to Chapter 8
The opening of the
seals on the scroll stretch from Revelation chapters 6 to 8. Chapter 7, is
placed between the opening of the sixth seal and the opening of the 7th
seals. The 144,000 from the 12 tribes of Israel spread the Gospel, either
before or after the 6th seal, the great earthquake. The great
earthquake of the 6th seal, opens up the world for further
The break of
time, between the sixth seal, and the opening of the seventh seal, allows
humanity to contemplate their eternity. In chapter 8, the seventh seal is
opened (Rev. 8:1), this brings forward the seven trumpet judgments, in the
seventh trumpet are the seven bowl judgments. The seventh bowl judgment
concludes with fall of the cities of the earth and the return of Christ in
Prior to the opening of
the seventh seal, the evangelism of the 144,000 and the “Two Witnesses” in
Jerusalem, calling down God’s judgment on the earth turn many to salvation
in Christ. With an increase in saved souls, there is also an increase in
persecution, as the Antichrist and his servants pursue those who turn to
Christ. It’s the prayers of these new “Saints” that are heard in Heaven,
causing God’s wrath to commence on the earth. However, even in the Trumpet
Judgments, God’s mercy is demonstrated, by the limited extent of the
judgments. The Trumpet Judgments are limited in their scope as opposed to
the bowl judgments in the second half of the tribulation, which are more
encompassing. One of the main purposes of the tribulation is bring people
to a point of decision.
In chapters 8 and 9, the
trumpet judgments are carried out when the 7 angles blow their trumpets
causing God’s judgments to fall on earth. In the book of Joshua, there is a
prophetic foreshadowing of the events taking place in Revelation. In
Joshua, we have 7 priests with 7 trumpets who circle the city of
Jericho 7 times,
followed by the Arc of the Covenant , led by Joshua. This
foreshadowing is ultimately fulfilled in Revelation’s Trumpet Judgments.
The Seventh Seal Opened
When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half
And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given
At this point, the Lamb
is still opening the seals on the scroll. Chapter 7 was a break between the
6th seal, which resulted in a great earthquake and the opening of
the 7th seal.
The 7-sealed scroll
represents the title of the earth, The seventh seal is the final seal on the
scroll. In the seventh seal, are the seven trumpets and under the seventh
trumpet, is the Seven Bowl Judgments.
Heaven in chapters 4
and 5 is a place where the angels and the redeemed loudly proclaim God’s
glory, rejoicing. At the start of the 8th chapter, we have
silence for half an hour. The silence warns of the storm about to envelope
the earth. The first six seals resulted in unprecedented destruction and
death of ¼ of the earth population, the events to follow are more horrific
in scope. All Heaven stands in silence at what is happen when the 7th
seal is opened.
In Heaven seven
angels stand in the presence of God by His throne, waiting the command, we
know one them is Gabriel. Gabriel told Zacharias the priest, he would have a
son named John (Luke 1:19) Gabriel was also dispatched from the throne to
give Daniel understanding, about the timing of the death of Messiah and what
would precede the Messiah’s return. (Daniel 9:23)
Gabriel and the six
other angels are now to herald the coming judgments on the earth.
The purpose of the trumpet is to draw attention, so people take notice. In
Exodus (Exodus 19), we see the trumpet of God proclaim God’s presence to
The trumpet is also used to call up the saints in the rapture. (I Thes.
Here seven trumpet are
given to seven angels to herald the judgments of God on the Earth. In a
prophetic foreshadowing of this event, before
Israel entered the
promised land 7 priests held seven trumpets. Joshua, commands Israel how
Jericho is to be taken.
"And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark.
But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the
priests shall blow the trumpets.
"It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and
when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with
a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people
shall go up every man straight before him."
The Seven Trumpets of
Joshua and Revelation
7 Trumpets (Rev
Days of Conquest
7 years (Dan
Before the Arc
Before the Throne
Silence until the
sixth day (Joshua 6:10)
Silence in Heaven
for ½ and hour (Rev. 8:1)
Israel (Joshua 6:1)
angels (Rev 19; 14,Mat 24:31)
Time of Invasion
End of 7th
Trumpet (Joshua 6:15-18)
End of 7th
Trumpet (Rev 10:7)
7 Priests before
arc (Joshua 6:6)
7 Angles before
Throne (Rev 8:2)
to 7th Trumpet
Shout by Israel
Loud voices in
Heaven (Rev 11:15)
Rahab & all in
her house waiting for Joshua’s invasion (Joshua 6:17)
Earth waiting for Jesus’ Return (Matt 25:31-41)
Rahab & Israel before invasion
(Ezekiel 16:33-36,Ezekiel 23, Hosea 1:2.2:4,4:10)
Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He
was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the
saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended
before God from the angel's hand.
Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and
threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and
the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
The identity of this
angel has been a point of debate among Bible scholars, since this angel
seems to intercede with the prayers of saints. Some argue this is Jesus
Christ appearing as an angel, interceding on the behalf of saints because he
offers the prayers on the golden altar. This was the function of the
priestly office in the Old Testament.
LaHaye disagrees with this view for two reasons,
The Lord Jesus, when appearing in the Old Testament to the children of God,
is never referred to as “an angel.” Instead, he is always introduced as
“The angel of the Lord” or “The angel of God.”
We have no record of the Lord Jesus appearing on earth as an angel after His
incarnation and ascension to heaven.
Also, the 24 elders have 24 golden bowls with incense which we are told is
the prayers of the saints (Revelation 5:8). The angel could very well be
merely administering and not interceding.
addition to the scene, from the battle of
Jericho (Joshua 6),
Revelation 8 also corresponds to the shadow of the Temple worship (Hebrews
9;4,10:1, Exodus 37:25-28). The censor would hold the fire when combined
with incense, a fragent smoke would ascend upward. This was a picture of
the priestly office, and the smoke represented the prayers and worship going
altar of incense before the holy of holies was a picture of the original
located in Heaven.
Prayers of saints
time in the tribulation, many of the new believers are being pursued and
killed. Their prayers have come before God’s throne.
Fire from the altar
God is now about the
answer the persecution of his saints with His judgment.
The Plagues on
and the Trumpet
In Exodus 7-11 through
the hand of Moses, God sends 10 “Literal plagues” on
resulting in the release of the children of
from their captivity. Four of those plagues are again found here in the
Trumpet judgments. Just as in Egypt, these are literal plagues on the
earth. One point to be revealed in Revelation 11 is these plagues are being
called down on the earth by the “Two Witnesses” who are in
during this time. They are witnessing to the world about the true “God”,
another demonstration of God’s grace. Still, despite the evidence of God’s
power and grace, the earth rejoices at the death of these two individuals at
the hands of the Antichrist.
6 These have power to
shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they
have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with
all plagues, as often as they desire.
10 And those who dwell on
the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another,
because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.
We know from Malachi 4:5
one of these two witnesses is Elijah, the other is either Moses or Enoch.
Moses appeared with Elijah on the
of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:3), and Enoch like Elijah never suffered
death. The story in Exodus in fact is foreshadowing of this event which
results in Israel being freed again after God’s judgments fall on the world
and not just Egypt.
Plagues on Earth
1. Waters turned
to blood (Exodus 7:17)
Sea becomes blood
(Second TrumpetRev. 8:8)
2. Frogs from the
rivers (Exodus 8:3)
3. Lice (Exodus
4. Flies (Exodus
5. Disease on
livestock (Exodus 9:3)
6. Boils and
blisters (Exodus 9:9)
7. Hail (Exodus
Trumpet Rev. 8:7)
Locusts from the
earth (Fifth Trumpet Rev. 9:3)
9. Darkness over
Trumpet Rev. 8:12-13)
10. Death of the
firstborn (Exodus 12:29)
The First Trumpet
The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and
they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and
all green grass was burned up. Revelation 8:7
The first four
trumpet judgment are judgments against the physical earth. In the first
trumpet we see hail, fire and blood. A couple of events could be described
here, this very well could be space matter impacting and showering the
earth, burning trees and grass as the earth is struck.
Another option is
volcanic, Earthquakes and volcanoes both are part of the geophysical earth.
The earthquake in the 6th seal, could very well put in motion
events to shower the earth with hot debris burning the grass and trees in
the process. Joel points to this day of tribulation, and its purpose of
bringing salvation to the lost.
"And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and
pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the
coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall
be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, As
the Lord has said, Among the remnant whom the Lord calls.
The Second Trumpet
Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning
with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.
And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the
ships were destroyed. Revelation 8:8-9
John is describing what
he sees, he describes what most people would see as a meteorite or asteroid
crashing into the sea. In fact, scientist today explain the disappearance
of dinosaurs as a result of a huge meteorite that struck the earth, causing
the death of vegetation, resulting in the death of 75% of life.
This meteorite lands in
the Sea, now which sea is up for debate. Most feel the sea referred to hear
This could also be the Ocean, which is struck by a meteorite causing tidal
waves destroying 1/3 of the ships. The material from the Meteorite could
also be highly toxic causing 1/3 of the living creatures in the sea to die
or the underwater impact could be deadly to sea life.
The Third Trumpet
Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning
like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of
The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and
many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.
The words used by John here are
literally “Mega Asteroid” unlike the burning mountain which fell on the
sea. This meteorite falls on 1/3 of the drinking water. This meteorite
could very well be part of the first one, also being toxic in nature. This
meteorite as it enters earth’s atmosphere could break up causing its
toxicity to cover hit the drinking waters.
Areas such as the great lakes and amazon river, could then carry the toxic
waters downstream causing 1/3 of fresh water to become bitter.
Scientist today try to
keep tabs of all “Near Earth Objects” (NEO’s) because the threat is real
quoting from a recent conference called 2004 Planetary Defense Conference
which met in Garden Grove California in February 2004, the issue was the
defense of the planet from what is described in the book of Revelation.
Quoting from David Morrison (NASA
Ames Research Center) at the conference.
An object half a mile
across packs a one-million-megaton punch, enough to threaten the globe, but
objects this large are rare. "Tunguska-class" objects, that is, those
measuring about 195 feet (60m) across, strike Earth far more frequently.
Indeed, the class itself refers to an object that exploded above the
Siberian taiga in 1908 with an estimated force of 10 megatons or more.
Many men died
The result of this was
the death of those who dwelt on the earth.
The Fourth Trumpet
Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of
the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A
third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.
third of the sun
The results of the
first three trumpets, results in what happens in the fourth. With the
increase in volcanic activity and the burning of grass and trees, the earth
being struck by two asteroids the billowing smoke fills the outer
These events could be
limited to portion of the earth atmosphere causing 1/3 of the sky to be
darkened. A great example is
which caused the earth to appear pitch dark in the middle of the day as
volcanic ash covered the sky. The events spoken about here are much greater
then a single volcanic event.
Woe to the Earth
And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven,
saying with a loud voice, "Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth,
because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are
about to sound!”
Inhabitants of the Earth
inhabitants of the earth as opposed to the inhabitants of Heaven. Those who
trust in the Lord and die on the earth become inhabitants of Heaven.
These first four trumpets all involve environmental catasrophies, the next
two trumpets are God’s judgments against man as opposed to the environment