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Did you know that ........?
The term, parthian shot (parting shot) originates from the mounted archers of ancient Parthia. They would retreat on a galloping horse and then turn back their bodies as they were departing from the enemy and shoot ...
The ancient Romans feared of the Parthians.
from The Six Seals of Revelation 6
"The four elements in the description of the rider on the white horse in Revelation 6 bear this out. He rides a white horse, holds a bow, is given a crown and goes out 'as a conqueror bent on conquest' (6:2).
"White is said to be the color of victory. Apparently, many victorious warriors rode white horses as an emblem of their triumph. The symbol has persisted. In the old cowboy movies, the hero was dressed in light clothing and often rode a white horse.
"The bow is also a symbol of war and conquest. Some see here a reference to the feared Parthians. They were well known for their archery skills in battle. 'A 'Parthian shot' still means a final, devastating blow, to which there is no possible answer'
(William Barclay, The Daily Study Bible Series, 'The Revelation of John,' volume 2, revised edition, p. 4)."The dreaded Parthians, on Rome's eastern flank, were an undefeated enemy. In a failed invasion, the Roman armies were defeated in A. D. 62 by the Parthian general Vologeses in the Tigris river valley. The disaster must still have been remembered in the days when Revelation was written. The churches in the Roman province of Asia (to whom the book was written) must have been quite aware of the Parthians as bowmen riding white horses. Such a horseman could serve as an immediate metaphor of military power and conquest."http://www.gci.org/bible/rev/sixseals