The Apocalypse

Written by Rev.Anthony Smith

The Apocalypse

Revelation 6:2-6:8

The Apocalypse ; I will bring thee down, saithrepparttar LORD. Something disclosed, especially something not previously known or realized: disclosure, exposé, exposure, and revelation. Apocalyptic eschatology is marked byrepparttar 135162 conviction that God will intervene decisively inrepparttar 135163 present evil age and vindicate his suffering elect over their oppressors, raisingrepparttar 135164 dead, consigningrepparttar 135165 wicked to eternal destruction, and establishing a new creation. Inrepparttar 135166 Bible, apocalyptic elements are present inrepparttar 135167 books of Ezekiel, Isaiah, Joel, Zechariah, and Daniel. The collection known asrepparttar 135168 Pseudepigrapha [1. Spurious writings, especially writings falsely attributed to biblical characters or times. 2. A body of texts written between 200 b.c. and a.d. 200 and spuriously ascribed to various prophets and kings of Hebrew Scriptures. ETYMOLOGY: Greek, from neuter pl. of pseudepigraphos, falsely ascribed: pseud s, false; see pseudo–+ epigraphein, to inscribe (epi-, epi- + graphein, to write] Contains a number of early Jewish apocalypses, including 1 Enoch, 4 Ezra, and 2 Baruch. Inrepparttar 135169 New Testamentrepparttar 135170 book of Revelation is often calledrepparttar 135171 Apocalypse. ( pŏk´ lĭps), allegorical figures inrepparttar 135172 Book of Revelation inrepparttar 135173 Bible. The Four Horsemen ofrepparttar 135174 Apocalypse;repparttar 135175 rider onrepparttar 135176 white horse has many interpretations–one is that he represents Christ; [This view has its skeptics thou, forrepparttar 135177 rider onrepparttar 135178 white horse was Given a Crown, meaning that He had no power until after it was given to Him, as withrepparttar 135179 other three horsemen,repparttar 135180 second point here is that whenever Jesus is mentioned, He is always mentioned having a Sword and never a bow. This is my interpretation of this.],repparttar 135181 rider onrepparttar 135182 red horse is war; onrepparttar 135183 black horse is famine; and onrepparttar 135184 pale horse, death. The Apocalyptic nature of man has come from years of indecisiveness inrepparttar 135185 worshiping ofrepparttar 135186 creature instead ofrepparttar 135187 creator. The spiritual battle ground is Israel and especially Jerusalem, lets read; Tuesday, July 27, 2004 TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran will wipe Israel "offrepparttar 135188 face ofrepparttar 135189 earth" if it dared to attackrepparttar 135190 Islamic republic’s nuclear facilities, a spokesman for Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying. "The United States is showing off by threatening to use its wild dog, Israel,"repparttar 135191 public relations head ofrepparttar 135192 Revolutionary Guards, Commander Seyed Masood Jazayeri, was quoted as saying byrepparttar 135193 Iranian student news agency ISNA. Rev 6:2-8; 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. And when he had openedrepparttar 135194 second seal, I heardrepparttar 135195 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 fromrepparttar 135196 earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. Here we see thatrepparttar 135197 writer John, stated that he saw a Great Sword, not just a sword. A great sword is to signify, great death was inevitable. And when he had openedrepparttar 135198 third seal, I heardrepparttar 135199 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 inrepparttar 135200 midst ofrepparttar 135201 four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny (An average daily wage, penny, not to be misunderstood, At this time a days wages will be needed to sustain food forrepparttar 135202 people); and see thou hurt notrepparttar 135203 oil andrepparttar 135204 wine. Olive Oil (trees) and Grape wine (Vineyards), two main commercial staples of Israel. And when he had openedrepparttar 135205 fourth seal, I heardrepparttar 135206 voice ofrepparttar 135207 fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. (Death wasrepparttar 135208 rider but afterrepparttar 135209 rider came Hell, speaking ofrepparttar 135210 destination of those who met Death.) And power was given unto them overrepparttar 135211 fourth part ofrepparttar 135212 earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and withrepparttar 135213 beasts ofrepparttar 135214 earth. If you notice in Revelations 6:2-8 , there arerepparttar 135215 words ; power or crown was given unto, them, him, and orders of see thou hurt notrepparttar 135216 oil andrepparttar 135217 wine, who was giving these things power, crown and stipulations of what to leave unhurt? God. Because ofrepparttar 135218 totality unrighteousness of man, God will have His day of Vengeance.

The Land of Suffering

Written by Dot McGinnis

The Land of Suffering

"Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said,

It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all

my father's household. The second son he named Ephraim and said,

it is because God has made me fruitful inrepparttar land of my suffering."

Genesis 41:51-52

Joseph was 17 years old when he was sold by his brothers, he was 30 years old when he enteredrepparttar 135161 service of Pharaoh King of Egypt. For 13 years he dwelt in "the land of suffering." He endured deception, slavery, was falsely accused by Potiphar's wife, imprisoned, and it was allrepparttar 135162 will of God! (Genesis Chapters 37-50)

God had a purpose, a plan to be carried out that could only be accomplished by Joseph. And, it was God's will that it be carried out in "the land of suffering." Sometimes, God's perfect plan often leads us through a land filled with pain, misery, heartache and despair that we, like Joseph, are forced to endure.

Would to God that we could be like Joseph and not only forget our troubles while we're inrepparttar 135163 land of suffering, but become fruitful like he did and become a blessing to those around us.

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