Students of the Seven Seals
The Branch Davidians
and the Book of Revelation

Pat Marvenko Smith's Revelation Illustrated

The Scripture
Interpretations of the Branch Davidians
Interpretations of the traditional Christian Church
"Then I saw between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders a Lamb standing as if it had been slaughtered." David Koresh believed himself to be the Lamb who was the one to trigger the Second Coming of Jesus, because he could explain the seals that would open the scroll in Rev. 5:2. The Lamb in Revelation refers to Jesus, as does the Lion.  Lamb symbology exists may places throughout the Scriptures, and it always symbolizes Jesus.
"Then I saw the Lamb open one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures call out, with a voice of thunder, "Come!"  I looked, and there was a white horse!  Its rider had a bow; a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering and to conquer." The rider of the white horse is he who God gives his truth to, and this rider will prevail.  Equivalent to Psalms 45.  Seems to symbolize the belief that the Branch Davidians are God's chosen, since it is they, and specifically Koresh, who are receiving the revelation.  (The Psalms were a revelation given by God to David, as a precursor to the revelation that would later be given by Jesus to John.  Therefore, the Psalms are strongly related to the book of Revelation.) The white horse simply stands for conquering.  The color white does not necessarily represent truth, which is the common present day interpretation.  Instead the color can represent justice or purification.  It seems as if Koresh is interpreting the white horse of Rev. 6:2 as being the same as the one later in the book.  This is not necessarily true, as further descriptions are much different.
"And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred forty-four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the people of Israel." Victor Houteff, founder of the Shepherd's Rod, believed he needed to assmble a group of 144,000 Christians, take them to Palestine, and establish a kingdom that would trigger the Second Coming.  This belief that a pure group was needed to trigger the Second Coming existed also in Branch Davidian teachings. 144,000 is a purely symbolic number, referring to the square of 12 (12 representing the number of tribes as well as the number of Jesus' disciples) multiplied by one thousand.  Rev 7:9 tells us that the multitudes will actually be too many to be counted.
"The fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of their light was darkened; and a third of the day was kept from shining, and likewise the night." Victor Houteff believed himself to be the fourth angel who blew the fourth trumpet. The trumpet of the fourth angel is an ex eventu prophecy referring to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, with the darkening of the sky representing that of ash.
"And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit." Benjamin Roden, founder of the Davidian Seventh Day Adventists, believed himself to be the fifth angel. The fifth angel is symbolic and refers to the punishment of those who do not bear the seal of God on their foreheads.
"The number of the troops of cavalry was two hundred million; I heard their these...plagues a third of humankind was killed." Lois Roden believed herself to be the sixth angel who blew the sixth trumpet, releasing the troops from the great river Euphrates. This parallels the sixth seal and is about the Tribulation.  The angel is to be taken as a symbol.
"They worshipped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshipped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast and who can fight against it?" God will not give up on anybody forced to worship the Beasts and the Dragon. In Rev. 22:11, it is written that the good will still do good and the evil will still do evil.
"So he carried me away in the spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns." The seven heads on the beast represent seven divided lots in Jerusalem. The seven heads represent the 'famous' seven hills of Rome.
17:5 "And on her forehead was written a name, a mystery:  'Babylon, the great, mother of whores and of earth's abominations.'" The Babylon of Revelation refers to an actual "latter day Babylon", and it will plant it's tabernacle on the mount of Zion in Jerusalem. The Babylon of Revelation represents Rome, because of the damages that both the Babloniands and the Romans did to Jerusalem and its Temple.

For More Info, see the following sites:

Koresh's Final Revelation
Seven Seals Book One
Seven Seals Book Two

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