When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under1 the altar2 the souls of those who had been slain3 because of the word of God4 and the testimony they had maintained.
They called out in a loud voice, "How long,5 Sovereign Lord,6 holy and true,7 until you judge the inhabitants of the earth8 and avenge our blood?"911
Then each of them was given a white robe,10 and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.1112
I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake.12 The sun turned black13 like sackcloth14 made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red,
and the stars in the sky fell to earth,15 as late figs drop from a fig tree16 when shaken by a strong wind.
The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up,17 and every mountain and island was removed from its place.1815
Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man19 hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains.2016
They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us21 and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne22 and from the wrath of the Lamb!
For the great day23 of their wrath has come, and who can stand?"24