"A Pale Horse"

Context: John, variously identified as John the apostle, a pseudonymous writer, and John the presbyter, addresses to seven churches in Asia a series of God-inspired letters, in which he speaks of the redemptive power of Christ and the rewards for the persecuted faithful. After receiving the messages from the Almighty, he declares that he saw, through the opened door of Heaven, God on his throne, surrounded by four strange beasts and holding in His hand a scroll of doom, closed with seven seals, which could be opened only by Christ, symbolized by a slain lamb. Praising Father and Son, he describes the plagues to be released against the unrighteous with each broken seal. With the breaking of the first four seals come four different horses, each representing a torture for man. The fourth seal broken, there is revealed the dreaded horseman of war and hunger:

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.