The Lord turned His eyes to the heavens. “Look now, the humans have become like us, knowing both good and evil. Their fate is upon them and they must be cast out of this Holy place and away from the tree that gives life.” As these words were leaving His mouth, the evening clouds parted and the man and woman saw a multitude of uncountable numbers standing in the setting sun. These creatures were fearsome in appearance! Their eyes flashed with fire and their golden-colored armor shimmered in the fading sunlight. Stationed in the front of the multitude were four figures which sat upon horses, but they were unlike any horses that Adam had seen on Earth.
The first horse was white, like cotton, and its rider carried a bow. A golden crown sat upon his head and his face consisted only of eyes which were hard and stern. Although his figure looked human, mighty wings, like those of the eagles, sprouted from beneath his polished silver armor. The mighty white horse let out a war cry and dove out into the sky, speeding towards the Earth. It jumped over and through the clouds, soaking itself and the rider in the waters of the heavens. The pair alighted near where the Lord stood, the hooves of the mighty horse slamming into the ground making small craters. His piecing gaze could be physically felt by the humans who shook in fear at the mere sight of this conqueror.
Thunder roared shaking the very foundations of the Earth as a second horseman descended from the Heavens. This rider was even more fierce some looking than the first! He was donned from head to foot in armor that looked as if it was forged from a solid piece of onyx as no seams could be found in it. In one hand, this rider held the reins of his mount which looked as if it were made of a pure, living fire that had taken the shape of a horse. In his other hand, he wielded a mighty sword, also black, which emitted a sound like human screams when the wind touched it. This rider took his place next to the first.
A vicious gale whirled about the Garden tearing fruit from trees and vines and scattering it about the ground. The waters of the great rivers roared at the wind as it tossed their proud waves about furiously. Having hid his face after laying eyes upon the second horseman, Adam managed to muster enough courage to look up from the dust in which he found himself quivering. A third horseman had joined the first two. This one rode a horse whose coat was like the night sky. Its rider was donned in gray colored cloth from head to foot and his face was completely hidden. Unlike the previous two riders, this one did not carry a weapon. Instead, all he had in his hands was a pair of curiously shaped metal dishes that seemed to be attached together by a small golden chain. He held the chain at its center and let the two dishes hang from it if almost to try and balance them. They clanged together in the hollowing winds.
The blackening sky was filled with snaking veins of white-hot electricity. All was silent, both in Heaven and on Earth. All living things looked to Earth’s skyline, many feeling terror for the first time.
Something was coming.
From his helpless state at the feet of God, the serpent began to cackle with laughter.
Based upon Genesis 3: 22-24, Revelation 6: 1-7
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*In the Original Text, the Four Horsemen of the apocalypse do not appear until Revelation chapter 6. Instead, God places a Guardian Cherub with a flaming sword to guard the way to the tree of life. The Horsemen appear early in our story, but not in the Bible story.
Genesis 6: 24- “After sending them out, the Lord God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden. And he placed a flaming sword that flashed back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.” NLT