On 5/30/22 I posted “A Measure of Wheat for a Penny” at the beginning of the 2022 USA wheat harvest. The definition for penny in the New Testament is: δηνάριον – a denarius (or ten asses). Derivation: of Latin origin; KJV Usage: pence, penny(-worth). [See “A Measure of Wheat for a Penny” in the main menu.]
A denarius was a Roman silver coin in NT time. It took its name from it being equal to ten “asses”, a number after 217 B.C. increased to sixteen (about 3.898 grams or .1375 oz.). It was the principal silver coin of the Roman empire. From the parable of the labourers in the vineyard, it would seem that a denarius was then the ordinary pay for a day’s wages. (Mt. 20:2-13)
There is 28 grams to an ounce of silver and today an ounce of a .999 pure
basic silver round coin sells for $30.00 and more depending on what is printed on the coin. [$30.000 X .1375 = $4.125] A loaf of bread takes about a liter of flour which is a measure. Bread prices vary depending on quality and nutritional value. It all comes from RHW (Red Hard Wheat) which is mostly grown in the central USA, also called the wheat belt. There are six classes of wheat and bread mostly comes from RHW.
The USDA forecast hard red winter wheat production in 2022 at 590.037 million bushels, down 21% from 749.489 million bushels in 2021. Soft red winter wheat production was forecast at 353.303 million bushels, down 2% from 360.689 million bushels in 2021.
As mentioned in the first wheat blog, India had stopped new export contracts in order to conserve wheat supplies for its people. The US has decided to trim its carryover even with a decrease in 2022 expected yields. From the next article below: WASHINGTON, DC, US — The US Department of Agriculture on Aug 12 forecast the carryover of wheat on June 1, 2021, at 925 million bushels, down 17 million bushels from the July projection and down 119 million bushels, or 11%, from 1.044 billion bushels in 2020. If the projection is realized, the 2021 carryover would be the smallest in six years.
Not only is the Biden Adminastration selling off our stragic oil reserve, it’s selling off our wheat reserves. Looks as if the descendant birthright nation of Manasseh isn’t utilizing Joseph’s wisdom for its own people. (See “The Seven Times Prophecy” in Missing Links – Chapter VI in main menu.)
There are also other problems arising in food production. Much fruit,nuts and vegestables have been grown from the waters of the Colorado. From the next article below: The endless drought in the Southwest has become a full-blown national emergency. If Lake Mead, Lake Powell and the Colorado River keep drying up at the rate they have been, millions of Americans could soon be without water and electricity….
Come out of Babylon for her judgement is near!
Note: This blog will be added to the first in the main menu in about a week and will be retitled “A Measure of Wheat for a Penny, Parts I & II”.