Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Four Horsemen


Today I asked my brother for a post topic and he said, “Lucifer playing a mandolin.” To which I said “Pick another topic.” He then said “Sacrificial ritual.” And I said “I want something easy.” And then both he and my mother told me off for be lazy, said to pick my own topic and left the room.
So which topic did I decide to go with…The title kind of gives it away doesn't it.


The Four Horsemen first appear in the New Testament, Book of Revelation... and here's the quote;

Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say, as with a voice of thunder, “Come!”
And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and its rider had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
                When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!”
And out came another horse, bright red; its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that men should slay one another; and he was given a great sword.
                When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!”
And I saw, and behold, a black horse, and its rider had a balance in his hand; and I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A  quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not harm oil and wine!”
                When he opened the fourth seal, I heard a voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!”
And I saw, and behold, a pale horse, and its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him; and they were given power over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.
Revelation 6:1-6

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse by Viktor Vasnetsov, 1887.

Horsemen of the Apocalypse by Matt Verges aka Scumbugg.

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse by Edward Jakob Von Steinle.

The Horsemen of the Apocalypse by Albrecht Dürer, 1497-98.

The Four Horsemen by Paul Kidby.
In this case it’s the Four Horsemen of the Apocralypse from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Series.

P.S. My brother just came in and said my next post has to be about religion and broomsticks.

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