Within the timeline of prophecy found in Revelation, there has been one prophecy that has been slow to manifest itself. We argue that the Fifth Seal has been opened and that we are now waiting for the opening of the Sixth Seal, but the manifestation of the Third Seal has not been made obvious. In Revelation 6: 5-6, it says:
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.
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.
The opening of the Third Seal implies a food scarcity, with the price of basic grains rising 10-fold. This site has made the argument that even though grain futures have been stuck at lower price ranges, the actual cost of living has been rising much faster than official inflation statistics. Though government officials will claim that inflation is “too low”, in reality, the cost of living has been rising to the extent that the majority of people are having a very difficult time being able to support themselves on their own. In essence, we have been forced to argue that the rising costs of living (medical care, education, rent, etc.) has been how the opening of the Third Seal is being manifested.
However, this site has also argued that many prophecies, including the opening of the Third Seal, represent the start of a secular trend – one that will grow and intensify over time. It is possible that we are now entering the intensification phase of this prophecy.
As global warming intensifies, it is expected that severe weather will similarly increase in frequency, intensity, and duration. It would be reasonable to expect that this would affect grain production, perhaps sporadically at first, but overtime, it is possible that grain production would be impacted in a meaningful manner. Australia used to be a major grain exporter, but this year, drought will cause Australia to be a net grain importer. America has largely escaped any major production disruptions – until this past year. Unlike Australia, America has experienced too much rain, making planting problematic for many farmers. However, the price setter for international grain prices has been Russia (and Ukraine). Russia has expanded their Black Sea grain production to such an extent, that grain exports from that region has filled the gap of production shortfalls in other parts of the world, keeping international grain prices low. At some point, Russia will experience another heatwave, like that in 2011, which devastated their grain production. Should it happen this year, when America and Australia are suffering weather driven production declines, then grain prices will skyrocket.
Regardless of what happens this year, as global warming progresses, it is only a matter of time before global grain production begins to suffer. The rises in the costs of living will spread to basic foods stuffs, and the government bureaucrats will no longer be able to ignore the hardships being experienced by the majority of people.