Revelation Chapter 6:15
Revelation 6:15 – And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains…
Taking refuge in the earth is a sign of great distress, as when Saul attacked the Philistines and they gathered a large army, preparing to retaliate:
1 Samuel 13:4-7 – Now all Israel heard it said that Saul had attacked a garrison of the Philistines, and that Israel had also become an abomination to the Philistines. And the people were called together to Saul at Gilgal. Then the Philistines gathered together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the seashore in multitude. And they came up and encamped in Michmash, to the east of Beth Aven. When the men of Israel saw that they were in danger (for the people were distressed), then the people hid in caves, in thickets, in rocks, in holes, and in pits. And some of the Hebrews crossed over the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was still in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.
The terror of the sixth Seal judgment drives people of all classes to hide underground. Isaiah describes this as a humbling experience for those who are “proud and lofty”:
Isaiah 2:10-12 – Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, from the terror of the LORD and the glory of His majesty. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the LORD of hosts shall come upon everything proud and lofty, upon everything lifted up – and it shall be brought low.
Isaiah 2:17-21 – The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day, but the idols He shall utterly abolish. They shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, from the terror of the LORD and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily. In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which they made, each for himself to worship, to the moles and bats, to go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the crags of the rugged rocks, from the terror of the LORD and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily.
Another cosmic disturbance drove kings to hide in the earth, during the conquest of Canaan by Joshua. The large hail that killed the Canaanites may support a close encounter or hit by a comet and its debris tail, or other body that briefly affected the orbit of the sun and moon, as discussed in Revelation 6:13:
Joshua 10:5-11 – Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon, gathered together and went up, they and all their armies, and camped before Gibeon and made war against it. And the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua at the camp at Gilgal, saying, “Do not forsake your servants; come up to us quickly, save us and help us, for all the kings of the Amorites who dwell in the mountains have gathered together against us.” So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valor. And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you.” Joshua therefore came upon them suddenly, having marched all night from Gilgal. So the Lord routed them before Israel, killed them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, chased them along the road that goes to Beth Horon, and struck them down as far as Azekah and Makkedah. And it happened, as they fled before Israel and were on the descent of Beth Horon, that the Lord cast down large hailstones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died from the hailstones than the children of Israel killed with the sword.
Joshua 10:12-17 – Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; and Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the people had revenge Upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that the Lord heeded the voice of a man; for the Lord fought for Israel. Then Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to the camp at Gilgal. But these five kings had fled and hidden themselves in a cave at Makkedah. And it was told Joshua, saying, “The five kings have been found hidden in the cave at Makkedah.”
Isaiah shows that a fearful noise causes the people to seek refuge underground. Recall from Revelation 6:14, this noise may be caused by disturbances in the earth’s magnetic field. Apparently, some people will be trapped underground and die. Those who resurface will face the “snare” of the Tribulation judgments (Luke 21:25-35):
Isaiah 24:17-22 – Fear and the pit and the snare are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth. And it shall be that he who flees from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit, and he who comes up from the midst of the pit shall be caught in the snare; for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth are shaken. The earth is violently broken, the earth is split open, the earth is shaken exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall totter like a hut; its transgression shall be heavy upon it, and it will fall, and not rise again. It shall come to pass in that day that the LORD will punish on high the host of exalted ones, and on the earth the kings of the earth. They will be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and will be shut up in the prison; after many days they will be punished.
John classifies the people as “the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man.” Kings are rulers over the nations (Psalm 2:1-2). The “great men” are men who have great influence on people, but do not have an official ruling position (2 Kings 10:6). The “rich men” are the global elite, and the ones really in charge, as the whole world has become indebted to them (Proverbs 22:7, James 5:1-5). “Commanders” are military leaders (Judges 11:6, 1 Samuel 9:16). “Mighty men” are men of valor, or men of renown in battle. Slaves are people in bondage, and free men have liberty (Jeremiah 34:8-11, 2 Peter 2:19). Every class of people will seek refuge underground from the terror of the sixth Seal judgment.
These people hiding in fear at the beginning of the Tribulation become hardened like Pharaoh to the supernatural judgments (Exodus 7-14), as they continue in rebellion and eventually gather to fight against Christ in the battle of Armageddon:
Revelation 19:17-19, 21 – Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.” And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army…. And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.
It should raise a few eye brows that a recent trend, among governments, doomsday “preppers,” and especially the elite, is to build lavish underground bunkers (Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8). Some protest this is a conspiracy theory and we would know about a heavenly body approaching Earth that has the potential to cause the destruction described in the sixth Seal judgment, thus the Tribulation cannot happen until such a heavenly body is discovered. I contend that such a discovery, if made, would not be made known to the public, because it would cause mass panic. Even with the rise in amateur astronomers, we might be at the mercy of a few select scientists who have access to advanced technology and government funding. Then again, God could knock a heavenly body off course that nobody would see coming until it was too late.
It is interesting that many of the doomsday “preppers” see the activity of the elite as a sign that something is coming and are following suit. Oh the irony it would be if these lost souls trying to physically save themselves, have a better idea of the closeness of the Tribulation than the Church!
The message in this is, wealth or position will have no influence on God’s decision. He is not impressed with our importance. We cannot even fall back on being underprivileged or poor. None of this will matter. The only thing that will matter is what we did about Jesus. This really is the time when neither silver and gold will be able to save people from the Wrath of God.
Hiding in “dens and in the rocks”, will be of no use because these openings will close up from the earthquake. Men will seek death, but death will not come (Rev. 9:6).
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