I observe that a lot of people interpret that the rider on the white horse is Jesus Christ.
I used to hold to this view, but when I study the rider in more detail, I am not convinced that the rider is Jesus Christ. I think he could be a representative of Christ.
My reasoning for my view that he may be a representative of Christ is because of the name that he is called, which is the "Word of God" (Rev 19;13). I take the view that the "Word of God" could also mean "The Sword of the Spirit" as recorded in Ephesians 6:17, a chapter which is partly about spiritual warfare.
Ephesians 6:17 (Niv).
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Also, the rider has a "Sharp sword", coming out of his mouth which could also be interpreted as "The Word of God".
11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. ‘He will rule them with an iron sceptre. He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
king of kings and lord of lords.
Why do some people believe that the rider on the white horse is Jesus Christ?
And, if you know: when did this interpretation arise, and to what extent has the interpretation flourished throughout Christian church history?