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Four Horse Apocalypse
(Revelation 6.1-2)
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"I watched as the lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, 'Come!' I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest." (Revelation 6.1-2)✞

Oppressed God's People

Wax Seal on DocumentThis is the beginning of the seven judgments in the Book of Revelation. As each of the scroll seals is opened, events are sets in motion that will bring about the end of human history. Seals on documents were made from bees wax and were used to authenticate or validate them. A "matrix" or stamp was of cast bronze, silver or even gold and was used to impress the coat of arms or image of an important person sending a document. In Revelation, seals were used to close up items of importance on documents or scrolls. Each scroll was opened by degree as each wax seal was broken but all was not complete until the seventh and final seal was broken. The contents of the scroll portrayed God's authority over the events of human history. These sequences were interrupted by scenes proclaiming the triumph of God and his witnesses. The riders described in these verses were commonly called the "Four Horse or Horsemen of the Apocalypse." In the Old Testament, Zechariah 6.1-5 saw four similar horse, "I looked up again, and there before me were four chariots coming out from between two mountains – mountains of bronze. The first chariot had red horses, the second black, the third white, and the fourth dappled – all of them powerful. I asked the angel who was speaking to me, 'What are these, my lord?' The angel answered me, 'These are the four spirits of Heaven, going out from standing in the presence of the Lord of the whole world.'"

White Red Black Pale

Four Horse MenIn Revelation, these four horse rode out on white, red, black and pale horses and let violence loose upon the nations that had oppressed God's people. "Four horses" appeared as the first four seals were opened. The "horses" represented God's vehicles of judgment on people's sin and rebellion. God was directing human history through the horse, even using his enemies to accomplish his purposes.

"Four Horse Apocalypse"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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