FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE
FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE - THE DEEPER MEANING
In the final book of the New Testament Bible, the Book of Revelation; we find perhaps the least understood and the most confusing and fought over book in the entire Bible. It is also called the “Apocalypse of John,” which does not mean the end of the world as many believe. The Greek word Apocalypse means “an unveiling of that which is hidden” (A Revelation). It is a book credited to a writer named John, more than likely not the John of Patmos, or the other John in the Gospels of the Bible, and perhaps - this book may have even been written by a female author, or a collective of writers.
Nonetheless, it is an esoteric book of high symbolism and deep allegory. It is NOT a prophecy of a future literal history as is believed by so many. It is not prophecy of a literal second coming of Jesus, a rapture, and/or 7 year tribulation. This is metaphor and imagery. Signs and symbols of transformation that happens WITHIN each of us. There is contained within, above, and behind the black and white text of scripture, deep spiritual ancient Wisdom being revealed. Today, we will talk about the Four Horses and Horsemen of The Apocalypse and the symbolism of each.
The WHITE HORSE (Spirit) represents your spiritual nature. Unfortunately, the Rider trying to break him is organized religion. For the most part, the White Horse has wandered off of the path that leads to light, and gallops along carrying you deeper and deeper into the structure of organized religion.
The RED HORSE (Emotion) is your emotional nature. The Red Horse should be following BEHIND ... so that the BLACK HORSE - representing your intellectual nature - can make decisions based on right or wrong, and NOT on emotions. But generally, what happens is that the Red Horse rears up and charges, and your emotions take over, and get in the way of your ability to reason.
The BLACK HORSE (Intellect) is your intellectual nature. The Black Horse is strong and can bring you much that is favourable, but generally it is overwhelmed by the strength of the Red Horse of emotions. The Black Horse also is easily misled, and we see this in the operations of government, politics, and organized religion. We try to base intelligence on what comes from politicians, and pastors, and our intellect crashes under the hoofs of the Red Horse, and ultimately ... we are the ones who lose.
The PALE HORSE (Physical) is our physical nature. The Pale Horse is the favorite of religion, because they look to control the physical. They take control of your Mind through placing a belief system within you from an early age, and later further control your finances and way of Life, by controlling your physical nature.
Modern day religions promise great prosperity. They take, you give, they take, you give, and eventually ... the Pale Horse is caused to become lame. So you are promised mansions in heaven, or to be saved from a lurking Devil seeking to devour you, or to be healed in some miracle service, or saved from the eternal fires of hell, etc. Fear and guilt based control tactics, plain and simple.
The Horses are symbolic. They are not real horses - they are the four aspects of human nature and we ride them every day. They are the four aspects of your nature which operate through your Mind. The control center and our personality. The human personality operating through a closed and wired system in each human being and actually in control of all our actions, including our desires, our loves, our hates, etc.
The Bible, as well as ALL Ancient Wisdom, scripture, hieroglyphs, scrolls, mouth to ear myths and fables, all hide within them much deeper teaching for those who have eyes to see, and those who have ears to hear. Among the ancients, there were two Mysteries that could be followed. The Outer Mysteries, were reserved for those who desired a simple go-to-church on Sunday morning kind of following, and then there were the Inner Mysteries ... The deeper Truths reserved for those initiates willing to commit years of study in the Ancient Mystery Schools. The Outer Mysteries were the “milk” that Paul spoke of. The Inner Mysteries were the “meat” that Paul spoke of.
“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.”
When the Inner meets the Outer, the transmutation or metamorphosis is complete and there is no turning back to the old ways. Divine meets man ... and becomes the Christ. The Divine Spark of God/Source within all things of the universe.
“When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter the Father's domain.”
-Book of Thomas, Saying 22
Just a thought ...
Justin Taylor, ORDM.