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The Seven Trumpets

When the 7th seal is opened, the apostle John sees seven angels with seven "trumpets."  The Hebrew word for trumpet is usually "shofar", a sonorous wind instrument crafted from a ram's horn.  Although trumpets could be made of metal Numbers 10:2,  most of the time they were made out of an animal's horn (shofar).  Therefore, what the apostle John probably saw were angels sounding the shofar. 

What follows is the destruction of the earth heralded by the 7 trumpet blasts.

Revelation 8:2
And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.

The seven trumpets initiate the WRATH OF GOD!

Revelation 8:6
And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them.
The first 4 trumpet sounds bring destruction upon the inhabited earth.

The last 3 are called woes.

The First Trumpet  First Trumpet - Fire and hail

Re 8:7 The 1st sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. 1st Trumpet - a third of the earth is burned up.

The Second Trumpet  Second Trumpet - Great mountain buring with fire hurled into the sea

2nd Trumpet - A third of the life in the sea is destroyed. Re 8:8 The 2nd angel sounded, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood, and a third of the creatures which were in the sea and had souls, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed.

The Third Trumpet  Third Trumpet - Star falls on fountains of water and turns them bitter.

Re 8:9 The 3rd angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters. The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.
3rd Trumpet - A third of the freshwater becomes poisonous.

The Fourth Trumpet  Fourth Trumpet - Sun, moon and stars affected.

4th Trumpet - A third of the light is extinguished.

Re 8:10 The 4th angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way.

The next 3 trumpet sounds are called "woes"

Re 8:13 Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in midheaven, saying with a loud voice, "Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!"

The cry of an eagle is heard.

The Fifth Trumpet  Fifth Trumpet - Locusts from the bottomless pit with scorpion sting.

Re 9:1 Then the 5th angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him.

5th Trumpet - The bottomless pit is opened. Locusts come out.

Re 9:2-4 He opened the bottomless pit, and smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit. Then out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth, and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power. They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.

Re 9:5 And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for five months; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a man.

Re 9:6 And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them.

Re 9:7 The appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads appeared to be crowns like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men.

Re 9:8 They had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were like the teeth of lions.

Locusts look like horses prepared for battle.

Locusts have tails like scorpions.

Re 9:9 They had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle.

Re 9:10 They have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men for five months.

Re 9:11 They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon.

Re 9:12 The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things.

The Sixth Trumpet  Sixth Trumpet - Army of 200 million crosses River Euphrates.

Re 9:13 Then the 6th angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

6th Trumpet - River Euphrates dries up.

River Euphrates

Re 9:14 one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates."

Re 9:15 And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind.

Re 9:16 The number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them.

Revelation 9:17
And this is how I saw in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths proceed fire and smoke and brimstone.
200 million man army.


A third of mankind killed.

Re 9:18 A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths.

Re 9:19 For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents and have heads, and with them they do harm.

Re 9:20
The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk;

They did not repent of their drugs (pharmakon).

Re 9:21 and they did not repent of their murders, nor of their drugs, nor of their immorality, nor of their thefts.

In the days of the 6th trumpet blast, God uses the two witnesses to prophesy on this earth.

Re 11:3 
And I will give [power] unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Re 11:4 
These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

See Two Witnesses.

The Seventh Trumpet  Seventh Trumpet - The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever."

Re 11:15 Then the 7th  angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever."

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

Re 11:17 saying, "We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign.

Re 11:18 "And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth."

After the 7th trumpet, there are 7 bowls of wrath.  The 7 bowls are the consummation of the Wrath of God. God curses the unrepentant people with plagues.   Notice that after the 7th trumpet there is no mention of repentance of the people, no matter how bad things get on earth.

When the 7th bowl of wrath is poured, Satan influences the one world government leader and his armies, along with some minor government armies to gather at Megiddo for the Battle of Armageddon to fight Christ and his saints Re 19:19.  Of course, the devil is no match for Christ and his armies.  The one world government leader and his "false prophet" are thrown in "the lake of fire" Re 19:20 Satan is chained for a thousand years; the first resurrection occurs Re 20:5 and the millennium begins.

There is a series of stories interjected among the scope of the book of Revelation in order to give more information to the readers. Some of these stories are in reference to:

  1. The message to the angels of the 7 Churches (congregations) Re 2:1.
  2. The 144,000 sealed from the tribes of Israel, Re 7:4.
  3. The big company in front of God's throne, Rapture Re 7:9.
  4. The Two Witnesses Re 11:3.
  5. The nation of Israel and Christ's followers through time, Woman with 12 Stars Re 12:1.
  6. The one world government Mark of the Beast Re 13:1. 
  7. The city is referred to as a "woman sitting upon the beast" or "Babylon the Great"  Re 17:1

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