The 1st Seal - Rider on a white horse
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The Seven Seals prophecy begins in Revelation 5. John saw a book in the right hand of God, sealed shut with seven seals. A "strong angel" asks "Who is worthy to open the book?", but no man was able to open the book or to read it. John cried at seeing this, but one of the elders assures him not to cry because the Lion of the Tribe of Juda, the root of David, has prevailed to open the book and loose the seven seals. (Rev 5:1-5)
Next, John sees the Lamb "as it had been slain". It had seven horns and seven eyes, "which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth". (Rev 5:6) Then the four beasts, the elders, many angels - over a hundred million - give praise and worship the Lamb. (Rev 5:7-14)
- The Lamb opened the first seal and John heard a noise of thunder (Rev 6:1)
- One of the four beasts told him to come and see (Rev 6:1)
- John saw a white horse and he that sat on him had a bow (Rev 6:2)
- A crown was given to him and we went forth conquering (Rev 6:2)
Some people believe the rider on the white horse in this verse refers to Jesus, assuming he was the same rider on the white horse in Chapter 19, however, there are several reasons why this appears to be untrue:
- The lamb broke the seal and then John saw the rider on the white horse.
- According to John Hagee, this rider is the anti-Christ, explaining the difference in his article, The Four Horses of the Apocalypse, as follows: "The Greek text in Revelations 6 reveals that the crown worn by the rider on the white horse is called “stephanos,” a crown of victory worn by a military conqueror. The Greek word for the crown that Christ wears in Revelation 19 is “diadema” or a crown of royalty. The rider on the white horse in Revelation 6 is the great deceiver, not Jesus!" [Source]🕊️
- The rider in Revelation 6 has a bow, but as for the rider in Rev 19, "out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword". He is “called Trustworthy and True, and in righteousness He judges and fights.” He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood and His Name is called The Word of God. (Rev. 19:11-16) The rider in Rev 19 is definitely Jesus because he is referred to as the Word elsewhere (John 1:1) and because in Rev 19:16 he tells us that on his vesture on his thigh was written "King of Kings and Lord of Lords".