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.’
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We have been exploring the major differences between Jesus riding a white horse in Revelation 19:11 and this rider on a white horse in Revelation 6:1.
Revelation 6 describes how the living creatures take it in turn to call someone forth.
Revelation 6:2 ‘Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come.”
The word “Come” is an imperative word of command. There is some debate over whether the living creatures are calling John forward or instead, the riders on the four horses who are being called forward. The imperative tense would strongly imply the latter.
The ‘voice like thunder’ would also intimate that it is the riders on the horses who are being compelled to come forth and not John. The creatures would have had more respect for John than to speak to him in a voice like thunder.
It seems strange and unlikely for one of the living creatures to be commanding or ordering Jesus on a white horse to come forth. In the previous two chapters they were devoutly worshiping him day and night. mt
It seems more likely that the living creatures are ordering, in a voice like thunder, the Antichrist, riding on a the white horse, to come forth, and then the three other riders of warfare, hunger and death in turn.
The implication here is that the horsemen cannot simply turn up when they choose; they are bound to wait until summoned. In other words, G-d is sovereign and completely in control. The enemy can do no more than he is allowed.
If we agree that this first rider of the white horse is the Antichrist, then it seems fitting that he is summoned and commanded by the living creatures.
This would agree with Ezekiel 38:4 where Gog, the coming Antichrist, is forced to come forward with his army to do God’s sovereign bidding.
Ezekiel 38:4 ‘I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army.’
Therefore I would conclude that the living creatures command the horsemen to come forth in turn. The first horseman is the Antichrist dressed in deceitful white. He must come forth to fulfill the destiny that G-d has ordained for him. Then he will be defeated when Christ Jesus returns in power and glory.
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