14 The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
14 The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
14 sky snapped shut like a book, islands and mountains sliding this way and that.
14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.
14 The sky was rolled up like a scroll, and all of the mountains and islands were moved from their places.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Revelation 6:14
Commentary on Revelation 6:12-17
(Read Revelation 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.