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

  • Michael C.
    Dear Yves, when I was a new Believer, I was taught that popular 'fantasy version' of the rapture. There is no solid scriptural backing of their assumptions, but worthless and irresponsible guessing. Many who are trusting in that false doctrine, will be horribly scandalized when they see it hasn't happened like they thought, and shall eventually be the ones who deliver up the true Saints of Jesus.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    The antichrist can not show up until the True Bride has been fully restored which includes the lost sheep of the house of Israel Zion via. Elijah. The Jewish people know this day must come first better than anyone. The first coming persecusion will come from the N.W.O. Vatican Rome.
  • Yves
    "Popular" teachings say that Christians will not go through the Great Tribulation. The truth is that we will be going through it! In 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-4, It's crystal clear that Jesus will not return before the Antichrist is revealed. Furthermore, the Antichrist will be persecuting the saints Christians ... if we're all gone in a pre-tribulation rapture, who will he persecute??? Pre-trib makes no sense!
  • James
    No Saints will be on Earth, for Christ will have taken them already. Read 1Thessalonians chapter4. 13-17.
  • Word
    That first white horse is not pure! Not with a rider with a fake crown and bow. Satan comes looking just like the Lamb of God but under this crown prince is the voice of the dragon meaning lies and deception coming from a fake saying he is Christ and his twisting scripture will be I have come to fly you away. The whole world will follow him. Will you?
  • Sabbath keeper and Wife
    These horses are also the condition of the church through all Christianity. White horse was pure, then red persecuted, black during dark ages selling indulgences for money(Rome) then the pale one is about severe Persecution from rome like when they killed 50 million for being protestant. The hunger was for the WORD of God. 5th seal shows those slain for their belief. It ain't over either.

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