The Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Is it possible that having Woland , his suite and the Master and Margarita leave Moscow on dark horses is an allusion to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Of course the events in the novel do not exactly mirror the Bible story, but Bulgakov has twisted Biblical references before.
Bulgakov describes the group mounting black horses that carry the characters over Moscow and away from the city. They leave behind a trail of fire at Torgsin, Griboyedov, the evil apartment and the Master's apartment. A storm surrounds their departure. Woland and his group leave destruction and havoc in their wake.
The Bible account of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is very disturbing:
...there was a great quake; and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth...the sky vanished like a scroll that is rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place...the great day of their wrath has come and who can stand before it? (??)
Woland did not destroy the earth upon his departure from Moscow nor did the Muscovites experience a Judgment Day. However, many odd incidents followed him. Moscow was turned upside down and a great deal of misfortune fell on many people. Woland does not appear directly responsible for this, but members of his retinue have played a large role in the chaos. The group has already shown the gluttony and greed of the Muscovites during their show at the Variety Theatre, at Griboyedov, and in Torgsin. (Ch.12, Ch.5, Ch.28, Ch.28) Perhaps the inhabitants of Moscow deserve the destruction and chaos they experienced.