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THE WHITE HORSE V. CHRIST

PMT 2014-002 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

white horsemanIn 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

REVELATION’S SEALS AND ISRAEL’S DOOM

PMT 2013-046 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr

Jerusalem besiegedIn my previous blog study I focused on the significance of the seven-sealed scroll as God’s divorce decree against his old covenant wife, Israel. Now the Lamb begins opening the seals so that God’s judgments against his adulterous wife may begin.

The first seal (the white horse with its long distance weapon) pictures the Roman army victoriously fighting their way to Jerusalem, the capital city (Rev 6:1–2). This horseman does not represent Christ because: Continue reading