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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.

This book is a VISION.  The events unfold in a certain order and every character, if you will, is clearly introduced and takes their place within the unfolding of events as they occur.

So this is, part of the vision  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.   First off the crown was given to this rider.  So this is delegated authority unlike both Jesus and Anti-Christ or the Beast who have a right to rule on their own. Jesus as God the Son has all the Power and the Beast is permitted to exercise power for a short time.  But this rider is neither Jesus whose mouth is a sharp Sword or the Beast who has no weapons at all.  No this rider represents THREAT.  This rider is going to kick start a series of attitudes among those who are not in Christ.

Eph 2:2 states, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

Is this our rider?  One might think so but this Prince is already at work even in the world of this writer.  For the first verse tells us that we were once dead in our Trespasses and Sins.  It is these that we walked in and it is these that the Prince of the power of the air already uses.  It is these that the course of this world follows.  But another word for all this might also be Lawlessness.  Now we do have the Mystery of  Lawlessness.  2 Thess 2:7 states, For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way.  Now in the previous verses it talks about the revealing of the man of lawlessness, the son of destruction and that is Anti-Christ.  That is an actual personage whose number is 666.  But the mystery of Lawlessness the working of Satan as an influencer is not off the table of suspects for who our rider is.  What our rider seems to encourage results in war.  So the lawless attitude that is already prevalent in humanity today simply gets amplified.

This is the Evil day having its way with us and when that happens we simply STAND.

Eph 6:13 states, Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  We dont fight back, we dont get even, though this rider comes to overcome or subjugate.  To cause the already rife desire to rise up against uncomfortable rule in insurrection, anarchy, rebellion, as so many revolutions have done before and so many since this is the threat that hasnt the power to create permanent change.  Lawlessness only causes temporary change ups and stirs the pot so to speak.  This is our first rider.  In response to this overcoming we simply stand.