“THE TWO WOMEN IN REVELATIONS”

 

REVELATION 12
THE FIRST CHURCH “THE BODY OF JESUS CHRIST.” { A WOMEN IN THE BIBLE IS THE CHURCH }

REV.{12:1} And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: {12:2} And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. {12:3} And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. {12:4} And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. {12:5} And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and [to] his throne. {12:6} And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days. {12:7} And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, {12:8} And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. {12:9} And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. {12:10} And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. {12:11} And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. {12:12} Therefore rejoice, [ye] heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. {12:13} And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man [child. ]{12:14} And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. {12:15} And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. {12:16} And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. {12:17} And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

THE SECOND CHURCH “THE BODY OF SATAN.”

REVELATION 17
REV.{17:1} And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: {17:2} With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine (OIL) of her fornication. {17:3} So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. {17:4} And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: {17:5} And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. {17:6} And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. {17:7} And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. {17:8} The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. {17:9} And here [is] the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. {17:10} And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, [and] the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. {17:11} And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. {17:12} And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. {17:13} These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. {17:14} These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful. {17:15} And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. {17:16} And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. {17:17} For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. {17:18} And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

When is the Last Day?

When is the Last Day? That is a good question and deserves an honest answer. In Mt. 24:3 “…the disciples came to Him privately, saying, Tell us, ‘When shall these things be, and what shall be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?'” (Note on the word “age” in the verse just quoted: The King James Version translates the Greek word “aeon” as “world” whereas Greek lexicons translates it “age”, meaning “an unbroken age, perpetuity of time”. In fact “aeon” transliterates directly into English as “aeon” or “eon” (look both words up in your English dictionary) from which we have a popular expression…”I haven’t seen him for eons (of time)!” They are saying in effect, “I haven’t seen him for ages.” The world will not end when Jesus comes back; the age will. “Age” is the correct translation for “aeon”.)
Then Jesus gives his reply starting in the next verse. Note the high lighted parts:
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Jesus concludes the answer in verses 29-31 with his coming at the end of the age:
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Jesus concludes his answer to “when is the end of the age” by giving the signs of his Second Coming to planet Earth. This is the END OF THE AGE! Other time expressions occur in the Bible like the “last times”, the “last time”, the “latter days”, the “latter day”, the “last days” (you will recall Acts 2:17 “in the last days, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh…”) and here under discussion, the “last day”.

I am The Bread of Life

 

For we [being] many are one bread, [and] one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

Matt.{14:15} And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. {14:16} But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. {14:17} And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.{ Five = Grace and Two = the Church{14:18} He said, Bring them hither to me. {14:19} And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass,{ Man is as Grass, and their works as the Flower of Grass} and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to [his] disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.{ The Word of God given by the Holy Spirit to God’s disciples and God’s disciples give the Word to the Men in the Church.} {14:20} And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. {14:21} And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

Matt{15:35} And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. {15:36} And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake [them,] and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. {15:37} And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken [meat] that was left seven baskets full. {15:38} And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.

Matt.{16:5} And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. {16:6} Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. {16:7} And they reasoned among themselves, saying, [It is] because we have taken no bread. {16:8} [Which] when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? {16:9} Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? {16:10} Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? {16:11} How is it that ye do not understand that I spake [it] not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? {16:12} Then understood they how that he bade [them] not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Mark{6:42} And they did all eat, and were filled. {6:43} And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. {6:44} And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.

Mark {8:8}So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken [meat] that was left seven baskets. {8:9} And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.

Mark{8:16} And they reasoned among themselves, saying, [It is] because we have no bread. {8:17} And when Jesus knew [it,] he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? {8:18} Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? {8:19} When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. ( Twelve is the church of God. The twelve Elders, Gentiles, The Viner.) {8:20} And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. {8:21} And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand? (HOLY SPIRIT Jesus was a Jew,The Jews, The Fig Tree)

John{6:1}After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is [the sea] of Tiberias. {6:2} And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. {6:3} And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. {6:4} And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. {6:5} When Jesus then lifted up [his] eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? {6:6} And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. {6:7} Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. {6:8} One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, {6:9} There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? {6:10} And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. {6:11} And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. {6:12} When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.(The believers are the fragments that remain){6:13} Therefore they gathered [them] together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.

John{6:31} Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. {6:32} Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. {6:33} For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. {6:34} Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. {6:35} And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. {6:36} But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. {6:37} All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

John{17:12} While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

This is the verse that tights all together!!!

ICorinthians{10:14} Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. {10:15} I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. {10:16} The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? {10:17} For we [being] many are one bread, [and] one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. {10:18} Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?

COMMUNION: The sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level:

Galatians{3:26}For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. {3:27} For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. {3:28} There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Twelve equals the Body of Christ. Them that have eaten (Word) are in the body. The Twelve baskets full are for those yet to eat, and yet come into the body of Christ. For we being many sare one bread and one body. True Bread from Heaven
John 6:33

The Separation of the Birthright and the Scepter

The covertent with Abraham

GENESIS{12:1-3} Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2{12:2} And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 1{12:3} And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Genesis{48:1} And it came to pass after these things, that [one] told Joseph, Behold, thy father [is] sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. {48:2} And [one] told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed. {48:3} And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, {48:4} And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee [for] an everlasting possession. {48:5} And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, [are] mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.

Birthright to Joseph’ s sons

And now the time came to pass on the birthright to another generation. Let us re-create the dramatic scene.

It occurred in Egypt, after Joseph had succeeded in having his father brought there, as well as all his brothers. Joseph, remember, was prime minister of the nation.

It was reported to Joseph that Jacob, his father, was ill. He took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, sons of an Egyptian mother, and hastened to the dying patriarch’s bedside. “[A]nd Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed. And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession” (Genesis 48:2-4). Notice carefully these promises!

The birthright is about to be passed on to another generation. Notice that nothing whatsoever is said about all the families of the Earth being blessed in his seed—the one seed. Nothing is said about kings. Nothing is said about spiritual blessings what- ever. These promises are those of the birthright. These promises are of multiple seed—a multitude of people—and possession of the Promised Land. Now let us continue. “And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine” (verse 5).

Thus did Jacob adopt Joseph’s two sons, making them, legally, his own sons. This, no doubt, was done because they were half-blooded Egyptians. Israel made them his own adopted sons, so the birthright could be passed on to them. Notice, too, that in the first verse of this 48th chapter of Genesis, Manasseh’s name is mentioned first, because Manasseh was the elder. But old Jacob now mentioned the name of Ephraim first. Here we see supernatural guidance!

Jacob said to Joseph: “… Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them. Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see” (verses 9-10). The birthright, remember, belongs legally to the firstborn, unless altered by divine intervention. The inheritor of the birth- right, in receiving the blessing conferred upon him, should

have had Jacob’s right hand resting upon his head. That is why “Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near unto him” (verse 13).

2Birthright: noun the presidency of this firm is my birthright: patrimony, inheritance, heritage; right, due, prerogative, privilege; primogeniture.

I Chronicles{5:2} 2For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him [came] the chief ruler;1 but the birthright [was] Joseph’s.

Genesis{35:11} And God said unto him, I [am] God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; {35:12} And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land. {35:13} And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him. {35:14} And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, [even] a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon. {35:15} And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel.

1Blessing:: Genesis{49:10} The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh ( Christ) come; and unto him [shall] the gathering of the people be.

Prophecy for Turkey

The sparse records of history, with other proofs, show that many of the descendants of Esau became known as Turks. Therefore we must remember that prophecies pertaining to the latter days referring to Edom, or Esau, refer generally to the Turkish nation. In Isaac’s dying prophecy, he foretold that Esau’s descendants would come to a time when they should have dominion, and then break the yoke of the Israelites from off their necks. That has happened. The children of Israel, through sin, were driven out of the Promised Land that belonged with the birthright. The Turks came to power and dominion and for many centuries possessed that land. Those descendants, the Turkish people, occupied Palestine 400 years before Britain took it in 1917. Esau’s descendants always have lusted for that land, central promise of the birthright! The Turks have truly lived by the sword!

(Genesis 32:24-29)—after confessing his name as “supplanter”—God bestowed His blessing upon Jacob, took away his reproachful name, and gave him a new, untainted name, Israel—which means “prevailer,” or “overcomer with God.” And thus we see that through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the promises were handed down to one man at a time. There was no branching out toward national growth until the days of Jacob. For three generations it had been a “one-man nation.” But Jacob had 12 sons, and through them the future great nation and company of nations were started on their way.

Reuben Lost the Birth right

The next legal inheritor of the birthright was Reuben, firstborn son of Israel, by his first wife, Leah. But Reuben, like Esau, lost it. And Joseph, 11th-born of Jacob, but firstborn of Rachel, his second and truly loved wife, received it. The birthright belonged, legally, to Reuben, not Joseph. It is related in 1 Chronicles 5:1-2 how it fell to Joseph: “Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but, forasmuch as he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright [or, rsv, “so that he [Reuben] is not enrolled in the genealogy according to the birthright”]. For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph’s).” So at this point the two divisions of the Abrahamic promises— the birthright, involving material and national promises, and the scepter, including the kingly and spiritual promises— were separated. It is of first importance to keep in mind that the birthright, including the Promised Land now called Palestine, the assurance of multitudinous population, material and national prosperity, dominance over other nations, was now given to Joseph and his sons. Mark that well! This birthright was not to be inherited by all the tribes of Israel! It was not given to the Jews! Only a part of the Israelites—the descendants of Joseph—was to inherit these tremendous national promises! These material promises for this life, then, belonged to an altogether different tribe among the children of Israel than the scepter promise of the kingly line culminating in Jesus Christ, which spiritual promise belonged in the tribe of Judah! These national promises of the multitudinous seed then became the possession of an altogether different tribe than the promise of the one seed, Christ, who sprang from Judah! This fact of the two sets of promises, stressed in the preceding chapter, ought to be plain and clear to every reader by now. Fix it permanently in mind. It is one of the vital keys to Bible understanding! At the time of Jacob’s death, he and his sons were living in Egypt. We assume, of course, that you are familiar with the story of how Joseph was sold by his brothers into Egypt; of how he there became food administrator and prime minister, next under the king and in actual rule of the nation; of the seven years of plenty, followed by seven years of famine, in which food had been stored only in Egypt under Joseph’s supervision; of the visit of Joseph’s brothers to Egypt in quest of food, and how Joseph induced them to bring their father and brother Benjamin down to Egypt; and finally, of the dramatic revelation of Joseph’s identity to his brethren, amid weeping and rejoicing. And how prophetic that was! As we shall see, Joseph, in his descendants, shall soon once again have his true identity revealed to his brothers—and to the world. And how hidden from the world is that identity now!

Birth right to Joseph’ s Sons

And now the time came to pass on the birthright to another generation. Let us re-create the dramatic scene. It occurred in Egypt, after Joseph had succeeded in having his father brought there, as well as all his brothers. Joseph, remember, was prime minister of the nation. It was reported to Joseph that Jacob, his father, was ill. He took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, sons of an Egyptian mother, and hastened to the dying patriarch’s bedside. “[A]nd Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed. And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession” (Genesis 48:2-4). Notice carefully these promises! The birthright is about to be passed on to another generation. Notice that nothing whatsoever is said about all the families of the Earth being blessed in his seed—the one seed. Nothing is said about kings. Nothing is said about spiritual blessings whatever. These promises are those of the birthright. These promises are of multiple seed—a multitude of people—and possession of the Promised Land. Now let us continue. “And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine” (verse 5 Thus did Jacob adopt Joseph’s two sons, making them, legally, his own sons. This, no doubt, was done because they were half-blooded Egyptians. Israel made them his own adopted sons, so the birthright could be passed on to them. Notice, too, that in the first verse of this 48th chapter of Genesis, Manasseh’s name is mentioned first, because Manasseh was the elder. But old Jacob now mentioned the name of Ephraim first. Here we see supernatural guidance! Jacob said to Joseph: “… Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them. Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see” (verses 9-10). The birthright, remember, belongs legally to the firstborn, unless altered by divine intervention. The inheritor of the birthright, in receiving the blessing conferred upon him, should have had Jacob’s right hand resting upon his head. That is why “Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near unto him” (verse 13).

WHAT IS THE TRUE GOSPEL (2)

The Central Message of the True Gospel
But now that we know that the Bible is the authority that establishes the True Gospel, we wonder what
the central message of the True Gospel is. We could say that the Gospel is God’s love letter to mankind
whereby we can become righteous, know the love of God, come into the more abundant life, or learn to
live to God’s glory. We can think of a lot of verses in the Bible that describe and perhaps even crystallize
the essential nature of the Gospel.
We can find summed up in John 3:16 the core meaning of the Gospel. This verse strips away everything
else and gets right down to the essential message. There we read: “For God so loved the world, that he
gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting
life.”
Ordinarily teachers focus on the first part of the verse: “For God so loved the world…” And that is a
glorious phrase that introduces us to the amazing truth that God in His magnificent love has provided
salvation to all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. But the love of God and the salvation He has so
generously provided cannot be fully understood unless we also understand the meaning of the word
“perish” found later in the verse.
When we search the Scriptures, we find that the word “perish,” as it is used in John 3:16, does not mean
“annihilation”, or ceasing to exist. In the Bible the word “perish” has another definition. The Bible tells
us that the wages of sin is death in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The living death that God has in view is to exist
throughout eternity in hell. That is the predicament of rebellious mankind. That is what it means to
perish.
The terrible problem of mankind is that we are sinners. Remember Romans 3:10-11: “There is none
righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.”
The heart of man by nature is desperately wicked, as we read in Jeremiah 17:9.
Because we sin – even a single sin – we will perish. Because we have been created in His image, God
holds each one of us completely accountable to Himself for the conduct of our lives. God has appointed a
day at the end of the world when we are to be judged. The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27, “It is appointed
unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Because all of us are sinners without the Gospel,
we are all on our way to hell.
This terrible truth cannot be seen with our physical eyes because we cannot look into the future. But what
we see with our physical eyes is not the whole story. In fact, it is a very shallow and incidental part of the
whole story. For example, we may have had a friend who died. We have seen him as a man who lived out
his life well regarded by his fellow man. But then he died. He was eulogized at his funeral as one of the
greatest, and then we all went about our business and forgot about Brother Jones. But if Brother Jones
died without the Gospel, that is, without being saved, the next thing he will be aware of is that he is
standing before the Judgment Throne of God, where he must answer for every sin he ever committed; and
these will be multitudinous. Any one of these sins could condemn him to eternal damnation. There is no
escape; there is no reprieve, no parole. There is no way out.
Every day approximately 200,000 people die all over this earth. When we realize that most of these
200,000 people die unsaved and that the next conscious thing they will know is that they are standing
before the Judgment Throne of God, subject to eternal damnation, then we become aware of a horror
story of magnificent proportions.
The horrors of man’s inhumanity to man, the horrors of famine, of war, or of whatever the trauma, result
only in physical death. But physical death in itself is not the horror story. The horror story is that after
death there is the judgment. God’s perfect justice demands eternal damnation as payment for sins. Jesus
says things like
“…there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:42); and “…their worm dieth not,
and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:44); and He speaks of eternal damnation in Matthew 25:46
“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” The only
reason why we do not often read those passages is because they are so frightening. We had better be
frightened if we are not saved, because hell is real.
Wonderfully, the truth that hell is waiting for the human race is not the whole story. If God had written
the Bible simply to tell us that we are going to hell, we could still praise God that at least He warned us.
But that knowledge would not do us much good, because we are all sinners. Because of our sins, we
would still end up in hell. But woven into the fabric of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, like a golden
thread running through the entire Bible, is the message of hope. It is the message that we can know the
love of God by trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. That is the other side of the Gospel coin,
the central part of the Gospel presentation: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John
3:16).
Now why is it that if we believe in Him we will not go to hell? The Bible tells us that it is because Christ
became sin for us! We read in 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew
no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Or, as Isaiah 53:6 puts it, “the Lord
hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (that is, all who will hang their lives on Him).
That is the central message of the Gospel. There is no other news that can compare to this. It begins with
the terrible truth that mankind is sinful and heading for hell. But additionally it is the wonderful news
that all of us who cry out to the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy and hang our lives on Him can know
freedom from hell because He became sin for us. Laden with our sins, as our substitute, He stood before
the Judgment Throne of God when He stood before Pontius Pilate. He was found guilty for our sins, and
God poured out His condemnation upon Him to the degree that is was the equivalent of every one of us
who would believe on Him spending an eternity in hell. In this way He paid for all of our sins. He
satisfied God’s perfect justice that demands eternal damnation as punishment for sin. Since our sins have
been paid for, hell no longer threatens us. We are no longer under the law that decrees that we are to go
to hell. We are now under grace. By God’s grace we have become children of God. We have left the
dominion of Satan (which we were in before we were saved), and we have become citizens of the
kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.

And when he had opened the second seal

I heard the 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 from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
HORSE: Shows forth power! Exodus 15:19,I king 10:29,I Kings20: 25
The colour red in scripture is translated from several Hebrew words’adam’ meaning dyed red, red or ruddy. ( show )
For example of Esau as infant, we read “And the first came out red. He was like a hairy garment all over; so they called his name Esau.” Genesis 25:25.”
Num 21:4

 Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way.” (Edom equals red, The name given to Esau after he bartered his birth right for a mess of red stew Gen25:30)
The Greek words (4450)’purrhos’ meaning having the colour of fire, or red; ‘purinos’ (4442) meaning fiery or shining like fire; ‘eruthros’ meaning red or the Red Sea.
Now this horse was the color of fire or red (Strong’s # 4450); purinos (4442) meaning fiery. Psalm 97:3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.
Ezekiel 16:41 fire equals judgment.
Fire is judgment in the Bible as we can see, so this rider who sat upon this red horse was coming in judgment!
Power was given to him to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
Matthew 10 : 34-38 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I come not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
He that loveth father and mother more then me is not worth of me: and he loveth son or daughter more then me is not worthy of me.
Luke 14 : 26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children and brethren, and sister, yea, and his own life also, he can not be my disciple.