Seal 3

The Third Seal: Famine

5And 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. 

6And 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.



and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

Under Roman law, scrolls were required to be sealed seven times,  the content would be a secret or a mystery until it was opened following the death of the Emperor. Only the Lion-Lamb was qualified to open the seven-sealed scroll, as only God the Son had shed His blood and died; this seems to be emphasized in the statement describing the Lion-Lamb as “though He had been slain.” 

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