The Black Horse in Revelation

Saturday April 3rd, 2014

Today I was reading Revelation and noticed something in 6:5-6. I always wondered the meaning of the black horse, and I now may have an idea. Here is the text:

When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”

It occurs to me that God is sending these horses out as a preparation for what will be transpiring during the great tribulation. God is a God of justice and perfect equality. He’s proclaiming that any wrath poured out is carefully measured and fully paid for in exact price for wrath. It’s not to be too little, or too much according to the iniquity of the world. He’s saying that his wrath is justified (scales), and that the wrath was purchased by the sin on the earth that could not be covered by the Blood of Jesus. Jesus paid with his life blood on the cross once and for all for the sin of the world, but for only that sin that was intentionally laid at the cross through the acceptance of the free gift through the cross. There is no other way for that sin to be covered. The sin that the coming wrath covers is the sin done by people who refuse to acknowledge Him as the Lord of Lords, and or accept the gift of atonement already purchased. 

The reference to oil and wine is that he will be careful not to inflict collateral damage.  During that time, the ongoing work of Christ’s Blood (representing wine) and the Holy Spirit (representing oil) must not be hindered as the whole point of the Tribulation to begin with is to punish sin, but also bring Salvation to those who will humble themselves and transfer the price for their sin to the Cross, which has already been paid. This is a comfort to those who trust in Him and leave their sins at the Cross. They have been set aside from God’s wrath. (1st Thes. 5:9).