Fourth Seal - Pale Horse

Seal - God's Judgement on the Pagan Rome (Dragon)

Revelation 6:7 - When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, "Come and see."

Revelation 6:8 - So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.


The pale horse represents an era of death in the Roman Empire. The pale horseman rode force and the Roman Empire crumbled into the most dreadful state of disorder and chaos, where their society had almost completely broken down.

Ezekiel 14:21 - For thus says the Lord God: How much more it shall be when I send My four severe Judgements on Jerusalem--the sword and famine and wild beasts and pestilence--to cut off man and beast from it?

Ezekiel 5:17 - I will send famine and wild beasts against you, and they will rob you of your children. Pestilence and blood shall pass through you, and I will bring the sword upon you. I am the Lord; I have spoken.

Isaiah 29:22 - Therefore thus says the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: Jacob shall not now be ashamed, Nor shall his face now grow pale;

Jeremiah 30:6-7 - Ask now, and see, Whether a man is ever in labor with child? So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins Like a woman in labor, And all faces turned pale? Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob's trouble, But he shall be saved out of it.

Revelation 1:18 - I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

Civil war is always followed by a famine and famine is followed by diseases/epidemic. This rider signifies twenty years of fighting, famine and disease that plagued the reigns of Emperors Decius, Gallus, Aemilianus, Valerian, and Gallienus.

The Plague of Cyprian is the name given to a pandemic that afflicted the Roman Empire from about 249 A.D to 262 A.D. The plague is thought to have caused widespread manpower shortages for food production and the Roman army, severely weakening the empire during the Crisis of the Third Century.

Between 250 A.D to 262 A.D, at the height of the outbreak, 5,000 people a day were said to be dying in Rome. The character of this seal is an assembly of sword, famine, and pestilence, raging together in such a manner as was never known before.