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The Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse

 The Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse

Will The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse be unleashed on the Earth in the Great Apocalypse of 2012? They are the forces of man’s destruction described in the Christian Bible in chapter six of the Book of Revelation. The four horsemen are traditionally named after the danger they represent: Conquest, War, Famine, and Death.

The White Horse
The rider of the white horse is very commonly interpreted to be the Antichrist figure, but such an interpretation ignores much of the imagery presented throughout the Revelation and many cross references of whom the Bible names as being given a crown. For instance, every other time the color white is used in the Revelation, it is always representative of righteousness and holiness, and whenever the author, John, depicts a malevolent force, he consistently shows it as evil (the two beasts of chapter 13, or the scarlet beast and the prostitute of chapter 17). One can easily mis-interpret the white horse as representing something that is righteous and holy. So, it could be mistaken to mean: a righteous or holy force who is able to overcome and gain victory. Also, considering the rider is given a crown, one might conclude that the rider of the white horse is on the side of good. However, it is the Antichrist in disguise, as it is said that the Antichrist would seem pure, and make himself seem righteous and working for peace while actually deceiving mankind.

 

The Red Horse
The rider of the second horse is generally held to represent War. The red color of his horse represents blood spilled on the battlefield. He carries a greatsword, which represents battle and fighting. The Red Horse is also said to represent the Planet Mars.

Revelation 6:4 – “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.”
The Black Horse
The third horseman, riding the black horse, is called Famine. The black color of the third horse could be a symbol of the dead.

Revelation 6:5 – 6:6 – “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.’”
The Pale Horse
The fourth horseman, his colour is sage (on the pale, or sickly horse, which may be the source of the notion of “pestilence” as a separate horseman) is explicitly named Death.

The Greek word interpreted here as “pale” is elsewhere in the New Testament translated as “paisley.” The horse is sometimes translated as “pale,” “pale green,” or “green.” The pale greenish color of the fourth horse could mean fear, sickness, decay, and famine. His horse is thin and weak, instead of strong and healthy.

Revelation 6:8 – “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.

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