Rider of the White Horse

Over the years, I have observed that most “Christian” cults or heretical sects usually start out with bad eschatology. And I’m not talking about minor misunderstandings or speculations, but flagrant errors that indicate deeper doctrinal problems. This is probably because once a religious group embraces a defective Christology, its soteriology also becomes defective. The next logical step is an eschatology full of gaping holes.

I will illustrate such eschatological blunders from a recent edition of The Watchtower (No 3, 2017) which discusses the 4 horsemen of the book of Revelation. Quotes from the magazine will be in bold.

The vision begins this way: “I saw, and look! a white horse, and the one seated on it had a bow; and a crown was given him, and he went out conquering and to complete his conquest.” – Revelation 6:2

Who is the rider of the white horse? The key to his identity is found in the same Bible book, Revelation, which later identifies this heavenly rider as “The Word of God.” (Revelation 19:11-13) That title, The Word, belongs to Jesus Christ … The white horse is an appropriate symbol for warfare justly carried out by God’s Son, for the Scriptures often use the color white to symbolize righteousness.” (p. 4)

But when one studies the Bible itself – not a flawed interpretation of it – it’s clear that the rider of the white horse in Revelation 6 is not the same as the rider of the white horse in Revelation 19:

1. The rider in Rev. 6 is symbolic but the rider of Rev. 19 is literal. The former represents the Antichrist while the latter represents Jesus Christ in person.

2. The rider in Rev. 6 has a bow without arrows, yet The Watchtower curiously illustrates him holding both a bow and arrow! (p 6). The rider in Rev. 19, however, has a sword in His mouth. Jesus is often symbolized as having a sword, not a bow (Rev. 1:11, 19:21). A bow symbolizes evil designs and conquests (Ps. 7:12; 11:2; 46:9).

3. Just as the rider in Rev. 6, the Bible is clear that Satan is the one who gives Antichrist a crown (Dan. 8:24; 11:38-39; Rev. 13:2,4) but Jesus has always been King.

4. Antichrist is the only person predicted in Scripture as going forth conquering and to conquer. He will attain power by waging war and overthrowing kingdoms (Dan. 7:7-8, 20-21, 23-24; 8:23-25). The Bible also shows that the Antichrist and the kings of the earth will wage war against Jesus, at His second return (Rev. 19:19).

5. The rider in Rev. 6 will begin a series of terrible events on earth: wars, famines, pestilence, death, and hell which are symbolized by the 3 other horsemen (vs. 3). But Jesus will put an end to these events (Rev. 19:11-21).

6. The Antichrist will come on a white horse, imitating Christ and claiming to be Him (Mt. 24:4-5; Jn. 5:43, Dan. 9:27). He will display counterfeit righteousness and offer false peace. But Jesus will return in majestic power and glory as “The Word of God,” “King of kings and Lord of lords” and as the “Faithful and True” (Rev. 19:16).

The Watchtower’s confusion of Christ with the Antichrist proves that they are uninspired and their Bible interpretation is deeply flawed.

But why have we seen conditions that are worse, not better, since Jesus received his crown in 1914? Because at that time, Jesus began ruling in heaven, not on earth” (p. 4)

So how does this works out? If the rider of the white horse in Rev. 6 is Jesus and he is ruling in heaven, why are the other 3 horsemen (warfare, famine, death and hell) operating on earth? It makes no sense. Jesus is already king in heaven. The idea that He only began ruling in heaven in 1914 has no biblical or factual support. The Old Testament prophesies, however, point to Jesus’ future rule here on earth. He came from the tribe of Judah and will thus reign as king (Gen. 49:10); have an eternal throne (2 Sam. 7:16), and is to have his Kingship in the city of Jerusalem (Ps. 2:6). Psalm 110 indicates that the Messiah would subjugate His enemies and rule over them (Is. 9:6-7, Dan. 7:13-14, Zech. 9:9, Mt. 22:41-46). Thus, Jesus’ rule will be on earth at His second advent.

The present times of trouble will soon end. Remember this: Jesus “went out conquering” in 1914, confining Satan to the earth, but Jesus did not then complete his conquest (Revelation 6:2; 12:9, 12) (p. 8).

Of course, the rider in Rev. 6 is not Jesus Christ. And if Jesus began conquering the Devil in 1914, why hasn’t He completed His conquest after more than 100 years? What a terrible web we weave when we tell lies. The Watchtower is forced to prop up a lie with another lie.

Jesus will not only terminate the ride of the other three horsemen but even reverse the effect of their destructive ride (p 8).

Then this refutes their earlier claim that the rider in Rev. 6 is Jesus, since nowhere is that rider said to oppose the other 3 horsemen. They are all in the same “league” and riding together. This ride will take place during the Great Tribulation (See Rev. 6:9-11). The Bible becomes so clear when studied without the badly smoked lens of Watchtower leaders.

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Revisiting Muhammad’s Sex Paradise

The Information Age inevitably poses the greatest danger to Islam. First, the Quran, hadiths, Sira and other Islamic biographies of Muhammad have been translated from Arabic into English language. Second, these materials which hitherto were under the lock and key of Muslim leaders are now freely available and accessible to everyone on the Internet.

So for the first time in 1400 years, many people – even those living in Islamic strongholds – can now freely expose the falsehoods of Islam without being silenced by swords and daggers. Many Muslims are now being confronted with the many lies, absurdities, filth and violence that permeate their religion and rejecting it wholesale.

This is giving Muslim leaders sleepless nights. Given that the inglorious sex paradise promised to Muslims in the Quran has become a common knowledge to persky non-Muslims, they are struggling to string together defenses that won’t upset their applecart. Now, when you bring up Muhammad’s playboy mansion paradise in a discourse, Muslims will quickly tell you to knock it off because Jesus also promised us a 100 fold of wives in heaven. They’d quote Matthew 19:29

And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”

To grasp the context of what Jesus was saying, let’s read its parallel passages:

I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields- and with them persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life” (Mark 10:29-30).

I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life” (Luke 18:29-30).

What the Lord is saying is that Christians will receive restoration of their possessions and family relationships with persecution here on earth – in this age – and in the age to come (or heaven), they will receive eternal life. Nothing here about getting 100 virgins, pretty boys or endless sex. Our God is not a pimp!

Muslims assert that we will also be drinking alcohol in heaven just as their Allah promised them rivers of wine in paradise. They quote Matthew 26:29 “But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

The future event Jesus is referring to here is the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, when He will come together with all His people to share the juice of the fruit of the vine as one of the things to enjoy (vs 26-28). The “fruit of the vine” is not alcohol. The Greek word there is ampelos meaning “vine or grapevine.” It was juice derived from grape and a common Jewish health drink. There is no such thing as “rivers of wine” in Jesus’ heaven, what He promises is “the water of life” (Rev. 21:6) and we know the water of life doesn’t stand for wine or any liquor.

God says that “no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man … has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 5:5-6).

The Bible lists out sins such as sexual immorality, impurity, drunkenness, orgies and it warns: “those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal. 5:19-21). Muhammad lied. There’s no river of wine or milk that will be greasing the Muslim throat in the afterlife. Sura 5:90 says wine, among other things, is an “abomination of Satan’s handiwork,” so how is it a reward in Allah’s paradise?

The Quran, being a misogynist book, promises men sex with beautiful maidens (hoor) but says nothing about women being rewarded with handsome men in paradise. When a Muslim threw this question at Zakir Naik, a Muslim apologist, he answered that the Arabic word “hoor” means a genderless “companion,” thus women will also get “men with big beautiful eyes.” The problem with this tepid answer is that the term hoor in Arabic is used exclusively for a woman; it’s not used for a man. For example:

They will recline (with ease) upon coaches arranged in ranks, and We shall wed them to maidens, with beautiful big and lustrous eyes” (Q 52:22).

And (there will be) Houris (fair females) with wide, lovely eyes (as wives for the pious)” (Q 56:22).

And with them will be chaste females restraining their glances (desiring none except their husbands), with wide and beautiful eyes” (Q 37:48).

Verily, We have created them (maidens) of special creation. And made them virgins. Loving (their husbands only), equal in age” (Q56:35-37).

Notice that in all these passages, not once is the term “big beautiful eyes” used for a man, neither do they suggest that men are also reserved for Muslim women. A Quranic commentary on Sura 56:35-37 says that Muhammad was asked, “O Allah’s Messenger! Will we have sexual intercourse with our wives in Paradise?” He said “The man will be able to have sexual intercourse with a hundred virgins in one day.” (Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Vol. 9, Surat Al-Munafiqun, 430) Nothing is said about women being rewarded with studs.

Muhammad is also quoted as saying: “Allah will not admit anyone in the Paradise but Allah, the Mighty and glorious will marry him with 72 wives, two will be from virgin (houris) with big eyes and 70 will be his inheritance from the people of the Hell-Fire. Every one of them will have a pleasant vagina and he (the man) will have sexual organ that does not bend down during sexual intercourse (perpetual erection)” (Ibn Majah 5:4337).

Once again, no reward of 72 men for women is stated. Muhammad even boasted that one of his sex partners in Jannah would be Mary the mother of Jesus!

“The Messenger of God…said ‘God married me in paradise to Mary the Daughter of ‘Imran and to the wife of Pharaoh and the sister of Moses.’ (Tabarani)” (Ibn Kathir, Qisas al-Anbiya, 1968, 381)

Islamic scholar, Ali Dashti wrote: “According to the Cambridge Tafsir, the word thayyebat (widows or divorcees) refers to Pharoah’s wife Asiya, and the word virgins (akbar) refers to Jesus’ mother Mary, both of whom are waiting to be married to the Prophet Mohammed in heaven.” (23 Years: A Study of the Prophetic Career of Mohammed, 1994, 138)

Even in his wildest imagination, Muhammad didn’t conceive of women being rewarded as men are. Some have suggested that the “young boys” mentioned in Sura 34:24, 76:19 and 56:33 are for women, but in all these passages, these boys are specifically said to be for men’s service. The ugly truth is that there will be little or no Muslim women in Jannah according to Muhammad:

“Then I saw the (hell) fire, and I have never before seen such a horrible sight as that and I saw that majority of its dwellers were women. The people asked ‘O Allah’s Apostle! What is the reason for that?’ He replied, ‘because of their ungratefulness…” (Bukhari 7:62:125)

Muslim apologists never quote these portions because to do so would be fatal to their cause. One Muslim scholar wistfully told the media that the Quran didn’t really promise men 72 virgins, but 72 raisins. Of course, we know these 72 “raisins” have beautiful eyes, white skin and swelling breasts.

Take the sex paradise away from Islam and jihad will wane. All the Muslims willing to kill and die for Islam look forward to a celestial brothel. The Islamist attackers in Paris and London of late, had their hopes hinged on a bogus promise of an eternal sex orgy. I read about a criminal who robbed people and killed them in order to lavish money on a stripper he had fallen in love with. He didn’t mind killing many people because of sex with a harlot. The moral economy behind jihad is no different from this.

Dear Muslim, there are no wide-eyed heavenly harlots for you; no pretty boys, rivers of wine, fruits or chicken meat for you when you shout “Allahu Akbar!” and kill people, rape kafir women or fight for Islam. Muhammad fooled you. He deceived you. He appealed to man’s baser instincts – the desire for food, sex and wine – to keep his followers bound. But there is a better path. There is a God who loves you, who He sent His Son Jesus Christ, to pay for your forgiveness and give you a new life. Ask Him to be your Lord. To follow Muhammad is to be eternally damned.