The Third Seal

When He opened the third seal, I heard the third 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." Rev 6:3-4

What Does It Mean?

Black represents darkness and lack of illumination or understanding (confusion).

When a person is in darkness, he is either sleeping or in complete confusion of things around him. He does not understand why all the happenings. He is confused by all the calamities, sufferings, disasters and destruction around.

God cursed the people for forsaking Him by their extreme wickedness. These disasters will wake them up so that they will realise their wickedness. Thus, He sent confusion amongst them. The labour of the hands became unproductive.

The balance or scale always reflect fairness, partiality and justice.

A denarius is a day's pay ( Matt 20 ). Wheat is the cheapest and most common cereal, thus a day's pay ( possibly US$2/- ) is not sufficient for a family's livihood.

Barley is more expensive. Thus, there are people whose daily pay is excessive that food is only a small fraction of income.

This clearly states that there will be a time when the income of the poor is so low that they are living below the poverty line but the rich will become very rich. This is beyond the comprehension of many. The rich are no longer the millionaires but billionaires and super billionaires.

Observation

The Asian financial crisis in 1997, hit very hard on all Asian countries and also the African and some South American nations. Israel (oil) USA, Australia, and the European countries (wine), were not hurt by the downturn. In fact, these countries became richer and richer, whereby the affected nations were becoming poorer.

After the Asian financial crisis, the daily wage of a labourer average a few dollars and hardly sufficient for their livelihood (a quart of wheat). However, the rich only need to use a fraction of his daily wage for their livelihood ( 3 quarts of barley). This inbalance is getting worse and worse and by 2001 AD, the rich were the multi-millionaires and they are now (2007AD) the billionaires. This gap between the poor and the rich will continue to widen until World War 3.

So the 3rd. Seal was opened since 1997AD, and by 2007AD the income gap between the billionaires and the poor is so unbelievable that it is a big shame.