The rider on the white horse cannot be Jesus, that is certain. Jesus comes on a white horse, true, but He has a garment dipped in blood with a name on His thigh: King of kings and Lord of lords. He has no bow. The white horse rider comes to conquer. Jesus has already conquered. The rider on the white horse has a BOW, no mention of an arrow. satan is a pretender! And I believe it is he who comes on the horse to conquer. Daniel 7 tells us we will be given into his hand for 3.5 years. So much for the pre-trib rapture!
What I really want to put out here is who is that which "letteth" in 2 Thes 2:7?
Tessiewebb, I just want to throw this out for consideration.
Gen_9:13 I do set my bow
in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
Rev_1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds
; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
The bow in Genesis is a rainbow in the clouds. Jesus is that rainbow. Jesus is the token, or tangible evidence, of the covenant between God and the earth. The bow in Gen_9:13 is set in the midst of the clouds... Jesus is coming with the clouds. Again in Rev 10, Jesus is clothed with a cloud and a rainbow was on his head.
Rev 10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud
: and a rainbow was upon his head
, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
Rev 10:2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
Joseph, Jacob's son was a shadow of Christ. Look at this verse, this is really neat.
Gen 37:23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours
that was on him;
Gen 37:24 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.
Can you see the parallel between Joseph and Jesus? When Jesus came to his brethern the Jews at the first coming, they stript Jesus of his coat... his body, when they killed him. After Jesus was killed by his brethren, he descended to the pit (hell) and ministered to the saints.
Here again we see in Ezekiel the symbolism of the rainbow.
Eze 17:2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel;
Eze 17:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; A great eagle with great wings, longwinged, full of feathers, which had divers colours
, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar:
Eze 17:4 He cropped off the top of his young twigs, and carried it into a land of traffick; he set it in a city of merchants.
Eze 17:5 He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful field; he placed it by great waters, and set it as a willow tree.
Eze 17:6 And it grew, and became a spreading vine of low stature, whose branches turned toward him, and the roots thereof were under him: so it became a vine, and brought forth branches, and shot forth sprigs.
Eze 17:7 There was also another great eagle with great wings and many feathers: and, behold, this vine did bend her roots toward him, and shot forth her branches toward him, that he might water it by the furrows of her plantation.
This is a prophecy of the first coming of Christ. The eagle which had the feathers of "divers colours"... the rainbow, came and took the "seed" from the Jews and planting the "seed" of that land by "great waters"... the seed is the church. The church became a "spreading vine" whose roots were under the "great eagle"... Jesus Christ. Notice in verse 7, the spreading vine (the church) bent her roots toward another eagle.
This eagle was a great eagle with great wings, just like the first one, but this eagle DOES NOT have feathers of "diverse colours"... the symbolism of the rainbow. This eagle is not Jesus Christ, it is Antichrist. The Antichrist is not identified with a bow anywhere in scripture that I know of.
Again, this is for you to consider, I am just showing you that here is a very powerful argument that the rider of the white horse is Jesus. Also there is no mention of arrows in that verse because the bow is not an archers bow, it is the Rainbow, the token of God's covenant.