Source: Revelation 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 is creepy. Okay, just had to get that out of our system. Here, John's describing a vision he sees of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Let's see, there's the one with a bow and a crown riding a white horse he's conquering stuff ; then there's the one with a great sword who's riding a red horse he's taking peace from the earth and making people kill each other. Then there's the one riding a black horse and carrying some balances scales in his hand probably to judge the world ; and lastly… Death.
Oh, and Hell's following him. Anyway, those are the famous Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. They're here to destroy the world in preparation for Christ's second coming. Anytime there are four of something and they want to sound really hard-core, chances are pretty good that they'll call themselves "The Four Horsemen," maybe with "of the Apocalypse" thrown in for good measure. According to E. Elliott, the first seal, as revealed to John by the angel, was to signify what was to happen soon after John seeing the visions in Patmos and that the second, third and fourth seals in like manner were to have commencing dates each in chronological sequence following the preceding seal.
Its general subject is the decline and fall, after a previous prosperous era, of the Empire of Heathen Rome. The first four seals of Revelation, represented by four horses and horsemen, are fixed to events, or changes, within the Roman Earth.
Some modern scholars interpret Revelation from a preterist point of view, arguing that its prophecy and imagery apply only to the events of the first century of Christian history. Revelation's historical context may also influence the depiction of the black horse and its rider, Famine. In 92 AD, the Roman emperor Domitian attempted to curb excessive growth of grapevines and encourage grain cultivation instead, but there was major popular backlash against this effort, and it was abandoned.
Famine's mission to make wheat and barley scarce but "hurt not the oil and the wine" could be an allusion to this episode. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe their first prophet, Joseph Smith , revealed that the book described by John "contains the revealed will, mysteries, and the works of God; the hidden things of his economy concerning this earth during the seven thousand years of its continuance, or its temporal existence" and that the seals describe these things for the seven thousand years of the Earth's temporal existence, each seal representing 1, years.
McConkie taught, "The most transcendent happenings involved Enoch and his ministry. And it is interesting to note that what John saw was not the establishment of Zion and its removal to heavenly spheres, but the unparalleled wars in which Enoch, as a general over the armies of the saints, 'went forth conquering and to conquer' Revelation ; see also Moses —18 "  The second seal and the red horse represent the period from approximately 3, B. The third seal and black horse describe the period of ancient Joseph, son of Israel, who was sold into Egypt, and the famines that swept that period see Genesis 41 — 42 ; Abraham ; , 17, The fourth seal and the pale horse are interpreted to represent the thousand years leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ , both the physical death brought about by great warring empires and the spiritual death through apostasy among the Lord's chosen people.
American Protestant Evangelical interpreters regularly see ways in which the horsemen, and Revelation in general, speak to contemporary events. Some who believe Revelation applies to modern times can interpret the horses based on various ways their colors are used.
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Could there be a speck of truth in this vision? The Red Horseman is widely connected with war. The guy just screams alpha hot and he's destined to meet his wife, Miriam Elmahdy. Judges ,7 But Adonibezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes…. There were other unrealistic things here that didn't ruin my enjoyment. The economies of scale of violence are being reversed into deniability.
Some equate the Four Horsemen with the angels of the four winds. Some speculate that when the imagery of the Seven Seals is compared to other eschatological descriptions throughout the Bible, the themes of the horsemen draw remarkable similarity to the events of the Olivet Discourse. The signs of the approaching end of the world are likened to birth pains, indicating that they would occur more frequently and with greater intensity the nearer the event of Christ's return.
With this perspective the horsemen represent the rise of false religions, false prophets and false messiahs; the increase of wars and rumours of wars; the escalation of natural disasters and famines; and the growth of persecution, martyrdom, betrayal and loss of faith. It may be assumed that when the tribulation begins, the peace is taken away, so their job is to terrify the places in which they patrol. The four living creatures of Revelation are very similar to the four living creatures in Ezekiel In Revelation each of the living creatures summons a horseman, where in Ezekiel the living creatures follow wherever the spirit leads, without turning.
In Ezekiel , the Lord enumerates His "four disastrous acts of judgment" ESV , sword, famine, wild beasts, and pestilence, against the idolatrous elders of Israel. A symbolic interpretation of the Four Horsemen links the riders to these judgments, or the similar judgments in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the concept in the Christian Bible.
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