The main character of the entire book of Revelation is the Lord Jesus Christ, in chapters 2 and 3 we saw the risen Lord from heaven addressing the churches on Earth. Now after chapter 4 the scenario changes completely, placing the readers in Heaven. The Apostle John sees a door open in heaven & a voice calls him “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” He then sees a throne in heaven & heavenly worship.
In Rev.1:19 we have the chronological order & the division of this book into its three tenses: past (Chap.1), present (Chap.2 & 3) & future (Chap.4-22). “Write the things that you have seen, and those that are, and those that will be after these“. (Rev 1:19).
In Chapter 5, Jesus, the Lamb of God, is the only one found worthy to break 7 seals of the scroll, He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. (some translations say ‘book’, but compare the Greek word scroll G975 w/ same word in Rev.6:14).
This post is regarding chapter 6 & the possible timing for the opening of the seals, more specific about the 4 horses of the Book of Revelation. When the seals are open, the 4 horses begin to ride. I think knowing the time is important because it may help some people to see how close we are to the Lord’s coming, some will look for Him & get saved, and it may also help many believers to put their houses in order & get ready for His coming.
I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures saying, with voice like thunder, “Come and see.” 2 And I looked, and there before me was a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow. And a crown (corona) was given to him, and he went forth conquering that he might overcome.
3 When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come and see.” 4 Then another horse that was red went forth. Power was given to him who sat on it to take peace from the earth, causing people to kill one another. Then a great sword was given to him.
5 When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there was a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 Then I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and do not harm the oil and the wine.”
7 When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” 8 So I looked, and there was a pale horse, and the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed him. Power over a fourth of the earth was given to them, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth. Revelation 6:1-8
There are some differences in the interpretation including the timing since the Bible doesn’t mention a date. But we have no doubt that what the prophecy of this book says will come to pass, & it is clear what each horse represent, most agree they are Conquest, War, Famine/hunger, and Death. Verse 8 also says that they together have the power to kill w/ war, hunger, death & by the beast of the earth, 1/4 of earth population. These 4 horses are ‘judgments‘ see also Ezek 14:21, Jer.14:12, 2 Chron.20:9. “for when Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.” Is. 26:9.
I always heard that these 4 horses would ride at the beginning of the great tribulation period, & the Church wouldn’t be here to see them. So I didn’t worried to much about it & because of it I was not in a hurry about studying the Book of Revelation since we wouldn’t be here for that time. Studying the Scriptures I understood that the Church wouldn’t be here (or it would be protected, Rev. 3:10) from the wrath of God, (John 3:36, 1 Thess. 5:9). The wrath of God is only for those who do not follow Jesus the Son of God as their Savior. “Let no one deceive you with vain words, for by these things comes the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience” (Eph. 5:6, see also Eph. 2:1-3), wrath is not for the ones that have received Jesus Christ & obey His Word.
- But then I realized that it is possible that the seals 1-6 could be opened before the rapture of the Church, before the wrath of God which happens after the 6th seal. Because some people before us had interpreted that the rider on the white horse is the person of the ‘antichrist’ then it is taught the Church cannot be here for the opening of the seals. But after more reading of the Scriptures I have come to the conclusion that these four horsemen could be events that happen before of what is called ‘The Tribulation’ period, like the beginning of judgments that we believers may go through, because judgment starts in the house of God (1 Pet.4:17 ) & we may suffer afflictions and persecution, but still it’s not the wrath of God (or as some call it ‘The 7 years of the Great tribulation’).
The 4 horses
Have the 4 horses began to ride? I think there is a very good possibility that not long ago (2 yrs) we started the timing of the white horse or the 1st seal of Revelation. Time will tell, but just let us be prepared, we got nothing to loose by doing that.
WHITE horse- Notice the emphasis is given to the horses & their colors, not the riders, the riders only help us to understand more about what the horses represent. The color white in the world has always represented PEACE (a white dove, white flag, etc). I don’t think is a coincidence that an emblem of the United Nations (published in May 1991, Vol.6, No.5; pg.14, from the newspaper “The Omega Letter”) was a white horse, the heading stated: “The white horse, like a messenger of Peace“. The article said that the dove, symbol of peace between nations had competition now, this horse represented also freedom and global unity; on the horse’s head was the emblem of the United Nations & 5 ribbons of different colors representing 5 continents.
Back to Revelation, the rider who sits on the white horse (Rev.6:2) has a bow (G5115=Toxon. The Greek word toxon means “bow” or “arrow”. –The word toxin comes from the Greek word /toxikon/, which in turns derives from the Greek term for (poisoned) arrow, /toxon/).
(Note: This brings to mind a character of the Greek & Roman mythology (already known at the time of the apostles, Artemis/Diana Acts 19:34, was his twin sister), the god of archery, plague, medicine, music, poetry, art, oracles, sun, light & knowledge: Apollo. During the Trojan war, Apollo sided with Trojans & shot arrows infected with plague into the Greek encampment, spreading the disease among them).
This rider represents a hunter, we Christians are compared with fishermen (Matt.4:19) but hunting skills use more force or violence to catch their prey, also these skills were mainly used in the Bible by people that were rebellious against God.
. . “Even like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.’ Gen.10:8-9
‘And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.’ Gen. 25:27-28.
‘Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter and from the deadly pestilence’. Psalm 91:3
‘Deliver yourself as a doe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler‘. Prov.6:5
‘Behold, I will send for many fishermen says the Lord and they shall fish them. And afterwards I will send for many hunters and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill and out of holes in the rock’ Jer. 16:16.
For this & other reasons we don’t believe the rider of the white horse represents Jesus, but we think it has to do with the antichrist & his system. The rider has also a ‘crown‘ G4735 (corona) which means ‘exalted rank’ a ruler or the victory garland given in public games as reward (This rider has a single crown or stephanos, but Jesus is crowned with many crowns, Rev.19:12 & all of His crowns are diadems (G1238), the mark or badge of royalty, and figuratively, empire; supreme power). The rider is a hunter (with poisonous hunting tools?), advancing under the guise of peace but he intends to conquer or subdue the world & victory was given to him.
I believe this white horse has to do with the Peace Treaty of the Middle East, which the antichrist will later confirm (Daniel 9:27 & 11:3-32). When says ‘confirm’ means it was already made or signed before hand, but it will be ratify or made stronger, & this time for 7 years (& may include stipulations for the construction of the temple, which will eventually cause the abomination of desolation, Matt.24:15).
A historical event, a peace agreement” was already presented in January 2020 & later signed during the pandemic, on September 15, 2020 called also a “Dawn of a new Middle East” (Is.14:12), see details w/maps. But it’s not over yet, because more countries will enter to be part of it, until it will be confirmed for 7 years. Also notice that since that ‘peace treaty’ was presented, coincidentally we started the pandemic of a ‘corona‘ virus, which is being used to subdue or control the entire world, nothing like this has ever been seen before, but also the technology used in the poisonous shots to subdue the people globally, is a nano-technology network called ‘Corona‘, see more details here.
( Note: Also “corona” astronomically refers to the atmosphere or ‘wind’ around the Sun. The shots started in US Dec. 14th, 2020, the same day of a total solar eclipse, when the sun corona can be seen. Exactly 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks after the US 2017 solar eclipse, coincidence? US had a total solar eclipse in Aug. 21/17, the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years, & on April 8/24 will see another one, exactly 3 years, 3 months & 3 weeks after the shots started, which give us 6 yrs, 6 mo, & 6 wks after the 2017 eclipse. These things are not important to us, but they are very important for those calling the shots).
According to 1 Thessalonians 5:3 words of peace & security (<- pls see link) should be heard at the end times before the coming of the Lord (1 Thess.4:13-18) & before the coming destruction, that will intensify like the contractions of a woman giving birth. If you go to that link you will see we are hearing them more loudly now.
If the white horse didn’t start riding when that initial peace treaty was presented or signed in 2020 (which I’m more inclined to believe), then it may do so when that peace treaty is confirmed for 7 years. But if we are right about the timing of the white horse of Revelation, then we will see the calamities of the other 3 horses soon after, & next would be war. Also in vs 4 we read there is relative peace before the red horse rides : “4 Then another horse that was red went forth. Power was given to him who sat on it to take peace from the earth, causing people to kill one another. Then a great sword was given to him.”
Remember that during the riding of all the 4 horses (time during white horse included) 1/4 of the earth or a lot of people will die around the world, so be spiritually & mentally prepared, as close as possible to our Lord, because we (the Church) may be here to see the seals open. God told us about it long ago, so we could be prepared, put your lives & of your love ones in His hands. Pray for the Church, sadly many believers will go more deeply into apostasy (2 Thess.2:3), but also pray for the souls that will be saved during these difficult times. I also believe the Lord will empower His true followers to bring a big harvest before His wrath.
The other 3 horses interpretation are very clear:
RED horse- Meaning Wars
BLACK horse- Scarcity of food, hunger or famine
PALE horse- Death, this is the only rider that was given a name, but it’s not a person. Is a figure of speech, in which a thing or an idea is given human qualities. I believe that all 4 horses represent events & not persons. Same with the rest of the seals, they all are EVENTS before God’s wrath, and we believers may go through them.
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