The Bible teacher that John has most loved and revered in his life is Derek Prince. Although Mr. Prince has already gone to be with the Lord, his many teachings stand as strong pillars of Truth. More recently we have discovered another profound, excellent teacher of the Scriptures. His name is Allen Jackson (not to be confused with the country singer by the same name)! About two weeks ago we were listening to Allen Jackson teaching on the seals of Revelation Chapter 6 and he said something that caused me to literally jump up out of my seat with excitement. He said that contrary to popular opinion, he believes the white horse of the first seal (Revelation 6:1-2) represents - are you ready? - the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Throughout all my years of studying Scripture I have always been told that this white horse represents the Anti-Christ, going throughout the earth as a conqueror bent on conquest. In more recent times I even heard people say that since the rider of this horse wears a crown and the Hispanic word for crown is "corona," the rider of this horse must actually be Corona Virus (bent on worldwide conquest)!
None of these explanations made any sense to me because my God is a God of order, always. So as we continue in Revelation 6 with the Lamb opening the seals one by one, we continue looking at seals two through four, all represented by horses of various colors and we are struck by the consecutive order of these events and how clearly they are coming into view even now!
The second seal reveals a fiery red horse "whose rider is given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword" (Rev. 6:3-4). This is a clear picture of WAR, and lines up with Yeshua's end-time warnings to us of "nation against nation and kingdom against kingdom" (Matt. 24:6-7). Our current news is literally spilling over with these wars and rumors of wars; and by the way, this is a reminder that we should all be keeping watch over and praying for the peace of Jerusalem. Israel will have wars, but there will be no peace until Yeshua returns in power and glory, and so to pray for the peace of Jerusalem is to pray for His soon coming to establish His Kingdom!
The third seal reveals a black horse and "its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand." The rider's voice says, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages and three quarts of barley for a day's wages," so this rider is warning of severe economic collapse and inflation. (Rev. 6:5-6). Sound familiar?
Finally when the Lamb opens the fourth seal, we see a pale horse and "its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague and by the wild beasts of the earth." (Rev. 6:7-8) Certainly THIS horse and rider are indicative of global pandemics such as we have just been through, and famines that are even now beginning to scourge the earth. But the one thing that has not rung true for me is that the revealing of the Anti-Christ figure does NOT come before these other three horses! That explanation of the white horse always seemed completely out of order to me.
So, when Allen Jackson taught that the rider of the white horse in the first seal is actually our Lord and Savior, Yeshua/Jesus, whose Gospel is "riding" throughout the whole earth, victoriously winning souls for Eternity, it resonated gloriously with my spirit! And tonight as John and I listened carefully to a teaching from Derek Prince entitled "The White Horse" I let out a shout of joy as he confirmed this interpretation! He also pointed out that in Matthew 24:14 our Lord tells us, "This Gospel will be preached to all the world and THEN the end will come." Yes! That puts it all in sequential order, doesn't it?
The disciples asked the Master what would be the SIGN (singular) of His coming and of the end of the age. He answered their question - the SIGN would be THE WHITE HORSE! First the Great Message of Salvation through the sinless Blood of Yeshua our Messiah travels throughout the earth, bringing salvation to millions of souls; and then, as the history of the world comes into its last days, some very great judgments come upon the people of the earth (the riders of the last three horses). To think that we are living in those days wherein the Lamb is opening those end-time seals is staggering isn't it?
Derek Prince reminds us that these wars, famines, economic collapses, pestilence, diseases and death are all spoken of by Yeshua as "the beginning of birth pains." Just as a woman in labor has pains that grow more and more intense and closer and closer together, so are these events represented as the four horsemen of Revelation 6. We can all feel the intensity growing. Some days I can swear I'm hearing the pounding of the hoofbeats! But my friends, WE must stay focused on what is being birthed in the midst of these pains! It is the birthing of Messiah's Glorious Kingdom Reign on this earth, in Jerusalem! It is the prayer that He taught us all to pray - and we should be praying it right now more than ever: "Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Your Name. YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN."
In keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. (2 Peter 3:13)
Look up for your redemption draws near! Watch for the Rider on the White Horse!
Kelly Ferrari Mills