Who Is The Rider Of The Red Horse
The red horseman has baffled many for years, This rider of the red horse to me is the easiest to explain of all. The clues given for his identity are direct and to the point, so searching his identity is not difficult, but for reasons I hope everyone understands, I will not go into great detail on the identity of this rider because like the first rider, this one too is involved in religious teachings, but will leave you all the hints that a decerning person will be able to follow and decipher for themself. So let’s look first at the verses that describe this rider.
13And when the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4Then another horse went forth. It was bright red, and its rider was granted permission to take away peace from the earth and to make men slay one another. And he was given a great sword.Revelation 6:3-4
The Red Horseman
The red horse is pretty straightforward. Red the color of blood and war, as he is sent forth to take peace from the earth. While many see this as a great war that is to happen, I see it as I did in my post about the white horseman, as a divine entity or an ancient god. This rider is also given a great sword. So lets break down this rider.
The word used here for great sword is the Greek word μάχαιρα (mákhaira, plural mákhairai), also transliterated machaira or machaira, is related to μάχη (mákhē) “a battle”, μάχεσθαι (mákhesthai) “to fight”. It derives from the Proto-Indo-European *magh-. and is a curved sword with one edge used by mounted troops. John does not use the gladius of the Roman soldier to identify this rider so this should be taken into consideration, and is probably not thinking about Rome or its legions as some have suggested. Rome had “calvary”, however, they were not really a fighting unit and were used primarily as scouts.
But Can also take on appearances like these
So this type of sword is not used for stabbing its target, but for slicing, and hacking, and beheading its victim. The rider on this red horse is given this sword and is given permission to take peace from the earth, this rider is a true god of war, and like the white horseman who conquers and spreads plagues, this horseman does it with a religious fervor.
The Ancient Name Of This Elohim
In ancient Moab, there was a god in the Ancient Near East like this, who was a terrible blood-thirsty god of war and mayhem, who was not just a god of war but senseless warfare and killing on a grand scale, his name is Chemosh (/ˈkiːmɒʃ/ Moabite: 𐤊𐤌𐤔 Kamāš; Hebrew: כְּמוֹשׁ Kəmōš [kǝˈmoːʃ]; Eblaite: 𒅗𒈪𒅖 Kamiš, Akkadian: 𒅗𒄠𒈲 Kâmuš). John knowing his Hebrew bible would have been aware of this ancient deity that Israel had dealt with before.
Chemosh was one of the chief gods of the of Ebla, and a nearby city named Carchemish was named after this deity. This deity became the national god of the Moabites, and according to the Book of Judges (Judges 11:23–24) he seems to have been the national deity of the Ammonites as well, despite the people’s erstwhile patronage of Milcom. In the 4th century BCE when the greeks under alexander the great moved through the near east conquering all the lands up to India, they renamed the city Areopolis meaning the city of Ares.
The deity is known as Ares to the Greeks and mars to the Romans so besides the name Chemosh do we have any other names? Yes, on a Moabite stele called the Moabite Stone found on Mt Hermon (Readers of Enoch will recognize this mountain with the watchers, or sons of god) inscribed by King Mesha of Moab. When this tablet was translated, it was discovered that Chemosh also went by the name Athtar or Attar (Arabic: عثتر; Musnad: 𐩲𐩻𐩩𐩧)(Moabite Stone, line 17; compare Barton, “Semitic Origins,” iv.) an ancient Semitic deity whose role, name, and even gender varied by culture. Depicted as either male or female, the deity was identified with the planet Venus. In pre-Islamic Southern Arabia, he was worshipped as a god of war. The name appears as Attar (Aramaic), Athtar (South Arabia), Astar (Aksum), Ashtar (Moab), Aṯtar (Ugarit), and Ištar (Ishtar) in Mesopotamia.
The name of the father of Mesha, Chemosh-melek (“Chemosh is Malik” or “Chemosh is king”; compare Moabite Stone, line 1), indicates the possibility that Chemosh and Malik (or Moloch) were one and the same deity. Book of Judges 11:24 has been thought by some to be a proof of this, since it speaks of Chemosh as the god of the Ammonites, while Moloch is elsewhere their god (compare 1 Kings 11:7, 33). Solomon is said to have built a sanctuary to Chemosh on the Mount of Olives (I Kings 11:7, 33), which was maintained till the reform of Josiah (II Kings 23:13). This movement by Solomon was no doubt to some extent a political one, but it made the worship of Chemosh a part of the religious life of Israel for nearly 400 years.
The war god Attar may have had a name change, however, his associating with the planet Venus still remains, and thus a connection to Helel Ben Shahar (translated Lucifer in most texts) which means the “shining one, Son of the dawn.” So Athtar, Mars, Ares is associated with a curved sword, wanton violence war, and bloodshed, and the planet Venus, in the east, and mars in the west, but are still the same diety And began to ride after the white horse began to ride.
So this is all I am willing to say on who this Deity is, It is a war god, who is known for his violence and bloodshed, and the sword given to him. So thank you, I hope you will be able to discern his name, many may disagree, and that’s fine, but this is where my research led.
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