The Ride of the Four Horsemen – Who are They?

Few ideas have captured the imagination more than the Ride of the Four Horsemen. And, most of that ‘imagination’ is complete foolishness. Some of it is a reasonable attempt at trying to fit the pieces together.

Hopefully, the rest of us will ignore foolishness and confine our attempts at understanding, to what the Bible actually says. If you play games with the Bible, you are going to wind up in some very hot trouble with the Author.

As a writer, I don’t take kindly to having my words twisted. Multiply that by infinity when you consider that God doesn’t like having His words twisted, either.

It’s ALWAYS better to say, “I don’t know,” than invite the wrath of God.


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The Ride of the Four Horsemen – Who are They?

When it comes to discussing Last Days prophecy, there are two verses that should strike fear in the hearts of all who consider such things:

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Revelation 22:18-19

If you add ANYTHING to the Book of Revelation that is not there, then you will suffer the terrible things that are described.

If you take away ANYTHING from the Book of Revelation… well …you will suffer eternal judgment.

If those two thoughts don’t make you afraid, then you are a fool. This means that you must NEVER fiddle with the Book of Revelation.

That’s why I’m extremely careful when interpreting that book. But, you didn’t come to hear me preach a sermon on interpretation. So, let’s get to these four horsemen.

What or Who

First of all, are they a What or a Who?

Well, let’s take a look. Or, as the Four Beasts said to John, come and see:

The White Horse

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.

The Red Horse

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.

The Black Horse

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 the wine.

The Pale Horse

And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Revelation 6:1-8

Now, I have an important question:

Do you see God giving a command to these horsemen?

No. You do not.

Does it mean that God has NOT given a command to these horsemen?

No. You don’t see that, either.

So, there’s something of a question mark over all of this, because all that we have is an observation of events, by John.

The White Horse

But, there is one thing that I can say with emphatic clarity:

The White Horse is NOT the Antichrist.

Those who make such foolish claims had better go and read Revelation 22:18 again, because THAT is dangerously close to adding to the Book of Revelation. You CANNOT say that this is the Antichrist. But, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t a connection to the Antichrist.

When does the Antichrist come?

Probably during the fifth or sixth seal. But, I will leave that for your own consideration, because I want to get back to these horsemen.

What is it that the first horseman is doing, the guy riding the White Horse?

Building an empire.

The next question is:

WHICH empire?

I personally believe that this is the Seventh Head of the Beast, that will be wounded and then revived. However, we won’t know for sure, until it happens. But, if I’m right, then the empire that is being created by the rider of the White Horse, is…

…the American Empire.

And, if that is the case, then this horseman has been riding since the mid-1960s, because THAT is when the American Empire began building. Unfortunately, there is so much analysis connected to my observation, that it would take a book to explain it all. So, let me give you a short list:

The Petrodollar

Yep. That was a really short list. And, it is THE reason why America has been able to conquer the world. And, if you need more background on that, go here:


…did you notice that the ‘Times of the Gentiles’ ended right about that time?

That’s right, on June 7th, 1967 – when Israel captured Jerusalem. And, the verse that you need is here:

And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.Luke 21:24

You can get more on what I say about THAT, here:

Now, we still have three more horsemen.

The Red Horse

The rider of the Red Horse is interesting, and a little harder to pin down. But, this guy is given a megale makhaira – or, a really big sword. But, not a rhomphaia.

I’ve talked about the distinction before. But, what is curious about the use of makhaira here, is the addition of the word megale – or ‘great’. The makhaira is a ‘personal weapon’, but this one is big. And, it is armed conflict – not financial or rhetorical. These are people killing each other. And, peace is taken away from the Earth.

The Black Horse

Now, let’s talk about this Black Horse. Most people refer to what is happening here as the scarcity of food. But, in reality, it’s about the cost of food – not famine or drought.

Of course, the most direct way for food to increase in price is for there to be a drought, or some other source of famine. But, there are other ways, and we are starting to see the possibilities.

For instance, if the financial system collapses and farmers can’t buy seed to plant… well …food gets scarce.

We could also see the price of oil go up so high that food would ALSO get really expensive.

So, there are quite a few possibilities here.

The Pale Horse

Then, there’s the most terrifying horse of all, The Pale Horse. It kills and destroys the population of a quarter of the Earth. The problem is that we don’t know WHICH quarter.

Of the total land mass of the world:

  • Africa is 20.4%
  • North America is 16.5%
  • South America is 11.9%
  • Europe is 6.8%
  • Asia is 30%

So, the question is:

Where does this Pale Horse ride?

My suspicion is Africa, but Africa encompasses less than a quarter of the world’s land mass.

So, where ELSE would it ride?

And no. You do NOT want to be there when it arrives.

When The Horsemen Ride

The next question is when these horsemen ride. I’ve pointed to the possibility that the rider of the White Horse has been riding since 1967. With all the conflict that we’ve been seeing since then, it seems like the rider of the Red Horse has been galloping across the planet, as well.

But, the Black Horse?

Hmmmm… that’s a good question. But, food scarcity has been hitting lots of places over the last few years, and we see that in all these ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings – especially, Egypt.

But, we may yet see the full effect.

Then, there’s the Pale Horse.

My fear is that this horse has begun its ride, and that we are seeing it with the rise of Ebola. I could be wrong, and I hope that I am. But, it really is something that we must consider.

The Human Reason

But, let me also leave you with another thought – one that appears to weave through tale of these horsemen:

Have you noticed the human component to all of this?

It appears to me that it is human activity that is the root cause of the death and destruction that we see. The White Horse conquers an empire, and humans are doing it. The Red Horse causes armed conflict, and humans are doing it. The Black Horse describes scarcity, and we can see how humans MIGHT be doing it. And, the Pale Horse… well …we DO see the fingerprints of evil men all over this dreaded Ebola.

We will have to see.

The point is that at least one or more of these terrible horsemen are riding the Earth today. And, this means that you need to take steps to prepare for when they arrive at your door.

I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this
(That’s a link. There’s not much time left.)

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.Proverbs 22:3


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37 thoughts on “The Ride of the Four Horsemen – Who are They?”

  1. John, After reading about the 4 horseman I believe the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said you all as humans invite these into our lives by how we conduct our lives by our free choice He gave to us. Chirstian’s are Jews. Yes or no? Do we embrace the Truths of God/YHWY or do we embrace traditions of man? I know as a Christian I went to church and put God is a box just before I left the church. I went about my life in the way I thought it should be done. I was in for a rude awakening. We as believers in Yeshua / Jesus need to take a hard look at our lives and say am I really conducting my life the way YHWY/GOD wants me to. The walk is not easy. Matthew 7:13-14 says it all. I enjoy reading your letters each morning because the Holy Spirit says put me first and I will take care of the rest. All who read this, have an awesome day in the Lord.

    • Hi Robert MIller,

      Interesting point. We have invited these four horsemen to ride. It was/is our sin and our rejection of God that did it.

      And yes, holding close to God will always be the first step in answering the thundering hooves of those four horses.

      Thank you, Robert.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  2. Well John … this week promises to be a wild ride … if Martin Luther could not comprehend the book of Revelation, it truly is a feather in your cap to have so much figured out that you can caution anyone at variance as foolish twisters of scripture to be crushed by an angry God. Do you not suppose it possible that the white horse could represent the millennial reign of Christ ? Is it not a long shot possibility that Communism could be the red horse ? You do not seem to have any idea as to the black horse … and anyway …. this is not about 4 horses … this is about 7 seals and number 5 is staring us in the face as a great Christian persecution. But, let me be so risky-twisty-fiddlely as to ask about seal no. 6 … where is the tribe of Dan ?

    • Hi mike,

      I do NOT claim to have Revelation ‘figured out’. I just know that many things that have been proposed by others cannot be true.

      One of those things that cannot be true is that the rider of the White Horse is be the Millennial reign of Christ. Not possible. Not. At. All.

      And, just because the Red Horse is… well …red, doesn’t mean that it’s Communism.

      The sixth seal… is the tribe of Dan?

      Um… that doesn’t make any sense, so I’m missing something.

      Thank you, Mike.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  3. For years, I understood the white horse to be world peace, at least that’s what I was taught. Recently, I saw it described as simply Conquest. The absence of arrows indicates it would be a peaceful conquest. I got to thinking, a famous world leader received a Nobel Peace Prize shortly after having been elected President of the most powerful nation on earth. As far as most people could tell, he had done absolutely nothing toward promoting peace …unless TPTB recognized that his election was, indeed, a peaceful conquest…of the only thing standing in the way of a one world system, the Antichrist system.

    • Hi Stephanie,

      I believe that you are combining Daniel 8 with Revelation 6.

      Yes, the Antichrist destroys many by ‘peace’ (Dan 8), but that doesn’t mean that the rider of the White Horse is the Antichrist (Rev 6).

      I’m afraid the Bible does NOT make this connection, so it would be in error for us to do so, by ourselves.

      Thank you, Stephanie.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

      • Hi, John,

        I wasn’t trying to equate the Antichrist with the horseman. I agree with you on that. They are clearly not the same person. I was thinking more along the lines of the horseman stood for a peaceful conquest. The conquest has been years (decades, even) in the making and the Peace Prize was the acknowledgement of the culmination of that conquest. The horse and rider stand for the conquest of the nation. Control of that nation allows conquest of many other nations and a place on the world stage of influence. With that clarification, I would love to have your response. I may be trying to shoehorn current events into prophecy, but I peg that unexpected Peace prize as the first in a whole series of unexpected moves. Just trying to make sense of the times.

        • Hi Stephanie,

          I’m not sure that the ‘Peace Prize’ given to Obama is very significant. It has been given out to so many people who don’t deserve it, that many people have already begun to discount its value. In fact, you rarely hear about Obama’s ‘Peace Prize’, except when referred to with derision.

          But, there HAS been a ‘peaceful’ element to the creation of empire, when you consider the financial empire that has been created by the US petrodollar – and its ability to build a massive military.

          It has been decades in the making, and the petrodollar monetary system really is one of the most fascinating constructs in world history. It really is amazing to see it quietly at work, destroying everything.

          Thank you, Stephanie.

          Yours in Christ,

          John Little

  4. John, I enjoy reading your insights on Scripture and world events. However, since no one individual has “perfect vision” when it come to understanding Scripture and how it applies to all the things that have taken place in history, and are currently taking place, perhaps you might be interested in another “vision” of America and how this nation was founded to usher in the Kingdom of the Antichrist. If so, then you can read each article posted on my website which were written much like chapters in a book to be read in sequence to fully grasp what is being exposed. We agree on much, such as the Pre-Trip Rapture Lie, etc., but I believe, if you choose to read the articles, you will be exposed to information that you will not see written anywhere else… Start here:

    • Hi Gary Blevins,

      It scares me to think that ANYONE would consider my viewpoint to be the only relevant one, so I agree that no one person has ‘perfect vision’ in these things.

      But, please be careful when looking into the Satanic mindset. That is dangerous ground, and I would not want anyone caught by the lies that Satan tells his own people.

      Thank you, Gary!

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  5. Regarding the 4 horsemen you wrote about today…
    I agree with you. A thought crossed my mind when you said the white horse may be the American Empire. Maybe God was implying a word play? White horse or WHITE HOUSE? Remember the Obama photo shop of a crossbow and throne.

  6. Hi, John. I, too, am suspicious that the four horsemen have gone forth during the 20th century, especially the rider of war. The twentieth century has been called the “century of war”, and indeed, it was so.

    I’ve a quick question, though. It is non sequitur, so I apologize. I have not heard any news of Doug Hagmann. Is he recovering from his severe throat condition? His absence has extended to great length, so this throat condition must be quite serious.

  7. You have some interesting theories.
    I would add, the prohibition of adding or subtracting from Scripture applies to the whole Bible, not just Revelation.
    Check De 12:32; Pr 30:6; Re 22:18-19. Keep up the good work, it’s always interesting to get different view points. Though I would ask how to you explain the crown on the head of the first rider?
    Secondly, the pale horse of Re 6 is “Chloros” which is used three other times in the Word, Mrk 6:39, Re 8:7, and Re 9:7, in which it is always translated “green” leading us to believe the pale horse is actually green (I am not adding unto the Word), just using the original. I wrote a book called “Death Rides a Green Horse) in which I argue the pale horse is a symbol for Islam which is officially “green.” One could also add green money and green ecology.

    • Hi Willard Aztec,

      Actually, I DO agree with your point about adding and subtracting also applies to all of the Bible. But, I find it interesting that the emphasis is especially acute in terms of the Book of Revelation.

      I see so many false theories leading people to either outcome, that those two verses should be especially emphasized in terms of Revelation.

      But yes, mishandling the precious words of God is a fearful, fearful thing.

      Your point about the ‘Green Horse’ is an interesting one. It will try to keep it in mind. There is certainly evidence that gives this point much merit.

      Thank you, Willard!

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  8. John: From what we have come across:In the early 1900’s through the the teachings of Gustave le bon,Edward bernay,and later gene sharp the stage has been set for an unseen hand to control people in power and events for the ultimate prize of nwo or The tower of Babe revisited.In one of the comments made by madam albright ,Sec of state under Clinton that the death of 500,000 men women children was worth the cost of Invading Iraq just sickens my stomach,where do they find these people?My only answer is they educate and indoctrinate them to their cause.The Empire and the White horse rider in play for a time it seems considering all the evil,Civil war,world wars,Hitler on and on these and I hesitate to call them people,have one goal Satans empire here on earth..Do the riders ride in conjunction with each other or one stops another begins??

    • Hi John murray,

      Excellent points.

      I actually believe that the riders are NOT necessarily sequential. I believe that each rider starts in the order described, but I don’t believe that the first stops riding – just because the second has started.

      To emphasize this, let me point out that the Bible doesn’t indicate when each of the riders actually stops his ride.

      Thank you, Jon. Great comment.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  9. Brother John, You are spot on with the white horse of revelations. its a common misconception that the white horse is the antichrist, but since it isn’t a direct reference to the antichrist those with eyes to see, can see the white horse as the whore of Babylon.
    what has American been doing since WWII we have been attacking anyone and everyone for evil based reasons.

    Now it is entirely possible for the antichrist to come out of Babylon (USA) but I have my doubts about this. But since the antichrist hasn’t revealed himself thru the convenant he signs with Israel, I will refrain from putting a label on anyone until that momentous date happens.
    and yikes when that happens it will take us deeper into the tribulation where we will deal with Satans favorite puppet and all the fury he will unleash upon the Christian saints.

    not sure how many people will make it that far, but we still have lots of death and destruction before the Illuminati messiah comes to present his version of peace on this world.

    God bless you and your holy spirit inspired work !!

  10. I’ve read those passages many times but this thought just occurred to me. The red horse. Taking peace from the earth, making war. Rothschild. In German, Rothschild means red shield and they certainly are always behind the scenes creating war here and there when it serves their purpose.

    • Hi David Wright,

      That is an interesting thought, and an interesting connection.

      However, since red has been a symbol of war and conflict for thousands of years, I would have to assume that the connection would be reversed.

      So, maybe red was chosen by the Rothschilds because they understood the direction that they were going. By the way, their original name was Bauer. When Mayer Amschel Bauer started the Illuminati, he was the one who chose the name Rothschild for his family.

      Thank you, David!

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  11. John:Hesitate to add more work for you but check out the website”URI”looks like the time is getting close,love your work.

    • Hi Jon murray,

      Hmmm… I think that you might mean this website:

      The United Religions Initiative

      And no, I did NOT know about it until your comment sent me on a search.

      What a fascinating and horrifying website. Yes, the time is indeed close.

      Thank you, Jon. I am glad that you put this on my radar.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  12. I tend to agree with John, that the Four Horsemen are merely symbolic of human actions/activities.

    I suspect that most Christians have heard of “Natural Law” and the “Natural Order”, right. Though I am NOT Christian I believe in these, They are real and can (and have) be scientifically proven to be real. Man has been violating the Laws of Nature and Natural Oder for some time now, for our benefit and convenience.

    But there is a horrible price to be paid for this, and our posterity will pay it. I call it the “Great Culling” of our species. This massive “culling” will be the result of mans defiance of the slower, less massive culling of our species that should have been taking place all this time, to slow our population growth.

    You see, disease has a purpose in the Natural Order – to cull the weaker of our species and to insure the overall better health of our herd. We’ve defied this through medical science, by eliminating the threat of these diseases to our survival. This has accelerated our population growth, which has humanity on a high speed expressway towards our species out growing our habitat.

    OK, now what happens to a species when it out grows its habitat? Nature culls it until its numbers are back down to a level that the habitat can recover and once again can support the survivors. Despite what many may want to believe, Humanity IS NOT immune to the same calamity, plus we have a few of our own making that will fall into play in this great culling, including War.

    Sorry folks, but this great culling can not be prevented. And yes, it is necessary. Natural Law and Natural Order demand it. We can only defy Natural Law for so long, before nature restores its authority over us. Nature always wins, in the end.

    • Hi Jerry,

      You have postulated some very Malthusian arguments. And, there is truth to that. But, let me propose an even greater truth:

      Jesus is real, and is everything that the Bible says that He is.

      Please. Acknowledge your sins and repent of them.

      Accept the Sacrifice of Jesus, a sacrifice that He made for you.

      Ask Him to save you from your sins and to forgive you.

      Make Him your Lord and Savior.

      Walk in obedience with Him.

      There is no Hope and no Truth without Christ.

      Thank you, Jerry.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  13. John, i have given this book much thought and study. It seems to me that the scroll is the title deed to planet earth and mankind – as stated in Rev Ch 5 in the song from the elders about how he purchased this with his blood (ref: Lamb who was slain) He has not taken literal ownership yet though – so he has to break the seals – who’s seals? who was it purchased from? It belongs to God but dominion was handed from Adam in the fall to Satan. Satan offered it to Jesus in the desert stating that it was given to him so he had the right to give it to Jesus if he would worship satan.

  14. I think one should think beyond America in this case. I think the rider of the white horse is a system that has conquered almost all humanity through lies and have promoted godlessness in the world. They control the media,schools, banks and industries and through their welt promoted immorality such as it was in Sodom. By their exclusion of God and deifying man sin is no longer sin to those they have conquered. I call them Humanists. Theirs is a religion with membership in all denomination of religions. There is hardly any form of apostasy that does not have its root in propaganda of humanist. Is there an empire they have not conquered?


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