Season of the 4 horses – Warning, then Release


YHVH God gives a warning 3 months before the 4 horses are seen.

In Zechariah, we see the same 4 horses that we see in Revelation.

Looking at the timing and other details given in Zechariah might provide a clue as to what to watch for in the days ahead.

There is a warning in September / October.

The horses appear in January/February.

They are then released sometime after that.

Things are in full swing by March.

Going back to the historical context may help us how these months mentioned coincide with historical events.

Then we may ask, “will the horses follow the same pattern this time?”


Cheshvan –  September / October – warning

Zec 1:1 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying,

** This is the 8th month on the Hebrew religious

calendar, not civil calendar.

Zec 1:2 The LORD hath been sore displeased with your fathers.

Zec 1:4 Be ye not as your fathers, unto whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye now from your evil ways, and [from] your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, saith the LORD.


Shevat –  January / February – appearance after 70 years

Zec 1:7 Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which [is] the month Sevat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying,

Zec 1:8 I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that [were] in the bottom; and behind him [were there] red horses, speckled, and white.

Zec 1:10 And the man that stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, These [are they] whom the LORD hath sent to walk to and fro through the earth.

Zec 1:11 And they answered the angel of the LORD that stood among the myrtle trees, and said, We have walked to and fro through the earth, and, behold, all the earth sitteth still, and is at rest.

Zec 1:12 Then the angel of the LORD answered and said, O LORD of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which thou hast had indignation these threescore and ten years?


Month – ? – Release of horses – Continuation from Zech chapter 1

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.

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.

Zec 6:5 And the angel answered and said unto me, These [are] the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth.

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.

Historical correlation to determine release of horses

The time of the vision occurred after the 70 year Babylonian captivity, and Israel was back in the land. Cyrus the Persian released them to return and build their temple.

First appearance of horses in Zechariah 1

The first appearance of the horses is after the captivity and may reflect the season in which they acted to begin with – winter.

Here, the horses are at rest after their activity.

So when were they released?

They were released when they appeared.

Nebuchadnezzar came against Assyria, Egypt, Syria and then Jerusalem.

He had to first go through the other territories before he got to Israel, so war was already in progress by the time Jerusalem fell to Babylon.

Jehoiachin (son of Jehoiachim) reigned until Adar ( March) 598 BC, when he was captured by the Babylonians.

So, by spring, the horses had ridden the first time, and initiated the 70 year captivity.


Babylonian invasion of Jerusalem



In the reign of Jehoiakim Nebuchadnezzar came against Assyria, Egypt, Syria and then Jerusalem.

He left Babylon in the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim (Dan. 1:1).

God sent against him the Chaldeans, bands of Syrians, bands of Moabites and bands of Ammonites to weaken Judah in order to have them removed (2Kgs. 24:1-4).

Jehoiakim died in his eleventh year.

His son Jehoiachin reigned in his place for three months when he was 18 years of age.

***Notice similar names between father and son.

The Babylonians came against Jerusalem and laid siege to it in this year, which was 598 BCE. The Interpreter’s Dictionary states that it was in the year 599 BCE that Nebuchadnezzar brought his newly strengthened army against Syria and the allies of Egypt, and in 598 he attacked Judah (ibid.).

In 2Kings 24:12 we are told that Nebuchadnezzar took him in the eighth year of his reign. Bullinger assumes the text refers to Jehoiachin and tries to explain that as being from when he was entrusted with regal authority by his father Jehoiakim in the fourth year of his reign.

Jehoiachin’s reign (son) commenced in 598 BCE, and his captivity commenced in that same year.

On 15/16 March 597 BCE the city was captured and that was before the New Year.

Jehoiachin’s captivity was thus in the year 598/7 BCE, and the second year of his captivity began shortly thereafter.

We know that Jerusalem fell and that Jehoiachin was taken prisoner on the second day of Adar or 15/16 March in the year 597 BCE (according to Encyclopedia Judaica; see also Interpreter’s Dict. (loc. cit)).


Second appearance of horses in Zechariah 6

They are riding again, and from the same location – Babylon.

The 2 mountains of brass are the 2 mountain ranges surrounding Babylon, between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, which is Iran today.

*** Iran has copper (brass) mines in both mountain ranges.

See references at the end of this post.

This second ride seems more futuristic, as it mentions the Branch, the Messiah in the same chapter.

Would history repeat itself?

In the first invasion, the warning occurred in the fall of the year, in September / October, and then the horses were ready to ride in January.

By Adar, March, Jerusalem had been taken.


When the 4 horses ride again, in the end times, will they follow the same timeline and pattern of warfare?

While they walk to and fro throughout the earth ( not just the middle east, like the first time) their main activity is to the north country, maybe as far as Russia, but at least to what was ancient Assyria before (Turkey, Syria, Lebanon), and to the south, toward Egypt.

This Zechariah 6 attack pattern parallels Daniel 11, which describes the antichrist forerunner, Tiberius, and the wars against the kings of the North and South.

The horses will still come out of Babylon, as it is the source and origin of the activity, and their object will be Jerusalem once more – directly or indirectly.

Past and future

If history did repeat itself, as suggested by the months named in Zechariah and historical fulfillment of past “horse” activity, then I would expect a

1. warning of some kind in September / October or the fall season, prior to the year of release of the 4 horses.

2. once more, they would initiate from the ancient enemy Babylon, now Iran and surrounding areas

3. Activity being obvious in January /February

4. Full war by spring or March

All or one at a time?

Another thing that seemed important is that the horses in Zechariah were all released at the same time, rather than sequentially.

In Revelation, each horse is associated with a seal being broken, giving us the impression that it is sequential release, but we do not know how quickly each seal is broken.

There could be months between each seal, or days, or minutes.

They may all occur at the same time as well. No waiting period between seals is mentioned, so there may not be any.


Modern Israel as a target

Modern Israel has been in existence since 1948, officially, although a Jewish presence has been there for 4000 years.

Some say it was official in 1947, but was not enacted until 1948.

Either way, Israel has been in its own captivity since then, even though the original intent was to liberate them, and provide a safe homeland.

This captivity is to its hostile Arab and non -Arab Muslim neighbors that want Israel destroyed.

As before, other nations may be invaded by the horses and “Babylon” on the way to Jerusalem, possibly starting in the winter time of a designated year.

*** One nation that would have to be subdued before an invasion of Israel is the United States. How this attempt develops is of great prophetic interest.


Final note

As of this date, September 11, 2011, Israel is in its 63rd / 64th year

of captivity in its own land.

What will happen THIS Cheshvan (Fall) and THIS Shevat (Winter)?

What will happen next year at this same time?

Watch and pray…..!!

See also:

Shevat 24


4 Horses , 4 Horns, 4 Beasts of Zechariah and Revelation

21 Responses to “Season of the 4 horses – Warning, then Release”

  1. If history did repeat itself, as suggested by the months named in Zechariah and historical fulfillment of past “horse” activity, then I would expect a

    1. warning of some kind in September / October or the fall season, prior to the year of release of the 4 horses.

    2. once more, they would initiate from the ancient enemy Babylon, now Iran and surrounding areas

    3. Activity being obvious in January /February

    4. Full war by spring or March

    THE MONTHS are interesting.. though I personally see that modern warfare does not need to depend on times of the seasons like in the olden days.. where Winter itself pre-empts any military campaign.

    BUT INTERESTING food for thought !! 🙂

  2. Modern Israel has been in existence since 1948, officially, although a Jewish presence has been there for 4000 years.

    Some say it was official in 1947, but was not enacted until 1948.

    As of this date, September 11, 2011, Israel is in its 63rd / 64th year of captivity in its own land.

    THUS WE APPROACH the 70th year !!!!

    • hi Boo

      Well, it is a bit whimsical, but things obviously have to start sometime!

      And it made me think of when Jesus commented to hope things did not happen in the winter time.

      Mat 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:


    • Remember the WORD said from when the commandment went forth so I think count from 47

  3. Marianne

    Even though our flesh doesn’t want to receive it, “How can it not be”?

    The word of the Lord tells us the generation of the figtree shall not pass until all things be fullfilled for that generation of the ending of time.

    As you said the birth being 1948 and a generation being 70 years equals 2018. So if the tribulations is 7 years and the generation will not pass until the things be fullfilled, then 7 from 2018=2011. How is it possible that it be another time?

    The word can not error and on top of all of that have not the birth pangs begun. I don’t see how you have to question if the calendar is right because we know the year of the birth of the figtree and we know God
    gave 70 years to a generation.

    I believe that the President and the UN are going to go against Israel in
    support of Palestine. If this unfolds in Sept.-to Oct will be the months to see the support dates. From that the hedge God has put around us will have been penetrated by the Presidents actions and we more than likely will in some way be wounded.

    I don’t think our wound will be fatal, I believe the USA will start to roll out the mark of the beast with the strike action taken against us. I believe our money will fail about the same time. The attackers maybe the same ones we all the loans to.

    I think we are the nation in the economic system that receives the wound but it won’t be fatal. I think it will happen in this manner because of the USA Christian base people who love the Lord. I believe he will mount us up. But if anyone can not feel the tension in the air I say they are spiritually dead.

    We need to all be at the altar and on our prayer knees. Prayer can change some things but not the promises of God. He has promised his coming and he has promised to curse who ever curses Israel and to bless who ever blesses her. Gods’ plans are set to perfection. I believe when these things happen that our true latter day rain will fall and it will be part of Gods way of blessing this nation that has not forgotten him by many.

    We know God is not the author of confusion but is a just God in all things and he provides for his own even when it seems there is know way. We are in an arena that we can not dictate the actions of the person at the head of the USA. We as a people have told congress. He has a team
    working on loan issues with out other required members this is totally unconstitutional.

    Remember to enter his courts with Thanksgiving and Praise for he is the one who has always kept us. We only “ARE” and have been because of his mercies and his goodness. We are nothing with out him. He giveth and he taketh away. Let us pray and strive for the day of going home.

    • hi pattie

      I agree with you. Sometimes I present a question, not out of lack of faith, but to make people think for themselves. There is only one refuge in our immediate future. He is in glory but will come to get us when all is wrong, and we don’t think it can get any worse.

  4. This is quite good.

    xxx Mick 🙂


    For all those believers that believes” Jesus is come in the flesh” I would strongly recommend the reading of the following material:-

    1) Islam in the end times.
    2) Teaching Outline & Study Guide, 2011 Edition.

    It is freely down loadable from the above link.

    Last mentioned is a 454 paged book that is a much more comprehensive study of the Biblical prophesies on the last days than the first. I don’t want to say more, go and read it yourselves. You will be surprised at finding, how we have been lied to over the years. The believer who is the author of this book made a proper in-depth study and is providing some hard facts that is difficult denying.

    Marianne you would be quite right in assuming that the problems would start in your winter time, as this was foretold by our seer Siener van Rensburg almost a 100 years ago. For those that read this post and don’t know about him go and read Marianne’s post on him. Fortunately for us as true believers “Our God Reigns” and we are living in very interesting times and will see the fulfillment of the biggest most profound event in the history of our world and of mankind and you all know what that is. Of course you are all correct, it is the coming of our Master, our King our Lord, the Son Of God (“I AM”), Jesus.

  6. I have been following the events in America closely the last few weeks on “Fox news” and specially the commemoration of 11/9 A heart breaking tragedy that really gets me upset and on the other hand make me feel so sorry for the perpetrators of these type of acts, because they truly doesn’t know what they are doing and more specifically to whom they are doing it. By that I mean, to children of the Most High God, and they will have to pay for what they have done. There is no way that they can or will escape the fruit of their deeds.

    It is vitally important that we as children of God pray for America as they were the spreaders of the good news in the beginning of this age and we are therefore indebted to them for that. They are under heavy attack by the opposing forces.

    America it is time for you and all nations that is going through the same thing, that we set aside our political correctness, to stand up and claim back our right to serve our God openly and without impediment by government or whom so ever.

    God Bless America

  7. the horses never left the area. they have always been around.

  8. i have been wondering what might happen this fall or winter a lot of people were talking about that times i didn’t under stand what everyone was talking about i due now when Obama was running for president i new something was wrong didn’t no what tried to tell everyone i new something wasn’t right he won and saw people worshiping this man and thought there is only one god with the ones running this time theirs no chill up my back because i sensed trouble with this man then and still due i agree time is so short and we need to look up to heaven things are going to get tight short and strange in this country and a lot don’t no why the seven year tribulation is at are door step and we need the lord on are side to see us through this we need to hang on till the end and are rewards are in heaven not here on earthy

  9. Hello Marianne,

    Personally, I don’t believe that the horses of Zechariah having anything to do with those in Revelation. First of all, the horses in Zechariah are in the plural, as in three red horses, 3 black hores, etc. Also, chariots are mentioned, where there are none mentioned in Revelation. The horses in revelation are plagues that affect the entire earth, for example: It is said that the red horse is given power to take peace from the earth so that men slay each other, as in “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” The horses in Revelation will be bring about plauges that are unprecedented bringing about that man of lawlessness (White horse) and bringing about the death of a fourth of the earth’s population in a short period of time by famine and disease. Even if all of Israel was killed it would not equal a fourth of the earth’s population. Though Israel will be the focal point, as this time of distress will be the completion of that seventy ‘sevens’ that the angel decreed for Israel in Dan.9:24, but it also involves God’s dealing with the rest of the world. It appears that the horses of Zechariah have to do specifically with Israel during the time of their Babylonian captivity and not the future.

  10. Timely post, Marianne. Both the horses of Zechariah and of Revelations are mesmorizing!! In my opinion (lol – I always have one)….the horses of Zechariah are akin to the Revelation horses in that they represent the authority of God. Of the Zechariah horses it is said, ‘Zec 1:10 ….. These [are they] whom the LORD hath sent to walk to and fro through the earth.’ In some way, in the spiritual context, they are akin to the four beasts before the throne of God. Rev. 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.’ While the horses represent specific things, both the Zechariah horses and the Revelation horses represent God’s presence and soveriegnty over the events of man and over the earth. At one point, the Zechariah horses ride in chariots during peacetime but the Revelation horses ride to battle (Job 39: 19-25) in full power (assignment from God). Only God gives and takes away peace. The horses represent enablement from God concerning victories and/or defeat. God rules over all…especially over evil. Nothing, nothing, nothing happens apart from the will and/or permission of God. He continues to seat dignities (rulers/kings/presidents) over Babylon/earth/world (Dan 4:17). But He is beautifully revealed as He rides the horse of righeous power in Rev. 19.

    Again, timely post. We ‘luv’ the horses. They are important!


  11. How dare you conform to political correctness by using BCE!!! If you are Christ centered, you will NOT bow down to such pressures!!!!! PC Disgusts me, it is BC and AD, unless you are of the world!

  12. I agree when Obama was running and every one worshiping him i new something was wrong really wrong i felt it and new it and it gave me chills this time i now there was and is some thing wrong with that man i due not fill that way this time but i know he must win i don’t no why but he will i no know more but for some reason i fill he will

  13. Troops to be called home in January……predicted above. ..does not mean peace, but reason to be in USA instead of Iraq.

    It will also be winter, as predicted. Time of attack on east coast?

    wait and see

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