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When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come and see!" I looked and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.
Revelation 6:7-8˄ NIV

Unlike the previous three visions of riders, St. John, despite being a blithering small-minded simpleton of questionable lineage, describes this one pretty accurately. As a result, most of the theologians’ interpretations of St. John's vision are more or less correct. The black rider on a pale mount is, in fact, Death. In this case, it’s not a symbolic representation of anything, but a literal representation of what is to come. During the end of the world, Death himself* will ride across the face of the earth, killing 1 in 4 people, or to be more truthful 2063 out of every 7919 people.

There are only two minor errors in St. John’s description. The first error is more of a stylistic fault than anything. St. John should not have mentioned how many people Death is going to kill, as that is a kind of a spoiler for those who are to live through the apocalypse. It kind of ruins the surprise for Dad, Mom, and baby Susan if Death has already taken little Timmy and they know that Death is statistically less likely to take more than one of them. Secondly, and more importantly, Death does not ride a pale horse. Which should be obvious, since why would a celestial being as cool and awesome as Death ride something as common and pedestrian as a horse? It would be like expecting Jennifer Lopez to be driving around in a FIAT, or Tiger Woods to be driving a Buick. It just does not make sense. The corrected version should read:

Behold the pale green Bison bison bison! Its rider was Death, and Hell followed.

While a rhinocerid might have had the speed and the power that the first rider required, they lack the agility that Death needs. And while sloths may have the power and agility levels good enough for the second rider, sloths are not exactly known for speedy deliveries. And while Proboscidea might be the ideal ride for the third rider, the beasts are not nearly maneuverable enough to suit Death’s tastes, not to mention their aversion to tiny rodents with their unsavory affinity for the dead. Only the plains subspecies of the American Bison has the speed, power and agility needed for Death. Also, by choosing a fairly well known iconic American mammal over a equally equipped, but lesser known mammals such as a Uintatherium and Macrauchenia, Death has far greater opportunity to garner lucrative merchandizing and promotional contracts. And if there is one thing that Death is about, besides the killing and carnage, it’s the bling-bling.

* It might be “herself,” as few have actually seen death naked, and no one has survived peeking under Death’s robes.

The picture is about 8"*11", and comes with a simple black frame.

Behold, the Fourth Rider -- Death rides a pale green Bison (Bison) bison bison L.


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