The Bible

Revelation 6:1

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1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

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Explanation(s) or references from Swedenborg's works:

Arcana Coelestia 3994, 9481, 10132

Apocalypse Revealed 36, 236, 295, 296, 297, 469, 567 ...

Divine Providence 134

The Lord 52

Sacred Scripture 12

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The Meaning of the Book of Revelation: the Four Horsemen

By Curtis Childs and Jonathan Rose

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This video is a part of the "Swedenborg and Life" web series produced by the Swedenborg Foundation (

Transparency is needed to sort things out. Before big change happens, God first reveals what’s really going on.

In the Book of Revelation - the last book of the Word - the apostle John describes a series of apocalyptic visions that he experienced during his exile on the Isle of Patmos, in the Aegean Sea.

In one of these visions, he saw four horsemen, the first riding a white horse, the second a red horse, the third a black, and the fourth - named Death - riding a pale horse. These "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" - oft-pictured - are described in Revelation 6:1-8.

What do these horses, and their riders, represent? What do they have to do with us, today? Watch as Curtis Childs and Jonathan Rose explore the hidden Bible meaning of the Four Horsemen in the Book of Revelation, in this video from the Swedenborg and Life Series, from the Swedenborg Foundation.

Plus, to go straight to the source, follow the links below to the places in "Apocalypse Revealed" where Swedenborg explained the inner meaning of this famous Bible story. A good place to start would be Apocalypse Revealed 298.

(References: The Apocalypse Explained 315; The Apocalypse Revealed 262-263, 301, 306, 314, 316, 320, 322-323)