There are two schools of thought in regards to the horsemen: 1) That they represent kingdoms and events over the course of the new testament (post-crucifixion to now), or 2) that they represent a series of events at the end of days. I am subscribed to the latter belief.
I believe that the four horsemen are four “foreigners” to our world. By this I mean that they are fallen angels, who have arrived from elsewhere. The cycle parallels the order in Revelation 12-13.
The first horseman (white horse, bow, crown) would be Satan himself. This parallels the Red Dragon (Revelation 12) chasing the woman through the wilderness. Going forth conquering and to conquer.
The second horseman (red horse, sword, take peace) would be parallel to the Beast from the Sea, which is Wormwood. This is also the little horn of Daniel.
“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” (Revelation 6:4).
“And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months” (Revelation 13:5).
“I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things” (Daniel 7:8).
“My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword” (Psalms 57:4).
The bible is clear that the tongue is a sword. We also know that the Beast from the Sea, or Wormwood, is given a mouth to speak great things. This is his great sword: his voice.
The third horseman (black horse, scales, measure of wheat for a penny) would be the False Prophet (Beast from the Earth). This is the angel that fell with the key to the bottomless pit. I believe he arrived (meaning the 3rd seal opened) in 2013.
Lastly, we come to the fourth horseman (Death and Hell) which would be the Image of the Beast, which is the Abomination of Desolation. When the fourth seal opens (and it’s not far down the road), those who believe and will not forsake Christ need to flee.
Jesus himself tells us the vague sequence of events in Matthew 24:6-24.
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
This tells us of the events from the 3rd to the 5th seals. The false prophets will arise (which they already have been for a while) and will preach anti-christ doctrine as holy. They already claim the path of righteousness is to forsake religion and join the brotherhood of mankind, all united under the same doctrine of freedom, which is lawlessness. Soon, in the coming years, I believe the Daily Sacrifice will be taken away. As to what that will actually manifest as, I do not know, but I believe when it comes it’ll be clear to His people. Then, as Daniel the prophet said, there will be 1290 days until the Abomination, which will be the opening of the fourth seal and the time when they kill those who believe in Christ. The fifth seal will follow, which is when they kill the rest:
“And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled” (Revelation 6:11).
Then, Christ speaks of the sixth seal:
“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven” (Mark 13:24-27).
Here is the sixth seal from Revelation 6:
“And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Rev. 6:12-17).
There are two sets of stars (angels): the third part Satan drew and the rest, which are the Lord’s army. The stars in the sixth seal are the latter.
The seventh seal is the Victory of Jesus Christ over the four horsemen, which are Satan, the Beast, the False Prophet, and the Image.
In short, in the coming years (somewhere from two to five) they will take away our rights to believe how we choose to believe, then after three and a half years from that they will start to extermination all those who don’t have the mark of the beast.
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:1-2).
A mark, just like with cattle farmers, is a brand. It is seared into the cattle with a hot iron to show ownership. Those with the Holy Spirit are sealed of God (wearing the name of Christ). Those with the mark essentially have the unholy spirit, which would be the name of the Anti-Christ (the mark of the Beast). In the time of the fourth seal, those who wear the name of Jesus Christ will be slain, except that they understand and know to run.
Finally, after all those that are supposed to be martyred have been, then the Lord will return in the clouds, the four winds will gather together his people, and the 144,000 will be sealed. Then, the army of the Lord will triumph over the wicked.
Let those with an ear to hear, hear. May Jesus Christ open your eyes and guide your hearts. We are entering into the Great Tribulation, I pray that I see you on the other side.