The Four Horsemen: The Black Horse

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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have challenged
the imagination of every generation since the end of the first century. Moving relentlessly across history, they wield
great destructive power over humanity. But are these ominous riders relevant in the
21st century? With an eye on the human condition, this is Insight. Set free to gallop across the earth some two
thousand years ago, the Four Horsemen continue to pose dangerous threats to a largely unsuspecting world. In this episode we’ll discuss the third
in the sequence—the black horse— and what its rider brings on humanity. As John’s vision shows, the red horseman
of war can be a lead-in to a third devastating condition: “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’”
(Revelation 6:56). More than six decades earlier, Jesus had explained that war would be only one of several long-lasting global conditions. In Matthew’s Gospel, He added this warning: “And there will be famines . . . in various places” (Matthew 24:7). It’s well established that as war takes
its toll, food supplies dwindle. War causes disruption of food production and
distribution chains. People are often unable to buy what little
remains, and desperation and theft spread quickly. In the first century a denarius would be about
a day’s wages; and wheat for human consumption was generally more valuable than barley, which
was mostly used for animal feed. The comment about not harming the oil and
wine may be ironic if suppliers were profiting from producing more lucrative items, like
wine and oil, and cutting back on staple foods, making famine worse. Devastating food shortages certainly happened
centuries later in the collapse of the Roman Empire as invading tribes attacked the
overextended superpower. In the 19th century the black horse also appeared
in sequence after the white and red horses when the Chinese false messiah Hong Xiuquan
promoted himself as savior and went to war with his countrymen for 15 years. During that time an estimated 20 to 30 million
are thought to have died, mostly from famine and its natural consequence, epidemic disease. Joseph Stalin went to war with his fellow citizens in 1929, when he launched an attack on Soviet farmers. He was determined to wipe them out as a class. This led to a catastrophic famine and the
death of 5 to 8 million people. In a similar move, Mao Zedong declared a war
of sorts on his own people, a violent attempt to advance China industrially on the backs
of the populace. Between 1958 and 1960, Mao ordered the nation’s
agricultural sector to produce as much food as possible so that it could be exported to
the Soviet Union in exchange for industrial help. False claims were made about the country’s
improving productive capacity, and critically needed foods were exported. By 1961, farm laborers were being forced into
industrial production. But bad weather, poor harvests and a diminished
workforce brought about the death of almost 38 million from starvation and overwork. Mao refused to accept that his policies had caused the worst famine in Chinese if not world history. Instead he blamed those party officials who
criticized his ideas. The Black Horse and its rider represent terrible
famines that have destroyed millions of lives in one more chapter in the history of human tragedy. Let’s emphasize that many of these deaths
were caused by delusional leaders. But it’s not just lack of food that leads to famine. The precursor is sometimes a lack of water. Tragically a child dies from hunger-related
causes every six seconds. Freshwater is currently under threat for almost
80 percent of the world’s population. Without adequate water supplies, food cannot
be produced. Population growth and increasing prosperity are exerting demands on resources that cannot be withstood. Without coordinated strategies, the potential
for disastrous consequences looms. The earth has a fixed amount of water, of
which 97 percent is saltwater and only about 3 percent is fresh. Of the freshwater, only one third of it is
accessible; the rest is trapped in ice and glaciers. In terms of freshwater consumption, agriculture
alone accounts for 70 percent. Added to this is the reality that the three
largest countries by population (China, India and the United States) are engaged in unsustainable
water use in grain-growing areas. Complicating matters is the fact that both
meat consumption and population are increasing. Industrialized meat production is far more
water intensive than grain production, so without radical changes in eating patterns,
the already high amount of water needed for agriculture will only increase. In our fourth and final installment of this
series, we’ll consider the Pale Horse, its rider and his terrible companion. Meantime, if you’d like to know more, search
keyword “messiahs” at this website, vision.org. For Insight, I’m David Hulme.

 

7 Responses

  1. TheRealAmenThefaceofthewordtherealword

    April 15, 2019 1:03 pm

    Gods cosmic hand is about the smack the living crap out of Earth and obliterate those who framed innocent people covered up serious crimes planted evidence are committing crimes that any normal citizen would be slay for all who partook in false flag attacks coordinated them world wide the smack will jolt Earth

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  2. TheRealAmenThefaceofthewordtherealword

    April 15, 2019 1:04 pm

    The smack is composed of all the suffering you caused your innocent victims here comes the smack traveling at 1 billion times the speed of light

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  3. roylikesitlikethat

    January 22, 2020 9:19 pm

    hyperinflation= money becomes of little worth= food too expensive to afford! thats the message

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  4. Cinnamon Girl

    February 3, 2020 11:57 pm

    pretty clear it's prices suddenly rising not in comparison to ones wages.. not sure why i had to hear about china all the way thru this.

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  5. ursaltydog

    March 1, 2020 6:29 pm

    Any ruler/representative who attacks individual farmers, and does not support this honorable and life giving profession, is bound to receive severe repercussions. The Bavarian King when tossing out Amish farmers (master farmers) learned this valuable lesson when the aristocracy and public suffered from malnutrition. American farmers shouldering tariffs anyone?

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