The 7th trumpet is the start of the third terror and ultimately marks the beginning of Christ’s return.
“Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices shouting in heaven: “The world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever.” Revelation 11:15
After the 7th trumpet, the kingdom of the world will eventually become the Kingdom of God.
The 24 elders celebrate God with a song of worship. They praise God for his might, eternal nature, power, the blessing of his people, his great name, and his judgment (see Rev 11:16-18).
This trumpet marks the start of another round of judgments that will ultimately lead to Christ’s return.
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This is my interpretation of what the 5th and 6th trumpets represent.
5. Satan and his army of demons will be unleashed to torment the unrepentant, but Christians will be protected.
“Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen to earth from the sky, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit… Then locusts came from the smoke and descended on the earth, and they were given power to sting like scorpions. They were told not to harm the grass or plants or trees, but only the people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.” Revelation 9:1, 3–4
6. Four fallen angels and their huge army are released to kill 1/3 of the earth.
“And the voice said to the sixth angel who held the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great Euphrates River.” Then the four angels who had been prepared for this hour and day and month and year were turned loose to kill one-third of all the people on earth. I heard the size of their army, which was 200 million mounted troops.” Revelation 9:14–16
In spite of all this, people still did no repent and turn to God. They continued their idol worship, murder, witchcraft, sexual immorality and theft. God will judge the world.
How does the reality of God’s judgement open our eyes to the seriousness of sin?
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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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