actually
undermining the word of God. I’m thinking, why
are they doing this? So I stopped
reading the footnotes. And then I realize
as I went through there, I realize, you know the
bible is the best selling book in the world. Yes, still, right. Still. It’s not on the New
York best sellers list because it be there, it be on the topsy all the time. It’s a best seller. And because of this,
it’s a really good way for people to make
money who publish books. However, in order to
make money on the bible, we have to have
your own version, because every
version is copyrighted and you can’t make
money on someone else’s. So this is one of the reasons why there are so many
new versions of bible. So the Chronological
Bible, it’s not that these guys, these people are
really interested in, its a new way to make
some money on the bible. Here’s a new Bible. And we’ll put
whatever footnotes in there we want to put in there. They can be skeptical footnotes, they can be
undermining God’s word, but this is a
Chronological Bible, ‘you got to get this
bible and read the… ‘ That’s the point. Wow. Okay now, here’s the danger. Satan is very
subtle the way he works. Another version of
bible, another version of bible, another version of
Bible, has to be changed 10 to15 percent
from previous version. You can only
change the bible so much before you’re
going out of the Greek, and you are going into whatever. So let me just, not long ago, I really got interested in a version of the
bible called The Message. Yeah. Oh man, down to earth, easy to read,
easy to understand. I was preaching, I
was telling people, “You got to get this version,
you got to get this version. ” And then you know, I
mean, this was something that… ’cause I used to
be King James only, you know, and I kind of balance, I am hoping balance
from that, you know. But now I am swinging
over here, I am going, “Whoa, whoa, wait a minute. ” And so I said, “I’m going to
put this to the litmus test. ” So I decided to go
in The Message Bible to some of the
verses that I used to test it’s authenticity. So I went to, first verse
I went to is Revelation 1:10. Revelation 1:10, “I was in the
Spirit on the Lord’s Day. ” So let me read it to
you from The Message Bible, “I was in the
Spirit”, excuse me, “It was Sunday and I was in the
Spirit, praying. ” It was Sunday. We brought out this idea
of this transition to Sunday, scarcity to the word of God. Today, there is no
scarcity of the word of God, it’s every where. Isn’t it? I mean, you can
get the Bibles Galore, you can get The
Chronological Bible, you can get The Message Bible. But when you get these
bibles, what are you reading, and is this really
what the bible is teaching? Now I quoted The Message Bible. By the way, The Message Bible
now sits on the heretic shelf. Everyone should
have the heretic shelf. Student of the Bible, you need to
have a heretic shelf. I still utilize it,
but I’ve got this caution. But as I started studying this, I want to just, I want to find any and every
bible version I can find and read this verse in there. So the Expanded
Bible, “It’s the Lord’s day, probably a reference to
the first day of the week, which is Sunday. ” That’s the Expanded Bible. And then I found
another version of bible which is called the
Holman Christian Bible, “I was in the
Spirit on the Lord’s day. ” Footnote: Sunday. Then I found the English
translation of The Voice, “I was in the
Spirit on the Lord’s Day (the first day of the
week),” which is Sunday. Then I found another five, no, six
translation of the bible, including the Spanish one, and I won’t
embarrass my Spanish teacher from high school in
trying to read that. Sunday, Sunday,
Sunday, first day of the week, first day of the
week, first day of the week. So what we see in that
history of that transformation that took place
by Constantine’s law, we see the same
thing taking place today, a subtle transition, pluralism. So that when I do a bible study
now with someone and they say, “Oh, the Sabbath, well,
I go to church on Sunday.” “Well, Sunday
actually isn’t in Bible.” “Oh, it’s in my Bible. It’s in my
Bible, Revelation 1:10.” “Well, Revelation 1:10,
you know, The Message Bible, that’s not really
based on the Greek.” “Well, there were
scholars, the scholars did that. They know what
they are talking about. I trust the scholars. If they think
that’s a good translation, I got six other
translations by the way. If all these people think, if all these bible
have Sunday in there, the first day of
the week in there, its good enough for me. That’s where we are today. Yeah. So that history is coming forth. Now, notice what it says
here, in a context of this says, “Hurt not the oil and the wine.” I know we’re not
going to have enough time to cover the oil and the wine, but we need to
cover this in detail because this connection
here between the oil and wine, and the importance of the bible, the word of God and
the authority of that word, and the fact that
it should not be alter. Because when you get
to the end of Revelation, you remember, let’s
read those bible verses. Jason, can you read for us Revelation 22:18? Sure. “For I testify unto every
man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall
add unto these things, God shall add
unto him the plagues that are written in this book.” And 19. “And if any man shall take away from the words of the
book of this prophecy, God shall take away his
part out of the book of life, and out of the holy
city, and from the things which are written in this book.” That is serious. Wow. That is serious. God is saying, don’t
add, don’t take away. You add words to this,
you take words away from this, well, here we have
six bible versions, six modern bible versions
and all of those versions by the way, are post 2000. All of them were
translated after the year 2000. Interesting. Okay, so they are all
modern, that are changing, that are adding
to the word of God. They are putting in
definitions of the Lord’s day that aren’t
actually in the text, they are not in the Greek. But they are in their now, and now people
are reading bibles that basically saying, as never before that
Sunday is in the Bible, it’s the Lord’s Day. So we’re moving now
back toward this compromise that we saw in those dark ages. The black horse is still riding. The black horse is
still riding and we’re there. And people, we need
to be aware of this, we really need
to be aware of this. So we’re under a
minute and we got a close out. But we want to remind people… What do we remind people? If they have any questions, just send their
emails to [email protected] as a Salvation,
and Symbols, and Signs. Salvations, and
symbols, and signs. Close this out, Yvonne,
with the word of prayer, would you? Father, we just
thank you so much for this studying lord and this
Revelation of your spirit, your love for us. And we just thank you Lord God for all that you do
and for being in our lives. Continue to bless,
guide, and direct us. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. Amen. Amen. That went very fast. It did. We got to hit the oil and wine. Now, just real
quick, before we go though, the oil and the wine, oil represents the
anointing of the Holy Spirit and wine represents
the blood of Jesus Christ. We’re going to look
at some bible versus, but we really need to emphasize
that because this is the key to escaping the
darkness, the compromise. It’s to be annoyed
with the Holy Spirit and not letting men teach us
but the God teachers, 1 John, and then to be depending
on the blood of Christ, because that’s also what the
compromise came in with, with the
compromise and the gospel. Sweet.

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9 thoughts on “21 – “The Black Horse – Salvation in Symbols & Signs”

  1. I totally LOVE LOVE the way you have shown the comparison of the horses to the churches! It makes TOTAL sense! I had never heard this in 40 years of Revelation seminars…..
    ALSO SHOCKED and STUNNED over the original meaning of Atheist! OH MY GOODNESS! Christians were considered the first Atheists!!!!!!!! WOW! Bless you all!

  2. True about some of the newer Bible translations; for example, the translator of The Message Bible doesn't even believe that the Bible should be taken literally.

  3. I stick to the King James Version. It is the Bible that came out of the Reformation. It is Satan's deception that the KJV is difficult to understand. Pray and read in the Spirit and the KJV is a blessing. It's the only version we read for family worship.

  4. You should not just do a Revelation study or a Daniel study you should do a Daniel & Revelation & Ezekiel study with the rest of the bible game too and SOP.

  5. Watching episode 21 – So I was very curious about the translations being faulty… WOW! Revelation 1:10 https://www.biblica.com/bible/amp/revelation/1/msg/ verse 10 next to Lord's Day there is an [o] to click on… drop down and it says "The early church used this term to refer to Sunday, the day of Jesus' resurrection. The term Kyriake is also the regular word for Sunday in modern Greek.". Well, I looked it up in my Strongs… "Lord's" Greek word is kuriakos – meaning belonging to the Lord; Lord's. And "Day" translated from hemera – meaning day. SO WOW they perverted the word for God and said it meant Sunday. YIKES!!! You know they changed a bunch more!! Amplified has the footnote of it meaning Sunday and translated it in the same way as the message Bible perverting the word God to mean "Sunday"!! YIKES!!!

  6. That's why the Ten Commandments are so IMPERATIVE , Especially Today ! … When you step & live ALL TEN , they liberate you from the Snares & Deceptions of the World ! … Very Sobering & Vigilant message by the panel … ALL PRAISE TO OUR CREATOR !!! …

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