horse wearing a
crown which was
to him, symbolizes the Antichrist although some argue that it isJesus Christ, a position that His personal history does not fit. Also the fact that Christ is breaking the seals while at the same timerepresenting a rider on a white horse is also doubtful. Furthermore, Christ does not appear as a White Horse Rider untilRevelation19:11-16. The actual identity of the
is not given but can only be recognized from prophetic similarities indicatedthroughout the Bible. Nonetheless, a conquering rider best fits with the lawless one
prophetically described in
horse, symbolic of purity and justice can be compared
to the Lord who rides a white horse when He comes toArmageddon
As an imitator of Christ, the rider fulfills his destiny and the white horse is part of the deception.The fact that he is riding a white horse indicates battle readiness. In Old Testament times kings and rulers on missions of peace rode on adonkey, while horses were used for battle.
indicates that he does not possess authority, but that it is given to him, i.e. the rider
must have permission
to act before initiating an action. The Greek word for a King's crown is diadem. The rider wears a stephanos, or victor'scrown which was the honor given to winners in the ancient Olympics and other public games. It was typically an ivy wreath, in fact theword stephanos comes from a root meaning wreath. It identified the wearer as a conqueror, but not as royalty. The garland worn by therider on the white horse symbolizes a single kingdom, authority and power that will rise and flourish for a time, after which it will fall. Itwill not continue.
By wearing a crown, once again the symbolic Antichrist mimics Christ who wears a royal crown
of gold on His head when Hecomes to harvest the earth of believers.
I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one "like a son of man" with a crownof gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.
The horseman gives a messianic allusion to those who are deceived by his actions and deeds as does the real Antichrist
All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb's book of life,the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.
His purpose is "
and to conquer
(continents, nations, peoples, religious systems, governments, ideologies)
. TheAntichrist spirit will change hearts of men and their systems from what was, to embrace that which is to come, thereby making a way for the arrival of the lawless one.
He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.
bow (an ancient instrument of war)
in his hand is a symbol of aggressive warfare, yet he has no arrows
(in his hands).
How thenwill he conquer? He will conquer through his being a willful
king and diplomacy. Again the spirit of the Antichrist willuse those who will do his bidding. Diplomacy, believable schemes, negotiation and deception will be part of the methodology used bythe spirit through man yet against man in preparation for the one who is to come.Writers and scholars have assumed, because it is not mentioned, that the rider on the white horse has no arrows. The correctness of this point of view may be in error because in Ephesians 6:10-18 we are exhorted to put on the whole armour of God that we will be able tostand against the devil's schemes and the flaming arrows of the evil one. I rather suspect that the fiery arrows
come from the bow of the rider on the white horse. If the collective church does not have the protection of the full armour of God then the spirit of Antichrist is going to destroy many of the people spiritually resulting in a great falling away
as indicated in 2 Thessalonians2:3.
("the falling away")
is not necessarily a departure from an organized body but a departure from truth. Onecan remain in an organization and depart from the truth. It points to a deliberate abandonment of a former professed positionor belief. According to how filled with the Holy Spirit you are will determine how well you will be able to fight and stand inthe hour of testing. Carnal
Christians are more vulnerable to the destruction of the white horseman in thatthey have not repented of their sinful carnal nature. Christians who have fallen into deceptive doctrines of demons will also be destroyed by this horse and rider. Every time the hooves of the white horse hit the ground they shake the foundation of the Church and all of the Christians. When the foundation is being shaken protection comes only from being filled with theHoly Spirit and being covered with the full armour of
God. We are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against principalities,against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world and against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6: 10-18:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, againstthe powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, sothat when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Stand firm then,with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
and with your feet fitted with thereadiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the