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Introduction: The glory of Christ is found in the local church

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MAIN IDEA

Local churches are very close to God’s heart. It is where He pours out many of His gifts and blessings for us. Get planted in a local church today!

key scriptures

2 Tim. 3:16, Eph. 5:25, 1 Cor. 12:9–10, 1 Cor. 13:8, 10, Acts 4:33–34, Exod. 25:40, Ps. 92:12–13, 2 Cor. 8:23, Exod. 39:8–14, Exod. 28:30

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  • God’s Word is God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16). God breathed into His Scriptures the same breath He breathed into us. The Word of God is living; that’s why it is relevant and still speaks to us today! The Lord can give us a specific revelation, a word about our current situation, through the Scriptures.
  • The Lord cares deeply about the church. While the Lord died for the whole world, He gave Himself for the church (Eph. 5:25)—this shows how dear we are to Him.
  • The church is where the fullness of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit dwell. all kinds of healings are found in the church, including gifts of healings (1 Cor. 12:9) and the working of miracles (1 Cor. 12:10).
  • These gifts and miracles have never ceased in the church and are even more needful today. It is a misconception that the gifts of the Spirit have ceased working. The only time that the gifts of the Holy Spirit will cease is when the Lord returns for us (1 Cor. 13:8, 10). That time has not come yet.
  • Provision for our every need can be found in the body of Christ. The early church received great grace and great power from God and experienced no lack (Acts 4:33–34). This is the pattern God has revealed for us to follow. Just like the tabernacle was modeled after the pattern in heaven (Exod. 25:40), the pattern of the early church reveals God’s will for us now.
  • “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
    He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
    Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
    Shall flourish in the courts of our God.”
    — Psalm 92:12–13a NKJV
  • The house of the Lord refers to the church. God wants us to be planted in a local church, which is the practical expression of the universal church (we get to experience the benefits of being part of the church in personal and practical ways).
  • The courts speak of what is outside the church. When you’re planted in the house of God, you will flourish in the world (e.g. in your job).
  • The local church is the glory of Christ (2 Cor. 8:23).
  • The enemy will always try to tarnish the glory of Christ, and he does this by attacking the church. However, every time the local church overcomes these trials, they receive God’s wisdom (having been strengthened through the trial) and shine God’s light as a testimony of His grace! If the enemy has been attacking you and your family, know that it’s because he is after the glory of Christ. Once you realize this, you can position yourself to see Christ glorified and align yourself with what God is doing.
  • Light and wisdom come when you behold Jesus’ heart for you.
  • In ancient Israel, the high priest wore a breastplate with twelve gems on it (Exod. 39:8–14). These gemstones represent the twelve tribes of Israel, a symbol of local churches today. Just like the high priest had the names of the tribes of Israel written on his breastplate, Jesus our High Priest bears the names of the local churches on His heart. Let’s live life assured that we are close to the Lord’s heart and precious to Him. The gemstone breastplate was given to the high priest to help him spiritually discern answers to the people's questions through the “urim” and “thummim” (Exod. 28:30), which mean lights and perfections. In the same way, when we behold the Lord’s heart for us, He gives us light and spiritual wisdom for our every need!
  • The twelve tribes of Israel were each represented by a specific gemstone on the breastplate. In the same way, God wants us to think of ourselves in a local church—each local church reflecting a unique aspect of Jesus’ glory.
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The four horsemen and what they represent

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God has laid out wisdom for us in His Word to counter "the four horsemen"—the enemy’s attacks against us in the last days. They are (1) false teachings, (2) strife, (3) lack, and (4) sickness and death.

key scriptures

Matt. 24:3–8, Rev. 6:1–2, Rom. 10:17, Rev. 6:3–8

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  • Even though we are beginning to see many signs of the end times (e.g. pestilences, wars, and rumors of war), we are not living in the times of the Tribulation. Though these signs indicate that the end is near (Matt. 24:8), the Lord will first return for His church. While we continue to witness more of these signs, the Lord does not want us to be troubled (Matt. 24:6–8).
  • The first sign of the end times is the presence of false teachings and the appearance of the false Christ (Matt. 24:3–5). Anything that does not point to Christ (e.g. but instead points to our own effort or ability to save ourselves) is false.
  • The second sign of the end times is war (Matt. 24:6–8). While there will be physical wars, another form of war is strife in our daily lives (e.g. strife in our relationships, quarrels between spouses and children, etc.).
  • The third sign of the end times is famine (Matt. 24:6–8). This refers to literal famines that we can see happening around the world. In daily life, famine refers to any kind of lack we may see.
  • The last signs of the end times are pestilences and earthquakes (Matt. 24:6–8), which bring disease and death.
  • God reveals signs of what’s to come not to frighten us but to show us His wisdom to overcome these troubles.
  • THE FOUR HORSEMEN AND WHAT THEY REPRESENT:
  • Rider on The White Horse: Anti-Christ / False Teachings (Rev. 6:1–2). This rider on the white horse had a bow but no arrow. This shows that he had the form but not the substance. The missing arrow represents the Word of God. This means that the rider on the white horse is a false teacher who gives false impressions / lies about the gospel of Jesus Christ. This rider on the white horse also had a crown. The Greek translation for the word “crown” is “corona.” This could imply that the Coronavirus will cause a lot of false teachings to emerge. These teachings which have been causing people a lot of fear are not from God. The word of Christ produces faith (Rom. 10:17), not fear. Accurate teachings from God will not cause you to be fearful.
  • Rider on The Red Horse: War / Strife (Rev. 6:3–4). The rider on the red horse represents the evil spirit that brings war. In our daily lives, these attacks come in the form of strife, division, and misunderstandings between or among people.
  • Rider on The Black Horse: Famine / Lack (Rev. 6:5–6). The pair of scales represent commerce. This spirit brings famine and lack. If you are suffering from lack, it is likely that you are under attack by this spirit. But take heart, because God has answers for you!
  • Rider on The Pale Green Horse: Disease and Death (Rev. 6:7–8). The Greek translation for the word “pale” is “chlóros,” which refers to a pale green color—the color of death. The rider on the pale green horse is the spirit that brings death.
  • Even though the signs of the end times are negative, God’s heart behind revealing these details to us is for us to receive wisdom from Him so that we can have spiritual intelligence to handle these problems in our lives. With God’s revelations, we can be alert about what the devil is trying to do in our lives—deceive us with false teachings, bring strife in our relationships, bring us lack, sickness, and death. Not only can we be aware of them, but we can overcome them!
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Your answers are found in the four faces of Jesus

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There are four faces of Jesus depicted in the gospels—the faces of the (1) lion, (2) calf, (3) man, and (4) eagle. They represent different aspects of who He is. These four faces of Jesus defend us as we simply fix our eyes on Him.

key scriptures

Rev. 4:6–7, Matt. 4:17, Mark 1:10, Ps. 144:14, Luke 5:24, John 1:1, 14, Ezek. 1:10, Ps. 29:9, Num. 2:2, Isa. 58:8, Heb. 12:2, Isa. 59:19

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  • The faces of the lion, calf, man, and flying eagle represent the four faces of Jesus (Rev. 4:6–7)—the different aspects of who He is. These faces correspond to the four gospels which tell us about the Lord’s life, death, and resurrection.
  • The Lion: Jesus as the King (Matt. 4:17). The Gospel of Matthew portrays Jesus as the King through its expositions on how Jesus brought us the kingdom of heaven. This Gospel also begins with Jesus’ genealogy, starting with “the Son of David,” which shows His pedigree as King. The lion is symbolic of Jesus’ kingship since it is the king of the beasts.
  • The Calf: Jesus as a servant (Mark 1:10). We see the word “immediately” appear many times in the Gospel of Mark. Other words like “straight away” and “suddenly” also appear often, indicating how Jesus was consistently serving tirelessly. In this Gospel, Jesus is portrayed as the ox, which is strong to labor (Ps. 144:14 KJV).
  • The Man: Jesus as a man (Luke 5:24). The phrase “the Son of Man” appears the most often in the Gospel of Luke, where Jesus is portrayed as fully God yet fully man. Luke 3 records Jesus’ entire lineage going all the way back to Adam, the first man.
  • The Eagle: Jesus as God (John 1:1, 14). The Gospel of John portrays Jesus as God. This Gospel does not record any genealogy because Jesus is portrayed directly as God. His deity is represented by the face of the eagle, which flies higher than any bird.
  • In each of the four faces of Jesus, we find the answers to the attacks from the four horsemen.
  • Ezekiel had a vision of heaven where the cherubims (angels) had the four faces of Jesus (Ezek. 1:10). The positions of these faces are important. They help us visualize the tabernacle of Moses and how the Israelites camped around it—and this gives us insights into how the four faces of Jesus counter the enemy’s attacks against us.
  • The psalmist David wrote about how everything in the tabernacle spoke of God’s glory (Ps. 29:9).
  • In Moses’ time, the children of Israel would camp outside the tabernacle, according to the banner that belonged to their tribe. The twelve tribes camped outside the tabernacle in groups of threes, with three tribes on each side of the tabernacle (Num. 2:2). From an aerial view, the position of the tribes formed a cross, representing Jesus.
  • Though each tribe had its own banner, each side of the tabernacle had a leading tribe whose flags were displayed instead. On the east was the emblem of Judah, which was the face of a lion. On the south was the emblem of Reuben (whose name means “see, a Son”), which was the face of a man. On the west was the emblem of Ephraim, which was the face of an ox. On the north was the emblem of Dan, which was the face of an eagle. These four faces represent the faces of Jesus around the tabernacle.
  • The tribes were all camped facing toward the tabernacle (Num. 2:2). In the natural, this was not the best position (it made more sense to face outwards where one could see the enemy). But the children of Israel faced inwards toward the Lord. Notice that as they faced inwards, the faces of Jesus were facing outwards—a picture of how the people only needed to focus on Him and He would defend them.
  • Just like the children of Israel faced the tabernacle and trusted the Lord to defend them from their enemies, we are to look unto Jesus and trust Him to be our rear guard (Isa. 58:8, Heb. 12:2).
  • We don’t have to look around us at what the enemy is doing. When we look to the Lord, He will take care of whatever comes against us (Isa. 59:19)! When we get distracted by what is going on around us, we miss out on what God is doing for us supernaturally.
  • In one fell swoop, He can cause darkness to dissipate. He can cause sickness to be removed from your body. If the miracle you need is taking time, know that He is preparing a testimony for His glory.
  • When we prioritize focusing on Jesus, He will prioritize meeting all our needs and dealing with the things that beset us.
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Keep your eyes on Jesus! He will fight your battles

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When we fix our eyes on Jesus, He takes care of all our needs. Today, we keep our eyes on Him by seeing and seeking Him in the Word.

key scriptures

2 Cor. 3:18, Zech. 6:1–6, Luke 22:31–32, Ps. 68:1

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • The tabernacle of Moses and the tribes of Israel surrounding it is a picture of our Lord Jesus and the local churches. The Lord wants us to be planted in a local church and focus on Him. As we prioritize Jesus and being in the church, He will take care of all our needs.
  • The way we keep our eyes on Jesus is by seeing Him in the word. When we seek Jesus in the Word, He will fight our battles for us.
  • The more we behold Jesus, the more we become like Him (2 Cor. 3:18).
  • The four horsemen as told by the prophet Zechariah (Zech. 6:1–6): Even though the four horsement are called “the four spirits of heaven,” they are not sent or directed by God. Instead, God allows these things to happen through His sovereignty. This is similar to how Jesus allowed Peter to be “sifted” but also prophesied his victory (Luke 22:31–32). God is sovereign, allowing certain things to happen, but we can rest assured that we have Jesus, our advocate, who is in heaven speaking on our behalf at the Father’s right hand.
  • “The chariot with black horses is going north, the chariot with white horses is going west, and the chariot with dappled-gray horses is going south.”
    — Zechariah 6:6 NLT
  • The directions in which the four horsemen are attacking us are described here for us to find God’s answers to counter them! During the time of Moses, the Israelites would raise up their banners in wartime. In the same way, the answer to overcoming our battles is to lift Jesus up! Our enemies scatter when we lift Him up (Ps. 68:1).
  • It’s important for us to be planted in a local church because it is through the local church that we receive specific revelations of Jesus that we need. In the book of Revelation, Jesus appeared before the seven churches in different forms. Different local churches see different aspects of Jesus, and the aspect He shows them is the revelation of Him that they need at that time.
  • When our enemies come from behind us, all we need to do is lift Jesus up. We do this by singing songs of praise or talking to others about Him. In the Song of Songs, we often see the bride speaking lovely of her husband to others, and that is when her husband appears. This is a picture of how as we simply talk about Jesus to others, He comes on the scene.
  • It is wonderful to feel His love when we talk about Him. The more you talk about Him, the more you sense His presence with you. There are many aspects of Jesus to study and talk about. His every word, thought, and action is beautiful, and all His glories are for you to enjoy. We grow by growing in the knowledge of Jesus Christ!
  • God the Father loves it when we talk about His Son. Notice that all of creation took only one chapter to describe, yet the tabernacle of Moses (filled with symbols of Jesus) took fifteen chapters to describe. Not only that, but the tabernacle and all its furniture are described twice in the Bible. The Father never tires of speaking about His Son.
  • The more you see Jesus, the more your worship of Him expands. Let’s see Him more and talk about Him more to our spouses and children. He is the answer to living protected and blessed in the end times.
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Key #1: Counter false doctrine by hearing Christ-centered teaching

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The way to counter false doctrine (the rider on the white horse) is by hearing Christ-centered teaching.

key scriptures

Zech. 6:6, Eph. 5:26

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  • The white horse (false doctrine) is going west (Zech. 6:6), attacking the east side of the tabernacle, which is where the bronze altar and laver is found. The bronze altar is a picture of the cross of Jesus while the laver is a picture of us being washed by the water of the Word (Eph. 5:26). The water of the Word refers to Christ-centered doctrine. The key to countering false doctrines is the word of Christ!
  • False teachings are teachings that put aside Jesus and His finished work. They might sound intelligent or even inspirational and appear to have solutions for us, but these answers are always presented to us without mentioning the cross. “Anti-Christ” does not only refer to things that go against Christ, but also the things that try to take the place of Christ. Don’t let anyone take the place of Christ!
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Key #2: Triumph over lack by being planted in the local church

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The way to counter famine or lack (the rider on the black horse) is by being planted in a local church.

key scriptures

Zech. 6:6, Rev. 1:10–13

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  • The black horse (famine/lack) is going north (Zech. 6:6), attacking the south side of the tabernacle, which is where the menorah is found. The menorah is a picture of the Holy Spirit in the Church (Rev. 1:12). The local church is what counters lack in our lives! The more we are involved in the local church (e.g. offering support through our service or finances), the more we will experience the Lord’s abundant blessings.
  • John was facing north before he turned around to see the voice that spoke to him. When he turned around (toward south), he saw the Lord in the midst of the seven lampstands. The Lord is always in the midst of the church (Rev. 1:10, 12–13)! Where He is, He fills every lack with His supply.
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Key #3: Overcome sickness by partaking of the Communion

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The way to counter sickness and disease (the rider on the pale horse) is by partaking of the holy Communion.

key scriptures

Zech. 6:6

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  • The green horse (disease/death) is going south (Zech. 6:6), attacking the north side of the tabernacle, which is where the table of showbread is found. The table of showbread is a picture of the Lord’s Supper. The key to overcoming sickness and disease is the partaking of the holy Communion! This is where supernatural healing springs forth.
  • The table of the Lord’s supper is more powerful than nuclear weapons. It will cause plagues to recede before you. It will cause diseases in your body to melt away.
  • Even if you are suffering from diseases now, take heart because the more you partake of the holy Communion and look to Jesus, the more you will find His supernatural healing for you.
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Key #4: Put an end to strife by praying in the Spirit

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The way to counter strife and conflict (the rider on the red horse) is by praying in the Spirit.

key scriptures

Zech. 6:6, James 5:16

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • The red horse (war/strife) is not mentioned in Zechariah 6:6, but we know it is attacking the remaining side of the tabernacle—west. This is where the altar of incense is found. The altar of incense is a picture of prayer. It can be seen as Jesus offering perfect prayers to God. He is always praying for us. We enter into His prayers (pray together with Him, according to His will) when we pray in the Spirit.
  • As we pray in tongues, the enemy will depart and strife will melt away. The more we try to rely on our own human efforts, the fewer results we will yield. But the more we pray and trust in the Lord, the more we will see our breakthroughs because the prayers of a righteous man avail much (James 5:16)!

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