“The white horse of Rev.6”
Do people sometimes get this horse and its rider confused with Christ and true Christianity? Some have and this has gone on for centuries, therefore confusion still exists today on the proper understanding of the whole concept of this white horse!
There are many today, in fact the vast majority of mankind around the world, who has never known the true God and His Son Jesus Christ, as they are revealed in the pages of the Bible. So many today seem to have a terrible time putting this truth together, simply because they ignore the methods given for understanding the truths of the Scriptures. Not realizing that truths of various subjects are like small gold nuggets that have to be “mined” out of many books, “here a little and there a little”—but even doing that, the mind has to be opened by God. The Holy Spirit is needed and the majority of those who even read the Bible may still not have a right understanding of many prophetic points, simply because of that missing Spiritual component in the mind. When those people set out to teach what they do not yet seem to fully understand, they may cause others to get set on a path of errors as well. This has happened over & over and over again and people get steeped in deception that is hard to break free of.
Let us consider some facts of history and the Bible to see how it relates to this white horse, along with the Biblical truth about true Christianity and Christ.
Some people would love to be able to re-write history & the Bible to suit themselves! WHY? So they could remove these points of truth they do not want others to know. They are deceiving the masses with their ideas and even outright lies, professing to be teachers of truth while following pagan practices and traditions! Through deception and false prophets posing as religious teachers in the past and today, the masses have been deceived and the world around us is changing rapidly!
Satan the devil, the god of this world and the deceiver of all, (2Cor.4:4 & Rev.12:9) does not want you or anyone else to be able to recognize his deceptions and his counterfeit religions, so he subtly influences people to write or preach things that will keep us off balance if we are not alert to his schemes! (Eph.6:11 & Mark 13:22) This is why Christ gave the disciples a “heads up” about what was coming, dealing with the coming of religious deception. (I am using the NKJ—throughout article, except where otherwise noted.)
The Bible used to be considered, in this USA and some other countries, the basis for considering “Christian” conduct, knowledge and understanding, as it was being taught from more honestly—but in the protestant and mainstream religions of today, even those teachings have been coming under fire by atheists, liberals and homosexuals who denigrate the truth! How many “Christians” today are aware, or even paying attention to the fact that the Commandments, true Christianity and other truths of Scripture really are under attack? Some government officials are saying some of its (the Bible) language, if repeated the way it is written, could be considered “hate speech” here in America, and other parts of the world. New laws are being passed that legalize what God has said is abominable. Are those who pervert justice and truth now also sentencing the Creator God and Christ to some censorship for the inspired Bible? Do not be deceived—some are attempting this and have already symbolically and in ignorance, and as stated above; would like to re-write it! Those who were screaming for Christ to be crucified, were preying on the ignorance of the general public to go along with them, even gathering false witness to testify untruthful things! Christ indicated that those people only had the ability to discern certain physical things. Luke 12:56 records Christ saying; “Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time”? In like manner, false Christianity came on the scene totally separate from true Christianity and started as a counterfeit, which has come down through time to us today. So is the rider of the white horse of Rev.6 a representative of Christ or the office of a “lawless” one who is head of false Christianity? Those who would come out of the world to be a part of the Body of Christ and true Christianity cannot remain in ignorance of these facts! Some Spiritual discernment is required and that has to be based on Biblical revelation and then being honest with that truth. (Phil.1:9-11)
So, as we build to a better understanding on this subject, let us add to our thinking this simple command of God, through Moses, where He said in Exod. 23:2 “You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after many to pervert justice.” This is still a standard for true Christianity, however there may be many today who have either forgotten this or are ignoring it in lukewarm compromise. This kind of thing (forgetting, ignoring and lukewarm compromise) goes on, (on a daily basis) both in the political arena and the streets in some cities of our country today. There is rioting by mobs in the USA and discord among its so called “leaders” on what “justice” really is! But should a thing like that be happening in the COG groups and among their leaders? We find this was also given to Israel and applies among those who claim Christianity today as well; Deut.16:19 "You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.” Yet we see lukewarm compromise happening within most of these COG organizations even today and many seem to be spiritually blind to it!
Most leaders of false religion have for many years said the Old Testament Scriptures (that contain the Commandments of God and condemn homosexuality) are all done away now, but is that a form of “perverting justice”? Note this passage, confirming some of those OT passages on homosexuality; Rom 1:18 ”For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,---(Which is what they do and this applies to many other areas of truth) V.24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,---V.26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women (and women of today) exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” The overwhelming majority of our world is truly blind to much of the truth of Scripture today and does not understand it. We as a nation cannot cry out to God in times of trouble and expect a positive answer of protection and blessing, when we are so engaged as a nation in these abominable things listed in the Bible! Various religions are not teaching the truths of God today, nor are they even practicing them.
This country (USA) has been so blessed physically by the God of Israel, simply because He made a promise to Abraham. He fulfilled His promise in spite of the errant ways of man, which has now grown great and is bringing destruction to this nation; mainly because of its overwhelmingly wretched and evil sinful nature. That destruction is rushing “down the pipes” with increasing speed to the final prophesied destruction! (Lev.26:27-33—See also “AMERICA & BRITAIN IN PROPHECY” for more on this.) But what about the true COG, which has also passed down through time to us. Though it has remained a “little flock” in comparison to false religion, which grew quickly with millions of followers. Are the once restored truths of the last century, (that were lost through time) now losing ground again because of not holding fast to what was restored with faithfulness? We are in a Lukewarm time frame and a very scattered COG realm today with various differing organizational structures. Does it “suppress the truth in unrighteousness” if some in the COG today confuses Christ and true Christianity with false Christianity—sort of blending them both together? What about other points of truth being watered down to look much different than what the Bible presents and has been taught in the past? Of course we need to correct error, but is anyone supposed to be having their own interpretation of the Bible? (2Pet.1:20 & John 10:35, last part.)
Let us reflect on this white horse and what we can discern about it from Scripture. Satan who is a deceiver, (Rev.12:9) had agents come on the scene not long after the beginning of the early NT Church, who began a false and counterfeit religion. But as Christ had warned, they claimed Christ as their savior but ignored His teachings, replacing them with false doctrines. (2Cor.11:13-15) Is that religion what this white horse represents? (Rev.5 reveals a scroll with seven seals, which only Christ can open, and V.1 of ch.6 shows one of those seals has been opened and the writing of the scroll begins to unfold.) Let us read this verse in Rev 6:2 (RSV) “And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and its rider had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.” Christ told the disciples that false religion would come in their day and that they should not be deceived by it—those same words admonish us today not to be deceived into believing this symbolic white horse was the true Christ. It is a “horse” of false religion professing itself to be Christianity and its rider a counterfeit for Christ. Matt 24:4-5 (RSV) And Jesus answered them, "Take heed that no one leads you astray. (applying to them then and us today) 5 For many will come in my name, saying, 'I (Christ) am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray.” This was a reference to that white horse (The first seal) and its rider that began to ride during some of the early apostle’s life-times. This information in the book of Revelation was given to John and the understanding or “revealing” of it added to what Christ had already given, but Paul was also dealing with this lawless-ness long before the book of Revelation was written. Christ had already opened the disciples minds to understand this, as well as Paul later—but the book of Revelation was written for our benefit today, as well as those who would repeatedly see this apostasy from truth happen over and over down through time to our day! Paul mentions this falling away from truth in 2 Thess. 2:3 (RSV) “Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, (Christ’s return) unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition,”— this was written around 51-53 AD. Jude wrote approx.70-80 AD according to some estimates, then the epistles of John around 90 AD—after that-the book of Revelation somewhere in the 90’s. If we look around us today we can see the fruits developing for another massive rebellion against everything the Bible stands for.
Going back now to Paul’s writings in 2 Thess. 2:7 “For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work;”--- and this was in the 50’s AD, only about 20 years after the founding of the true COG. But going back even earlier, to the one who is most likely the guilty one of getting this movement started, as an agent of Satan, we find this man; “But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, 10 to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is the great power of God." 11 And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time.” (Acts 8:9-11) But when they were able to observe the true workings of God through Philip and the Holy Spirit, many were convinced and baptized, even this Simon Magus! However, Simon was not genuine in his repentance and tried to purchase the Holy Spirit with money, being soundly rejected by Peter. Later on, when Paul is on the scene and toward the close of his ministry, he admonishes the elders to shepherd the COG purchased with the blood of Christ; also warning about falling into the hands of Satan and becoming deceivers and wolves in sheep’s clothing. Acts 20:29-30 says; "For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 "Also from among yourselves (right in the COG congregations and ministries, as he is addressing the “elders”. V.17) “men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.” So that is how this white horse relates to some of those who professed to be a part of the Spiritual body of Christ, and the same applies to the COG today. Too many of our day are slumbering and some are even unwilling to see this truth when it becomes evident! They inevitably become followers of men instead of Christ, even while claiming to be Christians! This is something to take very serious!
John, the last of the original apostles to die, wrote this; I Jn 2:18-19 “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, (meaning the true Christians) but they were not of us; (No longer led by the Spirit of God, if ever even having it in the first place) for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; (Held fast and continued on with solid truth) but they went out that they might be made manifest, (Known) that none of them were of us.” This spirit of antichrist is the same spirit and mindset as the office of this man of sin, the later established office by the rider of the white horse, promoting the same falsehoods as the synagogue of Satan that was able to work within the COG realm at certain points of time! (Rev.2:9 & 3:9) These agents of Satan have been clever enough to sneak into the COG realm, or may have even been sincere at first and then were gradually and subtly turned from that sincerity by negligence and compromise, reflecting back to what Paul reveals in Acts 20. John says this, using the ASV; 1 John 4:1 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove (test) the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” –skipping now to the last part of V.3 -and this is the (spirit) of the antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it cometh; and now it is in the world already.” (ASV) So that was made recognizable for true Christians in Johns time and recorded for us today.
The final man of sin is yet to show himself for what he is, but many who have attained that office have already come and gone, beginning in the time of the early COG. This white horse has been on the move for deceiving and causing true saints to be martyred who would not forsake the truth once proven, not following those who promote falsehoods and a false religion, which developed into the great false church, headquartered at Rome. (See the booklet titled “The image of the Beast” for more) Many Scriptures reveal, some seen within this article, there are agents of Satan who masquerade as members of the body of Christ, and if able, they mingle with the COG even today. Some even find their way into leadership roles (such as from 1986 to 1995 in WCG) who have themselves been deceived by Satan and his agents with subtleties (Eph.4:14) and eventually their true fruits will begin to show, because as John said, they are “not of us”. They cause many to go astray by their subtle deceptions, which Satan always starts small in the hope of going undetected until deeply rooted.
The second Horse or seal is the horse that symbolizes war, which Christ also opened to the understanding of the disciples, and then again for John to write as the second seal. These two seals were opened long ago and have both been riding on the world scene for many centuries, as the other two of the first four seals followed suit. Matt 24:6-7 "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (a lot of time would pass) 7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” We have now, looking back seen two world wars and a third is fast approaching when the United States of America will be destroyed!
Many of those early (NT period) wars were various nations fighting for the advance of empires, religious wars with unconverted and scattered Jewish uprisings within the Roman Empire, also involving true Christians, as the true COG began growing in numbers were being caught up and persecuted. As time went on many were even put to death by this great false and counterfeit Christianity, which used the power of the Roman Empire. The great harlot of Rev.17 rode the back of the beast and will again! We are now waiting for the rise of that final resurrection or revival of this first beast (Rev.13:1) and the revealing of the man of sin in the office of the second beast (Rev.13:11) as the rider of the white horse, also called the false prophet! The White horse of Rev.6, false religion/christianity will finish its run and the mark of the beast will once again be forced on the world for a short space of time. The white horse of Rev.6 is none other than False religion and its rider a false prophet and man of sin—not Christian at all!
Anyone, who really studies their Bible (as we should all be doing) in the true COG and is led by the Spirit of God, knows the truth of history. Christ is the head of true Christianity and the first time the term Christians is used in Scripture, it is applied only to the followers of Christ, (Acts 11:26) Christ is not in competition in any way what-so-ever with false Christianity at this time and when His intervention begins, He will put down everything false very quickly. God opened truth for our understanding through HWA and by the power of the Holy Spirit, guiding us to these truths. However, since moving from the time frame of Philadelphia into Laodicea, (another generation and predominate spirit) the COG membership has been severely splintered and continues to scatter. We need to have the ability to DISCERN (as Christ said and the Bible indicates) the seriousness of the times we are in and the difference between false Christianity and the true. There is a subtle movement by Satanic deception, as has happened many times before, that is once again pressing upon the minds of unlearned people, promoting the idea that true Christianity has fallen to become what is now clearly false Christianity in various protestant forms! This is a clever ploy to draw people back into the fold of the “mother of harlots”, as she gives the appearance that she is now correcting her errors. (The audio series started over two months ago, on the Gospel page, dealing with true Christianity may also be of interest to those reading this and struggling to learn and then hold fast to truth and the faith once delivered. Click the link to listen now, if desired.)
Remember what Christ prophesied for our time; Matt 24:24-25 "For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. (This subtle deception is now being seen to display itself even within the realm of these scattered COG groups, when possible. Satan’s desire is to use this to get at the elect when and wherever possible! Hopefully this spiritual blindness of lukewarm compromise on the part of some will be seen and repented of, but this was prophesied in advance.) V.25 "See, I have told you beforehand.” (See also Rev.3:14-21) Those who are infected with the lukewarm spirit and spiritual blindness and have let it go too far to even see the need to repent will be separated from the zealous body of believers—vomited out—as some who apostatized already, have been. We have entered the time frame Paul indicated to Timothy would come; 1 Tim 4:1-2 “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy”,--- Blindness to this need of repentance remains because of this and that many possibly already vomited out have remained in a COG organization, thinking they are still in the “Church” and are blind to the fact that they are still very lukewarm and compromising. This is the Spiritual blindness of Laodicea going undetected! We must think about Luke 21:34-36 and apply it to ourselves, especially now that true Christians are so scattered and these compromises seem to be everywhere.
Those with the more protestant and lukewarm mind set who also blend truth with error, may show up from time to time within these COG groups, are ignorantly playing into the hand of the devil who has guided the rider of the white horse of Rev. 6 down through time. Millions of people have already been deceived by this white horse of Rev.6, which has always been false religion, infiltrating and affecting at times even the true COG but never being a part of it. Those of ancient history have also been affected by the red horse of war—sometimes religious wars are the beginning of national wars; spreading until that happens. These two seals have been opened for a long time and are about to reach one last burst of speed to finish their run! Violence is already increasing rapidly around the world and even rioting, looting and burning in cities of America has had a preliminary beginning, showing us how Satan can quickly stir people to this nature. This will get worse with time and we are nearing the end of a 19 year time cycle, which also may play into this. We are seeing more earthquakes, and famine, pestilence (disease epidemics) and far more death will come, the 3rd & 4th seals in this time frame. (See article “Increasing Sorrows” for more) Then will come the great tribulation (5th seal) and millions of US citizens will die with the rest carried away captive! Be alert, repentant and watchful of the world scene, as we again see religions rising against religions in the Middle East, “Christians” are being killed by Muslims. We also need to be watchful in the COG realm for subtle deceptions that will throw some off balance; the best way for Satan to get at and deceive the elect. Watch for the false prophet, who will begin performing signs and lying wonders. The rider of the white horse of Rev.6, that of false religion and deception, is claiming to be Christian and in place of Christ. Learn to recognize subtle deceivers around us by closely examining the fruits and compare what they say to what the Bible truly reveals. We must guard against every possible deception as a true Christian, even in the COG realm of today, as it has also been compromised, in this era of Laodicea! We can take courage in this if we remain faithful; 2 Tim 2:19 “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Let everyone who names the name of Christ (Claims Christianity) depart from iniquity." (This lengthy article has been re-named, updated and revised from the one titled; “The white horse of false religion”)
(The editor for TCOGMSO)