- Prayers of God’s People Heard and Judgment Sent.
- The First Trumpet Sounds…………………….Hail and Fire Mixed with Blood.
- When the Second Trumpet Sounds…..Huge Mountain Ablaze Thrown into the Sea.
- When the Third Trumpet Sounds……….Great Star Blazing like a Torch Turns Waters Bitter.
- When the Fourth Trumpet Sounds…….Sun, Moon, and Stars Struck.
- Bad News for People on Earth When the Next Three Trumpets Sound.
Prayers of God’s People Heard and Judgment Sent.
Those who remain faithful to God through Jesus Christ suffers horribly within the first six seals. So much so that they cry out to God wondering how much longer it will be before He brings judgment to the earth. We are seeing the beginning of that suffering today. The prayers of those suffering are heard by God, and the moment of judgment has come. It comes with thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightening, and an earthquake. The six trumpets are the answer to the prayers of God’s suffering people as the world faces its destruction.
The opening of the seventh seal reveals seven trumpets and when they blow things on earth get real nasty. Before that, God put His seal on the forehead of His people to enable each of us to persevere through the great tribulation. Today, through the written Word of the Bible, the Lamb of God prepares us for what He is going to do.
“When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.
Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne.
The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.”
These are the First Four of the Seven Trumpets.
This chapter covers four of the seven Trumpets within the Seventh Seal. There is an escalation in the size of objects impacting earth. It starts out being hail-sized mixed with blood, escalates to mountain sized, then becomes a great burning star that falls to earth. Each one is filled with fire and brings destruction. The hail and fire mixed with blood burns up 1/3 of the earth and all the green grass. The huge mountain that is all ablaze brings havoc to the seas. Then, a great star that is all ablaze comes from the sky and contaminates 1/3 of the rivers and springs.
This could be an escalation of some type of military weapons, with the “great star, blazing like a torch,” being an escalation that turns nuclear. Its contamination turns the waters bitter, and people die from drinking it. The thing that is sure is there is destruction to the earth, seas, and fresh waters. That is enough to put the global economy on very, very rocky ground with skyrocketing inflation and tremendous human suffering.
The first trumpet sounds and there is hail and fire mixed with blood hurled onto the earth. This is mixed with blood so there is the loss of human life as the hail and fire ravishes the earth. There is the destruction of 1/3 of trees, and all green grass is burned up, along with the spilling of blood. This would definitely affect the resources of the earth, causing damage to the global economy and inciting skyrocketing inflation. At the same time, those who serve the mark of the beast are beginning to experience the effects of the first plague, they have severe, malignant, and festering sores. Worse than boils. This would also affect the unemployment rate and the ability to recruit healthy employees. I think of the massive wildfires, endemics, and pandemics that this world is already seeing, and exactly at the same time that the mark of the beast is in the world.
For us today, it is very easy to envision fires destroying the earth and people losing their lives. We also know how quickly the global economy can be destabilized by events affecting the resources of the earth. With 1/3 of the earth being burned up, 1/3 of the trees, and all the green grass, the global supply of grains, fruits, vegetables, and lumber would be devastated. Inflation would be more than sky-high; it would be an absolute humanitarian crisis. The war in Ukraine gives a preview into how quickly the global order can become global disorder.
Prices would skyrocket for those able to buy, sell, give, and receive within the system that governs by the mark of the beast. For the followers of Jesus who refuse to live by the mark of the beast, there would be hunger, thirst, and death.
“The first angel sounded his trumpet,
and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth.
A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up,
and all the green grass was burned up.”
When the second trumpet sounds, there is an escalation in the size of what is thrown into the sea. The mountain-sized burning object is thrown into the sea, which is enormously bigger than the hail-sized objects that burn up the earth. The mountain-sized object that is ablaze brings havoc to the seas. So much havoc that “1/3” of the sea turns into blood in the process of killing ocean life and destroying “1/3” of ships. Ships would include commercial fishing boats, huge cargo barges of merchandise, military ships etc. That would definitely be another huge blow to the global economy, driving inflation even higher. “1/3” of all consumer products and resources coming from the ocean or being transported over the seas would be lost. Not only is there a global shortage of earth resources, now there is a global shortage on the oceans. The second plague turns the sea into blood as of a dead person and causes death. This is surely a deadly blood borne disease. The blood of the sea of the second trumpet is obviously talking about the ocean, but the sea of the second plague is apparently speaking of the “sea” as being a population of people. This is definitely not a good era to be embracing humanism which is empowered by the mark of the beast. Human suffering is horrid and global prosperity is collapsing, the government of those who operate through the mark of the beast are failing. The human diseases would definitely affect the ability to find employees, which complicates the global economy.
The global order is very disordered at this time. The world government that operates by the inner presence of the mark of the beast is scrambling for survival.
In the same way that the hail and fire mixed with blood is possibly due to military action, it is just as true with the fiery mountain that was thrown into the sea. I have heard that governments of the world have “water bombs” that operate under water to devastate anything in its path as well as causing tsunami-like effects. War has a way of escalating very quickly and it takes place on land and sea. War also brings upheaval to global economies, and especially today as the world is intertwining their resources for a common purpose.
“The second angel sounded his trumpet,
and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea.
A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died,
and a third of the ships were destroyed.”
When the third trumpet sounds there is a “great star” falling from the sky. It contaminates the rivers and springs of water and people who drink from those contaminated waters die. Rivers and springs of fresh water sources are needed to sustain life. It is probably nuclear contamination because the source is from “a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch.” Two thousand years ago there were no words to describe gunpowder, and rockets flying through the sky with nuclear capability would have been unfathomable. That is why the Holy Spirit uses symbolism to speak to future generations. In the year 2022, we can immediately identify the symbolism by the things in the world. The lack of fresh water would affect personal hygiene, the ability to flush toilets, it would prohibit most cooking, irrigation of crops would be stopped, livestock couldn’t be watered, store shelves would be bare, hospitals incapable of functioning, etc. The lack of fresh water would add to the complications of a disease-stricken world and add to the global calamity of economic collapse.
The third plague is to give blood to drink to those responsible for killing God’s people. The third plague turns the fresh waters of rivers and springs into blood. The third trumpet is obviously talking about the contamination of fresh water, but fresh water in this third plague apparently refers to ruining whatever freshness is left in the world. For example, fresh gatherings turn into deadly crowd surges, fresh shopping experiences turn into altercations, fresh time of relaxation turns into a deadly mishap, etc. I think of how many bitter people there is in the world after the devastation of 1/3 of the earth and seas. They would be facing huge unemployment, astronomical prices of food, gas, school supplies, and every imaginable consumer product. People everywhere would be drinking in bitterness, agitation, and anger among those without Jesus Christ. I can envision the violence and death that would be on the earth from that bitterness, it would be the “Black Friday” sales on steroids. The global economy collapses, not to mention the inability to effectively govern over those affected by the extreme scarcity, high prices, and horrid humanitarian conditions.
Those who are financially able to buy, sell, give, and receive could find water for astronomical prices. The followers of Jesus Christ, who reject the mark of the beast, would experience extreme scarcity of water and every type of resources.
“The third angel sounded his trumpet,
and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers
and on the springs of water— the name of the star is Wormwood.
A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.”
When the fourth trumpet sounds, it’s after the devastation of the earth, seas, fresh waters, and the death of many people. This is a time when 1/3 of the light from the sun, moon and stars are darkened, a 1/3 of the day does not shine and same for the night. The fourth plague is global warming as the sun’s intense heat scorches people, but they blaspheme God and refuse to repent. In this year 2022, scientists caused a satellite to crash against an asteroid to knock it off course “as a rehearsal to save the planet.” I can imagine scientists trying to do something similar to the sun to try to cool the earth and control its intense heat. It’s like trying to blow out a part of the sun’s flames, which gives a sneak preview into “1/3” of the sun being darkened when the fourth trumpet sounds. Also, today’s trend is to rely more and more on solar energy from the sun to transition into a “clean energy” world. The problems with the sun ruins that.
I can also envision the blackout of a “1/3” of the sun due to something like a violent pounding of the earth, or similar to a massive volcanic eruption. We know that pollution and volcanic activity can dim the light of the sun, moon, and stars, so I can imagine that the effects of nuclear weapons could too. Whatever the cause, to lose a “1/3” of the day, about four hours, would be a huge blow in so many ways. It is a death blow to what is left of a collapsed economy. The electric grid would be way overtaxed and trying to operate a business a near impossibility. A lack of sun is devastating for agriculture and many other human and environmental factors. All these catastrophes come as a result of the persecution of God’s people, and for blaspheming God, rejecting Jesus Christ, and trampling on the Holy Spirit.
From any perspective, much of the sunshine has gone out of the world and it has become a cruel and dark place to live. Life is found in the Son of God, through the forgiveness of sin, and that is where Salvation is, that is the Salvation that resurrects us into eternal life. It’s necessary to believe in God, accept Jesus Christ as Lord of our life, and to live in the Holy Spirit.
“The fourth angel sounded his trumpet,
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 turned dark.
A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.”
Bad News for People on Earth When the Next Three Trumpets Sound.
After the devastation brought by the first four trumpets, it is easy to understand the meaning of this verse,
“… “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages,
and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages,
and do not damage the oil and the wine!”
Now, things are about ready to become much worse as the next three trumpets are about to sound.
“As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair call out in a loud voice:
“Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of
the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!”