Rider on the White Horse 1

Rider on the White Horse 1

Hi, I am on a short break where writing and internet connections are challenging. At the moment, a tropical storm rages outside and annoying rap music is blaring on the cafe sound-system!

This is a revamp of a study I made a while back on the identity of the rider on the white horse described in Revelation chapter 6.

Please either listen to the three minute audio clip below or read the notes or both at the same time!

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.’

Some have equated this rider on a white horse in Revelation chapter 6 with the rider in Revelation 19:11 on the basis that they are both riding white horses.

Revelation 19:11 ‘I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse whose rider is called Faithful and True

However, there are major differences between the rider of the white horse in Revelation 6, and the rider in Revelation 19 as we shall explore over the next few days.

“I must emphasize that just because they both ride white horses does not make them the same rider!”

Most modern commentators are in agreement that this rider in Revelation 6 is the Antichrist, a false imitation of Christ Jesus portrayed in Revelation 19. Satan has always lacked originality and is forced to produce false deceptive images of the honest truth, in order to lead people astray.

This rider on a white horse in chapter six is therefore taken to be the infamous Antichrist who will come in deception.

He correlates with the beginning of the Olivet Discourse of Matthew 24:4 where Jesus warns: ‘Watch out that no-one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming ‘I am the Christ’ and will deceive many.’

Throughout the course of history there have been anti-Christ figures that have chosen to ride white horses. The classic example would be Napoleon Bonaparte who famously rode a white steed at the head of his army; and in recent days, Saddam Hussein of Iraq was often pictured riding a white mount. Both examples reveal the propensity and arrogance of man to lust after conquest.

“It is imperative that we can discern between Christ Jesus and the deceptive Antichrist, so that we can tell who is who, otherwise we risk being horribly deceived in these last days.”

Tomorrow: who does Jesus the Lamb open the door to?

  • Revelation 16:1 Painful Sores
    And so we enter into a grim and melancholy chapter. There is little cheer to be found here. Those who have taken the mark of the beast, hoping to find some form of reward or relief, and having surrendered their soul to the worship of the beast in some shape or form, now find themselves reaping a bitter harvest of ugly and painful sores. 
  • Revelation 15:8 Holiness
    Please click image and scroll down to see full picture. Once again, these precious verses remind us that God moves in heavenly righteousness. The seven angels are dressed in robes of perfect holiness and they carry the seven plagues that will purge and cleanse this corrupted world. The temple is filled with the glory of God as He brings perfect holiness and righteousness to bear down on this earth. 
  • Revelation 15:3 A Deeper Understanding
    Please click image to reaf full post and scroll down. If you struggle with the horror of Revelation then you are certainly not alone. The absolute horror reflects the weight of sin that has corrupted man to the core.  But as we embrace these sacred truths, they will bring us deeper, far deeper than ever before, into an understanding of the heart, into an understanding of the perfect holiness of God. 
  • Revelation 15:3 Moses and Jesus
    Please tap image to see full post The mention of both Moses and Jesus the Lamb in the same sentence strengthens the idea that Jesus will be the perfect Moses, who will deliver Israel, imprisoned or exiled by the antichrist and lead them victoriously back to Jerusalem. 
  • Revelation 15:1 Glass and Fire
    The bitterness of martyrdom gives way to eternal celebration. Their victory has always been dependent upon the strength that God provides and this is reflected in the harps given to them by God.  And what a glorious celebration. The enemy has been defeated and the bowls of wrath will bring this evil age to a conclusion. The joy of eternity awaits! 

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