“Then the kings of the earth and their noblemen and their magnates and their military chiefs and the wealthy and the strong and [everyone, whether] slave or free hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, and they called to the mountains and the rocks, Fall on (before) us and hide us from the face of Him Who sits on the throne and from the deep-seated indignation and wrath of the Lamb. For the great day of His wrath (vengeance, retribution, indignation) has come, and who is able to stand before it?” Revelation 6:15-17 ->me: These 3 verses follow the opening of the 6th seal which brings the sun turning to sackcloth, the moon turning blood red, and a great earthquake (…and every mountain and island was dislodged from its place)…pretty much mayhem on a level the earth has never seen. John names seven classes (the number of perfection) of people to show that there is no enemy of God, no matter their position in society, who will escape the terrors that will come. The plea to the mountains to fall on them shows that the calamity with which they are confronted is so great that anything is preferable to facing it. However, doesn’t this next passage sound familiar? “For though the mountains should depart and the hills be shaken or removed, yet My love and kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace and completeness be removed, says the Lord, Who has compassion on you.” (Isa. 54:10). So, by no means is the Lord trying to scare His saints with this revelation to John…He is using familiar apocalyptic imagery to reassure us. These passages jointly tell me that I will be preserved while He brings justice to the ungodly and ushers in the new heaven and new earth for Him to reign for all eternity and be with Him.