The Book of Revelation 6:7-8

The Pale Horse Rider

7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

8 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.”

(Rev 6:7-8 KJV)

The pale horse rider is the only rider that is given a name – Death. Death is followed by Hell. Death and Hell are symbolic of the personifications of the destruction of the fourth seal. The fourth seal brings about the death of one fourth of Earth’s population through war, famine, disease, and animal attacks. Animals will go on a wild rampage probably for lack of food.

Death – 2288 θάνατος thanatos {than’-at-os}

Meaning:  1) the death of the body 1a) that separation (whether natural or violent) of the soul and the body by which the life on earth is ended 1b) with the implied idea of future misery in hell 1b1) the power of death 1c) since the nether world, the abode of the dead, was conceived as being very dark, it is equivalent to the region of thickest darkness i.e. figuratively, a region enveloped in the darkness of ignorance and sin 2) metaph., the loss of that life which alone is worthy of the name, 2a) the misery of the soul arising from sin, which begins on earth but lasts and increases after the death of the body in hell 3) the miserable state of the wicked dead in hell 4) in the widest sense, death comprising all the miseries arising from sin, as well physical death as the loss of a life consecrated to God and blessed in him on earth, to be followed by wretchedness in hell

Hell – 86 ᾅδης hades {hah’-dace}

Meaning:  1) name Hades or Pluto, the god of the lower regions 2) Orcus, the nether world, the realm of the dead 3) later use of this word: the grave, death, hell

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