Revelation 1:19 says the Book of Revelation is arranged in 3 parts.
“Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter. There are many other scriptures in the Bible that support the Book of Revelation. The end is drawing near, so I encourage you to read the Book of Revelation in it’s entirety.
3: And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 4: And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
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.
In Revelation 5:14 we read that the Living things and John were in heaven. Then in Revelation 6:1-2 John saw the horse and rider, which leads me to conclude that this event is now taking place in the throne room of heaven. The Lamb has just taken the scroll from the right hand of the one sitting on the throne. Following that, the 4 living things and the 24 elders bowed down before the Lamb. Thousands of angels appeared and all heaven and earth praised God and Jesus. All of this takes place in the throne room in heaven.
Following that, one of the living things summoned the first horse and rider to “come”. The living beast called them to heaven. Jesus will be opening the seals, one at a time, so it can’t be him on the first horse. If it were, who would open the rest of the seals?
So, I believe it is not Jesus riding the first horse.
When Jesus does come back to earth, yes, he will be riding a white horse.
The names: Faithful and True, refer to Christ, when on his white horse.
He also has a name written on him that no-one knows.
Whereas, the white horse summoned by the living thing, does not have a name.
Also, when Jesus comes to earth, the armies of heaven will be following him.
There is no-one following the rider in this scenario!
Some people believe that the rider may be the imposter, the Antichrist (Satan).
For what reason would the living things send the Antichrist out from heaven?
Who in heaven would give the Antichrist a crown to wear?
Why would the Antichrist go out to defeat the enemy, to win the victory for heaven?
No, I don’t think the rider is the Antichrist either.
Jesus opens the 1st Seal
1. Then I heard one of the four beastssay in a noise like thunder,“Come and see”.
Who are the 4 beasts?
We just saw them in Revelation 4:6-9.
The 4 beasts’ (living things) main jobs are to declare the holiness of God, lead in worship and in the adoration of God. However, it appears they also hold a certain amount of power.
Each of the beasts call out to the horses to “come”, the horses are immediately present.
We know which beast calls out which seal.
Seal #1 – “one of the four living things” (Lion representing kingship).
#2 – “the second living thing” (Calf/ox representing strength).
#3 – “the third living thing” (Face of a man representing highest creation).
#4 – “the fourth living thing” (Flying eagle representing the Jewish symbol).
Revelation 4:6-9 tells us what they each represent.
The first Living Thing steps forward
The beast with the face of a lion steps forward and brings John’s attention to a white horse and rider. The symbol of a lion can represent both Jesus and Satan (1 Peter 5:8) because both have the lion’s characteristics.
Christ, having majestic power is the symbol of a lion. Whereas Satan is the lion who walks about roaring, as a lion. He uses his powers in a destructive manner. Both have the following characteristics.
Majestic. (Satan to his own people)
In the Bible, the colour white is usually associated with:
2. On the first horse, the white one was a rider with a bow. He was given a crown and then went forth conquering and to conquer.
Who was this rider?
Although Christ will return on a white horse – this is notJesus Christ. I deem this horse and rider represents The HolySpirit sent out by Jesus, with the Word of God.
We know that Jesus is in heaven opening the seals.
Could it be the Antichrist?
Probably not, as this horse and rider were sent out from heaven by a living being.
I doubt the Antichrist would have been given a crown from heaven.
I also doubt he would be sent out from heaven to do the Lord’s work.
This rider was sent out to defeat the enemy (Satan) and win the victory for God.
Why would the Antichrist want to do that? He wouldn’t!
Why was the Holy Spirit and Word of God sent out?
The assignment that had been planned since the foundation of the world has now been achieved.
Jesus’ death, crucifixion and resurrection were successful.
Then Jesus returned to heaven as the “winner”.
Jesus then sent the Holy Spirit to earth at Pentecost.
We know from history that the Word of God spread quickly after Pentecost.
With the Good News message – Jesus died so that we could live!
What is the Holy Spirit’s Mission in Revelation 6:1-2?
The Seals are about to bring much devastation to the world.
First the Holy Spirit came to earth to empower the apostles. Why?
So they could take the Word of God and the Good News of Jesus out into the world.
Understanding God’s Word will prepare people for when the following Seals begin.
The Holy Spirit’s next assignment is to defeat the enemy and bring victory.
He will accuse and convict people of their sin with hope that the unrighteous will become Christians.
James 4:17 – So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
God gave each person ever born an innate sense of morality. Every person knows right from wrong!
Satan begins to lose
And with the conversion away from Satan, people (now Christians) will read the Word, have like-minded friends, go to Church, etc.
As Christian’s, they will have a better understanding of why bad things happen on earth.
Christians (even today) are not exempt from the troubles but, can have a better understanding of why they are happening.
The one making bad things on earth happen are the result of sin on earth, caused by Satan!
The Holy Spirit will teach righteousness, love, peace, and joy, conquering the world of sin.
Immediately upon salvation, the Holy Spirit will comfort and live in the now righteous person.
He begins guiding and becomes an advocate, helper, and counselor for the righteous.
He is not just telling people about sin, he is making them understand that sin does exist.
And that the tragedy in our world is because of Satan, not God.
The Holy Spirit will live inside all Christians until the rapture, when we are taken to Heaven to be with God.
Holy Spirit is God
The Holy Spirit has always been 1/3 part of God and has been since before the beginning of time.
We see that the Holy Spirit had an incredibly special job to do after Jesus won on the cross.
He was sent at Pentecost to be with the apostles.
Following Pentecost, the Church Age began.
In the same manner, I believe the Holy Spirit was given the task to advance what Jesus had started.
He will be the guiding force of the birthing pains!
Has a bow and given a crown?
So, if Jesus was the conqueror (at the cross), why does the Holy Spirit have a bow and is given a crown?
Through-out the first 4 seals, the Holy Spirit will be conquering sin and winning souls.
The bow will be used to administer the arrows against the people.
The arrows are ready and in position to be used at a time needed.
The crown given to the Holy Spirit shows His kingdom and positional power.
Regarding the Arrows
The 1st rider is carrying an archer’s bow.
However, there doesn’t seem to be any arrows.
Is a bow useful without arrows?
Bit of back history
Just before Moses death, God had him write a song and then read it to all his people. They were then taught to sing it as a song. God had given them a pre-warning.
The song explains in detail, how God’s people were heading into the new land and how they would begin to worship idols. Because of this, God would send one of Israel’s enemies to kill all those who were not living by the law and, worshipping idols. They ignored the warnings, and it happened as God said it would. As a result, God used the enemy to come against the covenant people. The arrows were shot upon them, just as Moses had written they would. The people of God, had not heeded the warning Moses sent in his final days.
23 I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.
24They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.
25The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.
We see exactly what type of arrows God used against his people.
Teeth of beast.
Poison of serpents.
So yes, the rider of Seal #1 has arrows that he can use!
God wanted his covenant people to stay faithful to him, so he used the arrows via enemies of Israel.
Furthermore, God still wants all people to be faithful to him and to turn to Jesus.
Therefore, the Lord God will use the arrows, helping people to see the light.
People still have a choice as to how they want to live. God will not force anyone to come to him.
God is the creator of everything good and Jesus is the way to salvation.
Recap – who is the Rider for Seal #1?Revelation 6:1-2
I believe that he is the Holy Spirit with the Word of God, being sent to earth at Pentecost.
The horse and rider have a job to do – represent Jesus Christ and the Gospel.
The Holy Spirit has been living on earth since Pentecost.
And, is still living inside born again Christians and saved Jews, even today.
In the 21st Century Bibles are printed at a rate of about 80 million per day.
Guinness Book of Records claim that between 5-7 billion copies have been sold in total.
Therefore, in my opinion, the Holy Spirit is doing his job very well.
1: And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 2: And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3: And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4: And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5: And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
And I beheld
6: And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 7: And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 8: And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints.
And they sung a new song
9: And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10: And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. 11: And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 12: Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Every Creature in heaven and earth
13: And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. 14: And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
1: After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
2: And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
3: And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
4: And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
5: And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
Before The Throne
6: And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
7: And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
8: And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
9: And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
10: The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Church in Philadelphia – The Church That Had Endured Patiently
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
13 He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.
6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Revelation 2:18-19 – The Church praised for their way of life
18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;
19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.
Revelation 2:20-24 – I have a few things against thee
20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
Revelation 2:25-29 You already hold fast
25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
28 And I will give him the morning star.
29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
The Church of Pergamos was praised for their good works in city where Satan’s seat is located
12And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
13I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
The Church of Pergamos was admonished for having a false god
14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.