So many times I have pondered the identity of the rider on the white horse from the First Seal in Revelation 6. While I knew in my spirit that he was not the A/C sent forth to conquer the world through deception as is so commonly suggested, his true identity eluded me. In early 2020 the Lord revealed his identity – he is the Servant of God, who is also known as the First-fruits Remnant and member of the 144,000.
It says that he goes forth to “conquer” which equates to Strong’s G3528, which means to “conquer, overcome, prevail, or get the victory”. We know from Revelation 12:11 that “they OVERCAME him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death”. Also Romans 8:37: “Nay, in all these things we are more than CONQUERORS through him that loved us”.
It says a “crown” was given unto him. It is the crown of righteousness and life. 2 Timothy 4:8 “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” And in James 1:12: “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”
Notice how the rider is on a WHITE HORSE in Revelation 6:2. The fact that the horse is white represents purity and righteousness. And we know from Revelation 14:4 that the servants of God are spiritual virgins meaning that they are totally dedicated to the Lord and not to the idols of this world. They have become living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2) whose sole purpose is to do the will of God and not their own. They are those who deny themselves daily and have picked up their crosses and follow Jesus (Mark 8:34 and Matthew 16:24).
We know that the Servants of God are sealed first before the earth, seas and trees are harmed (Revelation 7:2-3). That passage suggests that the sealing of the servants must happen before the Sixth Seal since that is when “every mountain and island was moved out of its place” (Rev 6:14). And the sealing of the servants must happen before the Third Seal because it says “do not harm the oil and the wine” (Rev 6:6). Now the Second Seal describes war, which seems like it would be very destructive to the earth and people. So it seems logical to infer that the Servants of God would need to be sealed prior to that. That just leaves the First Seal.
So in Revelation 7 we are told the SEALING of God’s servants happens FIRST and in Revelation 6 it is the FIRST SEAL! So the FIRST SEAL in Revelation 6 is referring to those who are FIRST SEALED. Amazing right?
But why does the servant of God have a bow? Well I will present three possibilities, all of which suggest that the rider on the white horse is truly the servant of God.
In researching this, the first thing I did was to search on the word “bow” in the Blue letter Bible at BlueLetterBible.org. I got 2 hits – one on H7198 (77 occurrences) and the other on G5115 (only one occurrence and it’s in Revelation 6:2).
Okay let’s start with H7198:
Outline of Biblical Usage [?]
A. bow (for hunting, battle)
B. bowmen, archers
C. bow (fig. of might)
The bow can also mean “rainbow”. According to Genesis 9:13 and Genesis 9:17, the rainbow symbolizes the COVENANT of God with His people. Amazingly, Isaiah 42:6-7 and Isaiah 49:8-9 refer to the Servant of God as being given as a COVENANT to the people!
Now I realize that the bow in Rev 6:2 equates to G5115 and not H7198. But isn’t it interesting that G5115 only occurs once and it is in Rev 6:2? If both G5115 and H7198 can refer to a physical bow, why was G5115 specifically used in Rev 6:2?
So let’s look at G5115:
Outline of Biblical Usage [?]
II. a bow
III. Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
IV. τόξον tóxon, tox’-on; from the base of G5088; a bow (apparently as the simplest fabric):—bow.
Notice how G5115 is from the base of G5088. So here is G5088:
Outline of Biblical Usage [?]
A. to bring forth, bear, produce (fruit from the seed)
B. of a woman giving birth
C. OF THE EARTH BRINGING FORTH ITS FRUITS
D. metaph. to bear, bring forth
Is it not amazing that the root of G5115 comes from G5088, which means “TO BRING FORTH FRUIT”, and the Servant of God is known as the “FIRST FRUITS of God”?
Here is one more possible explanation concerning the bow which I will present. Let’s assume for a moment that the bow in Revelation 6:2 actually represents a physical weapon.
So why is there a bow without arrows? Well in Isaiah 49:2 it says “And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and MADE ME A POLISHED SHAFT; IN HIS QUIVER HATH HE HID ME; 3And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
Now a polished shaft is an arrow and you put arrows in a quiver. So that passage is saying the Servant of God is the arrow in the Lord’s quiver. So the rider on the white horse doesn’t need physical weapons because HE IS THE WEAPON. Specifically, it is his mouth speaking the Word of God (“sword of the spirit”) that is the weapon.
Now I want to share a fascinating vision that the Lord shared with me on 4/25/2021. In the vision, I saw a woman get on a horse. As she was trying to steady herself, one of her boots fell off. End of vision.
I believe the woman getting on the horse refers to the First Seal but what about her boot falling off? Well, consider what it says in Ruth 4:7 “Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbor: and this was a testimony in Israel. 8Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.”
So the act of plucking off the shoe meant “to take possession of something or to occupy it”. Notice in Luke 19 how Jesus gave his SERVANTS instructions to “OCCUPY TIL I COME”.
A couple of years ago I had a discussion with a friend of mine concerning the 144,000 servants of the Lord. Kathy insisted that the 144K were men of Jewish descent, whereas I said that they could be any nationality, race, age or sex. So she opened her bible to the passage in Revelation 7 that describes how they will be from the 12 tribes of Israel. At the time I couldn’t really explain why I thought they could be anybody and not necessarily people of Jewish descent. It was just a knowing in the spirit.
One day as I was reading Romans, the answer practically jumped off the page:
ROMANS 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
REVELATION 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, come and see.
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.
ROMANS 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than CONQUERORS through him that loved us
REVELATION 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
JAMES 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the CROWN OF LIFE, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
2 TIMOTHY 4:8 “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
REVELATION 7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
REVELATION 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. 2And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: 3And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. 4These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being THE FIRSTFRUITS unto God and to the Lamb. 5And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
GENESIS 9:12 And God said, This is the token of the COVENANT which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
ISAIAH 42:1-7: BEHOLD MY SERVANT, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 2He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 3A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. 4He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. 5Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: 6I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and GIVE THEE FOR A COVENANT OF THE PEOPLE, for a light of the Gentiles; 7To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
ISAIAH 49:8-9:8 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, AND GIVE THEE FOR A COVENANT OF THE PEOPLE, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; 9That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.
ISAIAH 49:1 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. 2And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a POLISHED SHAFT; IN HIS QUIVER hath he hid me; 3And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.
ISAIAH 61:6-8 But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves. 7For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them. 8For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting COVENANT with them.
RUTH 4:7 Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for TO CONFIRM ALL THINGS; A MAN PLUCKED OFF HIS SHOE, and gave it to his neighbor: and this was a testimony in Israel. 8Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.
LUKE 19:12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 13And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, OCCUPY till I come. **Note: the pounds/minas represent authority. See Mark 13:34.
ACTS 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35But in every nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is accepted with him.
ACTS 11:17-18 If then God gave them the same gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; who was I, that I could withstand God? 18When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then has God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
ROMANS 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew, who is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29But he is a Jew, who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
GALATIANS 3: 26 For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28THERE IS NEITHER JEW NOR GREEK, THERE IS NEITHER BOND NOR FREE, THERE IS NEITHER MALE NOR FEMALE: FOR YOU ARE ALL ONE IN CHRIST JESUS.29AND IF YOU ARE CHRIST’S, THEN ARE YOU ABRAHAM’S DESCENDANTS, AND HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE.
Author: Dana R
The Lord began drawing Dana to Him about six months before she was saved. By January of 2015, the urgency to make a decision about God was so strong, that it was all she could think about, but she was clueless how to even get saved. One day in her bedroom, she cried out to God telling him she really wanted to be saved, but she didn’t know how. Then she had the thought, maybe she could Google it. And that’s what she did. She found instructions on the Internet and said the Salvation prayer out loud.
In 2017 the Lord led her 600 miles away from her family, friends and home to a place she had never been and did not want to go – Missouri. Then in April of 2019 the Lord gave her a vision of a woman sitting at a desk, writing on paper. That’s when she knew He wanted her to write, but what on earth could she possibly write about? Then in July of 2020 the Lord gave her a vision of an eyebrow pencil outlining a woman’s eye. She interpreted that to mean “I OUTLINE”. And that is exactly what He did. And that’s how the Lord got her to pick up her pen.