Summary: Week 17 in a Wednesday evening study through the book of Revelation
“The Sixth Seal; Cosmic Disturbances”
Date: October 9, 2002
Place: Allendale Baptist Church
Text: Revelation 6:12-17
In the 6th chapter of Revelation we must remember this is an outline or a brief description. Some have asked if there will be a pause or a time between each seal? I believe from the beginning of the first opening of the seal to the last seal will be a continual time of tribulation. We are told the tribulation period will be a period of seven years.
I believe it is Daniel that tells us that the tribulation will be broken down in to two 3 &1/2 periods. The 1st 3 &1/2 years the anti-Christ will come as the great Deceiver and make a peace covenant with Israel, as seen in the 1st seal. The 2nd 3 &1/2 year period the anti-Christ will reveal himself and Great War, famine, pestilence will nearly destroy the world. Each seal her in this chapter brings us closer to the time of the 2nd coming of Jesus. A time when Jesus will return to the earth and reign for 1000 years, as we will see in our later studies.
We closed last week with the opening of the 5th seal. In the 5th seal we did not see the wrath that was poured out on the earth, but we did hear the cry of the martyrs. They are asking God, when will our blood be avenged?
Let’s begin tonight with…
“And I looked when He opened the sixth seal”
In the first four seals we notice the words, “Come and see”, which should be literally translated “Go and do what needs to be done”.
Remember we said the riders on the four horses are representatives of not only forces, but also the wording is Jesus is giving the authority and power to the anti-Christ to bring this destruction.
We need to remember God is still in control of the tribulation time.
“And behold, there was a great earthquake”
Some refer to this as a political shaking of the world government.
But the word for earthquake hear is the Greek word from which we arrive at our word seismic.
It means a shaking and moving of the earth.
Jesus spoke of the tribulation and end times to His disciples about signs before His second coming and warned of earthquakes in Matt. 24:7
We have witnessed great earthquakes in the past few years, and they are just reminder of God will do in the last days.
“And the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood”
Some speak of this as possibly an eclipse, or maybe volcanic ash which will cloud the sky.
But the original language seems to speak of a literal darkening.
Whichever the case this will be a very dark time in the history of the world.
“And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as fig tree drops its late fig when shaken by a mighty wind.”
The word “stars” can refer to any celestial body, large or small, and is not limited to normal English usage.
Some say the best explanation is a massive asteroid or meteor shower
“Late figs” or winter figs that grow without the protection of leaves and are easily blown from the tree.