|The Solar System Events (the
sixth seal), Revelation Chapter 6
Verses 12 - 17 (NASB)
And I looked when He broke the sixth seal,
When God moves to "talk" to people, these types of natural phenomena appear (Exodus 19:16-25). Also note that repentance and consecration are required before entering the presence of God.The Old Testament prophets also saw, in visions and dreams, similar events. Jesus refers to the signs to take place in the sun, moon, and stars. Here are a few references:
and the STARS of the sky FELL to the earth,Stars, from a Revelation perspective, are any space objects other than the sun and moon. They may literally be the stars we see at night (hot gaseous bodies like our sun) or planets or comets or other unheated objects. Since this verse is a continuation of the previous verse, this implies that some of the STARS are massive enough that they are not entirely burned up in the atmosphere before striking the earth.
Our astromoners tell us that there is a band of asteroids near the outer rim of our solar system which may have eccentric enough orbits such that a cluster of asteroids would intercept the earth's orbit. Even though space is almost empty, our moon's surface and its many crater pock marks indicate that collisions between orbiting bodies is not that rare. It appears that this is what this broken seal is describing.
as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind.While the fig tree in scripture has many symbolic meanings, here it is used as the common example of the impact or force with which the STARS will collide with the earth. This is part of the 'shaking' the prophet Haggai refers to, Haggai 2:1-9.
This portion of the verse also indicates that there will
wind (globally) generated from the impacts. This seems reasonable in
of our experiences with manmade and natural explosions (like Mount St.
Helens, for example, where trees were knocked down for miles around the
mountain). Hundreds even thousands of miles from the impact site, the
of unripe figs' will be felt. With an impact this large, large chunks
the earth's surface would be dislodged and propelled to such heights
these chunks will fall back to earth miles from the 'zero ground'. Each
of these chunks would then cause its own mini crater and dust plume.
worldwide the sun can be made dark and the moon look like blood.
This is difficult to understand. Isaiah 34:4 indicates the host (stars) of heaven are dissolved and rolled together as a scroll. Apparently, the very hot large object moving through the atmosphere will cause the atmosphere to appear to separate and then fold back in upon itself like a scroll. What is clear from this verse is that what hits the earth has come from above (outer space).
And how was this shown to John? He didn't have the Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) system. Yet he wrote (Revelation 1:11) what he saw.
THE AFFLUENT AND HEROS
THE COMMON PEOPLE.
It is interesting to note that there is no repentance in these peoples wish; they just want to hide. This would indicate that they have made the choice to NOT follow Jesus. And if there are believers during this terrible event, they can be assured that God is still the same (Psalm 102:23-28). The earth may wear out as a garment, Isaiah 51:4-6-8, but 'My salvation is forever'. This event will occur as prophesied, Isaiah 13:9-13.
Be aware, though, this is not just a terrible event; it
things which can be shaken. In Hebrews
the things which CANNOT be shaken are those which matter. They are an
service with reverence and awe.
and they said to the mountains and to the rocks,
Sin always causes man to want to HIDE from GOD. Just trying to hide from GOD causes distress as Israel found out in Hosea10:8-10. It is clear that as Christ was on the way to Calvary and His earthly death, this retribution was on His mind. He quotes from this same Hosea passage of scripture, Luke 23:28-31. He was/is fully aware of what Calvary means and its place among the seven seals of Revelation.
The wrath of the Lamb appears to be a contradiction. How
meek and docile, display wrath? (John
From here on, the "Wrath of the Lamb" is a recurring theme. Look for
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