117) Sixth Seal – The Shot Heard ‘Round The World

“And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 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. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.” (Revelation 6:12-14)

“Star” refers to any object in outer space, whether natural, man made satellites – even hyper dimensional beings AKA aliens.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 full description of the 6th seal event fits the intentional explosion of an atomic weapon.

Both in China and Byzantium in 530 A.D., Halley’s comet was recorded to last for an unusually long time. Following this 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.

in 536 A.D., much of the world went dark for a full 18 months, as a mysterious fog rolled over Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia. The fog blocked the sun during the day, causing temperatures to drop, crops to fail and people to die. It was, you might say, the literal Dark Age.

Now, researchers have discovered one of the main sources of that fog. The team reported in Antiquity that a volcanic eruption in Iceland in early 536 helped spread ash across the Northern Hemisphere, creating the fog. Like the 1815 Mount Tambora eruption—the deadliest volcanic eruption on record—this eruption was big enough to alter global climate patterns, causing years of famine.

What exactly did the first 18 months of darkness look like? The Byzantine historian Procopius wrote that “the sun gave forth its light without brightness, like the moon, during this whole year.” He also wrote that it seemed like the sun was constantly in eclipse; and that during this time, “men were free neither from war nor pestilence nor any other thing leading to death.”

For purposes of simplicity and applying Occam’s razor rule I will treat the 6th seal as a nuclear war rather than a natural catastrophe. In any case, the destructive force and human reactions are the same.

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? Hitler answers that question.

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…”

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 starkly reduced quality and length of life in these circumstances.

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

And after these things [i.e. the events up through the 6th seal] I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 

And 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…Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads…and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” (Revelation 7:1-4)

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

“After this…

This phrase clues us in 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.

I beheld, 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.” (Revelation 7:9-14) 

The reason John was stumped to see all these nationalities in heaven 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 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? Circumstances simply haven’t gotten bad enough for enough people to hope that there is a Supreme God and beg him for help. I know that’s what changed my perspective about him.

“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:” (Revelation 6:15-17)

Don’t believe it!

The masses of people have accepted lies for so long they couldn’t recognize the truth if it hit them in the face. While the kings of the earth and the great and rich men’s knee-jerk response to any situation is to calculate how best 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 6:17)

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…

Multibillionaires with 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.

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. Hold the fort! Hold your territory! You have no-where to retreat! Except being raptured, which isn’t happening yet. So your only alternate action is surrender to the enemy.

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?”

the Sinners prayer is what could be termed a modern method in evangelism.  No occurrence of a suggested prayer, and certainly not the Sinners Prayer, appears in evangelistic tracts published by the American Tract Society before…

the summer of 1958, during a training session at the ministry’s new headquarters…[Bright] explains[:] “[O]ne of our speakers for staff training that summer was a Christian layman who was an outstanding sales consultant, a man who had taught thousands of salesmen how to sell. . . . One of the main points of his addresses was that to be a successful salesman a man must have a pitch. . . . He compared the witnessing Christian to the secular salesman.  To be effective . . . we must have, in his words, ‘a spiritual pitch.’”…

[T]he Sinners prayer indicates…an entire shift of focus has taken place.  The question was once phrased, “Will you accept me?”  Now the statement is made, “I will accept You.” . . . God’s sovereignty was once in the forefront of decision counseling and prayer…

the use of the Sinners prayer in evangelistic invitations…does not represent biblical evangelism…of repentance…When it comes to a matter as important as one’s salvation, a proper understanding of what it means to embrace the gospel…should be explicitly stated…turning from sin to Christ…The point being made here is that most versions of the prayer that some have come to put their trust in do not even express the biblical requirements for salvation. . . .

[O]ftentimes [the] prayer becomes the object of faith. . . .[P]ersons who have prayed the prayer associate their salvation more with the act of repeating the words than with the work of Christ made manifest in their life. . . . [T]he idea of a person inviting Christ into his/her life is not biblical. . . .is not always an easy thing to do.  For children, who have not yet develope[d] abstract thinking skills and struggle to understand symbolism, the idea can be most confusing. . . . Even for adults the notion may seem obscure, even unintelligible. . . . [A]ltar call respondents who have prayed the Sinners prayer are then introduced as being “in Christ” . . . to ensure persons of their salvation based upon this criterion is a grave error . . . we seal people in deception. . . .

becoming a Christian cannot be biblically defined as simply making a decision…this method is faulty at its root…it does not seem to go far enough in establishing an individual’s spiritual condition, nor does it teach adequately the doctrines of the nature of God, sin and salvation, particularly in the case of those unfamiliar with biblical concepts. . . . Can a person be a Christian who professes Christ as Savior but does not follow Him as Lord?  Or, to apply this question to the current discussion, is the person saved who has “prayed the prayer” but not lived as a Christian? The magnitude of this question for contemporary Evangelicalism is difficult to overstate because it applies to countless thousands of souls. . . . It would be impossible to estimate the number of persons who are convinced that simply because they have prayed the Sinners prayer they are Christians and, therefore, bound for heaven.  While there is no evidence of genuine conversion in their lives, they rest on the “assurance” of their accurate recitation of the words of the Sinners prayer.  Many ministers of the gospel will have to accept blame for promoting this notion. . . .

As the salesman’s success is judged by his/her ability to “close” the deal, so evangelistic efforts are often deemed successful to the degree that they produce “decisions” for Christ.  In our day, a decision is indicated by the willingness of a lost individual to repeat the Sinners prayer. . . . God is looking for more than professions of faith…A genuine conversion is the ultimate goal…A new disciple…

The Sinners prayer represents an unmistakable and dramatic shift in the theology of evangelism. . . . Most versions are weak in the area of repentance, fail to distinguish between intellectual belief and personal trust, and use symbolic language that may lead to confusion.  Further, the prayer represents an approach . . . bordering at times on sacramentalism. . . . The method itself may . . . come to be thought of as having saving power. . . . [W]e may . . . bring people to belief in the efficacy of a prayer and not the efficacy of Christ’s work . . . when we do so, the prayer become a stumbling block to that person’s salvation, the chief stumbling block indeed.  On the other hand, we may communicate to people who have not prayed the prayer that they are lost and without praying the prayer they cannot be saved. . . . Therefore, the Sinners prayer must not be understood as the means by which a person is saved. . . . The evangelist must clarify the need for genuine faith, as opposed to the need for words. . . . Given these findings, the Sinners prayer as it is often used has possibly become a more valuable tool in service to the Enemy than it is in service to Christ. . . .

Objections raised to the manner in which the Sinners prayer is utilized as a tool in evangelism are more than theological and methodological in nature;  they entail ethical considerations. . . .we simply have an ethical obligation to present the full truth of the gospel and make certain that it is understood and embraced in its entirety[.] . . . Paul’s ethic of evangelism ensures that the gospel, not the method of present

all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet…(Matthew 24)

The world doesn’t come to an end with World War.

Dr. Willey Ley, one of the world’s greatest rocket experts, fled from Germany in 1933. It was from him that we learned of the existence in Berlin shortly before the Nazis came to power, of a little spiritual community…founded, literally, on Bulwer Lytton’s novel The Coming Race.

The book describes a race of men psychically far in advance of course. They have acquired powers…that make them almost godlike. For the moment they are in hiding…in the centre of the Earth. Soon they will emerge to reign over us…

The Idea of the Mutation of Man

Blubber Lytton…a learned man of genius…set out to emphasize the realities of the spiritual world, and more especially, the infernal world…Through his romantic works of fiction he expressed the conviction that there are beings endowed with superhuman powers. These beings will supplant us and bring about a formidable mutation in the elect of the human race…

this notion of a mutation…crops up again with Hitler, and is not yet extinct today.

Hitler’s aim was neither the founding of a race of supermen, nor the conquest of the world; these were only means towards the realization of the great work he dreamed of. His real aim was to perform an act of creation, a divine operation, the goal of a biological mutation which would result in an unprecedented exaltation of the human race and the “apparition of a new race of heroes and demigods and god-men.” (Dr. Achille Delmas)…

the notion of the “Unknown Supermen…” is found in all the “black’ mystical writings both in the West and in the East. Whether they live under the Earth or came from other planets, whether in the form of giants…or of shapeless and terrifying beings such as Lovecraft describes, do these “Unknown Supermen,” evoked in pagan and Satanic rites, actually exist?

When Machen speaks of the World of Evil…he is referring, as an adept of the Gold Dawn, to that other world in which man comes into contact with the “unknown Supermen.”It seems certain that Hitler shared this belief, and even claimed to have been in touch with these “Supermen…”

We are not so foolish as to try to explain history in the light of secret societies. What we shall see, curiously enough, is that it all “ties up,” and that with the coming of Nazism it was the “other world” which ruled over us for a number of years…

the founder of the Golden Dawn…Mathers claimed to be in communication with these “Unknown Supermen” and to have established contact with them..

Genetic engineering to create super-humans with animal traits is currently being practiced. For medical purposes of course! So it’s a great idea.

The First Human-Pig Hybrid Embryo Has Been Created in The Lab

JOSH HRALA
28 JANUARY 2017

Can we possible believe it will end in nothing but good things? Sorry. Life is not a Hallmark Hall of Fame romance movie.

Chinese researcher He Jiankui used CRISPR-Cas9 gene editingto alter the DNA of embryos for seven couples in 2018…[U.S. Director of National Intelligence] Ratcliffe suggested the Chinese government would attempt to capitalize on these capabilities with gene editing and continue to experiment on adults to create biometrically advanced China super soldiers the likes we have seen only in movies.

“And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them…

as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They…married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.” (Luke 17:23-27)

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