Rider on a White Horse 3

Rider on a White Horse 3

Hi, I am still on a short break where time to write and internet connections are still in short demand. I am doing a re-write of a set of notes on the identity of the rider on the white horse in Revelation 6.

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.’

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

Revelation 6:3-8, which we will explore soon, describe three horse-riders that clearly represent warfare, hunger and death. It seems strange to put Jesus in the midst of such a motley crew of horsemen!

It would be much more likely that this rider is the Antichrist who will actually bring warfare, hunger and death in his wake.

Some have attempted to turn the elements of warfare, hunger and death into symbols of this or that but this seems like a desperate attempt to symbolize the meaning out of the text in order to deny the existence of the coming Antichrist.

Paige Patterson, a superb commentator, writes: ‘Since the second, third, and fourth seals must be regarded as devastating judgments of God on the tribulation earth, one can hardly imagine the significance of the appearing of the Messiah in seal number one.’ 1

Spurgeon held that literal interpretation was the manner in which the Scripture was to be interpreted. He told his students that, “The first sense of the passage must never be drowned in the outflow of your imagination; it must be distinctly declared and allowed to hold the first rank; your accommodation of it must never thrust out the original and native meaning, or even push it into the background”

Some will strive to deny the existence of an emerging Antichrist because it does not fit with their post-millennial theology. They hold that the world will become predominantly Christian before Christ Jesus returns and therefore they must deny any end-time tribulation or emergence of an Antichrist preceding the return of Christ Jesus. They resort to elaborate symbolism to bolster their erroneous end-time understandings.

I must strongly conclude that it is the Antichrist described here, in the midst of his bitter fruit of war, hunger and death.

  • 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! 

Quote comes from Patterson, Dr. Paige. Revelation: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture: 39 (The New American Commentary) (Kindle Locations 4544-4546). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. Location 4531.

Quote from Charles Spurgeon comes from https://archive.spurgeon.org/eschat.php

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