The third seal is open – Revelation 6:5
The rider on the black horse holds a pair of scales in his hand.
Revelation 6:6 ERV Then I heard something that sounded like a voice. The voice came from where the four living beings were. It said, “A quart of wheat or three quarts of barley will cost a full day’s pay. But don’t harm the supply of olive oil and wine!”
I can generalize this and say the economy suffers from total upheaval. My bible is a Dake’s, King James version, and the comments indicate that food will rise to prices 8x above whatever is normal, and that might be the tip of the iceberg. We are watching national economies collapse and a national conservative broadcaster claims that if Obama gets re-elected the economy of the United states will collapse and that there will be food riots across this nation. Why would he say that? Across the United States we have suffered horrible drought and crops that have not died are dying. This affects everyone as prices continue to rise. Several years ago we began to see gas prices hit the $4 dollar per gallon mark. Although the impact had other effects, we saw the price of food go up due to transportation costs. And yet when the price of gas dropped prices did not go back down.
I wish I could understand why God would not allow for the oil and wine to be critically affected. Around my neck of the woods we have a store called BevMo. It is primarily a large liquor store but leans toward the wine gourmet. It is fairly consistent from store-to-store, while the price of a loaf of bread is now over $4 dollars, wine is still cheap. Perhaps this too is symbolic, just as the rider is. If we had the statistics we would probably find that alcohol consumption has risen dramatically, as well as suicides.
The Fourth Seal
“The Lamb opened the fourth seal. Then I heard the voice of the fourth living being say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a pale-colored horse. The rider on the horse was death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth–power to kill people with the sword, by starving, by disease, and with the wild animals of the earth.”
(Revelation 6:7-8 ERV)
This is the second rider to bring death, and yet this rider is more specific in their methods and prolific.
One fourth of the “worlds” population is killed. I put the world in quotations because I cannot specifically say that will be the effect. On September 11, 2001 over 3000 people were killed, both directly and indirectly, as airplanes were flown into the Twin Towers in New York.
What is to guarantee that the quantity of people killed is not spread over a wide area? Absolutely nothing. Sure, firepower seems to be a deterrent to the law-abiding, but we are not talking about those that will follow the law, for them, this is a war, and we, those of us that claim a relationship with Jesus Christ, and the Jews are the enemy. Everyone that dies as a Muslim is merely collateral damage, and Allah will sort them out at the end. In Islam, to spill your blood, even as collateral damage, is your guarantee of a righteous reward. In Islam without the spilling of blood there is nothing that gives you a hope of an eternal future, therefore they are always striving to be more religious and righteous, and willing to kill anyone that steps outside Islam’s moral boundaries.
The world population is estimated to number 7.039 billion. That equals the death of one billion seven hundred fifty-nine million seven hundred fifty thousand people, in fairly short amount of time.
Muslim populations by percentage, around the globe.
What is the point of showing you this information? To make you aware that there is not a nation on this earth that does not have a Muslim population living.
If what we see in Revelation chapter six is reality, the killing by sword of one-fourth of the world’s population, then you can begin to see that this can take place anywhere and everywhere. As you can see the United States alone has over 4 million Muslims living in it.
If only 18% are hard liners, demanding every tenet of the Qur’an be followed precisely, then we are merely looking at about 745,000 people in the US that are willing to die as martyrs for Allah. Tell me again how it is that this nation will escape the violence that is coming?
Forget about the alleged anger over some poorly done movie, that is all just a cover for their real intent, killing anyone who stands in the way of Islam being the religion of the world and Sharia being the “law” that runs that world. If you know anything about Sharia then you understand that personal freedom has no place within it’s guidelines and women have no rights at all. Just look around you. Indonesia has been one of the main places in the world where “Christians” have been tortured and killed over the years. Now with activity levels of Muslims in the middle east taking a front seat in the worlds eyes, we seem to think that this is the only place Muslims live.
Today’s news, 9/17/12, indicated that now even Indonesia has joined in the melee attributed to a six month old movie. If you do not understand by now violence is a mandate in the Qu’ran, with statements like, hide for them in wait and kill them at every opportunity.
If there is a point, it is that Islam fits the prescription of violence that the passage call for. As of this writing, my pastor has been preaching a series on deception. As part of his message he stated, that the every human, because of his broken nature, has it in them to do evil. Only receiving a new life from within can change and snap a person out of such a nature, and you only do that by accepting Jesus Christ. In contrast with so many religions of the world, like Islam or Mormonism, you cannot work your way into the kingdom of God by your works. Salvation, and a life with him is only attainable by faith in Jesus Christ, the only one that did it right. Turn to him; call on his name and he will give you his life.
- A response to my post, “A Short Course in Revelation” – part one. (omharris.com)
- Islamic vs Christian Eschatology Part 3, Crucifixion/Return (lynleahz.com)
- Dearborn Imam calls on U.S. to enforce Sharia blasphemy laws (iranaware.com)
- Islamic vs Christian Eschatology Part 4, Jesus and the False Prophet (lynleahz.com)