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If I Were Told the Future - Test 33

The Rider on a Black Horse

In order to check your understanding and your progress in the study of the Word of God, we invite you to fill out this short test and return it to us. The correct answers will be sent back to you as soon as possible.

A mark of 70% or better will allow you to submit the test of Lesson 34. Upon the completion of the entire Bible course If I Were Told the Future, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

If I Were Told the Future: Test for Lesson 33

  1. The message of the third seal perfectly corresponds to the third letter, addressed to the church of Pergamos, also found in the book of Revelation. Which historical period covers the events foretold by the third letter and the third seal?
    The period from A.D. 31 to 100.
    The period from A.D. 100 to 313.
    The period from A.D. 313 to 538.
    The period from A.D. 538 to 1517.

  2. The rank of the four beasts corresponds with the rank of the seals they introduce. So the third seal is introduced by the third beast, whose nature carries a symbolism that is very relevant to the period of the third seal. The book of Revelation indicates that «the third beast had a face...»
    «... as a man.»
    «... as a lion.»
    «... as a calf.»
    «... as an eagle.»

  3. The color of the third seal’s horse also bears an interesting symbolism. The Gospel according to John explains the meaning of this color: «Walk while you have the , lest come on you: for he that walks in knows not where he goes.» As a sign of darkness and obscurity, the color black thus indicates a spiritual state that is far away from light, from the truth manifested in Jesus Christ.

  4. What part did God play in the spiritual darkening that took place during the period of the third seal? In his Second Epistle to the Thessalonians, the apostle Paul answers, «They received not the love of the , that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong , that they should believe a So, God wants to save all men, but He respects our freedom of choice: if we reject His offer of salvation, He will allow us to sink into spiritual darkness.

  5. The rider of the third seal holds an object. According to many passages of the Bible, this object indicates that God will judge the works of men. What is it?
    A ruler.
    A pair of balances.
    A rope.
    A sword.

  6. At the opening of the third seal, Jesus utters the following words, «A measure of wheat for a penny.» Knowing what a measure of wheat and a penny represent, we then understand that by these words, Jesus announces:
    a period of great abundance.
    normal living conditions.
    a severe famine.

  7. The symbolism of wheat and barley, in the third seal, is explained by these words from God, reported in the book of Amos: «I will send a in the land, not a of , nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the of the Lord.» The third seal indeed describes a period during which the Church caused a scarcity of the Word of God, by laying aside the Bible to better adapt itself to surrounding paganism.

  8. At the opening of the third seal, Jesus also says, «See you hurt not the oil and the wine.» In the prophetic Word, what does the oil symbolize, giving us the ability to work in God’s harvest?
    The Holy Spirit.
    The breath of life.
    Spiritual gifts.
    The talents God has given us.

  9. As for wine, Jesus explains its meaning, in the Gospel according to Matthew: «Drink you all of it; for this is My of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of Jesus thus indicates that, despite the severe errors of the Church, salvation in Christ is still offered to the believer.

  10. Finally, one of Jesus’ parables illustrates that «the oil and the wine» are also a balm on the wounds of bruised and famished believers, which describes very well the conditions prevailing during the period of the third seal. What is that parable?
    The parable of the wheat and the tares.
    The parable of the wicked vinedressers.
    The parable of the good Samaritan.
    The parable of the lost son.

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