Rev 19:11                             Behold a White Horse                               7/16/2006      ßà   

  • A New Vision (Rev 19:11-16, 1Cor 15:50)

 

 

 

 

#1.       Behold, He Cometh With Clouds (Rev 1:7, Dan 7:13, Mat 24:30, 2Thes 1:7-9, Rev 19:11,8)

 

 

 

 

  • The Righteousness of Christ (Rom 3:23, Mat 1:21, Rev 19:11, 1:5, Acts 2:27,31, Judg 21:25)

 

 

 

 

  • In Righteousness He Doth Judge and Make War (Rev 19:11, Col 2:15, Isa 49:24-25)

 

 

 

 

#2.       The Many Features of Christ (Rev 19:11-16, Isa 34:2-8, 63:1-6, Rom 9:13)

 

 

 

 

  • Edom and Bozrah (Isa 34:2-8, 63:1-6, Rev 19:13)

 

 

 

 

#3.       Are We Ready? (Mat 7:13-14, Hos 4:6, Prov 16:25, Mat 7:15-23)

 

 

 

Please turn in your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 19:11 (2X). We need to keep in mind that almost all of Revelation was written in symbolic terms, and is not to be understood as if it applies chronologically. It cannot be understood chronologically, for the end of the world is already pictured in chapter 6. Therefore we must read these words carefully. Then we see that we have here:

  • A New Vision (Rev 19:11-16, 1Cor 15:50)

Clearly, Rev 17:1 through Rev 19:10 belongs together and constitutes one vision. In Rev 17:1 one of the 7 angels which had the seven vials showed John the Judgment of the harlot church, Babylon, and that vision stretched all the way to Rev 19:10. And when he said in Rev 19:9, “These are the true sayings of God”, this ended the vision that this angel gave to John. Then John mistakenly fell down before this angel, thinking that he was God. But in Rev 21:9 (2X) another one of the 7 angels which had the seven vials showed John the vision of the Bride of Christ as the New Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God. And in Rev 22:8 again John mistakenly fell down before that angel, thinking that he was God. How then do these different visions relate to one another? At the end of Rev 16 we have seen the seventh vial poured out upon the earth, and when God said, “It is done” He really meant it is done, it is complete. And so, when that last vial was poured out there is nothing left any more. It is plainly a picture of the end. History is finished. The harlot church Babylon, is destroyed, the earth has been judged and is destroyed, Antichrist and Satan are cast into Hell. And so, in the following chapters 17 through 22 we are given separate pictures of the end, and pictures of the new creation. First we are seeing a picture of the destruction of the harlot church in Rev 17 and 18. Then in Rev 19:1-10 God gives us the contrasting picture of the glory of the true church. Then in Rev 19:11-21 God gives us a picture of the defeat of the forces of Satan. And again in Rev 20:7-15 God gives us another picture of the defeat of the forces of Satan and their being cast into Hell. Then in Rev 21 and 22 God gives us several pictures of the new creation and our blessed state therein. Let us now read Rev 19:11-16,

Re 19:11-12 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.   His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

Re 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Re 19:14-16  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.              And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.      And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

This then is the beginning of a new vision. Clearly these verses speak of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus comes out of heaven on a white horse. This is the reason for the title of this sermon, which is titled, Behold a White Horse (2X). Are there horses in heaven? Absolutely not! “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God” (1Cor 15:50). Is this how Christ comes out of heaven to judge all the unsaved on the earth? No, not at all! We know that when Christ comes for the 2nd time He comes with clouds. Please turn in your Bibles to Rev 1:7 (2X). There we read,

#1.       Behold, He Cometh With Clouds (Rev 1:7, Dan 7:13, Mat 24:30, 2Thes 1:7-9, Rev 19:11,8)

Re 1:7  Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

The same truth is also stated in Dan 7:13, and in Mat 24:30. Let me read to you those verses:

Da 7:13  I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

Mt 24:30  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.

So it is clear that Christ shall come on the clouds of heaven. Not just ordinary clouds, like we see today, but He is coming on clouds with power and great glory. Not the local clouds that are a few miles above the earth, but He is coming in such a way that every eye shall see Him. And then “all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him”. Why do they wail? They wail because they will realize that they are guilty of all sorts of sin, and they will be judged by Christ the Judge whom they did not expect ever to see. You see, the Bible says that the entire human race is conceived and born in sin and all kindreds of the earth shall realize that in this condition every one shall be cast into Hell. The Bible says that the entire human race is one organism, and when Adam sinned “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23). But people are not cast into Hell for Adam’s sin, but for all their own sins, for all came into the world as rebels against God and were sinners from the moment they are born.

Please turn to the second Epistle to the Thessalonians, 2Thes 1:7 (2X). If Christ shall come on the clouds of heaven, why does God show unto John that Christ comes on a white horse? God does that to symbolize the manner in which Christ comes: He comes as a righteous Judge, and He comes as a righteous Warrior. A horse is an animal that is used for battle. Christ does not come as the Man of Galilee on foot, doing good, meek and lowly, to save the lost sheep, or as a humble Messiah riding on a donkey. This He did the first time He came, about 2000 years ago. But when He comes the 2nd time He shall come as a mighty Man of War, for we read in 2Thes 1:7

2Th 1:7-9  And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,           In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:             Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

He comes “in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God”. Do you see what I see? The flaming-fire-vengeance is on “them that know not God”. You do not have to be a murderer, or an adulterer, or a thief, or a liar, to fall under this vengeance. It is sufficient that you know not the God of the Bible. Whether you worship a god out of your own mind who is not the Sovereign Almighty God of the Bible, or whether you worship an entirely different god totally apart from the Bible, you fall under the same flaming-fire-vengeance of the Lord Jesus Christ. The only way of escape is to know Him who is coming as the Judge of all the earth. I have said it frequently, but I must say it again: Whether you believe in a free-will gospel, or whether you believe in a sovereign-grace gospel, is not like the choice between a Coke and a Pepsi. It is like the difference between an idol and the true God, or the difference between Hell and Heaven. Please turn again in your Bibles to Rev 19:11 (2X). There we read that Christ is riding on a white horse. Why is this horse white? What does that mean? Look three verses back to verse 8, for there God defines what the color white means. We read in Rev 19:8, “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints”. Just like the white linen here is a symbol of the righteousness of the saints, so the white horse that Christ sits on is a symbol for the righteousness of Christ. What does that mean?

  • The Righteousness of Christ (Rom 3:23, Mat 1:21, Rev 19:11, 1:5, Acts 2:27,31, Judg 21:25)

Righteousness is a BIG word in the Bible. Most people understand that righteousness means to be living a holy and sinless life on earth. Well, there is no such thing, for “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23). No one on earth is living a righteous, sinless life on earth. Even the saints, after their salvation, still do sin but their sin is instantly forgiven. Righteousness has nothing to do with righteous living. What is the true meaning of “righteousness”? Righteousness means to be right with God. And to be right with God ALL our sins must be erased and not one remaining, for if one sin remains we are unrighteous before God. Therefore, we can only be righteous before God if all our sins have been imputed to Christ when He went to the cross about 2000 years ago, not one sin excepted. And Christ can only be righteous before God if He erased all those imputed sins by paying for them the penalty that should be paid. And since God is a righteous Judge, He will not be swayed to reduce the sentence by the fact that His own Son is standing before Him. And so Christ had to pay the equivalent of an eternity in Hell for all those sins that He volunteered to pay. This is why the Lord Jesus Christ is righteous, because He paid the full price for all the sins of all the elect whom He came to save, for it is written “Thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins” (Mat 1:21). And so it is impossible that the Lord Jesus paid for the sins of everyone in the world, for then everyone would be saved, and we know that this is not so. And thus, when we speak of the righteousness of Christ we are reminded at the same time of the magnitude of His suffering and death on the cross, and we are reminded of the scope of His Atonement, which is for all of God’s elect and for no one else. That is whom we see here in Rev 19:11, as the Rider on the white horse. As such “He comes to judge the living and the dead”, which means that He comes to judge the unsaved who are living on this earth, and also to judge all the unsaved who have died and still have to be arraigned before the Judgment throne. All those who are saved at this point in time have already been judged at the cross, and so they are not going to be judged again. Furthermore, we read in Rev 19:11 that two of the appellations of Christ are “Faithful” and “True”. Please turn again to Rev 1:5 (2X). Why is He called “Faithful”? The answer is again found in Rev 1:5, where we read, “And from Jesus Christ, (who is) the faithful witness, (and) the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood”. Christ is called the “faithful witness” because He is “the first begotten of the dead”. Again we see that the “faithful witness” ties into the successful Atonement of Christ. In His Atonement Christ was faithful, because He firmly believed that “the Father would not leave His soul in Hell”, according to Acts 2:27,31. And thus Christ is called “Faithful” because He is the only one of all mankind who was faithful unto death, even the death of the cross, even faithful unto the death of being under the curse of God. Then we read in Rev 19:11 that Christ is called “Faithful and True”. Which implies that all His words are faithful and true; all shall come to pass. His second coming is sure; the apostasy of the church is sure; the judgment of God on the apostate church is sure; the rapture of the saints is sure; the judgment on all the unsaved of the world is sure; the destruction of this world is sure; and the great move of all the angels and all the saints out of the present heaven into the new creation is sure. All that God has written in the Bible is true. All throughout the NT time churches have differed in their interpretation of the words they read in the Scriptures. Most of them have resorted to the escape clause: “It is not a salvation issue”. Have you not heard this many times before? For example: What about women in church-office? The answer comes back: “It is not a salvation issue”. Another question: In salvation is God sovereign, or do we exercise our own free will? The answer comes back: “It is not a salvation issue”. Another question: Is God still speaking today in dreams, or in visions, or in angel visitations, or in speaking in tongues? The answer comes back: “It is not a salvation issue”. The Bible is no more the absolute authority. And so every church is permitted to do what they perceive is right, which is equivalent to saying: every congregation may worship the god that they like. These days we are reminded of the words of Judg 21:25, “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes”. Furthermore, we read in Rev 19:11 that Christ

  • In Righteousness He Doth Judge and Make War (Rev 19:11, Col 2:15, Isa 49:24-25)

When was the first time we saw Christ judging and making war? We saw Him like that in types and figures many times throughout the OT Scriptures. For example, during the Flood of Noah’s days, we saw Him judging all the people outside of the Ark, and making war against them until they all were destroyed. But when did we see in reality Christ judging and making war, not in types and figures? We know that the Scriptures speak of Christ’s Atonement in this way. When Christ took upon Himself all the sins of all those whom He came to save, He was in fact already judging the non-elect by leaving them in their sins. From the moment of His death on the cross it was certain that all the elect would become saved in their lifetime; not one could be added and not one could be forgotten. Also from the moment of His death on the cross it was certain that all the non-elect would be left to pay for their own sins by spending an eternity in Hell. Moreover, from the moment of His death on the cross it was certain that Satan and all his fallen angels would also be condemned to an eternity in Hell. God speaks about Christ as the Warrior during His Atonement in Col 2:15, where He says, “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it”. We find explicit statement of Christ as the Warrior all throughout the Scriptures. For example, God says in Isa 49:24-25

Isa 49:24-25  Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?           But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.

The mighty that God speaks about in these verses is Satan, and his prey are the people who are in his possession. They are the lawful captives of Satan, for he conquered them and took them as slaves. But when those captives are the elect of God, then the prey shall be taken from the mighty and the lawful captives shall be delivered. In principle this came to pass on Friday, April 3, in the year AD 33, when Christ died on the cross, and the evidence of this victory was manifested two days later when He rose from the tomb. From then on it was a certainty that all those for whom Christ paid their sins would be Born From Above in their lifetime. And this is how Christ “spoiled principalities and powers, and He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. In AD 33 Satan was a defeated foe. And that is why we read in Rev 19:11 that Christ “in righteousness doth judge and make war”. He comes to execute the judgment that He procured in AD 33, and He comes with great power and glory to crush His enemies and bring them to justice. And in all this He acts as an absolutely righteous judge. The penalty shall fit the crime. Moreover, Christ invites us, His saints, to join Him in all these victories and judgments. What a great honor, and what a great glory for us to be on His side in this Great War.

#2.       The Many Features of Christ (Rev 19:11-16, Isa 34:2-8, 63:1-6, Rom 9:13)

Thus far we have developed only verse 11. In the same way we have to develop verses 12 through 16, for in all these verses Christ is honored and glorified, His Name is lifted up high and God is pleased to let us read of the many features of Christ in all His perfection. Obviously we do not have time for all these verses in a 50 minute sermon. And thus I must leave this task to you to search all of this out. Let me just touch on a few salient features of Christ in this beautiful overview of our victorious Savior:

Re 19:11-12 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.   His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

Re 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Re 19:14-16  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.              And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.      And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

We read in verse 13, “And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood”. Literally in the Greek text the tenses are as follows, “And He having been clothed with a garment having been dipped in blood”. In other words, the prior action of “having been clothed” and “having been dipped” had already occurred in the past before Christ comes on the scene for the second time to judge the earth. When has this occurred and whose blood is this? It must have occurred in an earlier event of judgment, and His garment was still red from the blood that had been sprinkled on His garment at that time. Well, the only earlier event of judgment has occurred when Christ hung on the cross, in AD 33. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Isaiah, Isa 63:1 (2X). What we often see in the Bible, especially in the OT, is that the Atonement of Christ is mentioned almost at the same time as the judgment on the Last Day. This can be confusing, if we are not aware of God’s way of presenting it. But when we think about it some more, we can understand why these two days of Judgment can be presented as one and the same day. At the cross, in AD 33, all those who are God’s elect are in Christ, and thus they are judged with Christ, because they are in Christ. But all those who have been passed by are in fact also judged, for Christ not only knows whom He has passed by, but He also knows all their sins which He has not paid. On the Last Day Christ will judge all those whom He has passed by, and He will point out their sins, which are their transgressions against the Word of God, which is the sharp twoedged sword that goes forth out of His mouth. But all the judgments that He will give on the Last Day have in fact already been encapsulated at the cross in AD 33. And thus both Judgment days are in fact one. We read in:

Isa 63:1  Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? This that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.

We read here about Edom, which is the land of the descendants of Esau. We read here of Bozrah, which is an important city in Edom, and we know from Gen 36:33 that it was the residence of one of Edom’s early kings. We read of the palaces of Bozrah in Amos 1:12. And we know that the name Bozrah means “sheepfold”. Before we go any further in this passage of Isaiah, please turn to Isa 34:2 (2X). Here Edom and Bozrah are mentioned again, and now we see the reason why Edom and Bozrah are mentioned. Perhaps you remember that God said in Rom 9:13, “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated”, and God said this before the children were born, before the children could have done any good or evil, and God said this in order “that the purpose of God according to election might stand”, to exemplify that salvation comes “not of works, but of Him that calleth”. Jacob was one of God’s elect, and as such he represents all those who are the elect of God. Esau was not elect. Esau never became saved. All those who are non-elect are represented by Esau. In this passage of Isa 34:2-8 God speaks about His judgment upon all the unsaved nations of the world on the Last Day. Then God substitutes Edom (or Idumea) and Bozrah for the unsaved nations and cities of the world. God speaks in Isa 34 of:

  • Edom and Bozrah (Isa 34:2-8, 63:1-6, Rev 19:13)

Isa 34:2  For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.

Isa 34:3-4  Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcasses, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.         And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

Isa 34:5-6  For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.              The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.

Isa 34:7-8  And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.              For it is the day of the LORD’S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.

Clearly, God is speaking of the end of the world as indicated in verse 4, and God mentions Idumea, which is Edom, as if Edom represents all the nations of the world. In verse 5 God calls them “the people of My curse”, reminding us of “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated”. Let us compare this now with Isa 63:1-6. Please turn in your Bibles to Isa 63:1 (2X). When God the Holy Spirit made us “Born From Above” where did God find us? He found us in the land of Edom, in the land of the people of His curse, because before we were saved we were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. Then the Holy Spirit applied the work of Christ’s Atonement to our souls, and we were saved. Now we must read about Christ’s Atonement here in Isa 63:1,

Isa 63:1 ¶  Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? This that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.

Isa 63:2-3  Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?                  (The answer:) I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.

Isa 63:4  For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.

Isa 63:5  And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.

Isa 63:6  And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.

In verse 1 Christ comes from Edom, where He found us. Christ speaks in righteousness, and He is mighty to save. When He saved us He did not provide the possibility to save, but He mightily saved us. Why art Thou red in Thy garments? Christ answers, “I have trodden the winepress alone”. I went to the cross alone. This winefat is the winepress of the wrath of God. We were in the winepress of the wrath of God when Christ hung on the cross, and spiritually our blood was sprinkled upon His righteous garments. The day of vengeance was the day God poured His wrath upon our sins. But since our sins were on Christ, He also said, “The year of My redeemed is come”. But in verse 6 Christ speaks of His anger on the unsaved on the Last Day, which is Judgment Day for the unsaved. This must refer to the unsaved, for Christ says, “I will make them drunk in My fury”, and “I will bring down their strength (Lit: their blood) to the earth”. Let us now return to Rev 19:13 (2X) where we have seen that the Greek text says, “And He having been clothed with a garment having been dipped in blood”. Now we know that it is our blood that stained His garments. It is the evidence of the wrath of God having been poured out in the past, in AD 33, and thus we shall not be judged again for those sins that Christ already took care of. The Lord Jesus Christ is coming as a Warrior, but not a Warrior against those whose sins He already paid at the cross. Therefore the question that we must face is this:

#3.       Are We Ready? (Mat 7:13-14, Hos 4:6, Prov 16:25, Mat 7:15-23)

Are we ready to face Judgment Day confidently that we have been judged already? Can we really detect that we belong to the family of Christ? Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel according to Matthew, Mat 7:13 (2X). Do we really believe what we read here in Revelation that the majority of the church will go apostate. If so, are we ready to abandon the pressure to conform to the majority of the Christian churches? Do we dare to apply the sharp edge of the Sword of the Word of God? We read in:

Mat 7:13-14  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:   Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

The narrow way leads to eternal life, and there are few who end up on that narrow way. In other words the probability to end up saved, and going to heaven, is very small. The probability of ending down on the slippery slide into Hell is far greater. Does this not tell us that we should be extremely careful of which way we choose and whom we can trust? Does this not tell us that we should be good students of the Bible? For God warns us in Hos 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children”. God says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. The Lord Jesus Christ is coming in flaming fire to take vengeance on them that know not God. Are we concerned that perhaps we lack the knowledge that God is speaking about? I know that ultimately it is only by the grace of God that we will remain faithful. But this is not something that overcomes us while we are laying on the beach. Are we working at our end to do all we can to remain faithful? Is that really the desire of our heart? And if it is, are we aware that studying our Bibles is something that is pleasing in the sight of God? I it not amazing that God warns us of these matters here in Mat 7? First God shows us the dire condition of the human race, that most of the human race will choose the easy way out, not knowing that the easy way, the broad way, leads to Hell. Prov 16:25 says, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”. And then, quite appropriately, God indicates here in the following verses in Matthew what we should do about it. He says in Mat 7:15-23,

Mt 7:15-16 ¶  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Mt 7:17  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Mt 7:18  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

Mt 7:19  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Mt 7:20  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Mt 7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Mt 7:22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Mt 7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

These are the most terrifying words that any church going person can hear. You see, going to a church, and doing those things that the Pastor teaches us is not good enough. It means that we would be trusting the Pastor, instead of trusting the Bible. When we trust the Bible, we are trusting God, and then we are on much safer ground than trusting the Pastor. These days the false prophets that Jesus warns us for are pastors and teachers of the Bible. Ye shall know them by their fruits. What fruits is Jesus talking about? He speaks of their teachings as fruits. How can we know that their teachings are false? We must learn to apply the sharp edge of the Sword of the Word of God, Rev 22:18-19. We must practice these verses, and meditate on these verses, and apply these verses, and pray that God will give us wisdom in doing all of this. Ultimately we declare that only God is true, and every man a liar.                     

AMEN.                 Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.