Friday, April 25, 2008
The Jehovah's Witnesses Explain the Recession
I was visited by my friendly neighborhood Jehovah's Witnesses again today. I told them I only had a minute, as my baby was upstairs sleeping (truth), so they took that minute to explain to me that the current economic downturn was predicted in the Book of Revelation, Chapter 6. Here's the passage they showed me, in the New King James Bible:
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.”
The Witnesses helpfully explained to me that wheat and barley were staples of the New Testament diet, and that a denarius was about a day's pay -- meaning that, according to God, a loaf of Wonderbread will soon cost us an entire paycheck.
I was curious where the wine and the oil came into it, but alas, I had a baby to get back to.