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The Black Horse Of Revelation

The food-rich countries’ potential to feed the entire planet makes it hard to imagine a famine extensive enough to thrust the earth into a global crisis. Yet the third seal of the Book of Revelation chapter 6, employing the symbol of a black horse, describes just such a horrifying scene. How could this happen? What would be its consequences?

(Rev. 6: 5-6) “When He opened the third seal, I heard the living creature say, Come and see, So I looked and behold a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand, and I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and the wine.”

Famine has existed throughout human history. Yet Jesus Christ said that “famines” would immediately precede His return (Matt. 24:7). Famine is steadily growing worse, and is prophesied to become catastrophic before the end of the age.

Now when you and I hear the word famine, what comes to our minds? Maybe we think of the people in underdeveloped third world countries, but the Bible tells us that the entire world will soon be plagued by famine.

The scourge of famine has appeared cyclincally throughout history. Often it is caused by drought, blight, floods and other natural means beyond human control. At other times the causes are all too human, war, social unrest and breakdown, and inefficient or outright malevolent government policy.

It’s easy to dismiss famine when it’s on the other side of the world or some far-off, isolated corner of the earth. Is it conceivable famine could spread to impact the wealthy, food-rich countries of the world?

Because of man’s disobedience to God, we are drawing closer to the end of this present age. Great prophecies are unfolding right before our eyes. But does the average person view world events in the light of Bible prophecy? Is there anyone who understands what is happen?

Except for God’s very Elect, the answer is NO! Not even the leaders of this world understand the importance of major events and trends. They have refuse to learn the lessons of the past and ignore God’s warnings about the future.

So call “experts” tell us that, given enough time, we will solve all of the problems that mankind will face, without the need for divine intervention. But God tells us that all manmade solutions will ultimately fail (Prov. 14:14 and Jere. 10:23).

We, in the United States of America can not imagine standing in line for hours just for a bowl of watery soup. In this country, we find it annoying to stand in line for thirty minutes to eat out at a fancy restaurant. What if you had to stand in line all day for a loaf of bread. Does this seem too “awful” to be true? This is the reality of famine. It is a reality that will not go away soon. And God’s Word shows that it is going to get far worse before it gets better.

Now back to (Rev. 6:6) “And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”

Now this verse seems to depict two things, (1) In some parts of the world there will be plenty of food but little money to buy it. (2) In other parts of the world there will be massive shortages of food.

Now suppose you woke up on morning, and your newspaper had this on the front page. More than 75 million people struck seriously ill from contaminated food, more than 325,000 hospitalized, 5,000 dead from food-borne illness, the ecomonic impact including pain and suffering reduced productivity and medical expense is 10 to 83 billion dollars.

Probadly your first thought is that this was a major terrorist attack. These numbers that you just read are not hypothetical, but are real, according to the U.S. centers for disease control and prevention. This is what is happen annually in the United States of America, and all of this illness comes from the mishanding of food.

(Ezk. 5: 1-2) “And you, son of man, take a sharp sword, take it as a barber’s razor, and pass it over your head and your beard, then take scales to weigh and divide the hair, you shall burn with fire one third in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are finished, then you shall take one third and strike around it with the sword, and one third you shall scatter in the wind, I will draw out a sword after them. (Verse 4) Then take some of them again, and throw them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire, from there a fire will go out into the House of Israel.” (Verse 12) “One third of you shall die of the pestilence, and be consumed with famine in your midst, and one third shall fall by the sword all around you, and I will scatter another third to all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.”

Now this prophecy deals with the House of Israel today, so this is what our nation has to look forward too. To the casual observer famines are about death, but in reality famine is about more than death.

Famine is a catastrophic disruption of society, there is a failure in the production and the dsitribution and comsumption system, the human death toll is only one part of the overall problem. Once a localized crisis has passed, the process of nation building is severly impeded by the loss of life, livestock, savings and even the government ability to tax and invest.

Now here is the problem. When it comes to cause and effect relationship, we humans have trouble connecting the dots. We do not connect “SIN” as the transgression of the law (I John 3:4) and the wages for transgression is death (Rom. 6:23).

Human nature always finds a way to reason around God’s instructions, we have this inability to discern cause and effect which has resulted in a world filled with all types of problems, including religious confusion, hate, crime, war, injustice, proverty, famine and disease.

Question: Does fuel shortage have anything to do with food shortage. If the farmers have no fuel for their farm equipment, then planting and harvesting comes to a stop. Farmers depend on a heavy supply of fuel at certain times of the year, they don’t need a steady flow of fuel as you and I do.

In 1973 is a case in point, planting was in full swing, but fuel was often unavailable, cotten crops just sprouting up could not be tended, preparation and planting on some farms was halted. Now here is were our nation in just a few short years will be in great trouble. 95% of the original colonist lived on farms, today, only 2% of the U.S. population are farmers and ranchers, and history suggest that this 2% is a number that will continue to get smaller. Try picturing this, an ant carrying an elephant, then asked ourselves, how long can this country last without farmers and ranchers.

For the people of United States of America, we buy the bulk of our food from grocery stores, and these stores would not exist without farmers, but did you know that these stores operate on a razor thin profit margins, which requires keeping a low inventory and using a JIT system (Just In Time) to restock on a daily or weekly basis. On any given time, there in no more than a three or four day supply of food on the grocer’s shelves.

Now, just how much does it take to create civil unrest and outright mayhem today? Not much, so sense we are a society built on the principle of everyman for himself, and when the cup boards are bare chaos will reign supreme.

Now famine isn’t a sudden disaster, but a long drawn out process, going through several stages, such as the rain does not come, vegetation withers for lack of water, food gradually dwindles, food shortage becomes scarce, it can takes months before the final dreaded stage is relished.

Starvation affects human beings in profoundly different ways than does other disasters. What will people do when faced with the threat of stravation, just about anything in their power.

To get the picture of just how people will react to starvation we must look at past history.

In 967 A.D. in Egypt, a low flood of the nile caused a severe famine that left 600,000 dead. From 1201 to 1202 another famine hits Egypt, you can read about this famine from books called (Ancient Aprocalype: The Fall of the Egyptian Old Kingdom and Flesh and Blood: A History of the Cannibal Complex).

An eyewitness by the name of Abdel-Latif Al Baghdadi reported that he saw people eating human flesh, parents ate their own children, graves were ransacked for food. Assassinations and robbery went uncheck, all Upper Egypt was dying of hungry to such an extent that every one has come to eating his children.

People sought refuge in Misr and Cario, there they met frightful famine and appalling mortality and pestilence and deadly disease (coming in contact with dead bodies) began to take their toll, people under great pressure of hungry ate decaying flesh, corpses, dogs, excrement an animal dung, eating children roasted or boilded.

The modern House of Israel will not accept that this is possible in our modern space age, but as we shall see, God’s Word promises it will happen.

In today’s world when parents are already killing their children through abortion and other forms of murder, cannibalism in not too far in the future.

Europe has also been plagued by large scale famines throughout their history. A wet spring in 1315 and again 1316 made it impossible to plow all of the fields that were ready for cultivation, food reserves of many familes were quickly depleted, people would eat edible roots, plants, grasses, nuts and bark, draft animals were slaughtered, seed grains were eaten, young children were abandon, old people stopped eating and died so that younger members of the family might live to work the fields again, also cannibalism was reported. Ten to fiftheen % of the population had died from pneumonia, bronchities and tuberculosis and other sickness.

Germany in 1630, famine and pestilence had cut their population from some 70,000 to 16,000. People survied by eating rats and chewing hides. Ireland 1845, half of the population hovered on the brink of stravation, because a fungus destroyed that yrs harvest, this blight continued for two more years, killing one million with starvation or ensuing disease. In six years the population dropped by 2/12 million, prior to the famine it was around 8 million, and today Ireland has never recovered from this disaster.

Today, people are talking about gobal warming, but perhaps the biggest single enviormental catastrophe in human history is unfolding in the farms of this world.

Famine in the Soviet Union killed around 12 million in 1921 also from 19332-33, in the Ukraine the Ukranians were dying at the rate of 25,000 per day, 1000 per hour or 17 every minute and 3 million of these death were children.

Leningrad 1942-42, 800,000 people died from famine. China in 1940, 5 million died of stravation, in l958-61 famine struck the entire country in which 30-40 million people died. Also their are famines in North Korea, Sudan, Ethiopia. In Africa as a whole, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organizaation (FAO) reported in March of last year that 23 of the continent’s 53 countries, almost half face dire food shortages. More than 2 million people have died in the past decade in North Korea due to food shortages caused by a combination of flood, drought and bad government policy created by Kim Jong II.

Human nature always seeks to blame someone else when things go wrong and many times people like to point their finger at God. Mankind has never acknowledge that his continual disobedience to God is the true cause of all suffering.

There is a cause for every effect, and why are people starving to death in an age of awesome scientific and technological advances? It is because man has ignored all of God’s Laws and that includes land Sabbaths.

Read (Lev. 25:1-7), why did God give this law, so that farmland could be given one year in every seven years to replenish lost nutrients. Now Since man will not acknowledge that God is in control of this earth, and especially the House of Israel who will not obey Him, this is what God is going to do. (Lev.26:19-20) and if we still refuse to obey our Creator verses (21-29) also read (Deut. 28: 53-55).

In (Luke 15: 11-32) we read the parable of the prodigal son, who wanted to go out and sow his “wild oats,” to live his life any way that please human nature. But it took severe famine to wake him up and come to his senses. Is this what it will take for the Modern House of Israel and the rest the nations of this world to wake up and start obeying the Creator? I’m sorry to say, but the answer is yes. (Deut. 4: 27-29).

In the coming Kingdom of God, His Laws and Statues will be kept and will by all of mankind and will result in agricultural blessings for everyone. (Amos 9:13-15).

(Rev. 7: 16-17) “They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore, the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat, for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

God proclaims to all mankind, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death blessing and cursing: therefore ‘choose life,’ that both you and your seed may live: that you may love the Lord your God, and that you may obey His voice, and that you may obey His voice, and that you may cleave unto Him: for He is your life” (Deut. 30:19-20). What will you choose?

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