[links to Bible Gateway open in a new window]The second reading describes the calamities that befall the earth when each of the first six seals is opened on the scroll. These are the first punishments that the earth receives, unleashing violence among people, terrible famine and plagues, and darkening the sun, moon, and stars. Even with all of this destruction, there will still be years of suffering before the final judgment, according to the rest of John's vision in Revelation.
[links to Bible Gateway open in a new window]Reading the Bible in Its Entirety
If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Revelation 5-10 today.