Revelation 6:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 6:15, NIV: "Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains."

Revelation 6:15, ESV: "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,"

Revelation 6:15, KJV: "And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;"

Revelation 6:15, NASB: "Then the kings of the earth and the eminent people, and the commanders and the wealthy and the strong, and every slave and free person hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains;"

Revelation 6:15, NLT: "Then everyone--the kings of the earth, the rulers, the generals, the wealthy, the powerful, and every slave and free person--all hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains."

Revelation 6:15, CSB: "Then the kings of the earth, the nobles, the generals, the rich, the powerful, and every slave and free person hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains."

What does Revelation 6:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Prior verses described terrifying natural disasters associated with the Lamb opening the sixth seal of God's judgment. According to this verse, the cataclysmic judgments unleashed terrify mankind. No one feels immune to the disasters that strike the heavens and the earth. Every rank and file of society will panic. John lists "kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals, and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free." Nothing exempts those listed from suffering the judgments. The heads of governments, statesmen, military leaders, the wealthy, CEOs, industrial giants, scientists, influential figures, free citizens, and enslaved people will flee to the mountains and hide among the rocks.

In that day the powerful will be powerless to withstand God's judgment; the wealthy will not be able to buy their way out of His judgment; and scientists will not be able to apply a scientific formula to make the judgment disappear. No influential figure will be able to persuade the Lamb to reverse His decision to unleash the calamity. The situation everyone faces will be grim and deadly!