Revelation 6:2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
Chapter 6 begins with the four horsemen of the apocalypse, the first is a white horse.
When I was growing up watching westerns, the good guy always rode a white horse so you would think the same here.
In fact, Jesus rides a white horse in Revelation 19.
But this rider in chapter 6 is not him.
This rider carries a bow while Christ has a sword.
This rider goes out conquering and to conquer.
Christ has already made us more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Rom 8:37)
This is a false christ, a pretender who claims to be something he is not.
The peace he brings does not last as contrasted to the peace of Christ, which is eternal.
My concern is who is conquered.
What does it take to conquer everyone?
One thing is a common threat.
Take Covid-19, for example.
It is a pandemic – a worldwide threat that caused us to give up personal freedoms.
We stayed home, stayed six feet from others, closed businesses, closed schools, closed churches, wore masks, sat in lines for hours to get a test, and sat in line for hours to get vaccinated.
In all this, the biggest threat were the ones that would not follow the rules of the pandemic – those that refused to wear masks, refused to take tests, refused to close their business, and refuse to get vaccinated.
When everyone does what they are told they are already conquered.
The only ones left are those rebels that need conquering.
If Christianity proclaims there is only one Lord and one Way to salvation and those followers refuse to bow down or pledge allegiance to any other, then this is seen as a threat that needs conquering, even to the point of death.
A great example from history is found in Daniel Chapter 3.
We think that it couldn’t happen here. But it can and it is.