The Seven Trumpets Judgments

The second set of judgments of the seven-year Tribulation Period are the seven trumpets judgments The horror of the Tribulation Period continues.

The First Trumpet

The second set of judgments of the seven-year Tribulation Period are the seven trumpets judgments The horror of the Tribulation Period continues.

"The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up." (Revelation 8:7)

Now that God has sealed His 144,000 Jewish servants for protection to preach the gospel, He allows the angels to bring down His judgments upon the earth. A strange hailstorm rains down from heaven that destroys one-third of the trees on the earth along with the grass. The earth will never have looked uglier then it will when this occurs.

The Second Trumpet

"8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; 9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed." (Revelation 8:8-9)

It is hard to know exactly what John saw here. Whatever this mountain is (possibly a meteor or asteroid etc), it poisons a third of the oceans and sea and kills the creatures therein. The stench from this event will be overwhelming.

The Third Trumpet

"10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; 11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter." (Revelation 8:10-11)

Whether what John sees here is a comet or meteor or something manmade is open for interpretation. He could be witnessing a nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile that poisons the water. The word "wormwood" is a translation of a Greek name of a plant that is bitter tasting. Many will drink this poisoned water because of an insatiable thirst that arises from the ecological devastations that have occurred.

The Fourth Trumpet

"And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise." (Revelation 8:12)

Something was causing a partial darkness over the earth. Whether this occurred because of dust and smoke, which were the result of all the earthquakes and storms, is not clear. John might be witnessing and describing a nuclear winter.

Woe!Woe!Woe!

After the fourth trumpet sounded, John saw another angel issuing a warning:

"And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!" (Revelation 8:13)

As horrible as the Tribulation Period has been up to this point, it is going to get much worse.

The Fifth Trumpet

"1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. 3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. 6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them...11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. 12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter." (Revelation 9:1-6, 11-12)

The sounding of the fifth trumpet begins the first "woe" that was spoken of by the angel. John sees a "star" that falls to the earth. This star is actually a living being of some sorts. He uses a masculine pronoun to describe this star that receives the key to the abyss. This creature unlocks this pit and great smoke rises out of it. Out of this smoke come loathsome looking locusts. These locust creatures are given the power to torment mankind for five months. Their power is restricted though, which prohibits them from killing or harming any human beings who have God's seal on their forehead. Those that are horribly tortured by these creatures will seek to die but will be unable to do so.

The name of the ruler of these locust creatures is "Apollyon" in the Greek language and "Abaddon" in the Hebrew. Both of these terms mean "destroyer".

The Sixth Trumpet

"13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. 16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. 18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. 20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts." (Revelation 9:13-21)

The blowing of the sixth trumpet begins the second "woe" upon the inhabitants of the earth. Four angels receive their freedom from the spiritual chains that bound them to the River Euphrates. This river runs south from Turkey through Syria and through the middle of Iraq into the Persian Gulf. It appears as if these four angels will allow an army of 200 million horsemen to cross the Euphrates by drying up part of the river. Two issues militate against these 200 million men riding actual horses. The first is that there are probably less than half that many horses in the world today. The second is that John's description of what he saw is clearly not a horse in the sense that we know them. It is possible that since John is using First Century words to describe what he is seeing, they could be some type of modern mechanized military vehicles. However, the huge number of "horsemen" makes this scenario unlikely unless he saw them riding in vehicles of all kinds. Even then it would appear unfeasible simply because oil and gasoline supplies would probably be non-existent at this stage of the Tribulation Period.

In chapter 16 of Revelation, we find out that this massive army will be led by "kings of the east" (Revelation 16:12). These kings or leaders are probably from the Asian nation of China and some of the countries surrounding it. China currently has a population of 1.3 billion people. Even if half of their population were killed during the first half of the Tribulation Period they could still field an army of this size.

The result of this invasion will be the death of another third of mankind. Using current world population figures, this would mean that after this sixth trumpet judgment more than 3 billion persons would have died during the Tribulation Period. Now we know why the Bible states that this period of time will be unlike any other time in the earth's history.

The most unimaginable part of this entire scripture passage is that men's hearts have become so hardened that instead of repenting they continue in their hatred for God.

This brings us to the mid-point of the seven-year Tribulation Period.

The Seventh Trumpet

"15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. 16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, 17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. 18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. 19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail." (Revelation 11:15-19)

The seventh trumpet sounds and the final seven bowl judgments upon the earth and its inhabitants begin. It is at this point that Mid-Tribulationists believe that the Rapture will occur. This is the third "woe" of the three warnings that the angel gave earlier to the people dwelling on the earth.

The last verse of this passage is actually a forecast of the final seventh bowl judgment that will consummate the end of Tribulation Period judgments. (Revelation 16:17-18)


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