posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 08:40 PM
After years of studying I have found this to be the best explanation of the four horsemen. I believe in strict Bible based study and I this is the
purest version I have found. I hope you enjoy.
The Horsemen of Revelation 6
Who can you trust when it comes to explaining the meaning of the mysterious four horsemen of Revelation? Simply put, it is Jesus Christ who "has
prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals" (Revelation 1:1-2, 5:2, 5, 8-10). The first four seals of Revelation 6 show four
How, then, does Jesus Christ explain these first four seals? Remarkably, Jesus detailed the meaning of the horsemen of Revelation in Matthew's
account of the Olivet Prophecy. This prophecy, the longest one given at any time to His disciples, parallels the prophecy in Revelation 6, where the
four horsemen are mentioned. Notice this amazing comparison.
False Christianity and the White Horse
"And I looked, and behold, a white horse. And he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to
conquer" (Revelation 6:2).
"Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, вЂI am the Christ,' and will deceive many" (Matthew
The worldwide trend to arise on the scene after Christ's resurrection was the emergence of many false preachers, and false apostles deceiving
many. They would, over time, infiltrate the Church of God and corrupt the true message that He brought from the Father. (Please send for our free
booklet, Restoring Apostolic Christianity.) Jude, the younger brother of Jesus, exhorted the Church to "contend earnestly for the faith which was
once for all deliveredвЂ¦ For certain men have crept in unnoticed..." who would "turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny the only
Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ" (Jude 3-4).
The Apostle Paul also witnessed the beginning of this deception in his day. He referred to such teachers as "false apostles, deceitful workers,
transforming themselves into apostles of Christ" similar to Satan who appears as an "angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:13-15. Note vv. 3-4).
Satan's masquerade is depicted in the vision of the white horse of Revelation 6. The horseman astride a white horse appears to resemble Jesus
Christ. However, the true Jesus Christ has eyes like "flames of fire." He wears "many crowns," and brandishes the sword, not a bow (Revelation
19:11-15). This sharp two-edged sword is none other than the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12), which comes out of Jesus Christ's mouth to "strike the
nations." Therefore, the first horseman of Revelation 6 represents a world trend of false Christianity that will steadily increase in power and
influence. This deception will culminate in the rise to power of a religious leader who "opposes and exalts himself" above God! (2 Thessalonians
The Red Horse and Scourge of War
"And another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill
one another; and there was given to him a great sword" (Revelation 6:4).
"And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom" (Matthew 24:6-7).
The rider of this red horse takes peace from the earth. War, by definition, is the absence of peace, and is the world's greatest scourge. The
history of this world is a history of conflict at an enormous cost of human life and suffering. Jesus Christ, the revelator, stated emphatically that
the world trend of "war and rumor of wars" would continue to build toward the time of the end, exploding into the "great tribulation" (Matthew
The Black Horse of Famine
"And I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four
living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine"
The immediate results of war include decimation of food stores, destroyed livestock, contaminated water supply, and a rationing of existing
supplies, while the majority of supplies are diverted to support a standing army. Faced with the reality of war with its neighbors, rival countries
have allowed mass starvation to go unchecked. Upset weather conditions, drought, pestilence, and overpopulation have compounded the problem in those
areas. Jesus warned that the world trend of famine would worsen as we approach the time of Christ's return.
The Pale Horse of Pestilence
"And I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them
over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth." (Revelation 6:8).
"And there shall be... pestilences" (Matthew 24:7).
Jesus revealed that down through history, mankind would experience pestilences. The potential for worldwide plagues has already manifested
itself. AIDS-related infections have spread to every continent and continue unchecked. Virulent strains of influenza sweep around the world within
days. Drug-resistant diseases, thought to be eradicated, have resurfaced to threaten the world's populations again. Super bugs, resistant to chemical
sprays, also threaten world agriculture. The pale horse of Revelation is a precursor of the horrifying specter of global diseases and pestilence
spinning out of control that will destroy 25 percent of all human life.
It becomes clear, concerning the apocalyptic vision that John saw, that the horsemen of Revelation depict the "beginning of sorrows" that will
expand into the Great Tribulation prior to Christ's return.