237) Seal 6 – The Shot Heard ‘Round The World

July 2022:

NATO’s endless expansion threatens endless war — and potential nuclear holocaust

As NATO’s military footprint expands far beyond Europe to confront China, the planet’s survival is in doubt.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the arms industry that depends on it for billions in profits, has become the most aggressive and dangerous military [-industrial] alliance on the planet. Created in 1949 to thwart Soviet expansion into Eastern and Central Europe, it has evolved into a global war machine in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Asia. 

NATO sees the future, as detailed in its “NATO 2030: Unified for a New Era,” as a battle for hegemony with rival states, especially China, and calls for the preparation of prolonged global conflict.

“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.

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