End-Time Biblical Prophecy Revealed Part 4 – The Sixth Seal

End Time Biblical Prophecy Revealed

By Thomas Taylor

Part 4 – The Sixth Seal

The Astronomical Signs THEN the Rapture

Mat 24:29-31 ESV “Immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL FROM HEAVEN, AND THE POWERS OF THE HEAVENS WILL BE SHAKEN. (30) THEN WILL APPEAR IN HEAVEN THE SIGN OF THE SON OF MAN, and then all the tribes of  the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (31) And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Clearly in this passage the astronomical signs happen then Jesus comes to rapture His church.  These astronomical signs happen at the Sixth Seal of Revelation. Notice the exact match of events in Revelation 6, the Sixth Seal, proving the rapture happens at the Sixth Seal:

Rev 6:12-14 ESV When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, (13) and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. (14) The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

 All this happens after the Great Tribulation against the Jews and the Church has begun.  Remember, that the wrath of the Antichrist lasts 3 1/2 years against the Jews and the Church.

The Day of The Lord

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. 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;
(Rev 6:12-15 KJV)

The sixth seal is the sign that signifies certain events associated with the beginning of the Day of the Lord which is the same time as the rapture of the Church (see The Pre-Wrath Post-Trib Rapture for more proof). The sixth seal speaks of certain signs in the heavens and earth. The three main signs are as follows:

A great earthquake

earthquake

The sun becomes black 

Golden Sun - Ray Green - Black Sun (10)

 The moon becomes as blood

blood moon

These are the main signs I want to focus on because they can be tracked in different places in the Bible. When we find these peculiar signs being mentioned together, we have a clue which tells us exactly what will happen during or immediately following the sixth seal. The sixth seal, after the resurrection/rapture, and seventh seal are where we see the actual wrath of God poured out on the ungodly.

The Rapture followed by the Wrath of God

After the Great Tribulation, the last 3 1/2 years, the rapture will occur based on the clear chronology of Matthew 24. We cannot know the day or hour. We only know this: the Rapture will happen before the wrath of God is poured out. Christians are not appointed to wrath (Rom 5:9; 1 Thess 1:10). The Bible gives us a huge clue about the timing of God’s wrath- in a general way, not with a specific time:

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: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
(Rev 6:16-17 KJV)

Revelation 6:16-17 is a marker that separates the activities of Satan from the activities of God. Up until these verses, we read only about the activities of Satan bringing all kinds of tribulation, terror, and chaos into the world. But here we see God finally step in with His wrath against the ungodly. Notice the timing of God’s wrath is the Sixth Seal.

The Great Earthquake and Astronomical Signs

 So what else does the Bible say about these signs that precede the wrath of God? What events occur at this Sixth Seal?

Isa 24:19-23 KJVR The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly . (20) The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage ; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. (21) 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. (22) 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. (sounds like Rev 20:1-3) (23) Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed , when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

Here is one passage that unmistakably has all three of the same events mentioned for the Sixth Seal. This is a deeper description of what also occurs at this time period in greater detail than what we see in Revelation 6. Notice some of the things that occur during or after the great earthquake, the moon being confounded, and the sun ashamed. It is associated with “the LORD [punishing] the host of the high ones that are on high and the kings of the earth upon the earth.” Jesus is pouring out His wrath on the wicked spirits in the second heaven as well as on the kings of the earth. I believe He is clearing out the second heaven for us believers to rule in their place. This passage of Isaiah is describing the Day of the Lord in which Jesus pours our His wrath, destroying His enemies, and setting down to rule and reign on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. The actual day of the Lord happens over several months. But there is no question this passage matches Revelation 6:12-17 which clearly describes the beginning of the wrath of God/Jesus.

Joe 2:1-11 KJVR Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; (2) A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. (3) A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. (4) The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. (5) Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. (6) Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. (7) They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: (8) Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. (9) They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. (10) The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: (11) And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?… Joe 2:30-32 KJVR And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. (31) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. (32) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

In the heavens the angels of God will be going through all of the second heaven and evicting all of Satan’s host that have occupied that spiritual territory above the earth [see Dan 10:13, 20]. Those angels are the army of God. But notice also two of the signs are mentioned for this event: the sun darkened and the moon turning blood red. Most importantly, these signs are THE signs beginning the Day of the Lord which is the beginning of the day of God’s wrath. So, here again, we get more insight into the sixth seal.

Matthew Chapter 24 – A Perfect Chronology of End-Time Events

Matthew 24 tells us exactly what is to happen in exact order. So much confusion has been raised concerning Matthew 24. It is hard to see the Truth even if it were told to some people because so many have been programmed to believe in a pre-trib rapture. If pre-trib rapture were true, you would have to rip Matthew 24 out of your Bible because Jesus got it all wrong. When it talks about Jesus coming to gather together His elect (Matt 24:31), “That isn’t the rapture” the pre-trib doctrine says but that could not be further from the Truth.

Pre-tribulation doctrine says the rapture is when Jesus stays in the heavens while His second coming is when He lands on mount Olives. THAT distinguishes the two events, they say. Why could He not rapture us into the heavens to be with Him where He is and then days or weeks later touch down on the Mount of Olives? I believe the Bible teaches that the rapture and the coming are one event spread out over days.

Pre-trib doctrine says Matthew 24 is all about the Jews since it mentions Judea, Sabbath days, and the holy place. They say, since it is all about the Jews, when it starts talking about the gathering when Jesus comes, it is not the rapture. That is totally incorrect. Yes, Matthew 24 does deal primarily with the Jews, as does all end-time prophecy, but not exclusively. We, the Church, are God’s elect and we will be gathered just like it says in Matthew 24. Let’s break down Matthew 24 into its order:

Verses:
Heading:
Description:
Verses 4-8
Tribulation

This is a description of general tribulation that will lead up to the Great Tribulation.

Verses 9-14
Beginning of The Great Tribulation

This is the beginning of the Great Tribulation including “the end.”

Verses 15
The end begins with the Abomination of Desolation of Jerusalem

The Abomination is at the end of the seven years, as described in the previous verse, which starts a time of great tribulation for the Jews (not The Great Tribulation but at the end of it). See Daniel 12:11 for proof that the Abomination is NOT in the middle of the Great Tribulation but at the end.

Verses 16-21
Jewish Persecution

These verses clearly lay out the Antichrist’s attack on the Jewish people in Israel.

Verses 22
Shortened Days

This mentions the days being shortened. I am uncertain what He means by this. Possibly less daylight, therefore less persecution.

Verses 23-28
Details Concerning False Christs and False Prophets

This is the same as verse 11 only in greater detail. False christs and false prophet will abound. It ends with a description of how Jesus will return.

Verses 29 – 31
His coming = the rapture and the Day of the Lord

Verse 27 gave an overview of His coming but here is when He is very specific. It is after the tribulation “of those days”. His coming is directly related to the signs in the Sun, Moon, stars, and the great earthquake. After the signs, He gathers His elect, the Church, in the rapture.

Verses 32 – 36
More details about His coming

He warns us that WE CAN know when it is near. He tells us that it will happen in a single generation (which I believe is ours!).

Verses 37 – 39
His coming is like the flood of Noah

The Lord switches to the view of His coming from a sinner’s perspective. People will be unaware of the timing. But the people He is talking about are the sinners – not the saints. Noah knew when it was time because he entered the ark. Notice the coming of the Lord is associated with the wrath of God against sinners in the flood but simultaneously the rescue of His chosen like Noah and his family.

Verses 42 – 51
Warnings to those who think they are saved

These verse are talking to those people who think Jesus is their Lord but their very actions prove otherwise. They must wake up or they will miss the rapture and endure a very great time of God’s wrath. These do not have any clue as to when He is coming. It will be very sudden and unexpected and they will face the wrath of God if they do not repent and accept Jesus before they die.

The Rapture IS Mentioned in Matthew 24

So don’t let anyone ever tell you that the following verses are not talking about the rapture of the Church.

Mat 24:30-31 KJV And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (31) And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

 How much more clear could Jesus have said it? He comes, THE Second Coming, and He raptures His Church FROM HEAVEN! It seems it is from these very words that Paul studied and wrote for us 1 Thess. 4 and 5.

1Th 4:16-17 KJV For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (17) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Notice the similarities of Matt 24:30-31 and 1 Thess 4:16-17. There is the Lord, angelic presence, a trump, and a gathering of God’s people in the air. These passages are talking about the same event! Some say, “Matthews account is talking about angels gathering the elect while Thessalonians does not talk about angels gathering us.” My reply: “so what?” Matthew’s account gives the details of how we are going to gather with the Lord in the air but Paul did not give the details of how. He just says we’ll be raptured in the clouds. Don’t be petty. You would have to be taught by men to actually believe these two verses are talking about different events. If you give someone without any Bible indoctrination both passages to read, there is no question almost all would agree that these must be talking about the same event. The only prerequisite to believing it would be literacy.

Proof In The Timing of The Signs of The Sixth Seal

Matthew 24 is a perfect chronology. It absolutely matches the first six seals of Revelation. Many that believe in the Pre-Tribulational Rapture have pointed out the first four or five seals match Matthew 24 but they ignore that sixth seal is mentioned as well because it contradicts their Pre-tribulation Rapture system. Be honest and tell me if these verses are talking about the same event:

Mat 24:29 KJV 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:

Rev 6:12-14 KJV 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; (13) 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. (14) And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Obviously this a description of the same event. So what’s the big deal? In Matthew, the next verse (verse 30) is the Coming of The Lord which happens at the end of the seven years. Obviously in Revelation it is at the sixth seal. That is too early for Pre-Tribbers because they believe there must follow the Seventh Seal, then the Seven Trumpets, then the Seven Bowls of Wrath. So they have a big problem with their timing.

The Lord DOES come at the Sixth Seal, which is also the SAME time at Seventh Trumpet, which is the same time as the beginning of the Seven Bowls of Wrath. That is the only way the timing works out perfectly.

 

End-Time Biblical Prophecy Revealed

Introduction

Part 1 – Jews, Nations, and the Church of God

Part 2 – The Current Time Period

Part 3 – The Great Tribulation Time Period

Part 4 – The Sixth Seal

Part 5 – The Pre-Wrath Post-Trib Rapture

Part 6 – The Antichrist

Part 7 – Christians In The Heavens

Part 8 – The Second Installment of The Coming of the Lord

Part 9 – The Millennial Reign of Christ Time Period

Part 10 – The Great White Throne Judgment and a New Beginning

3 thoughts on “End-Time Biblical Prophecy Revealed Part 4 – The Sixth Seal

  • By Chaz -

    “The Lord DOES come at the Sixth Seal, which is also the SAME time at Seventh Trumpet, which is the same time as the beginning of the Seven Bowls of Wrath. That is the only way the timing works out perfectly.”

    How is this at all possible when the 7th Seal makes it pretty clear that the 7 angels then receive the 7 Trumpets and are to wait 30 minutes before sounding them?

    This website shows the perfect timeline of events and I haven’t found anyone to refute it. We must abide by Revelation 22:18-19.
    daniel11truth.com

    • By Chaz -

      The 6th Seal is the rapture. I wholeheartedly agree.
      daniel11truth.com

  • By jcf27 -

    The pastors who are teaching this false doctrine about the rapture will have a very high price to pay with our Lord Jesus Christ! Seriously, they need to quit lying to their congregation or these Christians will be deceived by the False One!!! The Anti-Christ is coming to fly those away who will allow themselves to be deceived; this is a very dangerous thing that is being taught to so many Christians who will also pay a very high price for allowing themselves to be deceived. Do you think God should have blessed those people who worshipped the gold calf? Do you think God should bless those who think they are going to fly away and never make a stand for God as He requested in Mark chap. 13? He wants you without premeditation to stand up to the false Messiah and allow the Holy Spirit to speak through you. God will not bless those who run to the Anti-Christ. The twinkle of an eye verse is talking about what happens to a holy person, and it does happen, but NOT until the 7th Trump.

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