By the Cross and this Horse of God
These words, “by the cross and this horse of God” are found within the mystifying phrase deciphered from the Grand Parchment of Rennes le Chateau. Through a many layered decoding process, the complete (mainly agreed upon) phrase of “Shepherdess no temptation that Poussin and Teniers hold the key pax 681 by the cross and this horse of God I complete/destroy this demon guardian at midday blue apples” is discovered. The meaning of the ambiguous sentence remains unknown today; at least publically.
Even though the people, who were linked to an organization named the Priory of Sion and were involved with releasing the coded message, are highly suspect, speculations exist that the Grand Parchment (along with another smaller one), and their coded messages, may be genuine and indeed hold a ‘Secret’.
In contemplating the obscure phrase, the section ‘by the cross and this horse of God’ caught my attention in relation to a verse found in Proverbs. Proverbs 21:31 states, “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.”
Bible commentaries for the passage agree the meaning of the verse expresses man may, and should, prepare for enemy encounters; but, he should also know it is God who ultimately provides the victory. As horses were often used in battles of the past, the verse utilizes their significance and conveys the importance for preparation by man. Nevertheless, the verse clearly states man will not win the battle alone.
Could then ‘by the cross’ and ‘this horse’ tell of a man’s willingness to rely not on only his own understanding or instruments? It would seem ‘By the cross And this horse of God’ is conveying a message for man to be prepared for battle but realize victory will rest with the Lord.
Interestingly, the word PAX appears in the decoded parchment phrase before ‘by the cross and this horse of God’ and has been suggested to link to Constantine I and the battle of the Milvian Bridge. The incredible story of this particular battle is known for the vision Constantine received in a dream before going into the fight. Because of his vision of the ‘Cross of Light’, Constantine placed the uniting letters of Chi(X) and Rho(P), often described like the Labarum, onto the shields of the soldiers.
By depicting the Chi-Rho sign, Constantine was following the previous night’s instruction and the belief that ‘by this sign you will conquer’, which was believed told to him in the dream. This, to me, seems to correspond exactly to Proverbs 21:31. Constantine prepared his horse for battle, but knew victory would not be obtained alone. He placed his faith in the Lord and placed this sign on his shield.
The interpretation correlates with another verse of the Bible which shares how man can prepare for battle. Ephesians 6:13-18 instructs:
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground and after you have done everything to stand. Stand firm with the breastplate of righteousness in place and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
The verse, ‘take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all flaming arrows of the evil one’ brings the story of Constantine and the verse of Proverbs together. Like mentioned above, the Chi-Rho sign, placed on the shield by Constantine, could have displayed his faith in victory rests in the Lord and not solely on his own preparation and understanding.
The words following ‘by the cross and this horse of God’ in the mysterious phrase of the RLC parchment, are “I complete/destroy this demon guardian’. This too seems to confirm a battle is won. And just like the similar message (by this sign I will conquer him) found above the Receiver at Rennes le Chateau, it seems that in order to master sin, man requires help from the Divine above.
Sure there can be many interpretations. Like the analogy of the peeling of an onion; there are layers within layers and this may only be one. Any comments about the above interpretation or any other meanings or ideas you may have are welcomed. The hunt for Truth is always a pleasure.
Proverbs 21:31 commentaries, reviewed August 2012
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