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Prophecy Sign: Revelation 6:6

February 11, 2011
Prophecy Sign: Revelation 6:6 “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.”

If you are new to prophecy you may not known what Jesus is showing us in Rev. 6:6 so let me give you a short back ground. “A “measure” (6:6) is translated from the Greek word choinix, which is a dry measure of less than a quart and closer to a liter. A “penny” (6:6) is used for the Latin word denarius, which was the Roman silver coin that was accepted as the equivalent of the ordinary pay for a day’s wages. In the Book of Matthew verses 2-13 we see an example of people working all day for a penny. “2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. In verse 9-13 it says, “ And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. 10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. 11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, 12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. 13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?” (Matthew 20:2-13).  In Revelation 6:6 Christ shows us people working for a small amount of food.
A “measure of wheat” (6:6) weighs roughly between 7 and 8 ounces (approximately 1/2 pound), which would produce about 1/2 of a loaf to one complete loaf of bread. This would only be sufficient for the wage earner to feed himself for a day, but not enough wage left to buy anything else for himself, i.e., “see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (6:6). Only by economizing with a less expensive– and less versatile– grain such as barley, can there be a threefold increase in the availability of food to feed a small family of two more for one day, i.e., “three measures of barley for a penny”

During the time of the end we know that the price of food will have increased so high that people will be working all day long for this very small amount of food.  The price increases have already started to go up and they will continue to go up until this prophecy is fulfilled.  I have been showing you signs of these birth pains in the hope that you will believe in the word which Christ has given us.  Not only do I believe Jesus has shown us the price of food will have increased, but He also showed us civil unrest would come as well.  I told you a few days ago that many of the nations rioting right now in the Middle East have done so in part because they are protesting against the high prices of food.  We can see that the news is running parallel with the word of God.  We also see in scripture that many will go hungry and there will be famines and wars.  All of these things are taking place right now and they will get worse the closer we get to the tribulation period where all these signs will reach their max.  The rider who comes out as a result of the third seal being opened is seen as riding on a black horse and the rider has a pair of balances in his hand.  The black horse is signifies famine, and the rider the “conserver of food”.  The rider of Revelation hasn’t come yet but we are seeing the birth pains leading up to when this third seal is broken.  Why will food go up?  Jesus told us wars would break out, see Matthew 24:7.  What happens when men are fighting instead of planting crops?  You end up with famines.  As I said, all these events are linked together in some way or another.

If you are watching the last days signs with the Lord Jesus, the news about the rise in food, and that includes wheat and barley won’t surprise you at all.  Every time I see news like this the Lord brings me back to His warning in Rev. 6:6.  ,From the current news today you will see that not only are prices of food skyrocketing but that the price for wheat and barley are going up!


The EU Times today ran a story entitled: “South Korean President warns Nation must prepare for food crisis” I quote, “South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak has called for new strategies to help secure a stable supply of food amid growing concerns about a global food crisis. South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak called Monday for new strategies to help secure a stable supply of food amid growing concerns about a global food crisis. The likelihood of a global food crisis is rising due to climate change. We need to set up national strategies and research to tackle the issue,” Lee’s spokesman quoted him as saying during a meeting with senior advisers. Lee also called for a task force from the government and private sector to be set up to attract investment in farming, and stressed the need to tackle rising energy prices also blamed for fanning inflation. Affected by surging global prices for oil and other commodities and higher domestic prices of agricultural products, South Korea’s consumer prices jumped 4.1 percent year-on year in January. South Korea has recently intensified efforts to secure stable sources of food and hedge against price swings. State-run Korea Agro-Fisheries Trade Corp said last month it plans with private companies to buy a US grain trading firm this year to secure new sources of soybeans and grain. The United Nations warned last month that millions of people are at risk after global food prices hit their highest level,

“The United Nations warned last month that millions of people are at risk after global food prices hit their highest level, amid unexpected shortfalls due to bad weather and policy responses from some exporting countries.”

Picture of Wheat - Free Pictures - FreeFoto.comIn this next report we see news about the wheat and barley. “Demand for wheat from Australia, the fourth-biggest shipper, is strong, said exporter AWB, as buyers from Europe to the Philippines battle for supplies amid prices near their highest level in more than two years. Importers are seeking milling wheat for bread and a lower- grade feed variety used to fatten livestock, said Mitch Morison, general manager commodities at Melbourne-based AWB today. Buyers are using feed wheat as an alternative to corn, he said. Governments from Beijing to Belgrade are raising imports, limiting exports or releasing supply from state stockpiles to curb food inflation. Countries probably spent at least $1 trillion on food imports last year, with the poorest paying as much as 20 percent more than in 2009, the United Nations says. Corn soared 88 percent in the past 12 months and wheat 76 percent as drought in Russia and floods in Canada ruined crops.”

Image Ref: 07-44-32 - Barley, Viewed 9932 times“Prices of feed barley are strong too as supplies run low in Europe, the AWB said. Saudi Arabia, the largest importer, is making enquiries, “which is supporting our market because Australia represents the only significant supply prior to the northern hemisphere new crop,” Morison said.” “Rising food costs have stoked inflation in emerging economies. China’s consumer prices advanced 3.3 percent last year, breaching a government target of 3 percent. The January rate may have accelerated to 5.4 percent, according to the median estimate of 10 economists surveyed by Bloomberg, from 4.6 percent in December. Inflation in Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, was 7.02 percent last month, a 21-month high.”

russia, wildfires, august 2010, ap The global wheat price spike is like a punch in the gut for the world’s hungry. And while they were high as a result of last summer’s Russian wildfires, they’ve now gone even higher based on rising demand and damaged crops around the world. While wheat isn’t the major source of sustenance in every country around the world, its a key part of the diet in many countries, and represents a huge share of some eaters diets. Those eaters may be able to swap out their wheat buys for other food items, but many may be strung up by the surge in prices, left to spend less on other products, and more on their daily bread.”

If you stay with me and come to my post, in the near future you will read more news showing you that the weather has taken a toll on crops around the world which will cause the prices to food to keep climbing.

In closing this section, take a look at news about Pakistan. “Pakistan’s consumer prices rose 1.3% compared to the previous month in January, rebounding from a 0.5% fall in the previous month, the Federal Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday. Food and beverage prices rose 2.1% in January, although the price of perishable food items dropped 2.6%. On a year-over-year basis, consumer prices jumped 14.2% in January.”

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