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 is the fifth in a seven part series on the identity of the rider of the white horse in Revelation 6:1.
Brian Simmons, author of the book ‘The Passion Translation’ writes that ‘the colour white is found throughout Revelation and is always associated with Christ or spiritual victory.
With the greatest of respect, I have to disagree with this interpretation.
It is certainly true that the colour white is associated with Christ Jesus. However, I would suggest that the coming Antichrist will seek to imitate Christ Jesus, to be a deceptive and evil substitute.
We must be careful not to be misled by his deceptive ways, This even includes the false signs and miracles that he will perform.
Matthew 24:24 ‘For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect – if that were possible.’
In scripture, the colour white is also associated with falsehood, deception and cover-up.
When Paul confronts the Sanhedrin, in Acts 2:33, he says to Ananias, the high priest: “God will strike you, you white washed wall.’
To whitewash something is to cover up the dirt and hide it under a veneer of deception.
Ezekiel 22:28 ‘Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says” – when the Lord has not spoken.’
Likewise, Jesus was critical of the Pharisees.
Matthew 23:27 ‘Woes to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean.’
Jesus discerned clearly, the corruption that lay underneath the dark of the hearts of the Pharisees.
In the same way, we are called to see underneath the deception of the Antichrist.
Matthew 24:26 ‘So if anyone tells you, “There he is, out in the desert, do not go out; or Here he is, in the inner rooms, do not believe it.”
So this rider on a white horse may appear to be righteous but he has covered his corruption with lies and falsehoods. We are called to see behind his deceptions and know his evil heart.
We need to discern. We must stay close and true to Jesus!
Thank you for reading this…
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