The Trumpets

The Revelation of Jesus Christ

The seventh Seal gives more detail about the 6th seal, remember 7 speaks of fullness and completion. The last seal reveals angels sounding 7 trumpets. Trumpets in the Old Testament are associated with warfare in Scripture. These judgments are executed by angels from the throne of God under the direction of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a picture of God declaring war upon the nations of the earth in Revelations 8,9.

  1. The 1st trumpet reveals fire and hail (comet) that burns one third of the earth’s vegetation—8:7
  2. The 2nd trumpet reveals a mountain (asteroid) thrown into sea that turns a third of the seas to blood, and destroys a third of ships (tsunamis)—8:8,9
  3. The 3rd trumpet reveals a star called Wormwood (comet) from heaven poisons a third of the fresh waters—8:10,11
  4. The 4th trumpet reveals a third part of the sun, moon and stars darkened causing the days to be shortened (atmosphere effected by cometary strike)—8:12,13
  5. The 5th trumpet is called the 1st woe and reveals a star (comet) striking the earth and opening deep pit that releases debris into the atmosphere causing darkness and plague upon men’s flesh for 5 months (the plague is describe as if it were locusts). Notice the star is personified and given the name Appolyon, meaning destroyer because of it’s devastating effect upon humanity.—9:1-12
  6. The 6th trumpet is called the 2nd woe and describes a cometary strike described as an army of 200,000,000 horsemen with heads and tails spewing fire and brimstone, killing 1/3 of the world population in one hour. The only clear explanation of this kind of devastation in one hour is a cometary strike from the heavens. (This is not an army of men or demons but debris falling from the sky)—9:13-21

The Little Book

Then we come to Chapter 10 where the Apostle John is given a little book and is instructed to eat it. This occurs between the 6th and 7th trumpet. The 7th trumpet heralds the return of Christ at the end of the 7 year tribulation, “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.”—10:1-7

John eats the book which tastes sweet but is bitter to the stomach because the 7 bowl judgments are so severe and terrible. The 7 bowls are also described as bowls of wrath and plague. These 7 bowls bring the judgments to fullness and completion, they reveal what the earth will be like at the end of the seven year tribulation.—10:8-10