|Except for the date,
there is virtually unanimous agreement on the interpretation. The Pale Horse -- the Greek is chloros,
from which we get chlorine, as in bleach -- symbolizes the deathly pale,
white with terror. The word for death,
thanatos, is also the word for pestilence, making the translation
somewhat difficult. (Remember the poem
|There is some slight
suggestion that the “fourth part” might be a geographic partition, but this
suggestion is not now current.
Futurists have no doubt (Lindsey quoting a book entitled Famine
1975) that famine and plague (germ warfare) are quite capable of such
|But did such an
event ever happen. Indeed yes, and at
the time of the fourth seal. Gibbon
records of this period that there were 5,000 deaths per day in Rome; half of Alexandria died. An epidemic of bubonic plague ran
throughout the Roman Empire, approximately 300 AD.