Sunday, February 20, 2011
Revelation Commentary, From a Handyman? Part Nine
1And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
3And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
4And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
5And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
7And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
9And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
12And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
13And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
14And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
15And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Folks, we all should know who the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are. Even those not well studied in the Bible or even Christian should understand the gist of this. I'm not going to be redundant or bore you with the details, but I will recap how they apply to today's world to the best of my understanding. There are seven seal judgements in all, with the last being a prelude to the trumpet judgements and finally, the bowl or vial ones. The first four seals deal with the Four Horsemen and while one may argue that one person may be the first, I'm going more for the effect and not the person per se. I will say that the first horseman has not arrived as of yet, so the others can't be here yet either. This stuff happens in order and not in some haphazard fashion. No, I do not believe that George Soros, Justin Bieber, Prince William or even Gary Coleman is the guy on the first horse. Obviously this is a person of some political stature because of the crown. This person has a bow, but no arrows are made mention of. I imagine there will be some coercion and deception involved, but little if any military action involved in this conquering. It's also common knowledge that when a leader arrived on a white horse, it was because he conquered a city or nation.
But in verse four, we see that all isn't well in the Global Village, because peace (or the aura of peace anyway) is taken from the earth. You can call this World War Three, Gog Magog, or whatever, but it will be because someone feels this world leader has cut them a raw deal and decides to rebel. Obviously, the world leader "saves" the day and puts this down with force. This is why the second rider has a sword.
Verse five and six deal with another horseman. This guy has a set of weights and balances in one hand. In my eighth grade science class, we used balances a lot to measure the mass of something that needed precision. Not too long ago, even illegal drugs were measured on these devices before electronic scales accurate enough for such precise measurements became the norm. The fact that balances are being used to measure food and not gold is telling here. It means that food is going to be scarce.
Now this is where I have to question the King James Version a bit. A penny doesn't mean a whole lot to most of us now, because we can't even get a piece of candy for that now. So on the surface, this would seem a heck of a deal. Back in the day though, this was a big deal because a penny was a day's wages for most of the townsfolk. Of course the penny wasn't the small unit of measurement in 17th century England either. There were ha'pennies and farthings as well, but our current monetary system has made this archaic. All you need to know is that this is a days wages. Another beef is the word "measure", but this should probably translate into a quart or liter in modern times. My wife made bread today and used about 3 cups of flour to make one loaf of bread in the machine, but I imagine a loaf at the grocery store will use about a dry quart, or four cups. Wheat is more desired and therefore going to be more scarce than barley, which will be three quarts for a days wages.
This is going to get ugly trying to eat, much less pay the house payment and utilities when this crisis hits. One quart of wheat will feed you, three quarts will feed a family. You do the math.
Famine and wars will lead to the fourth horseman and that guy is death. There will be starvation, sickness and the unrest that will cause people to die. Even though prices are high for food and everything else right now. I don't believe these horsemen have arrived yet. This will not happen until after Christ removes His church, but it doesn't mean the church won't experience a little taste of it. Love in Christ.