Black Horse - 3rd Seal
The pair of balances in verse 5 symbolizes
the poor spiritual condition within the church after
the legalization of Christianity in the fourth century,
when the church and state united. The balance in
the picture is from Pompeii.
Rev. 6:5 - And 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.
A period of Great Darkness and moral corruption
from the time of Constantine and the establishment of
the Papacy in 538 A.D. descended on the church. This
period is when the darkest errors and grossest superstition
sprang up in the church.
Verse 6 - And I head 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.
Wheat and Barley for a penny denote the
eager engagement of the members of the church after possessions,
and the love of money would be the prevailing spirit
of the times, for they would dispose of anything for
The oil and wine denotes graces of the
Spirit, faith, and love, and there was great danger of
hurting these under the influence of so much of a worldly
spirit. Historians say it was the prosperity of
the church in this age produced the corruptions, which
finally terminated in the falling away, and setting up
the antichristian abominations.