The Four Horsemen, Part One – The White Horse

Revelation 6 introduces the ride of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in a specific order. There is a reason why the White Horse goes first, followed by the Red, then the Black and finally the Pale Horse ridden by Death.

Why do these horsemen ride out in that particular order?

What purpose do these horsemen fulfill?

Are we in a position to know?

If not, when would we know?

These are interesting questions that are worth asking, as long as we understand that the truth might be different than what we see, right now.


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The Four Horsemen

Part One – The White Horse

There have been a lot of theories proposed about the Ride of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Dispensationalists claim that the White Horse is the Antichrist, and we’ll all be raptured before he rides. Others claim that it has already happened, or that it’s just allegory – fantastic literature written for the amusement of scholarly scholars.

I devoutly wish that one of those claims was true, because I am horrified by what is rolling down upon us. The terrible suffering and then death of five billion people is something that I wish we could avoid, but I’m afraid that it is completely and utterly inevitable.


Ultimately, the reason will be that we are short-sighted, sinful and foolish.

The longer reason will be the implosion of our ability to feed eight billion people. This collapse began long before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but has now accelerated due to the key position held by Ukraine and Russia in the export of food and fertilizer. Countries that must import food to feed their people will starve when they can’t meet the prices that grain exporters will demand.

Towards the beginning of this catastrophe, wealthy countries will have enough to eat, while the poor will starve. Eventually, as the process accelerates, the poorest countries will be torn apart by angry parents who cannot feed their starving children, and then the wealthier countries will suffer from discontent. As this collapse in food production continues, famine-related diseases will sweep through poor countries as immune systems fail due to hunger.

All of this could have been avoided, but we chose to ignore the obvious.

What is so obvious?

Natural gas is in decline, and we refused – or are unable – to find an alternative way to manufacture the nitrogen fertilizer that we use. Without natural gas, we cannot create enough fertilizer that would help farmers grow enough food to feed eight billion people. And, in the hundred years since we discovered the Haber Process, we have not found a better way of creating fertilizer.

Without enough natural gas to feed the Haber Process, our civilization cannot survive the way it is now. And, I think that this is the primary reason why the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride out in the order described. But, it’s complicated, so let’s look at the First Horseman of the Apocalypse.

The White Horse

I’ve spent the last 11 years yelling about what will happen when our access to petroleum is lost. We came very, very close to collapse in 2006, but were saved by a costly intervention called fracking. Without hydraulic fracturing, we would not have nearly enough transportation fuel to run our economies, and all our governments would have sent us to war to grab what was left.

Oil Wars

We fought two world wars and several regional ones for the control of oil, and it stands to reason that we will continue to fight for access to oil. And yes, World War I and World War II were about oil. So were both Iraq wars, the war in Libya and even the current Syrian civil war. Leaders at the time claimed other reasons for going to war, but you should already know that we never get the real reasons until after the shooting stops.

Are these wars the Ride of the White Horse?

The Bow

The fact that he is given a bow might indicate that this is the case. After all, if Revelation were to be written today, that ‘bow’ in the hands of the first horseman would have been a rifle. 1942 marked the last, successful cavalry charge using the traditional saber, when 600 Italians routed a Soviet force of 2000 men. It was the last time that a cavalry saber would win a battle.

But, what is that crown?

What conquest is happening when the First Seal opens?

Let’s read that passage:

1. 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.

2 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.

 – Revelation 6:1-2 (KJV)

All the bloodiest wars in human history were fought with rifle and artillery – in Biblical usage, the bow. But, the imagery of the ‘crown’ and of ‘conquering’, makes us pause and narrow our focus.

Is this the rise of the UN?

Organizations like NATO?

Is this something that will come in the future?

Many claim that it’s one or all of the above, but I think that we should keep looking.

Conquering By Rifle

The communists conquered Eastern Europe and Asia with guns. America conquered South America, Western Europe and the Middle East with guns. Africa is being torn apart with guns. But, we can’t be sure that this is what those two verses are talking about.

Will this ride of the White Horse be the rise of the Ten Kings without a kingdom?

We can’t be sure. But, focusing on all that is missing the point about human nature:

Those who hunger for power will grab at any chance for more.

As our access to energy and food becomes more and more difficult, the bonds of civilization will begin to weaken. This will present a great opportunity for the powerful to grab even more power.

Threat Of Nuclear War

As an example, look at the current war in Ukraine. That was an attempted power grab that failed. Putin controlled the energy supply to the most powerful countries in the EU and felt that this powerful lever would allow him to launch a decapitation strike on the leadership of Ukraine and add strategic real estate to the Russian Federation – real estate that also included lots of oil under the ground.

Putin miscalculated and did great damage to his own military, as well as the murder of thousands – eventually millions – of civilians. And now that he faces the possibility of catastrophic failure, Putin has pulled out the threat of nuclear war – which leads me to ask this question:

Is the threat of nuclear war via ICBM or tactical missiles the ultimate ‘bow’ that will allow him and others to conquer the world?

I live in Taiwan, not far from one of the planned invasion points that China will use when they attempt to invade this island. One of the many plans that the Chinese Communist Party will follow, is the use of nuclear weapons – either through direct strike on the island, or through high altitude nuclear EMP.

I and my 23 million neighbors would die, but China would gain control of the Taiwan Straight, a strategic choke point for trade going to and from Korea, Japan and even the United States.

Remember that most of China’s oil and lots of their coal, must go through the Taiwan Straight to reach the major ports of Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Dalian, Shandong, Tianjin, Qingdao and Yingkou. Block those ports, and China collapses.

The murder of 23 million Taiwanese and yours-truly, would be nothing to them. The only reason why they haven’t done it already, is the knowledge of what the rest of the world would do, if they did that.

Seriously, that’s the only reason.

The Chinese Communist Party is the most amoral and psychopathic government that ever existed. No one has done more evil, for so little reason than the Chinese government. But, I digress.

If the White Horse has not already begun its ride of conquest through our civilization, then I submit that it must ride soon.


Because the availability of food in Third World countries is on the verge of collapse. When that happens violence will sweep the globe. And THAT is the ride of the Red Horse.

We’ll talk about that in Part Two.


I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this

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


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2 thoughts on “The Four Horsemen, Part One – The White Horse”

  1. Hi John,
    I’m afraid you’re right. And, part two is at our doors. All is about power grab and no one even cares about peace. Not only Russia. Not at all. In fact, we are being conditioned that, looking to the East we face some ultimate evil. Yes, but it is only 50% true. We are looking at the most terrible object in the universe. The mirror. It is true, that Russia does not care about civilians, military losses etc. But there are also wars started by “us”, with millions of dead civilians. All killed people are children of God. And He remembers them all. At this moment all sides are at the “existential threat” moment, and the possible result is only one: global war. Someone said that the most terrible aspect of God is Justice. So, entire planet is about to receive a bill. Not any particular country, and we are free to guess why.
    There would be hope if only ~15% of people in the “high places” were Christians. What we have is 0% (ok, 0.1% in case I don’t know something). Russian position is known, and days ago general secretary of NATO stated that “we cannot loose war in Ukraine”. So, there will be nukes. We should just scratch the word “unthinkable” from our dictionaries. The Red Horse is coming and we have months left (say, until the next summer). We should prepare and enjoy every single day we are given. The peace era is ending for this planet.
    God save us all.
    Technical remarks:
    1. The number of Polish private companies closed due to energy costs stands at 200.000, for now. I will not elaborate (Poland has a big LNG terminal, and the pipeline to Norway was opened today – think about the rest of Europe).
    2. We can think whatever we want about Russia. But to discuss a war with such a country we should understand it. Nobody asks the question how to counter opponent with huge industrial capacity, advanced technologies, vast energy sources, and absolutely no moral restrictions? Corruption, mafia, resource wasting are true, but on the battlefield… Suddenly, to win, you have to come with the equivalent of the above. Yesterday I’ve red, that in a full-scale conflict French army has ammunition for 7 days, and German for.. two.
    Do you remember all those claims that “Russia is going out of… anything” – from March and April? My worry is that West leadership is totally detached from the math, physics, energy, production capacity, whatever. And, Russian Federation is much more sophisticated than Stalin’s Russia (even if preserving many of its blunders).
    God help us, and prepare for… well, everything.
    Yours in Christ

    • All that I can say is, “OUCH!” I’m afraid that you are right. If our societies weren’t so corrupt, maybe some of this could have been avoided. I think that the best that we can hope for is a delay. But, I’m not optimistic in even that. May God keep you safe, Chris. He’ll see us through – JL

      PS. I’m going to be putting Omega Shock into archive mode, as I make the switch over to Revelation Six. Posting will probably end here at the end of December. No real change. Just a different address and more focus on what the Bible is saying.

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