The Four Horsemen
For example, in the sixth chapter of Revelation, the apostle John
describes a dramatic vision: “I saw, and, look! a white horse; and the
one seated upon it had a bow; and a crown was given him, and he went
forth conquering and to complete his conquest.” (Revelation 6:2) Who is
this victorious horseman? None other than Jesus Christ, installed as
King of God’s Kingdom and riding to conquer his enemies. (Psalm 45:3-6;
110:2) Jesus’ triumphant ride began back in 1914, at the very beginning
of the Lord’s day. (Psalm 2:6) His very first conquest was the casting
of Satan and his demons to the earth. The result for mankind? “Woe for
the earth and for the sea.”—Revelation 12:7-12.
There follow in the vision three grim figures: a fiery-colored horse
symbolizing war, a black horse symbolizing famine, and a pale horse
whose rider was named “Death.” Of this fourth horse, we read: “I saw,
and, look! a pale horse; and the one seated upon it had the name Death.
And Hades was closely following him. And authority was given them over
the fourth part of the earth, to kill with a long sword and with food
shortage and with deadly plague and by the wild beasts of the
earth.”—Revelation 6:3-8; Matthew 24:3, 7, 8; Luke 21:10, 11.
True to the prophecy, mankind has suffered terribly from war,
famine, and disease since 1914. But the fourth horseman also kills by
means of “the wild beasts of the earth.” Has this been a notable feature
since 1914? Consideration of a similar prophecy by Ezekiel helps to put
this aspect of the prophecy into perspective.