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)
The opening of the sixth seal has the most detailed description, for it involves the shaking of both the heavens and the earth. Nothing is stable by this time, not the ground under your feet nor even the very stars in the sky, everything fixed is gone, except the Word of God.
But there is a parallel reality in this judgment. There are coming celestial signs indeed, but they are signs pointing to the social and spiritual state of humanity as well. For example;
* The Sun turning black as sackcloth– I have no doubt this sign of darkness snuffing out sunlight will occur. It is what happened at the crucifixion of Jesus, and it shall happen at the end of the age. The Day of the Lord is as a day of darkness…
But the sign of sackcloth over the sun points to the absence of the common grace of the light of God. It is God’s light which restrains the total expression of human evil and depravity, making life bearable on earth even for unbelievers. But it has long been rejected, suppressed, covered over by humanistic man.
This world has never been totally void of the Light of God, not even in its worse period. We are about to find out what darkness really is, for the light will be totally obscured. When God turns out the light, it is darkness that can actually be felt.
*The moon as blood- The moon has no light of its own, it only reflects sunlight. There is a body of witnesses whose sole purpose is to reflect the light of heaven. I speak of the church. But what if the only witness possibly rendered is the witness of martyrdom?
Indeed we are told by Tertullian, that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church. Perhaps in this way, the moon will become blood.
If the moon is seen red as blood, that is because the moon is seen through some kind of a cloud, of either volcanic or some other kind of pollutant.
*Falling stars – There will be celestial phenomenon, such as falling stars, and meteor showers, I have no doubt of this. But there is a spiritual aspect to this as well. The stars of the heavens fell to the earth…what could this point to?
The stars are Angels… Satan himself is seen as a falling star. The fall of one-third of the Angels from heaven is seen as a group of stars falling . In the last time, the fallen Angels , who are the very principalities and powers of the air, will be included in the Divine judgment upon the earth .
These entities are also slated for direct Divine judgment as the prophet Isaiah says,
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. (Isaiah 24:21-22)
The stars are also a symbol of the world leaders. The Kings of the earth and their rulers, have conspired against the Lord and His Christ, according to Psalm 2. But the day of judgment is the day that they, along with the fallen angels who have guided them are brought “down to earth”, for judgment.
The Sun,Moon and Stars also refer to Israel. The Lord comes back because the wrath of all nations against God, is poured out upon Israel. It is when she cries out in desperation, that the LORD rises to come to the earth in her defense.
Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.(Zechariah 14:1-3)
* Mountains and Isles flee – The Spiritual world and the political world which parallels it, both collapse on that day. Consequently whole nations dissolve into anarchy, chaos, and violent turmoil. Isaiah again warns the inhabitants of the earth,
Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.(Isaiah 24:17-18)
How I pray that you my readers will make sure you are at peace with God! Make sure you know that you are forgiven of your sins, and reconciled to the God that we have all rebelled against, and sinned deeply against, through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
The God of Holy and Righteous retribution is coming to make war on all that is false, evil, sinful and rebellious in the earth, flee for refuge to the new Ark, Jesus Christ! Admit that you have been a sinner, ask Him to wash away your sin, confess that Jesus is Lord of your life, and turn to Him! The scriptures say; “Whosoever will call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved!”.