The Fourth Seal Of Revelation 6

This Revelation Timeline Decoded Bible study focuses on the fourth seal of Revelation 6.

Revelation 6:7-8, “And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 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.”

Here’s a short summary of the fulfillment of the 4th seal of Revelation 6, then a video will give more details, followed by a verse by verse explanation.

The Pale horse represents 1/4th of Romans dying from famine, plague, pestilence and violence, from 250-300 A.D.  The word ‘earth‘ means land, not the whole Earth.  The Roman Empire is the land/earth of prophecy.

The fourth seal is in Revelation 6:8, “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.”

Remember that the Lord Jesus is judging the pagan Roman Empire because they killed millions of Christians.  He is avenging justice for their deaths.

The color of the horse represents the condition of the Roman people at that time, and the description of the rider represents the cause of their condition.

The pale horse represents an era of death in the Roman Empire.  Again, it’s not speaking of the whole Earth, just the Roman Earth.

“Hell” or “Hades” is better translated as the grave, as many people died.

Acts 2:27 says “For You will not leave my soul in Hades, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption,” meaning Jesus was in the grave.

Helling your potatoes‘ means a farmer was going to dig a hole and bury them in the ground.

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.

At one time  5,000 people were dying every day.

Historian Edward Gibbon recorded that one quarter (a fourth of the earth) of the population of the entire Roman Empire died of famine, plaque, pestilence, and of the violence.

So you can see the Jesus was talking about 1/4 of the Roman Empire dying, and it’s not about the end times.

David Nikao

Next Revelation Timeline Decoded Bible Study: Revelation 6 – 5th Seal Martyrs

The 4th Seal of Revelation represents a time of death in the Roman Empire, as Elohim poured out judgment on them for killing 10 million saints.


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Phillip Jerrell February 9, 2016 at 6:33 pm

Thanks for the website and the many interesting articles. This was all so confusing until I learned that these prophecies have been fulfilled. The Bible now makes much more sense and my faith and confidence in God’s word has been reinforced. Please continue teaching the truth. There are many believers who are earnestly seeking an accurate and truthful interpretation of scripture.


David February 9, 2016 at 7:49 pm

Thank you for your comment Phillip! I was the same way, very confused, when I started out three years ago. Now everything make sense as it all fits together. And it has helped me to see how amazing Messiah has been in fulfilling prophecy, and in defending His Church 🙂


Gary Stanfield June 23, 2016 at 6:07 am

You still are David. The 4 Horsemen are not what you say they are either. They have already rode though. They are not what other Christian preachers teach them as either.


David June 23, 2016 at 3:28 pm

Well Gary, please tell us what the true fulfillment of the 4 Horsemen is?

And fyi, I did not block you on Facebook because you disagree with me. Kyle Zirkie blocked you, which removed you from the conversation.


Gary Stanfield July 30, 2016 at 1:58 pm

Just proves there is no freedom of speech if someone disagrees. Here is my website.
You are in the right area as far as the Roman Empire. The Fourth Seal is the Roman Empire and THEM or THEY are the Emperors and Satan is the rider on the pale horse which Yahweh gave the keys to death and the grave and this has been Satan’s world since that time. Christians are definitely going to have a rude awakening.


Gary W. Stanfield January 23, 2018 at 6:09 am

White Horse and Rider, represents the Babylonian Empire, Nimrod is the rider the first false messiah given the first kingdom on earth. Red Horse and Rider, represents the Medo-Persia Empire and the rider is Cyrus the Great. Red Horse and Rider represent the Greecian Empire and hurt not the oil and the wine, because Greece only could grow grapes and olives for the most part and very little Barley and Wheat so they had to trade for those,,,,,,, with the Olive Oil and Wine… The Pale horse and rider is the Roman Empire the rider is Death / Satan and THEY are the Emperors from the 11 Emperor persecutions that killed off Yahwhe’s elect. The 5th Seal is the rule of the Papacy.


David January 23, 2018 at 4:36 pm

The seal judgements are against the pagan Roman Empire, which Satan used to try to wipe out the Early Church, killing millions of saints. The 5th seal represents the martyrs of this time period.


Gary W. Stanfield January 23, 2018 at 6:42 pm

It all goes back to Constantine, who was the 11th Emperor persecution that killed off the last of Yahweh’s elect. He started the Papacy, Christianity and was the first Pope over it all. Daniel 7 is speaking of Constantine. If you want to see my studies on him, let me know.

Vince November 12, 2017 at 6:39 am

I once heard a Pastor teach that in the original Greek from which this passage was translated that this horse’s color was described as Chloros (Green) and that it was translated later as Pale because they thought a green horse made no sense, no one had ever seen such a horse, and must have been a mistake. What do you know about this?


David November 13, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Vince, the Greek word does point to green or pale.

The colors point to the condition of the people of the Roman Empire. A red horse don’t make sense either, but it was used to point to bloody civil wars. Black = economic strife. So the translators chose pale, as the 4th seal is pointing to people who are diseased and dead, thus the pale complexion.


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