Seal 2: The Covenant Takes Peace from the Earth

RedHorse “When He had opened the second seal, I heard the second creature 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” Revelation 6:3,4.

Taking peace from the earth is the result of God’s people making a covenant with Him. This is what happened when God made a covenant with Israel: “Behold, I make a covenant…I will do marvels…I drive out before you the Amorite and the Canaanite…”  Exodus 34:10,11.

The Lord’s Prayer appeals for God’s kingdom and when we make a covenant, we become His kingdom as Israel did in Exodus 19:5,6. Less obvious, when they became God’s kingdom by making a covenant, God took down the other nations and exalted Israel so that by the time David was king, they were the greatest nation.

We are living in the time when the kingdoms in Daniel 2 will crumble, and “in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom.” We can have a part in this process!

Music: Lord’s prayer:

One aspect of God’s intent to give us the Promised Land is found in Genesis because “God declares the end from the beginning,” Isaiah 46:10.

In Genesis 22, a ram is sacrificed to spare Isaac. Islam teaches that Ishmael was spared by sacrificing the ram, and they celebrate it in Al-Adha. Which is right?

"The vision is at the time of the end," Daniel 8:17

“The vision is at the time of the end,” Daniel 8:17

Daniel 8 again shows God knows the end from the beginning. Daniel’s vision shows a ram with two horns is stomped by a goat and verses 20 and 21 explain the two horns are the Medes and Persians, but Gabriel said the vision (chazown of ram and goat), is “at the time of the end.” Dan 8:17. We see the Medes and Persians are Iraq and Iran. We’re at the time of the end. Impending events will fit Daniel’s prophecy to prove the God of the Bible is different from the god of the Quran. Allah is linked to the moon god (Google).

History confirms Bible accuracy and the victory of Alexander over Medo-Persia. But to fit “the time of the end, it means a double application—once in history to build faith in the Bible over the centuries, and again in the time of the end. Daniel 8 events fit a US coalition v Iraq and Iran:

  • Daniel was in the palace at Shushan, but “I saw in a vision and I was by the river Ulai,” Daniel 8:2. The modern name is the Karun River by Kuwait where U.S. troops deployed against Iraq in 2003.
  • Alexander’s victory at Arbela was 700 miles away. Daniel saw our time and our deployment.
  • The goat “came from the west on the face of the whole earth,” Daniel 8:5. The U.S. coalition came from Korea, Australia, S. America, Canada, Europe—“the whole earth.” Not so with Alexander; he did not come “from the face of the whole earth.
  • The goat “touched not the ground.” Daniel 8:5. Desert Storm was the first war fought largely in the air. Alexander had no choice of planes. The imagery fits “the time of the end.” Alexander’s victory was a type for our time
  • Persia was the name for Iran today. Daniel 8 suggests war with Iran.
  • Islam may wonder why God would allow “the Great Satan{ to conquer militant Islam when we have brought alcohol, tobacco, Hollywood, crime, sex, violence on TV, and appear to favor abortion, homosexuality, all things that the Bible may condemn, but Daniel’s prophecy is not about who God favors to win, who who He sees will win, and America will have its time of judgment soon as well. After a military victory, the US’ “horn” gets broken, Daniel 8:8. Then–
  • Four horns spring up toward the four winds, Daniel 8:8. The margin refers to Daniel 7 where four winds strove upon the sea and Daniel saw four beasts come up. The Bible represents nations and governments as fierce beasts of prey.
  • The first was like a lion with eagle’s wings. The United Kingdom is often represented as a lion. The United States is represented by an eagle. This imagery supports what we saw as Brexit (Britain exiting EU to be more closely allied to US 2500 years before it happened!)
  • The second beast was like a bear that has three ribs in its mouth, and it’s told, “Arise and devour much flesh,” Daniel 7:5. “Arise” because it has been down. Russia is often represented by the political cartoon of a bear. The three ribs could be Georgia, the Ukraine and?
  • The third beast was like a leopard with four heads. An Asian coalition of China, Japan, Korea and Thailand could fit this description.
  • The fourth beast was like a dragon with 10 horns. In the historic application, the Roman Empire was represented, and as it fell, the 10 horns represented 10 tribes that roamed Europe, but one of these horns became great. The Protestant Reformers were united in their view that it was the papacy, the “Holy Roman Empire” that grew out of pagan Rome and dominated Europe for many centuries. In the end-time application, it is not hard to see this beast as Europe and again we should expect the papacy to dominate as Daniel 7:20-25 describes.
  • Note that the horn of Saddam is broken and the vision is half fulfilled for the time of the end. Iran will be next and will probably be behind Jerusalem’s destruction foretold in Zechariah 14:1-3 before God “goes forth to fight again those nations” (with the goat?)
  • Because we are “at the time of the end” signaled by five “when-then” events and the pope’s visit to mark the Sabbatical year (2015-16) with end-times beginning 2016-17.
  • If Jerusalem’s destruction occurs at Passover, 2017, we should expect judgment on the US a month later as explained at TheBridegroomComes.com

The history of abusive wars is chronicled in Daniel 11 where the king of the north would pass through and often devastate God’s people in the holy land on the way to fight the king of the south, Egypt.

First it was Babylon (Ezek 26:7), then Medo-Persia, Grecia and finally Rome, but in the end-times, Babylon is shown to be the papacy involved in politics, wealthy, wearing scarlet (color of cardinals) in Rome (7 hills), Revelation 17:2-6,9.

Survival means not participating in the military and avoiding confrontation as much as possible by obedience to Christ as we get out of cities when we see martial law being set up, because the Constitution will no longer protect us or offer freedom in the presence of military.

Christ said, when you see the abomination of desolation (military doesn’t care about your freedom and can force you against your conscience) flee” Matt 24:15; Mk 13:14

That time is impending when major calamity will justify martial law enforced in cities and we will be better off if we make plans for fleeing to a more rural place. “The prudent person foresees trouble and hides himself.” Prov 22:3.

You may have family or friends elsewhere that you can visit. Why not share this information with others and help by pooling resources and offering your services.

A used mobile home may offer the protection you need in some southern areas. Some people live in their cars or vans. An empty house for sale near us had a family sleeping there, leaving early in the morning. Offering to help those who have an extra bedroom may  work.

All of this is temporary because we expect God to open another door to us as will be explained in the 6th seal. 

Outline

1.      History is Prophecy for 7 Years of Trouble

2.      The U.S. Role in the New World Order

3.      Reasons to Leave the Cities

1. History is Prophecy for 7 Years of Trouble.

Examples suggesting a 7-year time of trouble include:

1.      The 7-year famine in Joseph’s time. “The dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice” Genesis 41:32. Some Bible students believe that when God emphasizes something twice, it’s a clue for a second, end-time application.

2.      The 7 years of Nebuchadnezzar eating grass suggests an end-time humbling of this world’s kingdoms. Daniel 4; Daniel 2:45

3.      The 7 times hotter for the 3 Hebrews in the fiery furnace foretells “the fiery trial which is to try you,” 1 Peter 4:12. “Times” in Daniel can mean years, Daniel 4:19.

4.      The conquest of Jericho is a type for the fall of Babylon in the end-time, 1 Corinthians 10:11. Six trip around Jericho in six days blowing a trumpet each day prefigures the six trumpets in Revelation 8 and 9, followed by the 7th day with 7 trips representing the 7 last plagues of Revelation 16, “each day for a year,” Ezekiel 4:6.

5.      There are two 3½ year periods in the book of Revelation: “Rise and measure the temple…and I will give power unto my two witnesses…1260 days (3 ½ years). “When they have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them,” Revelation 11:1,3,7.

The next mention of the beast out of the bottomless pit is Rev 17:8 where we see it ridden and guided by a woman named Babylon for the last 3 ½ year period when “power was given him to continue 42 months,” Revelation 13:5.

This second 3 ½ years is after the deadly wound (caused by the Protestant Reformation) is healed. In the first 3 ½ years, the 2 witnesses “have the power to shut the heavens.”

The Elijah application brings economic drought in the 1st trumpet when the grass is burned up, Revelation 8:7. Grass represents riches, James 1:11, KJV. Elijah’s drought ended in a confrontation when his prayer brought fire from heaven to show that IAUA was God, 1 Kings 18:37-39.

In the end-time, after the first 3 ½ years, the lamb-like beast [the United States, explained later] brings fire from heaven ending economic drought and causing everyone to accept the New World Order [image of Old World Order beast, Rev 13:14].

The seals are a collection of topics that God has emphasized 7 times. We saw in the first seal that His name was written on tables of stone 7 times. We now consider the word “covenant,” a word found 7 times in Genesis 9 where a covenant was first made with Noah.

Bible covenants were linked  to 7’s, like the 7 ewe lambs that Abraham gave to Abimelech in making a covenant, Genesis 21:27,28, or the 7 holy convocations that God gave to Israel in making a covenant with them, Leviticus 23.

  • Revelation is a book of 7’s, and it shows how God will keep His covenant in the end-time. As we consider making a covenant to become part of His kingdom in the end-time, we will look at those things that are emphasized 7 times to include them.
  • In Daniel 12:7, Christ swears. The Hebrew word, shaba, means He says it seven times as in an oath or covenant, This swearing is His renewing of the covenant to give His people the kingdom in the end-time.
  • All of this to suggest our making a covenant and giving God the 7’s–the things He has emphasized 7 times in Scripture. We saw His name as #1. Willingness to covenant is #2 and we need to consider aspects of it…

2. The United States’ Role in the New World Order

The United States is the lamb-like (second) beast in Revelation 13. A lamb was a symbol of Christ. Gentle and peace-loving above every other nation, America has been Christian. But the lamb-like beast causes the world to make an image of the previous beast. The New World Order will be an image of the Old World systems from which millions fled, coming to the New World for freedom. On the heels of World War II, the United Nations seemed like a good thing, but there is more to this iceberg than we see on the surface.

The New World Order will not look oppressive to most people, anymore than the image in Daniel 3 meant trouble. To idolaters in Babylon, the image represented their kingdom; it was the finest symbol to which they could bow or pay homage. It was a time of music and celebration, but it also brought a death sentence for three Hebrews who kept God’s commandments. Exodus 20:4,5 says not to respect “any graven image.” The New World Order will require worship [worth-ship, giving worth to something that goes against God’s laws], Revelation 13:15-17.

U.S. Takeover by Executive Orders

Preparation for the military take-over of the U.S. is being made on several levels. REX 84 provided detention centers, initially for illegal aliens, but now to screen potential domestic terrorists in a time of national crisis or emergency when martial law is instituted. FEMA is the “Trojan Horse” that brings military strength to “continuity of government” in a time of crisis.

The Greek word krisis is the word for judgment (“the time of God’s judgment is come”) when we face life and death situations as Daniel did. “Daniel” means God is my judge, and in that setting, we are separated from those who sell out cheap to preserve their lives, when God has a better plan to save us.

Presidential Executive Orders require no approval by congress or anyone else for six months. Executive Orders give a president the ability to declare a state of emergency and martial law. This suspends all Constitutional rights, converting our democratic form of government into a dictatorship. Since 9-11, we’re losing freedoms as Homeland Security brings our Constitutional rights to an end.

David Rockefeller of the Council on Foreign Relations and founder of the Trilateral Commission, praised our media for keeping their oath not to divulge the Globalist plans to the public: “We are grateful to the…great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promise of discretion.” According to Rockefeller, everything is in place for the New World Order—all we need is a national emergency to provide the basis for the Presidential Executive Orders [that have been issued] to take effect.

Colonel Ammerman [under General Schwarzkopf in Desert Storm] cited unclassified information that there are about one million United Nations troops in North America [Mexico and Canada, but mostly in the U.S. on “closed military bases” no longer needed.

Presidential Executive Orders

The “War and Emergency Powers Act” of 1933 enables the President to declare a “national emergency” at his discretion, and to establish his own set of laws for the land. Here is a sampling to scan–can you feel the heat of the dragon (Rev 13:4,11)? Scan the following–

Order 10995—Seizure of all communications media in the U.S.

Order 10997—Seizure of all electric power, fuels, and minerals, both public and private.

Order 10998—Seizure of all food supplies and resources, public and private, farms and farm equipment.

Order 10999—Seizure of all means of transportation, and total control over all highways and seaports.

Order 11000—Seizure of all American people for federal work forces. A scholarly book shows the need to disavow citizenship in earthly kingdoms in preference to God’s kingdom. (Christian Patriotism, A.T. Jones).

Order 11001—Seizure of all health, education, and welfare facilities, both public and private.

Order 11002—Empowers the Postmaster General to register all men, women, and children in the U.S.

Order 11003—Seizure of all airports and aircraft.

Order 11005—Seizure of all railroads, waterways and storage facilities, public and private.

Order 12919—Consolidation of all the above orders, signed by Bill Clinton, June, 1994.

Rapes, beatings and human rights atrocities by United Nations officers and UN suppression of investigation (Washington Post, Dec 27, 01) bring us a short step from when the “image” beast will “cause all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads, that no man might buy or sell unless he have the mark…” Revelation 13:16.

3. Reasons to Leave Cities

When God made man, He put him in a garden. After Cain killed his brother, he fled and built the first city, Genesis 4:17. In God’s plan for Israel, every family had a home on the land with sufficient ground for tilling. The land provided the means and the incentive for an industrious, self-supporting life. No devising of men has ever improved on that plan. The poverty and wretchedness so widespread today is due to man’s departure from God’s plan.

With the industrial age, men were lured into the city for easier jobs and regular hours. But a century later we see that cities are hotbeds of crime, drugs, perversions, pornography, sex, violence and vice. Young people are especially vulnerable. Millions are caught in a web of abuses and unnameable crimes. With the record of God’s hatred of vice and punishment of Sodom, we should not be surprised when calamities befall the cities.

An emergency room physician in recent training was told that any city over a million people is a “death trap.” Joel Skousen’s Strategic Relocation recognizes the greatest dangers are in areas of high population. Out of the cities fits Christ’s warning for our time.

A Model for Fleeing

In the face of His rejection, Christ warned, “when you shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh,” Luke 21:20. Josephus records the surrounding of Jerusalem by Romans under Cestius in 66 AD. The early Christians understood Christ’s warning in reference to military. They fled and were spared the siege when Titus returned in the spring of 70 AD. How about us?

Hurricane Katrina was an example of what we may expect. When warning was given to evacuate and some did not do so, they were stuck–not free to leave the city. Men with guns forced some back who wanted to leave when food, water and shelter was not as expected. The time is coming when those in the cities will want to leave, but will not be able to do so.

A Second Reason to Flee

“You shall flee, like you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah,” Zechariah 14:5. Writing for our time, “their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation….The great day of the LORD is near,” Zephaniah 1:13,14. While that applied to Jerusalem, it is also applying in America. Some federal agencies are not funded; they get money from property seized in drug raids. Some have lost property, even if no drugs were found; no wonder Daniel represents nations as fierce beasts of prey; this includes the US government in transition from a lamb-like beast to speaking like a dragon in Rev 13:11.

If we can trust the Bible, New World Order will bring trouble. A move to the country, even in a mobile home or camper on land with water and soil for a garden could mean the difference between surviving free or being forced to take the mark of New World Order, Rev 14:9.

The Woman Flees

Throughout history, from the time that Lot fled Sodom, to when Protestants braved the seas, and later the wilds of the new world, God’s people have found refuge in wilderness places. In Revelation 12, after the woman gives birth to the child [which in our time may represent God’s movement in the final generation], the woman flees to the wilderness where she has a place of protection for 3 ½ years. The earthquake is the second of two signs to flee. If we don’t have a country place, we should seek one before fall. “Pray that your flight be not in winter…” Matthew 24:20.

“When ye shall see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet…flee to the mountains.” Further explanation of this abomination will be given later.

Though it means some hardships, country living is a protection, and God will help His people there. “The earth helped the woman,” Revelation 12:16. The cities are fast-filling their cup of iniquity.

The Second Message:

In our introductory chapter, we said the earthquake’s message is, “Fear God and give glory to Him, the time of His judgment is come.” This is the first of three messages in Revelation 14. We now see the 2nd message, “Babylon [meaning the confused systems of society] is fallen,” Revelation 14:8.

This is so important that it is re-stated in Revelation 18:2,4—“Babylon the great is fallen…Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins and that ye receive not of her plagues.” A humble home in the hills, or a secluded cabin can help provide protection and survival.

Sell what you have”

A rich young ruler came to Christ and asked what he needed to do to have eternal life. The Savior said he should keep the commandments. The young man said that he had, and he asked what he lacked. Christ said, “go and sell what you have and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.”

This was an opportunity for a close personal relationship, but when the young man heard it, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then Christ said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God, Matthew 19:20-24. This includes selling what we have in order to be prepared.

We see this in Luke 12:32,33, “Sell what you have…Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he comes shall find so doing. Truly…He will make him ruler over all that he has,” Luke 12:43,44.

Conventional wisdom tends to accumulate possessions, as if our worth or security is in some way related to what we have. “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ…” Philippians 2:5. He could easily have come “loaded” with everything necessary to change the world. But he emptied himself. We know the history, but we forget the message—“Follow Me!”

Summary: The 2nd Seal is about making a covenant which will take peace from the earth and the beginning of this may be seen by “the abomination standing where it ought not” (Mark 13:14) that the early believers understood to mean military. When we see martial law being set up, we should flee the cities as Christ said or face serious trouble.

If we wait till we see it being set up, we might be like a Presbyterian Pastor, Tom___ who carried his backpack loaded in his car to work so he could be obedient to Christ, not even returning to his home to get his things, Matthew 24:17.

But if we plan ahead, we can move and take what we need as we move out of cities. Why not put the house up for sale and spend some weekends into the country to scout out a place? A year early is better than a day late and we probably don’t have a year… “the earth helped the woman” Rev 12:16.

Unleavened Bread–2nd Topic, Day 2: Babylon is Fallen: This includes all governments worldwide with laws that are not in harmony with God’s law as seen in the book of the covenant, Deuteronomy. It is recommended reading for this week, and to minimize stress, why not divide the reading into five chapters a day, starting with chapter 4, reading through Deuteronomy 32. Some of those at the end are longer, so you may want to do six some days to even it out. IAUA  intended that we govern ourselves and not need to be ruled by other men, amen! 

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