The mountains and islands
moving out of their place reflect the universal worldwide application of all of
the events and instabilities that we have been studying. The rolling up of the sky represents the violent
turmoil which will overtake the daily lives of people all over the world.
This will become a really
bad day which just won’t end, and actually will continue for years.
If you have ever been a
witness to, or have seen on television, some of those storm chaser shows, where
they show the storms in the sky with the cloud formations seemingly churning
and rolling with great momentum and power and violence, lightning, and thunder,
then you can get some idea as to how the world is going to be.
Not just stormy, for
certainly there will be violent earthquakes and storms galore, but remember
that in this chapter, symbolism is the means being used to describe what life
is going to be like during the Tribulation.
John is only hitting the
highlights through what little has been revealed by the unsealing of the scroll
in the six seals thus far.
Here in these verses of
chapter 6 we see the overall picture of the governments, society, economies,
crime and mans policy and attitude in general, on this earth, which have all
gone bad. In chapter 16 we will see more
detail as to mother natures literal
role in the Tribulation.
The whole picture being
painted gives us the view of the universal troubles and consternation and
circumstances that will be worldwide, giving a normal person, every indication
that the end of the world is very much a real thing and very near, and not just
the sign being held by some nut on a street corner like we might see today.
We can even look to our
own history and contemporary events like the great depression, world war two,
and the events in Greece in recent weeks and even the events of the stock
markets of these past few days. World debt
is on the rise at alarming rates, riots are occurring because people do not
want to lose their government promised benefits. Views of life are upside down as people look
to government for their livelihood rather than to a free enterprise system.
Jobs and prosperity come
from business not government, but then we have not seen a free enterprise
system for many decades as rules and regulations have eaten away at the free
economies of the world, and as troubles have developed resulting in not
government being blamed, but business being blamed for what government does.
And so today we have
examples on a small scale, of what life is going to be like in the Tribulation,
but on a massive worldwide scale in that future period. And, there will be no mechanism for
stabilizing all of the trouble because the world will have gone to a one world
concept rather than on the safe independent nation concept for economic systems
to survive. Europe went with the Euro
currency and as goes that currency, so goes all of those countries. Different currencies do have their
When the rapture occurs,
all believers are removed from the planet leaving only unbelievers to deal with
life. Man will then have his opportunity to solve his own problems, and he
fails miserably. Without believers in this world, there is no stability, no
preservation, no clear thinking, no innovation with
which to approach even the simplest problem.
miserably in his own dug out pit. When Satan is cast out of heaven at the mid point of the Tribulation (see chapter 12), then even
his plan is not to solve mans problems, but to destroy man, and more
specifically all Jews in Jerusalem, because God has promised to return to
Jerusalem to rescue them, and all believers worldwide, because God has promised
their (mature believers in hiding) rescue as well.
Were it not for the new
believers who would believe in Christ, during this future seven year Tribulation
period, the trouble would be even worse. But now we have seen thus far in six of the
seven seals, the overwhelming trouble that is awaiting the
The last few verses will
describe the intensity of the pressure people have to deal with thus far, but
the seventh seal will not reveal any relief but the contrary. Greater judgments
are on the horizon. But too the
intensity of Bible teaching will grow as well. There is always an out … if you
This is all future stuff
of course, but the same principles of Bible study apply to our individual lives
today just as they applied to all generations in the past, and will continue to
apply to all generations in the future.
Become and remain
positive toward God in your daily life or suffer the consequences. Stupid people think that they do not need God,
or they are, for whatever reason, embarrassed to discuss or even consider God
in their lives.
For women it might be a
social thing – ‘Oh pooh! It’s all just silly children stories.’ Men on the other hand might think it beneath
their macho skin. Whatever your excuse
is for ignoring God in your life, your decision to avoid the truth is your own
stupidity. Unfortunately you’ll discover
your mistake too late … maybe.
Well, there is still more
description to come in the next two verses, and they are worse than you can
End of study