The blowing of the 7 trumpets signify the second series of judgments that reign down on the earth. Most of the events as the seals were opened occurred because of what men were doing to men. And more specifically what the Antichrist was doing on the earth.
When the 7 trumpets blow, the judgments are definitely events that are supernatural. That is, they are not natural occurrences; they are caused directly by God. This article covers the blowing of the first four trumpets.
John looked and saw seven angels standing before God. They were each handed a trumpet, seven in all.
The First Trumpet – Rev. 8:7
When the first trumpet sounded, hail and fire rained down from heaven. It says that the fire was mixed with blood. It is hard to understand exactly what this is. It is probably not actual blood (although it could be); it may be just a very red colored rain. But whatever it is, it is a very devastating event.
It says that one third of the earth was burned up. Then it says that one third of the trees were burned up and all the green grass was burned up. Since we get all of our oxygen from the trees and green vegetation, this will wreak havoc on the earth. On top of that, think of all the smoke that this event will cause.
This is an event that will happen all over the world since it says that all the green grass was burned up. However, notice that only one third of the trees were burnt up. This is only a partial judgment on the earth. God is trying to wake up the unrepentant and get them to acknowledge that He is the Almighty God. He wants them to accept Him and His salvation for them.
Could this be what Joel was referring to when he stated in Joel 2:30 (NIV): “I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke.”
The Second Trumpet – Rev. 8:8-9
When the second angel blew his trumpet, something like a huge blazing mountain was cast into the sea. Many scholars believe that this is a large asteroid that hits the earth. This is one thing that many scientists are already concerned about. They are tracking hundreds of asteroids. And they say that they are hundreds, maybe thousands that they do not know about that can strike the earth.
Another possibility is from an island in the Canary Isles called La Palma. This is very large mountain right on the sea coast. Many scientists believe that if the series of volcanoes running along the top ridge of the mountain were to erupt, it could easily cause half of the mountain to violently slide into the sea.
This would cause an extremely large Tsunami that would race across the ocean and devastate the eastern coast of the United States. This same Tsunami would sink most ships caught in its wake.
This would certainly fit the picture of a huge blazing mountain being cast into the sea and causing that amount of devastation.
When it happens, whatever it is, one third of the sea will turn to blood causing one third of all sea life to die and one third of the ships to be destroyed. In other words, this object that hits the sea will poison the water so much that a third of the creatures in the sea will die. It will strike with such force that it will capsize one third of the ships on the sea and they will sink.
Again, this is only a partial judgment on the earth. But look at how devastating it is. If one third of the sea life dies, now many of them will wash up on the sea shores? Think of the smell that will come from the rotting flesh. And how many businesses will be destroyed if one third of the ships carrying their merchandise is destroyed? This is no small matter.
The Third Trumpet – Rev. 8:10-11
When the third trumpet is blown, a great star, blazing like a torch fell from the sky. This object did not fall in the sea but rather on land. Verse 10 says that this object was a star. Could this be a meteorite? Verse 11 says that the name of this “star” is called Wormwood. The Greek word translated “wormwood” means bitterness. The result of the falling of this object is that one third of the drinkable water on the earth becomes bitter and poisonous. Many people die from drinking this poisoned water.
We, here in America, have no concept of what can happen if there is suddenly no water that we can drink. We take it for granted. However, look around the world at how many people get sick simply because they do not have clean drinking water. What would happen if one third of the world suddenly did not have clean water to drink?
The Fourth Trumpet – Rev. 8:12
Here God darkens all light coming to the earth by one third. One third of the light coming from the sun, the moon and the stars was cut off.
This reminds us of the plague that God sent on Pharaoh as described in Exodus 10:21 (NIV): “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness will spread over Egypt–darkness that can be felt.’”
This also reminds us of what Jesus said in Luke 21:25 (NIV): “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.”
Again, the judgment is only on one third of the world. God is holding back His full wrath so that as many people as possible can repent.
More Trumpets to Blow
There are still 3 more Trumpets to blow. And these must be devastating because they are called “the 3 WOES!” I will write about them in my next article.