What are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are allegorical figures mentioned in chapter six of Revelation (also called the Revelation of St. John the Divine). The chapter describes a scroll, which contains seven seals and is held in God’s right hand. When the first four of the seals are opened, the four horsemen appear, each on a different colored horse. There are various interpretations of these allegorical figures, but the rider on the white horse is believed to represent conquest (or the return of Christ); the rider on the red horse is believed to represent war; the rider on the black horse, famine; and the pale horse, death. Some believe these hardships to be signs of the end of the world. The symbol of the four horsemen has appeared throughout art and literature.


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