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 21:22 The light of JerusalemJerusalem will be the centre of the world and the nations will tithe their wealth to Jesus. Previously, the kings of the earth have rebelled against Christ Jesus and Jerusalem but now they pay homage.
- Revelation 21:9 ‘From a mountain…’This describes the city as having twelve visible foundations, and this suggests it is a stepped pyramid construction. The city would have twelve levels, decreasing in size, each one built on its own foundation, ascending to form a pyramid with the top level being the apex of the city.
- Revelation 21:6 He who is thirstyThe goods of this world will crumble in our hands, swept away by the latest flood or fire, but the riches of God’s kingdom will stand forever.
- Revelation 21:4 Changes coming…Life holds its fair share of tragedies and these words are a soothing balm to those who have held on and endured. The world will not remain the same and the cruelties of life are not our destiny. The curse that has cast such a deep shadow upon this world, caused by the sin of man, will pass away and the blessing of redemption will shine its goodness upon the righteous in Christ Jesus for all eternity.
- Revelation 21:3 The New JerusalemWe discussed yesterday that God is bringing us all together, like the proud father that He is. Many of us will be centred at the New Jerusalem and many will live away but yet return on frequent pilgrimages to our new home city. For many of us, our present time is one of suffering and tribulation but this time will pass away and we will enter into an eternity of blessing. And it will have been so worth remaining faithful!