Hello, John and Doves,
Bro Lester, I think you are getting
confused between the idea of parables and the idea of
A parable is strictly and always an
ordinary, mundane event chosen by our LORD to tell
a supernatural, heavenly truth.
On the other hand, symbolism has no such
barriers to story telling. Symbols always occur
in dreams or visions. If it is not a
dream or vision specifically, then it is real.
Jesus instructed John to tell what he
saw. He was in Heaven, where God lives, where God
views the events of the past, present, and
future, all at the same time.
As such, the Four Horsemen are
mysterious. Are they visions, or are they actual occurrences?
No one can say. The best way we can
treat them is as symbols. That way, even if John
saw a green ghost image on a televised
picture, we are not far off. Green is the color of Islam.
That is an incontrovertible fact.
Many eschatologists have made much head way
in discovering the wisdom hidden in the words
of the book of the Revelation of Jesus
Christ. The book is an open book.
"And he said to me, 'Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book,
for the time is at hand.' " Revelation
"...knowing this first, that no
prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation..."
I do not think that
Peter was telling a "parable" here.
is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to
search out a matter."
Be careful, Bro Lester,
"At that time Jesus answered and said, 'I thank You, Father, Lord of
heaven and earth,
that You have hidden these things
from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.' "
Was Jesus telling just
a "parable?" No, "babes" means brothers in Christ like Coulton
"Babes" means a very
young girl like Akiane. No parable here.
"more about the 4
horsemen and specifically the white horseman"
Jesus often spoke in parables. A lot of the stories and traditions from
the Old Testament were also parables, as the New Testament explains.
However record of the Lord's life in the gospels also forms many
parables, that are prophetic, yet have been ignored.
The parable of the 4 horsemen is represented in the gospels by the
John 19:23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took
his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and
also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top
John 19:24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it,
but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be
fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my
vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
The coat however, was not divided in parts. It was given to one of the
4 soldiers through casting of lots. That soldier is a parable of the
white horseman - he has Jesus' coat.
in Jesus' Name,