Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
If only we would make this our motto, then we would probably would have saved ourselves a lot of heartache. Who do we trust? We put too much trust into other people, politicians, athletes, musicians, even ourselves. But why don’t we trust God? We do we find it so hard to trust the one , who not only created you, but also created everything else
Lean not on our own understanding, this is another big obstacle for us. We need to come to the realization that our total understanding is very limited. We are limited by time, space, and matter. However God is not limited by anything, he is outside time, space, and matter. In fact he created all these things. So why don’t we trust him and lean on His understanding instead of our own?
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:6
When you acknowledge God in every aspect of your life , He will direct your path! You might say “I don’t want God directing my path” well there is your first problem! Pride, arrogance, ego, these are all things that keep us separated from God and truly knowing His will for our life
Now of course, none of this is possible without Christ. The first step to understanding is receiving Jesus as your Lord (Master) and follow His Way. Secondly we need to humble ourselves, be willing to deny ourselves as Jesus said and actually listen to God.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. Proverbs 3:7
As the Apostle Paul said “Professing to be wise they became fools “ (Romans 1:22) One of our greatest mistakes is considering ourselves wiser than God. As it stated in the beginning of Proverbs “The Fear of God is the beginning of Wisdom” , the same thought is mentioned here again, God must want us to get this!
Trust in Jesus and He will lead you down the straight narrow path, Amen!
For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. Proverbs 2:6-7
Where does Wisdom come from? We read books, we listen to lectures, we read case studies, but what is the source of all this information? That is the key to knowledge, what is the source? We heard of the old phrase “Garbage In and Garbage Out” , if the source of our information is not credible or reliable, then we are not actually gaining any wisdom
Who could be more wise than the one who created the Heavens and the Earth? The one who designed your complex biological system. The one who breathed life into your lungs. It amazes me how people will go to all different sources to find information, but they will neglect God who is the source of everything
When you finally receive his Wisdom , then comes knowledge and understanding. You cant understand life if you don’t understand where you came from. Most of the world believes they evolved from apes or randomly came from exploding matter, then you wonder why there is so much confusion in the world. They have no foundation to build upon. That foundation is Jesus Christ
He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. Proverbs 2:8
Many people will wonder, what is the purpose of The Bible? What is the purpose of Gods Law. Well God is trying to preserve our way! Gods Law was not created to control us but to help us not destroy ourselves. Even with the Law, people still went their own way to the path of destruction
God is sharing his wisdom with us, to give us a better life. As the Bible says “If they would have just listened to me, then they would have peace like a river” (Isaiah 48:18) The Living Word of God came in human form , Jesus Christ, follow his way and gain knowledge, understanding, peace, and eternal life Amen!
Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Proverbs 1:23
Anyone who doesn’t think that the Book of Proverbs is divinely inspired needs to read this scripture. This is basically the gospel message in the Old Testament. Turn you at my reproof means Repent! Reproof means correction. If we only turned away (Repent) from our sin due to Gods reproof (Law)
Then God will pour out His Spirit (The Holy Spirit) unto You! This is the same Gospel message that was being preached in the New Testament “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38)
God will make His Words (The Bible) known to You! The Bible is a lot clearer when you have the Holy Spirit. How did all the authors collectively write the Bible? By inspiration of The Holy Spirit!
Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: Proverbs 1:24-25
You ask “Who can be saved?” The Bible says “Everyone Who Calls Upon the Name of The Lord, Shall be Saved” (Romans 10:13) Have you felt God tugging on your Heart? Have you heard the whispers of the Holy Spirit? Yet you ignore and reject them
Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: Proverbs 1:28-29
God will not force anyone to love him. We all believe we have unlimited amounts of time, but the reality is we don’t. And one day our time will be up, are you saved? Or have you chosen to reject God and live life on your own terms?
There are eternal consequences for our choices. Make sure your covered by the blood of the Lamb (Christ) otherwise your sins are not covered at all!
My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. Proverbs 1:8-9
How many times in life do you think “If I only listened to my Mom or Dad, I wouldn’t be in this mess” The wisdom of a Mother or Father can be priceless, however will we listen to it? The Bible tells us to listen and not forsake the instructions and rules of your parents. God put the Parents in place for a reason and purpose, to guide us through difficult choices
On the flipside , we as parents also have a responsibility to instruct and guide our children properly. I know everyone wants to be the “Cool” parent who lets the child do whatever they want, but is this beneficial for your child in the long run? When they get older, will they know right from wrong, will they be responsible for themselves? As a parent its our responsibility to “Train up a Child in the way they should go” (Proverbs 22:6)
My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Proverbs 1:10-11
The Apostle Paul says “Bad company corrupts Good character “(1 Corinthians 15:33) We all heard the term “Hanging with the wrong crowd” the wrong people can have the wrong influence over your life. Its important to make good choices on who your friends are. Your inner circle tells a lot about who you are. Now I know people will say “Christians are supposed to love everyone” Yes that’s true, you can love someone but they don’t have to be your best friend.
On the flipside again, Parents have a responsibility on knowing who their kids are hanging out with. Being with the wrong crowd or at the wrong place and wrong time, can be catastrophic in your life. Allowing your kids to hang out with the wrong crowd is bad parenting. Find out who your true friends are and stick with them as long as possible
Of course not being centered and build up the rock of Christ, all of this will fail. Without God there is no standard for Morality. Its important that a family is built up the rock Jesus Christ, Amen!
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7
This scripture seems so simple and straight forward however it causes so many questions and concerns for many. So lets break it down to get a good understanding about what the Holy Spirit is saying here
First when we see the word “Fear” in the Bible , it’s a different Fear than we are used to. The original Hebrew word is “Yirah” this word means reverence or awe. So to “Fear God” is to not just obey because we tremble at our inadequacies , we admire Him, we Love Him, we strive to be like Him because his works and ways are incredible
Think about the first time you stood in front of the ocean, that is a humbling experience. The vastness and unknown of the body of water, that seems to have no end. The power that it displays , its lowers us from our pedestals and we realize how very small we truly are. As the Bible says “Perfect Love Casts out All Fear” (1 John 4:18) We love God not because we are afraid of him but because of his awesomeness!
Now secondly is there anything wrong with some Fear? The emotion of Fear sometimes can save your life. When you get to a place of danger, maybe your up to high or going to fast, your mind tells you stop! Fear can be a safety mechanism and when we ignore the warnings sometimes it can be catastrophic
So when we accept this awe or reverence for our Creator when then begin to realize true knowledge. The universe wasn’t a random accident of exploding matter, however it is a very complex design from the highest intelligence possible. Even after thousands of years we find it difficult to explain or comprehend its existence
But the rejection of God leaves us in the dark. Without the Creator there is no design or purpose. Without the Savior , there is no hope or meaning. Without the Law giver there is no Good or Evil. Many things fall apart without God center in your life. To Fear God is to Love and respect Him as a child would their Father, Amen!
Is Jesus the First Horseman?
Who is the first horseman in Revelation? The Watchtower teaches that the first horseman is Jesus Christ himself, but is this Biblical? Does this idea line up with the rest of scripture? Lets take a look:
When we compare Revelation 6 with Matthew 24, the answer is clear:
And I saw when the Lamba opened one of the seven seals,b and I heard one of the four living creaturesc say with a voice like thunder: “Come!” 2 And I saw, and look! a white horse,d and the one seated on it had a bow; and a crown was given him,e and he went out conquering and to complete his conquest.f Revelation 6:1-2 (NWT)
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. Revelation 6:1-2 (KJV)
Now the first contradiction you’ll see here in scripture is the Lamb (Jesus) opens the seals. So if Jesus is supposed to be the first horseman as the JW’s state, why is he also opening his own seal? Not saying that it would be impossible for Jesus to do this, but does it really make logical sense?
Second we notice the rider of the first horse is carrying a bow, The bow in the Bible is also symbolic for deceit , reference (Psalm 64:3-4, Hosea 7:16, Jeremiah 9:3, Psalm 78:56-57)
Next lets take a look at Jesus teachings from Matthew 24 known as the Olivet Discourse. You will notice Jesus teachings line up perfectly with the four horseman prophecies in Revelation 6
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Matthew 24:4-5 (KJV)
Jesus is going to give the 4 signs of the end, notice how that lines up with the 4 Horseman. The first sign (Horseman) is the Anti-Christ. Now we can argue if the AntiChrist is one person or a group of people, however the point here is the first horseman is about deception. This would guarantee the first horseman is not Jesus himself
You are going to hear of wars and reports of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for these things must take place, but the end is not yet.g Matthew 24:6 (NWT)
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. Matthew 24:6 (KJV)
When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creatureg say: “Come!” 4 Another came out, a fiery-colored horse, and it was granted to the one seated on it to take peace away from the earth so that they should slaughter one another, and he was given a great sword.h Revelation 6:3-4 (NWT)
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. Revelation 6:3-4 (KJV)
If you compare Matthew 24 and Revelation 6, you see they line up perfectly and the second sign and horseman is war
When he opened the third seal,i I heard the third living creaturej say: “Come!” And I saw, and look! a black horse, and the one seated on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 I heard what sounded like a voice in the midst of the four living creatures say: “A quart* of wheat for a de·narʹi·us*k and three quarts of barley for a de·narʹi·us; and do not harm the olive oil and the wine.”l Revelation 6:5-6 (NWT)
And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. Revelation 6:5-6 (KJV)
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. Matthew 24:7 (KJV)
Notice Revelation and Matthew line up as the third sign and horse will be famine
When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creaturem say: “Come!” 8 And I saw, and look! a pale horse, and the one seated on it had the name Death. And the Grave* was closely following him. And authority was given them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with a long sword and with food shortagen and with deadly plague and by the wild beasts of the earth.o Revelation 6:7-8 (NWT)
And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. Revelation 6:7-8 (KJV)
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. Matthew 24:9 (KJV)
The 4th Horseman/Sign is Death. Notice Jesus talks about how his followers will be killed for his name. Another thing to notice throughout all the seals, Jesus opened every seal.
The fact that many people , including the Jehovah Wittnesses, are deceived that the First Horseman is Christ, shows you how deceptive the Anti Christ will be. When he comes many will believe He is the Christ, but he is actually the Son of Perdition (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
In Revelation 19, we see Jesus riding on a white horse and the assumption is made that he is also the first horseman. But there are many differences between the two:
- The Anti Christ is carrying a bow (deceit) while Jesus is carrying a sword (Rev 19: 15)
- The Anti Christ is riding on Earth, while Jesus was riding from Heaven (Rev 19:11)
- The Anti Christ has one crown on his head, Jesus has many crowns on his head (Rev 19:12)
- The Anti Christ is not identified while Jesus is clearly identified as the Word of God (Rev 19:13)
- The Anti Christ is alone while Jesus is followed by many followers also on horses (Rev 19:14)
- The Anti Christ does not have a scepter while Jesus rules with a rod of Iron (Rev 19:15)
- The Anti Christ has no identification while Jesus is clearly identified as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords ( Rev 19:16)
Please also reference : Zechariah 6, Ezekiel 14:20-21