Who are the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
The great patriarch and Apostle of old. John the beloved in the sixth chapter of the last book of the new testament known as Revelation. Describes these horsemen of Apocalypse from the first to the eight verse of the chapter.
The chapter began with the analysis of how he came across these horsemen in a vision where a scroll or a book was opened by the Lamb of God (Jesus Christ), of the seven seals which was at the right hand of God, that could only be opened by the Jesus the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Precious Lamb of the one and only living God.
Jesus opening the scroll, sets in the introduction of this horse men and their various assignment. The unveiling of the each of them is however well detailed, unique and distinctive. It began by telling what the look like, their color. Who was on it and what was given to the rider to utilize in carrying out its own mission. Their colors according to the account, are white, red, black and pale.
While some translations gives different accounts, in most interpretations, these four riders are said to be indicating four major attributes. Which are Conquest, War, famine and Death.
The significance of the revelation of the four horsemen of the apocalypse to Christians is to foretell or give a divine prophecy of the last days of judgment that would come upon the earth.
A brief look of how the scripture presents these four agents of the last days would give a clearer understanding of its relevance to every believer.
The White Horse
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 KJV).
The Red Horse
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 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 6:3-4 KJV).
The 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 it 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 measure of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. (Revelation 6:5-6 KJV.)
The Pale Horse
And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the fourth beast say, come and see. And I looked and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on it was death, and hell followed with him. And power was given unto him over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword and with hunger, and with death, and with the beast of the earth. (Revelation 6:7-8 KJV).