The progression into the third seal brings us to the Black Horse – Shortages and Bondage.
5And 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. 6And 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 Third Seal releases a black horse, which brings bondage and economic hardship. Something the nations are already experiencing. The black horse brings a burden causing the rise in the cost of food. However, it does not hurt the oil or the wine.
This is the only place in the New Testament where the word: “Zugos” is translated as pair of balances. Normally it translates as a yoke and means a burden or bondage as in slavery. This rider is bringing stress and oppression in the form of economic hardship.
The color of the Black Horse can also tie in with the warning not to hurt the oil. One of the uses of oil is as a fuel in lamps and here it is speaking of the crude oil. Used as a weapon it can cause the rise in the cost of food bringing financial stress. By using oil, it threatens Nations to comply with its mandates and anyone attempting to rebel against their wishes will pay with higher prices in oil. The result is a rise in fuel costs followed by a rise in the cost of food.
The wine represents a religious system, where the same rules for the oil apply. Interference with the goals and plans of this religion system by any nation would result in threats against that nation. If a nation does not interfere with the progress of this religious system there is only limited stress. But to restrict them in doing things their way will result in more conflict and stress. Does any of this sound familiar? We can also find the root for Political Correctness in not hurting the oil or wine.
We have already passed the point of the appearing of this third horse. One has but to look at the Middle East and the oil exporting countries. The cost of oil is used to manipulate countries causing stress on the financial stability in most countries. In addition, most of these oil rich nations are Islamic, who use their oil as a heavy hand against anyone who would disagree with what they are doing. Nations don’t want to disrupt their own economic balance and power and end up in a silent strangle hold from these oil nations and the actions done in the name of their religion by terrorists.
Live in God’s Peace