Who is the Rider on the White Horse in Revelation 6:2?
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.
Many [so called] theologians and commentary writers identify the rider of the white horse as the Antichrist. That’s a most unfortunate mistake. Nowhere in the Bible is the color white associated with Satan or the Antichrist. White has to do with that which is pure, that which is holy.
Describing Christ, for instance, John writes in Revelation 1:14, “His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow.”
In Revelation 3, God told the church of Sardis in verse 5, “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life.”
In Revelation 19, in fact, where God talks about Christ coming in the clouds of glory to judge the world, verse 11 states that He is sitting upon a white horse.
Remember, the Lamb that was slain for our sins is opening the seals, and is telling us to come and see the salvation plan that He has provided for us. The first and foremost figure in that plan, therefore, should be Christ. Indeed, many Scriptures confirm that.
In Hebrews 1:8, we read: “But unto the Son he saith, ‘Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.’”
That passage is quoting verses 6 and 7 of Psalm 45. So, we know at least that portion of Psalm 45 is messianic.
Now, notice verses 3 to 5 of that psalm: “Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.” (Psalm 45:3-5)
It is prophesying here that Christ, the King, would be riding prosperously, or victoriously, with a sword girded at His side. The sword, of course, is the Word of God. His arrows would penetrate the heart of His enemies and the people would fall under Him.
Can you see how closely Revelation 6:2 parallels this passage?
The rider of the white horse has a bow; and a bow is that which arrows are shot from. He has a crown, which means that He is the majestic king. And He went forth conquering, and to conquer; He rides prosperously with His arrows sharp in the heart of His enemies and the people falling under Him.
Yes, the Lord Jesus Christ is the one riding prosperously on the white horse. With a bow in hand, He is going forth to build His church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.