Revelation 6:17
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New International Version
For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?"

New Living Translation
For the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to survive?"

English Standard Version
for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”

Berean Study Bible
For the great day of Their wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it?"

Berean Literal Bible
because the great day of Their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"

New American Standard Bible
for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"

King James Bible
For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
because the great day of Their wrath has come! And who is able to stand?"

International Standard Version
For the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to endure it?"

NET Bible
because the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it?"

New Heart English Bible
for the great day of their wrath has come; and who is able to stand?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Because the great day of his anger has come, and who is able to stand?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because the frightening day of their anger has come, and who is able to endure it?"

New American Standard 1977
for the great day of their wrath has come; and who is able to stand?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
for the great day of his wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand before him?

King James 2000 Bible
For the great day of his wrath has come; and who shall be able to stand?

American King James Version
For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

American Standard Version
for the great day of their wrath is come; and who is able to stand?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the great day of their wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?

Darby Bible Translation
because the great day of his wrath is come, and who is able to stand?

English Revised Version
for the great day of their wrath is come; and who is able to stand?

Webster's Bible Translation
For the great day of his wrath is come; and who will be able to stand?

Weymouth New Testament
for the day of His anger--that great day--has come, and who is able to stand?"

World English Bible
for the great day of his wrath has come; and who is able to stand?"

Young's Literal Translation
because come did the great day of His anger, and who is able to stand?
Study Bible
The Sixth Seal: Terror
16And they said to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the One seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. 17For the great day of Their wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it?”
Cross References
1 Samuel 6:20
The men of Beth-shemesh said, "Who is able to stand before the LORD, this holy God? And to whom shall He go up from us?"

Psalm 2:12
Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!

Psalm 76:7
You, even You, are to be feared; And who may stand in Your presence when once You are angry?

Psalm 110:5
The Lord is at Your right hand; He will shatter kings in the day of His wrath.

Psalm 130:3
If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?

Isaiah 63:4
"For the day of vengeance was in My heart, And My year of redemption has come.

Jeremiah 30:7
'Alas! for that day is great, There is none like it; And it is the time of Jacob's distress, But he will be saved from it.

Joel 1:15
Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is near, And it will come as destruction from the Almighty.

Joel 2:1
Blow a trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the day of the LORD is coming; Surely it is near,

Joel 2:11
The LORD utters His voice before His army; Surely His camp is very great, For strong is he who carries out His word. The day of the LORD is indeed great and very awesome, And who can endure it?
Treasury of Scripture

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

the great.

Revelation 11:18 And the nations were angry, and your wrath is come, and the time …

Revelation 16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth …

Isaiah 13:6 Howl you; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a …

Jeremiah 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even …

Joel 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before …

Zephaniah 1:14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hastens greatly, …

Romans 2:5 But after your hardness and impenitent heart treasure up to yourself …

Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their …

who.

Psalm 76:7 You, even you, are to be feared: and who may stand in your sight …

Psalm 130:3,4 If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand…

Joel 2:11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp …

Malachi 3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when …

(17) Who shall be (or, is) able to stand?--The thought is derived from Malachi 3:2, which spoke of a coming of the Lord. Every advent of Christ is the advent of One whose fan is in His hand, and who will thoroughly purge His floor. Whether it be His advent in the flesh, He tested men; or whether one of His advents in Providence--such as the fall of Jerusalem, the overthrow of Pagan Rome, the convulsions of the Reformation and Revolution epochs of history--He still tests men whether they are able to abide in faith and love the day of His coming; and much more, then, in the closing personal advent, when these visions will receive their fullest illustration, will He try men. "Who is able to stand?" It is the question of questions. Christ's answer is: "Apart from Me ye can do nothing." "Let your loins be girt about and your lights burning, and ye yourselves like to men that wait for their Lord's coming." And parallel is St. Paul's advice: "Wherefore take unto you, (not the weapons on which men rely, but) the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand." This anxiety that his converts should be ready for the day of testing is continually appearing in his Epistles. Comp, the recurrence of "the day of Christ" in Philippians 1:6; Philippians 1:10, and the Apostle's wish that the Philippians might be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; and St. John's desire that Christians should not "be ashamed before Him at His coming," and "may have boldness in the day of judgment" (1John 2:28; 1John 4:17). "Who is able to stand?" The question is answered in the next chapter. They shall stand who are sealed with the seal of the living God.

The sixth seal does not give us a completed picture. We see the great and awe-inspiring movements which are heralds of the day of wrath. The whole world is stirred and startled at the tread of the approaching Christ, and then the vision melts away; we see no more, but we have seen enough to be sure that the close of the age is at hand. Yet we are anxious to know something of those who have been faithful, pure, and chivalrous witnesses for truth and right, for Christ and God. In that day, that awful day, the whole population of the world seems to be smitten with dismay; the trees, shaken with that terrible tempest, seem to be shedding all their fruit; the trembling of all created things seems to be about to shake down every building. Are all to go? Are none strong enough to survive? We heard that there were seven seals attached to the mystic book which the Lion of the tribe of Judah was opening; but this sixth seal presents us with the picture of universal desolation; what is there left for the seventh seal to tell us? The answer to these questions is given in the seventh chapter, which introduces scenes which may either be taken as dissolving views, presented in the course of the sixth seal, or as complementary visions. And those scenes show us in pictorial form that the Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation: that in the midst of the time of the shaking of all things, when all might, majesty, strength, and genius of men is laid low, and every mere earth-born kingdom is overthrown, there is a kingdom which cannot be shaken. The germ of life was indestructible, and ready to break forth in fruit again: an ark, which sheltered all that was good, moved ever secure over the desolating floods:--

"I looked: aside the dust-cloud rolled,

The waster seemed the builder too;

Upspringing from the ruined old

I saw the new.

"'Twas but the ruin of the bad--

The wasting of the wrong and ill;

Whate'er of good the old time had

Was living still."

Verse 17. - For the great day of his wrath is come. Of their wrath, which is read in the Revised Version, is found in א, C, 38, Vulgate, Syriae; but αὐτοῦ, "his," is supported by A, B, F, Coptic, Andreas, Arethas, Primasius. The article is repeated, making the term almost a proper name - the day, the great [day]. Alford remarks that this of itself should be sufficient to keep commentators right in confining their interpretation of this seal to the last judgment (cf. Joel 1:15; Joel 2:1, 2; Acts 2:20; Jude 1:6). And who shall be able to stand? Who is able (Revised Version). Thus Malachi 3:2, "Who shall stand when he appeareth?" And Nahum 1:6. Thus, then, the question in ver. 10, "How long?" is answered; not by limiting the length of time, but by a renewed assurance of an awful termination of the course of the world, at the appearance of the Judge. The dread attending that end is vividly portrayed, and the fear of the wicked, with their conscience-stricken inquiry, "Who is able to stand?" an answer to which is required for the edification of the faithful. And, therefore, the seer immediately describes the preservation of the righteous from amidst the destruction of the wicked, and their raptured praises, a joyous contrast with the despairing fate of those whose doom has just been narrated.



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 Revelation 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. 17. Literally, "the day, the great (day)," which can only mean the last great day. After the Lord has exhausted all His ordinary judgments, the sword, famine, pestilence, and wild beasts, and still sinners are impenitent, the great day of the Lord itself' shall come. Mt 24:6-29 plainly forms a perfect parallelism to the six seals, not only in the events, but also in the order of their occurrence: Mt 24:3, the first seal; Mt 24:6, the second seal; Mt 24:7, the third seal; Mt 24:7, end, the fourth seal; Mt 24:9, the fifth seal, the persecutions and abounding iniquity under which, as well as consequent judgments accompanied with gospel preaching to all nations as a witness, are particularly detailed, Mt 24:9-28; Mt 24:29, the sixth seal.

to stand—to stand justified, and not condemned before the Judge. Thus the sixth seal brings us to the verge of the Lord's coming. The ungodly "tribes of the earth" tremble at the signs of His immediate approach. But before He actually inflicts the blow in person, "the elect" must be "gathered "out. 6:12-17 When the sixth seal was opened, there was a great earthquake. The foundations of churches and states would be terribly shaken. Such bold figurative descriptions of great changes abound in the prophecies of Scripture; for these events are emblems, and declare the end of the world and the day of judgment. Dread and terror would seize on all sorts of men. Neither grandeur, riches, valour, nor strength, can support men at that time. They would be glad to be no more seen; yea, to have no longer any being. Though Christ be a Lamb, he can be angry, and the wrath of the Lamb is exceedingly dreadful; for if the Redeemer himself, who appeases the wrath of God, be our enemy, where shall we find a friend to plead for us? As men have their day of opportunity, and their seasons of grace, so God has his day of righteous wrath. It seems that the overthrow of the paganism of the Roman empire is here meant. The idolaters are described as hiding themselves in their dens and secret caves, and vainly seeking to escape ruin. In such a day, when the signs of the times show those who believe in God's word, that the King of kings is approaching, Christians are called to a decided course, and to a bold confession of Christ and his truth before their fellowmen. Whatever they may have to endure, the short contempt of man is to be borne, rather than that shame which is everlasting.
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