Pale, Grisled (Green) 4th Horse – Death
The pale horse of death is preceded by the black horse of famine, which in itself causes death. How is the pale horse different?
Rev 6:8 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.
The Pale Horse destroys, then in 5 ways:
1. the sword – from the red horse of war, which continues
2. hunger- from the black horse of famine, which continues
3. death (method not described)
4. beasts of the field
5. by bringing Hell with it.- I think this leads to the next seal of martyrdom, when Hell attacks the saints.
Notice that ¼ of the earth is affected.
Here there seems to be 4-5 main land masses divided into 7 regions.
Is this death confined to one land mass, or is it regional?
Or maybe it is global?
The death (method is not described) is the mystery. It might be the most insidious, and evil.
Man’s treachery against those he hates?
Demonic (“alien”) activity?
Weapons of mass destruction?
Nature’s rebellion against man?
Direct, supernatural event from the hand of God?
Beasts of the field are also mentioned as a destructive force.
Zechariah also describes the activity of the 4 horses. The pale horse is further described as “grisled (spotted, piebald, usually white and a darker color) and bay (reddish brown with a black maine).”
Zec 6:2 In the first chariot [were] red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;
Zec 6:3 And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses.
Bay horses range in color from a light copper red, to a rich red blood bay (the best-known variety of bay horse) to a very dark red or brown called dark bay, mahogany bay, black-bay, or brown (occasionally "seal brown").
Either this means there was
1. a combination of pale horses and reddish brown horses pulling one chariot, or it means
2. each horse was spotted, with white and reddish brown markings.
Comparing the Zechariah description to Revelation:
Rev 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale [grisled] 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 calls this grisled (light and dark spots) horse “pale.” In the GREEK text, the word "chloros" is present. "Chloros" means GREEN, or yellowish pale. It is the same as seen in the world chlorophyll, which is the green color of plants. Obviously, the translators could not imagine a green horse, so gave us the word "pale" instead.
Green is associated with Islam. Muslim countries tend to have green in their flags and banners. Here, this flag is grisled in that it is 2 colors: green and white.
Will the grisled horse bring dangers from Islam, and cause death worldwide?
Will terrorism cover the earth, and kill ¼ of the population?
Green is also associated with the environment.
Will the grisled horse bring dangers from the environment, and cause death?
Will pestilence and disease, pollution, and chemical contamination of water and food bring the death of ¼ of the population of the earth?
Where do the horses go?
A. Regional interpretation
Possibly the horses have regional assignments, rather than all of them having a global agenda.
According to Zechariah,
Zec 6:6 The black horses which [are] therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south country.
Zec 6:7 And the bay went forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth: and he said, Get you hence, walk to and fro through the earth. So they walked to and fro through the earth.
So, from the above description, this is what I see regarding the activity of each horse, with
1. Israel being the point of reference:
Israel’s enemies typically came from the north (Assyria, Babylon, Selucids, and Romans) or the south (Egyptians).
So, if Israel is the starting point of reference,
The black and white horses head toward Assyria, Babylon, Selucids, and Romans, bringing famine, and false peace. Or they can go further north, as far as Russia and Europe.
The grisled, (pale) spotted horse heads toward Egypt, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. Or it can go further south, as far as Africa.
For this interpretation to hold, however, the grisled horse would have to kill ¼ of the earth.
But since the stated point of reference is the mountains of brass,
Zec 6:1 ¶ And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains [were] mountains of brass.
We then have to determine where the mountains of brass are.
The major candidate for the 2 mountains of brass is Iran, since it has plentiful copper mines in 2 mountain ranges.
2.. So, the alternate point of reference is Iran.
If this is the case, then one would shift the arrows over to the right, more east, on the map.
However, the horses seem to go to the same general areas as compared to Israel being the point of reference.
Interestingly, bay also means copper colored, or reddish brown, referring to the mountains of brass, so could this mean something from Iran that effects most of the earth?
The red horse also proceeds from here as well, so it might mean that when war starts, it will be associated, or initiated, with Iran.
B. Global Interpretation
For this interpretation to hold, the pale, grisled horse would have to kill ¼ of the earth. Since this is a large population, it would have to include more than Egypt, or the Islamic countries to the south.
Current reports from various sources have estimated that 1.2 to 1.57 billion Muslims populate the world, or about 23% of an estimated 2009 world population of 6.8 billion with around 62% in Asia-Pacific, 20% in the Middle East and North Africa, 15% in Sub-Saharan Africa and around 2% in Europe & Americas. Muslims in non-Asian countries account for a minority of total Muslim populations and they are mostly of Asian origin; from South Asia, Central Asia and Middle East.
The world population (2010) is about 6,845,609,960.
The population of Africa (2010) is about 1,013,779,050, which is about 15% of the world population.
So it is clear that the grisled, pale horse affects more than Egypt or Africa, and this is a global event.
The same would also hold true for the other horses.
So the map actually looks like this:
Conclusion for all 4 horses:
While the initial direction might be regional, as indicated by Zechariah, it will not stop there.
The final direction will be global.
The final horse, the pale and grisled, brings Hell with it.
For those who have NOT accepted the salvation of Jesus, this brings their torment, death, and damnation.
I pray that all will open their eyes, and seek the truth of God for their lives, while there is still time.
The door is closing.