The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The seven seals are found in Revelation chapter 6. These are the seals on the scroll which reveal end time events that culminate with the return of Jesus Christ to the earth and thus reveal how close the return of Christ is. The first four seals are represented by four riders, on four different – coloured horses.

The First Seal –  White Horse  – False Christs / Deception

“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” Rev. 6:1-2.The white horse that John described is a deceiver. This deceiver/ false Christ is symbolised by the rider on the white horse. This figure comes on a white horse appearing to be the Messiah. Jesus said in Matt 24: 4-And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive or mislead you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. The First horseman represents false Christs and massive spiritual deception which will invade the church and will probably be the cause apostasy.

The Second Seal –  Red Horse – Takes peace / War

When the second seal opens, a red horse appears: And when He had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 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.” Rev 6:3-4  The rider on the red horse has the ability to “take peace from the earth.”  The Greek word for this peace is EIRENE which means “lack of conflict”  “freedom from disturbance” or” peace of mind”. When peace is removed, war is what remains. Jesus said in Luke 21:8-9 When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.” This horseman represents destruction caused by wars and loss of peace of mind.  By the end of the age, (we are almost on the doorstep now) the potential for devastation due to war will become so great that peace will be taken not from just one or two nations but the whole earth. We have reached a point in history where our very existence is on extremely shaky ground. This will be the most horrifying seven year period of time that humanity has ever known.

The Third Seal – Black Horse –  Famine and Starvation

“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 you hurt not the oil and the wine” (Rev. 6:5-6). The third seal opens and a black horse, with a pair of scales in his hand a symbolising famine and starvation, appears, this is the result of the conquest and wars of the first two seals. There will be extreme worldwide famine. The price of food will increase dramatically. It is quite possible that it will be at this time the false prophet introduce the mark of the beast .Rev 13:16-17 And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17 and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.

The Fourth Seal – Pale/ Green Horse – Death – Pestilence

And when He had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death—and Hell/hades followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth [one in every four people], to kill, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (Rev. 6:7-8). The opening of the fourth seal reveals a pale/green(CHLORUS) horse, bringing death in various forms to a “fourth part” of the earth, There is approximately 7.5 billion people on planet earth today, so that would mean nearly 2 billion people would die.  The death toll around the world caused by diseases is increasing at a rapid rate. It would seem that the world awaits a global epidemic  either occurring naturally or with the help of  a man made virus that could have the potential to kill billions of people which could be unleashed at this time.

These events serve as signs that the end times are approaching and very fast, that is if we are not already nearly there. The gradual apostasy in the church, and rampant deception permeates the world. Wars around the world are at an all-time high. Diseases and famines are reaching unprecedented numbers. All these signs point to the coming judgement of God on the earth.

Today it would appear that the church is asleep and yet Jesus commanded us to watch over thirty times in the Olivet Discourse which was His primary teaching about his return.o be asleep means that we are not watchful or alert to the signs of his coming.If the church is asleep then we will be taken by surprise

Therefore, be on the alert—for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep. “What I say to you I say to all, ‘Be on the alert!’” Mark13: 35-37

Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour. Matthew 25:13