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.’
We are exploring the identity of the rider on the white horse of Revelation 6:1.
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Revelation 6:2 ‘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.’
The rider on his white steed rides out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
I would argue that this rider is the Antichrist whose purpose is to coerce and dominate the souls of the inhabitants of this earth by spiritual deception.
Revelation 13:7 ‘He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them.’
This is in sharp contrast with Christ Jesus who patiently offers the invitation of grace and freewill.
Revelation 3:20 ‘If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me’.
Our relationship with Jesus is one of willing love and not of forced conquest.
Revelation 6:2a Its rider held a bow…’
The rider on the white horse carries a bow but no arrows.
It is important to note that Christ Jesus, riding a white steed in Revelation 19:11 does not carry a bow, therefore distinguishing him from the rider here in Revelation 6 who does.
Brian Simmons, the author of ‘The Passion Translation’ writes: ‘He holds a bow to shoot the arrows of truth into our hearts.’
With the greatest of respect, I will have to disagree once more with Brian, who wrongly suggests that this rider in Revelation 6 is Christ Jesus.
It is unusual for Jesus to be described as shooting arrows of truth into our hearts like Cupid. The firing of arrows is usually used in a very negative context.
Ephesians 6:16 ‘In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one,’
Most have noticed that there is no mention of any arrows or quiver in Revelation 6.
The suggestion is made that this rider comes to wage a spiritual war through deception and falsehoods, as well as a military conquest.
It can be argued that the Antichrist comes to frighten and intimidate with his given might. However, he has no real sway over those who hold fast to Christ and will be easily defeated by those who stand firm. He has no real arrows to fire!
Revelation 12:11 ‘They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.’
The power of the Antichrist is therefore an illusory bluff. If we stand firm in the armour of God then he can hold no sway against us.
Once again, it is imperative that we can discern between Christ Jesus in Revelation 19:11 and the deceptive Antichrist, here in Revelation 6:2a, so that we can tell who is who, otherwise we risk being horribly deceived in these last days.
May we see clearly!
Tomorrow we explore the crown that the rider is wearing. to go there now, please click here.
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