I have heard multiple places about the significance of the rider of the white horse having a bow but no arrows. It seemed to draw significance from the absence of something in the Bible, which I'm not a fan of doing. I looked for references to bows without arrows in the Bible and there are many similar references. Clearly in these other cases, the arrows are implied by having a bow.
And from Benjamin: Eliada, a powerful mighty warrior, and with him were two hundred thousand armed with bow and shield;
2 Chronicles 17:17 LEB
I stationed the people behind the deepest part of the wall in the open places according to their families, with their swords, spears, and bows.
Nehemiah 4:13 LEB
And I have given to you one slope of land rather than your brothers, which I took from the hand of the Amorites by my sword and with my bow.”
Genesis 48:22 LEB
And Asa had an army of three hundred thousand from Judah, bearing shields and spears, and two hundred and eighty thousand from Benjamin who carried shields and drew bows. All of these were mighty warriors of strength.
2 Chronicles 14:8 LEB
Reply from Watchman Bob:: I appreciate your comment, Julie. That's good exegesis. There are numerous other statements in Scripture that indicate the false messiah's main method of conquering the world will be deception. So, I will modify my commentary accordingly.
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Common English translations of Hebrew and Messianic terms used in this commentary:
Yehovah - the LORD or GOD
Yah - I Am (the short form of Yehovah)
Elohim - God
El - God (the short form of Elohim)
Adonai - my Lord or Master
Yeshua - Jesus
Followers of Yeshua -
Messiah - Christ
Assembly of Followers of
Yeshua - the Church
Antimessiah - Antichrist
BBM - Before the Birth of
the Messiah (rather than
BC or BCE)
ABM - After the Birth of the Messiah (rather than AD
For a complete explanation of Hebrew terms used, go to Important Terms and Concepts.