M'Cheyne Bible Reading Notes

Revelation 6:17  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Interesting to look at older interpretation of this chapter.

Gill writes….

Revelation 6


This chapter contains the vision of the opening six of the seals of the sealed book, by the Lamb, and of the events following thereupon. The preparation to the vision of the first seal is in Rev 6:1; the Lamb opens it, John hears a noise like thunder, and one of the living creatures bids him come and see; upon which he saw a horse, of a white colour, and a rider on it, who is described by a bow and crown given him, and by the victory he obtained, Rev 6:2; at the opening of the second seal, the second living creature invites him as before; and he sees a horse, of a red colour, with a rider on it, described by his power, to take peace from the earth, and suffer men to kill one another, and by a great sword given him, Rev 6:3; at the opening of the third seal, the third living creature addresses him in like manner as the other; and he sees a horse, of a black colour, and a rider on it, with a pair of balances in his hands; and hears a voice from among the four living creatures, expressing dearness of provisions, and a charge not to hurt the oil and wine, Rev 6:5; at the opening of the fourth seal, the fourth living creature speaks to John, as the rest; and he sees a horse, of a pale colour, and a rider on it, described by his name, Death, by his follower, hell, or the grave, and by his power to destroy a fourth part of the earth with the sword, famine, pestilence, and wild beasts, Rev 6:7; at the opening of the fifth seal, John saw the souls of the martyrs, under the altar; hears their cry for vengeance; observes that white robes were given them, and that they were bid to be quiet until the slaying and suffering time of their brethren was over, Rev 6:9; at the opening of the sixth seal follow an earthquake, strange changes in the heavens, the sun becomes black as sackcloth, the moon becomes as blood, the stars fall, and the heaven itself departs, and every island and mountain are moved out of their places, Rev 6:12, the kings and great men of the earth, and even all sorts, of men, upon this, fly to the rocks and mountains to hide them from the face of God the Father, that sits upon the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, the opener of the sealed book; giving this as a reason for it, that the time of his great wrath was come, and none could stand before him, Rev 6:15.

Concluding with: Revelation 6:17

For the great day of his wrath is come,…. The Vulgate Latin and Syriac versions read, “of their wrath”; both of him that sits upon the throne, and of the Lamb, against the Heathen gods and Heathen persecutors, in answer to the cry of the martyrs in Rev 6:9.

And who shall be able to stand? against either of them, or in their presence, and so as to bear their wrath and displeasure; all which expresses guilt, shame, fear, and despair.

Or perhaps consider reading Elliot’s writing on this chapter. Just a touch on verse 1 to get you started. Elliot has 3 more lectures on the chapter which you can find scanned copies of on the web if you are inclined to tread more. Or consider Dr. Dilday’s sermons beginning here: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sid=526121418110

But as he says it’s best to return and start at the beginning: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sid=530091755124

In his current updates of the series he has only gotten to Chapter 2, and his translation of Matthew Poole’s work: https://www.fromreformationtoreformation.com/blog/categories/poole-judges/

Much work to do.

Chapter 6 was his 132 sermon. Anyway here is a taste of Elliot’s text.


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