19. THE SEVEN TRUMPETS.
Revelation 8:6 And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. 7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. 8 Then the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood, 9 and the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, those having souls, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed. 10 Then the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from the sky, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters, 11 and the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
It is during the time of the sounding of the second and third trumpets, that the waters are turned into blood. Clearly the two witnesses, who have the power to turn the waters into blood, are prophesying during the time of the second and third trumpets.
Revelation 8:12 Then the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was struck, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. 13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of the sky, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inheritance of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!
By the time the fifth trumpet is sounded, Moses and Elijah have been prophesying for approximately 719 days, striking the earth with plagues that fell on both the righteous and the unrighteous alike. When Moses was first on the earth, he struck the land of the Egyptians ten times with plagues. The first three plagues fell on both the Children of Israel and the Egyptians alike. But with the later plagues, God made distinction between the Israelites and the Egyptians. Neither the Israelites nor their land suffered from the later plagues that Moses called down upon the Egyptians and their land.
So it will also be in the last days. In the first 719 days of the two witnesses, in the days before the sun and the moon are struck, God will not make any distinction between the righteous and the unrighteous. But after the sun and the moon are struck, for approximately 541 days, God will make distinction between the righteous and the unrighteous. During those last days, only the unrighteous and their land will be struck by the later plagues, (which will be the worst of the plagues) while the righteous and their land will be protected by the seal of God on their foreheads.
Note: When Moses called down the plague of darkness on the Egyptians, it only came upon the Egyptians, and not upon the Children of Israel. Also in Genesis chapter 26, we find Isaac planting crops and reaping a hundredfold in the mist of famine. God is well able to look after his own, while all around them the unrighteous suffer his wrath.
Revelation 9:1 Then the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from the sky to the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. 3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he strikes a man. 6 In those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; they shall desire to die, but death shall flee from them. 7 The form of the locusts were like unto horses prepared for battle; and on their heads were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men, 8 their hair was like the hair of women, and their teeth were like the teeth of lions. 9 They had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. 10 They had tails like that of scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 11 And they had a king over them, the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon (the destroying angel), but in the Greek tongue his name is Apollyon (the destroyer). 12 One woe is past; Look and see, two more woes are coming.
From the sounding of the fifth trumpet, till the sounding of the sixth trumpet, is the time of the first woe. During this time, for five months, supernatural locusts torment the unrighteous, while the righteous remained unharmed. Why are the righteous unharmed at this time? Because righteous have all accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Deliverer, and have all received the seal of God on their foreheads, and when the locust are sent out to torment man for five months, they are commanded only to torment those who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
Revelation 9:13 Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "let loose the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates." 15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year (13 months 1 day and one hour), were let loose to kill a third of mankind. 16 Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulphur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and from their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. 18 By these three a third of mankind was killed, fire, smoke, and brimstone which came out of their mouths. 19 For their power was in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm. 20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, yet did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither can see, nor hear, nor walk. 21 Neither did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their fornication nor of their thefts. (Words in italics added)
Between the sounding of the sixth trumpet and the sounding of the seventh trumpet, there are 13 months, one day and one hour. This is the time of the second woe, and takes us up to the last day. The day the two witnesses along with all the dead in Christ are raised from the dead. A day in which not only is Jerusalem hit by a great earthquake, but a day in which every city of the world is hit by a great earthquake.
Then the seventh and last trumpet is sounded. For the unrighteous this announces the third time of woe, but for the believers in Christ, the last trumpet announces the second coming of Jesus Christ and the day the dead in Christ are raised.
1 Corinthians15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
Revelation 11:15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in the sky, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever!" 16 And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their seats, fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying: "We give you thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and was and is to come, because you have taken your great power and have reigned. 18 The nations were angry, and your wrath has come, and the time for the dead to be judged, and that you should reward your bondservants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth." 19 Then the temple of God was opened in the sky, and there in the temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there were flashes of lightning, voices, and rumblings of thunder, an earthquake, and great hail.
This great earthquake and hailstorm, is the same earthquake and hailstorm that comes with the outpouring of the seventh bowl of God’s wrath. (Rev. 16:17 – 21)
For the unrighteous, the last day of this age begins with a great earthquake (centred on the Mount of Olives), and ends with a great earthquake (centred on every city of the world), and a great hailstorm. The seventh trumpet brings to an end the second time of woe, and brings in the third time of woe. This time will last only one day, but by the end of that day, all the unrighteous will be removed from the face of the earth. But for the righteous (the believers in Christ Jesus), who are supernaturally protected at first in their dwellings, then later caught up to meet with Jesus Christ in the clouds, this will be a day of great joy.
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