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Sunday Sermon - 12 March 2017: The Four Horsemen (Part 1)
Posted by The Padre on March 12, 2017
Brothers and Sisters! Greetings!
Today I am going to venture where many preachers/pastors/priests dare venture. The Book of the Revelation of Jesus. Many clergy avoid it out confusion or a fear to learn more about it. That isn't to say they are bad clergy. I am just a bit more crazy than the rest.
Revelation starts off with letters to the seven churches. Each one is a letter from John. John writes these letters and tells each church about the good and bad about it that he has heard. Their works, their doctrine, their strength of faith.
I'm going to state right here that Revelation is part symbolism and part vision. The 7 churches are representative of the church throughout the ages. There are groups of people who believe we are in the last church age. The Church of Laodicea.
One topic that is always brought up and has become a part of common use is the "4 Horseman of the Apocalypse." They are as mysterious as they are commonly used.
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.
His appearance is important. He comes in on a white horse. White is the universal sign of good and peace. He has a crown, which means he is a ruler. He had a bow, which might indicate warrior, but there is no mention of arrow or sword. He goes forth conquering and to conquer.
How can he conquer if he has no arrows or sword? Promises of peace and prosperity. Of a golden Utopian era of mankind here on Earth. How often is this touted today? It's talked about, but never achieved. Since history has been written there have been wars and fights. Look at the 20th and so far the 21st century.
We should be concerned when someone comes promising peace and prosperity and countries start falling in line. It could come from a weary world of fighting, or an event of disastrous proportions.
Friends and believers, non-believers and people questioning. I implore you to pay attention to current events. Regardless of your thoughts, we can all see things are in a sad state of affairs. Please help your fellow man. Be kind, be functional, be just and merciful.