Revelation 6:12 ‘I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sack-cloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red.’
There will be a series of cosmological disturbances just after the tribulation and just before Christ Jesus returns in power and glory.
These disturbances are also described elsewhere in scripture:
Matthew 24:29 ‘Immediately after the distress of those days the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’
The description of these disturbances is repeated in Mark 13:24-26 and Luke 21:25-27. And also:
Isaiah 13:10 ‘The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light. The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light. I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins.’
Joel 2:30 ‘I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.’
We can put aside the popular notion that the sky will be full of fluffy white clouds when Christ Jesus returns. This will be a dark day of judgement and vengeance.
And these disturbances will be unmistakable and undeniable.
Matthew 24:27 ‘For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man.’
Every eye will be woken by these disturbances and then every eye will witness King Jesus returning in power and glory.
Revelation 1:7 ‘Look, he is coming with the clouds and every eye will see him…’
The cry of the martyred souls under the altar in Revelation 6:9 will be answered. The Lord is coming to bring judgement and vengeance.
Tomorrow we explore these disturbances further.
- Revelation 15:3 A Deeper UnderstandingPlease click image to reaf full post and scroll down. If you struggle with the horror of Revelation then you are certainly not alone. The absolute horror reflects the weight of sin that has corrupted man to the core. But as we embrace these sacred truths, they will bring us deeper, far deeper than ever before, into an understanding of the heart, into an understanding of the perfect holiness of God.
- Revelation 15:3 Moses and JesusPlease tap image to see full post The mention of both Moses and Jesus the Lamb in the same sentence strengthens the idea that Jesus will be the perfect Moses, who will deliver Israel, imprisoned or exiled by the antichrist and lead them victoriously back to Jerusalem.
- Revelation 15:1 Glass and FireThe bitterness of martyrdom gives way to eternal celebration. Their victory has always been dependent upon the strength that God provides and this is reflected in the harps given to them by God. And what a glorious celebration. The enemy has been defeated and the bowls of wrath will bring this evil age to a conclusion. The joy of eternity awaits!
- Revelation 14:20 The battlefieldTo read full post please tap image and scroll down. There is a justice here, that as Christ Jesus was crucified outside of the city, so this battle will take place outside too. Those who hold to the idea that Jesus is a humble servant will be stretched by the description of Jesus as the mighty bloody warrior.
- Revelation 14:20 Trampled winepressTo read full post please click image and scroll down. In the past few posts we have explored the corn harvest which I suggested will be the harvest of the redeemed and then the grape harvest which is clearly the wrath of God being poured out upon the wicked. God will inspire the antichrist to march against Jerusalem but it will be a foolish move.
- Revelation 14:19 The bitter harvestThe gathering of the grape harvest is usually one of great joy and expectation. But this is a bitter harvest. God, perfect in holiness, has no alternative but to righteously pour out His wrath on a deliberately sinful world.
- Revelation 14:14 Two harvestsMost assume that the ‘one like a son of man’ is Jesus himself and there is no real reason to believe otherwise. Once again, everything happens according to the perfect timing of God, who has been so patient, not wanting one person to perish. But yet the world has become so evil. God is like the perfect farmer, who waits for just the right day, before nodding to his labourers and signalling the commencement of the harvest.
- Revelation 14:13 Rest from laboursThe Christian life is often one of labour but this will not always be the case. Admittedly, we will not be sitting on deckchairs for all eternity, contemplating our navels, but the aches and stresses of our present life will pass away and we will enter into a deep and rewarding sense of peace.
- Revelation 14:11 Eternal tormentPlease tap photo for full post. The time to prepare your heart and resolve to absolutely refuse the mark of the beast is now. Whatever form it will take, we need to be firm and prepared and able to stand strong, and able to help and advise others. We are running a marathon and we will need endurance, even though it feels like a sprint at times!
- Revelation 14:11 The cost of the markPlease tap photo for full post. Some have concluded that they will prepare themselves and their churches when the time comes. But these events will undoubtedly unfold in rapid time. There will be no time for preparation and many will be left hopelessly vulnerable. We are praying that an army of teachers will emerge who will be able to sensibly warn others of the mark of the beast and encourage them to prepare their hearts in order that they might be able to stand firm.
- Revelation 14:8 Babylon adulteriesPlease click photo for whole post. Trying to forge a chronology of Revelation as akin to running an egg-and-spoon race in a force ten gale whilst suffering a bout of hiccups. We will explore Mystery Babylon very soon, suffice to say that her commercial and spiritual adulteries lie behind a great deal of the madness we are observing in our nations today.