In Revelation chapter 6, four horses are revealed; the white horse, red horse, black horse, and pale horse. The white horse is a symbol of the gospel (v.2). The red horse is a symbol of war (v.4). The black horse is a symbol of famine (v.5). The pale horse is a symbol of death (v.8).
These four horses are the first four seals (6:1-8) opened in Revelation 6, as part of the mystery of God’s economy. The scroll (5:1), with these seals was opened immediately after Christ ascended following His crucifixion and resurrection (5:6). Therefore these four horses began to run as soon as Christ ascended to the throne. They have run and will continue to run on this earth, throughout time, until Christ comes for the second time.
The white horse symbolizing the spreading of the gospel, began on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2, shortly after Christ ascended (Acts 1:4-5, 9). Following, even chasing, the white horse, are the red, black, and pale horses. The running of the red, black, and pale horses indicate that wars, resulting in famine, and death, will all occur continually and increasingly the closer the end of the age becomes. War, famine, and death only cause the gospel to “run” faster, to spread more rapidly. During early Church history, man used by Satan, tried to destroy all the Christians. This persecution, even unto the death, of many believers, however only caused an even greater multiplication of belief in the gospel. War, famine, and death, cause people to be open to the gospel.
“This gospel is actually not a thing or an event, but a person, Jesus Christ Himself.”
This gospel is actually not a thing or an event, but a person, Jesus Christ Himself. In Acts 8:35, Philip preaches Jesus as the gospel. In Galatians 1:16, Paul speaks of the Son of God as the gospel. The gospel is just Jesus Christ Himself. The gospel, means the good news. The only good news in this universe is Jesus. He is the gospel. Therefore, the spreading, the moving, of Christ as the gospel is the white horse in Revelation 6.
“The running of the white horse, is the spreading, the activity, of the sevenfold intensified Lion-Lamb; the resurrected, ascended, overcoming, victorious, glorious, redeeming, pneumatic Christ as the Spirit, who is Himself the gospel, searching the whole earth with the intention to infuse Himself into man.”
If we flip back to Revelation 5, we see that John is weeping because no one can open this scroll (v.4). However, suddenly, he is told to behold the overcoming Lion of the tribe of Judah, which is just the victorious, overcoming, resurrected, and ascended Christ (v.5). When John looks, what he sees is not a lion, but a freshly slain Lamb, with seven horns and seven eyes (v.6). This Lamb is the fighting redeeming Christ. The seven eyes of the Lamb, are the seven fold intensified Spirit, also known as the seven Spirits (Rev. 1:4). Therefore this Christ in ascension is the Lion-Lamb, the seven fold intensified overcoming redeemer. He defeated and overcame, Satan, sin, sins, the world, the old man, the old creation, the law, with its commandments and ordinances, and the flesh, on the cross as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. On the cross as the Lamb of God, He also was slain to redeem us, and pay the price for our sin nature and all our sinful actions past, present, and future.
This Lion-Lamb with seven eyes is the one moving and spreading as the white gospel horse, running to and fro on the whole earth (Zech. 4:10). The running of the white horse, is the spreading, the activity, of the sevenfold intensified Lion-Lamb, the resurrected, ascended, overcoming, victorious, glorious, redeeming, pneumatic Christ as the Spirit, who is Himself the gospel, searching the whole earth with the intention to infuse Himself into man (Zech. 4:10; 1Tim. 2:4).
“Preaching the gospel is a matter of proclaiming Christ’s victory as the Lion, and His great love for us, carried out in His redemption as the Lamb.”
Such a Christ, shot the arrow on the cross into the heart of the devil (Rev. 6:2; Ps. 45:5). In Revelation 6, the rider of the white horse has no arrow in his bow, meaning it has already been shot. The missing arrow in Revelation 6 is found in Psalm 45. He also has a crown, meaning that Christ as the gospel is not only victorious, but also glorious. Our realization, should be that to preach the gospel is glorious. It is a matter of proclaiming Christ’s victory as the Lion and His great love for us (Eph. 2:4; Gal. 2:20; Jn. 3:16; Eph. 5:2,25), carried out in redeeming us as the Lamb.
These four horses will run until, Christ returns physically. In Revelation 19:11, Christ, as the Faithful and True, comes riding on a white horse to the war of Armageddon with his Bride, the overcomers, who also ride white horses. The riding of the white horse of Revelation 6, will consummate in the riders of the white horses in Revelation 19. The white gospel horse, the spreading Christ, will appear in Revelation 19, at the end of the age, as the corporate Christ, the army of white horses. The white horse will no longer be chased by the red, black, and pale horses (war, famine, and death), but will defeat them, overcome them, and smite them (Dan. 2:34). In the New Jerusalem, there will be no more war (Isa. 2:4), no more hunger (Jn. 6:35; Rv. 22:2), and no more death (Rev. 21:4).
By being one with Christ to preach the victorious and redeeming Jesus Christ as the gospel, we also are the riders of the white horse, and can become the overcomers riding white horses with Christ, He and we together being the corporate Christ, to end the age, and bring in the manifestation of the Kingdom of God on earth.
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