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The End Of The Age Part III... The Seventh Seal and The First Six Trumpets

Carol Brooks
Edited by Vicki Narlee

"Say to them, 'As I live!' declares the Lord God, 'I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! ...  (Ezekiel 33:11 NASB)


PART I... THE 'DAY OF THE LORD This devastating period of time, described as coming suddenly, was foretold by the prophets of old and is described in several different terms in both Old and New Testaments

PART II... THE FIRST SIX SEALS. If one compares what Jesus said in Matthew 24 with the Seals of Revelation 6, it becomes quite clear that the Seals represent the persecution of Christians.

YOU ARE HERE 001orange PART III... THE SEVENTH SEAL AND THE FIRST SIX TRUMPETS. In the Old Testament, trumpets often announced a coming disaster. And it will be no different at the end of the age, when the the seventh and last seal introduces the Seven Trumpets that herald the plagues of 'Biblical proportions' that God will send on the earth.

PART IV... THE SEVENTH TRUMPET. In a sense this last and final Trumpet is the most eventful of them all, literally ushering the old age out and the new one in. It a) Brings and end to the mystery of God, when the doors to the Kingdom close forever b) Marks the point when believers meet the Lord in the air (the rapture) - physically moved off the earth for a very specific reason. c) Introduces the Seven Bowls that end all things.

PART V... THE RAPTURE. The reasons we cannot and should not trust in the Rapture taking place before the tribulation.

PART VI... THE SEVEN BOWLS. Zephaniah 1:18 says it all... "Neither their silver nor their gold Will be able to deliver them On the day of the Lord's wrath; And all the earth will be devoured In the fire of His jealousy, for He will make a complete end, indeed a terrifying one, of all the inhabitants of the earth"


The End Of The Age Part III... The Seventh Seal and The First Six Trumpets
The Seventh Seal

The Prophecies

The First Six "Trumpets"
The Significance of Trumpets
The Trumpets and The Woes They Bring

The First Four Trumpets
The Fifth Trumpet and  Sixth Trumpet

The Interlude Between The Sixth and Seventh Trumpet

One often hears of the media describing one of nature's calamities as being "of biblical proportions". This extreme language makes one wonder how they would describe the plagues that God will send on the earth, which will indeed be "of biblical proportions".

The Seventh Seal
The eighth chapter of the book of
Revelation tells us what will occur at the breaking of the Seventh Seal...

    (1) When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.  (2) And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. (3) Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne.  (4) And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel's hand. (5) Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.  (6) And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them. (Revelation 8:1-6 NASB)

Immediately after the seven angels were given the seven trumpets, an eighth angel was given incense which he added to the prayers of the saints on the golden altar in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense and the prayers of the saints went up before God, which tells us that the countless prayers of God's people for deliverance, justice, vengeance and vindication made over the centuries, have not gone unnoticed or unheeded. While many of the Psalms implored the Lord to give ear to the psalmist's cries for help in times of distress, The fact that the prayers ascended to God's ear in the incense calls to mind the wording of Psalm 141

    May my prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering.  (Psalms 141:2 NASB)

The angel then filled the censer with fire from the altar and threw it down to earth causing thunder, lightning and an earthquake after which the seven angels who had been given a trumpet each prepared to sound.

Fire From The Altar  - Judgment And Vengeance
The angel then filled the censer with fire from the altar and threw it down to earth causing thunder, lightning and an earthquake after which the trumpet carrying angels prepared to sound. The sounding of the Seven Trumpets not only signify that those who were slain for the word of God during the tribulation of the church were about to be avenged...

    You are just in these judgments, you who are and who were, the Holy One, because you have so judged; for they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve. (Revelation 16:5-7)

... but also signified that God's wrath was about to be visited on "evil men and impostors" who  deceiving and being deceived were, as Paul said,

    lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:1-4 NASB).

The Prophecies
These coming events were forecast many hundreds of years ago... the past and future often curiously intermingled in Hebrew prophecy. For example, Isaiah chapter 13 was speaking of the overthrow of the Babylonians by the Medes. However, the following verses also apply to the end of the age...

    Behold, the day of the Lord is coming, cruel, with fury and burning anger, To make the land a desolation; and He will exterminate its sinners from it. For the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not flash forth their light; The sun will be dark when it rises and the moon will not shed its light. Thus I will punish the world for its evil And the wicked for their iniquity; I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud and abase the haughtiness of the ruthless. I will make mortal man scarcer than pure gold And mankind than the gold of Ophir. Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken from its place At the fury of the Lord of hosts In the day of His burning anger. (Isaiah 13:9-13 NASB)

Isaiah 34 was a denunciation of Edom, but the prophets words bear a striking resemblance to the events that will occur when the Sixth Seal is broken - (See Previous Chapter)

    Isaiah: And all the host of heaven will wear away, and the sky will be rolled up like a scroll; all their hosts will also wither away as a leaf withers from the vine, or as one withers from the fig tree. (Isaiah 34:4 NASB)

    Sixth Seal: I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. (Revelation 6:12-14 NASB)

Ezekiel was instructed to "take up a lamentation over Pharaoh king of Egypt" (32:2), but his words were echoed by Joel, John in the book of Revelation, and Jesus Christ Himself. This because the original prophecies were ‘types’ - relevant to his times but also to the end of days many centuries in the future. See Typology

    Ezekiel: And when I extinguish you, I will cover the heavens and darken their stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud And the moon will not give its light. All the shining lights in the heavens I will darken over you And will set darkness on your land, declares the Lord God. (Ezekiel 32:7-8 NASB)

    Joel: It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. "Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. "I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, Blood, fire and columns of smoke. "The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood Before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. (Joel 2:28-31 NASB)

    Jesus: But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. "and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:29-30 NASB)

    Revelation: I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. (Revelation 6:12-14 NASB)

The Significance of Trumpets

The blowing of trumpets (the Shofar) was quite common in the Old Testament. A trumpet was sounded at Mount Sinai when the law was given (Exodus 19:16) and to sound alarms. Two trumpets were blown to summon the congregation to the doorway of the tent of meeting - whereas one trumpet was a call to the leaders and the heads of the divisions of Israel to assemble (Numbers 10: 5-6). They were blown over the nation's burnt offerings and peace offerings (Numbers 10:10) and on Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement. Trumpets heralded the return of the ark of the Lord to the city of David (2 Samuel 6:15), and played a big part in the fall of Jericho (Joshua 6:4-5) and other wars to defeat or save them from their enemies. See Numbers 10:9 for example..

Most relevant to this study is the fact that trumpets often announced a coming disaster...

    Son of man, speak to the sons of your people and say to them, 'If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows on the trumpet and warns the people, then he who hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his blood will be on his own head. (Ezekiel 33:2-4 NASB)

    If a trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble? If a calamity occurs in a city has not the Lord done it?  (Amos 3:6 NASB)

    Blow a trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the day of the Lord is coming; Surely it is near, (Joel 2:1 NASB)

003white  Note: The trumpets were also blown on Rosh HaShanah or the Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24) which may have a great deal of significance and bearing on end time events.

The first day of every month was begun with the blowing of trumpets. However, there was deeper significance attached to the blowing of trumpets on Rosh HaShanah or the Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24). Rosh HaShanah fell on the first day of the seventh month. It heralded the beginning of the period known as the 'Ten Days of Awe' that immediately preceded Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement (when the trumpets were also blown. See Leviticus 25:9).

The Seven Feasts of Israel not only celebrated a historical event in Israel's past, but were also prophecy of future events. The first four feasts have already been fulfilled (the first two by Jesus Christ) on the actual feast days according to the Hebrew calendar.

Thus it is reasonable to surmise that, like the first four feasts, fulfillment will occur on the actual feast day. And, considering that the feasts were a pattern for things that were yet in the distant future, I strongly suspect that the Days of Awe were symbolic of the final days of the age during which repentance is yet possible - when mankind (and the church) will be given their last opportunity to repent before Yom Kippur. After which the doors to the kingdom will be forever closed. As the Lord decreed that "If there is any person who will not humble himself" on Yom Kippur, he shall be cut off from his people. (Leviticus 23:29) (For More Information See The Feasts of Israel that includes a pertinent story in 1 Samuel)

The Trumpets and The Woes They Bring (Revelation 8:6-11:15)
A "woe" is something that causes sorrow, grief, or misery. The first Five Trumpets are collectively known as "the first woe". The events of the Sixth Trumpet are called the "second woe", after which we are told that "the third woe is coming quickly" (Revelation 11:14)

Of the first four trumpet judgments that fall on creation, the first three will be against the land, the sea, and the rivers. The fourth smites the heavens, which obviously refers to the visible sky - what we call outer space, not the third far less tangible place where God Himself dwells.

    Note: This heaven was often described in the Old Testament by using the Hebrew word shâmayim twice, which was then translated into "the heaven of the heavens" or "the highest heaven". (See The Word "Heaven" in The Bible HERE).

The final three trumpets fall on man himself.

The First Four Trumpets
The first 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.  (Revelation 8:7 NASB)

Notes on The First Trumpet:
This judgment in Revelation results in the fiery destruction of one-third of the earth. The ramifications of losing one third of the trees is fearful since it will, among other things, severely affect the oxygen levels of the planet. Additionally, more than once in the past God used hail as an element of His judgment. The seventh plague God sent on the Egyptians was hail mingled with fire that pretty much destroyed all their vegetation (Exodus 10:12 says what little was left was eaten by locusts).

    Moses stretched out his staff toward the sky, and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and fire ran down to the earth. And the Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt. So there was hail, and fire flashing continually in the midst of the hail, very severe, such as had not been in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. (Exodus 9:23-24 NASB)

    As they fled from before Israel, while they were at the descent of Beth-horon, the Lord threw large stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died; there were more who died from the hailstones than those whom the sons of Israel killed with the sword. (Joshua 10:11 NASB)

    I smote you and every work of your hands with blasting wind, mildew and hail; yet you did not come back to Me,' declares the Lord. (Haggai 2:17 NASB)

The second 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 life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed. (Revelation 8:8-9 NASB)

Notes on The Second Trumpet:
Note that the verse does not say that a great mountain, burning with fire, was cast into the sea, but "something like a great mountain was cast into the sea", which may, or may not, be a description of an asteroid that, having survived entry into the earth's atmosphere, would be called a meteorite.

    Asteroids vary greatly in size. The largest and first known asteroid, Ceres discovered in 1801 is 580 miles in diameter, while one of the smallest, discovered in 1991, is only about 20 feet across. [01]

Any meteoroid, or portion of an asteroid, larger than a mile or two in diameter could have a negative worldwide effect. If it fell into the sea it could very well cause tidal waves or a mega-tsunami which will devastate coastal communities, and could very well destroy a third part of sea creatures, and a third of all ships. Many scientists believe that, given enough time, an asteroid-earth collision is inevitable.

Horrifying as this may be, it is only a precursor to the second bowl judgment in Revelation 16:3-6, that will result in the death of every living thing in the sea (Compare Zephaniah 1:3).

The third 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. (Revelation 8:10-11 NASB)

Notes on The Third Trumpet:
The verse does not say that a great mountain, burning with fire, was cast into the sea, but "something like a great mountain was cast into the sea", which may or may not be a description of an asteroid that, having survived entry into the earth's atmosphere, would be called a meteorite.

In the Old Testament, wormwood was considered poisonous... associated with idolatry, adultery, and the perversion of judgment.

    1. so that there will not be among you a man or woman, or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from the Lord our God, to go and serve the gods of those nations; that there will not be among you a root bearing poisonous fruit and wormwood.  (Deuteronomy 29:18 NASB)

    2. For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech; But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword. (Proverbs 5:3-4 NASB)

    3. For those who turn justice into wormwood And cast righteousness down to the earth."  (Amos 5:7 NASB)

In other words, in retribution for the very same sins listed above, this 'great star' brings tremendous calamities on man and echoes the words of the prophet, Jeremiah...

    The Lord said, "Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice nor walked according to it, but have walked after the stubbornness of their heart and after the Baals, as their fathers taught them," therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, "behold, I will feed them, this people, with wormwood and give them poisoned water to drink. (Jeremiah 9:13-15 NASB)

The fourth 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. (Revelation 8:12 NASB)

Notes on The Fourth Trumpet:
The prophets of old repeatedly warned humanity of the terrors of the 'Day of The Lord', including the darkening of the sun, moon and stars. Amos 5:18 warned that the Lord's day of judgment would bring darkness, Isaiah 13:10 once prophesied that the stars and their constellations would no longer give light, the sun would be darkened as soon as it rises, and the moon would not shine", while Joel 2:2 said it would be a "day of clouds and thick darkness".

    Amos: Alas, you who are longing for the day of the Lord, For what purpose will the day of the Lord be to you? It will be darkness and not light; (Amos 5:18 NASB)

    Isaiah: For the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not flash forth their light; The sun will be dark when it rises And the moon will not shed its light. (Isaiah 13:10 NASB)

    Joel: A day of darkness and gloom, A day of clouds and thick darkness. As the dawn is spread over the mountains, So there is a great and mighty people; There has never been anything like it, Nor will there be again after it To the years of many generations. (Joel 2:2 NASB)

This seems to be a temporary situation, since Revelation 16:8-9 talks of a period when the sun will be so intense that the earth will be scorched. However the impact of even a short term reduction in the sun's heat and light is incalculable, as temperatures will drop dramatically and, since plants depend on light for photosynthesis, a large portion of the world food supplies will be ruined.

The Fifth and Sixth Trumpets
The next three trumpets, directly aimed at man himself, will be introduced by the eagle that cries 'Woe to those that dwell on the earth'.

    Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in mid heaven, 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!"  (Revelation 8:13 NASB)

It is no exaggeration to say that, as described by Revelation 9, this is the point when Hell arrives on earth.

The Fifth Trumpet

    (1) Then the fifth 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.  (2) 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. (3) Then out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth, and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power.  (4) 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. (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. 

    (6)  And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them. (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.  (8) They had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were like the teeth of lions. (9) They had breast plates like breast plates of iron; and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle.  (10) They have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men for five months.  (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. (Revelation 9:1-11 NASB)

Notes On The Fifth Trumpet:
Apollyon means "destroyer". The Star that falls to the earth, in verse 1, is referred to as 'him'. The only being that fell to earth (that we know of) is Satan.

    And He said to them, "I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.  (Luke 10:18 NASB)

'The abyss' seems to be Satan's domain (See V. 11). The beast that kills God's two witnesses "comes up out of the abyss" (Revelation 11:7) (See The Two Witnesses). In Revelation 20:1-3 Satan is bound and cast into the abyss for a thousand years. The abyss is also mentioned in Luke 8:31, where the demon call 'Legion' implored Jesus not to "command them to go out into the abyss".

The description of the locusts also has to be particularly noted since John repeatedly uses the words "as" and "like". For example he does not say these locusts were horses, nor men riding on horses, but says they were like horses. Neither did he say that the locusts had the hair of women and literal gold crowns, but that "they had hair as the hair of women", and crowns that had the appearance of gold. All of which shows that John had no idea what they were, and he was simply trying to describe what he was seeing. However, it has to be noted that John did not say they had something like tails, but that they had tails like scorpions.

Because of their appearance and the fact that they are ruled by Apollyon, the angel of the abyss, many believe that these locusts are demonic figures. However, this is far from certain, considering that Revelation is steeped in imagery and uses a bewildering and even bizarre array of symbols (beasts emerging from the sea, waters turning to blood, a bottomless pit, dragons with seven heads, a woman sitting on a scarlet beast etc.) to ensure that the message was neither mistaken, underestimated nor forgotten.

An Invading Army
However, in chapter two of his book Joel's prophecies of end time events give us a clearer picture of what John was referring to. In fact, the fifth Trumpet is very specifically prophesied in Joel 2:1-11, in which the prophet described "a great and mighty people" (Joel 2:2) who leave a "desolate wilderness behind them" (Vs. 3). As he went on to say

    Their appearance is like the appearance of horses; And like war horses, so they run.  (Joel 2:4 NASB)

In fact, the Old Testament often compared the sheer numbers of an invading army with locusts. For example, Judges 6:3-5 says that the armies of the Midianites and the Amalekites were "like locusts for number" and, when they came against Israel, they would completely destroy the produce of the earth. The armies of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, were described as being "more numerous than locusts" (Jeremiah 46:23). In a prophecy against Nineveh, the Assyrian capital, Nahum said although their guardsmen were like the swarming locust, Assyria would be taken down (Nahum 3:15-17).

In other words, John could very well have been describing a terrifying and extremely large invading army. Although one does not see much correlation between what John tried to describe and the weapons of modern warfare in the above verses, the fire, smoke and brimstone that proceeds out of the mouths of the 'horses' and kills another third of humanity (below), certainly smacks of armored tanks etc. Besides which, one has to continually bear the symbolism of Revelation in mind. Thus it is very possible that the reason they are said to emerge from the smoke of the abyss is  because they will be controlled by the evil forces that will run rampant in the earth in the days to come.

However, make no mistake... God is very much in control of the situation. Joel 2:11 calls this army... "His army", while other passages make it very clear that it can only do what God permits. The restrictions placed on these "locusts" is that they cannot hurt any green thing (trees and grass etc.), nor those that have the seal of God on their foreheads. Neither can they kill those that do not have this mark, but only torment them for five months which, if you think about it, is a very, very long time. As verse 6 says... "in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them."

One would imagine that, by this time, people would be crying out for mercy, especially considering they already appear to know that the havoc being wrought on the earth are not "natural disasters", but clear and unmistakable evidence of God's wrath. In fact, they will have ample opportunity to repent and save themselves until just before the Seventh Trumpet, which is when the doors to the kingdom will close forever. However, amazingly enough this will (for the most part), not happen. Revelation 9:20 prophesies...

    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;  (Revelation 9:20 NASB) See Idol Worship... The Spirits Behind The Idols

The first Woe is past: behold, there come yet two Woes hereafter. (Revelation 9:12)

The Sixth Trumpet /The Second Woe

    (13) Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, (14) one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates."  (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.  (16) The number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. (17) And this is how I saw in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breast plates 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.

    (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.  (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. (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;  (21) and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts. (Revelation 9:13-21 NASB)

Notes on the Sixth Trumpet: Just who the angels are and what, if any, particular significance there is to the number four, is not certain except, possibly, to indicate the 'four corners' of the earth. (Revelation 7:1 mentions four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth).

The word translated "bound" has been used both literally and figuratively in the New Testament (See Matthew 27:2 and Matthew 16). What we do know is that there was something which restrained the angels until they were commanded to go forth. Mighty powers in the vicinity of the river Euphrates were now to be let loose upon the world which would result in the killing of "a third of mankind". (Note: One fourth of the population had already died during the time of the fourth seal. If one third of the remaining 75% are now killed, the earth's population will be reduced to half its pre-tribulation number.

In verse 17, John describes both horses and their riders, particularly mentioning that the rider's breast plates were the colour of fire and of hyacinth and brimstone (red, blue, and yellow?) What is particularly noteworthy is that it doesn't seem to be the horsemen that cause death, but the horses themselves that are said to emit fire, smoke and brimstone out of their mouths, and have power in their serpent like tails with which they kill.

The number of the armies of the horsemen (two hundred million) is a staggering number, and it has often been thought that only China is capable of hosting an army of that size. However, nothing says that this army belongs to solely one country or is, necessarily, even human.

The Interlude Between The Sixth and Seventh Trumpet
Beginning with chapter 10:1, there is an interlude between judgments during which John sees and hears several different things. Chapter 10 talks about The Strong Angel, the Seven Thunders and the Little Book which John is commanded to eat (some thoughts in Footnote I below). The first two verses of Chapter 11 refer to the measuring of the temple, while verses 11:3 through 11:12 talks about the The Two Witnesses

Verse 13 describes the earthquake that takes place when the Two Witnesses are brought to life by the breath of God, then taken up into heaven in a cloud (Vs. 11-12)...

    And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven Revelation 11:13 NASB.

Verse 14 then tells us that "The second woe is past; behold, the third woe is coming quickly". (Revelation 11:14 NASB)

Continue On To Chapter IV.  The Third Woe... That Earth Shaking Seventh Trumpet
(This last Trumpet is an extremely significant one, since this one brings an end to the mystery of God. The temple of God in heaven is opened, and the ark of His covenant appears in His temple. Jesus appears before the Face of God for us, as the author of Hebrews wrote "... but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself" (Hebrews 9:26 NASB). The atonement complete, Christ reaps the earth (what we call the Rapture) and the doors to the Kingdom close forever). ...

End Notes
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Footnote I
The Strong Angel and The Seven Thunders (Revelation 10:1-4)

    I saw another strong angel coming down out of heaven, clothed with a cloud; and the rainbow was upon his head, and his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire; (2)  and he had in his hand a little book which was open. He placed his right foot on the sea and his left on the land;  (3) and he cried out with a loud voice, as when a lion roars; and when he had cried out, the seven peals of thunder uttered their voices. (4)  When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, I was about to write; and I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them." (Revelation 10:1-4 NASB)

In the first half of the chapter John describes "another strong angel coming down out of heaven". This angel is describes as being "clothed with a cloud" with a rainbow upon his head. It further goes on to describe this angels face which was "like the sun, and his feet "like pillars of fire". He has an open "little book" in his hand, and sets his right foot on the sea and his left on the land. He cries with a "great voice" and when he does so "the seven thunders uttered their voices". John is about to record what he is seeing, but a voice from Heaven tells him to "seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not".

We are not told and therefore, cannot be certain, what exactly the seven thunders represent. However,  God's voice was likened to thunder several times in the Old Testament. (All Emphasis Added)

    When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with thunder. (Exodus 19:19 NASB)

    The sound of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; The lightnings lit up the world; The earth trembled and shook.  (Psalms 77:18 NASB)

    At Your rebuke they fled, At the sound of Your thunder they hurried away. The mountains rose; the valleys sank down To the place which You established for them. (Psalms 104:7-8 NASB)

    Behold, these are the fringes of His ways; And how faint a word we hear of Him! But His mighty thunder, who can understand?" (Job 26:14 NASB)

    Or hast thou an arm like God? And canst thou thunder with a voice like Him?  (Job 40:9 ASV)

The Angel and the Little Book (Revelation 10: 8-11)
This account where John is told to take the open book from the angel, eat it and prophesy over many nations and tongues bears strong resemblance to the account in Ezekiel 2:9-10; and 3:1-3.

    "Now you, son of man, listen to what I am speaking to you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth and eat what I am giving you." Then I looked, and behold, a hand was extended to me; and lo, a scroll was in it. When He spread it out before me, it was written on the front and back, and written on it were lamentations, mourning and woe.

    Then He said to me, "Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel." So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll. He said to me, "Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you." Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth. Then He said to me, "Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them. (Ezekiel 2:8-3:4 NASB)

Ezekiel was shown a scroll which he was commanded to eat. This is not a literal eating of a physical piece of parchment, but a receiving and assimilating (digesting) of knowledge. Although both John and Ezekiel found the scroll sweet, John adds that it made "the belly bitter". No doubt the bitterness was the reality of what was to come... God's judgment on sin.

The additional command to John that he must "... prophesy again over many peoples and nations and tongues and kings" is also reminiscent of Ezekiel, who was directed to go to the house of Israel and deliver a divine message, which makes it likely that, in both cases, the scrolls themselves contained revelations from God. Compare Jeremiah's words...

    Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.  (Jeremiah 15:16 NASB)


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