The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are described in the last book of the New Testament, the Book of Revelation. The book tells of a scroll or book in God’s right hand sealed with seven seals. According to John of Patmos’ revelation of Jesus Christ, the only one worthy to open the seals is the Lion of Judah and the Lamb. Opening the first four seals summons four beings that ride on white, red, black and pale horses. There are differing interpretations but typically the four riders represent Conquest or pestilence, War, Famine, and Death. They are to set a divine apocalypse upon the world as the harbingers of the Last Judgment.
There are different interpretations of the riders of the horses, based on translation and symbolism. Some Christians interpret the horsemen as a prophecy of a future Tribulation. The Preterists interpretation of the prophecies of the Bible have already happened as events of the first century of Christianity. Some interpretations relate the horsemen to contemporary events, while some equate the four horsemen with the angels of the four winds.
I was searching for images of the riders and their horses. I found more than I needed. The first Four Horsemen were the four players who joined Knute Rockne’s squad at Notre Dame and beat Army in an upset on Oct. 18, 1924 and were coined the Four Horsemen. A life size statue of the four men astride four horses resides at Notre Dame.
Simply click on any one of the images in the mosaic and they will appear in a gallery. Most. were done by current artists sharing their talent on the internet through workshops and online galleries. I discovered a few things while researching images of the Four Horsemen: 1. In today’s society there only has to be four someones or somethings, sharing some distinction to be called the Four Horsemen. They don’t’ even need horses. Rarely, however, is “apocalypse” used unless they are distinctively deadly. 2. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are subject to interpretation, by all manner of “ally” ending adverbs.
To the right of Ric Flair, the four bombs, would be what we could call apocalyptic. On the lower left are Richard Dawkins and colleagues representing Science, Philosophy. Next to that image are Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and I believe, Castro. The Four Horsemen are released when seals 1-4 are opened. There still are seals 5-7 to talk about but I’ll save that for another time.