“Hurt not the oil and the wine” speaks of not hurting the rejoicing…..the rejoicing of the false prophets who have become rich in this time of famine (the famine of hearing the words of God).
We are in this famine now as there are many who are retailing the Word of God and deceiving many…making merchandise of people… for their own unjust gain.
The shepherds are only feeding themselves as the flock is not being fed spiritually with the sincere Word of God spoken in Christ.
The famine is severe and is part of the judgment of God upon the churches of men who have no understanding (no knowledge = black horse = famine of hearing the words of God) of the Scriptures .
Revelation 6:5-6 KJV (5) And 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. (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.
“Wine” makes the heart of man glad and “oil” makes his face to shine. The “bread”….the “grain”….the Bread of Heaven…strengthens man’s heart.
Yet, this Bread is not being heard in the churches of men who preach for money and the people only feed on "crumbs" rather than the "meat" of the Truth.
Psalms 104:14-15 KJV (14) He causeth the grass to grow for the
cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food
out of the earth; (15) And wine that maketh glad the heart of man,
and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's
The “oil” is the “oil of gladness” in the hearts and faces of men.
Psalms 45:7 KJV (7) Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness:
therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness
above thy fellows.
False prophets always preach for money’s sake in order to get their earthly needs met…..and they are allowed to rejoice (for now) in their activities in this day that the flock is being slaughtered. See to it that the oil and wine are not hurt as they are allowed to rejoice.
The “possessors”…the buyers (those making merchandise of the flock of the slaughter)….rejoice: “Blessed be the LORD, for I am rich”. Their own shepherds have no pity on those they are deceiving and making merchandise of.
Zechariah 11:4-5 KJV (4) Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock
of the slaughter; (5) Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves
not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the LORD; for I am
rich: and their own shepherds pity them not.
They live in pleasure on the earth. Their hearts are nourished….as they rejoice even as the flock is being slaughtered (the flock of the slaughter). They have no pity as these things are going on as they are too busy rejoicing in their profitable activities done through deceit.
James 5:4-6 KJV (4) Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped
down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the
cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord
of sabaoth. (5) Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been
wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
The life of Jesus is being prevented from ever appearing in the outer mortal flesh of those who they are deceiving as the good news is not being correctly understood in those who are perishing from off this earth.
The eternal life of Jesus is being cut off from manifesting in this earth by the deceitful words of false prophets who falsely proclaim “peace, peace” to us where there is none. They are not preaching the Word of God sincerely in Christ but instead are preaching the word of men that does not benefit anyone who listens to them as the flesh of no one is being saved as the flock perishes from off this earth.
(6) Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist
The false prophets falsely prophesy “peace” in this place…in their churches where they always take from you.
Yet, there is no peace but instead we find the judgment of God in their midst: the sword and FAMINE of hearing the Word of God spoken in Christ…and also pestilence and death.
Jeremiah 14:13-16 KJV (13) Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the
prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye
have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place. (14)
Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I
sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them:
they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of
nought, and the deceit of their heart. (15) Therefore thus saith the
LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them
not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By
sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.
We must not be deceived by them and go and sit together with them in their churches or we perish along with them. If we are already there, we must come out from among them and be separate.
(16) And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the
streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they
shall have none to bury them, them, their wives, nor their sons, nor
their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness upon them.
The false prophets are there serving for their own belly (the meats for the belly) and are being destroyed for it (both the meats and the belly are destroyed by God)….and we must not sit together (the “fornication”) with the son of destruction or we perish along with them.
1 Corinthians 6:13-19 KJV (13) Meats for the belly, and the belly for
meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for
fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. (14) And
God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own
We must NOT be joined together with them in their churches where they use their mouths to preach for money’s sake. We become one flesh with them in their destruction as our mortal body shall perish from off this earth when we sit together with them in their destruction for their deceitful activities.
(15) Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I
then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an
harlot? God forbid. (16) What? know ye not that he which is joined to
an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. (17)
But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
We must flee the “fornication”….the being joined together with them in their churches.
If we sit together with them in their congregations, we are sinning against our own mortal body as we perish along with them in their judgment…in their destruction.
(18) Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the
body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
(19) What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost
which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
They preach the “word of men”…handling the Word of God deceitfully for their own gain…..and very little truth is being “fed” to those who listen to them. The people are only being fed “crumbs” and not the meat of the Word of God as their congregations give them their hard-earned pay.
They have no knowledge (the black horse) of the Scriptures as it is “night” or darkness to those who are preaching for money’s sake….serving for their own belly (the god of this age).
They have no understanding of the Scriptures. If they have no understanding, then they cannot be preaching the Word of Truth to those who are listening to them.
2 Corinthians 4:1-4 KJV (1) Therefore seeing we have this ministry,
as we have received mercy, we faint not;
The false prophets are handling the Word of God deceitfully in order to get their belly fed.
(2) But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking
in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by
manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's
conscience in the sight of God.
The good news of the eternal life of Jesus that is to be made manifest in our mortal flesh in this earth is not understood as the “god of this world”…their belly…has blinded the minds of those who are “lost” (that is, PERISHING from off this earth) lest they should understand and be saved.
(3) But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: (4)
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which
believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is
the image of God, should shine unto them.
Shouldn’t the shepherds be feeding the flock the Word of Truth rather than feeding themselves with their own earthly necessities gained from their congregations by handling the Word of God deceitfully? They are not feeding the flock.
Ezekiel 34:1-3 KJV (1) And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
(2) Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy,
and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be
to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the
shepherds feed the flocks? (3) Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with
the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.
They cry “peace” to those who put food in their mouths but prepare war against those who will not.
Micah 3:5-7 KJV (5) Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that
make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he
that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.
They have no understanding of the Scriptures because of this. It is “night” unto them. It is “dark” unto them. The black horse represents the lack of knowing/understanding of God’s words and the “famine” that is a result of it.
(6) Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a
vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and
the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark
over them. (7) Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners
confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no
answer of God.
They preach for money’s sake and still think that the LORD is among them and that no evil can come upon them. They do not even realize that the judgments of God (the 4 horses) are upon them even as they speak.
Micah 3:11 KJV (11) The heads thereof judge for reward, and the
priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for
money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD
among us? none evil can come upon us.
MANY follow after them in their destructive ways and are being destroyed along with them in their judgment.
2 Peter 2:1-4 KJV (1) But there were false prophets also among the
people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily
shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought
them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. (2) And many shall
follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall
be evil spoken of.
Through covetousness do they with feigned words make merchandise of you. Their judgment does not linger nor does their destruction slumbers as the judgment of God is already upon them and those who are sitting together with them.
(3) And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make
merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not,
and their damnation slumbereth not.
They are in “darkness” as they have no understanding of the Scriptures.
(4) For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down
to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved
Their “god” is their belly that they are preaching to feed only. Their end is destruction. They are the son of perdition that we must not sit together with.
Philippians 3:18-21 KJV (18) (For many walk, of whom I have told you
often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the
cross of Christ:
They are only minding earthly things in their preaching. The earthly things: what to eat, what to drink, what to wear.
(19) Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose
glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
They have no understanding of the good news (the gospel) for the here-and-now. They are not looking for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ to come and transfigure (change)…transform…our humiliated-by-sin mortal body to be like unto His. This good news is for this earth and not after we “die and go to heaven” as preached by those who are perishing (dying off this earth).
(20) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for
the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: (21) Who shall change our vile
body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according
to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto
Yet, they are allowed to rejoice in their activities even as the flock is being destroyed and their possessors have no pity on them. Behold, there is “joy and gladness” while the flock is being destroyed as they preach “let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die”.
Isaiah 22:12-14 KJV (12) And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts
call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with
sackcloth: (13) And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and
killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink;
for to morrow we shall die. (14) And it was revealed in mine ears by
the LORD of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you
till ye die, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
“Tophet” speaks of the drum or tambourine beating of rejoicing of the rich pastors while the people perish in the valley of slaughter. They have no pity upon their congregations as they are filled with joy and gladness as the sheep perish. Hurt not the oil and the wine as they are preoccupied with their own rejoicing and have no reason to turn from their ways.
Jeremiah 7:30-34 KJV (30) For the children of Judah have done evil in
my sight, saith the LORD: they have set their abominations in the
house which is called by my name, to pollute it. (31) And they have
built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of
Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I
commanded them not, neither came it into my heart. (32) Therefore,
behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be called
Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of
slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no place. (33)
And the carcases of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the
heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall fray them
The voice of joy…the voice of gladness….shall be ceased only when the Lord comes to deliver us from them as He will open up the Scriptures to our understanding.
(34) Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from
the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of
gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for
the land shall be desolate.
The Lord comes to deliver us from such men who are only feeding themselves with their “preaching” who diminish the Word of God and make the “shekel” great.
They focus only on money…making it very important (making the shekel great….highly esteemed, large) as they diminish the Word of God to nothing in our hearing (the balances that weigh what they say). They handle the Word of God in our hearing (the balances) deceitfully.
Amos 8:4-5 KJV (4) Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to
make the poor of the land to fail, (5) Saying, When will the new moon
be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth
wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying
the balances by deceit?
Why spend (weigh) money for that which is not “bread”…or grain?
Isaiah 55:1-3 KJV (1) Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the
waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come,
buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Their “grain” does not satisfy us. Why “labor” for that which does not satisfy? Why pay the “pastors” who have no understanding and are not feeding anyone but themselves?
Our hearts are not nourished by their words that they are preaching. Only the words of the Lord can give our souls rejoicing if only we would diligently hear Him. Our “soul shall live” as we shall rejoice in what we hear Him saying.
(2) Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your
labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and
eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in
fatness. (3) Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul
shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the
sure mercies of David.