East Valley Baptist Church
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Pastor's Message for 2024                                                                              The Four  Horseman of Revelations 6

Today  we are closer than ever before to Christ’s return.   I believe we currently are experiencing Revelations chapter 6 and we are presently in the first two horsemen.   And we will see the third horseman  soon.
“Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, ‘Come and see.’   And I looked, and behold, a white horse.  He who sat on it had a bow and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.   When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, ‘Come and see.’    Another horse, fiery red, went out.  And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.   When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, ‘Come and see.’   So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.  And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, ‘A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.’   When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying ‘Come and see.’   So I looked, and behold, a pale horse.  And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him.  And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.”  Revelations 6:1-8 NKJV
Revelation was written not to discourage believers, but to encourage believers, and for believers to see they are the only ones who make it through Revelations.   
  We are to be encouraged by knowing the Lord has all things under control, and He knows what is happening.  Satan will lose, and God’s Kingdom will reign. 
  Believers are in the know and non-believers don’t know what is going on.  
  Believers are to be prepared and to seize the opportunity to minister and be His witnesses to non-believers.  
   Revelations is NOT to scare us, but to inform us.
   Christ is coming back, but so also the world MUST go through these things described here in this book. 
  Believers do not know the time Christ will return, we are to be ready at all times. 
  The four horseman  give us evidences of the fulfilment of Revelation’s prophecy and the imminent of His return.
  To see these events happening before us, is our wake up call as believers to get with the program, do His will, and be faithful, and about His Kingdom Work. 
  We can not put these things off, until some day. 
   **I don’t know when Christ will return, but I do know we don’t live in fear of the events happening.  
  We do live abiding in Him,  rejoicing in His truth, holding onto His promises,  following Him every step of the way, by being filled with His Holy Spirit.   Because the promises He has for us,  work every time, and will get us through, everything that is about to happen on this planet.
   Notice Jesus is in charge of WHEN  EACH  seal is opened.  The world and its events do not determine when this begins, it is in the Lord’s hands and it happens at His time, when He is ready.
Consider the Four Horses and Riders of Revelations 6.
    First, being  horses, they are dynamic and move around, and can be in one place and not another.
     We see  the WHITE HORSE (vs. 2) with rider went out to conquer & is conquering.  He has a bow but no arrows.
          I see the white horse and rider that conquers is Sin.  Sin has conquered the world.   Consider.....
    Technology has conquered in our world: it is not necessarily good or evil, but can be used in both ways.
Technology is in every country of the world, and used by all people, no matter how remote.   Today, we have real time video world wide via satellite.   We have World wide  communication (cell phones), in every country, even in Mongolia.    We have the World Wide Web–the internet, that links information & our world together. Technology, information, knowledge is increasing at a pace beyond comprehension.  
   Our Courts have conquered in our world & not the elected  law makers:    June 25, 1962, the Supreme Court ruled the Establishment Clause and has thus been used to remove prayer/ God out, the 10 commandments, Nativity scenes, at city, state and Federal properties. The point here is,  the courts are now the ones who make policy and not the elected law makers.
   The  Supreme Court legalized abortion in the United States–and then gave it back to the states to regulate.  The courts  Legalized gay marriage.  You want something changed?  You go through the courts to do it and not congress.  The courts have conquered in our world today.
      Abortion which is the intentional taking of a human life, has lead to the killing of millions of babies.  (For those who say it is a choice, then I would ask, why do you have to kill their life?)   Sadly we use murder as a means of birth control, when there are other means available.
     Abortion is the leading cause of death in the world the past 4 years.  The world- meter listed 42.6 million abortions world wide in 2021. That is less then what the World Health Organization list. Murder is a sin in the Bible. See law #6.
       Immorality has conquered:   Legal & Illegal prostitution.   Pornography in print, on line, on phones, movies, and in persons.    Gay marriages, Gay Parades, Marti gras, decadence, Strip joints, shacking up,   America openly parades its sin.   Sadly this immorality is allowed by law.  
I Corinthians 6:9 specifically list these sexual misconduct actions, and folks  participating will “not inherit the kingdom of God.”    Romans 1:28 calls this a “debased mind to do those things which are not fitting;”
  The point here we have sowed seeds, and we are  reaping the harvest.  The white horse & rider of sin is “conquering and to conquer.”   Our bag of seeds has even more to sow.
     Alcoholic beverages are sold as if a common item.  We are raising a generation who think it adds life, but it only takes away.  
     We have legalized Gambling, Casinos, Lottery.  This is not righteousness for our nation.  Prov. 14.34 “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”
We have Pride of our nation, in ourselves, which Proverbs 16:18 says: “Pride goes before destruction,...”
    We have gluttony in our pursuit of food.   We have greed in  the accumulation of great wealth, while we have so many who live without, and on the streets.
    We have added to our sins:    GMO--genetic modification of humans, animals and our plants.  Even non-believers can see this is not the path we need to go down, and it leads to who knows what., but not good for this world. What God created and called good, we are changing.
     LGBQT   has conquered.  This has no boundaries, it is in all nations, countries,  all places.   Sadly it has found its way even in so called “churches.”  Make no mistake, the Bible calls this choice in a person's life a sin.  See Romans 1.

     Social media has conquered.  It has a mouth that with it’s volume knocks down and bullies those who are the small.  And if you are a Christian, and take a stand on social media, you will see persecution.
Sin has  the crown, It has the bow, this white horse and rider  has conquered the world.
       II. We see  a 2nd horse and Rider  that follows, it is fiery RED.   

This rider takes Peace from the earth.   As a result, people kill one another.   We see this and read about it daily.
   We have shootings in Schools, in Malls, in our places of Work, in our churches,   shootings on the road, in apartments.  Nothing is off limits.
    This red horse/rider  who removes peace, has moved in our political parties.  We do not have peace in our nation,   in our Government . 

    We see countries at war--Israel, Russia.  We have hostility towards our neighbors with different ideology, different races, nationalities, languages.    This is not good.  This is a nation and world divided.  Christ said, in Matthew 12:25 “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation...”
     We have division in our Cultures, our Races, our heritage.  We see the pressure building with immigration and masses of people moving in.   They didn’t have peace where they lived, and now they move seeking peace in another country.   The rider on the RED horse has traveled all across the world, with its great sword.  
We are Reaping from the seeds of our planting.  See Galatians  6:7
      III.  We see a 3rd horse and rider.  It is BLACK.   The rider shows us the pair of scales, and what is on it?  Wheat and Barley.   Food. Basic food.  This can go one of two ways or both:   Inflation, with the cost of food skyrocketing up.   Or Scarcity of food, thus making it more valuable.  
       Scripture says it will happen, so it would be wise to prepare for it.   If you are not prepared, then you are a victim, and can not help another.
    Food will be in short supply ESPECIALLY  IF  WE HAVE  PANIC ACROSS OUR NATION, and no one has prepared for it.
     I believe we are living in the days of the Red & Black Horses traveling across our world.  And we are very close to the days of the 3rd horse and rider.  Consider the following:
  **We see our own Lake Powell down 75%, with the Colorado River being rationed out.  Arizona was cut in its water allotment.  Without water, we can not plant, and expect a  normal harvest this year.
   **We see the Mississippi River is at record lows, pointing to the fact of a drought causing it.  This will show its affect at this year’s harvest.  But its not just here, consider
   **I read Europe is in its worst drought in 500 years.  They are suffering the same way we are here.
   I read the horn of Africa is suffering its longest and most  severest drought on record.
   I read summer of 2022, China was hit by its most severe heat wave in six decades, exacerbating a drought that has impacted the nation greatly.
    South America: Brazil and Argentina & 2 other nations, hit by a second consecutive year of drought, are headed for smaller harvests of major crops, especially corn, soybeans,
    India:  Drought has affected nearly two-thirds of the country from 2020 to 2022.
     We can learn from COVID how fast the shelves can empty out.  And we can learn from Social Media how fast word can spread of true or even false information that can lead to people operating totally out of PANIC & fear. 
     We can see the first two horses running, and the 3rd one well on its way.   But.....
     IV. There is a 4th horse that is PALE, and Death sat on him.  The results of this rider is 1/4 of the earth will perish.  It lists death from fighting, hunger, and by beast of the earth.   With the shortage of food, people will  fight over it, hunger will take its toll, and animals will also be competing for food as well.  There will be losers in the fight for food.
     This is what the harvest of sin brings.  
     The Bible tells us in Rom. 6:23  “The wages of sin is Death.” 
     This is the result of  sin  conquering in the world and in the lives of people.     
      Nations that do not have the Lord God of the Bible as their Lord, which includes USA, do not have the Lord’s blessings.  When  Nations do have the Lord as their God, He brings blessings.  Psalms 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord...” 
     The PALE Horse  is not limited to America, but the whole world.  This is not good.  It  suggests every nation will be affected by the shortage of food.
    There are a number of web sites that monitor world statistics, including births and deaths.    We hit a mile stone of 8 billion people on the planet earth on Nov. 15, 2022.  Based on the past and current number of deaths, we have not seen one forth of the world’s population taken out, even with COVID and abortions.  Its not even close, yet.  But one day this horse will be released.
    The world’s stage is set for Revelations’ judgments.  We understand what a nuclear Bomb does and its fall out.   We have the nation of Israel in place, but not a temple yet.  We understand technology  and the ability to chip  humans.  And we understand digital money and that it can be controlled.   We understand how a mass illness can spread around the world in a matter of weeks, resulting in shutting down the entire world. 

       We understand our faith is in the Lord Jesus Christ, and not in mankind, a world leader,  economic means, or ourselves.
How are we to face these uncertain times? 
            Repent and get right with Jesus Christ:
      We can face these times when we have made the  number one decision and our actions give witness thereof.  That  decision is to Trust Jesus as Lord Savior.   We do this by understanding our sin has separated us from our Creator.  God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for your sins.  You must turn from your sin –repent– and call on the Name of Jesus Christ to save you, receive Him by faith, Surrender to His Lordship in your life and follow Him.  You can do that now in a prayer.  Christ hears our truthful  prayers.
         As a Believer, Get with the program.  We need to quit running with the world, and Abide in Christ daily.   All the promises and all the commands Christ has given us are  sufficient to get every believer through any event that we might go through. 

If I can be of help, please contact me.  Pastor Daryl Bennett   This message is copyright, no portion may be used without giving credit to its author.


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