And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. (Rev 19:14-15, NASB)
Who Are The Armies That Will Follow Christ
On White Horses?
This is one of the most frequently asked prophetical questions. And I will give you my best answer. It seems to me that there are four groups to consider here.
First of all, there are the three groups of believing people: the church, the tribulation saints, and the Old Testament saints. Certainly the church would be included, since they are His bride and will be clothed in white linen (Rev. 19:7-8) — they are all those who will be raptured (me included). But I think it is very possible that the tribulation saints (the martyrs, Rev. 7:9-17), as well as the Old Testament saints (Dan. 12:2) will also be included to ride with Him.
My reasoning is because all these are believers, and I think they all are those whom He gathers from the four winds (Matthew 24:31).
And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. (Matt 24:31)
Hence, I believe that when He comes He will gather all the elect (the raptured church, the tribulation saint, and the Old Testament saints), and He will give them all great white horses to ride and to follow Him into the kingdom.
Some believe that the angels will follow Him on white horses too. Certainly, the bible tells us that they will be with Jesus when He comes, and they have the special duty of judging every man according to His deeds.
For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and will then recompense every man according to his deeds. (Matt 16:27)
We don’t really know if they will be given white horses, as the saints; but since they are without sin, I would think they would deserve a horse too. Why not?
Some, I suppose, say that the riding of the white horses is merely symbolic; and they may reject the literal nature of it all together. But I don’t see it that way. I do see the white horses as symbolic of our victory in Jesus, but I see no reason to believe that it is not also literal. I think we will be given white horses that fly! Why not? Well, we will see. Maybe each of us will be given our own horse to ride on for eternity. And the angels too, why not.