“I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.” (Revelation 6:1-2)
Is the first horseman Jesus?
He comes at the head of his own judgements
He rides a white horse (Rev 19:11)
He’s given a crown (divine passive?)
He conquers emphatically (overcoming, He overcomes) – cf esp Rev 2:26f; 3:21; 5:5 and 17:14
Or is he a counterfeit Jesus – conquering in a bad way?
The beast also conquers (Rev 13:7)
The beast also is ‘given power’ to do so (Rev 13:7)
The powers of evil often mimic (and distort) the good (the beast speaks like the Lamb – 13:11; the dragon has a seven-fold crown – 12:3)
Christ is not among the four horseman of Zech 1:7-11 – He is the Angel of the LORD to Whom they report (but that’s for another post ;-))
Or is he something else?
I am truly undecided on this. So let me ask two questions:
1) Who the heck is the first horseman of the Apocalypse?
2) If I’m still asking this question on Sunday (not unlikely!) what should I say from the pulpit?
One thing I’m not keen on saying is ‘It’s not really important, people can get too hung up on biblical details, especially in Revelation, let me tell you a story about a missionary instead.’
Anyway, any help gratefully received!