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The rider on the white horse and the Seals

Rev. 6:1-2 “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. “

Some say this is Jesus but Jesus is not a conqueror? The white horse rider is NOT Jesus. A conquering king would use a white horse to ride into a city that day after he has defeated his enemy in a battle or a war, showing his victory. This rider has a stephanos crown of victory. Jesus has a diadem crown in Chapter 19. This crown is also common among the Romans to represent an emperor (from Barnes' Notes). The bow he carries is an instrument used in war.

The seals are the first series of judgments revealed, there are 4 riders on different color horses. All four seals and the riders loosed usher in judgments on the earth, as the power which opposes the reign of Himself and His Church. (from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary)

His triumph is of war, not by the gospel of peace. This is affirmed by the next horse rider, and the one after and the one after that. There is a consistency. The white horse is a counterfeit of either a prophet convincing people or more likely the counterfeit of the real messiah who comes back on a white horse (Dan. 7:8; 2 Thess. 2:1-1 Rev. 13:1- 18, 17:10- 16), the Anti-Christ is the white horse rider here. 

The rider has crown as a world leader. He is riding to bring about the peace and safety. The Antichrist will promise peace and make a peace treaty with Israel (Daniel 9:27). In this he conquers. This is what begins the Tribulation, the signing of the treaty. It is a false peace that he uses to trap Israel and an unsuspecting world.

Since Israel (ie. Jerusalem) is the sore spot on planet earth it must become peaceful.

1 Thess, 5:3 For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.”

This fact is described by the prophet Daniel: "And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many" (Daniel 8:25 KJV, emphasis mine). His main target is Israel but the whole world will be affected.

In the second seal we see peace is taken away from the earth, which is the outcome from the first riders worldwide conquest.

Rev.6:3-2nd Seal: No longer peace but war on earth

Rev.6:5-3rd Seal: Worldwide economic troubles

Rev.6:7-4th Seal: Death released. 1/4 of the world’s population to die by the sword, hunger, disease, and beasts of the earth               

 Rev.6:9-5th Seal: Persecution and mass killing of God's people worldwide spreads. 

 Rev.6:12-6th Seal: A massive earthquake occurs

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