What we really need in our trials.

Here is a favourite song of mine – “Blessings” by Laura Story.
God did not promise us an easy life, we are all in this together.
When you are hanging on the side of a steep cliff by your fingernails, barely able to hold on any longer, and someone comes along and stands at the top of that cliff from their lofty position and shouts down, Roman’s 8:28 ” And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him,”.
You cringe inside as you know with all your being that what you really need, is for that person to climb down to where you are hanging, to tell you “I am here with you and for you”, together we can make it up the side of this cliff.

What Temple does the “Man of Lawlessness” stand in?

I believe that Jesus body IS the third temple and the saints are a part of Jesus body who make up the temple too. Here are some verses which explain why.

John 2:19 On account of this, the Jews demanded, “What sign can You (Jesus) show us to prove Your authority to do these things?” 19 Jesus answered, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.” 20“This temple took forty-six years to build,” the Jews replied, “and You are going to raise it up in three days?”… But Jesus was speaking about the TEMPLE of His BODY…

Acts 7: 45 And our fathers who received it (The Tabernacle of Witness) brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations God drove out before them. It remained until the time of David, 46 who found favour in the sight of God and asked to provide a dwelling place for the GOD of Jacob. 47 But it was Solomon who built the house for Him…. Acts 7:48 However, the Most High does NOT LIVE IN HOUSES MADE BY HUMAN HANDS. As the prophet says: 49 ‘Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. What kind of house will you build for Me, says the Lord, or where will My place of repose be? 50 Has not My hand made all these things?

Jesus has no building to reside in here on earth now, other than the TEMPLE/BUILDING made up of believers – made with HIS HANDS.

Ephesians 2:19-22 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the WHOLE BUILDING, being fitted together, is growing into a HOLY TEMPLE IN THE LORD, in whom you also are being built together into a DWELLING OF GOD in the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that YOU ARE THE TEMPLE God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  
2 Corinthians 6:16 For YOU ARE THE TEMPLE of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

So what does the Man of Lawlessness appear like, if the temple is not a temple built with hands?

2 Corinthians 6: 14-18 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and LAWLESSNESS or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the TEMPLE OF GOD with “IDOLS”? For WE ARE THE TEMPLE of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE

2 Thessalonians 2 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of LAWESSNESS (unbeliever) is revealed, the son of destruction, 4.who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his SEAT in the TEMPLE OF GOD, displaying himself AS BEING GOD.

So I divulge from these verses that the ‘Man of Lawlessness’ is not found in a man-made Jewish temple in Jerusalem, but rather is an unbeliever (as 2 Cor 14-18 specifically explains Lawlessness as an unbeliever and someone that is Idolized….) who sets himself up as ‘God’ in the ‘temple of believers‘.

Bible Numerics and the Seven Seals of Revelation

Numbers in Scripture often contain a message. For example the number “forty” is associated with waiting and testing. Here are some examples below.

The Israelite’s were tested in Exodus 34:28 when they waited 40 days until Moses returned with the tablets of the Law; they failed the test miserably by building the golden calf.

The book of Exodus also records the 40 year period that the Israelite’s wandered in the desert before reaching the promised land.

In Jonah 3:4 God gave the city of Ninevah 40 days to repent before it would be destroyed; this city passed the test by repenting and 300,000 souls were saved.

Numbers 13:25 records the story of the 12 Spies who were sent to explore the land for Moses and Aaron. After 40 days the spies returned with their frightening report about the size of the people, this instilled fear in the Israelite’s causing them to turn against Moses and Aaron, which resulted in that generation being denied the opportunity to enter the Promised Land.

Matt 4:1-11 tells how Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness where He was tempted by Satan. However Jesus passed the test victoriously!

Other numbers consistently carry a message too. I will demonstrate below how the numbers 1 through to 7 line up perfectly in relation to the seven seals.

The Seven Seals of Revelation
Seal 1 – The NUMBER ONE has the meaning of ONE GOD – UNITY – the unity between God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 4:4 There is only one Spirit of God,
If you go back to the root words in the Greek it is intriguing how the White Horse describes the Spirit of God’s work in great detail. The White horse of Revelation 6 is seal Number One and the symbols of this horse describe “(white) righteousness, (Bow) ‘to bring forth” (Stephanos crown) the victory. It is the Spirit of God who brings forth victory in righteousness in us and continues to bring forth the victory of righteousness in us – “conquering and to conquer”. Jesus promised he would sent His Spirit to help us once he was glorified in John 7:39. The White Horse was sent to EARTH immediately after Jesus won the victory over sin and death and was worshiped and Glorified on the Throne of God in Heaven. The text does not reveal a 2,000 year gap. For more information about the White Horse please visit this link https://revelation6.com/white-horse-revelation-6-really-antichrist/?

Seal 2 – The NUMBER TWO REPRESENTS DIVISION AND WITNESS – (on the Second day of Creation Heaven and Earth were divided in two – Heavenly things and Earthly things). The number two can represent Witness and Martyr – The word Witness is the same word for Martyr in the Greek – The second person of the Godhead is Jesus who resided in heaven and came to earth to witness on behalf His Father. He is also our Sacrifice and he asks us to be His martyr and witness for the sake of the Gospel.  The Red Horse rider is given a Sword and is SENT to take Peace from the Earth: Jesus said in Matthew 10.34. Think not that I am come to SEND peace on earth: I came not to SEND PEACE, but a SWORD. The word sword in Matt 10.34 is not the double edged sword but a large knife that is used for killing animals and can be used in the context of disputes, strife and division. The word for sword in Matt 10.34  is the VERY SAME WORD that is used in Revelation 6:8 for the sword that the Red Horse rider carries. If you take into context the whole of that block of Scripture, around Matthew 10.34: “I did not come to send peace but a sword”; You will see that the disciples are told that they would meet persecution and were even told not to fear being killed or martyred! The Red horse is representative of the cost of proclaiming the gospel on EARTH. The division between those of heaven (Christians/Saints of Heaven) and those of earth (Non-Christians who rise up against the saints of heaven).

Seal 3 – The NUMBER THREE REPRESENTS COMPLETENESS/WHOLENESS AND DELIVERANCE The Black Horse is the third horse, and for me the most amazing one.
The first occurrence of the number 3 is in Genesis 1.13.
It was THE THIRD day the earth rose up out of the water, symbolic of the resurrection. (Baptism).
It was the Third Day that Queen Esther’s People were delivered.
It was the third day that God provided the Sacrifice for Abraham so that Isaac could rise up from the altar.
It was the Third day that the Cupbearer received life and the Baker was put to death (Life and Death).
It was on the third day that Jesus Died and rose again from the dead – Jesus work was FINISHED completed on the third day when he arose.

The Denarius Coin (in connection with the Black Horse of Revelation) is the Key that opens the door to the understanding and meaning of the third seal which BRINGS COMPLETENESS/WHOLENESS AND DELIVERANCE and HARVEST through JESUS WHO PAID THE PRICE!
The Denarius is mentioned seven times in Scripture, and each time, “JESUS PAYS THE PRICE!”
See this link below for a thorough overview about the Black Horse of Revelation 6.
www.revelation6.com – Home Page

Seal 4 The NUMBER FOUR IS ALWAYS ASSOCIATED WITH THE EARTH (Four corners of the earth are “North, South, East, West; there are Four Seasons etc.) and the fourth seal reveals a Pale Horse that is sent to bring all the Calamities to Earth.
Revelation 6:8 And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the Earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the Earth.

Seal 5 – THE NUMBER FIVE speaks of Grace and Redemption. You will see in the text below that ALL of saints that died for the sake of the gospel are given White Robes – signifying purity & redemption.
Revelation 6:9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain/(martyred) for the word of God and for the witness they had borne (in the second seal). 10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers[a] should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

Seal 6 – THE NUMBER SIX
is the number of Man and the text below is FULL of the mention of MAN and the fear of Judgement (Especially when read from The King James Version Bible) !

Rev 6:15 and the KINGS of the earth, and the great MEN, and the rich MEN, and the chief CAPTAINS, and the mighty MEN, and every bondMAN, and every free MAN, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

Seal 7 – THE NUMBER SEVEN represents Spiritual Perfection and concludes in the 22nd Chapter of the Book of Revelation.

I can see a definite pattern, do you?

There are TWO Hells – by author Steven Shepherd

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“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death”. Revelation 20:14

Stephen kindly gave me permission to put the first part of his description of hell on here with a link to his original post so you can view the rest. Steven uses good solid Biblical backup which is easy to understand!

My daughter came back from her young adult’s group meeting asking me again my thoughts on the subject “Hell”. She knew I had a particular bent on the term, and wanted to be reminded seeing as it’s not taught in Church anymore (there was a time when the Church would preach “hell, fire and brimstone”, but now this is seen as a ‘scaremonger’ approach, which conflicts with today’s Hippie Jesus model of ‘love’). I reminded her of my early Christian years, where I would discuss “hell” to non-believers as a way of encouraging salvation. But I must admit that my ‘evangelical’ approach was not very successful, as many would retort back saying “Hell sounds like a fun place!” and… “Well, at least I’ll be partying with my friends!!!”… which to be honest, is actually a fair-enough argument. But over the years, I have learnt that just like there are three heavens and earths within biblical literature, there are in fact two hells… which means that the “hell” they taught me in Church is not the correct picture, So let’s start with the basics:

https://www.stephenshephard.com/blog/2019/5/28/there-are-two-hells

The Parable of the Ten Virgins – Let Your Light Shine

Ten Virgins

The Parable of the Ten Virgins 

Matthew 25: 1-13 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lampsa and went to meet the bridegroom.b 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

In Biblical times it was customary for the bride to have attendants, just as we do today, however they were called virgins, we call them bridesmaids.  In the parable of the 10 virgins the bride isn’t mentioned at all, but every one of the virgins who were invited to the wedding could actually qualify to be the bride, as the Hebrew word for virgin is B’toolah, which means bride, city, state, or to separate.

We must watch and be ready for we know not what hour or day our Bridegroom will come.   The Foolish Virgins were called but had no oil to light their way (or the Holy Spirit living in them to guide their way: 1 Samuel 16:13).  The Wise Virgins however carried the oil of the Spirit with them, so could easily see the way to their Bridegroom when he called. Not only could they see their way, but their light could be seen by others too so that they could be guided as well to the light of the world.  (Matthew 5: 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.) (John 8:12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”)

Here is a story told from the 1800’s about a watchman who worked for the railways which is a very sobering picture for us all.

The watchman’s job was to go out on dark evenings with a shining lantern to warn oncoming trains that they were to briefly branch off on to another railway line in order to avoid a collision from an approaching train from the opposite direction.  Tragically two trains collided one night on the watchman’s duty.  A court hearing resulted from the accident and the watchman was asked the question, “Did you take the lamp out to warn the train driver”?  His answer was “yes”; he told the truth, but what he neglected to tell the court was that he had no oil in the lantern, so therefore the oncoming train was not warned of the terrible danger ahead.  How many of us fail to shine the light of Christ to prevent impending disaster for those who wander in darkness?

This example above really brings home what that parable means.  Five of the virgins failed to drink in the Holy Spirit’s oil in order to shine Jesus light to a dark desperate world.

Also see The Jewish Wedding Reflections of Jesus in the Bread and Wine

Gavin Finley has kindly given permission for people to use the image above,  which I am very grateful for –
Please see the story about the image on this page here Ten Virgins Photo

The Jewish Wedding – Reflections of Jesus in the Water and the Wine

Bride at New Dawn

© Painting by D A Cleland – “Bride at New Dawn” inspired by Malachi 4:2

Here are just a few reflections on the Water and the Wine at a Jewish Wedding

John 2:1-12 tells us about Jesus’ very first miracle which was performed at a Jewish wedding in Cana. On the third day of the wedding feast Jesus’ mother informed Him that the wine had ran out.  Jesus replies to her, “MY TIME IS NOT YET”.  Now that is an interesting comment…. I had always thought that Jesus meant that it wasn’t time for Him to start performing miracles yet, but I have since seen some other important clues as to why He would say such a thing to His mother.

It was fitting that Jesus first miracle should happen at a wedding feast since it is picture type of what He would do for Israel, His bride, in the future. He would die for her, but then in that dying would be wed to her and share with her in a far more glorious wedding feast in heaven. I think it is really interesting that it is on the 3rd day that the ‘New Wine’ is provided by Jesus at the wedding feast in Cana, as Jesus Rose on the third day – He is ‘Our New Wine’, ‘Our New Covenant’.

Jesus’ time was “not yet” and yet He was demonstrating what He was going suffer for his Bride AT THE RIGHT TIME. The water and the wine at this wedding, I believe, symbolizes the ‘Water’ of the Baptism and the ‘Wine’ or the Blood of the everlasting covenant. (Jesus is our New Wine and New Covenant that never ends – never runs out.)

In Jewish custom the groom held up the cup of wine to his betrothed bride with his right hand and together they drank. This was done as a solemn vow to one another for the wedding to come. We see a direct parallel here in what our Lord Jesus did at the Passover with His disciples, when He took the cup, held it up to them, and urged them to drink the wine with Him.  The disciples were instructed to drink regularly from the cup in remembrance of Him until he returned again for them, (His bride) where they would drink with him in His New Kingdom. Each time we drink from the cup, we are renewing our wedding vows and showing Jesus that we belong to Him through what he has done for us.

Ephesians 5:25-27 Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her  to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

At the ancient engagement ceremony the words cleanse her by the washing of the word were proclaimed as a part of the vows spoken by the bridegroom as the priest of the home.  At this time he sets his bride apart, she is spoken for now.

In Jewish tradition the bride would wash herself in “living water” such as a river or a lake. This ceremony symbolized the washing away of all impurities. A celebration was held next with family and friends where they would share wine, sweets and a “blessing” in celebration for the bride’s new marital status, for now she belonged to her husband. Water baptism has a similar meaning as we are testifying that we now belong to our husband and through the living water of Christ’s Spirit our lives are being purified.

In ancient Jewish tradition, the gift of Matton or “The Bride Price” was given to the bride – as an expression of love – Rings, coins or any other precious items were sent to the bride, and as the time drew closer the gifts became more expensive. Eleazor brought gifts for Rebekah too.  This is a prophetic picture of the Messiah.  He gives gifts to all through the Holy Spirit if we ask in his name. 1 Corinthians 12.

Levitical law and bitter water

In Levitical Law if the bride was suspected of marital unfaithfulness she was given bitter water to drink.  If she was not guilty, she beared fruit/or children. Our Bridegroom Jesus was given bitter vinegar to drink on the cross and he has borne MUCH FRUIT/MANY CHILDREN through his death, because he was NOT GUILTY and now we are found ‘not guilty’ through Him!, so in turn can bear much fruit through him.

As stated earlier in times gone by the “bride price” was paid,
Jesus paid the ultimate price of all for His bride.

Since posting about the Jewish Bride I have painted this picture “Bride of the New Dawn” which was inspired by Malachi 4:2 “But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings”. I would like to take the opportunity to explain what all the symbolism means in the painting. The dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit that came down on Jesus, the dove is heading for the light of the new dawn, new beginnings or heaven. The dove/Holy Spirit brings healing in our lives as we are led by him. The white gown shows that she is a righteous and pure bride, her flowers or garland in her hair is a victory garland that the saints of Christ earn and wear; this symbolizes our victories through Christ. (crown of life – James 1:12 and crown of rejoicing – 1 Thess 2:19 and crown of glory – 1 Pet. 5:4)  The petals are symbolic of the spring that is almost over, signaling that summer is VERY near. The bride has little wing sleeves and is ready to fly.

Why Uzzah was struck down when he tried to steady the Ark of the Covenant.

It had always confused me that God would strike Uzzah down when he put his hand out to steady the ark, when he was only doing what you or I would have done to preserve it.

I had never been given a satisfactory answer for this account in Samuel…, until a couple of days ago when I heard a sermon by Michael Youseff where he identified a very important detail in the text that I had never noticed before.

Here is the Bible Reference for the story.

2 Samuel 6 verses 1-11. David again brought together all the able young men of Israel—thirty thousand. He and all his men went to Baalah[a] in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name,[b] the name of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim on the ark. They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart with the ark of God on it,[c] and Ahio was walking in front of it. David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, with castanets,[d] harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.

When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God.

Then David was angry because the Lord’s wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.[e]

David was afraid of the Lord that day and said, “How can the ark of the Lord ever come to me?” 10 He was not willing to take the ark of the Lord to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 11 The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household.

I would like to present an illustration before I go on.

Electricity is very beneficial to us.  It can be used to provide warmth and light, heat water, cook meals and to power tools etc. and it is a great thing when used correctly, but if used carelessly it WILL kill us!   My husband’s field of work is in electronics and he has to be very careful, as he is working with electricity all day long. He has a very healthy respect for it, always approaching everything he does in the correct manner so that he will not be electrocuted!  My husband often felt uncomfortable when wearing his wedding ring to work and eventually gave up wearing it altogether because gold is a very good conductor of electricity and there was always the possibility that he could touch a ‘live’ component inadvertently, and be killed.

Now I will come back to the story of Uzzah and the ark.

Often we read the commandments in a negative way, but really they were given by God to benefit us, for our protection and good!

Here is the commandment that God gave Moses for the correct way that the ark should be carried.

1 Chronicles 15:15 And the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the LORD.

I had never noticed in the account in Samuel that a ‘new cart’ was built to carry the ark and that the young men of Israel were not carrying the ark on their shoulders with polesas God had commanded”. God gave that command for their own safety. Had they carried it correctly the ark would not have been put in such a precarious situation when the oxen stumbled.  When Uzzah reached out his hand, it was inevitable that he would die, just as my husband would if he did not use the correct method for approaching something so powerful. (in Uzzah’s case “The power of God”)

Once we see that God gives us His commandments for a good reason then we will not see them as something negative that must be obeyed, but as the Holy Word of God that protects us from the heartache of damaging relationships with our fellow man and God.

The Story about Uzzah is a very graphic indication of the Power of God and how we must reverence his Word, take it seriously and be obedient for our own good – God is always out for our good.  It is through Christ that we have the power to obey the commands.

Illustration courtesy of Free Bible Images.

God’s Endorsement on Second Edition of ‘Hold Your Horses’

I could see that the second edition of Hold Your Horses was likely to be published some time in November 2017. I wondered whether it was a good time to be publishing since it was right at the end of the year…. and also November hasn’t always been a good month for me.

Due to the lack of interest and the huge amount of negative feedback I had received from the First Edition, I was agonizing and wondering whether I should even be publishing a Second Edition at all?

I took it to the Lord and said “Lord has anything of note ever happened on the 11th month in the Bible?”  I looked up the 11th month and I found a passage where something indeed did happen.  It was on the 24th day of the 11th month.  I said to the Lord “if this book really is ALL FROM YOU, can you publish my book on the 24th day of the 11th month”?  I had absolutely no control over the date as my publisher and promoter were in control of everything.

To my delight on the 24th day of the 11th month New Zealand time Ingram Spark notified my publisher and promoter that they were publishing my book.  That was enough for me.  I was thrilled…. But to my excitement and utter joy my book appeared on Amazon and the rest of the publishing sites world-wide on the 24th day of the 11th month ‘U.S. time’ as well! (which was the next day)

Now here is where it gets REALLY EXCITING!  The event that happened in Scripture on that very day was when Zechariah received his vision of the ‘Four Different Coloured Horses’ that were sent into all the earth. These horses parallel the Four Horsemen of Revelation which I have referenced in my book.  How precise can God be?  I shared this with my publisher and promoter and they were absolutely amazed too (they are my witnesses) and one remarked that my book was truly anointed by God!

This has given me such a boost and I now go in confidence no matter what people say.

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Black Horse of Revelation – See why it is all about THE DEBT OWED – THE DEBT PAID!

The rider on the Black Horse is usually depicted as a mysterious skeletal figure, draped in a black hooded robe, holding out a pair of scales in his thin bony hand, unleashing famine on the earth but is this picture correct? 

Here are the verses in question – Revelation 6:5
When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”

Now I would like to show you the context, or what message is put forward in every passage that the Denarius Coin appears in Scripture (which is seven times), to help arrive at the correct interpretation for this coin in Revelation 6.

I will begin from the very first time the Denarius is mentioned and you will see a consistent pattern emerge. This type of exegesis is referred to as the “Law of First Mention”.

Here is the very first occurrence of the Denarius Coin in Scripture which ‘Sets the PATTERN’.
(All sections Paraphrased)
Matthew 18:28 The parable of the unforgiving servant. 
The unforgiving servant had owed a thousand bags of gold, but after begging his master to be patient, was freed of that debt. The harsh servant then went on and ordered his own fellow servant to pay back a one hundred DENARII DEBT OWING and took no pity on him, even after he begged him to be patient. Jesus concludes the parable with these words – ‘You wicked servant! I FORGAVE YOU all your ‘DEBT’ because you begged me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’
So the message is;  THE DEBT OWED THE DEBT PAID. Who paid the debt in this parable? JESUS DID!

The second mention of the Denarius is in The Parable of Landowner who owned a Vineyard” in Matthew 20:2 – The landowner in this parable hired some men to work in his vineyard ‘Kingdom of Heaven’. (These men were standing in the market place – doing nothing they had no work – their ‘DEBTS’ could NOT be ‘PAID’!)  Each man was ‘PAID’ a ‘DENARIUS’ for the day; whether they worked a Full Day, a Half a Day, or just a Small Portion of the Day. So for the man who was hired at the end of the day, the denarius was actually worth three times more! Jesus is the landowner in this parable and the message that he is conveying, is that no matter what time that ‘anyone’ either Jew or Gentile enters ‘the kingdom of Heaven’, the REWARD is always the same ‘ETERNAL LIFE’ through ‘HIS PAYMENT’ – represented by the ‘DENARIUS’;
The message is; THE DEBT OWED THE DEBT PAID. Who paid the debt in this parable? JESUS DID!

I find it interesting that Bible Scholars and Teachers often use the above parable as evidence for their interpretation of the meaning of the Denarius. The argument commonly put forward is that the Denarius represents a ‘day’s wage’ – (Their reasoning is that the Denarius would only buy a meagre amount of food for the day); but when you examine the CONTEXT in which the Denarius is presented in this parable, it represents the same payment/reward for us all, which is ‘eternal life’. (I encourage you to take a look at this link for more understanding about the parable. https://www.gotquestions.org/parable-laborers-vineyard.html

The third mention of the Denarius is about the paying of the imperial tax to Caesar Matthew 22:19; Mark 12:15. The Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus by asking Him if it was right to pay the imperial tax. Jesus however asked them ‘Show me the coin for the tax.’ A DENARIUS was presented to Jesus who replied to the Pharisees. ‘Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.’ In Matthew 17:23-27, the tax collectors came around to collect the taxes from Jesus and the disciples, and Peter asked if they had to pay them. Jesus replies that the ‘sons are exempt from paying the taxes’, but JESUS PAYS them for Himself and the disciples by way of a silver coin found in the mouth of a fish. Romans 13:7. PAY to all what is OWED to them: TAXES to whom taxes are OWED.
The message is; THE DEBT OWED THE DEBT PAID. Who paid the debt for the taxes? JESUS DID!

The fourth mention is where Jesus is anointed by the sinful woman at Bethany – Mark 14:5; John 12:5. After Jesus’ feet were anointed with very expensive perfume by a sinful woman at Bethany, one of the Pharisees became indignant and asked the woman, ‘Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for over three hundred DENARII and the money given to the poor.’ Jesus responds to the Pharisee:  in Luke 7: 41-42 ‘Two men were DEBTORS to a certain moneylender. One OWED him five hundred DENARII, and the other fifty. When they were unable to REPAY him, he FORGAVE both of them. Which one, then, will love him more?’
The message is; THE DEBT OWED THE DEBT PAID.  Who paid the debt that could not be repaid JESUS DID!

The fifth mention sees Jesus feeding the 5,000 – Mark 6:37 & John 6:7. The disciples were worried that Jesus’ 5,000 followers were hungry and approached Him to see if they could send the people off to nearby villages to buy some food; but Jesus’ answer to the disciples was, ‘You give them something to eat.’ Confused the disciples reply ‘Shall we go and buy two hundred DENARII worth of bread and give it to them to eat?’ We all know how the story ends as Jesus multiplied the bread and fed everyone with more left over. The bread would have cost Two Hundred DENARII, which the disciples could NOT have PAID for, but instead Jesus provides the equivalent of the 200 DENARII of bread and more.
The message is; THE DEBT OWED THE DEBT PAID. Who indirectly paid the debt for the Bread? JESUS DID!

The 6th mention is the parable about the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:25. On one occasion an expert in the law tests Jesus and asks him, ‘Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’  Jesus goes on to tell the parable about a man who was attacked by robbers and left for dead and how only a Samaritan man (not considered one of God’s people) went out of his way to help the injured person. The next day the Samaritan took out two DENARII to give to the innkeeper to care for the injured man and affirms that he will PAY any extra expenses (DEBT) incurred for his care.
The message is; THE DEBT OWED THE DEBT PAID

Until recently I knew that five of the accounts about the Denarius showed that Jesus definitely paid the debt but I wasn’t sure about the parable of the Good Samaritan at all until I found this verse.

John 8:48 “The Jews answered him (Jesus), “Aren’t we right in saying that YOU ARE A SAMARITAN and demon-possessed?”

I had always thought that the parable of the Good Samaritan demonstrated that we should be the Good Samaritan (Which of course we should always be ready to rescue our neighbour, who has been beaten about by life’s trials – for that is the message that Jesus is conveying to the ‘Expert in Jewish Law’ here) but I do believe that Jesus is specifically referring to Himself as the ‘Good Samaritan’ and that those who have been attacked and robbed – “by Satan” – my conjecture here (John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy) are the ones who are left by the roadside.  Jesus demonstrates in the parable how the ‘expert man of the law’ should treat his neighbour/those who have been attacked and robbed and he distinctly points out that a priest didn’t go to the man’s rescue, he passed by on the other side of the road; and even a Levite – who was a member of the Hebrew tribe of Levi, where his job was to specifically assist the priests in Jewish Temple Worship also passed by on the other side of the road. It was only a Good Samaritan’ man (which the Jews referred to Jesus as “an Evil Samaritan” in John 8:48) that helped the injured man. In other words the ‘teachers in the law’ must do what Jesus the Good Samaritan Man would do; which is to have mercy on the man who had been attacked and robbed. The symbolism in this story is interesting too because we find that the Good Samaritan bandaged the man’s wounds and poured oil and wine on them.” (Oil and Wine signifies the Holy Spirit and the Blood of Christ – which bring cleansing, healing and life to us). We must carry the Oil of the Spirit with us and the message of the Blood of Christ to bring cleansing, healing and life to those who have fallen by the wayside.

So ‘Who paid the Debt’ in the parable about the Good Samaritan? I believe JESUS DID!

Now if you apply the “Law of First Mention” (which is a Biblical principle whereby the first time a subject is introduced it sets the pattern in Scripture)  then you would expect with such a consistent and unchanged message that is presented in all of the references above in Scripture, that the Denarius would represent ‘JESUS PAYMENT’ in REVELATION 6 as well, and I believe it definitely does particularly when you examine every other symbol connected to the Black Horse with what the rest of Scripture says.

Sadly Bible Scholars and Teachers have ignored the context in which the Denaruis coin presents itself in Scripture, and instead have taken just one very small portion of a verse to arrive at their conclusions, which has presented an inaccurate interpretation for Denarius Coin of Revelation 6.

Just to finish: If you examine the picture above you will see that the Denarius makes the balances even. “An even balance is always a GOOD thing in Scripture.”

For example Job said in Job 31:6let me be weighed in an even balance”. (Job’s scales were evenly balanced)

God says in Isaiah 40:12Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?” (The earth is precisely balanced or there would be no life, if it were not.)

Belshazzar scales however were of differing weights. God said in Daniel 5:27 Tekel: “You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.” (Belshazzar’s scales were not even like those of the Black Horse of Revelation.)

Please check out my video below to see how all of the symbols of the Black Horse convey a consistent message which points to the Atonement/Payment and the Harvest. What I find interesting is that the Balances and the Denarius both convey the very same message!

Please note that at 24 minutes and 40 seconds into the video it should read 49 “days” rather than “weeks”   and I should have said “six hours on the cross rather than three” at 29 minutes and 15 seconds.

Why the White Horse of Revelation 6 CANNOT be the Antichrist?

Here are some very good reasons why the rider on the White Horse of Revelation 6, does not match up to being a description of the Antichrist, as quite a number of well-known teachers claim………..The first thing that MUST be taken into account is the lead up to the opening of the Seven Seals to put everything into its PROPER CONTEXT. I strongly recommend that you check out this link before you read on. John is in heaven but where is Jesus?

But if you choose not to…. Here are a few things for you to consider.

There are 29/TWENTY NINE references altogether of the word ‘white’ in the New Testament (now that is a lot of mentions of white) and ‘all’ of the other 28 references MEAN ‘white’.

There are 19/NINETEEN mentions in total of the word ‘white’ in the book of Revelation itself and ALL of the others in this book speak of the righteousness of The Father; The Lord Jesus; and the Saints’. So with that evidence you would expect that the White Horse of Revelation 6 would also be speaking of righteousness as well when taken at face value.

Teachers often say that the White Horse comes in ‘peace’ (and with diplomacy) ; but they do not present any concrete Scriptural backup for their interpretation of ‘peace’ and I can’t find a suitable Scripture reference myself which would suggest that the symbols associated with this horse, such as, “White, Bow, Crown” would represent peace.  Even the dove (which is associated with ‘peace’) is not mentioned in the entire Bible as a ‘White’ Dove’?

The ‘bow’ that the rider carries is ‘not the bow of a warrior’; this particular bow is only mentioned ‘once’ in all of scripture and there are three different interpretations given by scholars for this word and when examined carefully they all match perfectly and accurately reveal who the true rider of the White Horse is.

The simple root word (from the Greek language) for ‘bow’ in Chapter 6 of Revelation, means ‘TO BRING FORTH’.

Some other reasoning used is the fact that the Rider does not carry any arrows for his Bow.  This particular Bow that the rider carries as mentioned above is not the bow of a warrior so it would be impossible for the rider to shoot any physical arrows with this bow.

Still other teachers line up Matthew Chapter 24 with Revelation 6 and state outright that this White Horse is the Anti-christ who comes to deceive people.   I have trouble seeing ‘any symbol’ connected with this horse that would represent deception in any way?  I believe that the Red Horse describes the actions of the Anti-christ more precisely in that it presents a picture of the rising up against, and the persecution of the saints.

If you put the Red and Pale horses of Revelation 6 together you get PERSECUTION, THE SWORD, FAMINE AND PESTILENCE, which fits quite well with Matt 24.

The Stéphanos Crown (which is a victory crown or garland) that the rider is given is predominantly worn by Christ and the Saints! Here are a few examples for you.

1 Thessalonians 2:19 Crown of Rejoicing – (Garland of Rejoicing)
James 1:12 Crown of Life – (Garland of Life)
1 Peter 5:4 Crown of Glory – (Garland of Glory)
Revelation 2:10 Crown of Life – (Garland of Life)
Revelation 3:11 No man may take your Crown (Garland)

Many teachers often say the rider on the White Horse cannot be Christ because He wears ‘many diadēma (Strong’s G1238) golden kingly crowns’, in Revelation 19. They say that Jesus does not ever wear a stéphanos crown. Jesus however is described as looking like the ‘Son of Man’ who sits on a white cloud with a GOLDEN STEPHANOS CROWN (Victory Crown) on His head to harvest the earth in Revelation 14:14.

Now back to the White Horse.

If you examine the previous chapters leading up to Revelation 6, you will see that each of the 7 churches are told to  (nikaō) “OVERCOME”, WIN the VICTORY, CONQUER,(for these three words are used in the English language for the word nikaō in the Greek) just a few verses before the White Horse is sent out with its rider into all the earth; you find that Jesus had just won the “””VICTORY/CONQUERED/OVERCOME””” sin death and the grave; then He immediately begins to open the first seal to send out a White Horse to CONQUER/OVERCOME AND WIN THE VICTORY and continue to CONQUER/OVERCOME and WIN THE VICTORY. There is a continuum of victory which is threaded right through from Revelation Chapter’s 1- 6 which most people have overlooked.

Many teachers often put a lot of emphasis on the fact that the rider is ‘given’ the crown.  I would just like to say that the victory crown could not be ‘given’ until Jesus had ‘won that victory’ over sin and death, so that the White Horse could be sent out into all the earth to bring victory in righteousness. It is logical that the very next thing Jesus would send is one who was ‘like Him. “RIGHTEOUS AND VICTORIOUS”.

If you put all the symbolism of the White Horse together at face value WITHOUT ADDING OR TAKING AWAY FROM SCRIPTURE, accepting that White is White……..

You have a White Horse REPRESENTING PURITY AND RIGHTEOUSNESS (which lines up with the other 18 references in the book of Revelation of the word ‘white’) whose rider BRINGS FORTH – through the Bow – VICTORY through the CROWN.

Had the words of Revelation 6:2 been “And he went out to “Overcome and Win the Victory” (nikaō), rather than conquer and to conquer, would people have jumped to the conclusion of a more sinister interpretation?

To find out how this horsemen very accurately describes “Our Helper”, I encourage you to buy the book so that you can get the full picture.  buy book

And what about the Black Horse?
Many say that it represents economic hardship and famine but is this correct?…
To find out the answer, click the image below.



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