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When Heaven is Rolled Up Like a Scroll

When Heaven is Rolled Up Like a Scroll

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At least one well-known prophecy teacher has historically claimed "the sky retreated like a scroll"(Rev. 6:14) refers to a nuclear explosion. But what does the Word of YHWH say regarding this matter? When the heavens retreat like a scroll, it will be far more powerful than a nuclear explosion!
At least one well-known prophecy teacher has historically claimed "the sky retreated like a scroll"(Rev. 6:14) refers to a nuclear explosion. But what does the Word of YHWH say regarding this matter? When the heavens retreat like a scroll, it will be far more powerful than a nuclear explosion!

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 HEN 
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 EAVEN IS
 R
OLLED
 P
 L
 IKE A
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CROLL
 
by Craig Wm. Peters
12 And I saw when He opened the Sixth Seal and behold,there was a great earthquake. And the sun became black as sackcloth of hair,and the moon became as blood. 13 And the stars of the heaven fell to the earth,as a fig tree casts its untimely figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.14 And heaven departed like a scroll being rolled up, and everymountain and island were moved out of their places.
Revelation 6:12-14
 
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People tend to derive false deductions fromScripture because they fail to understand theways in which the truth of the Word so oftenconfirms itself. Still others simply lack a fuller knowledge of Scripture in their sojourn to theKingdom. But to enter into the Kingdom, theSavior indicates we must all maintain that childlike humility by the willingness to learn,to change, and to grow.
1
So we expect that allthose who truly seek 
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will certainlycontinue to grow in favor and knowledge.
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 This article is written to impart peace of mind and spiritual edification for all those who havethe desire to continue learning and growing intheir expressions of faith and love towards the Almighty.The subject of Bible prophecy is simplyriveting! One popular speaker and writer over such matters has historically claimed the “skyretreating like a scroll” (Revelation 6:14) was John’s reference to a nuclear explosion.Should this interpretation be correct, thededuction is that we are being propheticallywarned of a pending nuclear carnage. Whilewe can certainly understand such a view inlight of man’s modern day devices of war, doesthis interpretation honor the real truth of theScripture in question? Our study will showwhy this view is simply not what 
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would have us to believe over the truth of this most significant matter. Scripture indicates this
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Matthew 18:1-4, Mark 10:15, Luke 9:48, 18:17,1Peter 2:1-2
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Matthew 7:7-8, 2Peter 3:17-18
monumental event is actually something whichwill be far more powerful than a nuclear explosion.
t s r q u p e o n m l k y j x z w h d g b a
The Sovereign Messiah Rulesin His Sovereignty
New Covenant believers should exult in thefact that our Messiah has been given
allauthority
in heaven and on earth:
 And 
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came up and spoke to them,saying, “
 All authority
has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”
Matthew 28:18,
 ISRV 
 These words of 
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show us that, after Hisresurrection, the Messiah was made theSovereign of all.
3
He is no longer a helplessbabe in a manger:
 He is the Sovereign Ruler over all the earth, and nothing can happenapart from His will.
This Messiah
eswhy
is “the Lion of the Tribeof Yahudah,”
4
and His wrath will soon bekindled
5
to conquer/destroy the kingdoms of this world and to burn up the lawlessinhabitants of the earth.
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3
Acts 2:36, 10:36
4
Revelation 5:5
5
Psalm 2:12
6
Psalm 2:2-3. The rulers of the earth conspire to castaway the Torah – considering it to be as fetters andcords of bondage – all the while they themselves areheld in bondage by the ensnaring cords of sin. Proverbs5:22 Yet in rejecting the Torah, these world leaders
 
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 Not “What” Rolls Up the Heavens But “Who” 
To more fully understand the prophecies of 
 Revelation
given to Yochanan/John some 2000years ago, we need to see this book reveals theSavior acting in His sovereignty!
 He
is theOne in
complete charge
of all that is about tohappen:
 He
is the One seen opening the Sealsand bringing the prophesied judgment of 
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 upon the earth. We continue by reading thefuller context of our opening Scripture:
12 And I saw when He
opened the Sixth Seal,and there was a great earthquake; and the sunbecame black as sackcloth of hair, and themoon became as blood; 13 and the stars of theheaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts her unripe figs when she is shaken of a great wind.14
 And heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled up
;
8
and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 And thekings of the earth, and the princes, and thechief captains, and the rich, and the strong,and every bondman and freeman, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of themountains. 16 And they said to the mountainsand to the rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us fromthe face of Him that sits on the throne, and  from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 for the Great  Day of their wrath has come; and who is ableto stand?
Revelation 6:12-17First of all, we notice the One who
initiates
 these cataclysmic judgments is the Resurrectedand Sovereign Messiah:
 Ruling from the heavens, the MessiahKing will open the Sixth Seal, therebycausing these things to occur.
subsequently legislate various forms of lawlessness. Inresponse to this lawless outrage,
hwhy
will justly arise inflaming anger, and he will destroy the earth’sinhabitants for nullifying His immutable and age-abiding Torah. Psalm 119:126, Isaiah 24:3-6
7
(“He” being
eswhy
the Messiah)
8
Isaiah 34:4
And one of the things that will clearlytranspire at this time is heaven departing like ascroll when it is rolled up:
 And heaven departed as a scrollwhen it is rolled up …
Revelation 6:14Yet this is not the only place in the NewCovenant writings which indicates the Messiahwill be the One who rolls up the heavens like ascroll! The writer of 
 Hebrews
tells us the verysame thing:
10 And, “You,
hwhy  
 , in the beginning, did laythe foundation of the earth, and the heavensare the works of Your hands. 11 They will perish; but You continue: and they will allgrow old as does a garment, 12 and as amantle
You shall roll them up
 , and they willbe changed. But You are the same, and your  years will not fail.
9
Hebrews 1:10-12The context here shows
hwhy
, the Father, isspeaking to the Son,
10
and the prophecydeclares it is the Sovereign Messiah who willroll up the heavens like garment! This is incomplete agreement with the propheticteachings which were given in the Spirit toJohn concerning the Day of 
hwhy
.
 And I saw when He opened the Sixth Seal …and heaven departed as a scrollwhen it is rolled up …
Revelation 6:12,14Yet when the powers of heaven are thusshaken, the result will be overwhelmingcataclysms upon the earth. And so, theMessiah
eswhy
warns us:
 And there will be signs in the sun,and in the moon, and in the stars; and uponthe earth distress of nations, in bewilderment at the roaring of the sea and the waves; men’s
9
A quote from Psalm 102:12, 25-27. For a cross-reference on the last part of this text, see Hebrews 13:8.
10
Hebrews 1:8
 
 3
hearts failing them for fear, and for lookingafter those things which are coming onthe earth: for the powers of heavenwill be shaken.
Luke 21:25-26In speaking this Word, we believe our Messiah
eswhy
was elaborating on, and furtherexplaining, a prophecy given by Chaggai(Haggai):
6 For thus says
hwhy  
of hosts: Yet once, it is alittle while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land. 7 And  I will shake all nations, and the desire of allnations will come; and I will fill this Housewith splendor, says
hwhy  
of hosts.
Haggai 2:6-7A shaking sea most certainly connotesfearsome and devastating tsunamis, and thus,
eswhy
spoke of “the roaring of the sea and thewaves.”
11
This
 Haggai
prophecy tells us it isat the time of this great shaking that
hwhy
will,once more, exalt Yerushalayim
12
above all thenations,
13
and His chasidim
14
will “possess theKingdom,”
15
as the Spirit of 
hwhy
fills theearth with 1000 years of peace and joy.
16
Butbefore that time of unprecedented peace,
hwhy
 will arise to “shake mightily the earth:”
17
Hewill destroy all those nations that devour Hispeople Yisrael;
18
He will destroy all the sinfulkingdoms of this age:
 Behold, the eyes of the Sovereign
hwhy  
 are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will
11
In doing this,
eswhy
also connected Psalm 46:2-3with Haggai 2:6. Other psalms, too, talk of how the seawill roar before the Presence of 
hwhy
at His coming!(See Psalm 96:11-13, 98:7-9 along with the study, “
Whydo the Seas Roar, the Earth Quakes, the MountainsSmoke, and the Heavens Shake
?”)
12
(i.e., Jerusalem)
13
Haggai 2:7, Isaiah 2:2-4
14
(i.e. those who are recipients of and ambassadors of His lovingkindess/chesed, 1John 4:10-11)
15
Daniel 7:21-22, 27
16
Romans 14:17
17
Isaiah 2:19-21
18
Psalm 79:6-7, Jeremiah 10:25
destroy it from off the face of the earth: onlythat I will not utterly destroy the houseof Ya’acob, says
hwhy  
.
Amos 9:8It is also quite edifying when we realize thewriter of 
 Hebrews
knew what would resultwhen
eswhy
rolls up the heavens like ascroll.
19
This first century believer knew thatthe monumental event under considerationwould result in everything on earth being
greatly shaken
. We know this is the casebecause, later in his letter, the prophet wroteabout these immense cataclysms, and hequoted nothing less than the very sameprophecy given to Haggai (2:6) during Sukkot,the Feast of Tabernacles:
20
 
25 See that you refuse not Him that speaks.For if they escaped not who refused Him that spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape, if we turn away from Him that is fromheaven: 26 Whose voice then shook the earth:but now He has promised, saying, “
Yet once more, I shake not the earth only, but also heaven
.”
21
27 And this word, “Yet oncemore,” signifies the removing of those thingsthat are shaken, as of things that are made,that those things which cannot be shaken mayremain. 28 Therefore, we, receiving aKingdom which cannot be moved, let us have favor, by which we may serve
hwhy  
acceptably,with reverence and awe. 29 For our Elohim isa consuming fire.
Hebrews 12:25-29In quoting the prophet Haggai, this Messianicwriter indicated
hwhy
will shake everythingthat can be shaken. Such widespread shakingcan be considered nothing less than
19
Hebrews 1:10-12
20
Haggai 2:1, Leviticus 23:33-43. Sukkot, or the Feastof Tabernacles extends from the 15
th
to the 22
nd
day of the Seventh month. The prophecy being studied camein the Spirit to Chaggai (whose name means, “MyFestival”) on the 21
st
day of the Seventh month. Haggai2:1 The 21
st
day of the Seventh month is the seventhday of the Feast.
21
A quote from the first part of Haggai 2:6.

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