100) Sixth Seal – Extinction Event

  • And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
  • And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

Don’t believe it!

These guys have separated themselves so far from truth that they couldn’t recognize the truth if it hit them in the face! Their only response to any situation is to calculate how best – not to survive – but to profit. And the greatest profits come to warlords.

For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:12-17)

This is not a scream of terror, this is a call to war! No-one is able to stand on their own, so “to me! to me! I’ll save you!”

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive youFor many shall come…saying, I am Christ / the promised Savior in your belief system; and shall deceive many…all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 

These multibillionaires with the politicians in their pockets have been the enemies of the biblical God of righteousness for so long that this is just business as usual for them. There has been an “Order of Wicked Rulers” throughout history paralleling the Order of Melchizedek.

  • nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom- Red Horse
  • and there shall be famines – Black Horse
  • and pestilences – Pale Horse among squalid living conditions of war victims and refugees
  • and earthquakes – plural

All these are the beginning of sorrows.

  • many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
  • BUT! as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be...” (Matthew 24)

The end doesn’t come until human complicity with the Beast from the sea, in the recurrence of the unique events during the days of Noah, forces God to once again end life on earth.

Keep the backstory of the seals in mind. We established that God lifts his seal of protection from his people when they fall away, commit apostasy. He does this by allowing the consequences of their own misbehavior to, inevitably, hurt them to the point of realizing their need for a savior.

True salvation requires the individual to take responsibility for their own sin. False salvation scapegoats an enemy and allows the sinner to not only continue in sin, but to become further entrapped to a point of no return.

You don’t like the word sin? Can we all agree that Nazi Germany sinned, progressing further and further down a heinous criminal road from scapegoating, criminalizing and murdering Jews and other undesirables?

I think we all agree that Hitler is a good example of a false Christ.

So is Donald Trump.

In When at Times the Mob Is Swayed: A Citizen’s Guide to Defending Our Republic, Burt Neuborne mostly focuses on how America’s constitutional foundation in 2019—an unrepresentative Congress, the Electoral College and a right-wing Supreme Court majority—is not positioned to withstand Trump’s extreme polarization and GOP power grabs…as many Holocaust survivors have said, few Germans or Europeans expected what unfolded in the years after Hitler amassed power…

“Give Trump credit…He…became the twenty-first-century master of divisive rhetoric…The Nazis did not overthrow the Weimar Republic. It fell into their hands as the fruit of Hitler’s satanic ability to mesmerize enough Germans to trade their birthright for a pottage of scapegoating, short-term economic gain, xenophobia, and racism. It could happen here…”

20 serious points of comparison between the early Hitler and Trump:

Neither was elected by a majority.

Both found direct communication channels to their base…—the Nazi Party gave out radios with only one channel, tuned to Hitler’s voice, bypassing Germany’s news media. Trump has an online equivalent… tweets…

Both blame others and divide on racial lines…Again and again, Trump uses “racially tinged messages calculated to divide whites from people of color.”

Both relentlessly demonize opponents.

 They unceasingly attack objective truth. “Both Trump and Hitler maintained a relentless assault on the very idea of objective truth,”

They relentlessly attack mainstream media.

Their attacks on truth include science.

 Their lies blur reality—and supporters spread them.

Both orchestrated mass rallies to show status.

They embrace extreme nationalism.

Stay on point. The sixth seal is still operating as God’s protection being lifted away as his people fall away. His own people still have a chance to acknowledge their sin, and turn from their wicked ways. In America today, the wicked way is the the Religious Right trusting in a Republican warmongering president to save them from their scapegoats.

God’s battle strategy is the opposing actions of standing against vs falling away to the forces of evil in a vicious spiritual conflict. Paul uses the same familiar Roman imagery in another of his epistles describing the face-off between the Seeds’ armies. Do you think Paul gets across the need to STAND?”

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“…my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might…1) stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to 2) withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to 3) stand.  4) Stand therefore

The weapons and kit are the opposing powers of truth & righteousness vs lies & unrighteousness 

  • having your loins girt about with truth, and
  • having on the breastplate of righteousness; And
  • your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
  • Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
  • And take the helmet of salvation, and
  • the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel…” (Ephesians 6:10-19)

Spirit-filled followers of Jesus Christ are what keeps evil at bay! Can we not look around us and recognize that evil is spreading across our world like a visible black cloud? What is the underlying root cause? Apostacy and failure to fight against evil with the Word of God – not in politics, but in everyday holiness by individual anointed ones.

We can catch a glimpse of how people will react to the catastrophic event of the 6th seal by reviewing Americans’ response to 9/11.

people turn to religion in times of crisis and instability. The terrorist attacks on September 11 certainly shattered the stability and comfort of American’s lives, leading to a surge in church attendance and Bible sales immediately after the attacks. But what is the lingering effect of the attack and continued tension on people’s religious beliefs and practices?

  1. Concern for the Future increased.
  2. Political and Religious Identity Remains Unchanged
  3. Belief in Absolute Truth Radically Decreased. Trusted sources of guidance regarding moral decisions by Americans are
    1. feelings (25%)
    2. lessons and values they remember from their parents (14%)
    3. the Bible (13%).
  4. Measures of Religious Belief Changed Minimally
    1. Those who view God as “the all-powerful, all-knowing perfect Creator of the universe who still rules the world today dropped from 72% to 68%. 
  5. Attendance at Religious Activities Remained the Same

George Barna, who directed the study, explained that, “after the attack, millions of nominally churched or generally irreligious Americans were desperately seeking something that would restore stability and a sense of meaning to life. Fortunately, many of them turned to the church. Unfortunately, few of them experienced anything that was sufficiently life-changing to capture their attention and their allegiance. They tended to appreciate the moments of comfort they received, but were unaware of anything sufficiently unique or beneficial as to redesign their lifestyle to integrate a deeper level of spiritual involvement. Our assessment is that churches succeeded at putting on a friendly face but failed at motivating the vast majority of spiritual explorers to connect with Christ in a more intimate or intense manner…” Emphasis added.

“Christian churches have had two incredible opportunities to instigate serious transformation in people’s this year. Earlier, the faith-based initiative proposal by President Bush afforded a great chance to impact millions of lives, but that opportunity was squandered. The September 11 tragedy was another amazing opportunity to be the healing and transforming presence of God in people’s lives, but that, too, has now come and gone, with little to show for it…”

“These two events are a wake up call to church leaders, emphasizing the particular need to enhance their efforts in the areas of outreach and discipleship. We may never again have such grand opportunities to reach the nation for Christ – but then, we may have an even greater opportunity tomorrow. How many churches have leaders and believers who are poised to take advantage of such a pending opportunity?”

I’ll leave you to mull that question over and pick up the sequences of events from the 6th seal, which for purposes of simplicity and applying Occam’s razor rule I will treat as a nuclear war rather than an astronomical catastrophe. In any case, the destructive force and human reactions are the same.

God lifts the seal of protection from his people when they choose to serve false gods / seek prosperity and protection through alliances with ungodly theocracies. And this is our current situation with the Christian Religious Right backing Donald Trump. See the post The Schizophrenic Church for details.

Only a remnant of true believers recognize the works of darkness lurking behind the false savior on a white horse promising peace and security to his followers. When they refuse to ally, they are persecuted, even to death.

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:” (Matthew 24:29-30)

The sequences of events from the 6th seal, which for purposes of simplicity and applying Occam’s razor rule I will treat as a nuclear war rather than an astronomical catastrophe. In any case, the destructive force and human reactions are the same.

God lifts the seal of protection from his people when they choose to serve false gods / seek prosperity and protection through alliances with ungodly theocracies. And this is our current situation with the Christian Religious Right backing Donald Trump. See the post The Schizophrenic Church for details.

Only a remnant of true believers recognize the works of darkness lurking behind the false savior on a white horse promising peace and security to his followers. When they refuse to ally, they are persecuted, even to death.

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:” (Matthew 24:29-30)

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake;” (Revelation 6)

Both in China and Byzantium in 530 A.D., Halley’s comet was recorded to last for an unusually long time, followed in both China and Europe documented unusual earthquakes, black clouds, crop failures, frost, and dust veil over the sun. This describes a sequence of events common to a variety of natural disasters from volcanoes to meteors which could have happened any time in the past 2,000 years. The most plausible hypothesis for the 530 AD series of disasters is that it was triggered by a comet or a meteorite that hit the Earth.

The deadliest earthquake in recorded history struck Shensi province in China in 1556, killing about 830,000 people. The 1976 magnitude 7.8 earthquake which struck Tangshan, China killed somewhere between 250,000 and 800,000 people. In 2003, the magnitude 6.5 earthquake in Bam, Iran killed more than 40,000 people.

The full description of this event also fits the intentional explosion of an atomic weapon. Keep firmly fixed in mind the context of the seals – mankind’s own evil inevitably comes crashing back down on the perpetrator – as we pick up the sequence of events at the 6th seal.

The amount of seismic energy released by a 8.0-magnitude earthquake equals about 15 million (or mega) tons of TNT. For comparison, Russia’s Tsar Bomba, the most awesome nuclear weapon ever detonated, had a yield of 50 million tons, which was was ten times more powerful than all of the ordnance exploded during the whole of World War II. The detonation in 1961 created a mushroom cloud was 25 miles wide at its base and 60 miles wide at its top, and at 40 miles high penetrated the stratosphere. Everything within 40 miles of the impact was vaporized, but severe damage extended to 150 miles radius—enough to entirely annihilate any modern major city, including suburbs. The only beneficial result of the Tsar Bomba’s world-threatening display was the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of August 5, 1963, signed by the United States, the Soviet Union and Great Britain. Even today, however, the power of the Tsar Bomba—and much more—lies within easy grasp of every nuclear-capable nation.

  1. and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair
    • caused by massive amounts of smoke in the atmosphere veiling the sun. In 1780 the sky had darkened to midnight blackness by noon, causing Americans, still in the throes of a protracted war of independence, to light candles and tremble at thoughts of the Last Judgment. A recent study has shown that vast forest fires in the Algonquin Highlands of southern Ontario and elsewhere in Canada brought this eerie event upon the Puritan lands. The scientists have discovered “fire scars” on the rings for that year, left when the heat of a wildfire has killed a part of a tree’s cambium. Dendrochronological evidence also points to a drought that year. An easterly wind and low barometric pressure helped force smoke into the upper atmosphere.
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  1. and the moon became as blood; 
    • The moon’s coloration is affected by refraction off particles in the air, but since it is closer than the sun can still be seen through pollution and on cloudy days when the sun cannot be seen at all.
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  2. And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 
    • these can be satellite-based or rocket-delivered weapons of mass destruction29e6c6bcd9fd41d2972587ba3ea403d8_18
  3. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; mushroom-cloud-gif
  4. and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.”

Current nuclear bombs are 1,000 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Do we really believe that a megalomaniac world leader could resist using nuclear weapons? Would Hitler have dropped one if he had had it?

In March 1945, Allied forces poured over the Rhine River…On March 16, the German army’s last offensive of the war, Operation Spring Awakening in Hungary against the Red Army, collapsed. For the Führer the impending defeat proved that Germans were simply neither strong nor ruthless enough to do what was necessary to achieve victory. Deeming Germany a failure of a nation Hitler prepared a decree that would seal the country’s collapse with catastrophic finality…

On March 19, Hitler then promulgated a special decree titled “Destructive Measures on Reich Territory.” Otherwise remembered as the “Scorched Earth Decree” or “Nero Decree,” for the brutal Roman Emperor Nero (ruled 54-68 C.E.), the order mandated the destruction of Germany’s infrastructure.

Nothing was to be spared that might potentially aid the Allies. “Our nation’s struggle for existence forces us to utilize all means,” Hitler proclaimed, “to inflict lasting damage on the striking power of the enemy.” The order applied to all production, communication, and transportation facilities. Railroads, bridges, communication lines, docks, public utilities, factories and mines were to be demolished…There were to be no exceptions.

The “Nero Decree” also throws additional light on Hitler’s Social Darwinism and fanaticism. Faced with his regime’s downfall, he preferred the total crippling of Germany’s economy. 

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In a nuclear ‘exchange,’ more than a billion people would instantly be killed…But the long-term consequences could be much worse…”

Nuclear Winter: Global Consequences of Multiple Nuclear Explosions

R. P. TURCOO. B. TOONT. P. ACKERMANJ. B. POLLACK AND CARL SAGAN

SCIENCE• 23 Dec 1983• Vol 222, Issue 4630• pp. 1283-1292• DOI: 10.1126/science.222.4630.1283

subfreezing land temperatures may be caused by fine dust raised in high-yield nuclear surface bursts and by smoke from city and forest fires ignited by airbursts…in which dust and smoke are generated and encircle the earth within 1 to 2 weeks, average light levels can be reduced to a few percent of ambient and land temperatures can reach -15° to -25°C… even in summer…for months…radioactive fallout…of days to weeks can lead to chronic mean doses of up to 50 rads from external whole-body gamma-ray exposure, with a likely equal or greater internal dose from biologically active radionuclides…When combined with the prompt destruction from nuclear blast, fires, and fallout and the later enhancement of solar ultraviolet radiation due to ozone depletion, long-term exposure to cold, dark, and radioactivity could pose a serious threat to human survivors and to other species.

There is a space of time following the massive shaking of the earth during which humanity is experiencing a world in chaos, without government, clean water, food supplies or basic human decency. Watch any apocalyptic movie to get a sense of the average person’s quality and length of life in these circumstances.

The pattern of sealing documented in scripture continues to play out in Revelation. God seals those who turn to him for protection.

And after these things…”

That would be the events up through the 6th seal. Given the pattern of history and the seal events as mankind’s experience of the consequences of their own wicked decisions, I personally believe this is, inevitably, nuclear war.

“I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel…”

These are the remnant whose response to the latest World War is not to trust in America, but to turn to YHVH.

“After this I beheld,

The phrase “after this” provides the clue that the narrative has jumped forward in time from the sealing of the 144,000. This is a well-established literary device known as prolepsis or flash-forward, interjecting the report of a future event into the current timeline of the story. This is done when information important to the story, but as yet unknown, needs to be brought to light.

“and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb…And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest [because I sure don’t!]. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 

The reason John was stumped to see all these nationalities in heaven along with the remnant of Israel is because at his time of 90 AD there weren’t that many Gentile believers yet, and those who had accepted YHVH’s Savior had joined a sect of Judaism. It was not until 135 AD that Gentiles outstripped Jews in numbers of converts. In the early church, most of the persecution was suffered by the Jews at the hands of either the Pharisees trying to stamp out the Messianic sect, or the Romans crushing all Jews as revolutionaries.

It would take a lot more time than John was hoping would have to play out before the uncountable number of Gentile martyrs would stack up to what he was seeing. After John digested this revelation, the deduction that Jesus Christ would not be returning any time soon would rise up in his gorge, and could well be part of the bitterness of the message he had to take back to the suffering believers.

  • Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple:
  • and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 
  • They shall hunger no more,
  • neither thirst any more;
  • neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
  • For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, 
  • and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters:
  • and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” (Revelation 7)

I’m not going to take the time to collate them here, but the blessings these obtain are the fulfillment of the promises made at the beginning of Revelation in chapters 2-3 to the churches and anyone who will listen. By this we know that the sealing is not to avoid death at the hands of the adversary.

Who cares about physical death when it just means escaping this world?

“For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.” (Philippians 1:23-24)

The faithful servants of God are sealed, as always, with the Holy Spirit of promise guaranteeing eternal life after death.

“Having made known unto us the mystery of his will…That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth…

  • In whom ye also trusted,
  • after that ye heard / responded to the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation:
  • in whom also after that ye believed,
  • ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 

Which is the earnest / downpayment of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession.” (Ephesians 1:9-14)

“And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.”

Can we not see the partnership between God and his people here?

When do we pray? When we are in trouble.

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