|The symbolism starts
at an easy pace. The horse is a symbol
for war -- remember that Christ entered Jerusalem on a donkey, the animal of
peace? -- and is always used as such.
Job 39:19-23 has such a description, so we have the Biblical
symbolism. We also have a local
symbolism: in the Roman empire, if a
general made a major conquest, the Senate would vote him a triumphal
parade. His chariot would then be
pulled by snow white horses. So we see
that locally the horse was not only conquest, but the white horse was
specifically associated with it. This
is an easy one -- for the first century.
White was the color of celebration.
(Think about it: you don’t wear
white pants to garden in. You save
them for “occasions.” White togas were
party clothes -- still are, in fraternity houses).
|The bow, on the
other hand, has no clear Biblical symbolism other than military might (see,
for example, Hosea 1:5). If there is
any symbolism beyond it, it must then be a local symbol.
|The crown is not
a symbol of royalty. The word in the
Greek is stephanous, the victor’s crown. The royal crown is diademos. So we have a symbol of victory and
|Is this the
Christ? Some commentators (mostly
poetic) think so. But the majority of
commentators, of all persuasions, think not.
The similarity between this description and that of Christ in
Revelation 19:11 is such that most futurists hold this to be a counterfeit
Christ, generally the Antichrist. In
1937, surveying the world seen from the futurist point of view, Talbot saw
this person as Mussolini. Today
futurists see the Antichrist. But all
|• a military
|• somehow associated
with a “bow” (not explained by futurists)
|• who appears to be
|The historicist view
requires the facts.