Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals;[a] and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” 2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. Revelation 6:1-2.
The first seal has finally been opened and the opening of the first seal is the anti-Christ coming onto the scene. The Lord is in control of all things and the anti-Christ is part of God’s judgment upon the earth. During the church age the Lord through the Holy Spirit has been reaching out to hearts. Those who choose to reject the drawing of the Holy Spirit are left upon the earth during the time of God’s judgment.
The anti-Christ is going to be given authority for a very short period of time. But it all has an eternal purpose because there will come a time when the Lord Jesus shall return on a white horse and cast the anti-Christ and false prophet into the lake of fire.
The bow and the crown both represent war and authority. When the anti-Christ comes on the scene the people of earth will see him as a man of peace and believe that he holds the key. They will give their allegiance to him but as time goes forward they will come to see that indeed he is bent on death and destruction.
The anti-Christ will not refer to himself as the anti-Christ or believe he is the anti-Christ because he will reject all biblical truth and will be so bold to curse the Living God. He will be empowered by Satan himself and will be the greatest manifestation of evil on the earth that the world has ever seen.