Revelation 8:6-13: Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them

Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.

The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and firemixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, 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, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

10 The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— 11 the name of the star is Wormwood.[a] A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.

12 The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.

13 As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair call out in a loud voice: “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth,because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!”  Revelation 8:6-13

With the breaking of the seventh seal it ushers in the seven trumpet judgments.  The judgments poured out in Revelation will take place during the seven year tribulation and will increase in intensity.  During the seven seals only a quarter of things were destroyed.  But with the blowing of the trumpets a third of all things are destroyed and impacted by the judgment of God.

We need to understand that the seven year tribulation that is coming is a time of God’s judgment and wrath for the wickedness of humanity.  But whats incredible about the first four trumpet judgments is that the eagle that flies in the air says that the next judgments coming are far worse.

The reality is that God has given us His word and has told us what is coming.  It is our responsibility to heed His word, pray daily according to His will and the leading of the Holy Spirit, and share the gospel as we have opportunity.  When you take time to study the book of Revelation it changes the way you walk with Christ.  You understand the seriousness of all things and how close we are to the soon return of the Lord.

Let us not sleep and slumber in this hour but let us declare His word without compromise.  A mighty harvest stands before us and may we be faithful to hold fast to the truth of God’s word and be a people of prayer.  God has called us to be a house of prayer and it is when we become a people of prayer that we will see His glory and His power manifested in our midst.  Great days lie ahead.


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