“Then I heard something that sounded like a voice. The voice came from where the four living beings were. It said, “A quart of wheat or three quarts of barley will cost a full day’s pay. But don’t harm the supply of olive oil and wine!” (Revelation 6:6)
“And coming near, he bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. And putting him on his own animal, he brought him to an inn and cared for him.” (Luke 10:34)
Abstract: The purpose of this article is to illustrate from Revelation 6:6 and Luke 10:34 and Bible commentaries from Emanuel Swedenborg, that the Lord was explaining a very deep and beautiful truth. We will examine the spiritual meaning of the Bible words “oil” and “wine”. When we love the Lord with all our hearts, and spend time in prayer and reading the Holy Bible, the natural result will be to express the Lord’s love to the neighbor. The kingdom of God will be flowing through us.
Key to Blog Text,
Bold highlighting = Important terms and concepts. Blue highlighting = words, terms, and concepts containing primarily a spiritual sense or TRUTH. Red highlighting = words, terms, and concepts containing a sense directly related to The Lord Himself or LOVE. Gray highlighting = words, terms, and concepts relating to evil and hell. Italic letters in (parentheses) = my emphasis.
From the Bible commentary on the Book of Revelation by Emanuel Swedenborg called “Apocalypse Revealed”,
Chapter 6:6, subsection number 316: “And do not hurt the oil and the wine“. By “oil” is signified (means) the “good of love” (love is a gift from the Lord), and by “wine” the “truth” derived from that “good” (from that love we can see the wisdom contained within the Holy Bible).
So by “oil“, “holy good” (this is found in the Lord only and is from Him only) is signified (what is meant by this word), and by “wine” “holy truth” (this is the wisdom that comes from the Lord only).
“hurt them not” means the Lord provides (that he makes sure) that they shall not be violated (nothing of evil can touch His holy love or His holy wisdom) and profaned (turned into something grossly irreverent toward the sacred and Holy Bible).
We can see from seeing the spiritual meaning (as the angels in heaven read the Holy Bible and not from the letters and words found in the earthly Holy Bible) of the meaning of the word “oil” and the word “wine” help explain what is the meaning of the story of the “Good Samaritan” (Bible teacher tell the story of the Good Samaritan here if your students do not know these story taught by Jesus Christ).
“The Samaritan poured oil and wine into his wounds“
For the man “wounded by robbers” meant those who are spiritually wounded (they were not told the truth by these teachers so they could not see God clearly) by the evils (the teachers only thought of themselves when they were teaching and not how they could share the truths of God’s kingdom) and falsities (their rejection of the truth found in the Holy Bible and they substitute their own false ideas) of the Jews.
The Samaritan gave him aid (help) by “pouring oil and wine” into his wounds, which means by teaching “good” and “truth” (we are to love God and love the neighbor).
And as he was able (to do all he could to help his spiritual and worldly wounds) by healing.
This is part of “the Great Commission”,
“And He said to them, Go into all the world, proclaim the gospel to all the creation.” (Mark 16:15)
This is a commandment of the Lord given to His church on the earth. Tell them that I love them, and I wish all to come to be with Me in my big family forever. For the Good Samaritan helped the wounded man by “pouring oil and wine into his wounds.” For “oil” are God’s holy love and compassion. And “wine” is His holy truth that the Good News of the kingdom of heaven is really true.