Lastly let’s look at the fact that this overcoming rider is wearing a crown. What does a crown say? “I own and I rule!” The word crown here is: Strongs Greek # 4735 stephanos From an apparently primary “stepho” (to twine or wreathe); a chaplet (as a badge of royalty, a prize in the public games or a symbol of honor generally; but more conspicuous and elaborate than the simple fillet, G1238), literally or figuratively: – crown. “…A badge of royalty, a symbol of honor.”
Of course unlike the Lord of Glory this rider only has one. Remember he does not come in his own power but in that of another so he is but a symbol. A symbol that is believed in is effective enough sway the whole world. Now in my humble opinion because there is a literal Beast who rises up and has policy… oh that sounds like Daniel doesn’t it? In Zechariah we see chariots of colored and specified horses but not actual single horsed riders. However in Zechariah 6:1-5 in the fifth verse the identity of these chariots is disclosed. They are the “Four Winds of Heaven which go forth from standing before the LORD” They are not corporeal but rather spirits as it were. It would seem that this and the other three horsemen to follow are very much spiritual. You see it takes a spiritual thing to set up the mindset of a populace to overcome them in the physical. Back to the crown for one more moment. This rider is getting honor, and this book and its content are written to Believers, so why among believers would this character be honored, especially since he LIES and DECIEVES? Because someone else is no longer honored. Listen to this from Paul to the church in Rome. Rom 1:21 because that, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks; but became vain in their reasonings, and their senseless heart was darkened. … further more… Rom 1:25 for that they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. Finally, Rom 1:28 And even as they refused to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up unto a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not fitting;… God in their KNOWLEDGE, That word knowledge is this: Strongs Greek #1922 epignōsis, From (1921 epiginōskō From (1909 epi A primary preposition properly meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution [with the genitive case], that is, over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the dative case) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative case) towards, upon, etc.: – about (the times), above, after, against, among, as long as (touching), at, beside, X have charge of, (be-, [where-]) fore, in (a place, as much as, the time of, -to), (because) of, (up-) on (behalf of) over, (by, for) the space of, through (-out), (un-) to (-ward), with. In compounds it retains essentially the same import, at, upon, etc. (literally or figuratively).) and (1097 ginōskō A prolonged form of a primary verb; to “know” (absolutely), in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as shown at left, with others not thus clearly expressed): – allow, be aware (of), feel, (have) known (-ledge), perceive, be resolved, can speak, be sure, understand.); to know upon some mark, that is, recognise; by implication to become fully acquainted with, to acknowledge: – (ac-, have, take) know (-ledge, well), perceive.); recognition, that is, (by implication) full discernment, acknowledgement: – (ac-) knowledge (-ing, -ment).
In other words these are those who KNEW… which leads to this:
Heb 6:4 For as touching those who were once enlightened and tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit,
Heb 6:5 and tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come,
Heb 6:6 and then fell away, it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
These are the apostate, and because of them we have another enemy in the mix… God Himself. Here’s the point. Paul told us this would come to pass.
2Th 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, touching the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together unto him;
2Th 2:2 to the end that ye be not quickly shaken from your mind, nor yet be troubled, either by spirit, or by word, or by epistle as from us, as that the day of the Lord is just at hand;
2Th 2:3 let no man beguile you in any wise: for it will not be, except the falling away come first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition,
2Th 2:4 he that opposeth and exalteth himself against all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he sitteth in the temple of God, setting himself forth as God.
2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
2Th 2:6 And now ye know that which restraineth, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season.
2Th 2:7 For the mystery of lawlessness doth already work: only there is one that restraineth now, until he be taken out of the way.
2Th 2:8 And then shall be revealed the lawless one, whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of his mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation of his coming;
2Th 2:9 even he, whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th 2:10 and with all deceit of unrighteousness for them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th 2:11 And for this cause God sendeth them a working of error, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12 that they all might be judged who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
2Th 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, for that God chose you from the beginning unto salvation in sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
2Th 2:14 whereunto he called you through our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2Th 2:15 So then, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye were taught, whether by word, or by epistle of ours.
2Th 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,
2Th 2:17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
Now look at this passage and tell me the one who opposes and exalts himself is not the same as the rider of seal one and the beast later on and even the false prophet for the one who forever exalts himself is the Cherub who once covered the Dragon the Serpent of Old the Accuser of the Brethren; Satan Himself.
He comes to overcome, overcoming as he comes because there is in place already a strong spirit of delusion from God against the apostate who are being judged along with the rest of the nonElect. You see like the fallen angel the apostate Christian has no room for repentance. The Non Elect are not considered as part of those who are God’s from the foundation.
All this is but one rider… there are more.