The Third Seal – The Black Horseman
Having struggled with the understanding of the second seal and the Ezekiel 38-39 war, we now come to the third seal, which is much easier to understand.
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.
The black horseman represents famine. Food is in such short supply that it is measured out on the scales. A penny, or denarius in other translations, was the daily wage for a laborer in Biblical times. During this period the food shortage will be so severe that it will take a days wages to buy enough flour to make a loaf of bread.
It is also interesting to note that the four foods mentioned – wheat, barley, oil (olives) and wine (grapes) are all wind pollinated. All the fruits and vegetables which are pollinated by bees are missing.
Do the bees die out as a result of the pollution from the nuclear war?
We are already seeing a reduction in bee populations due to colony collapse disease. In Hebrew the word for bee is devorah, the same as the name of the prophetess Deborah. She gave a message of rebuke to the men of Israel. Is the disappearance of the bees an prophetic message for the men of this age?
The Forth Seal – The Pale Horseman
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 8 And 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.
Death rides on the pale horse and is followed by Hell, the grave. One quarter of the world’s population, almost 2 billion people, die as a result of the wars (of the first and second seal), the famine (of the third seal), death (the pestilence and disease brought about by the collapse of our infrastructure) and the beasts of the earth. This could be talking about wild animals and packs of feral dogs, or it could be interpreted as the viruses and bacteria which will wreak havoc on the population during this time.
By the end of the 4th seal period 1/4 of humanity is dead!