I hope all is well. I've
been reading Revelation ch 6. Through verse 8, as you know,
describes as the Lamb breaks the first four seals and the horsemen
and their steeds who come forth. I don't wish to ascribe greater
significance than God intends, but this is where it gets strange.
The New Living Translation describes the fourth horse as
"green." I had always read versions of Scripture that described it
as "pale." In the Greek (I am no Greek scholar--I used the Blue
Letter Bible app), the word is "chloros" and it is used in the NT 4
times. Only here is it translated as "pale" in the KJV, et al., and
in the other three instances, it is translated as "green."
have been curious for a long time what color the pale horse was, and
having found it, I simply googled "white, red, black, green." Little
did I realize that these are the "Pan Arab Colors." Now I don't want
to use that as some sort of basis for anti-arab-ism or any other
such thing. But, it does seem to hint at the possibility that in the
end, the Lord may be using the Arab countries as His instrument of
justice. This concept is not without precedent.
I am merely
a novice and a layman. I hope this doesn't seem to childish to you.
However, what do you think about the colors of the four horses? I am
interested in your perspective.
Be blessed this Christmas.
Thank you for your patience and kindness.
thanks for the thoughts on Rev 6. My understanding
of this is that the Greek word 'kloros' used can mean green or pale.
Bauer, Arndt and Gingrich’s Greek-English Lexicon says:
yellowish green, light green of plants; and
2. Pale as the color
of a person in sickness as contrasted with his appearance in health.
So the horse ridden by death - the kloros of death - Revelation 6:8.”
The context renders the correct translation. It is
used three times as green because the context is of the grass or green
plants. The only time it is rendered as pale (or ashen in the NASB) is
in Rev 6:8 because the context defines it's usage and the context is
The colours to me are simply symbolic of the thought
expressed with each horse:
White - speaks of peace (the true
prince of peace, Jesus, rides the white horse in Rev 19) but this is a
false peace and a false rider coming in the name of peace in Rev 6 -
Red - the red colour speaks of bloodshed and war
which is what this rider on the horse causes.
Black - pictures
famine here. Used in Lam 4:4,8-9 to speak of the effects of famine.
Pale green, Ashen - the colour of death which is what this horseman
brings. John Macarthur writes: 'The Greek word from which the English
word chlorophyll comes describes the pale, ashen-green, pallor
characteristic of the decomposition of a corpse.'
interesting thought to Google the colours and see the Pan-Arab colours
and flag! But the 4 horseman are four separate phases of this opening
judgement... of false peace, war, famine and death. I know a lot of
people see the rise of Islam in today's world and are worried and/or
try to bring that into Bible Prophecy. There is no doubt that God is
currently using them to bring judgment and the conditions on the Earth
that are required for the rise of the Antichrist. But personally I
don't see Islam in Revelation 6 or as a large factor in the book of
Revelation. The Antichrist is not going to be a Muslim for the
antichrist will exalt himself as God and have no regard for the gods
of his fathers (Daniel 11:36-37, 2 Thes 2:4)
I believe the war
of Gog and Magog where God supernaturally intervenes to wipe out the
armies (largely Islamic) that come against Israel, on the mountains of
Israel, will put Islam back in it's place. While Bible teachers debate
the timing of this war, it could easily occur before the tribulation
and lead to the time of 'peace and safety' within which the Antichrist
(proclaiming to be a man of peace) will fully rise to power.
Anyway... probably gone a bit off your topic! So while it was an
interesting thought, I don't personally see Islam or the Arab's in Rev
6. God allows and uses the enemies of truth for a season if necessary
but then judgement comes upon them (like using Babylon and Assyria
against Israel in the Old Testament, before judging them).
Anyway, again... hope you have a great Christmas/New Year period and
God's blessings to you and your family.