Sunday, March 6, 2016
Daniel’s 70-Week Vision Series #21 – Part 97 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
For those who are new to this Blog, its purpose is to adhere to the admonishment of the Apostle Peter…no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation…for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit…II Pet. 1:20-21. Millions of Christians are captivated by people who interpret prophecy of scripture, laying out future events categorically, but they do so by defying the clear instructions of Peter.
Sadly, the modern end-time doctrine espoused by all mainstream denominations, predicts future events unequivocally as if they know more than the Apostle Peter, so do not have to listen to his words of warning. When we research church history we will find clear documentation of fulfilled prophecy in Revelation and Daniel. Looking back at fulfilled prophecy provides accuracy – predicting the future places us in a dangerous position – a position of error.
As we continue our study of Daniel’s 70-week vision, we are defining the black horse prophecy as it pertains to the War of 70 AD…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…Rev. 6:5-6. This prophecy reveals the horrible judgment Israel experienced during the war.
Remember, a sword was seen in the sky above Jerusalem for a year, warning them the war was coming. This sword was placed in the hands of Commander Titus who fulfilled the red horse prophecy…another horse, fiery red, went out…and it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another, and there was given to him a great sword…Rev. 6:4.
Before Titus took over, the war devastated the people behind the wall of Jerusalem. Food became so scarce it would take a full days wage to buy only one quart of wheat or three quarts of barley. Wheat was considered a more valuable grain, used by the wealthy, while barley was less valuable and used by the poor, but in these desperate times both would cost a denarius – wage for a full day of work.
To understand more clearly in modern times, if your daily wage is $200.00 and you had to use all of it on only one loaf of bread, it would create a severe hardship for you. Only the wealthy could buy the scare food. Near the end, no amount of money could buy any food because it was all gone.
History records how these poor souls dredged sewers and dung hills for any semblance of food. Even old belts and shoes were not left untouched as a source for food by the despairing, humiliated, vanquished populous. This once proud, wealthy, and religious people were reduced to repulsive savages before their God, their countrymen, and their enemy.
There is also a warning in Rev. 6:6…do not harm the oil and wine. What could this mean? It means do not be unjust to this action. By the time Titus took over the war, the few surviving priests had no animals left to sacrifice, because they had been eaten by the citizens languishing in the misery of their confinement. Even the oil and the wine preserved for the daily sacrifice had been consumed. This loss is because of their refusal to repent – so this daily sacrifice was removed by God.
God couldn’t force them to accept Jesus Christ as the final sacrifice for the sins of mankind, but He could forcefully and justifiably remove the animal sacrifices that had become a stench in His nostrils.
This brings us back to Daniel 9:27…in the midst of the week my sacrifice and drink-offering shall be taken away. This is objective #2 – out of 4 – listed in Blog #18 – outlining the events of Dan. 9:27. Figuratively, the word midst in this text means – midnight hour. The end of the perpetual sacrifice would be the “midnight hour” to these religious people, when the war heads into its final days, rushing Israel to annihilation.
What does the 12th chapter of Daniel have to say about the removal of the daily sacrifice during the final week (70th) of Daniel’s prophecy? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question~~~