I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.Revelation 6:2(NASB)
The wages of sin is death, and the only way for man to be saved is EITHER - to live a perfect, sinless life, OR - to accept God's offer of salvation, for the forgiveness of sin, through Jesus Christ. The first way is impossible for sinful man, leaving only one way to be declared righteous by God and gain salvation - by grace through faith in Jesus.
There are NONE that are good! There are NONE that live a perfect, sinless life! NONE can keep every jot and tittle of God's perfect Law, for ALL have sinned. ALL fall short of God's glory because we are born sinners. ALL need a Saviour, and the price of everyman's sin, from Adam onwards, was paid at Calvary's Cross, such that whosoever believes on HIM, will not perish, but have everlasting life.
God's offer of salvation, for the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting, is open to ALL. It is given as a free gift to all who believe. God's gracious offer is open to everyone. No-one is excluded. Every man and woman has an opportunity to glorify God and believe in His only begotten Son. Those who believe are not condemned, but those who do not believe are condemned already, and will face the full force of God's great anger and wrath, because of their unbelief in the only begotten Son of God.
Christians are not appointed to God's wrath, because Christ took the punishment we deserve. Christians will not go into the Great Tribulation, which is the destiny of all who will not believe. Christians will be removed, at the Rapture - before God's fury is poured out on a God-hating, Christ-rejecting, sinful world - at the start of the 'Great and Terrible Day of the Lord'. And it will happen at God's appointed time.
In HEAVEN, it will begin when the Lamb on the throne, takes the seven-sealed scroll from the hand of the Almighty, and breaks the first of seven seals. However, on earth, it will be triggered when the man of sin confirms a covenant with Israel, for one week of years - for 7 years - the 70th week of Daniel.
As the book of Revelation unfolds, we see John, the author of Revelation, raptured into heaven after delivering Christ's letters to the seven churches. He was ordered to, "come up here", where he saw the Ancient of Days surrounded by multitudes of angels, 4 living creatures, and 24 elders, worshipping before the throne. He watched as the Lamb took the scroll and began to unseal the first of the seven seals. This is the trigger point for the great and terrible Day of the Lord. "There was a noise like thunder, and John heard one of the four beasts speak and say, 'COME!'"
It was at this critical point, when John heard that command to 'come', that he looked and beheld a white horse. He noted that "the rider, on the white horse had a bow in his hand. He watched as a victor's crown was given to him, and this rider went out conquering and to conquer." A white horse generally signifies, peace, purity, and righteousness, but this rider will come impersonating Christ, the true Prince of Peace, Who also rides a white horse.
The rider John sees astride a white horse, is a satanic deceiver who gives the appearance of being a man of peace, when in reality, he is the prophesied man of lawlessness, whom Paul describes as "the son of perdition" - the son of Satan, who will deceive, and maim, and kill a multitude of men without number.
This man carries a bow, without any mention of arrows. This is done to lull an unsuspecting world into a false sense of peace and security. But his real motive is to go forth conquering and to conquer, for in his wake, there follows war, famine, pestilence, and death. The rider on the white horse is a trickster, giving the appearance of a man of peace who is going to usher in world safety and prosperity for all. However, when he rides onto the world scene, he will come as a victor, intent on conquering and controlling.
The crown on his head is not the royal diadem of a king. His crown is an imperial crown of a conquering dictator, which is to display his authoritarian control and his mission to impose one-world totalitarian authority over the souls of the men he deceived. The mission of this satanic tyrant is not to bring peace to a weary, war-torn world but to kill and to maim, and to set his throne above God.
He will attempt to make himself like the Most High God. He will enter the rebuilt Temple of God, and desecrate it with an abomination that causes desolation, as foretold by the prophets, Daniel. But HALLELUJAH - the Lord Jesus will destroy him with the breath of His mouth and will bring him to nothing with the brightness of His coming. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Heavenly Father, how I praise and thank You for your goodness and grace. I sing of Your wonderful love, and thank You for your never-failing mercy, holiness, tenderness, and grace towards each of Your children. Thank You, that we are not appointed to wrath, and I pray that many more would come to faith in Christ, before that great and terrible Day of the Lord. Fulfil Your plans and purposes I pray, and bring the enemy to nothing - so that Your glory may be seen in all the earth. I ask this in Jesus' name, AMEN.