Revelation 6:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 6:16, NIV: "They called to the mountains and the rocks, 'Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!"

Revelation 6:16, ESV: "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,"

Revelation 6:16, KJV: "And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:"

Revelation 6:16, NASB: "and they *said to the mountains and the rocks, 'Fall on us and hide us from the sight of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb;"

Revelation 6:16, NLT: "And they cried to the mountains and the rocks, 'Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb."

Revelation 6:16, CSB: "And they said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb,"

What does Revelation 6:16 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse shows us how dreadful the situation looks to those who experience the Lamb's judgment. From the strongest to the weakest among them, they urge the rocks of the mountains to fall on them and hide them from God and the wrath of the Lamb. Dying in an avalanche seems better to them than experiencing God's judgment. Although they recognize that God reigns supreme from His throne, they refuse to repent and submit to His rule.

That particular statement is important. The people of earth, at this point, know they are the objects of wrath. More specifically, that they are the objects of the wrath of Jesus Christ—the Lamb (Revelation 5:5–7). This calamity inspires all of mankind to admit, in some way, a knowledge that most suppress: that they are accountable to God.

This response agrees with other Scripture, indicating that knowledge about God does not always lead to faith in Him. Paul wrote in Romans 1 that the heathen had enough evidence in nature to know God exists, but they did not turn to Him in faith. Paul wrote: "They are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:20–22). Indeed, as Jeremiah 17:9 declares, "The heart is deceitful above all things."