Summary: The first seal is broken
Verse 1-First Seal
Who opened the seals? The Lamb
This tells us that all that is going to happen is preordained by God!
Verse 2-White Horse
When a King was victorious during times of war he would ride into town on a great steed, and during times of peace he would ride a colt.
This white horse proclaims the Antichrist is presenting himself to the world as a leader of peace.
He is presenting himself as a ‘prince of peace’, trying to take the title of Jesus Christ who is the true Prince of Peace.
The scriptures mention a bow, but no arrows.
Symbolizing that this leader of power will become victor with words of peace, while preparing for war, this is symbolized by him already having a bow.
I believe that the bow the antichrist is holding represents his covenant with Israel - that he rises to power by bringing peace to the Middle East conflict.
The crown which this rider wears is the stefanos crown, a single crown and a victor’s crown, not the crown of a sovereign who wears the diadem crown. In chapter 19 the white horse rider wears many crowns, and they are the diadem crowns, the crowns of sovereignty.
The ‘crown’ represents that he will be victorious, and the scripture says it
‘was given to him’. Which means no force was used to obtain his victories.
Authority was given to him. This is done by words of peace.
Daniel 7:7-8-“After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.
I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.
He may gain this authority by intimidation, of these three kings.
Jesus himself said to the Jews of his day, "I have come in my Father’s name and you do not accept me, but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him,"
Daniel 8:23-26-“And in the latter time of their kingdom, When the transgressors have reached their fullness, A king shall arise, Having fierce features, Who understands sinister schemes.
His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; He shall destroy fearfully, And shall prosper and thrive; He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people.
“Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; And he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; But he shall be broken without human means.
“And the vision of the evenings and mornings Which was told is true; Therefore seal up the vision, For it refers to many days in the future.”
Who Are The Transgressors?
Daniel 9:24-“Seventy weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy.