Seals 4

The Fourth Seal: Death

7And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 

8And I looked, and behold a pale horse

5515. chlóros : pale green, pale

Original Word: χλωρός, ά, όν
Part of Speech: Adjective
Transliteration: chlóros
Phonetic Spelling: (khlo-ros’)
Short Definition: green, pale

Definition: green, pale green.

and his name that sat on him was Death(Thanatos), and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth,

  • to kill with sword, 
  • and with hunger, 
  • and with death, 
  • and with the beasts of the earth.

      2288 thánatos (derived from 2348/thnḗskō, “to die”) 

      • – physical or spiritual death
      • (figuratively) separation from the life (salvation) of God forever by dying without first experiencing death to self to receive His gift of salvation.

      Revelation 6:8 N-NMS
      GRK: καὶ ὁ ᾅδης ἠκολούθει μετ’
      NAS: Death; and Hades was following
      KJV: was Death, and Hell followed with
      INT: and Hades follows with

      Revelation 20:13 N-NMS

      GRK: καὶ ὁ ᾅδης ἔδωκαν τοὺς

      NAS: which were in it, and death and Hades gave

      KJV: death and hell delivered up the dead

      INT: and Hades gave up the

      Revelation 20:14 N-NMS

      GRK: καὶ ὁ ᾅδης ἐβλήθησαν εἰς

      NAS: death and Hades were thrown

      KJV: death and hell were cast into

      INT: and Hades were cast into

      1. a proper name, Hades, Pluto, the god of the lower regions; 

      2. an appellative, Orcus, the nether world, the realm of the dead

      Hades was the ancient Greek god of the underworld, which eventually took his name.The Etruscan god Aita and Roman gods Dis Pater and Orcus were eventually taken as equivalent to the Greek Hades and merged as Pluto, a Latinization of his euphemistic Greek name Plouton. 

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      In GreekmythologyThanatos “Death“, was the personification of death. He was a minor figure in Greek mythology, often referred to but rarely appearing in person. His name is transliterated in Latin asThanatus, but his equivalent in Roman mythology is Mors or Letum. Mors is sometimes erroneously identified with Orcus, whose Greek equivalent was Horkos, God of the Oath.

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      Scroll represents a piece of papyrus or parchment that is usually bound or sewn together and rolled on a wood spindle. In order to read it, it was unrolled. (Codices in the second century—books—replaced this.) If it were an official legal document, as this was, it was tied and sealed with wax. This denotes the power and eminence of His Word. Here, it is depicted as a “Roman will” containing God’s covenant of the deed of creation and our redemption, and His promise and plan (Ex. 32:15; Psalm 2:8; Ezra 2:9-10. Dan. 12:4; Heb. 1:2; Rev. 10:2, 8-10). 

      Writing on both sides. This is called “opisthography.” Normally, only one side of the papyrus was written on, the side where the fibers of the papyrus paper line up horizontally. The “recto,” as it was called, was the smooth side designed for writing. The outside, the rough side was used for the title information and address and was called the “verso.” Here, the fibers were vertical and rough and were where the ties and seal were placed. 


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