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The Disguise of Sin
Clarence E. Macartney
People like to see a spectacle. They rush to the
latest pageant, parade, and movie. But here in the
Apocalypse we have the greatest spectacle of all, the
drama of the ages, the struggle between good and evil,
between the church and the world. The actors on one
side are God, Christ, holy angels, and redeemed men.
On the other side, the Devil and his angels.
As page after page opens, we catch the noise and
tumult of the conflict and see the struggles of the
contending armies. The one through whom we are
permitted to see this is John, the prisoner of Patmos.
The great vision opens with Christ standing amid the
seven golden candlesticks. To John he gives a message
to each of the seven churches. Then a door is opened
in heaven, and John beholds a great throne, girt with
a rainbow and guarded by seven lamps, which are the
seven Spirits of God, and the four beasts, having
respectively the face of the lion, the calf, the man,
and the eagle. A seven-sealed book is brought forth.
But none is found worthy to break and loose the seals
thereof. This book contains the destiny of man and the
church. But when all others have failed, the "Lamb
slain from the foundation of the world" comes forth
and takes the book out of the hand of him that sits
upon the throne, and to the magnificent accompaniment
of the praise of the whole creation he opens one by
one the seven seals.
The first seal is opened, and the white horse and his
rider, the Victorious One, go forth conquering and to
conquer; the second, and the red horse, War, goes
forth. The third, and the black horse, Famine, goes
forth. The fourth, and the pale horse with Death
astride goes forth. When the fifth seal is opened, the
souls of the martyrs, clad in white robes, appear
before God. The sixth seal is opened with a great
earthquake and with the stars fa ...
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