This is a series of posts on Revelation 6, featuring the infamous four horsemen of the apocalypse.
This morning we explore again the rider on the black horse who carries the scales.
Yesterday’s post might have been discouraging as we learnt that the end-time beast would weaponise food supplies in order to conquer the souls of the populace.
Simply put: if you renounce Christ Jesus then you will be allowed to eat.
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.’
However, the Lord has promised to keep us through this time of tribulation.
We saw with the Early Church that the wealthier members of the church would help the poorest.
Some Christians are wisely storing supplies so that they will be able to feed the needy when the time comes.
Acts 4:32 ‘All the believers were one in heart and mind. No-one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had…There were no needy persons among them.’
God also miraculously provided Israel with food in the wilderness.
Exodus 16:13 ‘That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor…Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat.”
We see an end-time reflection of this in Revelation 2 where the faithful of Pergamum, who do not fall for the enticements of corruption, receive manna.
Revelation 2:17a ‘To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna.’
These will be lean times indeed but the Lord will always walk with us and care for our needs. We will always have the promise of plenty of food awaiting us.
Revelation 7:15 ‘They are before the throne of God and serve him day and night and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. Never again will they hunger, never again will they thirst.’
Revelation 2:7a ‘To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life which is in the paradise of God.’
Our tribulations will be over.
This morning we pray for the faithful in Afghanistan who face hunger and the cold this winter.