The Rider on the White Horse

(Isaiah 28:1-13; Revelation 19:11-16)

In Revelation 19, we meet the Rider on the White Horse, who “treads the winepress of the fierce wrath of God the Almighty.” He appears at the end of Revelation 14, in the hour of reaping the harvest, of cleansing the Holy City.

The Rider on the White Horse first appeared in Revelation 1. The Spirit of Christ had “eyes aflame with fire”1Rev 1:14 and the “sound of many waters.”2Rev 1:15 A “sharp sword went from His mouth,”3Rev 1:16 which is the Word of God.4Eph 6:17

The Rider on the White Horse will strike down the Gentiles using the Word of God. He is called “Faithful and True.”5Rev 19:11 “In righteousness He judges and wages war.”6Rev 19:11 “He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself.”7Rev 19:12 “He treads the winepress of God’s wrath alone,” as we read in Isaiah 63: “I have trodden the winepress alone, and from the peoples no one was with Me.”

The Rider on the White Horse is the end-time Sanctified Church. He has “a robe dipped in blood,”8Rev 19:13 baptized in the blood of Christ. Revelation 19, like every passage that describes the end-time Sanctified Church, begins with a description of the evidence of the holy spirit. In verse 6, we hear “the sound of many waters.” This is the sound of the end-time Church that was first described in Ezekiel 1 and 43.

Isaiah said, “The Lord has a strong and mighty one … who will bring down the drunkards of Ephraim who are overcome with wine…. With a people of stammering lips and another tongue, He will speak to this people.”9Isaiah 28:2-3,11 The apostle Paul explained these stammering lips as “speaking in tongues.”101Cor 14:21 The “drunkards of Ephraim” represent those who were made drunk by the wine of the great harlot.

Isaiah described the correction of the “drunkards of Ephraim,” saying, “Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, here a little — that they might go and fall backward and be broken.”11Rev 28:10