The Four Horsemen: The Pale Horse
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The Four Horsemen: The Pale Horse

August 15, 2019


The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have challenged
the imagination of every generation since the end of the first century. Moving relentlessly across history, they wield
great destructive power over humanity. But are these ominous riders relevant in the
21st century? With an eye on the human condition, this is Insight. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: each
signifies a dangerous threat to the world. In this episode we’ll discuss the fourth
in the sequence—the pale, or pallid, horse— and the great difficulties its rider brings. As John’s vision outlines, the white, red
and black horsemen of deception, war and famine can be the lead-in to a fourth devastating condition. In the book of Revelation, where Jesus is
seen opening a scroll sealed in seven places, the fourth broken seal gives the identity
of the fourth horseman. Beyond the death and devastation brought about
by the first three horses and their riders, comes the next: “When He opened the fourth
seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, ‘Come and see.’ So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him” (Revelation 6:7–8b). In Matthew’s Gospel, some of Christ’s
disciples came to Him on the Mount of Olives looking for information about the end of this
age and the beginning of the kingdom of God. Jesus gave several warnings about ongoing
conditions that would typify the world’s decline. And He warned not to be deceived into thinking
it’s the end when false messiahs, war and famine disrupt the world. Now He gave a fourth condition which, like
the others, signals only the beginning of the process that leads to the end. He said, “And there will be . . . pestilences
. . . in various places” (Matthew 24:7). This parallels the fourth horseman’s ride. This horse is grey-green or yellowish-green
like the color of so many who are sick and dying. The rider’s name is Death—the death that
comes from pestilences, epidemics and plagues. Opportunistic infections and sickness often
come in the wake of war and famine. Malnutrition means that the immune
system is suppressed in a way that’s very like the collapse of the body under a full-blown attack of AIDS. Illnesses that are rare find a foothold that
healthy people would normally resist. Under famine conditions, mortality rates may
be greater by many times than normal, and during and after wars, epidemics
can spread quickly. In the 1600s the Thirty Years’ War saw typhus
kill millions before it was halted. It returned with a vengeance in World War I, when millions more died in Russia, Poland and Romania. And the Spanish flu of 1918 and 1919 may have
killed as many as 100 million globally as soldiers returned home from that same war in Europe. In John’s apocalyptic vision, the pale horse’s
rider is accompanied by Hades—the grave— the last resting place of the terminally ill. Then comes this summary statement about what
the Four Horsemen have caused in total in terms of human life: “And power was given
to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by
the beasts of the earth” (Revelation 6:8c). In combination, the riders of the four horses
bring death to 25 percent of the world’s population. It’s a sickening statistic, even more so when you realize that much of it comes at man’s own hand. The Four Horsemen’s ride began some 2,000
years ago and continues to this day. Yet despite all the terrible death and destruction
they bring, there is good news at the end of their terrible ride. The same Jesus who showed the meaning of the
mysterious four riders will also come to put an end to their destruction. As the true Messiah, He will replace the white
horseman’s final false messiah and his false prophet. He will establish a society based on truth,
not deception. Christ will also come as the Prince of Peace
to eradicate the war and violence brought on by the red horseman. One of Christ’s other names is Yahweh-Jireh,
“the faithful God who provides.” So at His return He will end famine by providing
rainfall in the right season and abundant yields of food. At that time, epidemic disease and sickness
in general will give way to the work of Christ, who is also named Yahweh-Rapha—“the faithful
God who heals.” Then the Four Horsemen will be no more, and
the effects of their destructive ride across the earth will be a remnant of the past to
be quickly forgotten. If you’d like to know more about the four horsemen and the eventual resolution of all human problems, search keyword “messiahs”
at vision.org. For Insight, I’m David Hulme.

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  1. Wrong. Jesus does not have another name. Yahweh is Gods name translated to jehovah. Jesus is the son . Why can’t people understand this. Jesus and god are not the same

  2. I believe that each of the Four Horsemen are already here. Here it is 2019 and things are getting really bad.

  3. The four horsemen have nothing to do with the eschatology of the end time events.
    They are in the historic arm of the chiasm (poetic structure) of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

    The seals have many parallels with the seven bowls of Gods wrath, which are the seven last plagues that conserns the whole world, whereas the seals are only a part of the earth that was affected during their dispensations, (6), and with only the opening of the seventh seal, (and the seventh trumpet has finished sounding) after the judgment is complete will the events of Armageddon and the wrath of God be poored out upon the inhabitants of the earth, but like the final seven plagues of Egypt, the will not fall on the people of God, the Israel of God.

    The three fold (two-kai) blessing:

    Blessed is he that (1) readeth, AND they that (2) hear the words of this prophecy, AND (3) keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
    {Revelation 1:3}

    Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, AND/KAI of the Son, AND/KAI of the Holy Ghost:
    {Matthew 28:19}

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