Rex Smith - Revelation

Revelation 6:2, "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." We read about a white horse. When we read further on through Revelation we find that God has typified this to the Gospel, the message of the Gospel of Jesus, the story of salvation.  “... and he went forth conquering, and to conquer..." If we are going to know the blessing of God, we have to submit to His will. As God speaks to us through the Gospel and that message is applied to our hearts and we respond to that message, it means we have submitted; we have yielded. God is seeking to conquer, that we might be brought into subjection to His will and we might find it a pleasure to serve Him. We realize that we all have our own thoughts, our own theories, our own purposes and our own objectives in life, but God comes through the Gospel story and He tells us about His plan and about His purpose and about His will and we learn to submit and yield that we might know His blessing, that our lives might be guided by His spirit and His power, because we realize if we guide our own lives that it is going to end in tragedy. We only have to look around us in the world today to see men and women who are following the dictates of their own ideas, their own thoughts and we can see where they are going. We can see the results of their thinking and planning. It is wonderful to see the result of God's planning, a life brought into subjection to the will and plan of God and yielding to God, God having control in that life. It is wonderful to see the work of the Heavenly Father in the hearts of those who have responded to the Gospel story.

The great white horse - God's only and eternal Gospel. Then we read of fine linen, clean and white - God's only and eternal standard. Great white throne - God's only and eternal authority. We realize that if we are going to stand before God unashamed on that day, we have to be willing for the standard that He has applied - God's standard of righteousness. God has left on record in the last pages of our scriptures the message concerning the great white throne, and the reason that God has left this in our scriptures is that He wants us to see that there is a judgment day and He wants us to see that day long before we arrive before Him, before this great white throne. He wants us to be prepared now and that is why He is sending the Gospel to us, why He is desiring that we might understand His plan and purpose through the Gospel, that we might begin to prepare, that we might be willing to be clothed in His righteousness, that the sin question in our lives might be dealt with and His blood might be applied to our lives, that we are willing to acknowledge Jesus as our Saviour and sin-bearer; we are going to be prepared to stand before God on that day unashamed - God's only and eternal authority - because we have responded to the Gospel Story.

"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 19:11, "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. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God." God trying to help us to understand that His Word has gone forth in faithfulness and in truth and as we are willing to acknowledge His word and apply His word to our hearts, as we are willing for Him to conquer in our lives and we are willing to submit, we are going to know of His grace and His power ruling in our hearts. God has given us a very clear picture of Jesus coming forth through the Gospel, of the Gospel story coming forth to your heart and my heart and we recognize this as the Truth - faithful and true. "He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean." As God deals with the sin question in your life and my life and we submit, die to self and our blood is upon His garment, He has conquered - we are going to be prepared for the judgment day; God is going to begin a work that will clothe us and fit and prepare us for eternity.

Revelation 14:6, the everlasting Gospel. “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred and tongue and people, saying with a loud voice, 'Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made Heaven and earth and the sea and the fountains of waters.'” Isn't it a wonderful thing that God can begin this work in our hearts and we realize that this is the everlasting Gospel, the unchanged, unadulterated Word of God, the unadulterated message that came from heaven, declared through the life and the living and the example of Christ, a message to every mortal person that they might be redeemed, might be freed, might be prepared to face God in eternity. As this Gospel comes to you and to me and we are willing to yield, we acknowledge this as the word and the truth of God, as the unchanged and unadulterated Gospel and we yield, allow Him to conquer, God is going to help us to be clothed in that garment of righteousness, that we might be prepared and ready for the judgment day, God's only and eternal authority.

Mark 1:15 When Jesus came into the world and He went forth with this wonderful Gospel, it was that you and I might be redeemed, that we might repent, be changed and we might yield. "Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.'" A simple message men and women of all ages, of all mentality can understand and perceive. It is wonderful to see in India men and women, illiterate, with a past of Hinduism, not knowing anything of Christ or the prophets or anything concerning these scriptures and they hear this Gospel, this simple Gospel message, they hear Jesus speaking through the Gospel desiring that they might repent and yield. In the Telegu language Maru Manasu - Maru: change; Manasu: from the heart - Maru Manasu - a change from within. We realize that we have to change if we are going to know the blessing of God. We need to repent, to be sorry for our past; we need a power in our lives that we might serve and honour God. If we really believe this Gospel, believe this is a message to our hearts from God himself, we will be found responding to that Gospel, yielding to the claims of God that we might receive His power. As we see these souls in some of the villages listening and responding to this Gospel, a change comes from within. God imparts a new life, a new spirit, a new nature, and we find those men and women responding to the word of God, and it is bringing their lives into line with the Christians that we read of in the New Testament, because this is the everlasting, unchanged Gospel. The product of this Gospel is the New Testament church of men and women gathered together, because this is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you and I repent and we know this change from within, we are going to be made one, to be united. There are no laws, no regulations, but the control of God's spirit, the imparting of this new life brings a change into their lives, into their homes, into their hearts. We see men and women beginning to put things out of their homes that should not be in their homes. They see that those things are not going to help them in their relationship with God. Who tells them to do this? This is a miracle fellowship because it is guided by the hand of God, and the product of this fellowship, of this Gospel, is the same today in every land, and as we labour over there in India in the villages and cities and see the response to the Gospel, this same change and miracle work, we have to acknowledge, "This is of God, guided from heaven, the only Gospel that God has been interested in from the beginning of time for mankind." This has been God's plan from the beginning of time and this will always be God's plan because this is the everlasting, unchanging Gospel.

Jesus' first message was, "Repent and believe the Gospel." As we are willing to repent, acknowledge His authority and His power and His spirit, there is going to be evidence of His work in our lives. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 2:2), "We were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: but as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness." Paul was able to bring God to witness concerning his faithfulness in delivering this Gospel and Paul was telling these men and women, writing to them later, that this Gospel came to them not in deceit, nor in guile - this was the pure, unadulterated Gospel given through His servants, and this message won the hearts of those men and women. There was a change as a result of them listening to this Gospel. "Our Gospel." It united him with those that he was writing to. It brought him into a relationship with them. He said, “Our Gospel.”

1:5, “Our Gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Ghost and in much assurance." This was a Gospel which was associated with power and with the Holy Ghost. This is the Gospel that is coming to you through Jesus, through His spirit, that you might be united in fellowship with God and with those that have received this same Gospel, and it is directing their lives in the same course as it directed men and women in the New Testament because it is the same spirit in control. The spirit of God is not going to contradict itself. No wonder Paul said, "This is our gospel," because Paul was sent forth by that same gospel. He was moved by the spirit and the power of God, and he was moved in exactly the same way as Jesus had sent His disciples years before. It is great to see in India young men and women leaving everything behind and going forth just as Jesus sent His disciples. They haven't been told, "You have to," but the preserved word of God is there to guide them and the spirit of God just guides them in the same way. It moved preachers so long ago and produced the same results, the same fruit. This is the Gospel of God. This is directed by the hand of God because there is no ministry in the world that can work like this without the spirit of God being in control, and this is the Gospel that comes to you as the result of the sacrifice of Jesus and others that have sacrificed from that day until our day in preserving this Gospel. Sometimes the links do not seem to have been joined, but the spirit of God has not changed. What is being produced in India, in New Zealand, is the same.

1 Thessalonians 2:13, "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe." Are you willing to receive this as the word of God and not of men? Let God's spirit take control. God's spirit alone can give you a revelation of this truth, an understanding of this truth. This Gospel comes with power and with the Holy Ghost and as you are willing to receive a power in your life to bring it into line with the will of God, you are going to receive a blessing. Paul said, "...which effectually worketh in you." The effect of that work was the same as the effect of the spirit of God when Jesus was preaching the Gospel and mingling amongst men and women. Here was the same effect, the same fellowship being produced, the same relationship in the hearts of men and women as they responded to the Gospel. As we respond to the Gospel, it is going to bring us into fellowship with God and bring us into fellowship with men and women in the New Testament. This is the fellowship that was produced in the Acts of the Apostles, those who acted on the word of God, and this is the fellowship that you can have a part in as you respond to the same spirit of God, the same Gospel, the same word of God, and God will impart to you a power to get victory over self and over sin, over this old nature that will lead you and me to a lost eternity. The dictates of the human mind and human heart and human thinking will lead us to a lost eternity. We need a change and if we are willing to repent, submit, yield, God will begin a work that will bring us into line with the plan and will of God.

Matthew 17:1, Jesus being clothed in that white garment. If we respond to the Gospel, we are going to be fitted and prepared with a standard that will enable us to appear before God unashamed on that day. When Jesus went up to this mount, we find that it says, "His raiment was white as the light." There was a transformation. The disciples saw Him in a robe as white as light and not only that, a cloud came over. They heard a voice, "This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased." Jesus revealed the standard of righteousness that is going to enable you and me to be clothed throughout eternity, and we find that it is made very clear in Revelation 19, that when the bride of Christ, those won by the Gospel, those that have been conquered, those who have yielded, come before Him, that they are going to be clothed with raiment that is fine and white and clean. This is the garment given to His bride, the bride of Christ, those that are collectively the children of God. We find there that this raiment is the clothing of His righteousness, men and women made right because of allowing God through Christ to deal with the sin question in their lives, men and women that were conscious of sin and wrong, repented from that sin and desired to live a life that would enable them to stand uncondemned on that last day.

Isaiah – all our righteousness is an unclean thing. We are all as an unclean thing and all our righteousness is as filthy rags, unclean, spotted by flesh, spotted by the world, by the dictates of human nature, just desiring to please ourselves and take our own way and our own planning. But there can be a change. As we listen to the Gospel and God begins a work in our hearts, there can be a change that will enable us to stand unashamed on that day. The standard of God's righteousness in every respect is seen in Christ. "This is My beloved Son, hear ye Him." Respond to His voice and His will and you will be clothed. God will enable you to stand unashamed on that day because of being clothed with His righteousness, the sin question dealt with in our lives. Ephesians 5:25, he was speaking to them about this same experience and he speaks of Jesus. "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." Isn't that a wonderful thing? This privilege that God gives us through the Gospel, that we might be clothed, we might know the love of Christ, His love working in our hearts. God so loved us that He wants to present us without blame, without blemish, without spot, without wrinkle. The only way you can stand unashamed on that last day before the great white throne is to know this work being completed in your heart and in your life, God beginning a work that is going to enable you to be clothed with His standard of righteousness, that you might not be condemned. Jesus has given His life, His blood on Calvary's tree that we might be clean, that we might know this experience of all wrong being dealt with and covered as a result of submission, as a result of yielding to His claims and to His plan.

Revelation 20:11, "And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." A great white throne - we all must appear before that great white throne and if our names are registered by God, registered that we have received this new life and this new nature, that we have responded to His Gospel, we have been clothed and prepared for this day as a result of the working of God's spirit, His Holy Spirit, as a result of power that we receive into our lives, we can stand unashamed.

Revelation 4:6, "And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind." God is just trying to give us a symbolic illustration that before that throne there is going to be a sea of glass. Revelation 15:2,  "And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast and over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, 'Great and marvellous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints.'" Isn't that a wonderful message? Men and women who have got victory over the beast, this beastly human nature, this power that is destroying mankind. We think of the atom bombs that men have got stored up. No, friends, the greatest destructive power in the world is your human nature and mine - uncontrolled, no God in control, the spirit of God having no influence upon our lives, and we see the world being destroyed. But here we see men and women who had victory and they were standing on the sea of glass unashamed, nothing to hide because God had begun a work in their hearts, preparing them for this day. You might be reserving your own opinion, but O friends, this day before the great white throne there is a sea of glass, nothing is going to be hidden, everything is going to be exposed and open in the sight of God and that judgment is going to be true, never to be altered, never to be changed, and what God discloses on that day will either give us great joy or despair, sorrow, and gnashing of teeth because we have failed to respond when God spoke to us through the Gospel, failed to allow God to prepare us for this day. What a privilege you have to respond to the Gospel, to have the sin question dealt with by the Gospel and you are willing to submit and allow God to deal and you have got nothing on the inside of your life, on the deeper side of your life that you are reserving or hiding, because when this Gospel came you believed it, responded, and that produced the same spirit and fellowship. This inspires us to continue to labour in India because of the results, the product of this Gospel, the same as the New Testament men and women having power and victory over sin. We see religions over there in India with their candles, crosses, cathedrals and collars - what is it producing? Hinduism with all their theories, all their sacrifices. But during the week, Christians and Hindus, just feeding on the world, the filth of the TV, they love it in India - the picture shows all that is of flesh, all that feeds the human heart, all the pleasures around them invented to take time and fill the hearts of men and women. To see men and women delivered from that is a wonderful thing — young men and women in colleges being different to others, clothed with righteousness. Our young people get something in their lives and in their living, not desiring what others desire, but having a relationship with God, and they want to be right with God, realizing that one day they must stand on that sea of glass and they want those problems dealt with now. Middle-aged people, some who have been totally under the power and influence of drink, and this Gospel has come to their home, brought changes into their hearts, the power, and spirit of this Gospel. Friends, God brings this to you even today, even this afternoon. As we respond and allow Him to conquer, we are going to be preserved and we are going to go on to blessing.

II Corinthians 5:10, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men." Friends, how can we be right in the sight of God, do that which is right? It is impossible without the help and the power of God to do that which is good. God wants to clothe us with His righteousness. Be willing for His eternal standard that we might appear before the judgment seat without shame. God's only and eternal Gospel prepares us for His only and eternal standard that we might appear before that great white throne unashamed, before His only and eternal authority. May the blessing of God help us all, and may the work of His Spirit help us all to repent and to yield to His claims.