From Where Did The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Originate?

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Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – Death, Famine, War & Conquest, an 1887 painting by Viktor Vasnetsov. (Note the Lamb at the top.)

The Four horsemen of the Apocalypse is a revelation (from the Book of Revelations) which emerged when a heavenly being called The Lamb opens the first four, of seven, seals revealing the events related to the Second Coming of Christ, also referred to as the Last Days.

The Horses and Their riders

The White Horseman of the Apocalypse (Conquest)

There are two schools of thought as to the whether the first horseman, riding a white horse, represents Christ or is the so-called anti-Christ. Both camps are ardent in their refusal to accept the other’s point of view.

The Red Horseman of the Apocalypse (War

The rider of the second horse is generally held to represent War. The red color of his horse represents blood spilled on the battlefield. He carries a great sword, which represents battle and fighting.

The Black Horse of the Apocalypse (Famine)

This third horseman is generally considered to symbolize a great famine, likely as a result of the war that comes from the second horseman. Staple food items such as wheat and barley will be extremely scarce.

The Pale Horse of the Apocalypse (Death)

The pale color of the fourth horse is thought to represent fear, sickness, decay, and death. The word used to describe the color of the pale horse is the Greek word ‘chloros’ (green). It is meant to convey the sickly green tinge of the deathly ill or recently dead.