A trumpet is a significant instrument in the Old Testament.
According to one commentator, trumpets had three important uses:
- They called the people together (Num. 10:1–8);
- They announced war (Num. 10:9);
- They announced special times (Num. 10:10). For example, when the Law was given (Ex. 19:16–19), when the king was anointed and enthroned (1 Kings 1:34, 39) and at the conquest of Jericho (Josh. 6:13–16) (Warren Wiersbe).
The seven trumpets announce 7 judgements on the earth. The first four are primarily natural judgements.
Here’s what my interpretation of what the first 4 trumpets are.
1. Devastation of plant life and food supply.
“The first angel blew his trumpet, and hail and fire mixed with blood were thrown down on the earth. One-third of the earth was set on fire, one-third of the trees were burned, and all the green grass was burned.” Rev 8:7
2. Devastation of sea life.
“Then the second angel blew his trumpet, and a great mountain of fire was thrown into the sea. One-third of the water in the sea became blood, one-third of all things living in the sea died, and one-third of all the ships on the sea were destroyed.” Rev 8:8-9
3. Devastation of the fresh water supply.
“Then the third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from the sky, burning like a torch. It fell on one-third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star was Bitterness. It made one-third of the water bitter, and many people died from drinking the bitter water.” Rev 8:10-11
4. Devastation of the heavens.
“Then the fourth angel blew his trumpet, and one-third of the sun was struck, and one-third of the moon, and one-third of the stars, and they became dark. And one-third of the day was dark, and also one-third of the night.” Rev 8:12
The last three trumpets are even more devastating than the first four!
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