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Chapter 6 (ESV)
9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. 10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.
12 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. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, 16 calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”
- As you read this passage, listen to the voice of the martyrs (v10). Do you find yourself echoing their cry from time to time? What sort of assurance did God give to them? When you have been wronged and in stress, what kind of assurance do you receive from this passage?
- Today, there continue to be martyrs persecuted for Jesus’ sake across the world. How would you pray alongside the persecuted church?
- “The great day of his wrath is here; and who can stand it?” (v. 17) No one is capable of escaping these conditions. In light of all the many natural disasters happening around the world in recent years, how does this passage remind you of the second coming of Jesus? How does this awareness help you prepare for the return of the Lord?
Dear God! In the past two years, the world has been shrouded in the Covid-19 pandemic, and natural and man-made disasters have continued one after another. Please help me, no matter in season and out of season, I will do my best to preach the gospel, so that more unbelievers will believe in You and avoid the great disaster of the last days.
Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) – youtu.be/qOkImV2cJDg