Much has been written about the four horses of the apocalypse. Painting depicting the four horsemen of the apocalypse have been created. This is a intriguing topic for many people.
Unfortunately, much of the information on the internet about this is false information. Some claim the four horsemen are a myth. Such claims reveal a great lack of misunderstanding of Biblical prophecy. Consequently, some claim the four horsemen of the apocalypse can be found in the book of Ezekiel and Zechariah in addition to the book of Revelation.
Four Horses In Ezekiel
Some claim the four horsemen of the apocalypse can be found in the prophetic book of Ezekiel. A search of the book reveals that horses are mentioned sixteen times in twelve verses in the book of Ezekiel: (17:15; 23:6; 12, 29, 23; 26:7, 10, 11; 37:14; 38:4, 15, 39:20). But never are they described as “four horses” nor are they ever described as being of various colors.
This is an important point as we will discover when we look at the book of Revelation. This means it is an error to claim the four horsemen of the apocalypse are described in the book of Ezekiel.
Four Horses In Zechariah
However, four horses are mentioned in the book of Zechariah (Zechariah 1:8-11), Zechariah 1:7 tells us that the prop his writing and in verse 8 he says,
I saw at night, and behold a man was riding on a red horse, and he was standing among the myrtle trees which were in the ravine, with red, sorrel and white horses behind himZechariah 1:8
Notice that the prophet does not mention the color of all four horses. He only mentions the color of three horses: red, sorrel, and white. These horses appear again in Zechariah 6, it should be noted that “sorrel“ refers to a mixture of red and white.
Now in Zechariah 6:1-6 four chariots are mentioned and each chariot is pulled by a group of horses, which are of different colors. The first horses are red and the others are black, white, or dappled (Spotted). Then verse 5 explains these roses are the “four spirits of heaven.” Finally, verse 6 says that the black horses went north and the red horses went south. Verse 7 explains that the black and red horses patrolled the earth.
Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse – Revelation
The term of the “four horsemen of the apocalypse” is only properly found in the book of Revelation. That is, since the book of Revelation is the only book in the Bible that is actually called “The Apocalypse OF John,” “the four horsemen of the apocalypse” does not refer to the horses in any other book of the Bible. These four horses are only mentioned in the book of Revelation.
The White Horse
Therefore, we should say the four horsemen of the apocalypse are found in the apocalypse are found in Revelation 6:1-8. The first horse, the white horse is described in verses 1 and 2.
Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” And I looked and behold a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.Revelation 6:1-2
Verse 4 explains that the meaning of the color white represents peace. That is the color white symbolizes a time of peace due to the antichrist’s control over the earth. This corresponds to the first 3.5 years of the seven-year tribulation.
The Red Horse
The red horse is the second horse and it is described in Revel6:3-4. The passage says,
When He broke the second seal, I heard the second creature saying, “Come.’ And another, a red horse, went out and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and than men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.Revelation 6:3-4
Verse 4 explains the color red. It represents killing or blood. This is a description of what will happen during the last 3.5 years of the tribulation period.
The Black Horse
The third horse is black. It is described in Revelation 6:5-6. The passage says,
When He broke the third seal, I heard the third Living creature say “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, abs three 1 quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”Revelation 6:5-6
Just as we have recovered in the previous verses, the following verse, verse 6 explains the meaning of the symbol. Black represents famine. This will also happen during the last 3.5 years of the tribulation period.
The Ashen Horse
The fourth house is ashen. It is described in Revelation 6:7-8. The passage says,
When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying “Come.” I looked and behold, a ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death, and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.Revelation 6:7-8
Ashen symbolizes death. The color ashen is a pale greenish gray, which represents decay. Revelation verse 6-19 reveal that death will characterize the last half of the tribulation.
The four horsemen of the apocalypse can only be found in the book of Revelation since the Greek title of the book is the “Apocalypse of John.” No other book in the Bible is titled “The Apocalypse.” In this book the four horsemen represent general conditions that will e it’s during the tribulation. White symbolizes victory or peace during the first half of the tribulation. The other horses symbolize killing or blood, famine, and death during the last half of the tribulation.
All through scripture God warns us that if we do not obey His commands there will be pain, suffering and death. Whether people heed this advice or not. It will come to pass.