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Lesson 43 Hope of Israel Ministries BIBLE Correspondence Course 3

The Pale Horse of Revelation 6

Lesson 43 gospel, the enemy was to come and sow tares
among the wheat. In explaining the parable, the
“When he opened the fourth seal, I heard Messiah said that “the enemy” who sowed the
the voice of the fourth living creature tares “is the Devil.”
saying, ‘Come and see.’ And I looked, Since the four horses of Revelation 6
and behold, a PALE HORSE. And the represent respectively the four SPIRITUAL
name of him who sat on it was DEATH, AGENCIES that have chiefly influenced and
and Hades followed with him. And power determined the character of “Christian” civili-
was given to them over a FOURTH OF zation, and that the first horse and rider represent
THE EARTH, to KILL WITH SWORD, with the Good News of the Kingdom of YEHOVAH
hunger, with death, and by the beasts of God going out into the world, then the words of
the earth” (Revelation 6:7-8). the Messiah (Matthew 13:38-39) would lead us
to expect something going forth AFTER the
gospel -- representative of some SPECIAL
The word rendered “pale” is chloros, FORM of satanic activity.
from which the gas known as “chlorine” is This “activity” would correspond to the
named. It is a sickly green, a livid, CORPSE- going forth of “the enemy” into the field -- and
LIKE color. While the significance of the color “the field is the world” -- AFTER the Messiah
of the horse is not so clear as in the other three has sowed the good seed therein.
horses, the significance of the RIDER is quite In other words, the PALE HORSE and
clear -- for the name of the rider is given, its dread rider supplied EXACTLY what is
DEATH! Moreover, Death is here joined with needed to make the vision of the four horses a
HELL -- that is, Hades or the grave. COMPLETE PICTURE of the mighty SPIRI-
1. Read Revelation 1:18 and Revelation TUAL AGENCIES that have been at work in the
20:13-14. “Christian” world since the fist-century A.D.
COMMENT: The rider is “Death,” and The going forth into the world of the
HIS MISSION is “to kill”; and “Hades” (or the Good News of the Kingdom of YEHOVAH God
grave) is pictured as following right behind him necessitated a COMPLETE CHANGE of tactics
to gather in his victims. on the part of the “enemy.” The devices that had
While death has been busy all over the served to keep the nations of the world in the
world since the fall of man, death here pictured darkness and corruption of PAGANISM would
represents a destructive SPIRITUAL influence serve no longer. OTHER MEANS must be
that has been especially ACTIVE during the gos- adopted; and the course of the gospel must be
pel era. With this in mind it should not be diffi- OBSERVED and FOLLOWED with something
cult to identify the influence, or agency, symbol- especially adapted to COUNTERACT its influ-
ized in these verses. ence and NULLIFY its effects. What could this
2. Let’s start with the fact that Satan has be?
the power of death -- Hebrews 2:14. The effect of the gospel is to impart
3. What do we learn from the Parable of LIFE; but the purpose of Satan is “TO KILL.”
the Wheat and Tares? Matthew 13:24-25, Those who accept the Messiah and follow his
38-39. teachings will be gathered into the Kingdom of
COMMENT: We learn from this that YEHOVAH God where they will receive eternal
after the sowing of the “good seed” of the life. In CONTRAST to this, DEATH is accom-

Principles of Prophecy -- The Pale Horse of Revelation 6
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