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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
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There are four separate horsemen, each representing something different. Each rides a different color horse, wields a different weapon and has a different power.
THE WHITE HORSE
The white horse is the first of the four horsemen to arrive. He represents Conquest and his power is "to go forth in conquest; to kill with the beasts of the Earth." He Yeilds a Crown and a Bow.
AS EVILTHE RED HORSE The rider of the second horse is often taken to represent War. His horse's color is red, or, in some translations, specifically a "fiery" red. This color, as well as the rider's possession of a large sword, suggests blood to be spilled on the battlefield. The second horseman may represent civil war as opposed to the war of conquest that the first horseman brings
THE BLACK HORSE
The third horseman rides a black horse and is generally understood as Famine. The black colour of the horse could be a symbol of the dead. The horseman carries a pair of balances or weighing scales, indicating the way that bread would have been weighed during a famine.
Of the four horsemen, the black horse and its rider are the only ones whose appearance is accompanied by a vocal pronunciation. John hears a voice, unidentified but coming from among the four living creatures, that speaks of the prices of wheat and barley, also saying "and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine." This suggests that the black horse's famine is to drive up the price of grain but leave oil and wine supplies unaffected. One explanation for this is that grain crops would have been more naturally susceptible to famine years than olive trees and grapevines, which root more deeply; the statement might also suggest a continuing abundance of luxuries for the wealthy while staples such as as bread are scarce, though not totally depleted. Alternatively, the preservation of oil and wine could symbolize the preservation of the Christian faithful, who used oil and wine in their sacraments.
FROM THE BIBLETHE PALE HORSE
The fourth and final horseman is named Death. Of all the riders, he is the only one to whom the text itself gives a name. Unlike the other three, he carries no weapon or other object (but some versions say that Death carries the scythe, symbolizing that he is the Grim Reaper); instead he is followed by Hades.
The color of Death's horse is written as khlômos (χλωμóς) in the original Koine Greek, which is often translated as "pale", though "ashen", "pale green", and "yellowish green" are other possible interpretations. The color suggests the sickly pallor of a corpse. The natural colors of horse coats that could be indicated include dun, palomino, buckskin, or one of several color variants with dilution genes.
The verse beginning "they were given power over the fourth of the earth" may refer solely to Death and Hades, or it may summarize the roles of all four horsemen; scholars disagree on this point
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Hi there !! Maybe there’s some confusion in what the 4 horses are. The bible says that they are 4 horses (4 seals).
The white horse, pestilence, evil and conquer. In the bible it is established like a king riding a horse and has a bow. The king is supposedly the evangelization of towns. It represents the conquest of the Christians. The bow represents low distance, such as the evangelization. Also it represents the monarchy, political concepts.
The red horse, war. That appears in “Good God Yáll”, episode 2. He will reap judgement in the name of God Himself. This color, as well as the rider's possession of a large sword, suggests blood to be spilled on the battlefield.
The black horse, famine. The black color of the horse could be a symbol of the dead. The horseman carries a pair of balances, indicating the way that bread would have been weighed during a famine. Foodless = Death.
The pale horse, name death. The last episode of this year. Unlike the other three, he carries no weapon or other object (but some versions say that Death carries the scythe, symbolizing that he is the Grim Reaper.
Many questions are now invading the heads of you and me. Who is death? How do you kill it? Why Castiel took the brothers to Bobby? Does he/it obey Lucifer? What would happen in 6 months (in the series). Remember Lucifer said he will see Sam in Detroit.
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