|The historicist has
a lot of other explanations to make.
(Remember, in this section, the burden of proof must be on the
historicist. He says it happened at a
|• The concept of “one
third” is consistently interpreted by the historicist to mean a third of
the old Roman Empire. Thus, we
have a consistency here -- this is one of the recognized thirds which is
|• The colors of the
horsemen are distinctly those of the Turkish Army up until the 19th century.
|• The reference to a
“lion” could be a reference to the commanding general who crossed the
Euphrates: Arp Arslan. His last name is an earlier version of the
Turkish word Aslan. Readers of
C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series will not be surprised to hear
the meaning of the word: “lion.”
|• The reference to
fire, smoke and sulfur (taken as nuclear war by current futurists) could
refer to the use of firearms, which were first used extensively in the
territory of the old Roman Empire by these Turks.
|• The power in their
mouths would certainly also refer to firearms (consider looking at a
cavalryman taking aim with a pistol, head on). The power in the tails could be a reference
to Islam and the Prophet (as we mentioned in the Fifth Trumpet); it is also possible that it is a reference
to the fact that Turkish generals of this time displayed horse’s tails on a
lance as a badge of rank.
|If in fact the
historicist view is correct, some of the details here are indeed
astounding. No one of any of these
interpretations should be surprised at that.