This white horse is the first of four horses of different colors, similar to the horses seen by Zechariah (Zec. Zec. 1:8; Zec. 6:2-6).1 See Zechariahs Horses for a discussion of the relationship between Zechariahs visions and the horsemen shown John. Within the context of the book of Revelation, white represents righteousness. The white horse . . . emerges as an emblem of righteousness, though there is no guarantee that the righteousness is more than apparent.2
1 As another example of Anti-supernatural Bias, consider Mounces observation: As usual, John modifies his sources [Zechariah] with great freedom. Apparently for Mounce, it is John who is determining the content of his vision!Robert H. Mounce, The Book of Revelation (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1977), Rev. 6:2.
3 Fausset sees this rider as Evidently Christ, whether in person, or by His angel, preparatory to His coming again, as appears from Rev. Rev. 19:11+, Rev. 19:12+.A. R. Fausset, The Revelation of St. John the Divine, in Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown, A Commentary, Critical and Explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997, 1877), Rev. 6:2.
5 How the Lamb who opens the seal can be the effect of the opening, and at the same time be the rider on a white horse, we cannot understand.E. W. Bullinger, Commentary On Revelation (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1984, 1935), Rev. 6:2.
6 All four riders are representative personifications of forces. With this rider, there is also a correlation to an individual which the spirit of antichrist brings forth (1Jn. 1Jn. 4:3). This rider, like the other three, is not an individual, but a personification of a growing movement or force that will be at work during this future period.Thomas, Revelation 1-7, Rev. 6:2.
7 Rabbi Akiba proclaimed Bar Kokhba as Messiah in A.D. 132; the whole Jewish community of Crete followed a messiah named Moses in the fifth century; Abu Issa of Isfahan raised an army of 10,000 men; and European Jewry crowned Shabbetai Zvi messiah in the seventeenth century, although he later converted to Islam!Randall Price, Jerusalem In Prophecy (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1998), 192.
14 John MacArthur, Revelation 1-11 : The MacArthur New Testament Commentary (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1999), Rev. 6:2.
16 The Greek language has two words meaning crown, One is the word diadem, which is a kings crown. It is the crown of a sovereign and of a person who is royal by his nature and by his positiona king. This is the kind of crown that Jesus wears.Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, The Footsteps of Messiah, rev ed. (Tustin, CA: Ariel Ministries, 2003), 160. That the figure is not Messiah is indicated by the fact that the crown here is a stephanos crown, the crown of an overcomer or victor. It is not the diadem crown, the crown of sovereignty and royalty, the type of crown Messiah will wear in chapter 19.Ibid., 206. This rider wears the conquerors crown (stephanos); Christ will have a different kind of crownthe crown of kings (diadema).Showers, Maranatha, Our Lord Come, 105. This rider wears a stephanos , a crown won as a prize; in Rev. Rev. 19:12+ Christ wears many diadēmas, royal crowns.MacArthur, Revelation 1-11 : The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, Rev. 6:2.