In the book of Revelation, John is shown a vision in which he sees Jesus break seals and open scrolls. When the first four seals are broken they reveal different colored horses and release certain cataclysmic events. These events parallel what Jesus explained to his disciples about the end times on the Mount of Olives. He referred to these events as “The Beginning of Sorrows.” By comparing these two accounts you can draw a better picture in your mind on what John saw in his vision and what Jesus described as ‘the beginning of sorrows’.
First Seal: White horse
WHITE = Peace
And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. Daniel 8:2
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 1 Thess. 5:3
JOHN’S VISION: And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. Revelation 6:1-2
JESUS MOUNT OF OLIVES: And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Matthew 24:3-5
White color represents peace. Rider is a false Christ and deceptive.
“…he that sat on him had a bow.”
Definition: a bow archers* (3), arrows (1), bow (54), bowman (1), bows (13), rainbow (1).
|… 6 sign, pledge of convenant,|
I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. Daniel 9:27
Bow = Conquest (archer) and peace covenant.
“…a crown was given unto him:
Definition: A crown
Short Definition: a crown, garland Definition: a crown, garland, honor, glory.
4735 stéphanos – properly, a wreath (garland), awarded to a victor in the ancient athletic games (like the Greek Olympics); the crown of victory (versus 1238 /diádēma, “a royal crown”).
Crown = Victory
“…and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”
Short Definition: conquer, overcome Definition: conquer, am victorious, overcome, prevail, subdue.
The first beast in Revelation: And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. Revelation 13:7
WHITE HORSE =Peace, False Christ, peace covenant, conquest, prevails
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