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.
The opening of the first seal symbolically presents a rider on a white horse. Although rider is similar in appearance to Christ in John’s previous visions, this rider does not represent Christ. He represents false Christs and false teachers.
Folks, even in the early days of the New Testament, the apostles and other faithful followers of Christ were opposed by antichrists (those who falsely claimed to be Christ, or those who stood against Christ teaching error in the name of God). Sadly, these same antichrists exist with us today.
These same antichrists were spoken of by the Apostle John in his letters. He understood that these false teachers presented a great danger to Christians and it was of great necessity to warn God’s people of their existence throughout time until Christ’s second coming …
“Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” (1Jn 2:18 KJV)
“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” (1Jn 4:3 KJV)
“And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.” (2Jn 1:6-8 KJV)
The apostle Paul expounded on these present day false teachers as well…
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” (2Co 11:13-15 KJV)
May we never be lax Christians who are easily misled into error, but instead. be like the Berean Christians who were known for their diligence in examining the teachings they heard to be sure they align themselves with the teachings of God’s Word. This is the only way we can prove that the teachings they were hearing originate from Christ and not lies coming from Satan and his false teachers…
Act 17:10-12 KJV
“And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.”
And may we always be reminded of the truthfulness of His soon return when we see the presence of antichrists in our midst.
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:
Seals 1-4: http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ
Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6: http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc