PMT 2014-002 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
In a previous article I briefly commented on the identification of the rider on the white horse. In that this issue is of some particular interest to subscribers, I thought it might serve well to revisit the matter. In Rev. 6:1–2 (cp. Zec 1:8; 6:3, 6) we read: “Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, ‘Come.’ I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.”
Many ancient writers (e.g., Irenaeus, Haer. 4:21:3; Victorinus at 6:2), as well as some modern scholars (e.g., William Milligan; William Hendriksen; J. M. Vogelgesang; David Chilton; J. E. Leonard) see this as a picture of Christ. Some such as G. E. Ladd see it as a personification of the spread of Christ’s gospel. They argue that this white horse appears again in 19:11 where we see Christ on a white horse. They point out that white must symbolize righteousness, which would further underscore this identity. The following reasons, however, weigh against this positive interpretation: Continue reading