"The Book of Revelation, An Eschatological Study of the Endtimes", by Chad J. McCoy
Who wanted that small explosion to become a big one? The rider of the red horse.
No one knows exactly how the Great War was started. The jury's still out. It should
have been just a conflict between Austria and Germany, as the conflicts were before
at the beginning of the timeline (with only two enemies). But somehow, it escalated.
The situation was manipulated into World War One. No one is sure how or why. But
it happened. The red horse was at work, taking peace from the earth and causing men
to kill each other.
Consider these words:
Just as the Nineteenth Century really began after Waterloo in 1815, so may we understand that the real history of the twentieth century began in the post war era, after the first of what came to be known as two world wars. Almost every social, political or economic conflict of this century can be traced back to the incredible blood letting on the battlefields of the Great War. Its memory framed the political posturing of several generations of diplomats, politicians and generals. The gross failures of the war making powers generated and fed a century of rebellion against any rightful authority systems and monarchial systems of government in particular.
The red horse is at work.
The third and specific cause of the Great War involved the assassination of the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary on 28 June 1914 by a Serbian radical who hoped to pave the way for a greater Slavic state separate from the Dual Monarchy.
What was it exactly that set off the Great War? An assassination. A killing. One man against another. The red horse.
What about World War Two? Here is the definition of World War II, by MSN Encarta:
World War II, global military conflict that, in terms of lives lost and material destruction, was the most devastating war in human history. It began in 1939 as a European conflict between Germany and an Anglo-French coalition, but it widened to include most of the nations of the world.
Note the words "the most devastating war in human history", and how it started small, but was manipulated into a global conflict.
Never has there been a war that could have been avoided more easily than the one that has just destroyed (1939 - 1945) whatever was left of the world after the previous confrontation (1914 -1918).
This should have been a most easily avoidable war. The most easily-avoidable war in the history of the world. But it wasn't avoided. Why? The red horse was at work, taking peace from the earth, and causing men to kill themselves.
From 1939 to 1945, Germany's military machine struck out and conquered most of Western Europe, swept into deserts of North Africa and drove deep into the hinterlands of Russia. In time, however, the Allies gathered strength and eventually crushed the German Army and Axis powers with a display of brute force that has remained unmatched to this day.
War. Such as the world had never seen. The red horse. Even men did not understand what was happening to them, or why.
"The story is how did you get from there to the First World War, and who wanted that small explosion to become a big one? "… "the answer is almost impossible to define." - World War One
" Never has there been a war that could have been avoided more easily…" - World War Two
The red horse. Taking peace from the earth. Causing men to kill each other.
Sure, war has always been with us. Even the Israelites made war. But it was always the Israelites against the Hittites, or the Israelites against the Ammonites, or the Israelites against the Philistines, or the Israelites against the Assyrians…
It was two forces, two enemies. Just as it was Athens against Sparta, Carthage against Rome, Greece against Persia.
You never saw a force of Assyrians, Philistines, Hittites, Ammonites, Amelekites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perezzites, Jebusites, and Moabites against the Israelites, Egyptians, Medes, Persians, Hivites, and Sidonians.
Oh, no. This batch of war was cooked up by the rider of the red horse.
And it started sometime after the death of Jesus. It hadn't been like this before the birth of Jesus. It's like this NOW. So the ingredients had to be gotten together sometime after the time of Christ.
Now World War One may not have been the first occurrence. Like I said, I'm no historian. There may have been wars previous to the Great War that involved many different nations. It doesn't change the picture, though.
We have a situation here where wars involve the whole world. Even nations that do not take part are affected. How has it come to this? It wasn't like this before the time of Christ. It has come about since then. The red horse.
A Demon of Great War. The Great War.
World War One. The Red Baron. The Red Horse.
World War Two. The Red Army. The Red Horse.
Korea. Vietnam. Iraq.
The Red Horse.
We live in a world where we are familiar with the phrases "going postal", "road rage", and "guns in schools".
Men killing men. Who can figure out the reason? What can we do to put a stop to the killing? More police, more soldiers, more security guards. The killings continue. Parents kill their children. Children kill children. Whites kill blacks, and Muslims kill Serbs. When will it all end? What can we do about it?
And the red horse continues its journey through the earth, taking away the peace and causing men to kill each other.
One might ask what purpose God would have in loosing such a spirit upon the world. I would submit that it is our Tree of Good and Evil. It is the fire through which we will be tested, and refined to become pure as gold. It is that which will burn up the chaff, leaving only the wheat.
We must make our choice. Who will we serve?
Am I an atheist, whereby the armed men coming down the street will leave me alone, or am I a Christian whom they will kill?
Black is black, and white is white. Hell is hot, and sin ain't right. God is holy, and Christ is coming, and righteousness will prevail! - Radically Saved - Carman
Joshua 24:15 - But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
THE THIRD SEAL -
Rev. 6:5,6: 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. 6 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!"
Once again, we have a horse, symbolizing war. We must find out what kind of war it is this time around. The horse is black, so we'll have to determine what the color black represents. The rider is holding a pair of scales, so we'll need to determine the meaning of the scales, as well. Then we have the stock report statement, which the New Testament in Modern Speech version of the bible translates as:
"A whole day's wage for a loaf of bread, a whole day's wage for three barley cakes, but do not damage the oil or the wine."
This will need to be understood as well.
Let's begin with the color black. There are 16 instances in the NIV version of the bible, where the word black is used, and 18 instances in the KJV. In these instances, the color black is used four different ways. It is used to indicate darkness, as in the sky was blackened. It's used simply as a color, as in the black vulture. It's used to indicate disease, as in Job 30:30: My skin grows black and peels; my body burns with fever. And it's used to indicate a condition caused by famine, as in Lamentations 5:10: Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.
Basically, black is black. So let's not read too much into this color. Whatever this horse represents, it must be something dark. It is going to cause something to darken.
Let's go on. Scales. In the bible they are used by merchants as measuring instruments, for lengths and weights.
Consider the following verses:
Lev. 19:35,36: 'Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity. 36 Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah and an honest hin. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt.
Proverbs 11:1: The LORD abhors dishonest scales,
but accurate weights are his delight.
Proverbs 16:11 : Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.
Proverbs 20:23 : The LORD detests differing weights,
and dishonest scales do not please him.
Ezekial 45:9-12: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: You have gone far enough, O princes of Israel! Give up your violence and oppression and do what is just and right. Stop dispossessing my people, declares the Sovereign LORD. 10 You are to use accurate scales, an accurate ephah and an accurate bath. 11 The ephah and the bath are to be the same size, the bath containing a tenth of a homer and the ephah a tenth of a homer; the homer is to be the standard measure for both. 12 The shekel is to consist of twenty gerahs. Twenty shekels plus twenty-five shekels plus fifteen shekels equal one mina.
Hosea 12:7 : The merchant uses dishonest scales; he loves to defraud.
Amos 8:4-7 : Hear this, you who trample the needy
and do away with the poor of the land, 5 saying,
"When will the New Moon be over
that we may sell grain,
and the Sabbath be ended
that we may market wheat?"-
skimping the measure,
boosting the price
and cheating with dishonest scales,
6 buying the poor with silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals,
selling even the sweepings with the wheat.
7 The LORD has sworn by the Pride of Jacob: "I will never forget anything they have done.
We see here that the Lord hates dishonest scales! You can read these passages as they continue on, and you will find out about the punishment God will pour out on those who cheat others out of their hard-earned money.
Ok, let's combine what we know: A darkness will come over the economy. (The scales represent buying and selling, and therefore represent the economy) The fact that this dark cloud emanates from a horse, the symbol of war, means that this won't just be a minor recession, but a major crash.
Let's go on to the statement that was made:
"A whole day's wage for a loaf of bread, a whole day's wage for three barley cakes, but do not damage the oil or the wine."
John says that the voice he heard that spoke these words came from among the four beasts that are before the throne. If you back up and take a look at who is among the four beasts, you see that it is the Lamb, Jesus Christ.
Rev. 5:6: Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders.
What is it Jesus is saying? A whole day's wage for a loaf of bread. How much is a day's wage? Let's say on average, a person makes $10 an hour. A day's wage (8 hours) would be $80. We're talking about an $80 loaf of bread here!
What was it that we just figured out? There will be a major darkening of our economy! At $80 per loaf of bread, Jesus isn't kidding!
What else did he say? A day's wage for three barley cakes. So another $80 for three barley cakes. Now I'm not sure what barley cakes are, but I picture them as something like a pita bread, or a rice cake. Whatever they are, they cost $26.66 each. Let's see. Three people could eat a whole meal at a restaurant for what it would cost to buy one of these barley cakes. Definite crash of the economy.
Now what does he mean when he says, "but don't damage the oil or the wine"? I did look up the word "oil" in the Greek. It's olive oil, not crude oil.
So what does this mean? I think that Jesus is giving the rider of the black horse his instructions. The rider is to cause great economic collapse, but he is not to harm the oil, or the wine.
Now why would Jesus say this? What good is oil and wine if everything else is outrageously expensive?
Here's another thought: what would cause such a collapse of the economy? Why would foodstuffs like bread and barley cakes become so expensive?
I know from the Gulf War, and the computer RAM industry, that when products become scarce, they become very expensive. The demand for them is greater than supply can easily handle.
So one possible scenario, is that things will become in short supply. When Jesus tells the rider not to tamper with the oil and the wine, it could mean that he is telling him not to destroy any of it. So we will be in short supply of other things which are now very expensive, but we will have plenty of oil and wine.
Again, what difference does it make that we have plenty of oil and wine? If our bills are going sky high, and we can't afford to feed our families, or to pay the rent, then we're worried about survival. Who cares if we can get olive oil at a great price?
Aha, but there's the key, and I danced all around it for two days before I realized it.
When Jesus tells the rider not to tamper with the oil and wine, it is true that he is telling him not to destroy it. But my next assumption was wrong. I said that may mean we will be in short supply of a lot of things, but will have plenty of oil and wine. Where did it say we would be in short supply of anything?
I spent many hours trying to figure out what good it would do us if the economy crashed and yet we still had plenty of access to olive oil and alcohol. There is no answer forthcoming for that riddle.
The answer is, there is NO benefit. So what is being said here? To solve this riddle, you must listen carefully.
The black rider appears. He is to go about the earth, making war on our value system. Jesus speaks, and gives the rider his orders. The orders are: a loaf of bread will cost a day's wages. Three barley cakes will cost a day's wages.
This tells us how bad a war this rider is going to wage on our economy. Then Jesus issues another order: Do not hurt the oil and the wine. In other words, do not damage it. Do not cause injury, do not ravish, do not harm, do not ruin.
Listen carefully: although he said not to damage the oil and wine specifically, he never ordered the damage of anything else, either!
You see, I had assumed that all commodities would be damaged, except for the oil and wine, but the bible doesn't say that. It says that prices soared, BUT… the food was not damaged.
I was not looking at olive oil and wine as food, until I saw this verse:
Deut. 11:13-15: So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today-to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul- 14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.
In this passage the Lord