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Book of Revelation 101: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Symbolic or Literal?
How do you interpret the Book of Revelations?
Important Things to Know about the Book of Revelation
The Book of Revelation can be a VERY difficult book to understand, and it cannot be read literally, because a lot of it is very symbolic. While there are some parts of the book that can and most definitely should be taken literally, there is also a lot of it that hold deeper symbolic meaning.
I have recently taken up an Institute course studying the Book of Revelations, and I wish to share some of the deciphering tools and doctrines I've been learning. In this hub I will cover the meaning of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
The Seven Seals
First thing is first: The sealed book God was holding contained 7 seals. Each of these seals describes a period of time of things past, or to come. The earth has a temporal existence of 7,000 years, the Millennium to occur after Christ's Second Coming being the last 1,000 years. Seven seals, each covering 1,000 years of time of the World's History. The Sixth and Seventh seals cover the before and after of Christ's second coming, or the 6,000 and 7,000 years. So, the seals are in order of millenniums of time. The First seal is the first 1,000 years of the earth's temporal existence!
The First Horseman
"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 6:2
Each horse has a color about it, and the rider wears/carries something significant. The choice of color and object is not random; remember, the book of revelations is symbolic. So, what does white color signify? Truth! Justice! All that is right! Glory even! The rider is also wearing a crown. Aside from royalty, being "crowned" is also a sign of Victory. The rider carries a bow with him, it shows he fought a battle, a battle for truth, justice, and all that is right in the sight of God. According to his crown, he was victorious! All this within in the first thousand years? This describes Enoch
The First Thousand Years
"And the children of men were numerous upon all the face of the land. And in those days Satan had great dominion among men, and raged in their hearts; and from thenceforth came wars and bloodshed; and a man’s hand was against his own brother, in administering death, because of secret works, seeking for power." - Moses 6:15 Is described within Enos's time, or about 3765 BC. Fast forward to when Enoch is born, about 3378 BC and you can imagine just how crazy the world has become. If you continue in Moses 6 starting about verse 21 to the end of that chapter, and on into Moses 7 you can plainly see the victorious war Enoch has against the wicked of the world. So great, in fact, was his victory, that an entire city was translated up to heaven!
The Second Horseman
"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." - Revelation 6:4
Red horse = Bloodshed.
Sword? Death, war, murder, killing!
The Second Thousand Years
So the first thousand years ends, Enoch and all the righteous people are gone, leaving a world full of scary wicked people, save for of Enoch's sons: Methusela, who begat Lamech, who begat Noah, in about 2,944 BC. Fast Forward some 500+ years later and God is talking about sending a flood to the earth. Why? "The earth was corrupt before God, and it was filled with violence." - Moses 8:28
Well, ya, I mean, look at what was going in Enoch's time! All the righteous were taken away, save Methuselah and his posterity, that leaves an entire world full of murderers, liars, theives, etc. Pretty dismal situation if you ask me. So, God warns Noah he's going to send a flood, because the people won't listen and repent. And so, as we know, all the people and animals are killed and drown from the face of the earth, save it were eight souls
The Third Horseman
"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." - Revelation 6:5-6
Black horse: Death? Not quite, that's the last one, but it is close. The Black horse is Famine. Its rider holds a pair of scales. In common terms today Scales are often used as a sign on judgement, or to measure weights, but remember, this is within 2000 BC, not 2000 AD. What did they use scales for back in that time? Before the standard currency, money was counted by weight, as well as grains were counted by measures; hence "A measure of Wheat", or "A measure of Barely", or even "A measure of grain".
Scales in the middle of a famine? What happens to the prices of food when there is a shortage? They go UP! "A measure of wheat for a penny", though not a penny in today's standards, no. The KJV Bible always translates "denarius" as "penny", however, its worth isn't that of a penny at all. Roughly, it's about $20. Ouch!
The Three Thousand Years
Moving up to 2000 BC now, this is after the flood and the people start to multiple on the earth again. One of those descendants is knows as Abraham. Yes, THE Abraham, the Father of the Covenant Abraham. He writes in his own book "Now, after the priest of Elkenah was smitten that he died, there came a fulfillment of those things which were said unto me concerning the land of Chaldea, that there should be a famine in the land. Accordingly a famine prevailed throughout all the land of Chaldea, and my father was sorely tormented because of the famine, and he repented of the evil which he had determined against me, to take away my life." - Abraham 1:29-30, and in Abraham 2:1 "Now the Lord God caused the famine to wax sore in the land of Ur, insomuch that Haran, my brother, died; but Terah, my father, yet lived in the land of Ur, of the Chaldees."
And let's not forget Joseph, Abraham's great-grandson who saved Egypt from 7 years of brutal famine. That particular famine wasn't just in Egypt, it was widespread so bad that other nations were coming to Egypt to buy grain!
The Fourth Horseman
"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
Pale horse signifies DEATH. Sword, hunger, beasts of the earth: Wars, famine, those who flee in the wilderness are devoured by wild beasts...
The Four Thousand Years
Leading up to before Christ's first coming, the 1000 BC times. What's going on in the world? Conquests, raids, cities and nations falling upon each other, not to mention the near destruction of Jerusalem and the scattering of its 12 tribes! Hundreds of thousands are killed, and those who aren't killed are lead captive by their enemies
What do YOU think?
Do you agree? Disagree?
No More Horseman
That's right, these guys have PASSED! While true, we may be able to see some similar signs of their effects today, its not the Horsemen. No, rather the things occurring TODAY are actually within the beginnings of the 7th seal. More specifically, the period of silence in Heaven for the space of half an hour...