I’m from the reservation and I’ve seen these four colors, the red, yellow, white, and black in the “circle of life,” all my life. Nobody has ever explained what they mean or where they came from. In prison, I spent three years reading and studying the Bible and God opened my mind to understand. He taught me what those four colors mean. They are mentioned in Revelation 6, where God is telling us about the end times.
Jesus opened his disciples’ minds to understand the Scriptures (Luke 24:45). That is what He did for me with this verse in Revelation. With the help of the Holy Spirit, the Helper (John 15:26), we can know what the Bible means.
Jesus Christ is the only one worthy to reveal what the four horses mean and set in motion the events leading to God’s victory over sin and death.
The white horse stands for the conqueror: “He went out conquering and to conquer” (Revelation 6:2). The rider carries a bow and a crown, and the bow indicates the rider is a warrior. The fiery red horse stands for conflict: “it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword” (Revelation 6:4). The black horse stands for famine: the wheat and barley prices mentioned in Revelation 6:6 are extremely high. The pale horse stands for death: “the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him” (Revelation 6:8).
“And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,
‘Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.'”
– Revelation 5:8-10