We have been viewing the scene in heaven, where
there is continuity and peace as never experienced by anyone in human
history. As the first seal is removed,
the scene shifts to earth, and the events that are going to take place there. The scene reveals one who is sitting on a
Christ is in heaven opening the scroll, so He
cannot be the one who is on the earth and on this particular white horse. Christ’s return will be at the second advent,
which will occur at the end of the Tribulation, and in that time, there will be
a massive judgment of evil, not the utopia implied here.
Three white horses are depicted in Revelation. This
single white horse here in Rev. 6:2, and the
one in Rev. 19:11, and an
army riding white horses as well in Rev. 19. That army is you and me and all
believers from the Church Age. We are royalty and royalty rides into battle, it
And by the way, since we are in heaven, where we
have to be in order to return with Christ, then we cannot be on the earth. It would not make any sense to whisk us away
at the end of the Tribulation just to bring us immediately back. That would leave no room for our
resurrection, our Judgment Seat of Christ, our glorification, the wedding
feast, and so forth. Plus, martyred Tribulation
believers would have to be sorted out from the Royal Family, and that would all
have to happen in an instant. And of
course it does not happen that way.
As for the white horse here listed, there is a
definite contrast to that of Christ in chapter 19. Here we have the false-christ,
or as many call him, the anti-christ. Remember that we are here looking at the
overall and general history of the Tribulation, a worldwide view if you will. In chapter 12, a more specific view, will be
the approach in the revelation of the Tribulational
Beginning in chapter 12, we see the overall view of
the angelic conflict. The
dragon, Satan, taking with him 1/3 rd of the angelic realm. His attack on Christ, even as an infant and His continued attack on
Gods family – believers in general and Jews in particular. And Satan will still be continuing his attack
on the Jews of the Tribulation as well as believers in general all over the
The objective? To destroy Jerusalem and all
believing Jews therein. Christ
has promised to return to rescue them, and if Satan can prevent God from
fulfilling even one promise, then he has proven God to be with error and
therefore win the angelic conflict.
Of course this is not going to happen. God is
perfect and error free.
There will be three major players on earth during
the Tribulation. The dragon is of course
the devil, Satan, and formerly known as Lucifer. He will be cast out of heaven, by the angel
Michael, at the mid point of the tribulation and cast
down onto earth, where he will become very angry and enraged at his failing
The second person is the anti-christ,
the leader of the revived Roman empire as it is often
times called. This is the leader of the ten nation group that will be conquered
by this anti-christ. In one nation he will rise up and overpowering
with force, three nations as the remaining seven nations submit to his
authority. He will be referred to in
Revelation as the beast.
The third person is the second beast, the leader of
the religion of the Tribulation, a leader rising out of Israel. He will support the anti-christ
and will build an idol of his image and demand that all bow down to it (the image).
These two people are extremely evil people.
Think of Hitler, and now think of Hitler
as being an extremely brilliant thinker with a very high IQ, and you will have
a picture of these two people. Brilliant, yet deceptive and corrupt to the core. They will
have no morals, no conscience.
Now we have the first horse, a white horse. Often we will think of the white horse, the
white hat, as the good guy, the knight in shining armor. And onto the scene
comes this knight. Just as after World
War 1, the problems in Germany gave way to the deceptions of the Nazi’s in the nineteen-thirty’s,
so too this will be an example of a leader promising everything, and promising
everything to a world that is in the middle of trouble.
Remember that at the end or in the last generation
of our dispensation, the Church Age, there will rise a
great apostasy across the world. That
will lead to trouble and turmoil, and people will be desperate for a hero. The Rapture will occur, and onto the scene
comes this evil person known in the Bible as the anti-christ.
When does this occur? After the
rapture has already taken place. What will the world be like when that
occurs? That is a tough question to answer because we do not know when the
rapture will occur. But we can use some hypothetical logic. If the rapture
occurs near the end of this coming century, then we know that the world will
have a huge population. If there are 20
or 30 or 50 billion people then the stresses that, that
size of population will have on the planet, should be obvious.
Look at the world today. Trouble in the Balkans,
trouble in Africa, economic problems always hampering trade between nations,
even trade within a given nation. Unemployment here and there, inflation or
recession here and there, traffic congestion, public services shortages,
domestic problems, crime problems, the list goes on. So if our trouble can be
magnified 4 or 5 fold, then we will have a pretty good picture of what things
might be like in the future.
Now the rapture. All believers in the world are instantly
removed. What will that impact be? Possibly none. The Church Age is over and God has determined
that the Royal Family’s number is complete. Sodom was not destroyed until Lot had left the
city, but he was only one person along with his family of a wife and two
daughters. It could very well be that
there will be such a small population of believers in the world,
that the impact on such a huge population will be next to nothing. Of course this is only speculation on my part.
Of course if there are a lot of believers, then
this event will be definitely noticed, however, I think that the appeal of this
anti-christ will be greater because of the problems
of the world and that the rapture will generally go unnoticed, except in
certain cases. Needless to say, believers who have left the scene,
will probably be blamed for the trouble, whatever it is.
The crown is a false crown,
the bow is a false bow. This anti-christ is given power to deceive and to take power by
virtue of his words and perceived position and power, not from his real power
which is false. The weak leaders of the
ten nations are placed there, in their positions of power for only one reason,
and that is to give their power over to the anti-christ.
Take note of this in Rev. 17:13, where
we have the explanation of these kings and their downfall.
As our dispensation continues, and as apostasy
rises, then leadership and those selecting it, will be weak, incompetent, and
unqualified to lead or to elect.
God often raises up a single person in history, to
perform a single act. Sometimes this act could lead to the invention of some
type of innovative tool or technology, or sometimes this act could be the
catalyst to lead an otherwise cowardly people to victory. Whatever the call of a person in life, there
is always a purpose for each person’s being here, and at the specific time in
history that any of us happen to live.
So even you have a purpose for your life, despite
the fact that you might see yourself as sort of worthless at any given moment
in life. But then God raises
up and uses prepared believers. There is
really nothing for you to do other than the, getting prepared, portion of your
life – a daily Bible study. God will do
all the rest.
You may live your entire life before you realize
why you were brought into this world. But
you do have a purpose just as this anti-christ has a
purpose. The world is negative toward God and ripe for deception. Many are negative prior to the rapture, but
will turn positive and believe in Christ, after the rapture.
Whatever the case, there will be a great deception.
Christ returns on a white war horse with sword (real power) in hand and with
the judgment of righteousness (real authority). Christ will come with many titles and names.
This anti-christ has no
name. He will have pleasing words for the public, but in the background of
politics and military he will carry threats of destruction. The cowards will
fall to his authority. Some will resist, but they will lose during the initial
phase of the Tribulation. His bow (false
power), will defeat a very weak people.
One more quick thought.
Look briefly at the first verse of chapter seven. Angels will be holding back
the winds of destruction against the earth. With the believing population gone
at the rapture, the salt of the earth, those who preserve it will be gone, and
thus the deterioration of the planet will begin to develop rapidly.
If you leave meat on the counter, it goes bad,
slowly at first then rapidly. So it will
be with the earth. No preservative, therefore rapid decay. But God orders the holding of this decay so
that this seven year period will come to its proper conclusion. There will be many who will believe in Christ
during this time, and God will give them all that opportunity before that final
chapter of history closes everything. Just
as the torments of the period will be intense, so too will be the intensity of
The winds of heaven are the real drivers of history
(Christ). The winds of earth, are the impotent attempts of humanity to drive
This rider of the white horse,
will have a bow that he takes for himself.
He has a crown, which he takes for himself. He neither earns them nor deserves them. He has no qualifications for leadership, but
has all of the personality to deceive the masses.
Anytime an unqualified person rises to power, that
becomes a recipe for disaster. And
disaster brings turmoil and suffering for masses of people.
His conquering will not be by superior strategy or
tactics, but because of a weak and cowardly people who will give up easily.
His (the anti-christs’) first
impression is a false one. He comes as a
hero, but is really a villain.
End of study