11. First Seal: Revelation 6:1–2 — The Midrashic White Horse

Revelation: The only book that reveals Jesus Christ – “Revelation of Jesus Christ” – Rev. 1:1 – “come Lord Jesus” – Rev. 22:21 – Alpha to Omega – Facebook Group: Midrash Christianity – https://www.facebook.com/groups/966555060147453/

Four beasts from round about the throne open the first four seals. The throne embraces the four points of the compass, a worldwide phenomenon the likes of which have never been seen. See Ezekiel’s vision in chapter 1 — “heavens were opened” (Ezek. 1:1) — setting up this type. John says, “And I saw when the lamb opened one of the seals.… 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” (Rev. 6:1–2 – emphasis added):

• “White horse”: White comes from the Greek lĕukainō, meaning “light.” Light shines and is illuminating, representing creativeness. The full potential is about to be unleashed. The white horses in Zechariah 6:6 go forth from between two mountains of brass after “the black horses … go forth into the north country.” The white horses go to Jerusalem. “Thus saith the Lord, I am returned unto Zion” (Zech. 8:3). The white horse returns to Zion in Revelation. Obviously something is pending. White horses are returning home.

• “Bow”: Bow is from the Greek tŏxŏn /tiktō and means “to produce as a seed,” “bring forth as a mother delivers a child.” Bow in Hebrew is qesheth, in the sense of bending. The bow in the cloud was a token indicating a covenant between God the Maker and the earth. Humanity would always be delivered from a flood of violent, fighting warriors bent on destroying all. The bow of Revelation is paramount to a new covenant.

• “Crown”: Crown from stĕphanŏs means “a symbol of honor.” The rider is Faithful and True. Note that the word is not faith but faithful. There is no faith to behold, only embodying faithfulness. Crowned, from the Hebrew atar, is to encircle, encompass for attack and protection. There is no cowering as life’s possibilities are infinite. “What is man that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hath made him a little lower than the angels, and has crowned him with glory and honour” (Ps. 8:4–5; Heb. 2:6), for the antitypical borrowing that brings it to today. “To day if ye will hear his voice” (Heb. 4:7).

It is important to note that in qualifying the symbols of the book of Zechariah, a book that records, “in the second year of Darius,” Revelation is drawing on types for the archetypal application. We all learn from types all of our lives, whether it be poetry, drama, books, or stories. The archetypal application occurs when the book is opened. To this day, the book has not been opened, but now, “To day, after so long a time; as it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts” (Heb. 4:7).

The coming of the white horse, the new covenant, and a crown predicates a great awakening. A cultural metamorphosis is about to engulf.

The type is drawn from Zechariah (written around 520 BC down to Grecian times). The time quoted for the white horse is when, “I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion against thy sons, O Greece” (Zech. 9:13). Zechariah quotes, “So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver (Zech. 11:12),” “his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives” (Zech. 14:4), “What are these wounds in thine hands?” (Zech. 13:6). All this is not a prerecording of a NT Christ. It is of events of old. NT types recirculate duplicating images from times of old. Revelation replicates them, giving it intense flavor for the apocalyptic age. It is now recurrent — the bells are ringing again with the opening of pages deep inside the Judeo-Christian age when a new Bible interpretation awaits judgment by all who hold the secret book — nearly everyone.

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