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WHEN HEAVEN IS ROLLED UP LIKE A SCROLL

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 every
mountain and island were moved out of their places.
Revelation 6:12-14

a People tend to derive false deductions from monumental event is actually something which
Scripture because they fail to understand the will be far more powerful than a nuclear
ways in which the truth of the Word so often explosion.
confirms itself. Still others simply lack a fuller t s r q u p e o n m l k y j x z w h d g b a
knowledge of Scripture in their sojourn to the The Sovereign Messiah Rules
Kingdom. But to enter into the Kingdom, the in His Sovereignty
Savior indicates we must all maintain that New Covenant believers should exult in the
childlike humility by the willingness to learn, fact that our Messiah has been given all
to change, and to grow.1 So we expect that all authority in heaven and on earth:
those who truly seek hwhy will certainly
continue to grow in favor and knowledge.2 And eswhy came up and spoke to them,
This article is written to impart peace of mind saying, “All authority has been given to
and spiritual edification for all those who have Me in heaven and on earth.”
the desire to continue learning and growing in Matthew 28:18, ISRV
their expressions of faith and love towards the These words of eswhy show us that, after His
Almighty. resurrection, the Messiah was made the
The subject of Bible prophecy is simply Sovereign of all.3 He is no longer a helpless
riveting! One popular speaker and writer over babe in a manger:
such matters has historically claimed the “sky He is the Sovereign Ruler over
retreating like a scroll” (Revelation 6:14) was all the earth, and nothing can happen
John’s reference to a nuclear explosion. apart from His will.
Should this interpretation be correct, the
deduction is that we are being prophetically This Messiah eswhy is “the Lion of the Tribe
warned of a pending nuclear carnage. While of Yahudah,”4 and His wrath will soon be
we can certainly understand such a view in kindled5 to conquer/destroy the kingdoms of
light of man’s modern day devices of war, does this world and to burn up the lawless
this interpretation honor the real truth of the inhabitants of the earth.6
Scripture in question? Our study will show
why this view is simply not what hwhy would 3
Acts 2:36, 10:36
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have us to believe over the truth of this most Revelation 5:5
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significant matter. Scripture indicates this Psalm 2:12
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Psalm 2:2-3. The rulers of the earth conspire to cast
away the Torah – considering it to be as fetters and
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Matthew 18:1-4, Mark 10:15, Luke 9:48, 18:17, cords of bondage – all the while they themselves are
1Peter 2:1-2 held in bondage by the ensnaring cords of sin. Proverbs
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Matthew 7:7-8, 2Peter 3:17-18 5:22 Yet in rejecting the Torah, these world leaders

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Not “What” Rolls Up the And one of the things that will clearly
Heavens But “Who” transpire at this time is heaven departing like a
To more fully understand the prophecies of scroll when it is rolled up:
Revelation given to Yochanan/John some 2000
And heaven departed as a scroll
years ago, we need to see this book reveals the
when it is rolled up …
Savior acting in His sovereignty! He is the
Revelation 6:14
One in complete charge of all that is about to
happen: He is the One seen opening the Seals Yet this is not the only place in the New
and bringing the prophesied judgment of hwhy Covenant writings which indicates the Messiah
upon the earth. We continue by reading the will be the One who rolls up the heavens like a
fuller context of our opening Scripture: scroll! The writer of Hebrews tells us the very
same thing:
12 And I saw when He7 opened the Sixth Seal,
and there was a great earthquake; and the sun 10 And, “You, hwhy, in the beginning, did lay
became black as sackcloth of hair, and the the foundation of the earth, and the heavens
moon became as blood; 13 and the stars of the are the works of Your hands. 11 They will
heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts her perish; but You continue: and they will all
unripe figs when she is shaken of a great wind. grow old as does a garment, 12 and as a
14 And heaven departed as a scroll when it is mantle You shall roll them up, and they will
rolled up;8 and every mountain and island be changed. But You are the same, and your
were moved out of their places. 15 And the years will not fail.9 Hebrews 1:10-12
kings of the earth, and the princes, and the
The context here shows hwhy, the Father, is
chief captains, and the rich, and the strong,
speaking to the Son,10 and the prophecy
and every bondman and freeman, hid
declares it is the Sovereign Messiah who will
themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the
roll up the heavens like garment! This is in
mountains. 16 And they said to the mountains
complete agreement with the prophetic
and to the rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from
teachings which were given in the Spirit to
the face of Him that sits on the throne, and
John concerning the Day of hwhy.
from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 for the Great
Day of their wrath has come; and who is able And I saw when He opened the Sixth Seal …
to stand? Revelation 6:12-17 and heaven departed as a scroll
when it is rolled up …
First of all, we notice the One who initiates
Revelation 6:12,14
these cataclysmic judgments is the Resurrected
and Sovereign Messiah: Yet when the powers of heaven are thus
shaken, the result will be overwhelming
Ruling from the heavens, the Messiah
cataclysms upon the earth. And so, the
King will open the Sixth Seal, thereby
Messiah eswhy warns us:
causing these things to occur.
And there will be signs in the sun,
and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon
the earth distress of nations, in bewilderment
at the roaring of the sea and the waves; men’s
subsequently legislate various forms of lawlessness. In
response to this lawless outrage, hwhy will justly arise in
flaming anger, and he will destroy the earth’s
inhabitants for nullifying His immutable and age-
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abiding Torah. Psalm 119:126, Isaiah 24:3-6 A quote from Psalm 102:12, 25-27. For a cross-
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(“He” being eswhy the Messiah) reference on the last part of this text, see Hebrews 13:8.
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Isaiah 34:4 Hebrews 1:8

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hearts failing them for fear, and for looking destroy it from off the face of the earth: only
after those things which are coming on that I will not utterly destroy the house
the earth: for the powers of heaven of Ya’acob, says hwhy.
will be shaken. Luke 21:25-26 Amos 9:8
In speaking this Word, we believe our Messiah It is also quite edifying when we realize the
eswhy was elaborating on, and further writer of Hebrews knew what would result
explaining, a prophecy given by Chaggai when eswhy rolls up the heavens like a
(Haggai): scroll.19 This first century believer knew that
the monumental event under consideration
6 For thus says hwhy of hosts: Yet once, it is a
would result in everything on earth being
little while, and I will shake the heavens, and
greatly shaken. We know this is the case
the earth, and the sea, and the dry land. 7 And
because, later in his letter, the prophet wrote
I will shake all nations, and the desire of all
about these immense cataclysms, and he
nations will come; and I will fill this House
quoted nothing less than the very same
with splendor, says hwhy of hosts.
prophecy given to Haggai (2:6) during Sukkot,
Haggai 2:6-7
the Feast of Tabernacles:20
A shaking sea most certainly connotes
25 See that you refuse not Him that speaks.
fearsome and devastating tsunamis, and thus,
For if they escaped not who refused Him that
eswhy spoke of “the roaring of the sea and the
spoke on earth, much more shall we not
waves.”11 This Haggai prophecy tells us it is
escape, if we turn away from Him that is from
at the time of this great shaking that hwhy will,
heaven: 26 Whose voice then shook the earth:
once more, exalt Yerushalayim12 above all the
but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once
nations,13 and His chasidim14 will “possess the
more, I shake not the earth only, but also
Kingdom,”15 as the Spirit of hwhy fills the
heaven.”21 27 And this word, “Yet once
earth with 1000 years of peace and joy.16 But
more,” signifies the removing of those things
before that time of unprecedented peace, hwhy
that are shaken, as of things that are made,
will arise to “shake mightily the earth:”17 He
that those things which cannot be shaken may
will destroy all those nations that devour His
remain. 28 Therefore, we, receiving a
people Yisrael;18 He will destroy all the sinful
Kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have
kingdoms of this age:
favor, by which we may serve hwhy acceptably,
Behold, the eyes of the Sovereign hwhy with reverence and awe. 29 For our Elohim is
are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:25-29
In quoting the prophet Haggai, this Messianic
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writer indicated hwhy will shake everything
In doing this, eswhy also connected Psalm 46:2-3 that can be shaken. Such widespread shaking
with Haggai 2:6. Other psalms, too, talk of how the sea
will roar before the Presence of hwhy at His coming! can be considered nothing less than
(See Psalm 96:11-13, 98:7-9 along with the study, “Why
do the Seas Roar, the Earth Quakes, the Mountains
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Smoke, and the Heavens Shake?”) Hebrews 1:10-12
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(i.e., Jerusalem) Haggai 2:1, Leviticus 23:33-43. Sukkot, or the Feast
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Haggai 2:7, Isaiah 2:2-4 of Tabernacles extends from the 15th to the 22nd day of
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(i.e. those who are recipients of and ambassadors of the Seventh month. The prophecy being studied came
His lovingkindess/chesed, 1John 4:10-11) in the Spirit to Chaggai (whose name means, “My
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Daniel 7:21-22, 27 Festival”) on the 21st day of the Seventh month. Haggai
16
Romans 14:17 2:1 The 21st day of the Seventh month is the seventh
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Isaiah 2:19-21 day of the Feast.
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Psalm 79:6-7, Jeremiah 10:25 A quote from the first part of Haggai 2:6.

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overwhelmingly cataclysmic. And in the same smoke. His lips are full of indignation, and
breath, this first century believer also wrote of His tongue is as a devouring fire.
the consuming, fiery judgment which will Isaiah 30:27
characterize these days of Heavenly
Vengeance (vs. 29). From all that we can see, So all evidence indicates the three Scriptures
presently, this immense, apocalyptic shaking we have pondered are speaking of the very
appears to begin in its fullest when the same instance in time:
Sovereign Messiah rolls up the heavens like a When our Messiah opens the Sixth Seal,22
scroll. there will be many convulsions in the heavens.
Yet Yochanan and the writer of Hebrews Subsequently, the heavens will pass away
were not the only ones to speak of eswhy with a great noise.23 By a direct, sovereign
rolling up the heavens like a scroll! The act, the Messiah King will roll up heaven like
apostle Kepha/Peter also wrote of this very a scroll,24 and in the process of these things
same instance in time, and he indicated when transpiring, His burning cataclysmic judg-
this great event occurs, the heavens will pass ments will begin descending upon this earth to
away with a great noise: awaken its inhabitants to righteousness.25
Additionally, the earth’s crust will break forth
10 But the Day of hwhy will come as a thief; in with great volcanoes and lava flows as fire
the which the heavens will pass away with a comes forth from beneath to burn up the
great noise, and the elements will be dissolved earth and the works that are within it.
with fervent heat. And the earth and the works
that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing Why Will Such Great Wrath Bring Such
that these things are, thus, all to be dissolved, Widespread Death and Destruction?
what manner of persons ought you to be in set Just as hwhy destroyed the earth with water
apart living and reverence, 12 looking for and from above and below during the Great
earnestly desiring the coming of the Day of Flood,26 so He will destroy the earth with fire
Elohim, by reason of which the heavens, being from above and below in the Day of hwhy.27
on fire, shall be dissolved, and the elements And just as hwhy used the overwhelming
shall melt with fervent heat? 2Peter 3:10-12 waters of the Flood to punish the lawlessness
of the unrepentant world in the days of Noah,
So Kepha speaks of the great, burning so He will use widespread burning judgments
judgment of hwhy El Shaddai beginning when to punish the abject lawlessness of the
the heavens pass away with a great noise. unrepentant world in our days. The judgments
Consequently, when the Messiah rolls up the of the Apocalypse, which are coming forth in
heavens like a scroll, from the words of the
apostle Peter, we see this colossal event will be 22
accompanied by a great noise. And we see the As John wrote in the Apocalypse (Revelation 6:12-
17).
power to be exhibited here will be far more 23
As the apostle Kepha/Peter testified in his second
extensive than what would occur in an atomic letter (2Peter 3:10-12).
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explosion. As water came from above and And as the writer of Hebrews stated in his opening
below in the days of Noah, so fire will come lines (Hebrews 1:10-12).
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from above and below in the Day of hwhy. Isaiah 26:9
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Genesis 7:11-12
hwhy will come forth with burning judgments 27
Psalm 21:8-9, 46:6-9, 97:3-5, Isaiah 24:3-6, 30:27-
just as it is written in the prophecies of Isaiah: 33, 33:14-16, 66:14-16, Nahum 1:5-6, Malachi 4:1-3,
Matthew 3:11-12, 2Thessalonians 1:7-8, 2:8, Hebrews
Behold, the Name of hwhy comes from afar: 10:26-27, 12:25-29, 2Peter 3:10-12, Revelation 1:14,
Burning is His anger, and in thick rising 2:18, 8:5,7,8, 9:13-19, 11:5, 14:10, 16:8-9, 18:8-9,
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the Day of His Wrath, may be summarized in a but Elohim will be in the midst of
single verse from the 119th Psalm: Yerushalayim and she will not be moved.30
Mount Tziyon will not only remain, but
It is time for hwhy to work;
evidence indicates it may well be the highest
they have broken Your Torah/Law.
mountain on earth when all of the
Psalm 119:126
unspeakable, indescribable convulsions have
This work of hwhy will soon be seen in the finally ended.31 hwhy will restore the
immense, burning judgments which are now Kingdom to Yisrael,32 and the earth will be
set to come forth in response to the world’s filled with 1000 years of peace, joy, and
increasingly flagrant, anti-Torah lawlessness: abundance.33
8 Your hand will find out all Your enemies: In view of the coming wrath and the great
Your right hand will find out those that hate burning judgments, we see there is only one
You. 9 You will make them as a fiery oven in answer: putting your trust in the Son of the
the time of Your anger: hwhy will swallow Most High, even as it is written in the Second
them up in His wrath, and the fire will Psalm:
devour them. Psalm 21:8-9 “Blessed are all those that put
their trust in Him!”
3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly
Psalm 2:12
spoiled: for hwhy has spoken this word. 4 The
earth mourns, fading away; the world The days ahead are serious: We live in a
languishes, fading away; the haughty people country which has turned its back on the
of the earth do languish. 5 The earth also is Almighty and which is now sinking into the
defiled under its inhabitants; because they irreparable depths of apostasy. Our concern is
have transgressed the laws, changed the that many believers will associate the fall of
ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. America with the return of the Messiah. So
6 Therefore has the curse devoured the earth, what occurs if this country is judged for its
and they that dwell in it are found guilty: sins and falls at the hands of its enemies many
therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are years before the Savior appears to rule out of
burned, and few men left. Isaiah 24:3-6 Tziyon? As they go into captivity,34 will
scores of believers lose their faith when they
There are many fiery judgments which will be
realize they were not “raptured” out of it all?
associated with the shaking of the heavens and
We fear these events may lead to an even
the earth: We speak here of massive
greater falling away on the part of those who
earthquakes, of heretofore unheard of
will feel they have been abandoned by the
volcanoes and lava flows, of tidal waves
Most High. We must keep our faith and we
created by enormous earthquakes/magma
must remember He will never forsake us, even
convulsions under the sea, of fire and
in death.35
brimstone from heaven, of the scorching heat
of the Sun, and of the most fearsome Fire of all
– that which will come forth from hwhy
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Himself.28 When all is said and done, none of Psalm 46:5. The great city, Yerushalayim
the cities of the nations will be left standing,29 (Jerusalem), will be divided into three parts (Revelation
16:19), but unlike the other cities of the nations, it will
most certainly remain!
28 31
Job 38:12-13, Psalm 11:6, 97:3-5, Isaiah 24:3-6, Isaiah 2:1-3, Micah 4:1-2
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30:27-28, 33:14-16, 66:15-16 > 2Thessalonians 1:7-8, Acts 1:6-7
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2:8; Joel 1:15-20, Haggai 2:6, Zechariah 14:12, Amos 9:13-15
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Hebrews 12:25-29, 2Peter 3:10-12, Revelation 16:8-9 Revelation 13:10 > Jeremiah 21:5-9
29 35
Revelation 16:17-21, Isaiah 2:10-21 Iyob 13:15, Hebrews 13:15

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Now are the days to seek hwhy and to build our
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An Excellent Translation of the Scriptures


“ISRV” is an abbreviation which readers will
have seen at one or more locations in the
present study. “ISRV” is an acronym which
means: “INSTITUTE FOR SCRIPTURE RESEARCH
VERSION.” Thus, ISRV is our abbreviation for
the Institute’s translation of the Scriptures.
The INSTITUTE FOR SCRIPTURE RESEARCH is an
organization of Messianic believers based in
South Africa. They have published an
excellent version of the Word of hwhy which
they have called, “The Scriptures.”
The ISRV is an outstanding translation which
fulfills the Word of hwhy to Mosheh by
restoring His Qadosh Name – the Name which
hwhy declared to be His unchanging Memorial
across an immense time span of 1000
generations! Exodus 3:14-15, Deuteronomy
7:9. For those wishing to make further inquiry
and to possibly order this translation, the
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