“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 conquer.” – Revelation 6:1, 2
The first four seals all describe horses and their riders: white, red, black, and pale. All of which describe human history. While the message they bring is true of man throughout his history, it is especially true from John’s time until today. There are many today who try to give specific examples for each of these horses but here I wish to just give general principles that describe them. You can fit present day example of them if you wish.
Without Christ as his world view, man will always be driven by Satan’s nature to rule and control. The prophet Ezekiel reveals knowledge of Satan’s past and gives us understanding of his motivations –
“You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: … Was prepared for you on the day you were created. “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. “By the abundance of your trading (merchandise) You became filled with violence within, and you sinned; Therefore, I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones.” – Ezekiel 28:14-16
The “mountain of God” is describing God’s authority and Satan wants it! It is why Jerusalem has always been such a source of contention and war, because God calls it His mountain and the place where He set His name (Isa. 66:20) and Satan wants it. So, men are infected with this desire to conquer and control. The history of man from John’s time forward has been a story of one conqueror after another sweeping across the land. Since that time there has only been 13 years free of war somewhere on earth. This first horseman has a bow in his hand and a crown on his head. These leaders succumbed to the same temptation Satan gave Jesus – “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, all these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” – Matthew 4:8, 9
Jesus passed the test and rebuked Satan but, many men have failed – Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, to name a few. Many politicians have also fallen to this temptation as well. They promise many things but what they are really after is control and power. That is why there are very few politicians who are true Christians. Oh, they may claim to be Christian but, their lives and what they vote for tells a different story! Power and control are all they want, and they are willing to do anything to achieve it! Even cheating in elections that are almost sacred to Americans.
It is now revealed that Democrats cheated in the 2020 Wisconsin elections by sending ballots to over 150,000 Voters in the 2020 Election Not Tied to a Valid Address in Wisconsin. Former Wisconsin resident Jacob Alldredge, a 27-year-old industrial engineer living in Tennessee, is a case in point.
“I was outraged to learn that the Wisconsin state voter roll shows that I voted in person at the polls on Nov. 3, 2020, when the fact is I was living, registered to vote, and voted in Tennessee. I was not in Wisconsin that day,” he told The Epoch Times.
Quickly following the first seal comes a Red horse “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.” War is the consequence of those who want control and power because there will always be those who resist. This rider has taken peace from the earth because it is impossible to have peace without the Prince of Peace. Jeremiah writes about this as he describes the false prophets of his day –
“They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” – Jeremiah 6:14
“They say still unto them that despise me, ‘The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace’; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, ‘No evil shall come upon you.’” – Jeremiah 23:17
The first time I was in Israel I heard a saying common there: “The UN means United Nothing!” That is certainly true because they try to establish peace without the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. It is impossible. All the United Nations does is aid the devil’s plans and soak up a lot of money in the process! It is a shame on the United States that we give so much money to that organization and allow it to be on our soil!
Next comes a Black horse.
“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.”
War breeds hunger and disease. It destroys the infrastructure needed to produce money and food. Besides taking the young men and women needed it destroys farmland, water resources, and medical facilities needed for healthy living. A present example is Syria where whole generations are being wiped out. And we are witnessing it also in Ukraine where a corrupt government is selling favors to the nations to insure their power. Do they seek peace for the sake of their people? No, they sacrifice their people as they ask the nations for money for weapons. They sell favors to the Bidens of this world and set up bio-weapon labs for the United States and invite NATO to set up nuclear missiles on Russia’s border and then claim they are doing it for Democracy! They are doing it for their own control and power, and for money! They are bringing hunger and famine to a land that once was a ‘breadbasket’ of Europe.
“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.”
Even the basic necessities of life become scarce and expensive, if available at all. I have read that the phrase “hurt not the oil and the wine” is referring to the rich not being hurt as much as the poor. Whether this is the correct interpretation or not – it is certainly true. Those in power usually start the wars and they often get richer because of them.
The fourth seal brings us to the last horseman to ride forth –
“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.” – Revelation 6:8
The final result of man’s lust for control and power is always death. He kills with hunger, the sword, with disease, and with wild beasts of the earth. Mankind is dying in record numbers right now due to the Covid Virus and men being killed by snakes, bears, tigers, and lions is also at record numbers in 2022. This says nothing of the animals that are dying in record numbers. The article Mass Animal Deaths for 2022 states –
“There are animals dying all over the world today in huge numbers, due to the polluted state of the sea and air. Millions of Fish and massive numbers of various marine creatures are washing ashore dead. Birds are falling dead out of the sky, and millions of poultry and wildlife are dying from avian flu. The animals of the land are also dying in large numbers. Now although animals and fish have been dying all throughout history, we have not seen the massive consistant numbers that we are seeing today. Please remember! This is just one of the MANY signs of the last days. It’s time to wake up!”
The Bible predicts these last day events will happen and it is not because of ‘climate control’ –
‘Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. Therefore, shall the land mourn, and everyone that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.’ – Hosea 4:1-3
‘I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the Lord. I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumbling blocks with the wicked: and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the Lord.’ – Zeph.1:2-3
HALF A BILLION Bees have died during 3 months in just 4 states in Brazil! – Warning of ‘collapse of agriculture’ This says nothing about the Bee deaths in the United States.
This concludes the first four seals and is often called ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”. I believe they have been active since man’s beginning but, as Jesus taught, the end times will be like a woman in birth pangs – they get stronger and more
frequent towards the end. One interesting point is the name ‘a pale horse ‘. In the Greek, the word translated ‘pale’ is chlōros, from which we get the word chlorophyll – which is a green color. Taken with the fact that this rider ‘kills with the sword’ and that it is the last horse makes one wonder if Islamic forces are not being hinted at here. Another point to consider is as Israel first began to return to their land, it was a result of war with Muslims (the Turks) that enabled it. Is it likely that the completion of the Jewish return to the land will also involve war with Muslim nations?
One prophetic teacher pointed out the colors of the horses as being the colors Islamic nations like to use for their flags. There does seem to be a preponderous use of White, Red, Black, and Green in their flags, for example the Syrian Flag.
I’m sure God used colors for the horses for a specific reason, but He has not revealed to me what that reason is as yet. I’m just told to watch and pray and trust Him to give the answers when I need them so, I give that advice to you as well. Knowing this, that every jot and tittle in God’s word has a reason and will be fulfilled in His time.