The Revelation (Prophecies of the Revelation Part 3)
The Revelation (Prophecies of the Revelation)
Part 3 - Seven Angels With Seven Trumpets
In the Bible, in the book of Revelation, we find prophecies having to do with the end of the world. It was written by John, who was a disciple of Jesus Christ.
John was given a prophetic vision of events that will bring this world to an end. He wrote down what he saw and heard, and included it in Revelation. Much of what he wrote was in symbolic language, and because it related to future events, this language may be better understood when those events happen.
In this article, a prophetic part of Revelation is written in modern English, and given a possible interpretation so that we can understand the things that will happen. This may help us prepare for those future events.
Revelation, Chapter 8, Verse 6:
The seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them. The first angel sounded his trumpet; and hail and fire mixed with blood were thrown down upon the earth. A third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.
The second angel sounded his trumpet; and something like a huge mountain, blazing with fire, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea became blood; and a third of the living creatures that were in the sea, died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
The third angel sounded his trumpet; and a great star, blazing with fire, fell from heaven on a third of the rivers, and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood; and a third of the water became bitter like wormwood, and many people died because of the bitter water.
The fourth angel sounded his trumpet; and a third of the sun, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars were struck, causing a third of them to turn dark. This caused a third of the day and a third of the night to be without light.
As I watched, I heard an angel flying through the middle of heaven. He was calling out loudly, saying, "Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the sounding of the trumpets that are soon to be sounded by the other three angels.
The Tribulation Period will begin soon, and many disastrous events will occur. These are acts of God's judgment against the evil inhabitants of earth. The first act of judgment will be a downfall of hail, and fire mixed with blood, causing major destruction. A third of the trees and all the grass will be burned up.
The second act of judgment will occur; this will be a huge blazing mountain-like object, falling into the sea, killing a third of the sea creatures, and destroying a third of the ships at sea.
The third act of judgment will be a huge star, possibly a blazing meteor, falling into and contaminating part of the earth's fresh water supply. This star is named Wormwood; that is also the name of a plant that produces bitter-tasting oil. Many will die from drinking the bitter contaminated water.
The fourth act of judgment will be an unexpected darkening of the sun, the moon, and the stars one day during the Tribulation Period. For a third of that day and night, no light will come from the heavens, causing total darkness. As terrible as these acts of judgments will be, the three soon to occur afterwards will apparently be much more severe.
Revelation, Chapter 9:
The fifth angel sounded his trumpet; and I saw a star fall from heaven to the earth. And to him was given a key to the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke arose from it like the smoke of a huge furnace; and the sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. Then out of the smoke came locusts down upon the earth, and they were given power like that of scorpions.
They were told not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green plant, or any tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. And they were told not to kill them, but to torment them for five months; and the torment they inflict was like that caused by the sting of a scorpion when it strikes. During those days people will seek death, but will not find it; they will want to die, but death will flee from them.
The locusts were shaped like horses prepared for battle. And on their heads were golden crowns, and their faces were like the faces of men. They had hair like women's hair, and their teeth were like lion's teeth. They had breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of chariots with horses running into battle.
The locusts had tails like scorpions, and were able to sting with their tails; and with their tails they had power to torment people for five months. The locusts had a king over them, and he is the angel of the Abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, it is Apollyon. The first woe is past, and two others are yet to come.
The fifth act of judgment will be locust-like creatures released from the Abyss, which is a deep pit in the earth. The star that fell from heaven to the earth is Satan, and he will be given authority to open the Abyss. Sometime during the Tribulation Period, Satan will open the Abyss, releasing billows of smoke from which the locust-like creatures will come.
They will be given power, like that of scorpions, to harm those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They will not kill them, but torment them for five months; and the torment they inflict will be like that caused by the sting of a scorpion when it strikes. During those days people will want to die, but death will flee from them.
The angel of the Abyss is one of Satan's demons, and he will have authority over the locust-like creatures. His name in Hebrew is Abaddon, which means destruction. And his name in Greek is Apollyon, which means destroyer. After the misery caused by the locust-like creatures, two more acts of judgment will follow.
The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar that is in front of God. To the sixth angel with the trumpet, the voice said, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates." And the four angels were released; they had been prepared for a year, a month, a day, and an hour to kill a third of mankind. I heard the number of their horsemen; It was two hundred million.
Then I saw the horses and their riders in my vision; the riders had breastplates of fire, jacinth, and brimstone. The heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. A third of mankind was killed by the fire, smoke, and brimstone that came out of their mouths. The power of the horses was in their mouths, and in their tails that were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.
The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of their work; so that they would not worship devils, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, all of which can neither see, hear, nor walk. Neither did they repent of their murders, their sorceries, their fornication, nor their thefts.
The sixth act of judgment will begin after the release of the four angels who are confined to the Euphrates River. These four angels will be released during the Tribulation Period. They are actually four of Satan's demons who have been assigned to gather an army of two hundred million men with which to kill a third of mankind. The horses may possibly represent mobile machines of war with advanced nuclear weaponry; and the smoke may possibly represent radioactive fallout.
Whatever these horses are, they will be used by the army to kill a third of the unrepentant people on earth. Those who are not killed will still not repent of their evil work, and they will not stop worshipping devils or man-made idols. Neither would they repent of their murders, their practice of evil magic, their sexual immorality, nor their thefts.
Revelation, Chapter 10:
I saw another mighty angel, coming down from heaven in a cloud. A rainbow was above his head, his face was like the sun, and his legs and feet were like fiery pillars. He had in his hand a little scroll that was open, and he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land. He gave a loud shout like a lion roaring; then after he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke.
After the seven thunders had spoken, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Seal up those things that the seven thunders said, and do not write them down."
The angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his hand to heaven. Then he swore by Him who lives forever, who created heaven and the things therein, the earth and the things therein, and the sea and the things therein, that there would be no more delay. But in the days when the seventh angel begins to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God would be finished, as He had declared to His servants the prophets.
The voice that I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, "Go, and take the little scroll that is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the land." And I went to the angel and said to him, "Give me the little scroll." And he said to me, "Take it and eat it, and it will make your stomach sour, but it will taste as sweet as honey."
I took the little scroll from the angel's hand and ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey. But as soon as I had eaten it, my stomach was sour. Then he said to me, "You must prophesy again to many people of different nations and languages, and kings."
In Revelation, Chapter 10, John described an angel who came down from heaven wrapped in a cloud, which means that he was a special messenger from God. The rainbow above him symbolizes God's promises that He will keep. His face was like the sun; this means that the angel had been in God's presence. His legs and feet were like pillars of fire; this represents God's judgment. He had in his hand a little scroll that was open.
On the little scroll in the angel's hand were written God's final judgments. The angel placed one foot on the sea and the other on the land. Then he shouted, as though staking a claim for the earth in the name of God.
The voices of the seven thunders spoke; this was a special message from God. John was told not to write down this message. But the angel, who John had seen with the small scroll, swore in the name of God that there would be no more delay in carrying out God's judgments. When the seventh angel begins to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be finished, as he had declared to His servants the prophets.
The angel told John to take the scroll and eat it, which meant to read it and remember it. It would taste like honey meant that it had good news about God's plan for a new world. It would make his stomach sour meant that the world would suffer acts of God's judgment before His plan could be completed. Then the angel told John that he must prophesy again to the world.
From the Bible:
The seventh angel sounded his trumpet; then I heard loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever."
(Revelation, Chapter 11, Verse 15)
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