The Third Horseman of Revelation 6

This is a series of posts on Revelation 6, featuring the infamous four horsemen of the apocalypse.

This morning we explore the rider on the black horse who carries the scales.

Revelation 6:5   ‘When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, ‘Come’. I looked and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures saying: ‘A quart of wheat for a day’s wages and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages and do not damage the oil and the wine!’

The bitter fruit of warfare and persecution is inevitably hunger and famine.

The quantities measured for their price would amount to just above famine levels. Life would therefore be reduced to economic hardship and the barest of necessities.

Some have commented on the oil and wine being spared from damage, and have concluded that although the basics will be severely rationed, nevertheless the luxuries will still be available to those who can afford them! Ryrie comments indignantly: ‘This situation will only serve to taunt the populace in their impoverished state.’ Some have commented, more prosaically, that drought affects the growth of grain more than it does of olive trees or vines that have deeper roots.

Revelation 13:16 speaks of the False Prophet establishing a system where both rich and poor have to receive a mark of some sort before they can engage in buying or selling. The stipulation is that they will have to denounce Christ Jesus and worship the Antichrist instead. Inevitably, this would lead to an economic impoverishment to all those who refused to bow the knee to this false god.

Walters argues convincingly that: ‘A world that is in the midst of the worst famine in history would be an easy target for the Antichrist. Is it his offer of food to a hungry world that finally leads him to widespread power?4

Revelation 13:16   ‘He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or forehead so that no-one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.

The beast would therefore weaponise food supplies in order to conquer the souls of the populace.

That is the tough news but there is hope in the situation which we will explore tomorrow.

4 Nelson Walters Revelation Deciphered location 2967

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