John next sees a black horse and he that sat upon him had a pair of balances.
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.
via Revelation 6:6
A penny was a days wages, so this demonstrates the economic conditions during the Third Seal. A man could work all day just for one meals worth, or three poorer meals for his family. This describes the time of the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) in which famines were continually occurring and the Patriarchs experience a nomadic lifestyle, traveling to new places of better arable conditions. Also, the triumph of Jacob over Esau is an example of trade triumphing over sheer brute strength. Those who serve the Lord are blessed and prosper in the land as they travel. Joseph helps to make his fathers family safe from famine as he helps the Egyptians to begin food storage. The servants of the Lord (namely Joseph) use revelation to conquer famine and they dwell in Egypt for 400 years.
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