Revelation 6:17

Revelation 6:17 – “For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

The “wrath of the Lamb” has come, as described by the evil earth dwellers (Revelation 6:16). The Lamb is the Son of God (Revelation 5:6), who took the “purchase deed” to the Earth (Revelation 5:7). Before He returns to physically inherit that which He bought with His blood, He evicts the rebels from Earth in His wrath:

Job 21:30 – For the wicked are reserved for the day of doom; They shall be brought out on the day of wrath.

Psalms 2:7-12 – “I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ “Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.””

Psalms 110:1-2, 4-6 – The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies! “…The LORD has sworn and will not relent, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” The Lord is at Your right hand; He shall execute kings in the day of His wrath. He shall judge among the nations, He shall fill the places with dead bodies, He shall execute the heads of many countries.

Isaiah 13:11-13 – I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a mortal more rare than fine gold, a man more than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts and in the day of His fierce anger.

A “day” in scripture may refer to a period of time, and not necessarily a literal 24 hour day (Source). The Lamb’s “day of wrath” encompasses the seven year Tribulation, or “Daniel’s 70th Week.” The wrath of the Lamb begins with the breaking of the first Seal, and ends when He returns to Earth:

Malachi 3:2-7 – “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the LORD an offering in righteousness. “Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasant to the LORD, as in the days of old, as in former years. And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness against sorcerers, against adulterers, against perjurers, against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, and against those who turn away an alien – because they do not fear Me,” Says the LORD of hosts. “For I am the LORD, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. Yet from the days of your fathers you have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” Says the LORD of hosts. “But you said, ‘In what way shall we return?'”

As noted in the passages above, one purpose of the judgments in the Tribulation is to draw Israel back to God. These passages also answers the question “Who can stand?” Only those who return to God and survive the refining fire of the wrath of the Lamb will be able to stand. A remnant of Israel will be saved through this “time of Jacob’s trouble”:

Jeremiah 30:7 – Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

The prophet Nahum broadens the scope of those “who can stand” through God’s wrath to all those who trust in Him:

Nahum 1:5-7 – The mountains quake before Him, the hills melt, and the earth heaves at His presence, yes, the world and all who dwell in it. Who can stand before His indignation? And who can endure the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by Him. The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.

Many believers will die during the Tribulation (Revelation 13:717:16), but not one enemy of God will stand at the coming of the Lord (Revelation 19:10-21). Only believers will enter the Kingdom:

Matthew 25:31-36 – “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.'”

Matthew 25:41-43, 46 – “…Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me….’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Some believe that God’s wrath doesn’t begin until the sixth Seal. But it is clear that the Lamb of God opens every seal, resulting in unimaginable catastrophe on Earth, on a scale not seen since the flood:

Revelation 6:1 – Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals…

Revelation 6:3 – When He opened the second seal…

Revelation 6:5 – When He opened the third seal…

Revelation 6:7 – When He opened the fourth seal…

Revelation 6:9 – When He opened the fifth seal…

Revelation 6:12 – I looked when He opened the sixth seal…

Revelation 8:1 – When He opened the seventh seal…

It is at the sixth Seal judgment when unbelievers first acknowledge that God is pouring out His wrath. The Greek word translated “has come” is in the aorist tense, which generally depicts a past tense. In other words, when Jesus breaks the sixth seal, unbelievers recognize that all that has befallen them has been God’s wrath. We live in a world today that rejects any notion that God metes out judgment through His creation. Even after the rapture and the global catastrophes that follow in the first five Seal judgments, it is going to take a shaking of the cosmos for man to finally admit that God is pouring out judgment on them.

Conclusion – Why the Seals have not been broken yet

A theory becoming popular is that Jesus has broken the first five seals over the last couple millennia, and the rapture will occur when He breaks the sixth seal because an earthquake occurred after Jesus died on the cross:

Matthew 27:50-54 – And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Those who believe this theory suggest if an earthquake occurred during Jesus’ and the Old Testament saint’s resurrection, then an earthquake should also occur at the resurrection and rapture of the Church saints. However, it is unclear from this passage if the earthquake occurred at Jesus’ death, or three days later when the resurrection occurred. In addition, there is no mention of the earth quaking in the clear rapture passages in Scripture. Besides, as we saw in Revelation 4, the Church saints are already present in Heaven before Jesus takes the scroll in Revelation 5.

The global nature of the Seal judgments alone proves that Jesus has not broken any of them yet. The first seal depicts global conquest through the spirit of lawlessness (Revelation 6:2). The second seal describes peace being taken from the earth (Revelation 6:4). The fact that the world hasn’t dissolved into anarchy is evidence that this seal has not been broken yet. The global hyperinflation and scarcity described in the third seal (Revelation 6:5), which would naturally follow global anarchy, has not occurred yet. The wealthy appear untouched, while the rest of the world is driven to poverty (Revelation 6:6). Today, there is still a healthy middle class in the world.

Some believe the fourth Seal finds fulfillment in the dire conditions found in most Muslim countries today. Yet, unnatural death by sword, hunger, death and wild beasts is not rampant in these nations, as “death” characterizes the fourth seal and compounds the global judgments of the first three seals, for a fourth of the earth. While it is true that about a quarter of the world’s population is Muslim (Source), the Greek text indicates that a quarter of the world’s land is subject to the fourth seal, not the population, as discussed in Revelation 6:8.

If a fourth of the global population was in view, over 1.5 billion Muslims would be subject to unnatural death by sword, famine, pestilence, and wild beasts. The only time in history death occurred on such a scale was during the “Black Death” in Europe. Clearly, even the brutal conditions in most Muslim countries don’t even come close to what occurred as a result of the “Black Death” in Europe.

Note that Muslim nations only cover about a fifth of the earth’s landmass. However, as discussed in Revelation 6:8, the nations involved in the “Gog and Magog War” roughly cover a fourth of the earth:


Muslim Nations

        Muslim Nations – Source: Wikipedia
Gog and Magog Nations


As discussed in Revelation 6:10, the martyrs calling out for vengeance in the fifth seal does not fit in the “dispensation of grace.” In addition, their call for vengeance is on those who killed them, which indicates their murderers are still alive on earth when Jesus breaks the fifth seal. This does not fit the theory the Jesus broke the fifth Seal centuries or millennia ago.

As noted in Revelation 6:17, the aorist tense in the Greek shows that unbelievers come to realize at the sixth seal that the Lamb has been the one behind all the catastrophes that have befallen them up to the cosmic disturbances. Clearly, the Seal judgments have not yet taken place, and all are the wrath of God that affects all of creation.

As we will discover in Revelation 7, the four winds are the four horses in the first four Seal judgments. This interlude shows that the 144,000 Jewish servants get sealed before Jesus breaks any of the seals on the scroll. Since the sealing has not taken place yet, neither have the Seal judgments.

On an end note, the Lord breaking each seal is like an incremental removal of Himself from a world that hates Him. The Lord removes that which the world has taken for granted and reveals His wrath by turning them over to their sinful desires, allowing them to reap what they sow (Romans 1):


Seal Judgment Names of God Meaning
1 Conquest by unrestrained lawlessness Tzaddik Righteous One (Psalm 7:9)
2 Peace taken from Earth Sar Shalom Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)
3 Global famine and hyperinflation Yahweh Yireh Provider (Genesis 22:14)
4 Death by sword, famine, pestilence, and beasts Raphah
El Ch’ay
Healer (Psalm 103:3-4)
God of Life (Jeremiah 10:10)
5 Vengeance against those who overcome the saints Rach’um
Mercy (Deuteronomy 4:31)
Refuge (Psalm 46:1)
6 Cosmic disturbances
Tectonic instability
Rock (Psalm 18:2)
Stronghold (Psalm 43:2)
7 Silence in Heaven
No Judgments for a “half hour”
Arek Aph
Slow to anger (Nehemiah 9:17)
Gracious (Joel 2:13)


“Great day”: The sixth seal will commence what the prophets call “the Day of the Lord” (see Introduction to Joel).

The answer to that is “no one”. The thing we must do is make sure that we are not left here to face all of these horrors. The way to assure that is by selling out to Jesus NOW. Make Him Lord of your life NOW before it is too late.

The “great day” spoken of above, begins three and a half years of the worst things you could ever imagine. The last day has to be the last judgment. DOOM for the unbelievers.

Remember, Revelation is written to the church, the Christians. It encourages us to look forward to heaven. It also tells us, the terrible things we will be saved from when the Wrath descends on this earth.

And it leads true Christians to witness to their friends and family while there is still time. Knowing what is coming, we certainly don’t want to leave anyone behind.


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