Rider on a White Horse - 12/19/2004
Dear Contender Ministries,
First, I must say that I love your website and I've found a lot of useful information on it. You guys are doing a great job. Ok, I've been reading this book called "The Real Meaning of The Zodiac" by 'D. James Kennedy'. The book talks about the astrological "star
signs" and what they really mean in Biblical terms. The book has been very interesting thus far, but when I reached the chapter on Sagittarius (The Archer), they connected the fact that this character is holding a bow and arrow to the scripture in Revelation 6:2 talking about the rider on a white horse (The first of the 7 Seals). The book says that this rider on the white horse is Jesus, but I had always thought that this scripture was talking about the Anichrist and that much later on, after the Jugements, The rider on a white horse in Revelation 19:11 was talking about Jesus , not the one in Rev. 6. So now I'm a little confused, could you please tell me what you think the answer is? Thank you for your time.
Your sister in Christ,
Rochelle E. Yuhas
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Hi Rochelle. Thanks for writing us, and for your kind words. You are exactly right. The first horseman in Revelation 6:2 is indeed the Antichrist. The rider wears a crown - indicating authority, and a bow without arrows suggests that he conquers the world by diplomacy and by offering peace (1 Thess 5:1-3). This is exactly how the Antichrist will go about deceiving the nations. You're also right that Jesus' glorious appearing doesn't happen until chapter 19 when Christ returns to judge the nations and establish His kingdom. I'm surprised that Kennedy would think this verse (Rev. 6:2) was referring to Jesus, but I don't know that I'd throw out everything he has to say based on his erroneous view of this prophecy. There are many differing views on the interpretation of end-times prophecy, and I believe scholars can disagree on end-times events while still being doctrinally sound in their teachings on salvation and other key doctrines. I would continue to do just what you've done here. Test everything against the Bible to determine what is truth.
Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.