The Work of the Four Horsemen

This is a sequence to the Post on the Four Horsemen of the Book of Revelation. The first of the four is the White Horse.

“And I looked and behold a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given him; and he went out conquering, and to conquer” (Revelation 6: 2).

It seems strange that he who conquers the world has a bow, but no arrows. He had no formidable weapons of war, yet he conquered the entire world.  By what means? One word, words. His conquest is achieved with words of peace. Who is not for peace?

Greg Tinker, a retired 8th grade teacher in Alabama, wrote an absorbing article with the captivating title, “The Death of Virtue — A Telltale Sign of Civilizational Collapse.” Therein he included two relevant quotes.

“The path of the virtuous leads away from evil: whoever follows that path is safe” (Proverbs 16: 17). Few seem aware of this gem making clear the advantage of virtue. 

The second quote is from Saint Augustine, “When, therefore, man lives according to man, not according to God, he is like the devil.” Augustine was an astute observer of society and reached a poignant conclusion.

Again quoting Tinker, “He lived in an era of unthinkable absurdity. Up down. Black is white. Evil is good. Light is dark. Truth is a lie. Right is wrong. Virtue is vice. Gender is fluid. And we have thousands of ‘friends’ (on social media).”

It is easy to see how out of this arsenal of words the rider of the white horse found much ammunition for his war of words.

According to the order of the four horsemen the red follows the white, meaning acts of war follow words of peace. One has to look no further back than the words of peace that preceded the Ukrainian War.

Again quoting the Revelation. “…a red horse went out, and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the whole earth, and that men should slay one another, and a great sword was given to him.” This means he had many sophisticated weapons of war.

Follow the succession, first the rider of the white horse conquers with words. Then the rider of the red horse employs weapons of war to conquer, This sets the stage for the rider of the black horse who brings famine. Then comes the rider of, “an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name of Death; and Hades was following with him. And authority was given to them over a fourth of earth, to kill with the sword and famine and with pestilence and by the wild beast of the earth.”

Seldom does a Post of this nature appear on this site. This Post is written to forewarn of these events that will come after the rapture, meaning today’s Christians will no longer be here to experience them. That is motivation to get right with the Lord and be ready for His coming.

“The path of the virtuous leads away from evil: whoever follows that path is safe.”