The Rider On the

White Horse

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Pamela Ayn Austen


1. Then I watched as the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say in a thunderous voice, "Come!"

2. So I looked and saw a white horse, and its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he rode out conquering and to conquer.

The rider on the white horse is the Gospel Truth of Jesus Christ, and this Truth goes out to conquer lies and sin and the power of the devil in the last days, the days since Jesus died and was resurrected, and the days since his disciples were first sent out to spread the Good News, and John was shown the visions of Revelations, which said, "And this is what must happen after these things." 4:1


Many people believe that because the other three horsemen bring bad things, then the white horse and rider must also bring tidings of evil things, and therefore, the white horse and rider must represent false religion or even the Pope.  But God doesn't give a crown to false prophets. 


A crown goes to a king, and here it is the "king of all truth": the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The Gospel alone can match the other three horsemen in might, with the power to save or to destroy human beings throughout the entire world.  No other religion can do this, because only Jesus is Lord of lords, and King of kings, and only his kingdom is eternal.  "Salvation exists in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12


Psalm 45:3-5 says:  Strap your sword at your side, O Mighty warrior; appear in your majesty and splendor. In your splendor ride forth in victory on behalf of truth, humility, and justice; may your right hand show your awesome deeds. Your arrows pierce the hearts of the king's foes; the nations fall beneath your feet.

Psalm 18:14:  He shot his arrows and scattered the foes. . .


Psalm 144:6:  Flash forth your lightning and scatter them; shoot your arrows and rout them.

Zechariah 9:14:  The Lord will appear over them, and his arrows will go forth like lightning, and the Lord will blow the trumpet, and march in the storm winds of the south.


The other three horsemen may have been ready since the beginning, but the white horse and rider were not ready until the Gospel of Jesus was ready to go out into the world. Only at that time could the four ride out together.   If the white horse and rider were false religions, it could have gone out into the world long before Jesus died and was resurrected.  Therefore, I am convinced that the Gospel is the reason for the timing of the four horsemen riding out together.  For Jesus said, "Do not think I have come to bring peace to the world, but a sword."  The world's resistance to Jesus and the Gospel would, and does, create war and economic injustice and poverty and death and hell.  





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