Rider on a White Horse 4

Hi, I am on a short break where writing space and internet connections are scare. This are some old posts re-written on the identity of the rider on the white horse of 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 four minute audio above or read the notes below or both at the same time!

We have been exploring the major differences between Jesus riding a white horse in Revelation 19:11 and this rider on a white horse in Revelation 6:1.

Revelation 6 describes how the living creatures take it in turn to call someone forth.

Revelation 6:2   ‘Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder,Come.

The word “Come” is an imperative word of command. There is some debate over whether the living creatures are calling John forward or instead, the riders on the four horses who are being called forward. The imperative tense would strongly imply the latter.

The ‘voice like thunder’ would also intimate that it is the riders on the horses who are being compelled to come forth and not John. The creatures would have had more respect for John than to speak to him in a voice like thunder.

It seems strange and unlikely for one of the  living creatures to be commanding or ordering Jesus on a white horse to come forth. In the previous two chapters they were devoutly worshiping him day and night. mt

It seems more likely that the living creatures are ordering, in a voice like thunder, the Antichrist, riding on a the white horse, to come forth, and then the three other riders of warfare, hunger and death in turn.

The implication here is that the horsemen cannot simply turn up when they choose; they are bound to wait until summoned. In other words, God is sovereign and completely in control. The enemy can do no more than he is allowed.

If we agree that this first rider of the white horse is the Antichrist, then it seems fitting that he is summoned and commanded by the living creatures.

This would agree with Ezekiel 38:4 where Gog, the coming Antichrist, is forced to come forward with his army to do God’s sovereign bidding.

Ezekiel 38:4 ‘I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army.’

Therefore I would conclude that the living creatures command the horsemen to come forth in turn. The first horseman is the Antichrist dressed in deceitful white. He must come forth to fulfill the destiny that G-d has ordained for him. Then he will be defeated when Christ Jesus returns in power and glory.

  • 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! 
  • Revelation 14:20 The battlefield
    To read full post please tap image and scroll down. There is a justice here, that as Christ Jesus was crucified outside of the city, so this battle will take place outside too. Those who hold to the idea that Jesus is a humble servant will be stretched by the description of Jesus as the mighty bloody warrior. 
  • Revelation 14:20 Trampled winepress
    To read full post please click image and scroll down. In the past few posts we have explored the corn harvest which I suggested will be the harvest of the redeemed and then the grape harvest which is clearly the wrath of God being poured out upon the wicked.  God will inspire the antichrist to march against Jerusalem but it will be a foolish move. 

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