The 7-Trumpet Judgments

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Prior to the seven trumpet judgments commence, the Sixth Seal requires that there is 30-minutes of silence in Heaven prior to the first angel heralding the first trumpet judgment.

Rather than trying to define the exact meaning of what the scriptures refer to below, it is my view that prior to God destroying Egypt as an empire through the 10-plagues; I tend to believe that similar signs will be experienced by the inhabitants of the earth in the same way that the inhabitants of Egypt experienced similar events.

It MUST also be remembered that Israel (as a nation within Egypt) was spared from the plagues inflicted by God upon the Egptians; therefore the nation of Israel in the future will be similarly protected against the 21-judgments of God soon to occur upon the inhabitants of this world.

  1. The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood [Exodus 9:23; Exodus 7:20-21], and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.” (Rev 8:7)

    (Exod 9:22-26)  "And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt. {23} And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt. {24} So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. {25} And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field. {26} Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail."

  2. "And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire [or meteor?] 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." (Rev 8:8-9)

    Read Exod 9:14-21; Psalm 78:44 and Psalm 105:29 to see that the same events depicted above occurred previously in Egypt.

  3. “And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star [or comet?] 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.” (Rev 8:10-11)

    Is it impossible for God to make waters bitter and sweet as He wills? Compare the scripture verses above with the events that occurred in Exod 15:26-27.

  4. 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. 13 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!” (Rev 8:12-13)

    Could not the stars become darkened as stated here?  This is what was done in Egypt (Exodus 10:21-23).  Could it not happen again?  Thus we see that the first 4 trumpet judgments of Rev. 8:7-10 have to do with literal plagues affecting vegetation, seas, rivers, and stars, as indicated by the angel in his message to the first 4 trumpet judgment angels in Rev. 7:1-3.

  5. 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 [associated with Hell]; 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 [to torment men on earth for 5 months; etc.]…” (Rev 9:1-12)

    With reference to Rev 9:1, the "star" represents an intelligent person, not an actual meteor or shooting star.  Personal pronouns and personal acts are ascribed to him (Rev. 9:1-2).  Only an intelligent being could be given a key to a material place and a command to obey, as here.  Even Satan's angels are referred to as stars (Rev. 12:3-9).  There is no indication that this is a fallen angel.  He will descend from heaven to open the abyss, liberating the creatures who will fulfill this vision in Rev. 9. He must be a holy and trusted angel to have the key to the pit.  If a fallen one, he could liberate all the fallen creatures that are now there.  He is not the angel of the bottomless pit (Rev. 9:11), for no king of demons could be trusted with such a key.

    With reference to Rev 9:3, these locusts are literal beings, for every statement about them proves them to be real and capable of physical contact with man.  They are objects of sight because people see them and flee.  They make a thunderous noise as they fly (Rev. 9:9).  They could not possibly be symbolic, for all symbols in Scripture are explained and made clear as to their meaning.

  6. 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 hourb, 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 [200 million]: 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.” (Rev 9:13-19)

    Twelve proofs the "horsemen" are literal creatures:

    1.    They have angelic leaders, proving them to be real as angels (Rev. 9:14-15).
    2.    Their exact number and description prove them to be many individuals (Rev. 9:16).
    3.    They kill one third of man, proving physical contact with them (Rev. 9:15).
    4.    They are intelligent creatures or they could not follow commands and leadership (Rev. 9:14-15).
    5.    They have riders on them, proving that they are real creatures (Rev. 9:17).
    6.    They cannot be killed by fire and the smoke of the abyss, proving they are spirit beings (Rev. 9:1-2,17-18).
    7.    They are now bound in the abyss, proving them to be fallen and sinful (Rev. 9:1-2). If not sinful they would not be bound.
    8.    They are indestructible by human beings (Rev. 9:17).
    9.    They have breastplates of fire, jacinth, and brimstone, proving that they have bodies capable of wearing breastplates (Rev. 9:17).
    10.    They have bodies like horses and heads like lions (Rev. 9:17).
    11.    Real fire, and smoke, and brimstone issue from their mouths, proving they have real mouths (Rev. 9:17-18).
    12.    They have tails like serpent heads that are capable of hurting people (Rev. 9:19).

  7. 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." (Rev 11:15-19)

    The 7th trumpet covers a period of time (Rev 10:7) and includes all the 12 great events of Rev 11:15 and Rev 13:18:

    1.    The announcement (Rev. 11:15)
    2.    The 6 statements of the elders (Rev. 11:16-18)
    3.    Opening of the heavenly temple (Rev. 11:19)
    4.    Travail of sun-clothed woman (Rev. 12:1-2)
    5.    The dragon's attack on man-child (Rev. 12:3-4)
    6.    Rapture of the man-child (Rev. 12:5)
    7.    Flight of the woman (Rev. 12:6,14)
    8.    War in heaven—Satan cast out (Rev. 12:7-12)
    9.    The dragon's attack on the woman (Rev. 12:13-16)
    10.    The dragon's attack on the remnant (Rev. 12:17)
    11.    Rise of beast out of the sea (Rev. 13:1-10)
    12.    Rise of beast out of the earth (Rev. 13:11-18)

    The 7th trumpet blows in the middle of Daniel's 70th week, for there is a period of 42 months (Rev. 11:2; Rev. 13:5), 1260 days (Rev. 11:3; Rev. 12:6), or 3 1/2 years from this trumpet to the Second Coming of Christ (Rev. 12:14; Dan 7:25; Dan 9:27; Dan 12:7). 

    If the 7th trumpet sounds at this point, then the first 6 trumpets blow before this and the 7 seals are fulfilled before the trumpet. Therefore, the 7 seals and first 6 trumpets will be fulfilled in the first 3 1/2 years of Daniel's 70th week (Rev. 6:1-9:21).

Quite a number of my comments above have been taken from the notes of the Dake Annoted Bible commentary.