TWO WHITE HORSES, TWO VERY DIFFERENT TIMES AND RIDERS
First White Horse Appearing
THE ANTICHRIST IS GIVEN A WHITE HORSE
Jesus, the only One who is worthy to open Scroll with the seven seals, and the four living creatures command John to watch as these four go and fulfill their assignments. There are four horses with riders, who are the first four of the seven seals (of first ½ of the tribulation) - (the white horse is the first one of the seven seals).
Revelation 6:1-2 Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, "Come and see." 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.
This horse & rider represent the Antichrist & the authority given to him to conquer at the beginning of the tribulation.
The horse is "white" because he is "imitating good." The crown was given to him. He did not earn it. He, with bow in hand, goes out to conquer and to continue to conquer. He represents "given authority, allowed deception and being allowed to conquer."
Revelation 13:5-7 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.
Second White Horse Appearing JESUS CHRIST & HIS WHITE HORSE
Read & see leading up to the Battle of Armageddon. First there is the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Afterward, heaven opens & Jesus comes forth with His white horse.
Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and "His wife has made herself ready.
Revelation 19:8-10 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!'" And he said to me, "These are the true sayings of God." And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
The "Marriage Supper of the Lamb" takes place during the last half of the seven years.
Jesus Christ getting ready for Armageddon (with the armies of heaven on white horses also).
Revelation 19:11-16 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Note that no one had to give Jesus His crowns (unlike the Antichrist of the first horse who was given everything to fulfill his assignment). The Lord's crowns were and are His. He was not "given" His horse or His authority, power or His armies. All was and all is: His.
Revelation 19:17-19 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, "Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great." And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.
Conclusion of the Battle of Armageddon
Revelation 19:20-21 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.
This is clearly – Armageddon & the “end of the age.” The Lord has fire in His eyes and a sword in His mouth. His Word will accomplish all. He treads a winepress of the fierceness & wrath of God. Now He rules with a rod of iron. (the rod of iron is for the humans and evil ones still on the earth; not the saints in heaven)
In closing: Jesus has warned us not to be deceived as shown in the Gospels, and by way of the the books of Daniel, Thessalonians & Revelation. He said the deception would be great and many would fall. We must be grounded in the Word of God and know that when a global hero comes on the scene, seeming to be greater than human and doing amazing things, we must realize who he is and not get drawn into his lies.
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:4-6
While we do believe in a mid tribulation rapture, we are not saying we know the day or the hour. The Lord makes it very clear that no one but the Father knows that. While we do believe it is at or near the middle of the last 7 years of this age, the Lord says that He has to cut the time short for the elect's sake in Matthew 24:22 and who knows the amount of time that will be?