We turn to Revelations 6:1-2, ["...1And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 2And 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...] Now the first seal tells us that the enemy comes with a plausible statement, an old myth, a nice thought, a common belief, a recent rumor, or something a renown somebody said statement, but it all an error. It may a present accepted paradigm or just something that sound right and appeals the the ear. Now not all liars are so often blatant. Some even quote scriptures and make philosophies and construct arguments. Like the Devil quotes scriptures quite well to Jesus and sounded like if he had something in what he said... Now the Parallel to this is in Matthew 24:3-5, ["...3And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 4And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many...] This individuals may have recognized title is theology from prestigious schools of such. And some may even call themselves Doctors of Theology. And they form doctrine that fit their fancy and they appeal to many. And many Pastors buy their books and quote their sayings and thought and like Jesus said they will conquer and deceive many, even the elect if it were possible... Paul makes a reference to this onslaught of error. We turn to Romans 1:18-20, ["...18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:...] And we would think that this are of the world but some who would think know better cast doubt on the Diety of Jesus and don't really give him credit to be the Word of God who has existed for eternity past and future. We think of him born in Bethlehem and not think of him a Diety in the line of Melchisedec High Priest, who had no mother or father, beginning or end. And many in his time were offend of him saying, "Is this the son of Mary and Joseph and his brothers and sisters we know...?!" And sometimes we don't give him the glory that is his, he was before Abraham and the Jews believed him not. Now, we said that the error is very subtle, we say he is God, but not from the beginning and for eternity. And we want to put God in a human box where we can deal with him. But back to the story. The error comes and takes root. And as coast through the rest of the seals we'll see how clever the devil is in undoing the human bunch... Blessings. Bye! thbg
Dear thbg--It would appear that the first seal has been opened. Maranatha! ;) YBIChrist--Ron.