Summary: Under this 6 th seal we have a Minnie picture of the Great Tribulation.


Under this 6 th seal we have a Minnie picture of the Great Tribulation.

The 1st 5 seals that we’ve read and talked about in this chapter were brought about at the hand of man; we saw the Antichrist bringing a false peace for 3 ½ years, and then Russia and her coalition in Ezk. 38-39 causes this false peace to end, we believe will be about the middle of the Tribulation, this war brought, famine, and death and hell, all brought about because of rebellious man.

But this seal, the 6th seal that we’ll read about shortly is sent on the earth dwellers from God and the Lamb from above.

But first let me say Chapters 6-19 cover the Tribulation events with chapters 6 (the seals), chapters 8-9 we’re told of the trumpet judgments, and chapter 16 the bowl judgments.

Listen; The others chapters give us important information about the key players in these end time events from the standpoint of heaven and earth.

“The other chapters reveal vital information about the period but are not arranged in chronological order. They either cover the entire period, or spotlight an event within the period, or survey the first or last half of the period.

The chapters we’re talking about now are arranged like a conversation on the telephone between two persons.

They start telling the story in order (chap. 6) but soon there is an interruption to fill in some information (chap. 7). Then the order of events is resumed (chaps. 8-9), then some more fill-in information in (chaps. 10-15).

There is a return to the progressive order of events (chap. 16) and finally more detail (chaps. 17-19). Sometimes the fill-in runs ahead of the story and at other times it backs up to add or emphasize pertinent information.” –that’s a good way to remember how the book is laid out.

In other words chapter 7-& chapters 10-15- is as though they are in parentheses as chapter 7 is explaining the 144000 Jews missionaries that receive the seal of God in their foreheads, and then the people all over the world that are saved because of their preaching.


Ø Listen as I read our text verses found in Chapter 6:12-17.

12And 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;* [red looking]

Here we have an awesome scene; it is awesome in its effects upon the universe as judgment, and in its effects upon mankind.

Nothing like this has ever been seen, it disturbs the normal order of the universe which man has taken for granted almost from the beginning of time.

12 b- and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair

This will undoubtedly cause volcanic eruptions, when there is a large volcanic eruption; the sun becomes darkened by the substances in the air.

Became black as sackcloth” is literally “as sackcloth of hair.” This was a very rough cloth made of the hair of a black goat and worn in times of mourning and despair.

The blackening or darkening of the sun as a sign, speaks of God’s judgment and the withdrawal of His longsuffering. It shows this will truly be a horrific time for the earth dwellers.

It’s most likely caused by the ash, dust and debris, which will fill the sky when the earth begins to quake.

12-c and the moon became as blood;* not blood but as blood

Became as blood” means the moon will take on a blood red color. How eerie this all will be to look up at night and see a blood red moon. Evidently through the atmospheric changes brought about by the shaking of the earth and the heavens, particles or substances will be in the air, which will cause the moon to take on a red cast.

God designed the sun and moon to be sources of light in the sky to give light and direction to men on earth, so God’s special acts with the sun and moon here are designed to reveal God to man with these actions also.

This will be the most severe, intense, shaking that the world or universe has ever known—a shaking reaching out in all directions so that the whole universe is shaken like a rag doll.

This is not just a great earthquake, but a shaking of the universe, in which even the powers (stars) of the heavens will be shaken.—

13And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

And the stars of the sky fell to earth- The word “star” the Greek word (asthr) is used of any heavenly body seen at night, i.e., stars, planets, asteroids, meteors, etc.

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