When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”
(The following sermon excerpt comes from T.F. Torrance, 1959. The Apocalypse Today. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, pp. 47, 49.)
[O]n the Cross God pronounced his final and irrevocable No against all that is contradictory to His holy love. Once and for all God has poured out His complete judgment upon human sin, and now He will judge the world only by the Man of Calvary. Jesus Christ died for all men; therefore all men are judged in Him. He died for all men; therefore all are apprehended by God’s love in Christ, for God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself. By this Man the nations will be judged. By this Man at last the children of light will be divided from the children of darkness, for this Man is set for the falling as well as the rising again of many. God is even now putting mankind to the test of His sacrificial love…But that love is pledged to uproot all evil, and to destroy sin, and to blot out all darkness, and time runs out. The day is already approaching when holy love must consummate its purpose, and evil shall be no more, whether men will have it so or not…
The wrath of the Lamb! Who ever heard of a lamb being angry? What a terrible thought – the gentlest of all God’s creatures angry! It is the wrath of love, the wrath of sacrificial love which, having done the utmost for us and our salvation, tells us as nothing else could the certainty with which evil awaits its doom at the hand of God. The great men of this earth, the dictators, the decorated playthings of the devil, the mighty authorities of mankind may take counsel together against the Lord and against His anointed, saying: “Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh” (Ps. 2:3-4). No man survives the laughter of God, but more terrible than God’s laughter is the wrath of God’s Lamb, the consuming passion of His holy love that wills to destroy all that is unloving and untrue. That is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah that is also the Lamb of Calvary. Before His power all the arrogant evil of the world shall soon become as dust under the chariot wheels of time, and the Lord God omnipotent shall reign for ever and ever.
Thank God that when the day of His wrath comes upon us, it is the wrath of the Lamb, for even in wrath God remains love. That is the Christian’s security and his final certainty for nothing can separate him from the love of Christ.