The Four Horsemen of Apocalypse

The Book of Revelation we are introduced to the ‘Four Living Creatures – greek zoon ‘ and their unusual appearances in the realm of God’s Heaven.

Rev. 4:7

[7] And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

1st Beast – Face of a Lion
2nd Beast – Face of a Calf (Ox)
3rd Beast – Face of a Man
4th Beast – Face of an Eagle

It is traditionally suggested by Jewish sages that according to the Twelve Tribes of Israel, as per Biblical reference, that each of the Twelve Tribes marched under a different ‘banner’ which was representative of their particular Tribe.

Numbers 2:2

Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father's house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch.

Thus, four Tribes, with three Tribes in each direction (North, South, East and West) and the Levites in the center were to set up camp according to the following Biblical specifications during their Egyptian exodus and wilderness travels. It is recorded that Judah and two other Tribes camped on the eastern side of the congregation, Reuben and two other Tribes on the southern, Ephraim and two other Tribes on the western, Dan and two other Tribes on the northern, while the Levites camped alone in their center.

Meanwhile, Jewish tradition also suggests that the ‘standard/symbol’ for the Tribe of Judah was a Lion, the standard for the Tribe of Reuben was a Man's Face, the standard for the Tribe of Ephraim was an Ox and the standard for the Tribe of Dan was a Serpent, (Gen. 49:17) which was later changed to an Eagle.

Therefore, with this in mind assuming that the Four Living Creatures in Heaven open the Four Seals of the Book of Revelation in the sequential order of each of their aforementioned identifications – 1st Lion Faced, 2nd Calf (Ox) Faced, 3rd Man Faced and 4th Eagle Faced, “then we must ask what is (if any) is the relationship between these Beasts faces and the events of each of the described first four Seals?”

In Ezekiel Chapter 1 we find the following passage:

Ezekiel 1:10

As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.

Therefore, the above passage reveals the same type of faces as per the Four Beasts in Rev. 4:7. Thus, what we see from the above Scripture is that the four ‘Living Creatures’ seen by the Prophet Ezekiel had four faces pointing in all ‘four directions’ – man face forward or southward, lion face to the right or eastward, ox face to the left or westward and eagle backward or northward.

1st Seal & Lion Faced Beast (Judah) – White Horse Conquer - East
2nd Seal & Ox Faced Beast (Ephraim) – Red Horse War/Civil Unrest - West
3rd Seal & Man Faced Beast (Reuben) – Black Horse Famine - South
4th Seal & Eagle Faced Beast (Dan) – Pale Green Horse Death - North

To this end, if we extrapolate this with respect to the Four Beasts of Rev. 4:7 and the Four Seals, we can suggest that the Eagle Faced Conquering fallen angel is dispatched to the East, the Ox Faced War/Civil Unrest fallen angel is dispatched to the West, the Man Faced Famine fallen angel is dispatched to the South and the Eagle Faced Death fallen angel is dispatched to the North.

However, an astute observation reveals that the 1st White Horse Rider is the Only One of the four to be given a Crown.

As I have suggested earlier, in similarity with Zechariah 6:1-8, I think all four apocalyptic riders are fallen angels sent on specific missions to specific regions of the world – North, South, East, and West.

Zech. 6:5

And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth.

Therefore, we must be very careful here and NOT think that the 1st White Horse Rider is the man Antichrist. Why?

As I have stated above, the four riders of Apocalypse are four Fallen Angels on a geographic mission and thus, I suggest the 1st fallen angel is actually the 7th Beast of the Seven Headed Ten Horned Beast. He will be the 7th Fallen Angelic King/Prince that will temporarily rule and help to establish the 7th Empire (Middle Eastern) of the Seven Headed Ten Horned Beast in preparation for the 8th Fallen Angelic King/Prince (Abyss Beast – Abaddon/Apollyon) and his hosts - the Man Antichrist, during the Great Tribulation.

Rev. 17:10-11

And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; [7th White Horse Rider] and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. [11] And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, [Abyss Beast – Abaddon/Apollyon] and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

To this end, here is something freighting, the 2nd Red Horse Fallen Angelic Rider, if I am correct, goes to the West and takes ‘Peace from the earth’. However, the Greek word ‘ghay’ used here for ‘earth’ is not necessarily meant to be global and is used in several other locations throughout the New Testament to signify a country, or a land hence a region.

ge, Greek 1093, Strong’s

ge, ghay; contrete from a primary word; soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe (including the occupants in each application) :- country, earth (-ly), ground, land, world.

Thus, here is the important part – the 2nd Fallen Angelic Red Horse Rider is given a ‘Great Sword’ and causes the people to ‘Kill Each Other’. Thus, it would seem the people of the West will ‘Kill Each Other’ rather than being killed by foreign invaders/warriors. This would seem to indicate some sort of social/civil upheaval (civil war) or economic collapse. These Western peoples could most likely be either Europe or America or even both.

Meanwhile,the Fallen Angelic Black Horse Rider of Famine goes South to what will most likely be the continent of Africa? Please note that the 3rd Angel is told by a voice in the midst of the ‘Four Beast/Living Creatures’ “Hurt not the Oil and the Wine”. Why?

If we look at Olive Oil and Wine production in Africa, we find that it is predominately in the South – especially South Africa. Therefore, I suggest that the Fallen Angelic Black Horse Rider of Famine is being cautioned and limited as to the geographical regional extent of his Famine and is warned to STOP before entering Southern Africa – the Oil and the Wine production region.

Finally,the Fallen Angelic Pale Green Horse Rider Death goes North as the released Abyss Beast Abaddon/Apollyon and possesses his host - the Man Antichrist, BEFORE the blowing of the 7th Trumpet ends, and the Resurrection of the Dead in Christ, the Rapture of the 144,000 Messianic Jews, and the general Rapture of the Church,invading Israel and capturing Jerusalem - hence, the beginning of the Great Tribulation and the last 31/2 years of Daniel's 70th Week.