We have been looking at the events of the sixth seal, which historicists name the fall of paganism:
I looked when the Lamb opened the sixth seal, and a huge earthquake
took place; the sun became as black as sackcloth made of hair, and the
full moon became blood red; and the stars in the sky fell to the earth
like a fig tree dropping its unripe figs when shaken by a fierce wind.
The sky was split apart like a scroll being rolled up, and every
mountain and island was moved from its place. Then the kings of the
earth, the very important people, the generals, the rich, the powerful,
and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the
rocks of the mountains. They said to the mountains and to the rocks,
“Fall on us and hide us from the face of the One who is seated on the
throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, because the great day of their
wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it?” Revelation 6:12-17
So far we have seen that the earthquake is a complete shaking and revolution
of all earthly order: government, society, religion, economy, and
worldview; we have seen that the sun and moon depicted in total eclipse
represent the dual emperorship of Diocletian; the next symbol is the stars of the sky falling to earth.
Stars, we have seen already,
represent angels or, more broadly, can represent other spiritual or
heavenly powers. The symbolism is that of the established heavenly
powers so shaken from their places that they fall to earth; i.e.,
completely lose their authority or influence.
symbol is of the sky being split apart. In Revelation, symbolism of the
earth has to do with earthly matters or the inhabitants of the earth,
or the unsaved or adherants to the world system; symbolism of the
heavens has to do with heavenly matters, or spiritual powers, or events
in the spiritual world. The sky is another symbol for heavenly powers
or authority, and here it is being split asunder.
Next is the symbol of the mountains and islands. Historicists have equated mountains with governments or principalities, and islands with nations.
According to the vision, every mountain and every island is removed
from its place. So we can expect a great change in the boundaries or
situations of governments and nations in the fulfillment of this seal.
who dwell in the earth are the unsaved; those who dwell in heaven are
the saved, whether still living in the earth or not. Those who dwell in
the earth — the unsaved, whether of kings or slaves, it matters not —
flee to hide from the wrath of the Lamb.
Now that we see
what picture of events the vision is painting of this time, we can look
at the history following the end of Diocletian’s reign, and see if
there are any parallels …
To be continued …
Update: continued in Revelation 6, the great earthquake: sun and moon in eclipse