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Originally posted by queenannie38
Barley is harvested before the wheat--and was not as choice of a grain as wheat was considered to be. In the book of Ruth it is representative of gentiles (Ruth was a Moabitess) just as wheat is representative of Israel (such as in the parable of the wheat and the tares).
In 2Kings 7:1, Elisha declares that the LORD values fine flour at twice the price of Barley.
The idea of the beam between the balance might also represent a union, a joining, such as of the gentiles into the Israel of God--and the population of gentiles in the world was far greater, so it is an image of there being 2/3 gentiles for every native born Israelite entering His Kingdom.
The oil and the wine represent those who God has sent to this world for His work--the oil represents the annointed ones, such as the prophets and apostles. Wine represents mortal souls (water) who have been washed in the blood of Christ and quickened with the Spirit to become Living Souls (wine--the product of the harvest of the vineyard, after it has passed through the 'winepress of God's wrath'--which is actually the persecution and suffering that all true followers of our LORD endure in this world--it is a good thing to pass through the winepress of God's wrath!)
The oil and the wine must not be harmed or touched in the judgment days--because they have already been judged favorably. They are 'immune', so to speak, proven and refined by the Fire (which previously came on the red horse, but that's saved for another post), and are now servants/slaves of God.
Originally posted by ben91069
I have studied Revelations for a long long time and understand much of what it is trying to say, but one verse eludes me in particular. I am wondering if anyone has any ideas of what the verse Rev6:6 means:
"and I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, `A measure of wheat for a denary, and three measures of barley for a denary,' and `The oil and the wine thou mayest not injure.'
I have read commentary that the wheat and barley values indicated a time of inflated costs or a possible famine, as both of these are used to make bread, however I am skeptical as prices are always being inflated so it does not seem to point to a specific time that we could predict when this is to happen.
The 2nd sentence talks of oil and wine and not "injuring" it. I have no clue what this means. Does it mean that oil and wine are okay in some way, or they are not affected? Let's hear what you all think.