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Horse Sense: A White Horse - May 25, 2014

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                         “A WHITE HORSE”

                    REVELATION 19:11-16

 

  In the old movies, it was real easy to tell the “Good Guys” from the “bad guys”. The “Bad guys” (the gun-fighters, the train robbers, the horse thieves, the evil knights etc…) were easy to spot, because they always were the ones wearing the black hats (and many times riding a black horse.)

 So, the bad guy wearing the black hat would be holding up the train…threatening to kill the women and the children… when all of a sudden, out of nowhere in comes a white horse with the good guy wearing a big white hat and he saves the day!

 In the old movies, the hero comes in on a white horse to save the day.

    One day, another “hero” will come in riding on a white horse. We are not talking about a western movie, or some fictional character… but rather, the Hero of all heroes’!  He is coming! He will save the day! He will be riding a white horse!

 “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse….”

Our “Good Guy” is coming on a white horse!

 

     ** THE TRUTH AND JUSTICE OF GOD’S WORD COMES ON A WHITE HORSE!**  

                                    ** Verses 11-13**

     TRUTH… the universal, all knowing, all encompassing Truth, brings real and final justice to the world. Truth wars against the lies that the world tries to make us believe. Truth sets people free from those voices that say, “ You don’t measure up”, “you have no worth”, you’re no good”. Truth combats the devil’s lies when he says, “ “all religions are the same”, “ It doesn’t matter how you live”, “ just sin…no big deal”.  Truth shows us the way to salvation. Jesus said, “ I am the way and the Truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except through me”.  Truth sets us free!

      I know a lady, who was fed a lot of lies in her life. She was told that she wasn’t wanted at birth. She was physically and sexually abused. She felt as if no one loved her at all.  Her life was constant pain.  So she turned to the bottle.  She drank to kill the pain and to escape from life.  Lies!

But then, through the grace of God… Truth rode in! Jesus came into her life. A church family adopted her and loves her to this day.

She is now clean and sober and has been now for 29 years! Her name is Lynda  and Truth has set her free!

 

  ** THE “ARMIES OF HEAVEN” RIDE IN ON WHITE HORSES**

  We are in the midst of a great and a mighty war! It’s a war for our souls… and the souls of our families. We are in the midst of a fight for  righteousness and purity and the honor of entire nations and entire populations. This war has been going on since the dawning of time, and will continue to the end of it. Our enemy is vicious… our enemy is deceptive…our enemy is deadly!   There is good news, however.  The Calvary is coming! Help is on the way! The Army of God is riding! Jesus will show up and Jesus always wins!

                                  ** verses 14-15**

The Lord will ultimately give evil a beat down! Good will overcome bad! Tyrants will be overthrown and terrorists will be brought to eternal justice. The Holy will rule and the sinful will suffer. Help is on the way!

    ** As we celebrate Memorial Day, think of all the peoples and nations the American military has set free. Our nation was founded on the principles of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of freedom”. We fought a war amongst and against ourselves and set the slaves free. In WW1 we set France and nations of the German and Ottoman empires free. We warred against the evil Nazi Regime in WW2 and liberated France and Britain and Poland and others. We saved millions of Jewish lives in liberating them from the Nazi Death Camps. South Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama. In the Cold War we set the stage for free elections in former Soviet Communist countries as the wall came down. We rescued Kuwait in the first gulf war and for the first time in history women are voting in Afghanistan. We took out a brutal dictator in Iraq and have and are taking out terrorists around the world. When people have been in trouble… the Americans show up to help.

 

  In an even greater way, an even greater army is coming. God’s army liberates the entire world! God’s army is on the way

 

** THE “KING OF KINGS” AND THE “LORD OF LORDS” IS COMING ON A WHITE HORSE**

 

There are many “leaders” in the world. There are a lot of powerful people. Our nations are filled with the “Movers and shakers”, the people who get things done, the superstars. Throughout the history of this world, we have seen both the good and the bad rise to power. As a nation, we Americans know what it means to be the most powerful nation on earth. Our President is referred to as the most powerful man in the world. There are kings and leaders, generals, presidents and even tyrants…. But the most powerful in all of world history, pale in comparison to our hero… our king…our Lord!

                                            ** V 16**

Jesus … the ultimate King.

Jesus… the ultimate Lord!

Jesus…He is coming back!

                                        Are you ready?

 

** Herod was a powerful king. He was a reigning king in the world after the death and resurrection of Jesus.  He steps up.. Wearing his royal robes and addresses his people…his nation..His subjects. As he speaks, the crowd begins to roar, they are overtaken by his greatness, and his power. They began to chant, “ This is the voice of a god, not of a man”. Herod didn’t stop them. In fact, he believed their words. He accepted their worship. In his mind, He wasn’t just a man. He wasn’t just a king. He was god.

 But he wasn’t. The real King showed himself that day. The Bible says, “An angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.”.

 There is only ONE King of Kings and Lord of Lords! His name is Jesus and He is coming!

 

       Friends, in a world that is filled with hurt and heartache, brokenness and violence, disease, tragedy, and war…. There is some good news! Help is on the way! The Good guy does show up!

Look up…Look close…pray hard… listen for the hoof beats…

                               A white horse is coming!

 


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