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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
6:8 And I saw, and behold a pale horse - Suitable to pale death, his rider. And hades - The representative of the state of separate souls. Followeth even with him - The four first seals concern living men. Death therefore is properly introduced. Hades is only occasionally mentioned as a companion of death. So the fourth seal reaches to the borders of things invisible, which are comprised in the three last seals. And power was given to him over the fourth part of the earth - What came single and in a lower degree before, comes now together, and much more severely. The first seal brought victory with it: in the second was a great sword; but here a scimitar. In the third was moderate dearth; here famine, and plague, and wild beasts beside. And it may well be, that from the time of Trajan downwards, the fourth part of men upon the earth, that is, within the Roman empire, died by sword, famine, pestilence, and wild beasts. At that time, says Aurelius Victor, the Tyber overflowed much more fatally than under Nerva, with a great destruction of houses and there was a dreadful earthquake through many provinces, and a terrible plague and famine, and many places consumed by fire. By death - That is, by pestilence wild beasts have, at several times, destroyed abundance of men; and undoubtedly there was given them, at this time, an uncommon fierceness and strength. It is observable that war brings on scarcity, and scarcity pestilence, through want of wholesome sustenance; and pestilence, by depopulating the country, leaves the few survivors an easier prey to the wild beasts. And thus these judgments make way for one another in the order wherein they are here represented. What has been already observed may be a fourfold proof that the four horsemen, as with their first entrance in the reign of Trajan, (which does by no means exhaust the contents of the four first seals,) so with all their entrances in succeeding ages, and with the whole course of the world and of visible nature, are in all ages subject to Christ, subsisting by his power, and serving his will, against the wicked, and in defence of the righteous. Herewith, likewise, a way is paved for the trumpets which regularly succeed each other; and the whole prophecy, as to what is future, is confirmed by the clear accomplishment of this part of it.
Re 6:8 Behold a pale horse. Again, for the fourth time John beholds a horse. It is still a time of war. The horse is now pale, the bloodless color of the dead. Upon him sits Death, an undescribed figure. Behind the dread destroyer follows Hades, the unseen world (not "Hell" as in the Common Version) swallowing up the dying mortals and hiding them from human vision. The means employed to destroy men are described. Death and Hades employ the sword (1) of war; hunger, or (2) famine; death, or (3) pestilence, for so is the word here used often to translated, and such is its meaning in this place; and finally beasts of the earth, (4) the destruction caused by the wild beasts of forests and field. The evident meaning of this symbolism is so plain that all can understand its application, and we need only ask if the facts correspond. Do we find the scarcity, want, hunger, and pestilence, indicated by the prophecy, during the latter portion of this period of civil commotion? Do we have an awful reign of Death in the forms signaled by the seal?
Robbie's comment on 2013-12-09 14:51:11:
I think this is a telling, of something that has repeated itself many times over, and will do so many times more... The possible meanings are endless, and trying to figure out things that has been revealed to John, by God himself, is as good as trying to fly without wings. It won't make sense just yet, but oneday, when our spirits are no longer trapped and binded by our bodies, our minds will roam as free as our soals, and everthing will be clear... Crystal clear.
Sherrel's comment on 2013-11-28 06:54:16:
The Pale horse is what is interesting to me for translation' depicts it the 'pale-green horse'. This is interesting to know that world wide climate control/ modification and the People and their policies are called 'Green'regarding are treading down and destroying People. Through GMO,vaccines, chem trails, Eugenics to name a few.
James Maxey's comment on 2012-08-25 19:21:45:
Read verse 2 chapter 6 of the only authorized Version of the King James Bible of 1611. It is not Revelation 6:8. He who does not speak the truth is traitor to the truth.
Susan Dalton's comment on 2012-02-08 23:32:30:
"...to kill with sword..." (Revelation 6:8)
I find it interesting that the word "sword" here is the same word used for sword in Revelation 1:16; Revelation 2:12,16; Revelation 19:15; and Revelation 19:21. ([Greek #4501 - in a James Strong concordance [cover and pages missing])
In other usages, #3162 is used for sword.
The #4501 is always referencing Jesus and the Word of God; whereas, #3162 seems to reference a physical sword.
Once in Hebrews 4:12, the #3162 is used saying the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword... So the word of God is being contrasted with a physical sword.
Also, in Ephesians 6:17 the #3162 is used; but, the sword we are told to take (the sword of the Spirit) is the Word of God.
I find it interesting that the sword in Revelation 6:8 is #4501.
Donna's comment on 2012-01-28 12:40:01:
The book of revelations is telling us to prepare for the coming wars & the second return of Jesus Christ. May the King of King be praised for He is worthy to be praised.
Aaron Kenney's comment on 2011-08-26 18:42:29:
I love this verse....
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