“When the first four of the seven seals have been broken, four riders shall be summoned; Conquest, War, Famine, and Death. With them, these riders shall bring the apocalypse.“
Isn’t it weird that we are afraid of knowing the distant future but are okay with being blindly led towards it?
This question was stuck in my head after I fell into the rabbit hole of literary adventure. It started from mythology, and I was slowly lured into the unsettling dark. I was exploring the Book of Revelations.
Taken from the Bible, the Book of Revelations is a novel about the upcoming apocalypse and the Second Coming of the Messiah. In much simpler words, it foretold the future or, should I say, how the world will end. It is a series of passages that, at first glance, do not make sense, but unfortunately, are prophecies that we are yet to find out, or, we are finding out.
The 6th chapter of the Book narrates the breaking of the four seals, the seals that conjured the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Conquest, War, Famine, and Death. Now, I want you to think, “Are these horsemen roaming the earth?” From the crap that’s happening, it looks like it.
I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come and see!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
The first horseman is Conquer, or pestilence as other calls it. Consider the name Conquer that is defined as successfully overcome. What do you think had conquered humanity? Nope, it wasn’t physical this time. We are conquered by this hell’s own virus. This virus successfully overcomes the Earth, and its effects aren’t slowing down either. From depression, poisoned by own thoughts, addiction, and even death, these are just some of the proofs that the first horseman might be here.
Coincidence? Maybe. But Conquer is also known as pestilence. And what else would you call a fatal epidemic disease?
When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come and see!” Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.
The second horseman is War. Well, sword was mentioned in the passage and what else one’s gonna do with the sword other than stab?
This “horseman” has been stabbing us since the dawn of our century. From the war in the Promised Land, Israel, the ongoing scuffle against the ISIS, and current melee in Afghanistan, how sure are we that the seal has not been broken yet?
When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”
Out of the four, this one does not have a tangible or obvious shenanigan that I can think of. Maybe, there is something somewhere that correlates with this horseman but, for now, I cannot put a finger on it. But hey, prices of food are now significantly higher. Sooner or later, there will be a shortage of food supply. And what come’s next? Famine, it is.
When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine, and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.
The last horseman is Death. Literally, this horseman is named Death. Should I dwell deeper on this? Since the day that our first parents were casted out, Death shrouds our bodies. Death as a horseman is a hard piece to bite off; it’s mere existence looming, haunting. Death is everywhere and anywhere, time is short.
All of these will remain as text until we realize that we don’t want what will happen next. Before you can blink or open your eyes, apocalypse will be in front of us. Sure, we don’t know if the seals, as mentioned in the passages of the Book, are actually broken. Looking around us, there’s no telling that what is happening is the start of the Day of Reckoning. So, if I were you mate, I will cherish my days in righteous ways because Judgment Day might be here.
But well, who am I to judge? I’m just a simple boy using my voice to raise awareness that resonates as rants and raves. – NWI