|There has been some writing on this third seal in Revelation concerning this virus. What is it?
Well, before we go there... what are the seals?
Reference ESV translation, Revelation chapter 5 verses 1 through 5:
Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne ha scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
The seals are the seals on a document written by God in Heaven that no one is allowed to open. Everyone is checked for the permissions required and they all fail. This includes everyone who is alive, everyone who has ever lived, and everyone who ever will live. So, basically, authentication failure/password failure. Then the Lion of the Tribe of Judah is found to be able to break the seals and open the document. This would be Jesus.
What is seal 3?
Reference ESV translation, Revelation chapter 6 verses 5 and 6:
When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard what seemed to be 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 wine!”
Seal 3 has been described as many things, but a recent description is a famine where luxuries not only remain, but are maintained.
So, what is this craziness? It's prophecy. What is prophecy? Prophecy is news before it's been printed. Prophecy comes in two forms. True and False. The True form means news that will happen. The False form is news that will never happen.
In the common Bible, the Old and New Testaments without additions such as the Maccabees, there are books that make prophecies. There are several that have come true. There are several that have not yet come true. There is a book at the end called Revelation which the first 3 chapters have come true, then by chapter 6, a series of news events occurring one after another written in a rather poetic language appears. As there are 22 chapters in Revelation, people tend to put the book down and say no one can figure this thing out.
The poetic nature of the prophecies tend to start with allusion, then finish with direct description.
For example, in the early seals, horses with a color are described, which have an allusion quality to them. The horse can be a method of transportation for bringing the seal about, the color is a color that will identify an essential color of that transport. The later part of the description is direct.
The debates of exactly when these news events occur and how much time is between each of these events continues to rage on among those who love to study. Many people believe that either most of them have happened, or that all of them are likely to happen in a three and half year time period.
The debates against them already happening have to do with clues given in Revelation chapter 5, where they appear to be involving the planet, not just the world as people are aware of it. A great amount of human history people were not aware of the planet as a whole. Therefore, during that entire time, none of the events in chapter 6 of Revelation could start.
For example, the third seal can be considered as a transportation which has black as a specific color. Therefore, as the current Covid-19 Pandemic is traced back to bats in China, whether that origin is in the wet market or that origin is in the place where diseases using bats was studied. Most people would say bats are black. Perhaps not artists or graphic designers or scientists... but most people. Therefore the mode of transportation represents the color black.
Then what follows in the description is a worldwide famine where luxuries are maintained.
Right now, between US, Canada, and Brazil, 65% of the world's meat supply is being threatened. An additional 20% of the world's meat supply is out of the EU who is also dealing with the same Pandemic. So, it is possible that 85% of the world's meat supply is being threatened, or will be threatened soon.
There are 36 countries of great concern for famine. The total of those concerned is greater than 3% of the world population. That is, the world population is quite different as years pass. The Spanish Flu is said to have killed about 3% of the world population at the time it happened. World War II, which many consider Seal 2, killed far more than the Spanish Flu did, but for the world population at the time, is said to have killed about 3% of the world population at the time it happened. Therefore, at this time, around 234 million would have to die to reach about 3% of the world population.
That is, people logically assume that each seal would be worse in some way or another than the seal before it and not as bad as the seal after it. Now, seal 4 seems to have a population loss of about 2 trillion people, if it were to occur today, as seal 4 is a 25% drop of worldwide population.
In other words, seal 3 seems like it would lower the world population >3% but <25%.
If all this were the case, and if the seals were occurring with decades in-between them instead of months, and if the seals were occurring only after the world maps were known, or seal 1 had a purpose to create accurate world maps so the rest would follow... then seal 2 would logically be World War II. It seems quite well described. And the color of red, whether you say it was from attempted genocide, mass blood from vast deaths where the blood was spilt on the land, or also includes the middle or heart of the German flag, which is red, and of course describing a great sword which is an apt description to people of the Roman Empire times of the beginning of the next generation of weapons dropped on US soil for testing and on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
In fact, that's probably the most interesting part. A lot of people agree that Seal 2 sounds just like World War II. Seal 1, however, a lot of people have differing opinions.
However, if prophecy is news before it has happened, then not knowing what Seal 1 was doesn't prevent one from waiting for Seal 3, since Seal 2 is known and has already happened.
This is why people are thinking the Pandemic is the transportation for Seal 3. It's not that the Pandemic appears to be able to kill 3% or even 1% of the world's population, it's that the Pandemic seems to be doing a very effective job at destroying economies and causing worldwide food shortages. Also, while the Pandemic is causing these problems, luxuries like internet, television shows, movies, software, and video games are being very well maintained.
Though, as with all prophecy... until the world events are finished, you don't know if it was the news you read, or if it's news for another day.