THE WHITE HORSE RIDER
Revelation 6:1 ¶ And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
Revelation 19:11 ¶ And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Some of the greatest error and most misguided comments regarding scripture have occurred pertaining to this character. Some have even boldly proclaimed him to be “The AntiChrist.” But these have not rightly divided this word of truth, and therefore cannot be approved of God.
The spirit of the scriptures reveal that horsemen pertain to the Messianic kingdom! And a careful, and prayerful study clearly reveals that this White Hose Rider can be none other than representing the glorious, reigning Lord Jesus Christ and His spiritual forces. Psalm 45:3 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. 4 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. 5 Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.
John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.
And a careful reading of Revelation 12:7-12 will open one’s eyes to the spiritual battle that took place at Calvary. It is summed up by the Hebrew writer in chapter two, verses fourteen and fifteen. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Although it is clearly set forth in the scriptures that Jesus Christ is the presently reigning Lord over this world, it is a little known and scarcely believed truth! But we see in the setting forth of these horsemen the structure and rule of His kingdom. Just listen to Him clearly telling us how his kingdom would be conducted. John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Take careful notice of the type of peace the believer receives. It is an inner peace “in Christ,” while at the same time experiencing the tribulations “in the world.”
2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
And He informs us never to even think that he is about world peace! Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
“Peace on earth, and good will towards men,” of which the angels sang was to be a spiritual peace in the hearts of those conquered by grace with the White Horse Rider’s salvation! For the Lord came as a Lamb to provide a blood-bought atonement for those chosen by His Father. Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Those words are from His own mouth, revealing his primary purpose! And here are those from one of His apostle’s: 1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
But this does not mean that this is his only purpose. For dear Reader, just as Pharaoh was ruler of his world from his throne in Egypt, and Nebuchadnezzar from his throne in Babylon, and Darius of Persia, Alexander of Greece and Caesar in Rome, Jesus Christ has afterward been raised up by His Father to rule the entire universe! And he does so on his mediatorial throne at the right hand of the majesty on high! Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 1 Corinthians 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
Consider how the Holy Spirit revealed this in detail to the Prophet Daniel. Daniel 2:37 Thou, O king, (Daniel speaking to Nebuchadnezzar, concerning Babylon), art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. 38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. 39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, (referring to the Persians, under Cyrus, whom the Lord called his shepherd – See Isaiah 44:28), and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. (this was referring to the Greeks, under Alexander), 40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. (This was the Romans, under Caesar.)
Then consider God’s true and sure revelation to Daniel of Christ coming during the Roman rule to set up his spiritual, everlasting kingdom: Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Luke 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. And this is why there is so much blindness and ignorance concerning the spiritual kingdom of Christ today, because, although we have multitudes of religionists, we have but few truly spiritually, borned-again believers, who can see and enter the spiritual kingdom!
But let us now turn our attention to the passage in Revelation 19:11-13 which also relates to The White Horse Rider. And we can clearly see in these verses that He is referred to as “Faithful,” and “True,” which can only be applied to the Incarnate and Eternal Son of God. And we also see that He is spoken of having his “vesture dipped in blood,” with “his eyes as a flame of fire.” And both of these have been spoken of Him in the very first chapter of this book. Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
And then, although He can be truly known only to Himself, he is said to be called, “The Word of God.” And no other being in the entire universe is worthy of such a title but the Person of the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ! John 1:1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. Colossians 2:9 For in him (in Christ) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) 3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
Therefore we see Him in his sovereignty calling forth the four horsemen as he rules over the universe. The Greek will not support the KJV words, “Come and see.” For there is but one Greek word there, which is the word, “Come.” So he is calling forth the forces of salvation as he commands the White Horse Rider to come forth. And we see this as he arrives at the right hand of the majesty on high and prays the Father, who sends forth the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
But then all those who believe not and are “condemned already” (John 3:36) will be plagued with the red horseman of social upheaval. For he is said to “take peace from the earth.” And then He calls forth the black horseman of scarcity of man’s needs and comforts. Then after these, all those who remain unrepentant must contend with the pale horsemen of Death, followed by Hell!
These powerful directives cause us to see the Lord Jesus in a far different light. He is Lord of heaven and earth.