Here are some very good reasons why the rider on the White Horse of Revelation 6, does not match up to being a description of the Antichrist, as quite a number of well-known teachers claim………..The first thing that MUST be taken into account is the lead up to the opening of the Seven Seals to put everything into its PROPER CONTEXT. I strongly recommend that you check out this link before you read on. John is in heaven but where is Jesus?
But if you choose not to…. Here are a few things for you to consider.
There are 29/TWENTY NINE references altogether of the word ‘white’ in the New Testament (now that is a lot of mentions of white) and ‘all’ of the other 28 references MEAN ‘white’.
There are 19/NINETEEN mentions in total of the word ‘white’ in the book of Revelation itself and ALL of the others in this book speak of the righteousness of The Father; The Lord Jesus; and the Saints’. So with that evidence you would expect that the White Horse of Revelation 6 would also be speaking of righteousness as well when taken at face value.
Teachers often say that the White Horse comes in ‘peace’ (and with diplomacy) ; but they do not present any concrete Scriptural backup for their interpretation of ‘peace’ and I can’t find a suitable Scripture reference myself which would suggest that the symbols associated with this horse, such as, “White, Bow, Crown” would represent peace. Even the dove (which is associated with ‘peace’) is not mentioned in the entire Bible as a ‘White’ Dove’?
The ‘bow’ that the rider carries is ‘not the bow of a warrior’; this particular bow is only mentioned ‘once’ in all of scripture and there are three different interpretations given by scholars for this word and when examined carefully they all match perfectly and accurately reveal who the true rider of the White Horse is.
The simple root word (from the Greek language) for ‘bow’ in Chapter 6 of Revelation, means ‘TO BRING FORTH’.
Some other reasoning used is the fact that the Rider does not carry any arrows for his Bow. This particular Bow that the rider carries as mentioned above is not the bow of a warrior so it would be impossible for the rider to shoot any physical arrows with this bow.
Still other teachers line up Matthew Chapter 24 with Revelation 6 and state outright that this White Horse is the Anti-christ who comes to deceive people. I have trouble seeing ‘any symbol’ connected with this horse that would represent deception in any way? I believe that the Red Horse describes the actions of the Anti-christ more precisely in that it presents a picture of the rising up against, and the persecution of the saints.
If you put the Red and Pale horses of Revelation 6 together you get PERSECUTION, THE SWORD, FAMINE AND PESTILENCE, which fits quite well with Matt 24.
The Stéphanos Crown (which is a victory crown or garland) that the rider is given is predominantly worn by Christ and the Saints! Here are a few examples for you.
1 Thessalonians 2:19 Crown of Rejoicing – (Garland of Rejoicing)
James 1:12 Crown of Life – (Garland of Life)
1 Peter 5:4 Crown of Glory – (Garland of Glory)
Revelation 2:10 Crown of Life – (Garland of Life)
Revelation 3:11 No man may take your Crown (Garland)
Many teachers often say the rider on the White Horse cannot be Christ because He wears ‘many diadēma (Strong’s G1238) golden kingly crowns’, in Revelation 19. They say that Jesus does not ever wear a stéphanos crown. Jesus however is described as looking like the ‘Son of Man’ who sits on a white cloud with a GOLDEN STEPHANOS CROWN (Victory Crown) on His head to harvest the earth in Revelation 14:14.
Now back to the White Horse.
If you examine the previous chapters leading up to Revelation 6, you will see that each of the 7 churches are told to (nikaō) “OVERCOME”, WIN the VICTORY, CONQUER,(for these three words are used in the English language for the word nikaō in the Greek) just a few verses before the White Horse is sent out with its rider into all the earth; you find that Jesus had just won the “””VICTORY/CONQUERED/OVERCOME””” sin death and the grave; then He immediately begins to open the first seal to send out a White Horse to CONQUER/OVERCOME AND WIN THE VICTORY and continue to CONQUER/OVERCOME and WIN THE VICTORY. There is a continuum of victory which is threaded right through from Revelation Chapter’s 1- 6 which most people have overlooked.
Many teachers often put a lot of emphasis on the fact that the rider is ‘given’ the crown. I would just like to say that the victory crown could not be ‘given’ until Jesus had ‘won that victory’ over sin and death, so that the White Horse could be sent out into all the earth to bring victory in righteousness. It is logical that the very next thing Jesus would send is one who was ‘like Him. “RIGHTEOUS AND VICTORIOUS”.
If you put all the symbolism of the White Horse together at face value WITHOUT ADDING OR TAKING AWAY FROM SCRIPTURE, accepting that White is White……..
You have a White Horse REPRESENTING PURITY AND RIGHTEOUSNESS (which lines up with the other 18 references in the book of Revelation of the word ‘white’) whose rider BRINGS FORTH – through the Bow – VICTORY through the CROWN.
Had the words of Revelation 6:2 been “And he went out to “Overcome and Win the Victory” (nikaō), rather than conquer and to conquer, would people have jumped to the conclusion of a more sinister interpretation?
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And what about the Black Horse?
Many say that it represents economic hardship and famine but is this correct?…
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© D A Cleland