Chronology of Revelation Chapters 8 & 9
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Excerpt from “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse” chapter 19, pages 348-351.
Revelation Chapter 8
Chapter 8 begins on the Day of the Lord, where thirty minutes of silence are observed. The sixth seal was opened in chapter 6, rapturing the saints of God, followed quickly by the sealing of the 144,000 Elect in chapter 7 and then the ceremonial opening of the seventh seal, which initiates the seven trumpets of judgment. A procession of ceremony and pomp precedes the opening of the seven trumpets of judgment. The first six verses convey reverence for the event.Incense, coupled with the prayers of the saints, is joined with fire from the golden altar, which stands before the throne of God. Following the joining ceremony, burning incense and prayers are cast down over the earth with voices, thunderings, and lightning and a great earthquake. Immediately, the seven angels set their trumpets to their lips and prepare to sound! Obviously the seven trumpets are a significant component to the Wrath of God. The seventh seal is opened in order to deliver God’s Wrath, pouring out its judgment over the unrepentant and rebellious of humanity.
As the Day of the Lord continues, the angels sound the first four trumpets, bringing fiery destruction and temporary darkness upon the earth. Based on chapter 8’s text, it would appear the first four trumpets take place simultaneously or in rapid succession. As God’s Wrath falls over the earth in response to the sounding of the first four trumpets, judgment strikes the multitudes in locations across the face of the earth. The first trumpet delivers hail and fire mingled with blood in a conflagration cast over the lands. One-third of the trees are burned up, consumed by fire along with all green grass. It is possible the onslaught is global; however, the first trumpet could very easily represent a localized or limited bombardment. The language is unclear.
The sounding of the second trumpet delivers a great mountainous hulk burning with fire across the skies. The fiery hulk destroys one-third of all sea life and turns the waters to blood. One-third of all ships on the seas are destroyed.
As the third trumpet sounds, something like a burning star speeds through the heavens before striking the earth. One-third of all rivers, fountains, and potable waters are destroyed following the star’s impact. Many die from the polluted and bitter waters.
One-third of the sun, moon, and stars are suddenly darkened when the fourth trumpet sounds. The divine sentence is carried out, causing the day and the night to become dimmed or darkened for one-third of the day. This trumpet of judgment resembles the text found in Zechariah 14:7. However, the text in Zechariah 14 takes place at the end of God’s Wrath and during the Second Advent of Jesus Christ.
After the first four trumpets have been fulfilled, an angel will be heard flying through the heavens, crying with a loud voice, saying, “… Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!” Notice, the first four trumpets affect humanity through their physical destruction over the earth. People who are not near the trumpet’s destruction are not likely to suffer loss. The three remaining trumpets, however, will afflict mankind more directly.
The circumstances befalling humanity during the seven trumpets of judgment take place near the beginning of the Day of the Lord. Once the Wrath of God has begun, it will span one horrible year filled with divine wrath and judgment. This horrific period of wrath will begin immediately after the Rapture, two and a half years into the Great Consummation. The first four trumpets will sound before the fifth trumpet begins. The components for the fifth, sixth, and seventh trumpets will take place in succession, falling on the heels of the first four trumpets. The initial calamities and destructions from the first four trumpets should take place within days, if not hours, after the 144,000 Elect have been sealed with the name of the Living God. Bear in mind, the seven trumpets of judgment are not the seven bowls of wrath. The seven trumpets and seven bowls of wrath are separate and distinct periods of judgment and punishment that must befall humanity during the one-year time line set aside for the Wrath of God.
Revelation Chapter 9
The commencement of the fifth trumpet takes place near the beginning of the Days of Vengeance. The fifth trumpet requires a minimum of five months to reach completion. They will begin shortly after the Day of the Lord has begun. At the sounding of the fifth trumpet, an angel will descend from the heavens in the appearance of a shooting star plunging through the skies with the keys to the bottomless pit.
The angel will then open the bottomless pit, releasing great quantities of smoke, pitch, and locust-like creatures. The sun and air will be darkened by the smoke and pitch for an unknown period of time.
During the first five to six months of God’s Wrath, the locusts-like creatures will be empowered to torment humanity with painful scorpion-like stings. During the torturous months of ongoing locust attacks, God will supernaturally prevent anyone from dying or killing another. The locust-like creatures (as described in Revelation 9:7–11 and Joel 2:1–11) will be permitted to torment anyone who has not been sealed with the name of God.
“One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter” (Revelation 9:12 KJV).
Based on the text in Revelation 9:12 and 11:14, the sixth and seventh trumpets will need to be fulfilled in succession with the fifth trumpet.
When the sixth trumpet sounds, the four angels, who have been bound in the great river Euphrates, are now set free to fulfill their assigned duties. The angels and their armies will consist of two hundred million soldiers and steeds. These unnatural if not supernatural creatures will be sent to destroy one-third of mankind. Bear in mind, no true Christian will remain on earth following the Rapture of the saints when the Day of the Lord has begun.
The remnants of humanity (excluding Israel), those who were not killed by the first five trumpets, will continue in their rebelliousness and refuse to repent or prostrate themselves before the Living God. Israel will be under the tutelage of the Two Witnesses and 144,000 Elect.
The events in Revelation 9 take place during the Day of the Lord after the Rapture, after the 144,000 Elect have been sealed. The Wrath of God will only span one year. During this singular year, all seven trumpets must be fulfilled. Scripture stipulates the fifth trumpet will require five months for completion with the sixth and seventh trumpets following in succession. The sixth trumpet delivers two hundred million supernatural creatures across the face of the earth to destroy one-third of humanity’s remnant. Even with this task falling to two hundred million soldiers, it will require a realistic period of time to fulfill the sixth trumpet. Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude the fifth trumpet will begin its fulfillment as early in the year of recompense as possible. When the woes of the fifth trumpet have concluded, there can remain only five to seven months until the seventh trumpet must also be sounded. This same period represents the potential buildup to the Battle of Armageddon, which will begin or be ready to begin promptly at the end of the Time of the Gentiles. Several elements related to the final battle will likely take place during the last year of the Great Consummation during the fulfillment of God’s Wrath.
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Many Scholars and Theologians present the idea the events in the book of Revelation are merely metaphorical and cannot be taken literally; I not only say, but what is stopping these events from actually happening?
Think about it…
- The timeline within the text is literal,
- The judgments are literal and the consequences are definitely literal.
- Were not the Hebrew Feasts literally fulfilled? Yes they were.
- Was not the Messiah (Jesus) born in Bethlehem Ephratah; the house of bread and fruitfulness? Yes!
- Did not the Messiah die and raise from the dead? Yes!
- So why must the miraculous events of Judgment merely be figurative?
Answer… Revelation does not have to be figurative; moreover, based on the original language within the original text it is not to be taken figuratively, but literal.
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 Revelation 8:13, “… because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”
 Luke 21:22, Isaiah 34:8, and Isaiah 61:2, “… the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.”
 Joel 2:1–11.
 Revelation 20:1.
 Isaiah 34:8, “For it is the day of the LORD’s vengeance, and the year of recompenses ….”