The four horsemen of the apocalypse

The four horsemen of the apocalypse

The “four horsemen of the apocalypse” is a term used to describe four horsemen that appear in the New Testament of the Christian Bible in chapter six of the Book of Revelation, which describes an apocalyptic vision. Although scholars disagree as to what exactly each horseman represents, the four horsemen are often referred to as Conquest, War, Famine, and Death. Summoned and empowered by God as part of the opening of the seven seals, the horsemen contribute to the widespread destruction that takes place in Revelation as part of the end of the world.


The interpretation rearranges the order in which the horsemen arrive to end the world, and a slight change to their personae. Pestilence is portrayed as a distinct entity, separate from Famine, and takes Conquest’s normal place in the lineup. The first horseman to appear is Pestilence, who rides upon a white horse.


Pestilence conquers the nations of the world, subjugating them to demonic powers of the world. In the wake of Pestilence comes War, riding a large, wild red horse and wielding a tremendous sword symbolizing continuing war over the domination of the world, killing millions in his path with his sword.

In the wake of War, due to immense destruction because of War and Pestilence, is Famine. Famine is portly riding upon a black, sickly horse – representing gluttony and hunger. And in the wake of Famine, comes the pale rider, Death. His horse is stark pale. He is followed by Hades and carries the remaining souls to their final destinations. The interpretation which is most commonly used as the basis for pop culture’s uses of the Four Horsemen concept.

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