Sixth Seal, Sixth Hour, and the Death of Christ
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; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth
her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when
it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And
the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men,
and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the
mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of
him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his
wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12ff)
We now have traced the themes through the books of the Sixth Spoke,
the meaning of the Sixth Letter, the Sixth Day, and the Sixth Commandment.
The Sixth Seal ties all these elements together. It begins with the second book on the
Sixth Spoke, which is the only Book in the Old Testament that contains the cry of the sinners of the Sixth Seal:
As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the water.
The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come
up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us.
Hosea 10:7f (Spoke 6, Cycle 2)
Likewise, the first book on the Sixth Spoke contains a unique allusion to the theme of the
Sixth Seal when the "five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at Makkedah" (Joshua 10:16).
There is much to discuss here that is, unfortunately, prohibited by space and time
The most significant correlation is with the darkening of the sun.
The sun typifies Jesus as the Light of the World (Spoke 21, BW book pg 355).
And just as the sun became "black as sackcloth" when the Sixth Seal was opened, so the sun was darkened at
the sixth hour when Christ was crucified (Luke 23:44):
And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the
earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the
temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice,
he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
These events are recorded in the Sixth Division of the Canon Wheel
(New Testament History), and are spoken of with particular clarity in Philippians on the Sixth Spoke.
Furthermore, the Sixth Seal records a great earthquake which also attended the crucifixion of the Lord (Mat 27:51).
And finally, what was the murder of Christ if not the ultimate violation of the Sixth Commandment?
These correlations demonstrate that the Seven Seals of Revelation and
the Seven Days of Genesis – regardless of their historical interpretation future or past – were designed to
reveal structural patterns of the Word itself, centered on its central event,
the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ. In other words, the more I have studied the Wheel,
the more I see that it prophesies its own design. This is because the Bible – the Written Word of God –
is, when taken as a unit, the ultimate type of the Lord Jesus Christ – the Living Word of God – who is
its complete fulfillment, its true antitype (BW book pg 148).