REVELATION CHAP 6, VERSES 12 TO 17 Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was

a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; sixth seal It would be difficult to paint any scene more moving or more terrible than that described at the opening of the sixth seal. Up to now, the effects of the first five seals, although unprecedented in their global impact, could still be explained away as an intensification of what history already records: conflict, war, death, famine, disease, and martyrdom. With the opening of the sixth seal, all such explanations vanish for the signs which attend this seal are unmistakable in their uniqueness and scope. When the sixth seal is opened, there are unmistakable global signs of astronomical proportions, but the Lamb has yet to ride forth on His horse (Rev. 19:11)—He is still in heaven loosing seals. By the time of the sixth seal, the Day of the Lord must be already underway. Having already come without warning, like a thief in the night, it is now made unmistakable to the earth dwellers in the cosmic signs which attend this seal. a great earthquake This uniquely intense earthquakes which attend the judgments of the Tribulation period provide tangible evidence of God’s hand in the events which occurred. During the Tribulation, even though men understand the source of the earthquakes, most fail to repent (Rev. 6:16). A rare exception is the case of the great earthquake in Jerusalem, where those who avoid death “gave glory to the God of heaven” (Rev. 11:13). Jesus said great earthquakes would be one of the signs of “the beginning of sorrows” (Matt. 24:7-8). The OT prophets also predicted a time where God would intensely shake the earth. Haggai revealed that global earthquakes and the overthrow of the Gentile kingdoms would precede the return of God’s glory to His (millennial) Temple (Hag 2:6-7, 22-23). Joel saw earthquakes associated with the mighty judgments of God poured out in the Day of the Lord, judgments which were intended to cause people to turn to God (Joel 2:10-12). The earthquake affects more than just the face of the earth. Σεισμὸς (Seismos ) means “shaking; of a storm on the sea, with waves caused by high winds (Matt. 8:24).” It is used in Joel 2:10 to describe the heavens trembling. This catastrophic event extends beyond the geography of the earth escalating to cosmic involvement, as in the falling of the stars (asteroids). the sun became black as sackcloth of hair Jesus said that cosmic signs would be associated with the time of the end (Matt. 24:29; Mark 13:24-25; Luke 21:11). From other considerations, we understand that the signs associated with this sixth seal are not the only cosmic signs of this time period. The sun and moon were created for “signs” (Gen. 1:14). They now provide indication that the events associated with this seal cannot be explained by natural phenomena—but result from the One Who controls the universe! The darkening of the sun may be due to material ejected into the upper atmosphere by the earthquake and the usual volcanic eruptions or the impact of asteroids in the next verse. Although the sun is darkened, the moon continues to reflect light. Eventually, like the earth, the sun and moon are judged to show those who dwell on the earth Who is the true source of light is —the Lord Himself. If the trend in our own day is any indication, worship of the heavenly bodies will still be prevalent at that time and so God interferes with that which man has idolized (Zep. 1:5). As always, the message is to turn from dead idols to serve the living God:


1Cor. when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 1:7. Hope placed anywhere else is idolatry. By then. stars. every mountain and island was moved out of its place 2 . The entire moon takes on a reddish appearance. God now begins a systematic destruction of the natural order (sun. men will know they are experiencing the wrath of God. as when atmospheric dust darkens or moisture refracts its light. Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth. Mark 13:25. Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together. angels (Rev. “Therefore I will shake the heavens. Isa 34:1-3. men on earth can peer into Heaven as Stephen did in Acts 7:56. It was postulated by scientists that dinosaurs were made extinct in such a manner. Mark 13:24-25. in the wrath of the LORD of hosts. you will find that the word is also used of the supernatural manifestation which led the magi to the babe (Matt. and thy God thy glory. The most likely identification of these particular falling stars is that of a great swarm of asteroids that fell upon the earth. All man on earth will see Him who sits on the throne and the Lamb. 2:2). the two ends recoil. around the end rod to which the scroll is attached. and the earth shall remove out of her place . the very signs that Jesus predicted would attend the period preceding His return: Mat 24:29-30. 34:4 & Rev 6:16. neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light. 6:16). stars of heaven fell unto the earth Stars is ἀστέρες [asteres ] from which we get the word asteroid. moon. The red appearance conveys the idea of judgment. God will open the heavens for an instant. 1:16. and in the day of his fierce anger. It seems best to understand these as asteroids or meteors for even the smallest sun would consume the entire planet should it ever fall to earth. 9:1). but scientists have long speculated about the probability of eit her past or future earth catastrophes caused by encountering a swarm of asteroids. earth) which men have often worshipped in place of the Creator. The sixth seal presents a disturbance of nature. neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light. The sky receded causing it to be “split apart” (NASB). In order to ensure that there is no misunderstanding on the source of these disasters. even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs. the moon became like blood According to the Greek. Christ who is the “morning star” (Rev.” The increasingly severe judgments which fall during this period are specifically designed to remove hope in all else but God so that all creatures recognize their utter dependence upon the Creator. Isa 60:20 Thy sun shall no more go down. 15:41. Rev. Isaiah was also shown this fearsome time: Isa 13:9-Isa 13:13. Searching G792 (from Young’s Concordance in E-Sword). Luke 23:44-45. and astronomical objects (Matt. 22:16). Revelation 6:14 pictures an extended scroll suddenly being torn apart. spring-like. the sky receded receded is ἀπεχωρίσθη [apechōristhē] . and this knowledge will be even more fearsome to them than the great natural catastrophes they will have to endure. 8:10). Rev. The term is used to describe the parting of Paul and Silas from Barnabas and Mark (Acts 15:39). Suddenly. and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Rev. 24:29. 2:27. Such an event has never occurred in historic times. and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 2:1. and the people on earth will be given a glimpse of God and the Lamb on their thrones (Rev. 3:1. ἡ σελήνη ὅλη [hē selēnē holē] refers to the entire moon in all its fullness.Isa 60:19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day. 6:3. Here and in Revelation 8:10 stars are said to fall to the earth.

golf courses. Rev. and luxury yachts. and will be shut up in the prison” (Isa. 19:19). it is but a precursor to an even greater one associated with the seventh bowl at which “every island fled away and the mountains were not found” (Rev. They are the “kings of earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously” with Babylon. Rev. Here. The leaders over a thousand troops. and every bondman. for it is impossible to hide from the Omnipresent One (Job 34:22). 11:38) now experience firsthand a similar affliction from the very hand of God. tormented—of whom the world was not worthy. The emphasis is upon the comprehensive nature of the judgments. 17:15. afflicted. almighty God (Gen. and you perish in the way. hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains. 58:2. 3:8. and the rich men. 45:19. hide themselves in caves Here is the classic record of man’s response to his own sin—a vain attempt to hide from the omnipresent. 16:19). Isa. and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne. who were “destitute. Roughly equivalent to a major or colonel. 9:6). Fall on us. 18:3. Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth. . when His wrath is kindled but a little” (Ps. Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks. 24:20). the great men. 19:18). 8:7. These are men who do not occupy official positions of rulership or military command. but who nevertheless influence and control the affairs of men from behind the scenes: from board rooms. lest He be angry. 65:1.” who “wandered in deserts and mountains. they are “gathered together as prisoners are gathered in the pit. Those with faith in Christ desire His presence and seek His face. As great as this earthquake is. and every free man Several verses indicate that even at the supposed “height” of humanism’s achievements at the time of the end. strong ones . rich men . Amos 5:4). 29:13. . and the chief captains. Jer. who were ruled by her. They are the kings who “gather . Pr. and from the wrath of the Lamb: fall on us So intense is their fear of God’s judgments that they temporarily seek even death— anything to flee from His manifest presence (Hos. every bondman. (Ps. 17:2. and the mighty men. 10:8. 16:14. and every free man. kings of the earth These are the kings which fail to “kiss the Son. They are the “captains of industry. hide us from the face of Him Attempting to hide from God illustrates how sin and fear warp the intellect. The magnitude of the disturbances coming upon the earth is such that every man is affected. chief captains χιλίαρχοι [chiliarchoi] from χιλιάς [chilias ] one thousand. Those who reject God fear His presence and flee His face.The seismic disturbances will be of such magnitude that the entire geography of the earth is permanently altered. to the battle of that great day of God Almighty” (Rev. the mighty men μεγιστανες [megistanes ] . 6:16). 9). and the great men. In the irony of God. 13:16. Isa. power will reside more and more in the hands of these leaders of multinational corporations. This dichotomy is seen today in the reaction of people to the preaching of the gospel: 3 . but will mourn her fall (Rev. omniscient. Luke 23:30. in dens and caves of the earth” (Heb. those who persecuted God’s servants. It would appear that the islands sink from sight and the mountains are leveled by God’s final outpouring of wrath. . . 18. How different the motivation of the godly from the ungodly.” As the globalization of our world continues. 2:12). slavery will not yet have been abolished worldwide (Rev. the great ones and ἰσχυροὶ [ischyroi] .

there will be nowhere available to hide from His face. but the Jewish nation will also undergo a time of unparalleled trouble designed to purge out the unbelieving rebels and turn the remainder back to God. 14. 13:5. and into the caves of the earth. to the moles 4 . Eze. which normally denotes past time. 30:3. All things are naked in His sight! who sits on the throne: Father in Heaven the wrath of the Lamb Here we encounter a phrase of seeming contradiction. 16:1. God’s wrath is being poured out prior to the seventh seal (which initiates the seven trumpet judgments). Second. for heaven and earth will have fled away (Rev. 6:16). 46:2. has come ἦλθεν [ēlthen] . 9. Men will experience unparalleled fear and conditions that have never before prevailed upon the earth. Enter into the rock.At the scene of God’s final judgment of the ungodly. from the terror of the LORD and the glory of His majesty. 2:10-22.C. human trials will be prolonged and comparable to a woman’s labor before giving birth to a child. which they made. The day has already come in the opening of the sixth seal. The wrath of God began earlier. the expression the Day of the Lord refers to God’s special intervention into world events to judge His enemies. a unique time yet future when God will radically intervene in history to demonstrate in an irrefutable way Who He is. 15:1. each for himself to worship. 53:7) now metes out wrath . 5:9. The Lamb who was silently led to the slaughter (Isa. 30:3-6). 25-26). 5:9. Not only will God pour forth his wrath upon the Gentile nations.” Those on the earth are ignorant of the Scriptures. from the terror of the LORD and the rocks. This phase of growing human agony will be climaxed by the Messiah’s personal return to earth to terminate the period of turm oil through direct judgment. 11:18. 1Th. This is extremely significant because those who are covered by the blood of the Lamb prior to this day (1Pe. First. Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come. 21. However. 19. and hide in the dust. 20:11). 8. He raised up Babylon to judge Egypt and its allies during the 500s B. The great day which has been on the horizon for thousands of years has finally arrived. accomplish His purpose for history. and thereby demonstrate who He is —the sovereign God of the universe (Isa. Now it is recognized for what it is. 19). 7. Rom. and who shall be able to stand? the great day of His wrath The great day of His wrath is The Day of the Lord. 23. Yet even they recognize that the time of God’s wrath has now come upon the earth (Rev. It is the Lamb which opens each of the seals bringing forth these judgments which are indicative of the wrath of God. 10. several Days of the Lord already have occurred in which God demonstrated His sovereign rule by raising up nations to execute His judgment on other nations. Rev. 3:10). when the Lamb arose from His seat to open the first seal. In the midst of this intense judgment. 19. “It should be noted that the passage does not say that the wrath of God begins only with the sixth seal. Eze. when He arises to shake the earth mightily. Eze. but that only with the sixth seal do unbelievers recognize that it is the wrath of God. In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold. At the outset of the day of the Lord. God has promised that a believing remnant will survive (Time of Jacob’s Trouble: Jer 30:4-7) Jesus also spoke of this fearful time: Luk 21:25-27 The wrath is said to be of the Lamb (Rev. (Jer. For example. the Bible also foretells a future Day of the Lord. also called Time of Jacob’s Trouble. 1:17-19) are exempted from experiencing His wrath—they are His bride (Luke 21:36. 14:9-10.

men will hide in holes of the rocks and caves. 5 . As Joel said. and free man. After all. (Isa. chief captains. in the midst of these things. 7:9) can be accomplished during this time of unprecedented upheaval (Rev.000 from the twelve tribes of Israel. The Scriptures reveal a God of love as clearly as they reveal a God of wrath who will deal with those who spurn the grace proffered in the Lord Jesus Christ. and asteroids fall to earth. there is little doubt concerning the power involved—it is the judgment of God! These events are not a precursor to God’s wrath. 7:3-8). The passage before us is a solemn word that there is inevitable judgment ahead for those who will not receive Christ by faith. The book of Revelation discredits those who hold that God is so loving and kind that He will never judge people who have not received His Son. Split heaven. that the disasters they have experienced are God’s judgment. they are the result of His wrath. They are presently experiencing the wrath and recognize it by the events which have just transpired which have driven them to hide in caves and in the rocks. The phrase could be rendered: who is presently able to stand. The survivors emerged from their shelters and began again to rationalize their resistance to God. from the terror of the LORD and the glory of His majesty. APPLICATION Fears and Phobia Definitions Reason for Fear: Great earthquake. Their hiding is not anticipatory. Red moon. when He arises to shake the earth mightily. They are hiding from the terror of the LORD when He arises to shake the earth mightily. suicidal thoughts. 9:21. To go into the clefts of the rocks. Moving mountains and islands. and bondman. but of mindless panic. rich men. mighty men. Who will Fear: kings of the earth. as if the wrath were to begin after the seventh seal. mountains and islands move out of their place. The reaction of the unbelieving world to the terrors unleashed by the sixth seal will not be one of repentance (cf. the stars stopped falling and the terrible shakings ceased. Falling stars. Though the modern mind is reluctant to accept the fact that God will judge the wicked. so perhaps they had been too quick to attribute them to God’s wrath. Rev. However. 2:10-21) [emphasis added] Isaiah tells us that in that day . The 144. who is able to stand τίς δύναται σταθῆναι [tis dynatai stathēnai ] . Their exclamation does not concern a potential future situation. even this would pass. Jewish believers in Messiah Jesus. But then. Able is present tense. After these few terrifying days. They will finally acknowledge what believers have been saying all along. Reaction of Fear: Attempt to hide. 16:11). Who c an endure it?” (Joel 2:11.and bats. but reactionary. and into the crags of the rugged rocks. not before the day. great men. the Bible clearly teaches that He will. They quickly set about rebuilding their damaged structures and became more resolute in their opposition to the gospel of Christ. It will be a time of unprecedented bloodshed and death. amazingly. are protected so that their gospel mission (Rev. “For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible. these calamities could be explained scientifically. When the sky splits and rolls up like a scroll. Black sun. there are some who are able to stand because they are afforded special protection from God.

Fear the Living God: Heb 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Conclusion: Are you in fear now? BY ELDER LEE ST 6 .

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