Hang on the ride is about to get very rough. If you are still on the earth by this time and have not by now received the eternal gospel preached by the 144,000 of Israel sealed in their foreheads, you are the subject of God’s wrath.
Once the 144,000 are sealed, we see the great multitude dressed in white robes worshiping the Lord in heaven where it is said they will always be in the Lord’s presence and supplied with every need we get to chapter 8.
The seventh and final seal, once opened causes silence in heaven for half an hour. A time of prayer for all those belonging to God in heaven and the earth.
Another angel with a golden censer comes and puts fire in it from the altar. Revelation 8: 3-5:
“He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. 4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. 5 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.” (NIV)
God honors the prayers of his people here. Now they have been mistreated by those of the earth who reject God in disbelief. So the Lord is going to make believers of them and give them what they want. An earth without the blessings of God and his wrath.
The seventh seal is answer to all the prayers of all the saints from murdered Able to those still on earth who have now believed and repented. The seventh seal announces the woes of the seven trumpet judgments of God.
Revelation 8: 6:
“Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.” (NIV)
The Judgment Trumpets: Revelation 8: 7:
“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.”
Hundred pound hail stones and fire mixed with blood. An Eco-catastrophe beyond imagination.
Revelation 8: 8, 9:
“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, 9 a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.” (NIV)
The Eco-catastrophe just got much worse. The Caribbean vacation is off. I cannot help but smirk at the great, the rich, the powerful in charge, finally with the beast, the false prophet and anti-christ oh so clever now in charge of a world not only dying but being killed out from under them by Almighty God.
Notice these judgments seem to be coming swiftly one follows the other making the head swim. Pope-nocchio and all your favorite politicians and reporters.
The third trumpet: Revelation 8:
“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— 11 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.” (NIV)
Yummy enjoying radioactive water. All their hair falls out and none of them are pretty anymore with loosening teeth. Shrimp, Lobster, Steak with Roasted Almonds and teeth that aren’t useful for eating it.
Four: Revelation 8: 12:
“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.” (NIV)
Fifth Trumpet: Ready? Revelation 8: 13: But first an important message from our sponsors, The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit with help from their musical angels:
“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!” (NIV)
Hey only three more, with the persistent effects of the plagues, famine, and the first fours songs. God’s Grammy Awards for all the arrogant of the earth well deserved for their horrendous misdeeds and blood guilt.
“The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. 2 When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. 3 And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. 4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes. 6 During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.
7 The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. 8 Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9 They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. 10 They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. 11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).”
This star is an angel who opens the abyss where all the really bad demons are held until the time of their eternal destruction. And here they come mad as little scorpion hornets. Are you ready?
Those stung will want to die but death will evade them. You’re not escaping through suicide.
GOOD NEWS: Only two more to go! Oh and then that eternity in torment thing. But let’s focus on what’s in front of you right now. Maybe vote for some more abortions or something to get your money’s worth out of the wrath of God. Treat yourself, you deserve it.
Here we need to realize God being holy we all deserve this sort of treatment. But God recognizing it is every bit the result of Adam’s fall sent a second Adam his son along with (regular old with regular human flesh and blood) Mary the mother of Jesus so he had him, “The Lamb that takes away the sin of the world” as John the Baptist testified. You need only cry out to Jesus for God’s mercy now to plot a new course for the multitude before the throne in heaven and avoid the eternal pot holes here.
“The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come.” (NIV)
Trumpet 6, Woe Two: Revelation 9: 13 – 21:
The Hits keep coming:
“The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the four horns of the golden altar that is before God. 14 It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand. I heard their number.
17 The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur. 18 A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths. 19 The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.
20 The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. 21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.” (NIV)
Oh Goody another war. Here we find a 200,000,000 man army decked with Red, Yellow and Blue (Kings of the East … China, North Korea?) and lots of tanks killing with fire, smoke and sulfur. A third of those left on the earth killed. Place smells like death by now. That’s what they wanted, so they are going to get it. The Lord is kind and gives everyone what they want.
Verses 20 and 21 list the things they would not repent of and this speaks to hardened hearts now, hardened by God.
Now we are down to just one woe left.
We will pick up on that next time. There are transitional chapters between the Sixth and the Seventh Trumpets including the two witnesses who testify in Jerusalem. Until then.
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