Does the Sixth Seal of Revelation 6:12-17, Happen at the Return of Jesus?
Revelation 7:1-3 After that, [the Sixth seal] I saw four angels holding back the winds. Another angel called to them: Do not punish the earth further until the mark of God is set upon His servants.
If you think that the Sixth Seal happens at the Return, then what are the further punishments referring to? They are obviously the next sequence: the Great Tribulation Trumpet and Bowl punishments.
Beware of the curse in Rev.22:19, if you take away from the Words of this Book, God will take away your share in the Tree of Life.
Isaiah 64:1-11 [Before the Lord’s Day of vengeance and wrath.] Why, Lord do You not tear asunder the heavens and cause the mountains to shake, fires to blaze and water to boil, then Your Name would be known and nations would tremble before You. Lord, look upon Your people, those who strive to do right, do not be angry beyond measure. Isaiah 34:2-4
After the Lord’s Day of vengeance and wrath.
You surprised us with awesome things, when You acted the mountains shook.
Now, Your Holy city is ruined and burned by fire, all of Zion is a desolation, all that we treasured has been destroyed. Jeremiah 9:9-11
Although Jerusalem has been destroyed before, there has never been a destruction as described, in fact as virtually all the buildings are built of stone, it will require an extreme event to fulfil these prophecies. Why would the Lord destroy the whole country, including the Third Temple at His Return?
1 Thess. 5:1-3…you know the Day of the Lord will come as a thief. While they are saying: All is peaceful, all secure, suddenly destruction is upon them and there will be no escape. Isaiah 47:8-11, Jeremiah 25:32-33
‘come as a thief’ – The unexpected Day of the Lord is not and cannot be the Return of Jesus in His glory. The date of the Return will not be unknown to anyone who knows Bible prophecy, as we are told in Daniel 12:7, Revelation 12:6 – from the day the Anti Christ desecrates the new Temple, till the Return will be 1260 days.
‘while they’– The enemies of God.
‘all is peaceful’– Most of the world at present, is relatively peaceful, even the Middle East has only localized trouble spots. All the M.E. countries will support Iran and then..
‘sudden destruction is upon them’– The terrible judgement by fire, prophesied over 100 times throughout the Bible. Deuteronomy 32:22
Luke 22:34-36 Be on your guard, do not let your minds be dulled by worldly cares, so that the great Day catches you by surprise, like a trap, for that Day will come upon everyone the whole world over. Be alert and pray for strength to pass safely through all that is coming and to be able to stand before Jesus. [At His Return, later.]
‘pass safely through’– Not ‘escape all these things’, as some translations have it and this leads to the false idea of the ‘rapture’.