This is the third in a seven part series on the identity of the rider on the white horse in Revelation 6.
Revelation 6:1 ‘I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, ‘Come!’ I looked and there before me was a white horse. Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.’
Please either listen to the three minute video above or read the notes below or both at the same time!
Revelation 6:3-8, which we will explore soon, describe three horse-riders that clearly represent warfare, hunger and death. It seems strange to put Jesus in the midst of such a motley crew of horsemen!
It would be much more likely that this rider is the Antichrist who will actually bring warfare, hunger and death in his wake.
Some have attempted to turn the elements of warfare, hunger and death into symbols of this or that but this seems like a desperate attempt to symbolize the meaning out of the text in order to deny the existence of the coming Antichrist.
Paige Patterson, a superb commentator, writes: ‘Since the second, third, and fourth seals must be regarded as devastating judgments of God on the tribulation earth, one can hardly imagine the significance of the appearing of the Messiah in seal number one.’ 1
Spurgeon held that literal interpretation was the manner in which the Scripture was to be interpreted. He told his students that, “The first sense of the passage must never be drowned in the outflow of your imagination; it must be distinctly declared and allowed to hold the first rank; your accommodation of it must never thrust out the original and native meaning, or even push it into the background”
Some will strive to deny the existence of an emerging Antichrist because it does not fit with their post-millennial theology. They hold that the world will become predominantly Christian before Christ Jesus returns and therefore they must deny any end-time tribulation or emergence of an Antichrist preceding the return of Christ Jesus. They resort to elaborate symbolism to bolster their erroneous end-time understandings.
I must strongly conclude that it is the Antichrist described here, in the midst of his bitter fruit of war, hunger and death.
Tomorrow we will explore the relationship with this rider and the other riders. To get there ahead of time please click here.
For my previous posts on this subject please click:
Rider on the White Horse part 1
Rider on the White horse part 2
Quote comes from Patterson, Dr. Paige. Revelation: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture: 39 (The New American Commentary) (Kindle Locations 4544-4546). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. Location 4531.
Quote from Charles Spurgeon comes from https://archive.spurgeon.org/eschat.php
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