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“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,” (Rev 6:12-13).

The sixth seal reveals mighty heavenly signs, the sun becoming dark, the moon becoming red and the stars falling from the sky.
There is a striking parallel between the sixth seal and Christ’s words in the gospels. In Matthew 24:29 Christ says: “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.”

When Jesus described in Matthew 24:29-30 the events associated with the second coming he listed seven specific occurrences namely the darkening of the sun, the moon not giving it’s light, the stars falling, the powers of heaven being shaken, the sign of the Son of man, the mourning of the unsaved and the actual appearing of Christ. Six of the seven events listed are repeated in the sixth seal of Revelation.

The prophet Joel also prophesied of these cosmic disturbances when he said, “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” (Joel 2:10)
“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.” (Joel 2:31)
The combination of a black sun and a red moon also appears in Acts 2:20.

The Bible says, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come.”
The sixth seal and all the verses above clearly shows us that these signs are end time events. They are going to take place in the last days of this earth.

These events are literal, God’s people will recognise them. They were given as warning signs of the last days, and of the special need for the saints to be ready for the second coming of Christ.

History tells us that some of these events have already started taking place and this clearly shows us that we are living in the end times. One of the most notable events was the great Lisbon earthquake of Nov 1, 1755.This was approximately 25 years prior to the darkening of the sun.

On the 19th of May, 1780 the earth experienced the famous dark day and it is very interesting to note that the darkness was not caused by an eclipse.
The same night when the moon arose it appeared red like blood. But before long it completely disappeared from sight and the blackness of the night was so deep.

The next event listed as occurring under the sixth seal entailed the falling of the stars. In 1833 for nearly four hours the sky was literally ablaze.
Friends, God’s time is not our time. God will bring about the things He has promised.” We can be sure that these words are “faithful and true” (22:6). Jesus the faithful witness tells us “When these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28).

However, we need to note very well that the sixth seal and these prophecies in the gospels are not like primitive weather forecasts; but they are warning signs that shows us that the end of all things is at hand.
In Luke 21:34-36, Jesus warned that we better watch for these prophecies. Let’s watch world news, but above all watch your own spiritual life. Let’s make things right with God. For in a little while He who is coming will come and will not delay.

Bopoto Gwinyai

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