The Black Horseman With A Set Of Economic Balances or Scales
Revelation 6:5 And when he had opened the third (3) 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.
Commentary; balances are symbolic for economic transactions and ‘prices’ for things such as wheat and barley grain, bread, olive oil, wine, various food commodities. These are common throughout the world and are considered by most as the ‘staples of life or living.’
6 And 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.
Commentary; The world will have reached a point of ‘climate apartheid’ where only the wealthy can afford basic food resources in the face of fatal droughts, famine, locust swarms and heatwaves, while the rest of the world suffers. Only the extreme rich can afford expensive cooking oil, baked pastries and loaves of multi-grain breads, fancy wines and related luxurious food stuffs. Yet, the ‘average peasant’ has to work for an entire day’s wages just to be able to buy enough wheat to make a loaf of bread. Great and severe income inequality is rampant worldwide. The ‘few’ own a massive disproportion of the earth’s wealth and bounty. Billionaires vs billions of poor. The ‘Crown Prince’ owns 60,000 (6) tonnes of wheat in his store houses or graineries while the few grain silos in the Port of Lebanon were destroyed and its people are threatened with expensive grain shortages that require humanitarian assistance.
The Black Horseman and ‘A Loaf of Bread for a Day’s Wages’; Walmart Reports A Large Number Of Store Closings As Catastrophic Retail Collapse Intensify
March 30, 2023 7:23 pm by IWB
A large number of Walmart stores are set to close down permanently next month as conditions continue to deteriorate for U.S. grocers. The biggest retailer in the world hasn’t been immune from the devastating effects of the retail apocalypse, and now several locations that have served their communities for years are about to disappear. Believe it or not, the top retail chain is reporting lagging sales growth and a myriad of challenges that include wage and consumer inflation and declining demand. The outlook is very grim, and many other big U.S. grocery chains are following Walmart’s move and shuttering multiple locations to survive the perfect storm that has already begun.
According to The U.S. Sun, over a hundred locations are on the chopping block due to “poor sales performance”. On top of that, the retail giant has decided to put an end to its nine-year experiment with pick-up-only locations and confirmed it would lay off thousands of workers at its e-commerce fulfillment centers across the country. Moreover, in a recent interview with Fox News, the former Walmart CEO pointed to several reasons why the company was struggling and warned Americans about the “detrimental impact that mass layoffs could have on the U.S.’s feeble economy.”
“It’s crazy right now. We’re stuck in this loop of wage inflation, product inflation, and cost inflation. And it’s just that cycle keeps going. And I think, unfortunately, an inevitable byproduct of some of the Fed’s moves during the pandemic,” said Bill Simon, who left his position as Walmart’s chief executive officer in 2014. Walmart has already informed investors that it expects sales growth to significantly slow down, especially in the second half of this year. On Tuesday, Walmart forecasted net sales growth of 2.5% for the current fiscal year, well below Wall Street’s prediction for a 3.3% increase. It expects adjusted earnings in a range between $5.90 per share for 2024, missing analysts’ forecast of $6.50.
Refinitiv data shows that this would mark the weakest sales growth for the retailer since its 2010 fiscal year, and the first drop in annual earnings since fiscal 2009. But Walmart is far from the only large retailer that is facing closure as sales decline. As a perfect storm of events hits food supply chains, several grocery stores nationwide are also shutting down. A new report by Best Life reveals that dozens of Winn-Dixie stores are closing right now. A spokesperson for Southeastern Grocers Inc., Winn-Dixie’s parent company, called the decision to close “difficult.” “While we understand that closing stores will impact local communities, we want to assure you this decision was not made lightly,” the spokesperson said.
Moreover, so far this year 6 Lucky supermarkets have been shuttered. And another one is on the chopping block this month after 40 years in business. In February, Green Zebra, a grocery chain that earned the love of loyal customers all across Portland, Oregon went bankrupt. The niche grocery market was known for its healthier meals, but unfortunately, the chain went under and is now closing all of its current locations. The goodbye occurs after 10 years in business.
The shutdown of so many stores is not only affecting the bottom lines of businesses but also leading to a surge in unemployment and higher prices, making it increasingly difficult for consumers to afford the basic necessities of life. Local communities are also feeling the impact, as empty storefronts and vacant malls have become the new norm. We must wake up to the fact that the retail apocalypse is not just a temporary setback but a long-term crisis that requires immediate action.
But how can they call on him (Jesus Christ) to save them unless they believe in him (Jesus Christ)? And how can they believe in him (Jesus Christ) if they have never heard about him (Jesus Christ)? And how can they hear about him (Jesus Christ) unless someone tells them?” —Romans 10:14
In His Service,
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Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!
Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
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