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The Seven Trumpets

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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.]

 

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