Chapter 6 starts the judgments, and from that moment to the climactic return of the King in Revelation 19, the river of God’s wrath just keeps flooding the earth. Note the rapid devastation.
We begin in chapter 6 with the Lord beginning to unroll the seven seals, as each one breaks open it reveals another event that’s going to happen on the earth. By the sixth seal in Rev. 6:12-17, we have an earthquake.
When God makes the earth shake, it is a big one. The sun becomes as black as a sackcloth of hair and the moon becomes like blood. The stars of heaven fell to the earth. Imagine a day when the sun goes black, the moon goes blood-red, and the stars all fall out of heaven, as the sky departs like a scroll. As those scenes flash by above, below, every mountain and every island get shaken out of their places. This is like a:
Can you imagine that? These will be scary times in verses 15 to 17. The shaken inhabitants of Earth scream for the rocks and the mountains to fall, to hide them from the face of him that sits on the throne; and from the wrath of the Lamb. For the great day of His wrath has come and who shall be able to stand?
That was only the first of the 14 chapters of tribulation horrors. Next, jump to the last seal in Revelation 8:1. This seal unleashes the seven trumpet judgments, another way to signify terrifying, wide-spread judgment.
Rev. 8:7 gives us just a little taste of what is going on as the judgments roll across the land, seas, and skies: “The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up”.
Like in one of the countless computer-generated science–fiction movies: a huge, huge ball of fire fall from the sky and hit the seas, destroying a third of the oceans.
Only it wasn’t a computer-generated theater disaster, it actually happens. Most people will probably just stand there in unbelief. They had seen New York and LA destroyed so many times on screen, but never heard the ear-shattering concussive blast of impact, or felt the skin-searing heat of the devastation.
Soon a tsunaminous-tidal wave that would be absolutely beyond imagination, follows the flaming ball of fire that plunged into the sea, joining the other fires that come down to the earth that burn up a third of everything on the globe. But we know that:
Each of these disasters is only a preview, we understand, of the devastating fire of God, when He will consume everything left at the end of the thousand years before He sets up the new heaven and the new earth.
While all the implications of that horrible scene is being digested by our minds, note the 5th trumpet in Rev. 9:1.
John sees an angelic creature falling like a burning meteor to earth with a key. What a key he holds. This is probably Lucifer, the Devil who is allowed to let out all the imprisoned terrorist-like demons, locked up by God over thousands of years.
All the bound up, out-of-control demons that have been imprisoned down there for centuries gush out of the prison pit in verse 2, like: “Smoke out of the pit, like the smoke of a furnace and the sun and the air darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.”