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PROPHECY QUESTION 72
What is the significance of the four horses in the book of Revelations and the seals?
The four horsemen represent the first four major events in the Tribulation which begins after the Rapture. A comparison with Matthew 24: 2-8 reveals the following:
Revelation 6 Matthew 24
v. 2: Rider of the white horse (Antichrist) vss. 4,5: (False Christís)
v.4: Rider on the red horse (War) v. 6: (Wars and rumours of war)
vss. 5,6: Rider on the black horse (Famine) v. 7: (Famines)
vss. 7,8: Rider on the pale horse (Death) vss. 7,9: (Pestilences and death)
The account of Matthew 24 parallels the seals of Revelation 6 because it applies to the seven year Tribulation period when God takes the nation of Israel through a time of trouble (cf. Jeremiah 30:7). Matthew 24: 4-14 reveals how God will deal with the nation of Israel during the first three and a half years. The Antichrist will come first and make a covenant of peace with Israel. During this time there will be some trouble for the world (including Israel) as the second rider takes that peace away, followed by the others who bring famine and pestilences.
In Matt 24: 15-31 the Antichrist breaks his covenant with the people of Israel and they flee to the wilderness, hidden there by God for the last three and one half years (cf. Revelation 12:6). They remain there until Christ comes to liberate them at the end of the Tribulation. They will accept Him as their Messiah at that time (cf. Zech 12:10).
Dear reader, if you are not saved now, you could be alive during that terrible time. It is great to know Christ as your personal Saviour, and to know that when He comes you will be saved from the wrath to come. To accept Christ means that you trust Him completely for forgiveness and salvation. Have you trusted him yet? Trust Him and be saved instantly.
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated February 22nd, 2014 by Sandra Felix