“I watched as the Lamb broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake. The sun became as dark as black cloth, and the moon became as red as blood. Then the stars of the sky fell to the earth like green figs falling from a tree shaken by a strong wind. The sky was rolled up like a scroll, and all of the mountains and islands were moved from their places. Then everyone – the kings of the earth, the rulers, the generals, the wealthy, the powerful, and every slave and free person – all hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. And they cried to the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hid us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. For the Great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to survive?” Revelation 6:12-17
Wow! Does this provoke feelings of fear or do you rest easy knowing your Heavenly Father knows best?
In Genesis 1:14 God tells us the lights in the sky (sun, moon, and stars) were given for signs and seasons. Following the great earthquake (from Rev.) these celestial lights will undergo frightening alterations as a sign of a profound season of change. Are you prepared for such a thing? It will be so frightening that leaders, great men, and military commanders, regardless of wealth, position, or status will all instinctively hide. Those abounding with material resources will no longer find comfort in their possessions and means of control because it will all be of no avail! The methods of leadership kings utilize to motivate their corps is based on a false foundation (worldly techniques) and they will use their remaining influence to command people into caves (shelter used as a hiding place). Governors, mayors, police, and firefighters also escape to caves (or shelters), instructing others to follow. Commanders of thousands of soldiers see caves as their only means of escape. Those who boast about their mighty strength will use it as they run for cover.
I find it interesting that the word used for ‘caves’ here in Revelation is also the same word used for a place of burial in John 11:38.
Everyone here has the same predicament – a reliance on false foundations for comfort and protection. This is evident by the crying out to the mountains and rocks to save them! Everyone’s bedrock is violently collapsing yet people continue to seek the earth’s foundations (rocks) for protection – even as the rocks crumble! In God’s mercy, He allows people a final chance to repent and call on the only true Foundation and Rock that exists. We are told from Revelation 7 verses 9 and 14 that a vast multitude which no one could number do just that.
We as a people are in grave danger when we rely on created things (whether created by God or by us). I remember a friend told me when violent storms threatened her family they would gather together and pray for the Lord’s protection and they were always safe. They recently built a house with a storm shelter and when violent storms threatened they would all run to the storm shelter. While there they would play games, have snacks, or maybe even nap. She began to realize their trust had shifted from the Lord’s protection to now relying on the storm shelter to shield them. This godly woman realized they had misplaced trust in a false foundation and lamented for things to be the way they once were when they ultimately trusted God for His hand in their safety. (Storm shelters are not evil but they will never replace God’s ultimate provision of safety.) Thank you Lord for their precious hearts and for honest appraisals of our lives and choices which serve as a bold witness for others! Hallelujah!!
Here are some Scripture that are similar to the verses were are studying.
“All the heavenly bodies will dissolve. The skies will roll up like a scroll, and their stars will all wither as leaves wither on the vine, and foliage on the fig tree.” Isaiah 34:4
“For My people are fools; they do not know Me. They are foolish children, without understanding. They are skilled in doing what is evil, but they do not know how to do what is good.” Jeremiah 4:22 In verse 23, Jeremiah looked at the earth and it was formless and empty. He looked to the heavens and their light was gone. He witnessed the quaking mountains and the shaking hills.
The events regarding the sun and moon and the Great day are very similar to the events mentioned in Joel (and quoted again in Acts) and Matthew. “The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and awe-inspiring Day of the Lord comes.” (Joel 2:31) “Immediately after the tribulation of those days: The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not shed its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the celestial powers will be shaken. “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the peoples of the earth will mourn; and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.” (Matthew 24:29-31) “The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and remarkable Day of the Lord comes. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Acts 2:20-21)
In the last portion of the verse we are told the people tell the mountains to fall on them so they will be hidden from the judgment and wrath of God. Oh yes, the mountains will quake (Isaiah 64:1) and the earth will tremble (Nahum 1:5) but NOT because man tells them to! These things will happen because of the authority of HIS presence! Amen!
What a blessing indeed to have Deanna always ready to worship with a song! Thank you Lord.
DIVAs, since we know the foundations will quake, lets make sure our precious feet are standing squarely on the right One. Lets make certain we do what is necessary now while there is opportunity and we are not caught with even a toe on shaky ground! Let’s remember that God shakes foundations that are in need of shaking but yet He remains compassionate towards us! Hallelujah!! Thank you Lord! Come! DIVAs, let’s move our feet to solid ground! “Though the mountains move and the hills shake, My love will not be removed from you and My covenant of peace will not be shaken, says your compassionate Lord.” Isaiah 54:10
In His grace,