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The Seven Trumpets

Parts 10-12
(The Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Trumpet)


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We have examined the first four trumpets and touched on the fifth trumpet. So, let’s do a short review on the fifth trumpet and proceed.


Two thirds of the way through the Great Tribulation (about 2 years) (remember, 890 days – 2/3 of 1,335 days), the devil will be released from the spirit realm (the abyss) to physically appear before the people of the Earth. He will masquerade as God, perform great signs and wonders and he will torture as obstinate group of people who refuse to recognize that he is God. I call this group of people “the non-religious wicked.”


In the previous broadcast, I explained that in terms of submission to God, there are three types of people: 


1.   The saints,

2.   The religious wicked

3.   The non-religious wicked.


The religious wicked are religious people who have wicked hearts – as did the Pharisees and Sadducees in Christ’s day.


The title, “non-religious wicked” is self-explanatory. This group of people refuses to acknowledge or worship any God. (Many scientists belong to this group.) Keep these three groups in mind as we go through some commentary on Revelation 9: 


Revelation 9:1   The fifth angel sounded his trumpet [in Heaven’s temple], and [my attention was directed toward Earth] I saw a [an angelic] star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. [Lucifer was once the brightest angel in Heaven, he was cast out of Heaven at the speed of light because of rebellion against God’s authority.] The star [Lucifer] was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss [where he and his demons had been imprisoned since their expulsion from Heaven].


Revelation 9:2   When he [Lucifer] opened the Abyss, [there were so many demons ascending from the abyss that they looked like a dense cloud of smoke and the] smoke rose from it [the abyss] like the smoke of a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke of the Abyss.


Revelation 9:3   And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth [from a distance, this horde of demons looked like a dense cloud of smoke. As they drew closer to the Earth, the demons looked something like locusts as they came down upon the Earth] and [these demons] were given power like that of a scorpions of the earth.


Revelation 9:4   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. [In other words, the devil and his angels can’t hurt those who have been sealed and of course, they won’t harm those who believe the devil is Almighty God. The devil and his angels will torture those who stand in opposition to the blasphemous claims of the devil. The non-religious wicked (scientists, communists, agnostics and many teenagers will be painfully tormented and this intimidation will cause many of the non-religious wicked to buckle and confess “yes,” the devil is Almighty God.]


Revelation 9:5   They were not given power to kill them [the non-religious wicked], but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they [their victims] suffered was like the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man. [Searing pain.] 


Revelation 9:6   During those days [non-religious] men [and women] will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.


Revelation 9:7   The locusts looked like horses [and riders] prepared fro battle. On their heads they [the demons] wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. [Demonic angels resemble human beings. The crowns of gold on their heads (stephanos – crowns of victory) reflect their dominion over mankind. They are part of the devil’s masquerade. About 15 feet tall, they will be very impressive beings.]


Revelation 9:8   Their hair was [long and beautiful] like woman’s hair, and their teeth were (strong and deadly, designed to tear flesh) like lion’s teeth.


Revelation 9:9   They had breastplates like breastplates of iron [nothing manmade could penetrate them or hurt them], and the sound of their wings [as they fly] was [powerful] like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle.


Revelation 9:10   [Because God can speak volumes with a single caricature, these demons were represented to me as though] they had tails and stings like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months.


Revelation 9:11   They [the demons] had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew in Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.”  “Destroyer”


Why is Lucifer, the angel king of the Abyss, called a destroyer? If you understand the full cup principle, you know the answer to this question.


When a nation or group of people reach a point where extended mercy does not produce a redeeming effect, God always empowers and sends a destroyer. A destroyer sent on a divine mission cannot be thwarted. Destroyers may be called upon to impose redemptive judgments or the destroyer may be required to impose totally destructive judgments. Here’s an example of what I am saying:


God told Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 4:5   “Announce in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem and say: ‘Sound the trumpet throughout the land!’ Cry aloud and say: ‘Gather together! Let us flee to the fortified cities [of Israel]!’


Jeremiah 4:6    Raise the signal to go to Zion! Flee for safety without delay! For I am bringing disaster from the north, even terrible destruction.”


Jeremiah 4:7   A lion has come out of his lair; a destroyer of nations has set out. He has left his place to lay waste your land. Your towns will lie in ruins without inhabitants…


Jeremiah 4:16   “Tell this to the nations, proclaim it to Jerusalem: ‘A besieging army is coming from a distant land, raising a war cry against the cities of Judah.


Jeremiah 4:18   “Your own conduct and actions have brought this upon you. This is your punishment. How bitter it is! Now it pierces to the heart!”


Jeremiah 4:22   “My people are fools; they do not know me. They are senseless children; they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil; they know not how to do good.”  


Jeremiah 5:15   O house of Israel,” declares the Lord. “I am bringing a distant nation against you – an ancient and enduring nation, a people whose language you do not know, whose speech you do not understand.


Jeremiah 5:16   Their quivers are like an open grave; all of them are mighty warriors.


Jeremiah 5:17   They will devour your harvests and food, devour your sons and daughters; they will devour your flocks and herds, devour your vines and fig trees. With the sword they will destroy the fortified cities in which you trust.


Jeremiah 25:8   Therefore the Lord Almighty says this: “Because you have not listened to my words,


Jeremiah 25:9   I will summon all the peoples of the north and my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, declares the Lord, “and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations.  [Through him] I will completely destroy them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and an everlasting ruin.” 


Nebuchadnezzar, king of ancient Babylon, was >>empowered by God<< to destroy Israel. In a particular way, Lucifer, king of modern Babylon, will be empowered by God to destroy Earth. Since 1994, Earth’s cup of iniquity has been overflowing.


Lucifer’s title is given in Hebrew and Greek because God wants everyone, Jew and Gentile alike, to know who the destroyer actually is and why he will be released upon mankind. The devil will be released from the Abyss [spirit realm] to bring the drama of sin to a close. The Antichrist and his angels will be on Earth 445 days. (A little more than a year)


2 Thessalonians 2:3   Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day [the Second Coming] will not come until the rebellion occurs [Paul predicts a worldwide rebellion will before Jesus appears. This rebellion will be man’s response to the everlasting gospel that the 144,000 will present during the Great Tribulation and this great rebellion will bring the work of the 144,000 to a stand still. When this happens] and [then] the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.


[Daniel 8:23   “In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue, will arise.]


2 Thessalonians 2:4   He will oppose [every religion] and will exalt himself over [and above] everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple [Paul is not talking about the devil sitting in a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem – Paul is saying the devil will exalt himself as the highest], proclaiming himself to be God.   


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 back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time.


2 Thessalonians 2:7   For the secret [hidden] power of lawlessness  [rebellion against God] is already at work; but the one who now holds it [total rebellion] back [Jesus] will continue to do so till he [Jesus] is taken out of the way. [When corporate intercession of Jesus ends, the censer will be cast down and the wrath of God will begin.]


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


2 Thessalonians 2:9   The coming of the lawless one will [deceive the wicked. The devil will be glorious and awesome in appearance, but his true character will come out because he is evil and his words and actions will in accordance with the work of Satan [which is deceptive, the devil will prove his divine claims through displays of] displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders,


2 Thessalonians 2:10   and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they [heard and] refused to love the truth and so be saved.  


2 Thessalonians 2:11   For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion [and an invincible destroyer] so that they might believe the lie.


2 Thessalonians 2:12   and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”


God not only permits the devil to physically appear, God empowers the devil to destroy. Here are two reasons why God does this:


1.   The devil is not allowed to physically appear until the gospel presented by the 144,000 stalls.


In other words, after 890 days, most of the people of earth will have heard the gospel of Jesus Christ and most will have made a decision as to whether they are going to worship as God demands or worship as Babylon demands. Then, the devil will be released from the Abyss, he will descend in clouds of glory at various places on Earth and he will claim to be God. He will back up his various claims with miracles, signs and wonders. The devil will tell the people of earth that he has come to set up his kingdom on Earth, and he will demand that everyone must participate in the rebuilding of Earth.


Of course, the devil knows the people of Earth cannot restore the destruction caused by the first four trumpets in a mere 445 days, but that is beside the point. Like Pharaoh of old, the devil will make slaves of his subjects. He will wear out the people of Earth with heavy labor and cruel taskmasters. He will claim that he has come to establish a thousand years of peace on Earth and billions of people will believe him and they will work themselves to death, trying to please this demon.


Those refusing to believe the devil is God and refusing to work as he demands will be punished with pain like that of a scorpion. This is the torture that befalls the non-religious wicked during the fifth trumpet. As non-religious people behold the torture and intimidation imposed by Satan, some will reconsider their decision. They will become slaves of Lucifer to avoid the pain.


However, others will reconsider the testimony of the 144,000. They will repent of their rebellion, reject the lies and authority of the devil and submit to the joy of serving Jesus Christ, “whose yoke is easy and burden is light.”


Remember, the devil cannot touch those who have been sealed during this five months – for the most part, they will not be found in the great crowds that will go to hear and see the devil.


2.   Lucifer, the destroyer, is sent to the inhabitants of Earth so that Earth’s religious gridlock can be eliminated. Because religion is a highly sensitive matter involving personal persuasion and cultural heritage, it is almost impossible for a person to convince another person that his understanding of God is better and more comprehensive that that of his neighbor.


God understands this gridlock. (It has been said that less than 5% of the world’s population change religious systems.) Therefore, God allows the devil to physically appear so that all the religious systems can be destroyed.


Once the devil gloriously appears, attended by some 200 million angels (Revelation 9:16), the usual order of world governance (our political and religious systems) will become useless. The devil, masquerading as Almighty God will call fire down out of Heaven to destroy rebellious people. Billions of people will either be intimidated or deceived into believing that God Himself lives among men.


The devil will demand that religious diversity has to be eliminated and naturally so, the devil will proclaim himself to be God and as such, his word is the law and it is inerrant. Once the devil has gained enough followers, the Bible says the devil will terminate the seven religious systems (the seven heads of the composite beast) of the world by setting up a new one-world religion. This new religion is called “an image” or likeness of the composite beast in Revelation 13.


In other words, the religious of the world will be unified so that there will be “one Lord, one faith, one baptism” instead of seven opposing religions – each claiming to have the truth about God.


When the systems of the world are declared null and void the religious wicked will suddenly discover a great problem: Their religious authorities are gone. The Bible, the Koran, all sacred writings, including the traditions and councils of the Church of Rome, etc. will be useless. The only religious authority left on Earth will be Lucifer. His word will be law.


 This unimaginable transition – from traditional authority to completely depending upon the devil’s authority – this will also force many people to thoughtfully reconsider the gospel of Jesus Christ. But wait! It only gets worse. The devil will demand death to everyone who refuses to participate in his new one-world religion and this decree will force everyone into one of two camps:


1.   worship as the devil dictates and live or

2.   worship Jesus as He dictates and die.


This will be the ultimate test of faith. “He [the devil] was given power [authority from God] to give breath [life] to the image [the one-world religion] of the first beast [composite beast], so that it could speak [make laws] and cause all who refused to worship [according to the demands of] the image to be killed.” (Revelation 13:15)


If we think the destruction of the first four trumpets is bad, the devil will cause even greater destruction. He will destroy the governments of all nations when he sets up ten “taskmaster” kings to rebuild the world.


The devil will destroy all of the religious systems of the world and to purge Earth of its opposition, he will destroy one-third of mankind (the non-religious wicked and many of the saints).  This is why the devil’s name in both Hebrew and Greek, Abaddon and Apollyon, means destroyer.   


Several passages in the Bible describe the physical appearing of the devil, but tragically, very few people understand the seriousness and enormity of this event because these passages are usually misdirected and/or misinterpreted.   


For example, “the man of sin or lawlessness” mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2, the horn power/stern-faced king in Daniel 8, the king of the north in Daniel 11:36-45, the two-horned beast ascending out of the Earth in Revelation 13:11 and the beast ascending from the Abyss in Revelation 11 and 17 are descriptions of the same thing, namely, the physical appearing of the devil.


 The world has not witnessed anything comparable to the physical appearing of the devil and this is why the Bible has so much to say about it! Different Bible writers describe this compelling event because there are numerous issues involved with the physical appearing of Lucifer.  


The torture of the fifth trumpet lasts for 5 months and that is just enough time for the devil to accomplish his ultimate objective: Gain total control of Earth. By the end of the five months, the devil will have identified and sorted out the people of Earth. He’s very smart and his demons are efficient.


By the end of the fifth trumpet everyone will be forced by circumstances into taking a position as to whether they are going to join the restoration efforts of God’s kingdom and obey the demands of the devil. Those worshiping the devil will be counted as believers. Those rebelling against his laws will be counted as blasphemers.


Then, a global announcement will be made by the devil:


Revelation 13:14… He [the devil] ordered them [the religious and political rulers of Earth] to set up an image [a likeness] in honor of the [composite] beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.


Revelation 13:15   He [the devil] was given power to give breath to the image [life] of the first beast [composite beast], so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.


Revelation 13:16   He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead,


Revelation 13:17   so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.”


Key points:   The mark of the beast is implemented at the end of the fifth trumpet.


Here’s the scenario:


During the fifth trumpet, the devil and his angels will work night and day to convince the world that Lucifer is Almighty God. (The devil and his demons never sleep.) Billions of people will submit to him and they will obey his word and follow after him.


When the five months has ended, the devil will demand a global purge. He intends to purge the world of everyone opposedto the establishment of his kingdom. The ten kings who the devil chose will oversee this endeavor. The people of Earth will be divided into units of 1,000 people and they will be told that 1/3 of the world’s population will be destroyed because of their rebellion “against Almighty God.”


Ezekiel 5:11   Therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your vile images and detestable practices, I myself will withdraw my favor; I will not look on you with pity or spare you. 


Ezekiel 5:12   A third of your people will die of the plague or perish by famine inside you; a third will fall by the sword outside your walls; and a third I will scatter to the winds and pursue with drawn sword.


Ezekiel 5:13   “Then my anger will cease and my wrath against them will subside, and I will be avenged. And when I have spent my wrath upon them, they will know that I the LORD have spoken in my zeal.”


By killing one-third, the devil will give the illusion of being generous.


Each person who wants to live and participate in the kingdom of God will have to show his loyalty to the devil by receiving a tattoo on his or her right hand. This tattoo will prove that the owner is loyal to the devil and the kingdom of God. The owner of this tattoo will be entitled to buy and sell.


This tattoo will be a name and a number. The name Lucifer uses will be tattooed on the foreheads of his lieutenants [this is a counterfeit of God writing his name on the foreheads of the 144,000 – Revelation 14:1, 22:4] and the number 666 will be tattooed on the right hand.


666 is 2/3’s of 1,000.


Ezekiel 9:3   When the Lord called to the man clothed in linen who had the writing kit at his side


Ezekiel 9:4   and said unto him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.”

Ezekiel 9:5   As I listened, he said to the others, “Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion.


Ezekiel 9:6   Slaughter old men, young and maidens, women and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were in front of the temple.”


When the time comes for the mark of the beast, everyone will understand what the mark of the beast is. This verse leaves no wiggle room for anyone:


Revelation 13:18   This calls for [a minimal amount of] wisdom. If anyone has insight [two brain cells working], let him [do basic math and] calculate the number of the [survivors belonging to the] beast, for it is [the] man’s number [that is, the number belonging to the man of sin]. His number [of survivors per thousand] is [two-thirds of mankind] 666 [people per thousand].




Malachi 3:16.   A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name. 

Malachi 3:17   “They will be mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “In the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him.


Malachi 3:18   And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.”


Once the tattoos are in place, the killing of the opposition will begin. This killing is described in the 6th trumpet.


Revelation 9:13   The sixth angel sounded his trumpet [in Heaven’s temple], and I heard a voice coming from the horns of the golden altar that is before God. [The golden altar is the Altar of Incense, and a voice is heard coming from the horns because the four horns represent the omnipresent work of the Holy Spirit. See Zechariah 1:18,19. A horn represents an entity of power – such as ten horns on the monster beast in Daniel 7. The four horns on the Altar of Incense and the four living creatures represent four of the same thing respectively; they represent the omnipresence of the Holy Spirit, an entity or member of the Godhead.


When the time arrives for the sixth trumpet, the Holy Spirit – that member of the Godhead who knows every heart simultaneously – speaks from the Altar of Incense. He speaks because the door of mercy is not yet closed. He releases the devil to kill one-third of mankind so that if possible, someone in the valley of decision might repent. When the 6th trumpet blows, the time has come for the devil to set up his kingdom by killing the opposition and this killing will force everyone in accepting or rejecting the mark of the beast.]

Revelation 9:14   It [the Holy Spirit] said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” [Parallel language indicating a flood of overwhelming destruction is coming down from the north]


Revelation 9:15   And the four angels [four demons] who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind.


Revelation 9:16   The number of the mounted troops [demons on horses] was two hundred million. I heard their number.


Revelation 9:17   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.


Revelation 9:18   A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths.


Revelation 9:19   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.


Revelation 9:20   The rest of mankind [the 2/3] that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of their 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.


Revelation 9:21   Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.”


Why didn’t they repent? Those receiving the mark of the beast commit the unpardonable sin.  They have gone past repentance.


[The angel said to me, “John,] The [great red dragon] beast, which you saw [cast out of Heaven in Revelation 12:7-9], once was [in Heaven], now is not [in Heaven because he was cast out into the Abyss], and [at the appointed time, he] will come up out of the Abyss [e.g., the spirit realm where he has been confined] and [after a great display of authority and power for about a year he will] go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the Earth whose names have not been written in the Book of Life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they [actually] see the [great red dragon] beast. Because he once was [a glorious angel in Heaven], now [he is confined to the Abyss and] is not [visible to human beings], and yet [during the fifth trumpet, he] will [be permitted to] come [out of hiding and masquerade as Almighty God. He will astonish the wicked with incredible glory, counterfeit wonders and miracles!]. The [great red dragon] beast who once was [in Heaven], and now is not [in Heaven], the eighth king. [This stern-faced king is called an eighth king because he will rule over the seven heads as the eighth horn ruled over the seven horns in Daniel 7.] He [the great red dragon] belongs to the seven [heads because he opposes God’s authority and truth. The great red dragon is the dreaded Antichrist] and [even though he will appear to be invincible for a while, you can be sure that he] is going to his destruction.” (Revelation 17:8-11, emphasis and insertions mine)


By the end of the 1,260 days, the six trumpet judgments will have taken place and every survivor will be found worshiping the devil (the lamblike beast or worshiping Jesus (the lamb).


At the end of the 1,260 days this time, most if not all of the 144,000 will be dead. But, on Sunday, the 1,265th day of the Great Tribulation, the 144,000 will be resurrected and taken to Heaven – presented as the first fruits of an innumerable harvest that Jesus is about to gather up. On the 1,265th day, right after the 144,000 are gathered around the throne, the seventh trumpet sounds in Heaven.


Revelation 11:15   The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.”


Revelation 11:16   And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God,


Revelation 11:17   saying: “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have [saved everyone that loves truth and] taken your great power and have begun to reign [over the Earth].


Revelation 11:18   The nations were angry [they have been hostile toward your saints]; and [the time for] your [destructive] wrath has come. The time has come for judging [avenging] the dead [who stood firmly for the Word of God], and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and [all] those who reverence your name, both small and great – and [the time has come] for destroying those who destroy the earth.”


Revelation 11:19   Then God’s temple in heaven was opened [to the view of everyone on Earth so that everyone on Earth could behold God’s covenant with man], 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.”


Interesting point:  


The Great Tribulation starts with a global earthquake, flashes of lightening, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great hailstorm [first trumpet].”


The seventh trumpet marks the end of God’s extended mercy to mankind and this event is marked by a global earthquake, flashes of lightening, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great hailstorm.” Then, the Great Tribulation ends with a global earthquake that moves all the mountains and islands out of their places, flashes of lightening, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great hailstorm, and each hailstone weighs about 100 pounds.”


I have to smile at people who insist all of these things are symbolic. How much damage could a 100 pound symbolic hailstone cause? I believe real hailstones, weighing 100 pounds, will kill every wicked person who is alive when Jesus returns.


Revelation 19:19   When I saw the [composite] beast and the [ten] kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse [Jesus] and his army.


Revelation 19:20   But the [composite] beast was captured, and with him the false prophet [the devil] who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he [the devil] had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur [at the Second Coming].


Revelation 19:21   The rest of them [the wicked] were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.”


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