Revelation

John David Clark, Sr. - June, 1995

After the events of the Seven Seals, seven angels in turn blow seven trumpets. With each trumpet blast, another cataclysmic event transpires, culminating in the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. As Paul foretold, Jesus will return for his faithful saints "at the last trump".

The order of events in Revelation is just that easily understood. There are three groups of seven events which God has ordained to come upon the earth before the end of this age. They are designated by these terms: The Seven Seals, The Seven Trumpets, and The Seven Last Plagues. Last month, we focused on The Seven Seals. This month, we will concentrate on the second group of seven events, The Seven Trumpets.

THE SEVEN TRUMPETS

As with the Seven Seals, the first four are set apart from the last three.

When the first four trumpets are blown, there are a series of enormous natural disasters such as the world has not known. With the last three trumpets, comes the Beast, that demon-possessed world ruler, and his right-hand man, the False Prophet, who orchestrates a religion centered on worship of the Beast.

Trumpet #1: When the first trumpet sounds, hail and fire mixed with blood is thrown down on the earth killing one third of all trees on the earth and all green grass.

Trumpet #2: A gigantic "burning mountain" is cast into the ocean, killing one third of all sea life and destroying one third of all ships that are in the sea.

Trumpet #3: A "star" which is given the name Wormwood crashes into the earth, poisoning the earth's fresh water supply. Many die as a result of this calamity.

Trumpet #4: The length of days and nights are apparently changed as a result of the earth's collision with the "star" named Wormwood. The earth's rotation seems to have been accelerated by it. The sun, moon, and stars are thus "stricken" and do not shine for one third of the ordinary time.

The Last Three Trumpets

Trumpet #5: As time passes, the events which transpire become stranger and stranger to our lives now. By the time Jesus returns, this will be a different earth. At the Fifth Trumpet, there are loosed on earth such creatures as none of us has ever seen. These hideous creatures are not permitted to kill anyone, but only to cause men torment - such torment that men will beg to die but "death shall flee from them." These creatures from the "Bottomless Pit" are not permitted by God to harm anyone who has His Seal on his forehead.

Trumpet #6: A 200,000,000 man army marches toward Europe from the East and in its wake leaves one third of the human race dead. At this time God sends His mysterious Two Witnesses to preach to the Jews in Jerusalem. After they preach for three-and-one-half years, the Beast, that man who is completely possessed by Satan, begins his ascent to power by killing these Two Witnesses. By this act, he becomes the world's hero, because the world hated these two holy men.

Trumpet #7: As the Beast solidifies his power over the world with the aid of the False Prophet, the pressures against the saints become unbearable, and the Lord returns and catches them up to himself in the air. He then takes them to heaven for a short time. There, he presents those he has saved to the Father. The saints now having departed from the earth, the unspeakably horrible Seven Last Plagues are prepared by God to be poured out on mankind.

Here is a summary chart of The Seven Trumpets:

The Seven Trumpets

Revelation 8:7 - 14:20

Revelation

Scriptures

Event Related

Scriptures

1st Trumpet

8:7

1/3 of all trees and green grass burned up by hail and fire mixed with blood that is cast upon the earth from heaven. Joel 2:30
2nd Trumpet

8:8-9

A "burning mountain" is cast into the sea, and 1/3 of the sea becomes blood, killing 1/3 of all sea creatures and destroying 1/3 of all ships.  
3rd Trumpet

8:10-11

The star "Wormwood" falls to earth and poisons 1/3 of the earth's supply of fresh water, killing many people.  
4th Trumpet

8:12

1/3 of the sun, moon, and stars is stricken, and they do not shine for 1/3 of every day and night.  

Woe! Woe! Woe! to the inhabitants of the earth

by reason of the trumpets of the three angels which are yet to sound!

5th Trumpet

9:1-12

The key to the Bottomless Pit given to an angel from heaven. Smoke from the Pit darkens the sun, and men are tormented by creatures from the Pit for five months.  
6th Trumpet

9:13 - 11:14

Chapter 9: Four angels are loosed from the River.

A 100,000,000-man army kills 1/3 of all mankind.

(Chapter 10 speaks of 7th Trumpet events.)

Chapter 11: God's two Witnesses are slain by the Beast, who ascends

out of the Bottomless Pit.

The mystery:

Eph.3:1-8;

Col.1:26-27

Rom.11:25

2Thess.2:1-9

7th Trumpet

11:15 - 14:16

(It quickly follows the sixth Trumpet)

Rev.11:14

Chapter 12: The sign of the Son of Man in the sky

Chapter 13: Details concerning the reign of the Beast.

Chapter 14: The Rapture of the faithful saints.

The Sign:

Mt.24:30a

Lk.21:11b

Joel 2:30

The Rapture:

1Cor.15:51-52

1Thess.4:16

"The Beast" In Daniel And Revelation

Daniel Revelation Prophecy
7:1-6 13:2 world powers
7:7 17:3,12-13 ten horns
7:8 17:10-11 the little horn
7:19-20 13:5-6 speaking blasphemies
7:21 13:6-8 warring against the saints
7:9-11 19:19-20 warring against Jesus
7:12-14 - the eternal

kingdom of Christ

Despite what we hear from so many quarters in Christianity, the time for Jesus to return is not now. There is much which must yet come to pass. There are five more of the Seven Seals yet to come, and all of the Seven Trumpets. According to Paul, Jesus will not return for his saints until "the last trumpet". Thanks to Revelation, we know how many trumpets there are and what will happen when each one blows. Thanks to Jesus we can put it all together.


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