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In Revelations, there was supposed to be a conquering white horse, a red horse that takes peace from the world, a black horse, somehow connected with oil, and a pale horse that brings death to one fourth of the world's people.

Could the white horse be European imperialism, the red horse Communism, and the black horse OPEC?

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You might want to check out hermeneutics.stackexchange.com –  Alypius Feb 22 '13 at 18:32
    
@Alypius: Thanks. Interesting. –  Tom Au Feb 22 '13 at 18:33
    
@El'endia Starman: OK, if this question is not a good fit for this site, could we "migrate" it hermeneutics per Alypius' suggestion? –  Tom Au Feb 22 '13 at 18:40
    
The book is properly called "The Revelation of John" or "Revelation" for short. It was only one revelation that John had one afternoon. Says so right at the beginning of the book. –  fredsbend Feb 22 '13 at 19:53
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Did European Imperialism conquer? Yes. Did Communism take peace from the earth? Yes. Does OPEC have something to do with oil? Yes, but the prophecy of Revelation could be speaking about a different type of oil like olive oil that was more prevalent and useful then.

Is this what the prophecy of Revelation is about? Well, when it comes to prophecy, we can often only give a "definite maybe" until after it all happens.

Have there been famines and war and death in the past? Yes. However, a good many Biblical scholars see the fulfillment of these prophecies as yet future, because it is believed that these will be worldwide issues and not limited in scope.

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European imperialsim, Communism, and OPEC ARE "worldwide issues and not limited in scope." We've ALREADY seen these "all happen." Will admit that we haven't YET seen the pale horse of death; am not looking forward to it, but even then, the Black Plague may be a precursor. –  Tom Au Feb 22 '13 at 18:28
    
Many tribes have no need of oil and are thus completely unaffected by them, but yes, it has had a fairly broad impact. I would anticipate the plagues impacting all societies--even remote tribes. –  Narnian Feb 22 '13 at 18:29
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Gave a similar answer here. "Maybe" –  fredsbend Feb 22 '13 at 19:55
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