The question is who is the rider on the white horse, Jesus or the Antichrist?
I got an insight from the Lord regarding the identity of the rider on the white horse
Then I saw the Lamb open one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” 2 I looked, and there was a white horse. Its rider held a bow; a crown was given to him, and he went out as a conqueror in order to conquer.
The rider on the white horse starts off the Great Tribulation.
11 Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse. Its rider is called Faithful and True, and he judges and makes war with justice. 12 His eyes were like a fiery flame, and many crowns were on his head. He had a name written that no one knows except himself. 13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his name is called the Word of God. 14 The armies that were in heaven followed him on white horses, wearing pure white linen. 15 A sharp sword came from his mouth, so that he might strike the nations with it. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will also trample the winepress of the fierce anger of God, the Almighty. 16 And he has a name written on his robe and on his thigh: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
This rider is Jesus Christ as we see keywords or phrases as “His name is called the Word of God”, “The armies that were in heaven followed him on white horses, wearing pure white linen.”, and “A sharp sword came from his mouth”
- Jesus is called the Word of God in John 1:1,14
- At Jesus’ second coming, He will come with the saint’s Revelation 19:8, Matthew 24:29-31
- A double-edged sword is referenced to Jesus in Revelation 1:16
Jesus will only come after the Great Tribulation and not during the beginning of it like in the first seal according to Matthew 24:29-30 which says, 29 “Immediately after the distress of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not shed its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the peoples of the earth will mourn; and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
So the rider in Revelation 6:1-2 cannot be Jesus because that rider with the bow will start the Tribulation while Jesus comes to defeat the Antichrist after the Great Tribulation to set up His millennial kingdom.
Unless God opens our eyes, how can we understand anything? I thank the Lord God Almighty who gives His children who seek His face insight and understanding.