“I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake…”(cf. Rev. 6:12-17)
Now, there are 7 aspects to this. As there are many 7s in the book of revelation, there are 7 aspects to this chapter. In verse 1, we see 7 seals, while in verse 15 there are 7 classes of the earth’s inhabitants. Seven, a favorite number in apocalyptic literature, means completeness. In this context, it encompasses all kinds of people, from the high and the mighty to the lowliest of slaves. No matter what your social standing maybe, no one is immune from the wrath of God. So here we have the end-time apocalyptic language, “…and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth,”'” – this is very reminiscent of Joel 2:31, Joel 3:15, and Isaiah 34:4, which speaks of the end of the earth. That’s why I think the sixth seal brings us all the way to the eschatological end of the earth. I think the same thing is true of the sixth trumpet, so I see this as being cyclical, covering the same area with greater intensity. This is not simply in chronological sequence, although some people see it in chronological sequence. I can’t fault them with that view, I just happen to see it in a little different way because like the 6th Seal and the 6th trumpet bring us all the way to the end as does the seventh bowl. And you can see that pattern all the way through chapter 16.
Notice as it mentions, “Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains;…” – all the people on the earth are going to flee from God. They’re going to want the rocks to fall on them, – this shows that the calamity they are confronted with is so great that anything is preferable to facing it (cf. Hosea 10:8). These are people whose God’s judgment is falling on, and they are trying to flee from God’s wrath. Indeed this is the day of reckoning for all evil-doers, and it vividly portrays the impotence of man in the face of the wrath of the Lamb. Isaiah 54:10 assures the believers ““For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” Says the Lord who has compassion on you. This is a surety from God Himself that He is in control of everything. He will set all things straight. God will bring His purposes to pass. Hallelujah!