have been taught).
First Four Seals—“The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
”Revelation 6:1-8 (HCSB) — 1 Then I saw the Lamb open one of the sevenseals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with avoice like thunder, “Come!” 2 I looked, and there was a white horse. Thehorseman on it had a bow; a crown was given to him, and hewent out as a victor to conquer. 3 When He opened the second seal, I heard thesecond living creature say, “Come!” 4 Then another horse went out, a fiery red one, and its horseman was empowered to take peacefrom the earth, so that people would slaughter oneanother. And a large sword was given to him. 5 When He opened the third seal,I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And Ilooked, and there was a black horse. The horseman on it had a balance scale inhis hand. 6 Then I heard something like a voice amongthe four living creatures say, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quartsof barley for a denarius—but do not harm the olive oiland the wine.” 7 When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of thefourth living creature say, “Come!” 8 And I looked, andthere was a pale green horse. The horseman on it was named Death, and Hadeswas following after him. Authority was given to themover a fourth of the earth, to kill by the sword, by famine, by plague, and by thewild animals of the earth.The question is whether these four horsemen are completely symbolic or metaphorical or are they somehow, in someway, literal (as I contend is almost always the case). By comparing other partsof the Bible to this prophecy, we will seewhy there is no need to allegorize them.
Zechariah's Parallel Four Horse Chariots Prophecy
In Zechariah four chariots with horses of similar coloration to Revelation's areintroduced. Coincidentally they appear inthe exact same chapter and verse numbers as Revelation's description of thehorsemen:Zechariah 6:1-8 (HCSB) — 1 I...saw four chariots coming from between twomountains. And the mountains were made of bronze. 2The first chariot had red horses, the second chariot black horses, 3 the thirdchariot white horses, and the fourth chariot dappled horses