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Are We in the Third Seal?
We need to share the wisdom
Are these the signs of the third seal?
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. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two poundsof wheat for a day’s wages, and six poundsof barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine Revelation 6:5&6
T o understand the book of revelation we must also understand the terminology and the times.
Who is opening the scrolls?
In ancient times inheritances were written on scrolls. Large papers and notarized with seals. Only the one worthy could open the seals which was the first born. Isn’t Jesus mentioned as the first born? Jesus is the one God gave the inheritance of the kingdom of Heaven to. Therefore it is He who is opening the seal.
Why mention wheat and barley?
Back in Johns day poor people ate wheat and barley. It is interesting to note that in, I think, the sixteenth century the rich people could afford to take the brown husk off the wheat. This was a symbol of wealth. Could that mean that rich people are getting richer and poor people are getting poorer and many are being driven into poverty? It was also stupid because it is the husk where all the good vitamins are. Think of that when choosing to buy white bread or rice. Sorry for temporary going off course. Doesn’t this mean massive poverty? Could this mean the poor are getting poorer and many people are being driven into poverty?
Why not hurt the wine or oil?
Back in Johns day oil and wine were a symbol of wealth. Could this mean the rich peoples wealth will not only be protected but indeed increase?
Let’s do the math.
Now then, let’s add it up in today’s language. It will take a day’s wages to buy enough food for a day. That means people are getting poorer and poorer. Has there ever been any other time in history where there is so much poverty over the entire world? What has happened to the middle class in Europe and North America? We need not look at Africa or Asia. Why not look in your own house?
Has there ever been a time in history where the wealth was in so few hands and it was so extravagant? Aren’t there people now who make more in one year than some countries do?
What are you to do?
If you are a Christian, does this not move you to want to share Jesus with others so they will avoid the seven trumpets? I do not mean the anti-Christ way. You know, the Bible thumpers who shove a Bible in people’s faces and tell tem they are going to hell. Think about it? If someone attacks you, won’t you become defensive? Well, when you shove your religion down someone’s throat or are condemning someone, aren’t you attacking them? Won’t that drive them away from Christ, not to Him? Why not instead, start a home Bible study with some Christians and invite someone you know who is not a Christian to join? Why not make it like a pot lick dinner? Why not think of someone and put them on a prayer list and pray for them to open their heart’s to Jesus?
"Would that God would make hell so real to us that we cannot rest; heaven so real that we must have men there; Christ so real that our supreme motive and aim shall be to make the Man of Sorrows the Man of Joy by the conversion to him of many." – J. Hudson Taylor
Prayer: Please Jehovah Sabbath (God of the Heavens) open my eyes to all opportunities to humbly, with grace and respect, share Jesus with others. Please provide me with the tools necessary to accomplish this critical task and the people needed to help me.
Father I deeply want ______ (think of three people who you would like to come to Christ and write in their names) to accept your wonderful offer to join Your marvelous family. I desire to see them in Heaven with me, rather than in Hell with Satan and his demons. I ask this in the name of the one who holds the key to Heaven, Jesus Christ. Amen
May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.