Third Seal

 

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. Rev 6:5-6 (KJV)

 

By the mid 2000's, most of the world had become two-class societies; The rich elite, and the average person. The third seal refers to a massive famine that affects the masses, which the ruling elite seem not to be affected by.

 

The penny in New Testament times was a day's wage for a Roman soldier. To put it roughly in perspective, that means that if you make $300 US a week, then a quart of barley will be $20. A quart of Wheat would be $60. This means that a family would have to subsist on basic food items. No taco dinner - just the corn. Or lentil soup.

 

This is why it will be crucial to stockpile supplies as soon as possible, to survive the Tribulation. See the pages on hunting and trapping, and water collecting.

 

At this point, some countries will be devastated by famine and drought. So, I'll remove a million people from the population of the world.

 

6,999,000,000 left.