"Then I watched as the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say in a thunderous voice, “Come!” So I looked and saw a white horse, and its rider held a bow. And he was given a crown, and he rode out to overcome and conquer."

Rev 6:1-2

This is the first of four seals identified with "horses" in the Book of Revelation. In total, there are seven seals. These first four seals/horses describe the release of "conditions". These conditions don't appear to be ascribed to any particular person or entity.

White Horse -> Conquering 
Red Horse -> Removal of peace
Black Horse -> Scarcity
Pale Horse -> Death

In the first case, we have a horseman sitting on a "white horse", he is holding a "bow", he is given a "crown", and he "conquers".

The word "bow" comes from the original Greek word "toxon" (translit.) - meaning a weapon for shooting arrows. It's a word that's only used once in the New Testament. "Toxin" and "toxic" are other derivatives of the same word that carry the meaning of "arrows dipped in poison".

This rider is given a "crown". It's a word that can refer to exalted rank. But it also literally means "that which surrounds". Interestingly, another word for "crown" is "corona" (Latin), which is the term often used to describe viruses that have crown-like thorns on their surface.

The Greek word for "conquer" literally means to conquer or prevail over. Given that this first horse is white, some suggest that the conquering that takes place is not through the traditional mechanism of war. But rather a "soft conquering" via other means such as political, legislative, treaties, or even technology.

Christian Widener makes an interesting observation possibly connecting the Coronavirus to this first seal. He NEVER emphatically states that this is that. Neither do I. But it is an interesting observation that is worth considering. Click on the image below to read Christian Widener's comments.

white horse.jpg, Oct 2021

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