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12: 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.
[6:12-14. The sixth seal brings natural disasters of various kinds (cf. Matt. 24:7, 29). The earth and the heavenly bodies will go into convulsions. Joel 2:30,31 predicts many of these judgments in nature as signs of the day of the Lord.]
15: 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;
16: 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:
17: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
[6:15-17. As a result of these first six seal judgments, many unbelievers will want to die and to hide from God, but will be unable to. The great day of his wrath is the of the Lord, the predicted time of God's judgment of the earth and it's inhabitants (cf. Joel 1:15; 2:1, 11, 31). The day of wrath is contrasted to the present "day of grace." Is come means God's day of judgment "is here" - it has finally arrived, having begun with the first six seals.]