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.
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 (Revelation 6:5-6).
Imagine a rider on a horse that is so black that the rider himself is shrouded in darkness. This blind rider holds a pair of balances in his hand, representing judgment. Is the judgment of the blind rider just? No.
Consider the full picture of the horsemen leading up to this point. First, we have a “king” that comes in the name of the Lord with a mission to conquer others. Secondly, this religious person, idea, or set of ideas spiritually harm others while using the word of God to do so. However, this misuse of the word only leads to spiritually famished Christians.
“A measure of wheat for a penny,” is a day’s wages for a comparatively small amount of wheat. Who can live in such a state as this without starving to death? Again, consider this spiritually. Such a scale is unjust in its judgment, isn’t it? Such a scale leads to starvation.
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.”
It happens all of the time. A Christian that is held captive to a “king” is conditioned to cherry pick certain scriptures then use these out of context to support ideas that do not bring real healing and life. There is so much chaos in the Christian world today, and many don’t know where to go for proper instruction in the things of God.
“The battle of the warrior is with confused noise and garments rolled in blood.” Tons of noisy conquerors, spiritual murder, and starving sheep. That’s what we have today.
The sad thing is, many Christians are vulnerable to misuse of scripture because they have not studied themselves, and those who want to learn have few resources available of any substantial value. That’s why I recommend these studies.
Blindness is a curse of pride.
Famine in the word of God leads to famine in the knowledge of the Lord and blind judgment—especially when mingled with pride. A person under the power of these horsemen influences will undoubtedly have issues of pride. Pride thinks it knows it all already, assumes the best for others forcibly, and is unwilling to consider its own wrongdoing. Pride is a curse of blindness and unjust judgment.
How do we learn righteous judgment?
As with all things, we seek Jesus. All of us have more to learn about the righteous ways of the Lord no matter how experienced we are in the faith.
In the third seal we see unjust judgment, spiritual famine, and blindness. These things naturally result from following the wrong “kings” and using the word of God in a murderous manner. Such corruption cannot thrive without pride, and God blinds the proud.
Blindness is a curse, and one that is not meant for the true followers of the Lord. Take comfort in this, remembering that many who claim Christianity are more like the tares sown among wheat like Jesus taught. The time of reaping will come, and the blind will lead one another to their own demise while the faithful are preserved.
We should always remember that it is the Lord who opens our understanding and who shuts the right way from the vision of the unjust. Even during the time of greatest wickedness and deceit, the Lord will preserve His word within the hearts of the faithful remnant. In the context of this interpretation, that’s what I think “hurt not the oil and the wine” represents.
Although God is the one who blinds and enlightens, it is necessary to make problems known. God uses fellow brethren to help us, and speaking these things is useful for the sake those who are currently confused by the “horsemen” of today. Refusal of rebuke is another symptom of a hard and prideful heart. The further blinding that results is just. God is just and He is also merciful towards those of a sincere heart.
For now, we all have a measure of blindness. Yet, we also have the Holy Spirit who reveals all truth to us. Seek truth earnestly, face the corrupt judgments we are all so prone to making, and in so doing we will become humbled and better fitted to the kingdom of heaven.
There is an epidemic of pride and “the blind leading the blind” within Christianity today.
What does corrupt judgment, spiritual famine, and the blindness of pride lead to? Only death and destruction—the fourth seal.