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The Seven Trumpets

Parts 4-6

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There are some key points that we need to address as we proceed with this study. Ultimately, I want you to consider and understand that the seven trumpets were deliberately and purposefully designed by God to accomplish several marvelous objectives during the Great Tribulation. This is one of the most impressive things about God: Everything He does has layers or purposes.

 

For example, I like to think of God’s temple in Heaven as a multipurpose room. It is a courtroom, a stateroom and a cathedral – all at the same time!

 

Let’s begin with revelation 8:2:

 

Revelation 8:2   and I saw the seven angels’ who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. [This event is a punctilliar moment – therefore, we have to ask: “When does this event occur?”]

 

You may recall from last month’s study that I believe the best answer to this question is 1994. The termination of the Jubilee calendar in 1994 harmoniously resolves three key issues in the book of Revelation:  

 

1.   The full cup principle – there is a limit to God’s patience, thus the end of corporate mercy at the altar of incense is appropriate after 1994

2.   There is a delay in Revelation 7 – Jesus is waiting for the selection of the 144,000

3.   There is literal time in Daniel and Revelation – for example, the 1,260 days, 42 months, 1,000 years, 1,290 days and 1,335 days

 

(Furthermore, for those of you who understand that Daniel 8:14 reaches to the Spring of 1844, the termination of the Jubilee Calendar at the end of the seven full “great days” in 1994 makes a lot more sense than trying to terminate the Jubilee calendar in 1844, which is 150 years short of fulfilling the “great day” of Sabbath. In other words, from the Exodus in 1437 B.C. to 1844 is 340 years short of seven “great days.” However, 1437 B.C. to 1994 is a full 3,430 years, making seven great days of 490 years each.) If you are still foggy on the operation of the Jubilee Calendar, I hope you review this study.

 

We have been informed about a delay in God’s wrath in Revelation 7 because God wants us to know that He is waiting for something more important than the execution of His wrath against sin. Jesus is waiting upon “the appointed time!” With God, timing is everything!

 

Habakkuk 2:3   “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it may linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”

 

Daniel 8:19   He said: “I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end.”

 

Daniel 11:27   The two kings, with their hearts bent on evil, will sit at the same table and lie to each other, but to no avail, because an end will still come at the appointed time.”

 

Revelation 9:15   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.”

 

Again, “With God, timing is everything.” Let’s assemble a few ideas:

 

We know from our study on the seven seals that the fourth seal is the next seal to open.

 

Revelation 6:7   When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!”

 

Revelation 6:8   I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.”

 

The fourth seal consists of punitive judgments that will kill 25% of Earth’s population. Sword, famine, plague and wild beasts are used by God to punish wickedness. When Israel became hopelessly wicked, the Lord told Ezekiel:

 

Ezekiel 14:21   “For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: How much worse will it be when I send against Jerusalem my four dreadful judgments – sword and famine and wild beasts and the plague – to kill its men and their animals!”

 

In our day, the judgments of the fourth seal will be accomplished by the seven trumpets! When corporate mercy ends, when the censer at the corporate altar is cast down, God’s wrath begins. God’s four judgments are punitive in nature, that is, they produce corporate punishment. Last month, we looked at the first four trumpets and found them to be destructive judgments: 1/3 of the Earth will be burned up, two asteroids impacts will cause enormous destruction and the loss of life and the darkness of the fourth trumpet will keep food crops from growing….

 

Add to these facts the fact that four angels in Revelation 7 have been waiting since 1994 to release their harm on the Earth, sea, and trees and there is no wiggle room left on this topic.

 

When the censer is cast down in Revelation 8:5, corporate intercession will end and the wrath of God will break out on this planet because the intercession of Jesus on behalf of the whole world will be ‘taken out of the way.”

 

Jesus has been “standing in the way” of God’s wrath upon this world for almost 6,000 years. [In other words, Jesus has been interceding between God and man.]

Two critical points:

 

1.   The intercession of Jesus for 6,000 years on behalf of the whole world [corporate intercession] is a new idea for most Christians. Few people are aware of the doctrine of parallel temples, and very few of those who are aware of this doctrine have investigated the unique role assigned to each of the two altars in the earthly temple! Most Christians do not understand the service that took place at the Altar of Incense on earth, and even fewer understand what takes place at the Altar of Incense in Heaven’s temple. (Revelation 8:5)

 

Nevertheless, the Bible teaches that God deals with mankind on a corporate basis and He deals with us on an individual basis. That’s why there are two altars in the earthy temple as well as the heavenly temple.

 

To keep both levels of intercession suspended in your mind, just remember that at times, God dealt with ancient Israel as one nation and He also dealt with people as individuals. Cities and nations can grieve away the Holy Spirit when a majority has hardened their hearts. Ask Sodom and Gomorrah about this. When this corporately occurs, God takes action. His wrath is released.

 

Think about this: God dealt with the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah as groups of people. God dealt with the antediluvians as one group of people. God dealt with Jericho as one group of people. God dealt with Nineveh as one group of people.

 

2.   When a majority of a city, nation or the whole world, passes where God’s patience has no redeeming effect, God steps in with redemptive judgments. The Bible demonstrates this policy over and over and over. I call it the “The Full Cup Principle.”

 

If God’s redemptive judgments do not bring about repentance and reformation, then destructive judgments will follow. This is why in revelation’s story there are 7 trumpets and 7 bowls:

 

7 redemptive judgments

7 destructive judgments

 

The concept of corporate intercession is highly important within Revelation 8 because this service was called “the daily service” in ancient times. It was conducted every evening and morning on the Altar of Incense in the earthly temple. Atonement for the whole camp of Israel was conducted on the Altar of Incense.

 

Therefore, the doctrine of parallel temples leads us to understand that the “casting down” of the censer at the Altar of Incense in Heaven indicates that the daily service on behalf of the whole Earth is abruptly and permanently terminated.

 

Daniel 12:11   “From the time that the daily (service in Heaven’s temple or sacrifice) [the word sacrifice is supplied by translators, it is not in the text] is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation [a horrible act that is designed to destroy God’s people] is set up, there will be 1,290 days.

 

Daniel 12:12   Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days.”

 

Daniel 12:13   “As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.”

 

The “casting down” of the censer in Revelation 8:5 indicates more than just the holy fire being put out, throwing down the censer indicates righteous indignation. Wrath!

 

The censer and the coals are thrown down – something like Moses throwing down the Ten Commandments when he came down the mountain and saw the idolatry of Israel at the base of Mt. Sinai.

 

Moses had just been in God’s awesome and holy presence and no doubt this glorious encounter made the depraved behavior of Israel far more grievous than usual because Moses saw the disgusting nature of sin for what it was. Moses was justifiably outraged, and he destroyed the law that had been broken by Israel’s rebellion. 

 

So it is. God’s patience with evil has made people bold and shameless in their sinful ways. Sexual immorality, hatred, murder and violence are escalating and I believe that the ultimate display of violence is a coming nuclear exchange. During World War III, I believe the censer will be thrown down and divine wrath will arrest the attention of everyone living on Earth.

 

We briefly examined the contents of the first four trumpets in our last study. I have a few more comments about them that I hope you will consider:

 

In a sentence, the first four trumpets will be a shock and awe campaign. The first four trumpets will bring awesome and overwhelming destruction on notably wicked places.

 

How do we know that this destruction will fall on notably wicked places?

 

1.   At the end of the first four trumpets, a warning is sent to Earth:

 

Revelation 8:13   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 angles!”

 

When we study the last three trumpets, you will find they exclusively fall on wicked people.

 

2.   When we study the beasts of Revelation, you will find that the first four trumpets will unite the religious and political leaders of the world. All of them will conclude, on the basis of indisputable evidence, that Almighty God is alive and very angry with the behavior of mankind.

 

In other words, by destroying notably wicked places, the survivors will easily conclude that God is angry at wicked behavior. In other words, these judgments will not appear to be coincidental. Therefore, the response of mankind will be focused from the start: God must be appeased through repentance and worship or everyone will promptly die.

 

3.   We also know the destruction described in the first four trumpets perfectly align with the power given to the first four angels in Revelation 7. Remember, the four angels ‘had been given power to harm the land, the sea, and the trees. [Physical things] Therefore, the fiery hail will burn up the wicked places like Sodom and Gomorrah. The first asteroid impact will wash away wicked seaport cities. The second asteroid impact will ruin the underground aquifers on a very wicked continent. The darkness of the fourth trumpet will introduce famine and millions living in heavily congested cites will die.

 

The destruction that attends the first four trumpets is in perfect alignment with the fourth seal (25% of earth’s population will die) and the casting down of the censer that marks the end of corporate intercession by Jesus. And now that it is 2008, there’s no question that all this will happen after 1994.

 

When mercy ends, wrath begins. Do you see that perfect harmony keeps growing from the sum of all the parts! The Bible is so amazing!

 

The book of Revelation was written about 30 years after the Apostle Paul was beheaded. However, Paul was shown a few things about the end of the world.

 

Paul knew the devil would be allowed to physically appear at the end of the world. He knew that the devil would masquerade as Almighty God and his blasphemous claims would be ‘backed up” with the most amazing miracles the world has ever seen. Paul discusses this event at some length in 2 Thessalonians 2.

 

Paul indicates that Lucifer will take the form of a glorious man, and while in this form, he will “be the man of sin [KJV],” or “the lawless one [NIV].” [This is no coincidence. Jesus took the form of a man to save the world, and Lucifer will be permitted to take the form of a man to destroy the world!]

 

Paul knew that Lucifer would be allowed to come out of the spirit realm and be visible at the appointed time! Paul knew the devil would present himself to mankind in the form of a glorious and beautiful man. [This should not surprise us for we know the devil appeared before Eve in the form of a beautiful serpent for the purpose of deception.] The point here is that Paul knew the devil could not appear before mankind until corporate intercession had ended!

 

In other words, the devil is not permitted to leave the spirit realm where he is presently confined [the abyss] until the censer is cast down.

2 Thessalonians 2:5   Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?

 

2 Thessalonians 2:6   And now you know what is holding him [the devil] back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:7   For the secret [unseen] power of lawlessness [rebellion against God] is already at work; but the one who now holds it back [Jesus] will continue to do so till he [Jesus] is taken out of the way.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:8   And then the lawless one [the man of sin] will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.”  

 

We should not be surprised, but Paul’s prediction perfectly aligns with the details set forth in the book of Revelation that was written 30 years after Paul’s death. The devil will physically appear during the fifth trumpet – and we know the fifth trumpet will occur after the censer is cast down [The fifth trumpet occurs after Jesus is taken out of the way].

 

You may recall that the casting down of the censer is marked on Earth by four physical phenomena: Peals of thunder, lightening, rumblings and an earthquake. When the censer is cast down, the whole world will be in the middle of World War III, but the whole world will be brought to a sudden and abrupt stop.  

 

This earthquake will break up the surface of the Earth so that travel (and war) will be difficult, if not impossible. The global earthquake that comes from God in Revelation 8:5 will be a surgical strike. God has a strategic purpose – a deliberate purpose for this earthquake. Bridges, roads, high rise buildings, freeways, runways, hydroelectric dams, power grids and underground utilities will be toppled or pulled apart.

 

God will divide Earth into 144,000 small parcels and in each parcel, one of God’s servants will be found. You may be wondering, how can this earthquake be global since Revelation 8:5 doesn’t say anything about the earthquake being global? Good question. Consider this:  

 

The following occurs at the Second Coming:

 

Revelation 16:17   The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne saying, “It is done.”

 

Revelation 16:18   Then there came flashes of lightening, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake….

 

Revelation 16:20   Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found.

 

Revelation 16:21   From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon man. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.”

 

So, at the Second Coming there will be:

 

1.   flashes of lightening

2.   rumblings,

3.   peals of thunder

4.   the worst global earthquake ever (every mountain and island moved)

5.   hailstorm

 

The Second Coming is a global event. Moving the islands and mountains out of their places is a global event.

 

Now, look at the text concerning the seventh trumpet:

 

Revelation 11:19   Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the Ark of the Covenant. And there came flashes of lightening, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm.”

 

 At the seventh trumpet there will be:

 

1.   flashes of lightening,

2.   rumblings,

3.   peals of thunder

4.   an earthquake

5.   hailstorm

 

The seventh trumpet is a global event. The Ark of the Covenant, which contains God’s law, the Ten Commandments, will be shown to the whole world because this is the higher law, which the wicked refused to acknowledge.

 

The point here is that the seventh trumpet and the Second Coming share exact same physical phenomena with this exception, the earthquake at the Second Coming is more intense.

 

Now, look at this familiar text:

 

Revelation 8:5   Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the alter, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightening and an earthquake.”

 

For the third time in Revelation we find:

 

1.   flashes of lightening,

2.   rumblings,

3.   peals of thunder

4.   an earthquake

5.   hailstorm

 

But you say, no hailstorm was mentioned in Revelation 8:5. True, but the hailstorm of burning hail is mentioned in verse 7, the first trumpet.

 

Revelation 8:7   The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon 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.”

 

Ok, three times the same physical phenomena take place. Since the end of corporate mercy concerns the whole world, what would be the point of a great earthquake in some remote parts of Siberia when the censer is thrown down?

 

Did the earthquake and the tsunami that killed 250,000 people in December 2004, affect daily life in the United States. No. Will the end of corporate mercy affect everyone on Earth? Yes.

 

Therefore, these signs and wonders have to be global. The book of Revelation is just as pertinent and relevant in Moscow, Jerusalem and Sydney as it is in Washington, D.C.

 

What we have learned so far?

 

1.   We know the censer hasn’t been cast down because God’s wrath has not begun. In fact, no historical event meets the specifications given in Revelation 8. Zero. [For what it is worth, it was widely believed by geologists that a global earthquake was impossible until 1995. During that year, and earthquake occurred near Bogota, Columbia that was felt from top to bottom throughout the western hemisphere.  That event singularly and suddenly changed the thinking of geologists and geosciences.

 

Then, again, the huge earthquake that created the tsunami in southern Asia during December 2004 proved that a global earthquake was possible. That earthquake, a 9.2 on the Richter scale, literally shook the whole world and it even affected the rotation of our planet! So, the facts perfectly align with Bible prophecy. We know the censer hasn’t been thrown down because there is no historical event that meets the specifications given in Revelation 8.

 

2.   The world has not seen the 144,000. We also know that the four angels have not inflicted the harm they have power to do. They aren’t allowed to hurt the Earth until the 144,000 are sealed.

 

3.   We know that the harm will be when the first two trumpets sound:

 

1.   Land:   1/3 of the trees will be burned up / all green grass burned up

 

2.   Sea:   Great asteroid will impact sea, 1/3 of the ships will sink, 1/3 of the sea   turns red like blood, 1/3 of the sea creatures die

 

These things have not happened in history past and neither will they happen after a pre-tribulation rapture. They are coming soon and they will affect you and me.

 

I am very impressed with the timing of Revelation’s story. After the world experiences a nuclear exchange or two, the saints will be praying “Save us Lord Jesus!” And the Lord will hear and answer our prayers! As Man prepares to release another round of atomic punishment on each other, God releases His wrath on mankind and all of this occurs a mere 1,335 days before the Second Coming and the seventh millennium begins! Wow. With God, timing is everything! Now, here’s an interesting thought:

 

Jesus said, Matthew 24:22   “If these days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.”

 

This verse raises a difficult question. “Why would God give us the length of several time-periods within the Great Tribulation, only to change them? Why would God say one thing in the Bible, and then make the Bible inaccurate?”

 

For example, the Bible teaches the Great Tribulation will be 1,335 days in length. The work of the Two Witnesses will be 1,260 days in length. The persecution of the saints will last 42 months and the fifth trumpet will be five months in length, etc.

 

If Jesus is waiting for a day that is 1,335 days from the beginning of the seventh millennium, it is possible that Jesus could start the Great Tribulation a little early because World War III breaks out? In other words, instead of waiting for the precise day that is 1,335 days from the beginning of the seventh millennium, it is possible that the Lord could cast down the censer and begin the 1,335 days of the Great Tribulation a little earlier than planned. If so, this would put the Second Coming a little earlier than the commencement of the seventh millennium.

 

Of course, I can’t say how “those days” will be shortened. I can say that God will somehow reduce the number of days for the sake of His children. It will be just fine with me if Jesus gets here sooner than later.

 

Let’s go through the first four trumpets a second time because I want to point out three interesting things:

 

First, the seven trumpets should be considered ”designer judgments.” This means they have been deliberately and thoughtfully designed to say certain things to the survivors. Second, you have noticed the repetitive use of “1/3.” Twelve times this quantity is mentioned. We will discuss this. Third, please notice the language – notice that literal events produce literal results.

 

Revelation 8:7   The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was (1) burned up, a third of the trees (2) burned up, and all the green grass was (3) burned up.

 

Hail and fire mixed with blood? The idea of blood mixed with hail and fire is one of mercy. Yes, God justifiably burns up a third of Earth, but God mercifully spares 2/3’s of the Earth. Let’s look at Revelation 14 that promises there will be no mixture of mercy for those who worship the beast and receive his mark:

 

Revelation 14:9   And the third angel followed them, saying in a loud voice, if any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

 

Revelation 14:10  The same will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture (of mercy) into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.”

 

The parallel here is simple. The first trumpet is a positive judgment of fire, but the blood of Jesus is mixed in with this sentence of wrath for the sake of saving individuals. However, we find that those who choose to worship the beast and receive his mark will be destroyed with fire and brimstone and no mercy will be shown them.

 

In addition to this, we know the wicked will not be shown any mercy at the Second Coming:

 

Revelation 6:12   I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red,

 

Revelation 6:13   and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs fall from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.

 

Revelation 6:16   They [the wicked] called to the [falling] mountains and the rock [meteorites], “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!

 

The “falling stars” at the Second Coming are rocks, as in meteorites. Jesus will punish some of the wicked with fire and brimstone. In fact, a lake of fire will be ignited at the Second Coming that will burn until the end of the 1,000 years. At the end of the 1,000 years, the devil and his angels will be thrown into this lake of burning sulfur.

 

The point here is that when the first trumpet sounds, fiery hailstones will speed through Earth’s atmosphere at 35,000 + mph and these flying rocks will kill men and beast alike. As I said earlier, thousands of notably wicked places all over the world will be set on fire, and millions of people will be burned up. The survivors will think the gates of hell have been opened up and that the end of life has come.

 

These horrible fires will sterilize notably wicked places, then, an asteroid will hit an ocean and huge waves of water, several hundred feet high, will wash inland for miles. It’s a though the sins of notably wicked places will be washed away. 

 

Remember, fire and water will be used to cleanse Earth.

 

Revelation 8:8   The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was [deliberately] thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood,

 

Revelation 8:9   a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

 

[This trumpet describes an asteroid impact on an ocean. A blazing hot asteroid impact will make the water anoxic [oxygen defiant] and red algae, which thrive in anoxic water, will give the ocean the appearance of blood. The stench of death will surface and be found everywhere. Millions of sea creatures will die and wash ashore. A third of the ships will sink. The resulting tsunami will wash away thousands of grossly wicked seaports and millions of godless people living by the sea will perish. Because the sea will remain angry and violent after the impact, global commerce will be nearly impossible. Ships will not be able to navigate the churning water. The financial infrastructures of Earth will implode. “…On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Luke 21:25]

 

Revelation 8:10   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 –

 

Revelation 8:11   the name of the star is Wormwood [the word means poisonous]. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.  

 

This blazing asteroid will impact an evil continent. This impact will release more energy than all of the nuclear warheads from all nations combined. Geological strata will be broken up and some large underground aquifers will become contaminated. 

 

This judgment will cause millions of people to drink poisonous water and die. Let’s review a similar situation that God faced during the time of ancient Israel:

 

Jeremiah 9:13   The Lord said, “It is because they have forsaken my law, which I set before them; they have not obeyed me or followed my law.

 

Jeremiah 9:14   Instead, they have followed the stubbornness of their hearts; they have followed the Baals, as their fathers taught them.”

 

Jeremiah 9:15   Therefore, this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “See, I will make this people eat bitter food and drink poisoned [wormwood] water.”

 

After the second asteroid impact (third trumpet), many of the survivors will figure out that God is angry. They will be motivated to quickly appease God because notably wicked places were either decimated by fiery hailstones, a great tsunami or by contaminated water. In other words, God’s destruction will speak volumes, but the destination of His wrath will leave no wiggle room: God must be appeased or everyone will perish!

 

After the third trumpet occurs, religious conservatives will demand legislation to prevent people from sinning against God and who can intelligently argue with their demands? Look at the evidence! This will convince everyone that all will soon die unless God is promptly appeased.

 

Listen carefully: The human response to God’s judgments is clearly described in Revelation’s story. In fact, the Bible predicts a crisis government will form. The crisis government will include all of the religious and political systems of the world because the planet has one common enemy; His name is Almighty God (Jesus).

 

Man will rush into a solution to appease God. They will form a crisis government to lead the world in appeasing God’s wrath. This crisis government is “the beast” that comes up out of the sea in Revelation 13:1. Because it will be internally conflicted (in opposition with itself) it is called Babylon in the book of Revelation.  Babylon will be the great authority and it makes laws and rule over all nations.

 

Revelation 13:7   “He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.”

 

The point here is that God designed the first four trumpet-judgments so they would produce Babylon – a specific human response. This response is clearly explained in Revelation 13. In other words, the overwhelming destruction caused by the seven trumpets will suddenly force the topics of repentance and worship to eclipse everything else that concerns human beings.

 

Profound:   This is why the seven trumpets of Revelation are so important. They are the catalyst that makes everything described in the book suddenly ‘snap” into place so that the Bible will make sense as it reads!

 

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.”

 

The Bible doesn’t say what causes this darkness. However, I can think of the cataclysmic event that is so powerful that it could fulfill the specifications of the fourth trumpet, namely, the simultaneously eruption of a hundred volcanoes (or for that matter, six super volcanoes).

 

Think about this: If gigantic clouds of dust, ejecta and debris were blown 20 to 40 miles high, it would not take the jet stream very long to transport billions and billions of tons of particles around the middle third of Earth. Tiny airborne particles could completely block the light from the sun, moon and stars in the middle of the Earth.  

 

Regardless of how the darkness is produced, it will have a very sobering effect in two ways. First, at this point in time, there will be very little, if any electricity. The global earthquake, the meteoric firestorm and two asteroid impacts will have ruined the electrical grid in every nation. So, you don’t have to worry one second about the mark of the beast being a computer microchip. There won’t be enough electricity to run a cell phone by the time the fourth trumpet sounds.

 

The silence and darkness imposed on mankind will be deafening and blinding. A frightened world will sit in darkness pondering God’s wrath and they will live in fear of his next move.

 

The world will be deprived of everything we take for granted. There will be no oil, gasoline, telephones, TV, radio, lights, air conditioning and hot water; the world will huddle in whatever shelter can be found. – waiting for God to strike with another deadly attack. Modern man will live in fear of Almighty Jesus. The authority of Jesus will be realized when the fourth seal is broken and for the most of the people on Earth, this will come as a sobering revelation.

 

(Remember, 99.999% of the world does not understand the book of Revelation, so they don’t have a clue about the revelation of Jesus nor do they know the sequence or purpose behind the events.)

 

So, billions will sit in darkness, hungry and afraid and anxiously awaiting the next blow. Of course, Jesus sees man’s desperate situation. Now that He has softened up the arrogance and ignorance of Earth’s survivor’s with some destruction, He will send a message to test the people of Earth. He will remove our spiritual darkness by sending the light of truth throughout the Earth. His servants, the 144,000 will speak with authority, power and clarity. The gospel of Jesus Christ will be presented to every survivor.

 

Isaiah 8:2   “the people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”

 

The 144,000 will inform the world that Jesus Christ has taken control of Earth. They will tell the survivors that Jesus will soon appear and everyone who wants to be a part of His soon coming kingdom must make all wrongs right by the fourth trumpet will last for weeks, maybe months, and the result will be worldwide famine. 

 

Revelation 11:6   These [two witnesses] have power to shut the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.”

 

Get ready for a world-wide famine.

 

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