I have heard the testimony of other Branch Davidians that they were searching for truth and found that truth in David Koresh. I find it difficult to understand how anyone that is looking for truth can find it in David Koresh or for that matter in any man. I realize that we need Bible teachers. However, one should know the Bible well enough to know if the Bible teacher is teaching the Bible or heresy.
John 14:6 (KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
The truth is the Lord Jesus Christ and not a man. David Koresh had an obsession with the seven seals of Revelation 6. David Koresh had delayed surrendering to the FBI in order to write about the seven seals of Revelation 6. He finished writing about the first seal on the evening of Sunday April 18, 1993 a day before the fire burned the buildings down killing David Koresh and seventy-five of his followers. His writing on the first seal is entitled The Decoded Message Of The Seven Seals Of The Book of Revelation by David Koresh. Ruth Riddle typed the first chapter on a computer disk. She carried the disk out in her jacket pocket. The title that David Koresh chose is most interesting. The Bible does not need to be decoded, but read, studied, and believed. This title tells us a lot about David Koresh’s view of the book of Revelation and even the Bible. We don’t need David Koresh to tell what the Bible means, we can read the Bible for ourselves.
Revelation 6:1 (KJV) ¶ And 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.
Revelation 6:2 (KJV) And 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.
I have read David Koresh’s writing on the first seal and listened to his teaching of the first seal on the radio station in Waco. The FBI as part of the negotiations with him allowed him to speak on the radio. David Koresh in his writing and his speaking seems to talk in circles and says a lot, but he never gets to the point. One thing he does is ask a lot of questions, but he does not answer his own questions. David Koresh was certainly not a Bible teacher. I fail to understand the attraction of the people that lived on the ranch to David Koresh as a Bible teacher. Maybe they liked his music.
The strange thing about David Koresh’s teaching on the first seal is that Jesus Christ is not revealed in the first seal. The first seal reveals the antichrist not Jesus Christ. David Koresh thinks that the white horse rider in Revelation 6:2 is the Lord Jesus Christ. David Koresh makes the white horse rider in Revelation 6 the same as the white horse rider in Revelation 19. This is a grave error on the part of David Koresh. The white horse rider in Revelation 6 is not the Lord Jesus Christ, but the antichrist. The white horse rider in Revelation 19 is the Lord Jesus Christ. At least he got one of them right.
Revelation 19:11 (KJV) ¶ And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Revelation 19:12 (KJV) His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Revelation 19:13 (KJV) And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Revelation 19:14 (KJV) And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
Revelation 19:15 (KJV) And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Revelation 19:16 (KJV) And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Revelation 19:17 (KJV) And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
Revelation 19:18 (KJV) That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
Revelation 19:19 (KJV) And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
Revelation 19:20 (KJV) And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Revelation 19:21 (KJV) And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
The white horse rider in Revelation 19 is definitely the Lord Jesus Christ. This rider is “called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.” The Revelation 19 white horse rider is “called The Word of God.” This rider is the Lord Jesus Christ without any doubt. Notice the difference between the two white horse riders. The white horse rider in Revelation 6 has only one crown. The white horse rider in Revelation 19 has many crowns. The white horse rider in Revelation 6 has a bow without any arrows. The white horse rider in Revelation 19 has a sharp sword that comes out of his mouth. Let’s look at who follows these two white horse riders. The Revelation 6 white horse rider is followed by three more horsemen. The next is a red horse rider which is war. The third is a black horse rider which is famine. The last rider is a pale horse rider who is death and hell follows him. The white horse rider of Revelation 6 is connected to Satan, the devil. The white horse rider in Revelation 19 is followed with “armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” These are the armies of God. The white horse rider in Revelation 19 is connected God and heaven.
Daniel 8:23 (KJV) And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
Daniel 8:24 (KJV) And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
Daniel 8:25 (KJV) And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
Daniel 8:23-25 is about the antichrist. Notice in Daniel 8:25 “by peace shall destroy many”. The white horse rider in Revelation 6 has a bow and no arrows for the bow. He will “by peace shall destroy many”.
Daniel 11:21 (KJV) ¶ And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
Daniel 11:22 (KJV) And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant.
Daniel 11:23 (KJV) And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.
Daniel 11:24 (KJV) He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers’ fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.
Daniel 11:21 is about the antichrist that shall “come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries”. Also in Daniel 11:24 is more about the antichrist “enter peaceably”.
The Lord Jesus Christ does not show up in Revelation 6 until Revelation 6:16 as the Lamb.
Revelation 6:15 (KJV) And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
Revelation 6:16 (KJV) And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
Revelation 6:17 (KJV) For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
The Bible clearly teaches that prophets can be liars. So it should be no surprise that we have people that call themselves prophets that are liars.
1 Kings 13:18 (KJV) He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.
One has to known the word of God better than the prophet, so you can know when the prophet is lying. The Bible clearly tells us that prophets will lie.
1 Kings 22:22 (KJV) And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.
1 Kings 22:23 (KJV) Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.
Here is an example where the Lord puts a lying spirit in some prophets to deceive a king.
Ezekiel 13:1 (KJV) ¶ And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Ezekiel 13:2 (KJV) Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD;
Ezekiel 13:3 (KJV) Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!
Ezekiel 13:4 (KJV) O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.
Ezekiel 13:5 (KJV) Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.
Ezekiel 13:6 (KJV) They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word.
Ezekiel 13:7 (KJV) Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit I have not spoken?
Ezekiel 13:8 (KJV) Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord GOD.
Ezekiel 13:9 (KJV) And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
Here is an example of false prophets that prophesy out of their own hearts. The danger of not knowing the Bible is the Bible teacher can deceive you. The remedy is to spend time in reading and studying the Bible so that you are not deceived. David Koresh prophesied out of his own heart.
Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
David Koresh had deceitful heart as was desperately wicked.
David Koresh made the following errors in his Bible teaching.
1. David Koresh did not rightly divide between the white horse rider in Revelation 6 and the white horse rider in Revelation 19.
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2. David Koresh did not rightly divide between the nation of Israel and the New Testament church. The Branch Davidians come from the Seventh Day Adventists. The Seventh Day Adventists believe in keeping the law for salvation and keeping the Sabbath.
3. David Koresh just was not honest. David Koresh brought his own pre-conceived ideas and prejudiced ideas and forced them into the Bible. David Koresh was not looking for the truth in the Bible.
The people that followed David Koresh made the following errors.
1. They did not know their Bible and were easily deceived by a false Christ, an antichrist.
Matthew 24:5 (KJV) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Mark 13:6 (KJV) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
1 John 2:18 (KJV) ¶ Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
2. They did not rightly divide their Bible. If they had then they would have known that David Koresh was wrong about the white horse rider in Revelation 6 being Christ and would not have followed him to the ranch. This would have saved many lives.
David Koresh was not a Bible teacher. He was just another dude that figured out that he could manipulate people by pretending to be a Bible teacher. David Koresh made the claim that he was the sinful messiah. The Lord has only one Christ and that Christ is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Luke 2:26 (KJV) And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
Acts 4:26 (KJV) The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
Revelation 11:15 (KJV) And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
Revelation 12:10 (KJV) And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
David Koresh is not a Messiah. David Koresh is not coming back from the dead. David Koresh died at 33 years old like the Lord Jesus Christ. David Koresh died on April 19, 1993. Passover in 1993 was on April 6, 1993. David Koresh missed dying on Passover by almost two weeks. The real Messiah to Israel is the Lord Jesus Christ who died on Passover according to the scriptures. Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures. Jesus Christ was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. David Koresh is a false Christ, an antichrist.