THE SECOND SEAL
Dan. 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Matt. 24:6 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.
‘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.”
War takes peace from the earth where ever it is happening. Men do not need to invent a reason for warring against each other. It only takes one man to inspired by Satan to wage war against the other as it was in the case of Cain and Abel. The prophesy of Daniel in chapter 9 verse 26 above tells that after Jesus was crucified, the people of the next prince to come would destroy city of Jerusalem, and the sanctuary (Temple). The Roman armies destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in A.D. 70.
The Revelation is a prophecy that is not sequential in narrative. We are usually told of something that will happen in one vision. Then in a later part of the narrative we are told of things that apply to that vision in a little more detail. and toward the end of the narrative the whole thing is explained to us, but not literally. It is usually explained in prophetic language.
So we learn from the prophecy of Daniel that. after the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple that there is going to be war. Not wars, but A WAR, and until that war is over desolations have been determined in Jerusalem and the Temple.
The next thing we see from the above scriptures is that a horse of war has been unleashed upon the earth following the white horse and rider as the gospel spreads over the Earth. “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” Mat 10:34 Therefore, the war that is going to be continual until the end is the war between Jesus and Satan. It is being fought in both the Spiritual realm and the material realm. The images we see in The Revelation are images from the spiritual war as it is being played out within the material realm. The church is the battleground within whom the spiritual was is fought between The Holy Spirit and Satan. The nations of the earth are the battlegrounds within which the material battles are fought.
Two things we must understand about this war is:
Jesus never tries to destroy a soul, only to save it. Satan does not mind at all destroying a soul if he has do so to keep it from being saved. Satan often inspires two of his foot soldiers to fight and kill one another rather than wait for the gospel to be heard and one or both of those souls might be saved. He also will inspire a soul into so much self indulgence and emotional pleasure until both the body and the soul are destroyed.
Jesus does not seek destroy a nation until all efforts to spread the Gospel within it have failed. As long as there is even one believer yet remaining within that Nation, Jesus will not be the cause of its destruction. Satan, on the other hand, would rather destroy every nation on earth than to allow that one believer to keep living. The entire Byzantine Empire was destroyed by the Forces of Satan for one simple reason reasons. The church did not know they were in a war with Islam until it had already been overwhelmed by Islamic occupation settling within their borders. When Islam was strong enough in any region within Byzantium, Jihad would be waged within that region and the saints faced a choice between death and conversion.
The map on the right shows the Byzantine Empire at its greatest extent reaching around the Mediterranean Sea into North Africa. This was the size of Byzantium in 585 A.D. The map on the left shows the extent of the Turkish (Islamic) incursion in 1075 A.D. Islam moved eastward, crossing the Mediterranean Sea into Spain and into Europe as far as Venice. The Ottoman Empire remained in control of most of that region until it lost to the Allies in World War I. This was the Head of the Great Dragon that was wounded
Rev 13:1-3 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. (2) And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. (3) And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Rev 17:9-13 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. (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. (11) And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. (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. (13) These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
There should be no doubt that the Kingdom of the Great Red Dragon (the Beast) that even now is rising up around the entire Mediterranean Sea is Islam and in fact that all over Europe and most of the Western World is being invaded. We are told in Rev. 13:2 that this beast is empowered by Satan Failure to recognize and believe that Islam is a Satanic substitute for the Church and Satan is a substitute for Jesus has enabled this infiltration of Islam into every nation on earth today. And unto the end war is determined.
There is a time coming very soon that will be a time of great sorrow and suffering within that empire and in Europe. But Jesus has promised to keep the church of the Philadelphians from that time. The only way American can escape that time is through Evangelization. The Saints of America must wake up and realize that they have been given the greatest Spiritual Gift of all Spiritual Gifts, THE POWER TO LOVE!. To love like God loves, AGAPE. AGAPE is a determination of the will to do that which benevolent to others.
Saints in America must believe that they have been chosen to become the Church at Philadelphia reborn. America must be won for Jesus, and soon, We must become One Body in Christ through LOVE. We must Love America and Americans enough to Love them away from the Devil, and teach them that Jesus loves them and is calling out constantly to them to,”Look unto me and be saved.” One soul at a time becoming two souls at a time becoming four souls at a time, doubling after every conversion as each conversion brings another missionary into the culture. Saints of America, learn that sending missionaries to other places while neglecting to disciple and strengthen those at home is what lost Byzantium to Islam. Each of us has a commission to preach the gospel where we are as we are going within the culture. The demons in control of the culture of America can be defeated by Love and the Gospel!
The Power to Love
1 Pet. 4:8-9 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall
cover the multitude of sins. (9) Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
Rom. 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath
fulfilled the law.
John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. (23) I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Isa. 45:22-23
1 Cor. 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
1 Cor. 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.