The “Winds of Heaven” Connect the Horsemen to Daniel 7

One good indicator that a theory is true is that as more facts are found, the facts further reinforce and substantiate the theory. Following publication of Daniel Revisited in early 2014, more items backing the theory are coming to light, strengthening the Signpost theory.

Admittedly one of the more difficult points of Signpost theory for some people is the connection between the four horsemen of Revelation 6 and the four beasts of Daniel 7. One reason I see for this is people have been taught that the four horsemen are associated with the first part of the Tribulation and so the first horseman is most likely the Antichrist. It takes a big change in thinking to say that these four horsemen are associated with the time before the Tribulation.

In my book, Daniel Revisited, I show that each of the horsemen – first through fourth – heralds each one of the Signposts, first through fourth. However, the three reasons I give may not satisfy some:

(1) the horse colors match the colors of Islam and the Arab League;

(2) the horsemen are given authority over one quarter of the earth which is also the size of the realm of Islam, and

(3) each horseman is associated with a condition that matches quite closely with the events fulfilling the beast prophecies of Daniel 7.

Praise God for we now have a fourth and even more remarkable link between the Revelation horsemen and the Daniel beasts. I wish I had put it in the book, but it was not discovered until after publication. So it will have to suffice for now that it is presented here. One of my readers (Nelson, actually) had asked what I thought about the horses in Zechariah 6, and how they compared to the horses in Revelation 6. It got me thinking. Nelson and I realized they were probably the same thing.

We all know (at least I hope) that scripture interprets scripture. And it is shown here that Zechariah interprets Revelation regarding the horsemen, and with that new knowledge it sheds light on Daniel 7:2. What follows is the explanation.

THE SPIRITS OF GOD GO THROUGHOUT THE EARTH

Revelation 5:6 says of the Lamb of God,

“Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.” (NIV, emphasis mine)

Not much is said about these seven spirits of God in Revelation, other than the fact thta they exist. However, in this verse we are told that they are part of the Lamb, and that they go out into all the earth. Keep this in mind.

Then in Revelation 6:1-8 we are told of four horsemen that come out from the four creatures standing next to the throne of the Lamb (Rev. 4:6). There are four horsemen who ride out in Revelation 6:2, 4, 5, 8 on four horses colored in order, white, red, black, and green. (Note: The “green” is not pale or pale green, it is vivid green, the same green that is the holiest color in Islam – the Greek word used is chloros. Jesus told the people to sit down on the chloros grass just before he divided the fishes and loaves.) Revelation, though, does not tell us who these horsemen are. By this I mean not what they represent, but who they in nature really are.

THE HORSES ARE THE SPIRITS OF GOD

Zechariah was given a series of visions which are written down in Zechariah 4, 5, and 6. There is a golden lampstand, two olive trees who are witnesses, a scroll written on both sides, a woman going to Babylon, and four groups of horses. It all sounds very much like the symbols in Revelation, and I believe Zechariah was seeing the same things in visions that John the beloved saw. Remarkably, in Zechariah 6:2-4 we are shown four groups of horses – white, red, black, and dappled. Three of the four colors obviously match the horses in Revelation 6. Of course, “dappled” isn’t “green”, but who is to say that that a green horse can’t also be dappled? Let’s assume for the moment that the dappled horse is green.

In Zechariah 6:4-5 we are given a peek into who the horses are:

“I asked the angel who was speaking to me, ‘What are these, my lord?’ The angel answered me, ‘These are the four spirits of heaven, going out from standing in the presence of the Lord of the whole world.’” The Hebrew word behind “spirit” is ruach (Strong’s #7307, roo’-akh). In the Old Testament, ruach is the word behind “spirit” and “wind.” Whichever English word is used depends on the context of the passage. Zechariah 6:5 could just as easily read “the four winds of heaven” but the translators thought “four spirits of heaven” was more appropriate.

It would also not be a stretch to call the “four spirits of heaven” the “four spirits of God” just as Matthew and Luke do, where the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God mean the same thing.

In Zechariah 6:5 we are also told that these horses, the spirits of heaven, go throughout the earth, just as the spirits of God in Revelation 5:6 go throughout the earth. (Note: I do find it interesting too that the references of Revelation and Zechariah are mirror images of each other.)

THE HORSES ARE TIED TO THE SIGNPOSTS

Even more remarkably for additional confirmation that the horses of Zachariah are indeed the same spirits of God, the same horses of Revelation, we are shown in Zechariah 6:6 in which directions the horses run,

“The one with the black horses is going toward the north country, the one with the white horses toward the west, and the one with the dappled horses toward the south.”

Remember the Four Signposts and the Four Horsemen of Revelation connected to each Signpost. At the time of this prophecy, early in the rule of Darius, Zechariah would have still been in the region of Susa, just as Daniel was at the time of Darius. Starting in Zechariah 9, the prophet would have been in Jerusalem. So from the perspective of someone in Susa what is the significance of the directions that those horses run, the directions in which they go throughout the earth? The white horses of the First Signpost run west in the direction of Iraq. The red horses are not mentioned, as they are already in Iran. The black horses of the Third Signpost run in the direction of the lead country of that Signpost, Turkey. And finally, the dappled horses which could also be the green horses, run south in the direction of Arabia which is the representative country of the realm of the Fourth Signpost, Islam.

THE FOUR SPIRITS OF GOD CHURN UP THE BEASTS

As remarkable as all this is, we still need to look at the final step of the argument to complete the connection. Daniel tells us at the start of his vision in Daniel 7:2-3,

“Daniel said: “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea.”

Astonishing! Revelation tells us of four horses, and of the spirits of God that go throughout the earth. Then Zechariah tells us of four groups of horses with the same colors going in the same direction as the Four Signposts. Zechariah is told these are the spirits of heaven which can also be called the winds of heaven. And finally Daniel sees these four winds of heaven churning up the sea to produce the four beasts of Daniel 7 which are the Signposts!

The passages of the Bible from Revelation 5-6, Zechariah 6 and Daniel 7 strengthen the argument that the horsemen and the beasts are closely associated with each other. But seeing this phrase “winds of heaven” got me further thinking – do they appear anywhere else in the Bible? We see “wind” in many places in the Bible and so we need to separate out the physical winds versus the spiritual winds of God. However, our god could have also created the Middle East – its location, sea and land configuration, and its environment – so that the physical winds also act like these four winds of heaven.

THE FOUR WINDS ELSEWHERE IN THE BIBLE

Remember the Four Signposts and what they are related to. As Nelson points out, each of the Signposts is related to what Christ said in the Olivet Discourse. The Four Signposts are spoken of by each of the four things Christ tells us to do and to see – The First is “do not be led astray”, the Second is “you will hear of wars”, the Third is there will be “famine” and the Fourth is that there will be “seismos” which are earth-shaking events. Daniel 8:24 speaking to the Fourth Signpost talks about “astounding devastation. (NIV)” So in summary the four winds would be associated with deception, war, famine, and destruction.

Indeed, we find passages in the Old Testament speaking of the winds and what they do.

First = West = Deception: Exodus 10:19 speaks of the west wind in the only place in the Old Testament, which plays a central role in Pharoah realizing he had sinned (Exo. 10:16) and asking Moses to remove the locusts. The west wind removed them in Exodus 10:19, but in Exodus 10:20 Pharoah’s heart had hardened again. Pharoah was being deceived.

Second = East = War: In the same passage as the west wind, Exodus 10:13 says the east wind brought locusts to Egypt. Locusts may be associated with famine but more likely with war as the prophet Joel speaks about the locusts being an army. Psalm 48:7 speaks of the east wind shattering ships of Tarsus. Isaiah 27:8 says, “By warfare and exile you contend with her— with his fierce blast he drives her out, as on a day the east wind blows.” Jeremiah 18:17 says, “Like a wind from the east, I will scatter them before their enemies.” The east wind is associated with war.

Third = North = Famine: Proverbs 25:23 makes a comparison to the north wind – “Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain is a sly tongue—which provokes a horrified look.” Typically when the Bible talks about famine it is because there is no rain.

Fourth = South = Destruction: Psalm 78:26 says, “He let loose the east wind from the heavens and by his power made the south wind blow.” Though God’s power makes any wind blow, “power” is used here with the south. Job 1:19 says, “when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” The Bible says Job lived to the east of the land of Israel. A desert wind would have swept in from the south – destroying the house.

CONCLUSION

We now have a direct Scriptural link between the horses of Revelation and the horses of Zechariah. We see that the spirits of God in Revelation and the spirits of heaven in Zechariah both go throughout the earth. We see that the horses of Zechariah go in the respective directions of the Signpost countries, in which the horses of Revelation are involved. Finally we see directly that Daniel saw these same winds of heaven, the spirits of God, stirring up the beasts of Daniel 7.



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11 replies

  1. Thanks for clearing this up. I totally missed the fact of where Zachariah was in receiving the prophecy.

  2. That’s a good connection Mark! I’m going to have another look at that.

  3. Good to see you posting more often. Always interesting and news worthy.

  4. Thanks, Kerry. I’m trying.
    Mark

  5. There are also four angels in the four corners of the earth holding back the four winds in Revelation 7:1-3. They are instructed to wait until the 144,000 servants of God receive a mark on their foreheads. This happens in the interlude between the sixth and seventh seals in order to protect them from God’s wrath coming in the trumpet and bowl judgments.

  6. Very interesting. I enjoyed reading it and the thought that was put in to making it.

  7. The last time that I studied the Zechariah 6 verses side by side with the Revelations 6 verses about the colored horses, I was also inspired to look up the word “spirits” in the Greek language as well , and i found that the Greek word is “pneuma”, and just like the Hebrew word ruwach, it means… “breath” “blast or breeze”, “a wind”, and “a current of air”, but in addition to that , “pneuma” also means …”the rational soul”, “vital principle”, and “mental disposition”. And some everyday examples of this kind of “human spirit, or vital principle, and mental disposition” would be “team spirit”, “the Christmas spirit”, or “the spirit of the law”, and “the spirit of 1776”.
    These are all kinds of “influential spirits”, that can change the way a person lives their lives, what they do for a living, even the things that they choose to eat , and like you, **II think **that the colored horses Zechariah was shown ARE the same ones the John was shown too!
    And **i also think**that they are commanded to walk to and fro across the earth seeking to influence whomever they may !!
    I respect your ideas about the colors , but I think that the colors of the horses represent Christianity (released sometime after Christ’s death burial and resurrection, and Ascension appx 2,000 years ago (Acts 26) , Communism, Capitalism, and the green one with the sword is Islam 😉
    I enjoyed reading your ideas here though 🙂

  8. Beth,
    Just remember the horsemen likely work entirely within the Islamic Realm since Rev. 6:8 says they operate and are given authority in one quarter of the earth, and the Islamic Ream is one quarter as well. And another clue is the flags of all the Islamic nations are of those four colors.

  9. Thank you Mark, I do promise to continue to carefully consider what all you have said here while I continue forward in my studies on these things.
    I thought you might like to know that your 4 Signposts blog entry here popped up when I googled translation info for “the four winds of the heavens from Daniel 7”.
    I believe you wrote that you understand “the four winds” that strove upon “the sea of humanity” are the 4 Signposts (the 4 colored horses) , and while I’m still marinating on the 4 Signposts , I am inclined to go along with saying “the four winds of heaven ” that “stove upon the sea of humanity” ARE those colored horses which are “ruwach” AND they are “pneuma” !
    And so I wanted you to know why I’m glad that I found your blog entry here, because that new understanding dovetails beautifully together with the other things that are going on in Daniel 7!!!
    And that gives me a feeling of peace Mark, I thank you for your inspiring writings too!

    And now I’m curious , and feel the need to go search through your archives to see if you’ve written anything about the four beasts from Daniel 7 !

    PS I have seen you around on Q, and read your profile to refresh my memory:)
    And I found that we do have one thing in common , both raised up in the Baptist’s religion …..now I call myself a “Southern Baptist 20 years in recovery” (Praise the Lord!), but now I read and Bible study with Les Feldick ….diligently, and peacefully according to Dispensation Theology.

  10. Beth,
    I believe a Bible student such as yourself, with the questions you ask, would benefit greatly from reading Daniel Revisited. It shows how the four horsemen are the heralds of the four signposts, and the four beasts of Daniel 7 and the ram and goat of Daniel 8 all speak of the same four signposts, from different perspectives.
    God bless you as you seek the truth.

  11. I thank you for those kind words Mark.
    And am happy to report that I found your writings about the Daniel 2 and Daniel 7 connection among your archives, so I’m going to go chew on that first, I’m bound to a study with another believer on Daniel 7 right now, and by happenstance, God had your papers pop up during my research, my friend is going To LOVES the four winds of heaven /4 horsemen of the Apocalypse connection -I just know it!!! 🙂
    And lastly, I think that I certainly will take a gander at the book that you authored as well!
    it’s been a pleasure corresponding with a fellow believer without fear of persecution because of our different ideas, I think that Quora is akin to the Wild, Wild West -where anything goes!-in that regard, and I thank you again for that kind respect 🙂

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