The “four horsemen of the apocalypse” are found in Revelation 6.
Verse 4 says, “And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”
This is commonly referred to as “War.” Anyone who has even a surface level knowledge of history will tell you that war is an ongoing struggle of mankind. Occasionally, a period of peace breaks out in certain regions, but war is ongoing.
The Red Rider also exists beyond his brief, apocalyptic mention in Revelation.
“I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom; and behind him were there red horses, speckled, and white. Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will shew thee what these be. And the man that stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, These are they whom the Lord hath sent to walk to and fro through the earth. And they answered the angel of the Lord that stood among the myrtle trees, and said, We have walked to and fro through the earth, and, behold, all the earth sitteth still, and is at rest.” – Zechariah 1:8-11
Most Christians are unaware of this passage. Most preachers do not touch on the “minor prophets,” save for Jonah.
But here we have a Red Rider. Is it the same as the one in Revelation? I like to think so, but I suppose there is no way to know for sure.
Regardless, I believe this sheds some insight on some Biblical mysteries.
The Red Rider is a watchman.
He rides “to and fro” all over the earth. It can be assumed that there are other “horsemen” that do the same.
These are supernatural beings – including the horses.
The Red Rider has several others with him as well. And let’s not forget that Jesus Christ Himself rides a white horse when He returns to conquer Satan and Antichrist in Revelation 19:11.
The horsemen are not necessarily satanic.
This Red Rider was sent by the Lord to keep an eye on things. If this is, in fact, War we see here, it would suggest that God initiates wars. We believe that war is terrible – for humans – but it is not always so.
Some wars are fought for liberation. One could say the American Revolution and Civil Wars were “good ones.” The Old Testament wars fought by the Israelites were “good” as well. Furthermore, all wars advance God’s kingdom. whether it be independence for Jews and Christians, or to prepare the world for the Antichrist’s peace deal that begins the Tribulation period, war can be used by God.
So whether THIS Red Rider is War or not, we can see that there are supernatural beings that ride supernatural beasts and walk “to and fro” across the globe at any given moment and might be affecting human events.
All in the name of God.