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.’
This week we are exploring the identity of this rider on the white horse in Revelation 6:1.
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Revelation 6:1a ‘Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.’
John describes this rider on a white horse in Revelation 6 as being given a crown.
The Greek word used here is ‘stephanos’and denotes a victor’s wreath.
This is in sharp contrast to the Greek word ‘diadema’ which denotes a crown of sovereignty and is worn by Christ Jesus in Revelation 19.
Revelation 19:12 ‘His eyes are like blazing fires and on his head are many crowns.’
Therefore, the rider on the white horse here in Revelation 6 wears a different form of crown to the many crowns worn by the rider of the white horse in Revelation 19:11, thus separating the two as being different people. One is Christ Jesus and the other is the false Antichrist.
I would conclude therefore that since the horseman of Revelation 6:1 and the horseman of Revelation 19:11 have completely different crowns on their heads, that they are actually different persons.
Interestingly, the expression ‘given’ used here when the rider receives his crown is translated from the Greek word ‘edothe’.
This is echoed in Revelation 6:4a when the rider of the fiery red horse is ‘given’ power to take peace from this earth;
This reflects Revelation 13:5 when the Antichrist beast is ‘given’ a mouth to utter proud words and Revelation 13:7 when he is ‘given’ power to make war against the saints
The implication here is that the rider has no authority of his own but only the crown of victory that he is given.
This would agree with Daniel 11:21 where the Antichrist is described as being without a natural royalty of his own.
Daniel 11:21 ‘He will be succeeded by a contemptible person who has not been given the honour of royalty.’
The emerging end-time Antichrist will have no crown or authority of his own but will be empowered by the enemy. God, in His sovereign wisdom, allow this to happen.
Everything comes under God’s sovereign rule; indeed God often uses his enemies to achieve his purposes.
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