Revelation 6:1-6: The First Three Horsemen

Krissa Lox

Revelation 6:1-6

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and wine.

In the recent course of global events, there's a lot of speculation of whether things might pertain to end times. For the most part, I'd been dismissive of such thoughts, since the first earthly manifestation of the events in the book of Revelation is the appearing of the four horseman, which I thought would be a pretty obvious sign when it happens. But in the interests of due diligence, I went back to re-read the text since it's not an area of the Bible I tend to focus on as much as others.

So, first there comes a White Horseman, conquering with a crown.

Next comes a Red Horseman with a sword to take peace from the world.

And then comes a Black Horseman with balancing scales, tasked with... ensuring fairness and justice?

... seems like quite a change of pace from the first two horsemen.

But what if these were allusions to government types: Imperialism, Communism, and Socialism?

Just a thought that came to mind to consider, not claiming any special insight here. But it does seem rather coincidental to have those particular colors matched with those particular attributes in that particular chronological order.