Claims of Horseman of the Apocalypse in Egypt video run wild

Artist's charcoal drawing of death, depicted as a skull face on the back of a skeletal hand.

Death comes to Cairo, according to (Photo Credit: CC BY-ND/Ciaran Woodrow/Elfwood)

Rioting in Egypt and subsequent insurrections in surrounding countries have led many to question whether the power structures of the Middle East are crumbling. Some are eager to pronounce it a sign of the end of days, reports Believers point to allegedly unaltered Feb. 3 video footage of protests on the streets of Cairo in which a spectral green shape can be observed. and other media outlets are calling the unexplained phantasm the “Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse,” Death.

From whence the Horseman hails

According to the New Testament book of Revelation 6:1-8, the Four Horsemen represent the final tribulations during the war of the end times. Identified as Conquest, War, Famine and Death, respectively, the Horsemen of the Apocalypse are commissioned by God to deliver last judgment upon the world. In the case of Egypt, hundreds of deaths have occurred as a result of anti-Hosni Mubarak riots. The dictator eventually ceded power to the military. But in the minds of doomsday cultists worldwide, the death and destruction that has occurred in Egypt and the rest of the Middle East are fertile ground for the pale rider Death.

The viral Horseman of the Apocalypse first posted the footage of the ghostly image, and Fox and Friends soon mentioned it during round table discussion. Depending on the version of the footage, a green apparition is visible between 1:17 and 1:30 into the video. According to Euronews, the setting is a crowd of Cairo protesters behind barricades. The flowing, pale green image – which some sources claim looks like an “erect rider atop a horse in Medieval-like barding” – floats over the protesters’ heads.

Footage from various sources bears the Horseman image

Euronews writes that the ghostly image looks quite similar from one outlet’s footage to the next, and the clip apparently isn’t borrowed from a single source. This is part of the reason some who believe in the Christian gospels are convinced the footage shows the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse. Clearly there are people who subscribe to Fox Mulder’s poster slogan: “I want to believe.” Photographic experts,  however, say the image could be due to lens flare.



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