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Rev 6:1  And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, Come. 

Rev 6:2  And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and he that sat thereon had a bow; and there was given unto him a crown: and he came forth conquering, and to conquer. 
Is this a literal horse and rider?  Maybe.  It is spiritual? Maybe.  Is it Allegorical?  No.  We are not dealing with myths but events and some we can see from an Earthly perspective and some we cannot.  But the two perspectives of the Spirit realm and the Earthly realm are connected and interacted upon and interacting with one another at various points.

But one thing in the book that this is, is an IMAGE.  Let’s take a closer look at this image, maybe it has been used before.  Here is where Scripture needs to interpret Scripture.

A white horse.  The horse in Scripture came to the Conqueror.  Ironically there is no English mention of a WHITE HORSE in any other place save one; Rev 19:11 has the other White Horse and the name of its rider is “Faithful and True”

Rev_3:14  And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God: 

Witness in the Greek is not the one who testified or went door to door witnessing.  (Strongs Greek # 3144 martus Of uncertain affinity; a witness (literally [judicially] or figuratively [generally]); by analogy a “martyr”: – martyr, record, witness.)  Now let’s replay that verse the faithful and true MARTYR, for what He believed He gave up His life willingly as a Martyr for His own Testimony, as it were.  In that this is one of the Letters from Jesus to the Churches the identity of the 19th chapter rider is NOT IN QUESTION.  This is Jesus. So who then would the 6th chapter rider be?  He is coming out conquering and to conquer. But the Greek word Nikaos (to subdue) is used twice.  Look at this in the Literal translation.
Rev 6:2 And I saw, and behold, a white horse! And the one sitting on it had a bow. And a crown was given to him, and he went out overcoming, and that he might overcome.
Now this is a cause and effect.  Lets look a little closer at this image.  We already know that the only other place in scripture where a crowned person is seated on a white horse is indicative of Jesus Himself but Jesus doesn’t use a bow.  Although in the Psalms David alludes to the arrows of God being sunk into the King;
Psa 38:2  For Your arrows sink in me, and Your hand presses heavily on me.
Psa 38:3  There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your anger; nor peace in my bones because of my sin.
Psa 38:4  For my iniquities have passed over my head; as a heavy burden too heavy for me… in this case the arrows are there because of judgment, and in Job 6:4 he makes mention of God’s arrows and the poison thereof but, Job has a skewed understanding of God.  It would seem that arrows in the case of God are to discomfit because of judgment against sin.  The only other person in scripture to use arrows is found here: Eph 6:16 withal taking up the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one.   The Evil one… the adversary, the Devil is the author of these darts or arrows or bolts.  Any of these has a particular bow.  Now we know who the first white horse rider is: This is the one who comes overcoming to overcome with an arrow-less bow (do you see any mention of the quiver or the arrows or do you think it might be assumed?) seeing as I don’t either John is not a great detail man or there are none.  Still it’s the image of the white horse rider who overcomes and that image only truly belongs to Jesus.  Such a rider would also be the leader come to set up his rule after overcoming all opposition.  By the way, Jesus doesn’t use a bow the sword comes from His mouth, go check it out.  Now since we have established the identity of the white horse rider as specific and Anti Christ then it behooves to look at the action of the image… he is overcoming and is going forth to overcome.  How does that work?!  The Antichrist gets his authority to operate from the Dragon the Serpent of old himself.  The Serpent first bares the fang and shows us his means of overcoming in the Eden when he deceives the woman. (Gen 3:13, 1 Tim 2:14) In Eph 6:11 it tells us to put on the armor of God to stand against the wiles of the Devil or Evil one.  Wiles…   what are wiles?

For starters it’s an older term for this definition: Stongs Greek # 3180 methodeia

From a compound of (Greek #3326 meta  A primary preposition (often used adverbially); properly denoting accompaniment; “amid” (local or causal); modified variously according to the case (genitive case association, or accusative case succession) with which it is joined; occupying an intermediate position between (575 apo: off or away) or (1537 ek or ex: from or out of) and (1519 eis: to or into) or (4314 pros: forward to or toward); less intimate than (1722 en: a fixed position in time or place (in)), and less close than (486 sun union)): – after (-ward),X that he again, against, among, X and, + follow, hence, hereafter, in, of, (up-) on, + our, X and setting, since, (un-) to, + together, when, with (+ -out). Often used in composition, in substantially the same relations of participation or proximity, and transfer or sequence.) and (G3593 hodeuō

From Greek 3598; to travel: – journey.) [compare “method”]; traveling over, that is, travesty, (trickery): – wile, lie in wait.
Basically this is the same concept of Eden…. Deceit!  How interesting is this!  The same mode of operation which has not changed from the beginning because it works so well.  Our rider here is overcoming or waging a successful conquest. He is subduing, not killing.  Where else do we find allusions to this methodology and a warning to go with it?  From Jesus Himself;  Matt 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so as to lead astray (deceive) , if possible, even the elect.   I underline the lead astray because in the Greek we have  a very interesting word here. Strongs Greek # 4105 planaō, from (4106 planē Feminine of (4108 planos Of uncertain affinity; roving (as a tramp), that is, (by implication) an impostor or misleader: – deceiver, seducing.) (as abstraction); objectively fraudulence; subjectively a straying from orthodoxy or piety: – deceit, to deceive, delusion, error.); to (properly cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue): – go astray, deceive, err, seduce, wander, be out of the way.
Now I go through these long involved definitions but isn’t it interesting what comes up in the Grecian Word Wash?  That masculine form there also implies the uses of words like seduce seducer and seducing. Does anyone else understand that implication?  Seduction happens to the heart more than the mind.  It appeals to appetites and the human will or want (the Id and not the Ego and there is very little Superego involved here)  If we combine the properties of delusion seduction deception fraud misleading along with sign and wonders which are experiential then the reason for that shield gets crystal clear doesn’t it?  One hunkers down behind it and DOESN’T LOOK!  Yes the shield in all fairness has another operation.  It quenches fiery …. Darts or Arrows…  but if it quenches the fiery dart then when does it ever become needful to poke up from behind the barrier of the shield?   Only when the Holy Spirit wants to wield His sword.  Enough said here.

One more thing though, a certain verse comes to mind from the minor prophets… Hos 4:6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children.  Look at that word “destroyed”. Strongs Hebrew # 1820 dâmâh

A primitive root; to be dumb or silent; hence to fail or perish; transitively to destroy: – cease, be cut down (off), destroy, be brought to silence, be undone, X utterly.

To be dumb or silent and consequently to fail or to perish… or be destroyed or cut down…  see Daniel had a rather disheartening thing to say about this time under this rider. Dan 8:24  And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper and do his pleasure; and he shall destroy the mighty ones and the holy people. 

Ironically the word for destroy here is : Strongs Hebrew # 7843 shâchath A primitive root; to decay, that is, (causatively) ruin (literally or figuratively): – batter, cast off, corrupt (-er, thing), destroy (-er, -uction), lose, mar, perish, spill, spoiler, X utterly, waste (-r).
To decay, to ruin, to cast off, to corrupt, to mar …. Spoil… thus destroy.  All of this goes back to deceit doesn’t it?  Who does he destroy?  The mighty and the HOLY PEOPLE.  Now in all fairness this has actually already happened.  This should be talking about Antiochus Epiphanes.  It could even be applied to Alexander The Great.  But there is a key missing.  “But not by his OWN power…” in history both these men conquered in their OWN POWER.  But this one gets power or authority from someone or somewhere else…  from the Dragon that was cast down.  Now we link this rider who without ammunition for his weapon, conquers.   Noone in their right mind would ever fail against a warrior with a weapon that needs ammunition, which has none. Not unless the image of the crowned and seated conqueror with brandished weapon in tow is all that was needed because the IMAGE was everything.  In this culture now… image is everything.  If you can pull off the allusion of power you can rule. If the allusion of the power to rule is enough to cow the masses into submission then kudos to the victor!
To be continued.