Ted Porter (4 March 2013)
"Bow, the Simplest of Fabrics, the Identities of the Four Horsemen and Why We should Care"

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.  Revelation 6:1
And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow (Strong's 5115); and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.  Revelation 6:2
From Strongs:
5115 toxon {tox'-on} from the base of 5088; a bow (apparently as the simplest fabric):--bow. See Greek-- 5088
Why should the correct interpretation of John's first horseman of Revelation be important to you?  Because the horsemen follow in order and if we do not correctly identify the first, how can we expect to correctly identify and be watching for the rest?  It may be less important the exact definition of "bow" as long as regardless of our choices we arrive at the same place. 
Some say the four horsemen are the first four kingdoms of Daniel's Man, the head of gold, arms and chest of silver, waist of bronze, and the legs of iron.  That would be the Babylonian, Medes and Persians, Greek, and Roman empires.  That would also mean when John wrote down Revelation in around 95 AD that God had taken John into the past.  Not only that, but the lamb of God, Jesus Christ, who was sacrificed for the sins of the world and who opens the seals to release the four horsemen, would not yet have been the lamb sacrificed for the sins of the world.  Doesn't make sense.
I say the four horsemen instead represent the last kingdom of clay and iron before Jesus Christ returns when four "kings"  ride to try to rule the last kingdom and fail, leading up till the LORD returns.  I say the first horseman was Napoleon, the second was Hitler, the third will be "the lawless one" whom his identity will be apparent to all when he is revealed, and likewise for the fourth who will take his place as the "pale prince".  I say "the lawless one" and the "pale prince", along with "false prophet" will make up the unholy trinity that will unite to rule the military, financial, and religious realms of the world of the last kingdom in the 1260 days including some shortened to two thirds of before, leading up to the return of Jesus Christ.
First, I'd like to say that Mary Haas makes a slam dunk in her 2/18 post. 
She first points out that Jesus Christ is the one who opens the seal in Revelation 6:1 that releases the rider on the white horse in Revelation 6:2.  Then she asks for those who believe that Jesus Christ is the rider on the white horse, (such as the commentator Matthew Henry), how can Jesus Christ be in a position to open the seal and also be at the same time behind the seal waiting to be released once the seal has been opened by Himself?  Doesn't make sense. 
Prayerfully, if one held this position that Jesus Christ, the two olive trees of Zechariah who were poured into one candlestick, is the rider on the white horse, one has now discarded it and are now looking for a better explanation.  Hopefully you will prayerfully consider the one proposed below.
Not to belabor the point, but if "bow", as used in Revelation 6:2 and defined by Strong's as "the simplest fabric", actually means "rainbow" and should have been translated that way, why in Revelation do we twice find the word "rainbow" actually in the text being translated from a different Greek word.
And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow (Strong's 2463) round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.  Revelation 4:3
And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow (Strong's 2463) was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:  Revelation 10:1
2463 iris {ee'-ris} perhaps from 2046 (as a symbol of the female messenger of the pagan deities); a rainbow ("iris"):--rainbow. See Greek-- 2046
Now, if I told you I had wrapped a Christmas present with a "bow", what would you think?  That I had attached a rainbow or hunting bow to it?  Hopefully not.  It is obvious to most readers what "bow" means from the context, simple loops of cloth around the present. 
But surely Strong's could be mistaken as to using this particular definition.  I suppose there are judgment calls.  Although hunting as with a bow doesn't necessarily preclude General Napoleon, a man of war.  Just like wearing a crown doesn't preclude Emperor Napoleon, a ruler.
A hunting bow would preclude a man of the "cloth", someone who does not hunt.  But then, a man of the "cloth" in the Roman catholic church does not wear "simple" fabric.  They wear very elegant clothing.  This doesn't fit either.  And again, any man of the "cloth" I've seen does not wear a "crown", but other various head adornments.  
So let's continue our research.  Doesn't the Bible refer to bows and arrows throughout it so all we have to do is check those definitions and they must refer to "toxon"?  Unfortunately, the only occurance of 5115 "toxon" is Revelation 6:2.  And there is no reference to a hunting bow in the New Testament Greek.  There is a word translated "darts" in the New Testament which in Greek can mean "arrow".  This is Strong's Greek 956 and sounds similar to "bow", as in "bolis".
There is also a word in the Greek which is "toxikon" from which we get "toxicology" and is thought to be related to "toxon" and means the poison that arrows can be dipped.  Sure paints a vivid picture of someone on a white horse going around with poison arrows.
But then Strong's tells us that "toxon" actually has its origins from the Greek word #5088, "tikto" which means to be born or bring forth, not "toxikon".  
Now, I think the picture of Napoleon crossing the Alps upon a white horse, clothed for warmth with the simplest of fabrics, a kind of blanket billowing in the wind and "bowed" around the rider, is the perfect example of Napoleon fulfilling the description of the first horseman.
And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow (Strong's #5115); and a crown (Strong's #4735) was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.  Revelation 6:2
And the fact that a "crown" was placed upon his head by the Pope himself, fulfills the prophecy to the exact detail.
The word for "crown" used in Revelation 6:2 is best described as not the golden crowns you see on the Kings of England, but one made out of leaves like you see on Julius Caesar, although one would expect this royal one is made out of gold.
4735  stephanos {stef'-an-os} from an apparently primary stepho (to twine or wreathe); a chaplet (as a badge of royalty, a prize in the public games or a symbol of honor generally; but more conspicuous and elaborate than the simple fillet, 1238), literally or figuratively:--crown. See Greek-- 1238
In particularly a "crown" made up of garland, i.e. leaves.
4725 stemma {stem'-mah from the base of 4735; a wreath for show:--garland. See Greek-- 4735
Come to think of it, exactly like the crown shown in the picture attached to my previous post showing Napoleon.
What if one still doesn't accept that "bow" can mean a simple fabric as Strong's defines it?  Well, one could believe either that Dr. Strong purposely distorted the definition or that he must have just been incompetent.  How would we put forth either theory?  Well, one could believe the rumors that Dr. Strong was a Mason so purposely distorted the definition or that he wasn't familiar enough or fluent in Hebrew or Greek to realize he made a mistake.  Both of these reasons have been proposed. 
So should we be concerned if it is true that Dr. Strong was not fluent in Hebrew or Greek?  Well, many people are under the mistaken impression that Dr. Strong singlehandedly compiled Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible.  The truth is the Strong's Concordance was compiled through Dr. Strong directing the efforts of over 100 scholars who themselves knew both Hebrew and Greek and over a period of 35 years compiled the "Strong's" Concordance.   
But applying what we know about the previous two horsemen should give us a clue about the next.  For one, the weapons of war, if the weapon is a hunting bow, appear to get more sophisticated.  The first using a bow, the second a sword, the third money supply, and the fourth both military and food supply.
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.  And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.  And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.  And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.  And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.  And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.  And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.  And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.  Revelation 6:1-8         
Let us prayerfully watch as the third and fourth horsemen begin to mount their horses and the false prophet takes his allotted place.
- Shalom