and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us”

Revelation 6:16-17 and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

I’ve been spending some time reading the book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament and taking time to let the other books of the bible help me understand what I’m reading rather than just relying on the books of scholars and theologians.

These verses in Revelation talk about the cry for the mountains and the rocks to hide people from the presence of Him whom sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. I’ve always accepted that this is talking about a future end times event when God comes to judge the world. Maybe I should have let the other books of the bible help me understand this text a lot earlier.

We find the same cry in the book of Hosea in reference to Gods judgement on the kingdom of Israel.

Hosea 10:7-8  Samaria will be cut off with her king Like a stick on the surface of the water. Also the high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, will be destroyed; Thorn and thistle will grow on their altars; Then they will say to the mountains, “Cover us!” And to the hills, “Fall on us!”

Its when we read the Gospel of Luke that we find a clear understanding of the cry of those in Revelation.

Luke 23:27-31  And following Him was a large crowd of the people, and of women who were mourning and lamenting Him. But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.

“For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’


“For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”


Jesus on his journey to the cross directs a message to the women of Jerusalem “don’t weep for me but weep for yourselves and your children” so the warning they are about to hear will come in their lifetime and of their children!

These women and their children will be amongst those that cry out the cry of Revelation.


The cry of Revelation was heard at the final and complete destruction of the City of Jerusalem in AD 70.  The great city also known as Sodom, Egypt and Babylon was destroyed so completely that the Old Covenant came to an end, never to be restored.

Is there any recorded account of Jerusalem’s destruction that would support this view? Well yes there is. The Jewish historian Josephus records the Jewish War which raged between the Jews and the Romans for three and a half years culminating in the destruction of Jerusalem. As the final act of destroying the temple started the remaining Jewish fighters fled to the underground caves in an attempt to escape the Roman slaughter hoping that the they would be covered from the enemies’ assault. This was not a successful act and they were burnt out of their hiding places.

The historian Josephus writes:

So now the last hope which supported the tyrants, and that crew of robbers who were with them, was in the caves and caverns underground; whither, if they could once fly, they did not expect to be searched for; but endeavoured, that after the whole city should be destroyed, and the Romans gone away, they might come out again, and escape from them. This was no better than a dream of theirs; for they were not able to lie hid either from God or from the Romans. However, they depended on these under-ground subterfuges, and set more places on fire than did the Romans themselves; and those that fled out of their houses thus set on fire into the ditches, they killed without mercy, and pillaged them also; and if they discovered food belonging to any one, they seized upon it and swallowed it down, together with their blood also; nay, they were now come to fight one with another about their plunder; and I cannot but think that, had not their destruction prevented it, their barbarity would have made them taste of even the dead bodies themselves.

The Complete Works of Flavius Josephus – Jewish Wars Book 6 Chapter 7

The book of Revelation is part of the 66 books of our bible and its interpretation is best situated within these books. My journey into this book is a great blessing and wonderful link into the other books of the bible. I continue my journey excited by the prospect of a fresh understanding of this amazing book.

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