059 "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"

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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Full Image

54" x 72" / Oil on Canvas

  by John WorldPeace


A partial interpretation from the artist's transient perspective

This painting is a reference to the scriptures in the book of Revelation in the Christian Bible.

The four horses are red, white, black, and yellow. They correspond to the four knight chess pieces in the foreground of the canvas.

In the center of the canvas is a golden circle, which represents the Infinite God who has no beginning and no end. The singularity of the circle speaks to the oneness of all things. From the Infinite Potential, or God, all things manifest, and back into the Infinite Potential all things disintegrate in time.

We do not have peace on the planet, or anywhere else in the universe, because of the constant change that permeates all things in this reality. Nothing remains the same. Therefore, there is constant readjustment, creating ongoing disharmony and chaos. The question is: how do we deal with constant change in the universe and in the world human society?

Out of the infinite circle, which is gold and therefore represents that which is very long lasting, is a straight line to each of the four horsemen. The straight lines connecting the four horsemen form a symbolic cross. Out of the central circle there is a small golden ray touching each horse.

Each horse emits five rays symbolizing the number of man. Man has two hands, two feet, and one head, which together equal five. The five-pointed star is also a representation of man.

Each of the four horses brings something different in the end times. The white, red, yellow, and black horses impose destruction on humanity. The Bible says that these four horsemen will have the ability to affect one-fourth of the world's population.

If you look closely at the painting, you will see that there are red dots that correspond to the red horse, white dots to the white horse, black dots to the black horse, and yellow dots to the yellow horse. You will also notice that all of the dots are on the gray people. These people will be turned to ash and die as a result of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse’s being loosed in the end times.

The various colors of the people represent all the nations, races, religions, and sexes of the world. The helmeted figures are female. The round-headed figures are the males. The people closer to the golden circle are lighter or bleached out. The ones that are closer to the light are living in a transparent reality, which permeates all things that exist in the universe.

In this painting, as in many of my paintings, you see repetition. In other paintings there are various shapes, forms, objects, and concepts that are repeated. This is the nature of the universe. There is a constant flow, a constant sowing and reaping. The constant birthing of new human beings and the constant death of older human beings. It is an ongoing process and impacts every living thing on this planet from ants and termites to elephants and birds. Everything in the universe is repetitive, including the planets and stars. They manifest throughout the universe. Repetition is an important factor in a lot of my paintings because it demonstrates this constant churning of the universe. This constant ebb and flow of waves, bringing new life and taking away that which is dead.

The painting is timely because right now George Bush is considering invading Iraq to rape and pillage those people for their oil. He intends to leave that country as destitute as he left Afghanistan, where over half a million people are starving. The AIDS plague is consuming Africa and has a significant foothold in the highly populated nations of China and India. War is certainly coming. Bush, who is conquering for the sake of conquering, certainly represents the first horseman of the Apocalypse. He is the harbinger of the complete removal of peace from earth.

George Bush is the world's premier warmonger and presently the greatest enemy of peace that exists on the planet.

The economy is suffering because of Bush’s insistence on war. The struggling economy, along with global warming, has increased famine on the earth. George Bush and his administration refuse to allow any relaxation of laws governing patents on drugs for pandemics such as TB, AIDS, and malaria. Therefore, through George Bust, there is not only death from famine and disease. There will also be death from war. To avenge 3,000 American deaths on September 11, 2001, it is estimated that over 100,000 people were killed by Bush’s war in Afghanistan.

The Apocalypse is very real. It is happening right now. It has not touched every corner of the earth, but the Bible prophesized that it would only touch one-fourth of the earth. The Apocalypse is upon us. The most Christian nation in the world, the nation that is committed, theoretically, to truth, justice, and equality for all, is in fact the cause of the vast majority of the world’s ills.

John WorldPeace
November 22, 2002

Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say, as with a voice of thunder, "Come!"  And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and it rider had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.  When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!"  And out came another horse, bright red; its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that men should slay one another; and he was given a great sword.  When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" And I saw, and behold,  black horse, and its rider had a balance in his hand; and I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not harm oil and wine!"  When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!" And I saw, and behold, a pale horse, and its rider's name was Death, and Hell followed him; and they were given power over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.  Revelation 6: 1-8.

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