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Due to the civil unrest I am seeing in society today, I have been studying Revelation intensely lately, primarily focusing on Revelation Chapter 6.
Today, I had an epiphany: I believe I know what the four horses represent, and I believe everyone who believes in Biblical prophesy should be made
acutely aware at this time of what is happening and what will happen. First a preface for anyone who might not be aware: Revelation describes a vision
that John had on the Isle of Patmos during an exile. We are not sure if this is the same John that followed Jesus as an apostle, but my personal
feeling is that it is probably not. The book appears to have been penned some years after the Crucifixion. That is not really relevant to my point
here in any case, but I felt it appropriate to stave off any accusations on this point.
I believe that prophesy is a very personal thing, and as such is primarily relevant to the person receiving the prophesy. Nostradamus, for example,
was a Frenchman, and his predictions tend to center around France (although strangely the USA as well). John was Jewish by all accounts, and therefore
according to this assumption his prophesy would center around his own people, the Jews (but possibly the Christians as well, since he was also a
Revelation 6 starts off after the following occurs in his vision: a book in the throne room of God is seen and cannot be opened for no man is
'worthy' to do so. A lamb, slain as if in slaughter (Jesus) appears and can open the book. This book is sealed with seven seals which must be broken
one at a time. As we begin in Revelation 6, we see what happens beginning with the breaking of the first seal:
Revelation Chapter 6:
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
- 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
- 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.
Starting in verse two, the color white is the word leukos
, which means not just white, but a dazzling white, as the white of righteousness or
that of the angels. The rider is on this brilliant white horse, which signifies some righteous action toward the Jewish/Christian people. The rider
has a bow, bow being the word toxon
is derived from the base of tikto
, which refers to the act of bringing forth or being
born. That confused me, so I searched some more. Toxon
also refers to a fabric, as in a rough fabric (which I read as meaning fresh from being
made). The word crown, from the word stephanos
, refers to several things: it can mean a wreath or adornment (such as Jesus' crown of thorns),
a symbol of royalty, or simply something that is both ornamental and prized by the wearer.
So we have, according to this translation attempt, someone riding on righteousness toward the Jewish people, who has in his hand a rough fabric
'bow' that symbolizes new birth, and this rider receives an ornamental royal stature. One person in history since Jesus fits this description.
Napoleon Bonaparte was known for his ornamental dress. He was declared Emporer of France, despite having come from a non-royal family. He conquered
the area of the world that included modern-day Israel at the peak height of his conquests, and according to the research I have discovered, was of
mind to set up Israel as a homeland for the Jews (bring about a rebirth of Israel as a nation). He was defeated as he reached Jerusalem, and never got
to carry out his plans. From a letter to the Jewish people from Bonaparte himself:
The young army with which Providence has sent me hither, let
by justice and accompanied by victory, has made Jerusalem my head-quarters and will, within a few days, transfer them to Damascus, a proximity which
is no longer terrifying to David's city.
Rightful heirs of Palestine !Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
So having seen a correlation between Napoleon and the white horse rider, let us examine the next horse in verse 4. This horse was red (purrhos
the color of fire), and the rider who sat on it was to take peace (eirene
) from the earth (ge
is not exactly peace as we
would interpret the word, although it is close. It comes from a primary verb eiro
which means 'to join', and refers to national tranquility,
personal tranquility, quiet tranquility after death, security, and prosperity. Ge
refers to the earth as a whole, or to a nation. Thus we can
interpret this as taking prosperity and tranquility from a nation, that nation being again connected with John personally: the Jewish nation.
This rider does more, however. His appearance allows them (they) to kill (sphazo
) one another, and he was given a great (megas
). This does indeed mean pretty much exactly what it appears to. Sphazo
is to cause a violent death and refers to cutting (I
would assume since they hadn't invented guns yet), and machairi
refers to a relatively small cutting instrument used for butchering or war.
Again, we have a person in history who came along after Napoleon Bonaparte, and who is renowned for his evils during war, primarily against the
. His appearance on the historical stage set into motion World War II, one of the bloodiest eras in modern history. That man was
named Adolph Hitler.
Now, let us look at the next rider in verses 5 and 6. This horse was black (melas
, indeed black) and held a pair of balances (zugos
his hand. Now black, according to Hebrew tradition, is the opposite of white, and the opposite of light. It is more than just a color, but is also
figuratively the absence of knowledge, the absence of truth, or the absence of righteousness, white being synonymous with the existence of these. Thus
the black horse can be seen to infer one or more of these conditions. Zugos
, however, is where things really get intriguing. It means a pair of
balances, or a yoke like that worn by slaves (not sure why the double meaning; I can only assume the two were similar in form at one time or otherwise
connected). So if we take the meaning of yoke, we have a rider on a lack of righteousness, knowledge, or truth who holds a symbol of slavery.
The description goes on to say a voice is crying out information about this rider. It declares a measure (choinix
) of wheat for a penny
) or three measures (choinix
) of barley for a penny (denarion
). Now a choinix
was a measure that was a little
less than a litre, assumed to be enough for a man of average appetite for one day. A denarion
was a monetary unit. From Jesus' parable of the
And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Penny also translates from denarioun
in this verse as well. This would seem to indicate that a penny (denarious
) for a day's work was
considered a fair wage. So what we have is a day's work for a day's food. Barley is cheaper, which one could see as affluence should one have wheat,
and poverty if one must eat barley. Yet even the affluence have to work to eat on a daily basis: slavery under capitalism.
And finally, the voice says hurt not the oil (elaion
) and the wine (oinos
is olive oil, which was used for annointing
(medicinal) and lamps (energy). I find it ironic that both of these things are right now, in our history, under control of huge corporate interests
and both are squeezing the financial life out of the USA. Oinos
is not exactly wine; wine is yayin
is translated as well
(combined with the word for mother, mamme
) to mean winepress, possibly indicating the creation
of wine rather than the wine itself is
being referenced here.
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