The 1% and Revelation: Do Not Harm the Oil and Wine

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“…and do not harm the oil and the wine.” Rev. 6:6

 Volumes of books and commentaries have been written on the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. When studying this final book of prophetic Scripture it is best to read it chronologically, as Jesus and the apostle John, who wrote Jesus’ words, intended it.

In this paper I want to focus on the parts of the book that relate to money: the wealthy, known as the 1%, and the lessons the world ought to have learned from the economic parallels caused by the Coronavirus in 2020.

To get an understanding of how the 1% today have not changed since the time of Jesus, we turn to the Book of Mark just before Jesus Christ was betrayed and arrested. Jesus was with His disciples at the dinner table when a woman broke a flask of expensive perfume and poured it on Jesus’ head. Some of the disciples became indignant since this perfume could have been sold and the money given to the poor.

In Mark 14:7 Jesus admonished His disciples for scolding the woman:For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always.”

The wealth comparison is remarkable because the perfume was a luxury item of the 1% of first century Rome and its territories. Super-wealthy elites made up about 1% of the total population of the Empire. The elite ruling class and priestly families maintained domination through a system of inequality of the people.

Currently, the wealthy remain unaffected by economic hardship and unemployment caused by the coronavirus, and many have elaborate bunkers on large tracks of land far from the city where they will be able to live securely during a time of economic or wartime upheaval.

The Coming Tribulation

After the Holy Spirit and the church He indwells are removed from this world, as prophesied in 2 Thessalonians 2:7, there are three events regarding money that occur after an earthshaking event foretold by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-52.

The rapture of the church, or ‘catching up’ of believers to meet Christ in the air before the tribulation, was promised by Jesus Himself in Revelation 3:10 …

“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from (Greek ‘ek’ out of) the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

… and modeled by the apostle John in Revelation 4:1 when Jesus commanded him “Come up here”.

“After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”

From this point on, there is no mention of the church until Christ returns in Revelation 19:11-16.

The Tribulation Judgments Begin With The Four Horsemen 

Revelation 6:1-2: The White Horse Rider brings a false Christ who comes in peace but whose goal is to conquer (Matthew 24:5).

Revelation 6:3-4; The Red Horse Rider takes peace from the earth with wars and rumors of war (Matthew 24:6).

Revelation 6:5-6: The Black Horse Rider carries scales with which to measure the comparative value of money and food (Matthew 24:7b).

Revelation 6:7-8: The Pale Horse Rider brings death from pandemic and wild animals. 25% of the world will perish (Matthew 24:21).

*The First Economic Event: Do not harm the oil and wine*

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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 harm the oil and the wine.”

A quart of wheat, representing one person’s food for the day, will cost a day’s wages. But many will be forced to buy barley, a less expensive food usually used for animals. Three quarts of barley will also cost a denarius, but only the 1% will still be able to afford the luxury of oil and wine. Affordable access to economic commerce will be strictly limited.

Now the true picture of hyperinflation emerges, that a person will be forced to work a full day to have enough money to feed themselves for one day.

This economic event can happen suddenly following war and pandemic with the collapse of a major currency. When hyperinflation grips the world, food prices will rise out of control as happened in the post-World War I Weimar Republic, and in Venezuela today.

The Pale Horse Rider, the fourth horseman, brings pandemic, famine, and death from wild animals, a cumulative progression of the judgments of the first three horsemen.

*The Second Economic Event: Mark of the Beast*

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In Revelation 13, men and women will come to know the man who is Antichrist.

He is identified as the Beast from the sea (of humanity). His 10 horns depict his control of the revived Roman empire of Daniel 7:24, and he is now a world ruler with unimaginable power.

In Revelation 13:4 the Beast is assassinated and is indwelt by Satan when he stages a false resurrection that stuns the world. In Revelation 13:7 he is given authority over every tribe nation and tongue.

In Revelation 13:11 Antichrist is joined by a second-in-command known as the beast from the earth with ‘two horns like a lamb but spoke like a dragon’, a reference to something ‘like’ Christianity, but a counterfeit.

This is the False Prophet, who will be a powerful religious ruler in the same way ancient Roman emperors partnered with Pontifex Maximus to maintain pax deorum, peace with the gods. This man carries out the orders of the first Beast and causes all to worship him as god. He has the power to bring fire from heaven and to enforce the second economic event as prophesied in Revelation 13:16-17:

“He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

Even the 1% are ordered under pain of death to accept the mark along with the common man. Now, global exclusion to economic markets is in place for non-participants of the Beast system.

*The Third Economic Event: Fall of Babylon*

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The last set of 21 Judgments, the most severe of them all, are poured out on a Christ-rejecting world in Revelation 16:

And God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of His wrath.”

In the following two chapters, Revelation 17-18, the focus of attention is Babylon, or mystery Babylon signified as a Harlot (false religion), the Beast (Antichrist), and the literal city of Babylon.

An angel shows John the punishment of the harlot who sits on the Beast. The Great Harlot kills many saints who follow Jesus and will be drunk on their blood.

Babylon, the city, will be the center of world commerce for the kings of the earth. The 1% in allegiance with the Beast, will still reap the most benefits of great wealth.

The end of the tribulation is near.

Revelation 18:1-3

“After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”

The destruction of Babylon, the symbol for wealth excess, has come:

“The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning.”

And the enormous wealth owned by the 1% is no more:

 “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore.”

The Second Coming is near.


  1. Author, great treatise!! I like it that you have little reservation that the future of world economic enterprise will center around physical Babylon and not some other modern city like London or NY. Many prophecy commentators want to avoid the literal interpretation of an ancient “Babylon” by using another more modern city. Just like most commentators did when they replaced Israel with the church because Israel had not been in existence for centuries, so obviously the new kingdom of Israel “is the church” – until last century (San Remo Conference, April 1920; and more publicly, May 1948).

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