The 7 Trumpet Judgments of Revelation – 2

In my last article, I covered the blowing of the first four Trumpets. We found out that the events that happen when the trumpets are blown are supernatural, that is, they are caused directly by God.

These blowing of the last 3 Trumpets seems to be much more serious that the blowing of the first four because they are called “The Three Woes.” This is the first time that a solemn warning is given as to the severity of the coming judgments. As bad as the previous judgments were, these next three are much worse.

The Fifth Trumpet – Rev. 9:1-11

When this Trumpet is sounded, it signals the first of the three “woes” that are pronounced in Rev. 8:13 where it says Rev. 8:13 (NIV): “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!’”

This event is definitely a supernatural event. Rev. 9:1 (NIV): “The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss.”

The first sentence seems to indicate that a meteorite or something like that falls out of the sky. However, the second sentence shows that it is not a meteorite, etc. This is an angel that is given a key to unlock the bottomless pit. Abyss means “bottomless pit.”

The “bottomless pit” is mentioned five more times in the book of Revelation. As we study these verses, we realize that the bottomless pit is where the worst of the demons are being kept. Rev. 9:11 tells us that the ruler of these demons is none other than Satan, himself.

This verse seems to indicate that there are some demons so terrible that God has already locked them up and has kept them from contact with the human race. However, when this trumpet is sounded, they are released to vent their torment upon the human race.

There are a very large number of these demons as indicated by Rev. 9:2 (NIV) where it says: “When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss.” Since the demons came down out of the smoke, there must be a great fire in that bottomless pit. That must really be a terrible place.

These demons had a very special purpose to perform. Look at Rev. 9:3 (NIV): “And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth.” Victims of scorpion bites say the animal’s venom seems to set one’s veins and nervous system on fire.

Notice who their victims were. Rev. 9:4 (NIV): “They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.” They were to harm nothing and no one except unbelievers. Remember that right after the sixth seal was opened, God placed His seal on the foreheads of all believers who were on the earth.

Notice that as terrible as their sting was, their victims did not die. And this lasted for five months. Rev. 9:5 (NIV): “They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months.”

I cannot imagine the torment that their victims go through but the next verse gives us some indication. Rev. 9:6 (NIV): “During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.”

The Sixth Trumpet – Rev. 9:13-19

At the blowing of the sixth trumpet, the second “woe” is unleashed. This releases the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates. Remember that there are angels in heaven. But there are also fallen angels. We usually call fallen angels, demons. These are four fallen angels or demons.

Rev. 9:15 helps us understand who they were and what their job was. Rev. 9:15 (NIV): “And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind.” They were released so that they could kill one third of the human race.

If you remember, when the fourth seal was opened, one fourth of the human race was killed. Now one third of those left are killed. This means that now about one half of those left after the rapture have been killed. That is a lot of people.

Verse 16 has been misinterpreted by many people. First, look at what it says. Rev. 9:16 (NIV): “The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number.” This says that the number of troops that the four angels led was 200,000,000.

Many people have connected this verse with the pouring out of the Sixth Bowl in Rev. 16:12 and have said that this is a 200,000,000 man army that comes out of China. A large force will come out of the east toward Israel, but that is not what Rev. 9:16 is talking about.

These are not human troops, but rather demons being led by demons. They are supernatural beings that have a supernatural effect on the earth and the inhabitants of the earth.

The remarkable thing is that after all this supernatural activity, the unredeemed did not repent. Look at Rev. 9:20-21 (NIV): “The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood–idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.”

God is doing everything He can to change the minds of people. Yes, He had created humans with a free will. We are free to do and to think whatever we want to. He even knew that many would rebel against Him. However, God still created us as free creatures so that we could freely love and have fellowship with Him.

It is not God’s fault that people rebel against Him. Everyone of us have the opportunity and capacity to choose to love and follow God. Rev. 9:20-21 shows us that many will choose not to follow, or even accept, the God that created them. Remember, it is not God’s fault. Humans are responsible for their own destiny. Many just freely make the wrong choices.

The Seventh Trumpet – Rev. 11:15-19

The third “woe” is the blowing of the Seventh Trumpet. It is just like the breaking of the Seventh Seal. It contains and introduces the next series of divine judgments.

As humans, we think of these judgments as being absolutely terrible. In fact, many ask: “How could a loving God do such a thing?” The reason we ask this is because we do not see the complete picture.

Look at what is going on in heaven. Rev. 11:15 (NIV): “The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.’”

We need to understand what God is doing in the light of heaven and the light of eternity. God created the human race for the purpose of having beings that could and would share his great love. He even created a place for those who love Him to live for eternity. This was to be a perfect place with no sorrow, no tragedy, no evil, etc. This is the place we call heaven.

Remember, if we have the ability to freely love, we must also have the ability to freely not love. If we have the ability to freely accept what God has prepared for us, we also have the ability to freely reject what God has prepared for us. God will not change what He has created. He created us as free creatures and He will not change us, even if we reject Him.

So those who freely reject God’s way of life, do so of their own free will. They choose their own destiny. Just remember that God is doing everything He can to get us to choose fellowship with Him.

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