The Trumpet Judgments
The Lamb (Jesus) has now opened six of the seven seals on the title scroll to the earth, and is now ready to claim ownership. When He does, He’s going to clean house!
When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake. (Rev 8:1-5)
Have you ever been in a group where you or someone else was misbehaving, and suddenly an authority figure comes in? How everybody gets quiet because they know trouble is coming? Well that’s the way it is in heaven. Everybody is rejoicing, singing praises to God, then when He opens the final seal, claiming ownership of the earth everyone gets quiet, they know that trouble is coming to the earth for all it’s sin. You may think that a war and famine that kills a quarter of the population followed by a great earthquake that shakes the whole earth would be enough trouble. But the heavenly beings know that all that is nothing compared to what is to come. Since the first century, Christians have been praying for God to avenge Himself on those who blaspheme Him and abuse His people. These are the prayers, which have been held till this time, which are now being offered, and will be answered. God answers all prayers, in His perfect time, and now these prayers will be answered! As each angel blows his trumpet, a new judgment will be unleashed on the world. Some say that these judgments will be symbolic, or spiritual, others say that they represent modern technology. But keep in mind, there are less than seven years left until Jesus returns and sets his throne up here on earth. When He does, all who haven’t accepted Him as Lord and Savior will be doomed to hell. These judgments will be real, exactly as the bible describes it. This is mankind’s last chance to accept God and He is going to make it known in no uncertain way that He is real. People will know that God definitely is judging them, if they ask for forgiveness, they will be saved. Unfortunately many won’t.
The first angel blew his trumpet, and there followed hail and fire, mixed with blood, and these were thrown upon the earth. And a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up. (Rev.8:7)
Some will tell you that what John saw were missiles and described them as hail, but people won’t see missiles as coming from God. It will be hail and fire from heaven that destroy one third of the earth.
The second angel blows his trumpet in verse eight.
The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. A third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
This appears to be a great meteor that hits the sea and causes great destruction. The sea could be the sea that John knew, the Mediterranean, or “sea” could be referring to a large body of salt water, like the Atlantic Ocean. In either case, the effect will be devastating.
The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the water, because it had been made bitter.
The third trumpet brings another meteor, this one apparently breaks up in the atmosphere and scatters over the earth, polluting one third of the earth’s fresh water supply. Many people will die from drinking the water.
The fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of their light might be darkened, and a third of the day might be kept from shining, and likewise a third of the night.(Rev. 8:12)
The fourth trumpet will affect the heavenly bodies that have an effect on the earth. A third of the sun, moon, and stars won’t be missing, but their light will be one third dimmer. Day and night will be reversed, with the day being shorter than the night and the nights will be darker. Jesus predicts in Luke 21: 25-28;
“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
People will recognize that this is God’s work and Jesus is telling His believers that when these things happen to look up, He will be coming soon. But there are still more judgments to come first!