THE THIRD SEAL
Rev 6:5-6 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.
Every culture needs an economic system to create and distribute wealth. There have been hundreds of methods used in the history of the world, and most of them have involved violence and coercion against the labor that generates the wealth for those who hold the power over the people of the culture. There has never been a better economic system for generating and distributing wealth than Capitalism. Those nations that have adopted it have produced wealth enough for millions upon millions of people to live in comfort. But like all systems for generating and distributing wealth, it is subject to being controlled by the greedy. No amount of regulation can stop the greedy from exploiting the labors of those who generate the wealth of a nation. Greed is just an exaggerated degree of the selfishness that is part and parcel to all humanity. Even redemption from the sinful nature of an Adamic spirit and mind does not completely bring it under control.
The glorification of the SELF (ego) in humanity is the religion of Materialism. Humanism is result from such glorification. When anyone believes that the Material Universe is all that exists in reality. They open themselves completely to become the possession of Satan. It was the SELF in Satan that caused his fall from Heaven, Isa 14:12-14 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! (13) For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: (14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
The entire culture of the West today is captive to Satan through Materialism, and the doctrines that just natural grow from it. The Epicurean doctrines that have released the SELF with no control other than some kind of concept of sexual abuse for which the majority of elites seems to the arbitrator, no concept of self denial is considered to be rational. Any concept of self denial is considered a kind of mental illness.
So you might wonder what that has do with the scene under the third seal. A pair of balances is representative of the market place. A measure of wheat for a penny or three measures of barley for a penny represents capital being exchanged for food items, commodities necessary for sustaing life in a culture. A penny (denarius) represents one day’s wages, a barely subsistence wage. This is an unholy horse and rider going forth over the earth. They are unholy , not because of Capitalism, but because of the greed of those controlling the capital. Limiting personal income to starvation wages is ungodly and evil. Children die, or are sold into slavery. Citizens engage in any evil or wicked way to survive. Every wicked thing under the sun becomes manifested within any culture so imprisoned by the wealthy. It is called Mystery Babylon in the Revelation.
What is revealed under the third seal is the most logical conclusion of Human Selfishness when turned loose by the worship of the Material Reality and denial of the Spiritual Reality.
In 1832, in Vol 2 of his work, Democracy In America, De Tocqueville wrote, “Materialism is, amongst all nations, a dangerous disease of the human mind; but it is more especially to be dreaded amongst a democratic people, because it readily amalgamates with that vice which is most familiar to the heart under such circumstances. Democracy encourages a taste for physical gratification: this taste, if it become excessive, soon disposes men to believe that all is matter only; and materialism, in turn, hurries them back with mad impatience to these same delights: such is the fatal circle within which democratic nations are driven round. It were well that they should see the danger and hold back.
But America has not held back, and today we are in the hopeless, downward spiral into self destruction. Restoration of the Faith in Jesus Christ, The Only Son of The Living God is the only thing that can bring us out this destruction. We are soon to be destroyed by the forces of Islam if we fail in this Restoration. In any case, it is going to happen, but it does not have to happen in America. Jesus has promised the Church at Philadelphia that He will Keep Her from That Hour. (Rev. 3:6-13 see also The Church at Philadelphia on this web site.) America must be restored and the Church must be united as the Church at Philadelphia.
Chapters 17 & 18 of The Revelation describe in great detail the relationship between Mystery Babylon and the Islamic Empire of Satan that will be resurrected from the Old Ottoman Empire in lands around the Mediterranean. This kingdom is shown as the great red dragon rising up from the sea in the 13th chapter of The Revelation. When the Islamic Empire first begins to rise again, the Great Whore is shown riding the beast with ten horns. That is to say she controls them at first. This beast is the 8th Kingdom that will arise in the lands of the Old Roman Empire. The ten horns of this beast are the ten kingdoms that make up this Islamic Empire.
“the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. Rev. 17:16-17
At some point in time before the wrath of God begins to fall upon this Islamic Kingdom, it will bring about the downfall of the great whore of capitalism. That downfall is described in the 18 th Chapter of The Revelation, which also explains why the judgment upon her is so severe.
Rev 17:12-14 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. (13) These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. (14) These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
The ten horns in view in the verses above are the ten horns (kingdoms) on the beast (Empire) that rises up around the shores of the Mediterranean Sea which is represented as the Great Red Dragon. This Dragon is the kingdom where the false prophet arises and makes an idol of Satan who is represented by the Red Dragon. This Empire is the Rebirth of Islamic Imperialism that was killed during the First World War in the defeat of the Ottoman Empire. It is now reborn as the Kingdoms of the Ten Horns of the Great Red Dragon. It is described i detail in The Revelation, Chapter 13.
This scarlet woman that represents Capitalism is called “a great whore, that sits upon many waters.” Many waters repent the peoples of many nations. The reason she is called a whore is because she was born to be a blessing to mankind, but has sold her soul to Satan. There will never be a better method for generating and distributing wealth within a nation than Capitalism. If it were not for the greed within the Human heart, it would work to build great civilizations for humanity to live free of hunger, want, and disease. It is only because of the degree to which Satan can control the heart of the unredeemed that it causes such disproportionate distribution of the wealth it generates. The entire 17th and 18th chapters of The Revelation should be read to understand it in this light.
The Power to Love
1 Pet. 4:8-9 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall
cover the multitude of sins. (9) Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
Rom. 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath
fulfilled the law.
John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. (23) I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Isa. 45:22-23
1 Cor. 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
1 Cor. 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.