Who is the rider on the white horse? In this study, we’re going to discover who
he is. He is not antichrist, and he is not Jesus
Christ. So who is he? Let’s go ahead and read from the text. Revelation
6, verse 1. “Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder,
‘Come and see.’ And I looked and behold a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.” Now some text say “Come” and some text say
“Come and see.” If it’s come and see, they’re telling John, “Come and see this guy John!”
If it’s come he’s being announced with a voice like thunder. None of the other horsemen are announced with
a voice like thunder. When do we see a voice like thunder in the bible. John 12 verse 28.
Jesus prayed, “‘Father glorify Your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘I
have both glorified it and will glorify it again.’ Therefore the people who stood by
and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to Him.'” 2 Samuel 22:14
“The LORD thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice.” Sometimes when God speaks, right, it’s like
thunder. Revelation 4:5
“And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices.” So thundering in the bible it’s usually a
good thing. Thundering in heaven is always a good thing. He is not being thundered against.
As when God thundered against the Philistines. He’s being announced with a voice like thunder.
“Come!” Or it could be “Come and see.”
Come and see this guy, John. Now bible teachers say, “Look, the horse is
white. He’s antichrist” How does a white horse symbolize antichrist.
They say he’s an impostor. If he’s an impostor shouldn’t the text read, “and behold a white
goat,” or perhaps, “he who sat on it had a blasphemous name.” But do we see any of that? No, we don’t. Let’s
do a basic test to gauge how well you understand bible imagery. Okay, let’s start. A beast
dreadful and terrible with huge iron teeth. That’s bad.
Good, that’s from the book of Daniel. Wolf in sheep’s clothing.
That’s bad. Great!
Fiery red dragon. That’s Satan.
Super! Beast with 7 heads and 10 horns.
That’s not good. Ace!
Another beast, two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.
Like a dragon? That’s bad! Wow! We got great bible scholars here.
Woman in scarlet, riding a scarlet beast. Not good.
Ah, nothing getting past you guys. Alright, let’s make things a little harder now.
His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow.
Good. You guys are a smart bunch.
White robes. That’s good.
Yes! White horses.
White horses are good. We come on white horses with Christ.
Yes, we do. Last one, white horse.
That’s…wait. Does that come with the first seal? Because then it’s bad. First seal makes
white bad. Who said that?
My pastor. He said if it’s with the first seal then it must be antichrist.
Why does the first seal make white bad? What kind of theology is that? What if the text
said, “He had a white robe, and he was faithful and true.”
That would mean he’s an impostor with a fake white robe and he’s pretending to be faithful
and true. Because it’s the first seal. What does the first seal has anything to do
with being a fake and an impostor? He’s not in sheep’s clothing. He doesn’t speak like
a dragon. He doesn’t have a blasphemous name on his head. He’s on a white horse!
It’s fake! Okay, from now on I teach only Al and Sam! Let’s continue. He had a bow. This is not
a rainbow as some teach. Many bible teachers say the word for “bow” and “rainbow” is the
same word in Hebrew. But the New Testament was written in Greek.
Huh? Yeah, the word for “bow” and “rainbow” are
completely different in Greek. He has a bow, as in bow and arrow. In Greek, a “toxon.”
Not an “iris.” Iris is rainbow. He has a “toxon”. Not an
“iris.” Let’s go ahead and read from Revelation 4:3.
“And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was
a rainbow (an iris) around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.” Revelation 10:1
“I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow
(iris) was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire.”
The rider on the white horse has a “toxon,” not an “iris.” Iris. Toxon Iris Toxon Iris Toxon Two toxon! How do you shoot? Many pastors say he has a bow but no arrows
are mentioned. OK, the bow is mentioned 78 times in 75 verses
and over 50 times it is mentioned without arrows.
When no arrows are mentioned are we supposed to assume that there are no arrows? I mean,
that’s nonsense! Let’s read Jeremiah 49
“Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Behold, I will break the bow of Elam,
The foremost of their might.’” The bow of Elam is their might. God said he
would break their bow, that is He would break the foremost of their might. It is their power,
their bow. Hosea 1:5
“It shall come to pass in that day That I will break the bow of Israel in the
Valley of Jezreel.” That is to say God would break Israel’s might
and power in the Valley of Jezreel. Genesis 49:23 Jacob says of Joseph
“The archers have bitterly grieved him, Shot at him and hated him.
But his bow remained in strength.” Right, that is Joseph’s might. It remained
in strength. “And the arms of his hands were made strong
by the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob.” David said of Jonathan:
“From the blood of the slain, From the fat of the mighty,
The bow of Jonathan did not turn back.” That is Jonathan’s might did not turn back.
He remained strong. That’s what David said of Jonathan. The bow of Jonathan did not turn
back. From Genesis to Revelation the bow has always
symbolized strength and might. The text did not say he had no arrows. It
says he has a bow. You don’t add he had no arrows to the bible,
okay. You don’t add he had no arrows to the text. You don’t add anything to the bible. The bow always symbolizes might in the bible! But these modern bible teachers, they have
turned the bow into a covenant, a treaty, because they need to make him antichrist.
If they don’t, their end time timeline kind of completely falls apart. They must make
this rider antichrist no matter what the text says. Because they got to make it fit. How does a bow become a covenant or a treaty? Look at what Jacob said to Joseph. “Moreover I have given to you one portion
above your brothers, which I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow.” What do these modern bible teachers think
Jacob meant when he said I took it with my bow? He didn’t mention any arrows. He used
his bow. So what did Jacob do with the bow? What? He hit the Amorite with the bow?
Accept this covenant! Accept this covenant!
Stop hitting me! Sign the document!
Accept the covenant! Ok I’ll sign it! Just stop hitting me with
the bow! I mean that’s nonsense!
Next, let’s look at the crown he’s given. There are two Greek words for crown.
One is a “diadema.” And the other is a “stephanos.” Now a diadema is a crown with diadems, the
crown of a ruler. The other is stephanos, a wreath type crown, it is worn by a champion
or a victor. Where do we see a diadema being worn in the
bible? The beast wears a diadema. He’s an earthly
ruler. He’s antichrist. Obviously, the bible will say he wears a diadema. Revelation 13
“And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his
horns ten crowns (diadema), and on his heads a blasphemous name.” The dragon, Satan, wears the same. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold,
a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems or diadema
it’s the same word translated crowns, seven diadema on his heads. So we know who wears a diadema. They are kings
and rulers. Who wears a stephanos in the bible?
A stephanos is only seen in the bible as being worn by believers and those who are victorious
in Christ. Now someone is going to say the locusts that
come out of the bottomless pit wear a stephanos. And that’s not true. They didn’t read
the text carefully. The text didn’t say they wear a stephanos.
It says they wore something like a stephanos, as it were a stephanos.
Let’s look at the New King James, NIV, and King James Version. The New King James actually
dropped the ball in translation here because they completely left out a Greek word. I like
the New King James to the most part they are a good translation but they really messed
up here. Let’s go ahead and read from the New King James. (Rev 9:7)
“The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns
of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men.” From this it would seem that they had crowns
of something like gold. Look at the NIV now. It says, “On their heads they wore something
like…” “…they wore something like crowns of gold,
and their faces resembled human faces.” Now the King James is much more accurate.
It says, “and on their heads were as it were crowns
like gold” were as it were crowns like gold “and their faces were as the faces of men.”
Didn’t say they have faces of men. It’s were as faces of men. Just like the crown, or it’s
not a crown, just like what’s on their heads, it’s like a crown, like gold. It doesn’t even
say it was gold. It’s just something on their head. Now let’s look at the Greek. It says,
“hos stephanoi,” which is stephanos, it’s plural for stephanos, right. “Hos” is the
word for “like” or “as” or “as it were.” So who wears a stephanos? James 1:12
“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive
the crown (stephanos) of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” 2 Timothy 4:8 “Finally, there is laid up for
me the stephanos of righteousness.” 1 Peter 5:4 “when the Chief Shepherd appears,
you will receive the stephanos of glory that does not fade away.” Revelation 2:10 Jesus says, “Be faithful until
death, and I will give you the stephanos of life.” Revelation 4:4 “Around the throne were twenty-four
thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and
they had crowns (stephanos) of gold on their heads. Also, the crown of thorns was a stephanos
of thorns. Why? Because Jesus was overcoming the world. The sign above His head, “King
of the Jews” and the crown of thorns were forms of mockery but in reality they were
true. He was the King of the Jews and He was a victor overcoming the world. You see, the
thorns were a result of God’s curse in the garden. But Jesus took the curse for us and bore
the sins of the world. So there on the cross we can see Christ. And
He would say, “I bear the sin!” “I take the curse of God!”
“I overcome the world!” And so on His head, a crown of thorns because
on Him is the curse, on Him is the sin. And He is the victor! Do you get it Christian? So we see, a stephanos is always for the victorious
in God and in Christ. If the rider is antichrist then Christ accidentally gave him a stephanos!
Jesus isn’t in heaven saying, “Ah geez, I thought he was an overcomer in Christ. It
turns out he kills those in Christ. Oh man, did I mess that one up! No, it’s not going
to happen. Jesus is not going to give antichrist a stephanos, okay. Antichrist wearing a stephanos
is ridiculous. He wears a diadema because he is the beast. Just like it is stated, the
beast had 10 horns and on his horns 10 diadema. Jesus can be seen wearing both a diadema and
a stephanos because he is both a Ruler and an Overcomer. We read in Revelation 19 “Now I saw heaven
opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True,
and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on
His head were many crowns (many diadema). He had a name written that no one knew except
Himself.” Revelation 14:14
“Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man,
having on His head a golden stephanos, and in His hand a sharp sickle.” We know who that is, that’s Jesus. He’s the
Son of Man with the golden stephanos. Lastly, we see the rider going out conquering
and to conquer. This is a play on words. It’s redundant to say he went out conquering and
to conquer. If I asked, “Where did John go?”
And you answered, “He went surfing and to surf.” I’d say, “What’s wrong with you son? You just need to tell me, “He went surfing,”
or “He went to surf.” You don’t need to tell me in both forms. So why the emphasis here? Because this is
the best part! Do not miss this, okay! What is the Greek word conquer? It’s “nikao.”
Nikao means to overcome. To be victorious. It is translated here as conquer. Where do we see it used? Don’t miss the
pattern. It’s very clear in the Greek. You cannot miss this.
Go back to the 7 churches. God gives a message to the 7 churches also understood as the 7
church ages. And to every church age Jesus tells them to “nikao,” to overcome.
Let’s go ahead and read. To Ephesus, Jesus says, “To him who overcomes
(nikao) I will give to eat from the tree of life.” To Smyrna: He who nikaos overcomes. We’ll
just say nikaos. Let’s pretend it’s an English word. “He who nikaos shall not be hurt by the second death.” To Pergamos: “To him who nikaos I will give
some of the hidden manna to eat.” To Thyatira: “And he who nikaos, and keeps
My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations.” To Sardis: “He who nikaos shall be clothed
in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life.” To Philadelphia: “He who nikaos, I will
make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more.” To Laodicea: “To him who nikaos I will grant
to sit with Me on My throne, as I also nikao and sat down with My Father on His throne.” Next event we’re in heaven. We see Jesus
taking the scroll. John weeps because no one is worthy to open it. But one of the elders
tell John, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David,
has prevailed (or has nikao) to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.’” Don’t cry John, Jesus has nikao. Jesus then takes the scroll. He breaks the
first seal. Then a voice like thunder says, “COME!” And BAM! A white horse appears!
And the rider has a bow, a symbol of his might! God gives him a stephanos, the crown of a
victor! And he goes out Nikao’ing and to Nikao!
Conquering and to conquer. The elders are in heaven, around the throne, and they already
have a golden stephanos. Jesus takes the scroll, right. He breaks the first seal, this guy
comes riding out on a white horse. He’s not Jesus. Jesus is the one breaking the seal.
This guy comes out riding on a white horse and he receives a stephanos while he’s on
earth. He receives authority from God and Christ to conquer for Christ. When Jesus breaks
that first seal, His champion rides out conquering for Him. He is the forerunner, the Elijah
forerunner. Just like John the Baptist was the Elijah forerunner before Christ’s first
coming. So who is he? Why does heaven see him as the first to come on a white horse? Have you not read that Elijah must come first?
He comes before Messiah. He is the sign of the coming Messiah. What does that mean? What does that mean he
is the sign of the coming Messiah. Do you understand the purpose of the Elijah
forerunner? Why did John have to have a miraculous birth?
Because Jesus would have a miraculous birth. Why did the religious leaders reject John’s
message? Why was it necessary for the religious leaders
to reject John’s message? Because the religious leaders would reject
Christ’s message. Why did John have to suffer and be executed?
Couldn’t God have spared John? Because Jesus would suffer and be executed. If you want to know what’s going to happen
to Messiah you look to the Elijah forerunner. He is the sign of what Messiah is going to
do. So just like John suddenly appeared preaching,
Messiah suddenly came on the scene and He started preaching.
Everything John did, kind of parallels Messiah because John was the Elijah forerunner. Remember this is the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
This is how Jesus wants you to see this guy. The guy who comes out when He breaks the first
seal. Why does he come on a white horse? Because Jesus is coming on a white horse. Why does he go out conquering and to conquer?
Because when Jesus comes back and returns to earth, Jesus is going to conquer. He’s
going to conquer the whole earth. Why does Jesus say Elijah must come first
and restore all things? Because Christ when He comes back He’s going to restore all things.
I mean, restore the entire earth, the whole earth completely. He’s going to complete the
entire restoration process. But Elijah comes first to restore all things because he is
a sign of what Messiah’s going to do. If this guy was antichrist wouldn’t Jesus
say he comes on a white goat. And he’s a beast! This guy is not a beast. He’s on a white
horse! Not a white goat! He is the end time prophet God calls Elijah
the prophet. He will restore all things in the power of Christ and authority from God! He is the Elijah forerunner prophesied of
in Malachi who comes before the great and dreadful day of the Lord. That is he comes
before the tribulation. Not as the bible teachers teach he comes during
the great tribulation as one of the two witnesses. They teach he’s one of the two witnesses who’s
here during the great tribulation. No, he comes before the great tribulation. And he
goes up in the rapture with the church. The two witnesses will appear during the great
tribulation. And why two witnesses? Because after Elijah
must come Elisha, the double power. Do you get it? The Old Testament pictures must be
fulfilled. Two prophets must appear after this end time prophet because they are the
double power. Elijah goes up, right? He goes up with the church as in the Old Testament
picture. Elijah went up then after him came Elisha the double power. That’s why there
are two witnesses that appear during the great tribulation. And that’s why it says in Malachi
Chapter 4, Elijah…Behold, I send Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible
day of the Lord. Now in our next study, we’re going to talk
about this coming end time prophet. You can find him prophesied of in multiple places
in the scriptures. See if you can find them. And until next time, love the Lord with all
your heart! Love you Jesus! To kill with sword. The word for sword here
is “rhomphaia.” This is not the typical word for sword. It’s used only seven times in the
New Testament. The word that