Third seal with a black horse
Rev 6:5.6. 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 hurt the oil and the wine.”
Where do we put the black horse with scales in his hand in the future?
The scales have to do with judgment. The only time of judgment in the future is the judgment of God upon all who shall not be saved, during the 1,000 years in heaven. Rev 20:4. And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshipped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Rev 20: is the only place in the New Testament Bible were it mentions the 1,000 years in heaven. It does not indicate that we shall have a second chance during the 1,000 years or after. We do not have a second chance in making a decision to follow Christ, as people do believe in the Secret Rapture Movement. When it comes to the 1,000 years, all decisions have been made. The judgment has been decided by God. No one gets a second chance; you are either saved or lost.
What do the scales mean?
Dan 5:25-28 (Belshazzar the king of Babylon had a feast, using the utensils from the temple of God, of which he should not have done because they were holy. In the middle of the drunken feast, a hand appeared in the air and wrote on the wall, open for all to see were the feast was being held.) And this is the inscription that was written: MENE; MENE ; TEKEL; UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation of each word.
MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it.
TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting.
PERES: (Upharsin is plural in the grammar and Peres is singular): Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.
Weighed in the balances means to that your life is weighed on scales in the site of God, and Belshazzar´s life was found wanting. This applies not only to Belshazzar, but to everyone living person on this earth, whether they be believers in God or not. There comes a time of judgment for all people on this earth in the sight of God.
Acts 17:31 He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. (This is Jesus Christ who also is the rider on the black horse).
Joh 5:22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son. (Jesus Christ is the only one with authority to judge all peoples on this earth and is therefore the rider on the black horse in Rev 6:5.6.)
Heb 9:27 And it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.
Ex 32:33 And the Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.”
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Ezek 18:20 The soul that sins shall die.
1 Pet 4:17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God. (This includes all religious people and all church goers in every church on earth).
Rom 6:2.3. Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? Do you not know that we shall judge angels?
1 Joh 2:1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (In the judgment, our Advocate is Jesus Christ).
Zech 3:1-4 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?” Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel. Then he answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.” (In the judgment, our accuser is Satan and our advocate is Jesus Christ. Joshua represents all people who believe in God).
Math 6:24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (Satan).
Rev 12:17 And the dragon (Verse 3.9. Satan) was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (The only law we shall be judged from in the judgment is, the Ten Commandments of God and the faith of Jesus Christ. Do you keep them or not?)
Rev 20:11-12 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
2 Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
Eccles 12:14 For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.
Rev 3:5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before my Father and before His angels.
Rom 8:1 There is therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
There comes a day of judgment for every person on this earth whether they believe in God or not. The judge is the rider on the black horse in Rev 6:5.6: and is Jesus Christ. He is the only person who has the authority to judge all peoples on this earth. All decisions will have been made by God, before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. No one gets a second chance after the Second Coming of Christ. The 1,000 years will be used by the saints, to investigate every person they have known, to see why they have been rejected. Therefore, we will be taking part in judging angels and people. After the 1,000 years, will punishment be given out by Jesus Christ to all non believers. This is by fire from heaven, which will devour them. Rev 20:9.10.
Ellen G. White Comments
“In the Judgment the scales will be balanced accurately, and the decisions will be based on the evidence adduced.” ((1))
“Very many who profess to be children of God, and advocate the binding claims of the law, do not have the word of God abiding in them, they do not meet the high standard which has been set before them. In the Day of Judgment, when they are weighed in the scales of heaven, the sentence will be passed upon them, “Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.” ((2))
“Gods children are as the apple of his eye, and when you touch them to hurt them, you touch the apple of God´s eye.” Zech 2:8. Said the angel. “The oil and the wine have been hurt. Hurt not the oil and wine. Rev 6:6.” ((3))
“You work for years was so mingled with men´s devising’s, with selfishness (with the claim) that you were especially exalted of God, that you hurt God´s servants, the oil and the wine.” ((4))
“How carefully should brethren and sisters in the church guard every word and action lest they hurt the oil and the wine! How patiently, kindly, and affectionately, should they deal with the purchase of the blood of Christ! How faithfully and earnestly should they labor to lift up the desponding and the discouraged! How tenderly should they treat those who are trying to obey the truth and have no encouragement at home, who have constantly to breathe the atmosphere of unbelief and darkness!” ((5))
- Ellen G. White, Selected Messages Book Three (Washington D.C.: Review & Herald Pub., Assoc., 1980), 147.
- White, Youth Instructor, Nov 5, 1896, Art B par 1.
- White, Letter 6-1856.16.
- White, Letter 194-1896.6.
- White, Testimonies for the Church Vol. 5 (Mountain View, California: Pacific Press Pub., Assoc., 1948), 14.