Who are the four horsemen of the Apocalypse

Rider on a white horse

The first of the riders must appear after the Lamb removed the first of the seven seals, in his hands his bow, and on his head his crown. The Book of Revelations states that this rider looks “victorious” and “will come to win.” Interpretators interpret these words differently, some believe that the species of the rider and the white color of his horse symbolize truth and victory of truth over lies, others believe that he, on the contrary, symbolizes coming to the land of the Father of Lies — Antichrist, Satan. But his words and the kind people will take for the truth and worship him, thus he will win and bring much grief to the apostates.

The first horseman of the Apocalypse is also called “Plague”, which is also very symbolic from the point of view of theology. This can be interpreted as any kind of false doctrine that is comparable in scale to a plague pandemic.

Rider on a red horse

When the Lamb removes the second seal, the second horseman of the apocalypse will set foot on the ground, he will sit on a red horse with with a big sword in his hands. This rider is destined to “take the world off the ground” so that people kill each other. The second rider traditionally symbolizes a war so massive and destructive that it should affect every corner of the world.

The red coloured horse represents the spilled blood, and since it was preceded by the appearance of the first rider, this, according to the researchers, should mean that war will begin and a lot of blood will be spilled shortly after his arrival. Most likely, in view of the coming to the land of Antichrist, and probably he will unleash it.

Rider on the Crow Horse

The Third Rider of the Apocalypse will appear following the War. John in his vision heard a voice that said, “the chinix of wheat for denarius and the three chinixes of barley for denarius.” These words speak to global crop failure and subsequent famine, when grain prices will be unthinkably high. At the same time, the rider was told not to spoil and wine it would not spoil, so vineyards and olive trees would be less affected by drought. The raven color is traditionally considered black, with this term the concepts total or global are identified.

For example, the bubonic plague that erupted in the Middle Ages was called the “Black Death” for mowing down a third of Europe’s population.

Some interpreters tend to believe that the second horseman symbolizes world hunger, others believe that here John the Theologian speaks in allegorical form of rich and poor, those who buy chinix of wheat for denarius and those who eat spruce and wine, i.e. those who go to the temple and observe the sacraments of communion and peace anointing. I.e., the rider will only cause evil to the rich and depraved and will not touch the Christian believers.

Horseman on the pale horse

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Fourth Horseman John the Theologian calls “Death”, he will have to have authority over the fourth part of humanity destroyed by war and famine. The pale color of a horse represents the skin color of a dead man or a person in suicide agony. It is not known from Revelation whether the fourth rider has any object in his hands. In a 16th-century engraving made by Albrecht Dürer, the last rider carries a trident in his hands, however in other paintings, drawings and illustrations he is depicted with an oblique in his hands.

The last words dedicated to the fourth rider tell the story that “hell follows him”. This may mean that the fourth rider will be the last, and after it begins such a nightmare that it will seem like hell to his contemporaries, because after the horsemen of the Apocalypse begin to trumpet the angels, heralding enormous cataclysms that have not yet been on Earth.

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