THE WORST DAY OF HISTORY IS WHEN GOD SHAKES THE WHOLE EARTH. Seal # 6 in Revelation 6:12-17: is when the Wrath of God is unleashed and the whole Earth shakes. What an awful time that will be. God unleashed six forms of wrath and touches every level of humanity.
When God Shakes the Earth
Everything that humans have experienced for the 42 months of Revelation 6:1-11 have been mostly self-induced. These first five seals chronicle the natural consequences of sinful humanity’s evil ways, magnified by the removal of the restraining Hand of God, through Christ’s Church and the Spirit of God.
Great Quake v. 12a “I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake”:
John first notes that this is far more than another of the many quakes that will be increasing as the Tribulation grinds on (Mt. 24:7), this is the first ‘cosmic quake’ (6:13-14) that signals not only all of the six disasters of v. 12-17as a mega seimos (great shaking in Greek). This also is the biggest, strongest, most powerful quake ever to be felt by humans on Earth. That is how God jolts humanity awake to His Presence they so long have ignored and denied.
Sun Blackened v. 12b “and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair”:
What John sees reminds him of sackcloth, a material made from the hair of black goats, and portrays the suppression of sunlight by thick and dark clouds during the day. Creationist and hydraulic engineer, Dr. Henry Morris writes this in his commentary on Revelation:
Moon Blood v. 12c “and the moon became like blood”:
The seismic volcanism of the first jolt of God’s wrath leaves a lingering reminder as the global ash cloud obscures, and alters weather by the reduction of sunlight and breathable air across the earth. One common element in all of the Old Testament prophets’ descriptions of this same event involves this moon discoloration. As an ominous reminder of God’s wrath, the sun will look like it has a black sheet in front of it each day, and the moon a blood-red sheet each night.
In Isaiah 13:10 the prophets see that, “The sun will be dark when it rises and the moon will not shed its light.” The prophet Joel adds: “The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes” (Joel 2:31).
Stars Fall v. 13 “And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind”:
As if the biggest quake, followed by light obscuring volcanic ash and atmospheric borne choking dust were not enough, now comes another round of horrifying wrath unleashed by God. In the darkness of the day and the eerie redness of the night come flashes of light through the smoke-filled air. Like mortar shells raining down on a battlefield, God sends cosmic debris with blinding flashes across the sky followed by deafening sonic booms echoing across the entire globe.
This Greek work asteres refers to anything in the sky other than the Sun, and sounds ominously similar to our English word asteroids. Just as NASA recently cataloged the 1,400 nearby & dangerous asteroids that could endanger the Earth, God lets earth-dwellers see them up close.
When fireballs fill the skies of the entire globe, it will be like the amazing Russian fireball recently seen on the global news outlets (February 15, 2013) the sound of which circled the earth twice. Only this time there is no place to hide, no place untouched by the booms, crashes, and terrifying incoming missiles from God.
Sky Splits v. 14a “Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up”:
Jesus promised just this event in Luke 21:11, as He said that there would be events people would see in the sky that would lead to heart attacks and death on the spot from fear (‘hearts failing them for fear’). That is probably what John sees and tries to describe with the “sky receded” detail.
Earth Shakes v. 14b “and every mountain and island was moved out of its place”:
Finally, John captures the final event of this sixth seal unleashed. John describes what could only be called a crustal paroxysm, as every above sea level part of the crust of the earth starts to move. What an amazing thought that everything moves around in a spasm as God Almighty jolts the Earth.
So, God enters into human events in the most visible way ever. No human ever witnessed God in the act of creation; and few humans witnessed God in human flesh walking the Earth. But, all humans feel the jolt of God. They are terrified, they die of fear, and they flee His face.
Mankind Hides Revelation 6:15-17
Welcome to the worst days ever to come to Earth, and God is only starting. This is the first third of what He has planned. The seven trumpets and seven bowls follow the seventh seal about to be unleashed.
The Ruler of Everything is coming
John is truly blessed by God with the gift of teaching. I am a seminary graduate and I am captivated with his teaching.