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Luke lists wars, famines and
pestilences (Luke 21:10-11) af–
ter religious deception. The
white horse of Revelation
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is,
in turn, followed by the red
horse of war, the black horse of
famine, and the pale horse of
pestilence. From all indications,
then, the white horse would
correspond to the counterfeit
Christs and religious deception
first mentioned in the Olivet
prophecy.
Others have assumed that
this horseman represents the
preaching of the gospel and the
spread of Christianity.
If
this is
the case, then it becomes diffi–
cult to explain the impact of
that gospel in the light of the
three horsemen that follow:
war, famine and disease. The
spread of the true gospel should
by all reckoning offset these ill
effects.
All-Conquering Religious
Deception
John's horseman, after hav–
ing given the world a slick reli–
gious feint, ··went out con–
quering and to conquer." In the
past, as we've already seen, the
first horseman of false religion
had plenty of outside help.
Much of it came from a well–
oiled combination of a false
church aligned with an auto–
cratic state.
Centuries ago, Daniel spoke
The White Horse: False Religion
of such a union in the seventh
chapter of his prophetic book.
He first began by predicting the
rise of four great empires that
would dominate the earth (ver–
ses 3-7). In Daniel's day the
first of those empires - Baby–
lon - was already well estab–
lished as a world power
(compare with Daniel 2:26-28,
36-40).
It
was subsequently fol–
lowed by the Medo-Persian,
Greek and Roman Empires.
But the fourth empire, Rome,
was unique in that it came to be
dominated by an ecclesiastical
power Daniel symbolized as a
"little horn."
Speaking of this horn, Daniel
wrote: "I considered the horns,
and behold, there came up
among them another horn, a
little one ... and behold, in this
horn were eyes like the eyes of a
man, and a mouth speaking
great things" (verse 8).
Later on in the chapter, Dan–
iel goes on to interpret this
"beastly" vision and the little
horn: ..... And another shall
arise after them; he shall be dif–
ferent from the former ones....
He shall speak words against
the Most High, and shall wear
out the saints of the Most High,
and shall think to change the
times and the law" (v'"erses 24-
25).
Years later the apostle John
elaborated on this same basic