Revelation as Liturgical Drama – The Sixth Seal

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Last week on Twitter, Jim West reminded me that I needed to explain myself a little bit better. What I am doing is a class project for the Work of Worship class I am taking. I am not saying that Revelation was delivered as drama. What I am saying, however, is that I am planning on turning the book of Revelation into a liturgical drama wherein the entire book (that is my goal) is read aloud during what would be a Sunday morning service utilizing the call and response system of the liturgy. This is a final project. I want an A.

Yes, some of this is my own interpretation. No, it is not set in stone. Yes, you can help me along the way. No, don’t expect me not to challenge your advice if I think I am right.

Revelation 6.12-17, NLT – Leader

Various passages from Matthew, Luke, Joel, Isaiah, Hosea, and Haggai – Reader

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I watched as the Lamb broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake.

At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead.

They left the cemetery after Jesus’ resurrection, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people.

The Roman officer and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened. They said, “This man truly was the Son of God!” (Mat 27:51-54 NLT)

The sun became as dark as black cloth, and the moon became as red as blood.

The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and terrible day of the LORD arrives. But everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved (Joe 2:31-32a NLT)

The sun became as dark as black cloth, and the moon became as red as blood.

By this time it was noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle. Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last. When the Roman officer overseeing the execution saw what had happened, he worshiped God and said, “Surely this was the Righteous Man. ” (Luk 23:44-47 NLT)

Then the stars of the sky fell to the earth like green figs falling from a tree shaken by a strong wind. The sky was rolled up like a scroll, and all of the mountains and islands were moved from their places.

The heavens above will melt away and disappear like a rolled-up scroll. The stars will fall from the sky like withered leaves from a grapevine, or shriveled figs from a fig tree. (Isa 34:4 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.

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.

And the pagan shrines of Aven, the place of Israel’s sin, will crumble. Thorns and thistles will grow up around their altars. They will beg the mountains, “Bury us!” and plead with the hills, “Fall on us!” (Hos 10:8 NLT)

For the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to survive?”

But everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved, for some on Mount Zion in Jerusalem will escape, just as the LORD has said. These will be among the survivors whom the LORD has called. (Joe 2:32 NLT)

Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities– for his anger flares up in an instant. But what joy for all who take refuge in him! (Psa 2:12 NLT)

And the people said,

This man truly was the Son of God!

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