Chapters 4 to 8 concentrate on the opening of the Seven Seals.
Now in the olden days, things were written on scrolls, pieces of paper which were rolled up.
Sometimes these scrolls would be sealed, typically with a wax seal. They’d light a candle and drop some wax onto the scroll which would cool down and form a seal. They’d even imprint the seal with a stamp, leaving an imprint on the wax which served as an indicator as to whom the letter or scroll came from.
What is interesting about the scroll is
- who held it – the One upon the heavenly Throne
- who was able to open it – the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, a Lamb
Whenever the scroll was progressively opened – through the breaking of one of the seven seals, an event would occur. Some of those events could be categorized as a judgment from God.
The First Seal
When the first seal was opened, a white horse came forth with a rider holding a bow and given a crown. He rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
This is suggestive of wars.When we look at the written history of mankind, the first world war (WW I)marked a shift in the level of warfare and conflict. This was both in terms of the ferocity of war as well as the coverage of the conflict. If not the first world war, definitely the second world war can be classified as a global conflict (WW II).
The Second Seal
Upon opening the second seal, a fiery red horse emerged, given the power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other.
Is this a repeat of the first event?
I do not believe so. In my mind, this is referring to a breakout of localised conflict and global terrorism. In this case, we are not talking about a land grab or a resources grab by world powers.
We are talking about the conflict in Somalia, genocide in Rwanda, the former Northern Ireland situation, etc. Civil wars and unrests such as the Arab Spring.
The Third Seal
The third horse is black, with a rider carrying a set of scales. The scales are not eh scales of justice as we are talking more about the scales of commerce.
This is borne out by what the Living Creature says, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”
This in reference to inflation in the price of food.
If we assume an average annual salary of A$60,000, divide by 360 days, gives you A$166 per day. 6 pounds of barley is approximately 2.72kg. This translates to about A$60 per kg.
Checking Woolworths, Goodness Superfood Wraps Wholegrain Barley is selling for A$2.22 per 100g. Or A$22 per kg, which is 1/3 the price of what is described in the Bible.
If you see food inflation running at several times normal, you know it’s a bad sign…
The Fourth Seal
The opening of the fourth seal releases Death riding on a pale horse. Hades is riding close behind him. I’d suggest that this indicative of the figurative language used in the book of Revelation.
The main takeaway I have is that a quarter of the world will perish through the sword (violence), famine (starvation, lack of resources) and plague (disease).
To be continued…