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Four′ Horse′men of the Apoc′alypse(n.pl.)

  1. four horsemen symbolizing pestilence, war, famine, and death. Rev. 6:2–8.

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  1. Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse(ProperNoun)

    Four beings in Revelation 6:1u20138 that bring about the Apocalypse, each riding a different-colored horse representing a different aspect of the Apocalypse.

  2. Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse(ProperNoun)

    Harbingers of doom; several signs which combine to imply the imminence of literal or figurative destruction.

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  1. Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are described in the last book of the New Testament of the Bible, called the Book of Revelation of Jesus Christ to Saint John the Evangelist at 6:1-8. The chapter tells of a "'book', or 'scroll', in God's right hand that is sealed with seven seals". The Lamb of God, or Lion of Judah, opens the first four of the seven seals, which summons forth four beings that ride out on white, red, black, and pale horses. Although some interpretations differ, in most accounts, the four riders are seen as symbolizing Conquest, War, Famine, and Death, respectively. The Christian apocalyptic vision is that the four horsemen are to set a divine apocalypse upon the world as harbingers of the Last Judgment.

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