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.
spiritual darkness, apostasy. Now in order to understand the spirit of the
black horse rider, we must understand that A.D. 270 marked the beginning of
popery. During the time of the Apostles, the pastors were all on the same
level, no big ďIísĒ or little ďyouísĒ, but as time progressed things changed.
Instead of the church following the Word, Keeping Christ as head, bishops
ascended to a higher degree of power and authority than they previous had. They
oversaw several congregations, usurping princely authority. Those of whom had
the greatest number of churches under inspection and presided over the most
They assumed authority of
a temporal magistrate and dazzled the eyes of the multitudes by wearing
sumptuous clothing. The example of the bishops was neglecting the sacred duties
of spiritual phase of the work, to feed the flock spiritually and boldly usurped
their rights and privileges and the effects of this corruptness spread through
every rank in the church. Paul, OF Samosata, acting as bishop at Antioch
prepared himself an exclusive seat or place where he decided cases as a
magistrate. He attained to excessive wealth by means of the money for his
services, depressing the injured and the poor, promising them aide in their
trouble. Other began to carry out the same type of business and this corrupt
work spread and historically marking the beginning of Popery at this time, which
was A.D. 270. Papal Rome was not fully developed however until A.D. 530, and as
time progressed the Roman government had ordered it and out of this eventually
developed the Pope. Church and State were combined, thus political and
spiritual forces were working together.
The black horse rider had
a pair of balances in his hand. This shows Holy Ghost divine church government
was ceasing. Men got out of Godís order and took over the church themselves,
changing the message, bringing in their own standards. When there is
compromise, a continual letting down, there is no end to it until apostasy has
overtaken and led souls into darkness.
Now we know a pair of
balances is used to weigh something. God has a pair of balances, a means of
judging or deciding. God has some standards, some truths He desire that we
weight out to. As the standard is taught by the word going forth and we measure
to them we will be Godís church. But here we see man had the balances in his
hand, denoting the scarcity of Godís word because of substituting manís opinions
for the word. We need to leave the book in Godís hand as well as the balances.
The Morning Church ceased
to permit three things:
- Christ to be head of
- Let God measure out
the word as needed, and
- Allow God to keep
the balances (standard) in his hand.
Man decided to leave off
a few things and add a few things. They were up to building a headquarter
system. Holy Spirit leadership was being left out. The church was being fed
cheap doctrine. Whereas the red horse compromise with sin and the doctrine of
Christ, this black horse rider also yet professed Christ, without any inner
experience of Christ in the heart. This system that rose come not preach
deliverance from sin, but it was a matter of creeds, false ideas, and
The voice in the midst of
the four beast is the voice of the apostasy in the midst of the church
controlling the pulpit, and advocating a cheaper brand of religion.
A measure of wheat, and
three measures of barley for a penny depicts the cheapness of this doctrine. ďa
penny then was a dayís wagesĒ, Matt 20:2. Here in Rev. 6:6 were four measures
of meal. One measure of barley, which represent the creeds, opinions and
traditions of men set forth as doctrine. So this was not a complete doctrine or
spiritual diet being set before the people. The word was being rationed out.
You see barley is fed to horses and poor people, it is said to be tasteless.
They were saying hurt not
the oil and the wine. They were saying hurt not the two functions of the
Spirit, the oil or the anointing of the word; and the wine, the joy brought by
the word. This apostate ministry changed the doctrine and altered the standard,
yet they still wanted the power of God and his favor. Now tell me how can you
reduce Godís Word to man-made creeds and traditions without hurting the oil and
the wine? Impossible!
So over a period of years
this spirit of apostasy slowly did great damage. Catholicism resurrected (a
ancient Babylon priesthood). When Christ was crucified the priesthood had been
nailed to the cross.
As souls began leaving
their first love and started to rely on forms, ceremonies, and manís wisdom
(looking at the large congregations bishops), the balances were in manís hands.
They still maintained they were the one church and werenít hurting a thing, or
werenít offending or damaging the oil or the wine.
In 2 Thess. 2:1-7, Paul
spoke about a falling away and said even then the mystery of iniquity was
already working. As long as Paul lived he kept the spirit of apostasy down. It
was working under cover in his day. When he and enough of the other true
ministry passed off the scene, it came out into the open and did its work. The
mountain of fire, which was the church, slipped into the sea (Rev. 8:8)., the
hands of wicked men. They produced the beast that rose up out of the sea. Rev