Revelation 6:12

“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;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And I beheld when he had opened the sixt seale, and loe, there was a great earthquake, and the Sunne became blacke as sackecloth of haire, and the Moone became as blood.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth {made} of hair, and the whole moon became like blood;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And I saw when he opened the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the whole moon became as blood;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And I saw when the sixth stamp was undone, and there was a great earth-shock; and the sun became black as haircloth, and all the moon became as blood;
- Basic English Bible

And I saw when it opened the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as hair sackcloth, and the whole moon became as blood,
- Darby Bible

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:
- Webster's Bible

When the Lamb broke the sixth seal I looked, and there was a great earthquake, and the sun became as dark as sackcloth, and the whole disc of the moon became like blood.
- Weymouth Bible

I saw when he opened the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake. The sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became as blood.
- World English Bible

And Y say, whanne he hadde openyd the sixte seel, and lo! a greet erthe mouyng was maad; and the sunne was maad blak, as a sak of heire, and al the moone was maad as blood.
- Wycliffe Bible

And I saw when he opened the sixth seal, and lo, a great earthquake came, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 6:12


6:12 And I saw - This sixth seal seems particularly to point out God's judgment on the wicked departed. St. John saw how the end of the world was even then set before those unhappy spirits. This representation might be made to them, without anything of it being perceived upon earth. The like representation is made in heaven, #Rev 11:18|. And there was a great earthquake - Or shaking, not of the earth only, but the heavens. This is a farther description of the representation made to those unhappy souls.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 6:12


Re 6:12 THE SIXTH SEAL. There was a great earthquake. The symbol of political or moral agitation and upheaval. The sun became black . . . and the moon became as blood. The "sun", "moon", and "stars" are symbols of earthly dignitaries, great lights in the political or religious heavens. In the dream of Joseph, which so maddened his brethren, these terms are used in this meaning, as well as by the ancient prophets. In the East it was common to liken the king or emperor to the sun, and the stars as the symbols of princes or rulers. For the use of the term we refer the reader to Da 8:10. The blackness of the sun and the bloody hue of the moon point out scenes of mourning and bloodshed among rulers and princes.

Discussion for Revelation 6

  • Joan Travick
    Rev. 6:17 - And who shall be able to stand? Those to whom GOD has said, "Stand and see the GLORY of GOD". HIS GLORY, just as HE demonstrated to Elijah, will bring down everything; and, there shall not be one stone left upon another. Man is building skyscrapers, each man trying to outdo the other; but, GOD's has said, there shall not be one stone left upon another. and HIS word is true! GLORY!!
  • Obbie Beal
    Verse 1-17 above ... When we take into consideration 'all actions by all governments' of the world plus 'all actions of all people of the world (saved and unsaved)' ... the whole world is ready for the Sixth Seal... Thank God for salvation through the shed blood of the Lamb / Jesus Christ. WOW!
  • Philly mpho monakisi
    The second coming of the master is getting near everyday when all eyes will see the son of man coming with clouds and glory. The world will mourn as the lords of lords appear in the sky. Jesus is coming we are the last generation.
  • Word
    God teaches through examples giving us instructions in the Old Testament that make us see the full truth as we read the New Testament. I know there are religions that say the Old Testament is of no use and they do away with it and read only from the New Testament and I truly feel sorry for them because I know they will never know the truth. The Two witnesses get here 10 days before it all begins.
  • Word
    The bow and crown are fake but with his supernatural powers he looks like the real messiah and riding on a white horse its symbolism and he is Satan who looks like the Lamb of God but comes to deceive.
  • Obbie Beal
    verse-2 ...a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went... conquering, and to conquer. verse-4 ...take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: ver-5,6 ...a pair of balances in his hand. A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures
    of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

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