I know it can be confusing but a little brevity here is used to refresh your memory. Most of us have heard this stuff before. Now, after the pouring out of the seventh Bowl, Christ returns to earth with great power and glory and rule and reign here for a thousand years. That thousand year reign used to really throw me…what is that all about, but I am getting off topic and I want to concentrate on the ‘here and now’ instead.
So, getting back to the seals; when Christ breaks the first seal off his scroll, the seven-year Tribulation period will commence down on earth. The removing of the first five seals will each result in indirect judgments on the earth. When these judgments occur, the world may not realize that they are of supernatural origin or from Christ. People may assume that the terrible things they are experiencing are just due to fate or circumstance. The sixth seal however, will be the eye-opener. It will be the first in a series of a series of direct judgments from the Lamb. During the spectacular judgment of the sixth seal, we arrive at the beginning of the second half of the Tribulation, the “Great Tribulation”. The first six seals cover the first half of the Tribulation and they are all found in Revelation Chapter 6.
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.’