Third Seal - Famine
Revelation 6:5 And 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. 6 And 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.
Satan has deceived people from the very beginning (Genesis 3). Satan is the father of all lies (John 8:44). Satan is the ruler of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4). Satan is able to appear as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Satan is deceiving, lying, and misrepresenting himself today. So, what will be different about this specific time called the Tribulation?
The church, true believers, will be gone. Why is that important? Believers are indwelled by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and with the church gone it will open up a gap to be filled. The opening of the first seal in reality is the beginning of God's judgment and wrath upon the earth but for the people it will be Satan appearing as an angel of light.
The Anti-christ will be let loose on the world but he will hide his true agenda just like he does now. He will pretend to be a person of peace, a man for the people, and is able to institute change in favor of mankind.
The changes will be wonderful for a bit but then, good feeling gone. The second seal is opened and it is time for the truth. It will begin with peace being taken from the whole earth. War disrupts prosperity and normal everyday living. This brings us to the next seal.
Revelation 6:5 ESV When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!"
Due to war and violence farming is interfered with which means interfering with planting and harvesting. Food becomes expensive and scarce.
The shelves in the store will be bare.
Barley is considered food for animals but people will be eating it. This trickles down and the food for animals lessens.
There will be many dying from starvation. We have all seen the look of a child and adult who is malnourished. However, do not mistake that everyone will suffer right away. The poor and middle class will be effected first. It will take everything they have to feed their families. The rich will continue to prosper and maintain their lifestyle. It will be the rich living lavishly and the poor starving and barely making it from day to day. Unlike now, there will be no escape.
The majority of professing Christians are either
1) ignorant of this because the leaders do not teach the whole of God's council
2) want to be ignorant of it
3) do not believe it.
Christ Jesus told us these things so we would know the signs, know what is coming, and not be afraid but be looking for the coming of our King, Jesus Christ.
God does not judge without warning first. God has been warning for thousands of years. The question is do you know the warnings and the signs of Christ's return? Are you afraid or do you consider the events leading up to His return "doom and gloom"?
1 John 4:17 ESV By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us.
God's love casts out fear. The closer we are to Christ the more security we have in Him.
John 3:16-21 describes two different people. We all fall under one of these descriptions.
The two descriptions are believer and unbeliever. Everyone will receive what God has promised either way. However, God stooped down to offer "whosoever will" His love through faith in His Son which casts out fear of the coming judgments.
Jesus is coming are you ready?
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