Saturday, February 6, 2010

#Revelation 8> Things Which Shall Be Hereafter> Trumpet Judgments ( #Prophecy )

3. The things which shall be hereafter (4-22) 
     A. Judgment on the inhabitants of the earth (4-19) 
          7. The trumpet judgments (8) 

a. Hail, fire, and blood 

When opened, the seventh seal issues forth in a new series of trumpet judgments. A half hour of silence may denote the serious nature of the events which follow, as a kind of "quiet before the storm". 

OT priests used a copper censer to carry coals from the brazen altar to the altar of incense. Solomon later made censers of gold (1 Kings 7:50; 2 Chronicles 4:22). Like the bowls of Revelation 5:8, the golden censers, here, represent the prayers of all the saints. They had asked how long it would take for God to avenge their blood (6:9-11), and now their prayers would be answered. 

An angel offered the incense, then hurled the censer, with its fire still burning, to the earth. The result was "voices, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake". This begins the storm of judgments. 

The first angel sounded, and "hail and fire, mixed with blood", were thrown to the earth. This burned up a third of the vegetation. 

b. Burning mountain on seas (8) 

The second angel's sounding brought forth a large, mountain-like body, and threw it into the sea. This caused a third of the sea to become blood, the death of a third of the sea creatures, and the destruction of a third of the ships. 

c. Star falls on fresh waters (8) 

Angel three sounded a trumpet which made "a great star" fall from heaven. It burned like a torch, and fell on a third of the fresh waters. The star was called "Wormwood". Wormwood was a bitter, desert plant. In the OT, it represented bitter judgment and sorrow (cf. Deuteronomy 29:18; Proverbs 5:4: Jeremiah 9:15; 23:15; Lamentations 3:15, 19; Amos 5:7). 

d. Darkening of sun, moon and stars (8) 

When the fourth angel blew its trumpet, it darkened a third of the sun, moon, and stars. This seems to result in a sixteen hour day, as the day did "not shine for a third of it". Or, this may mean it was a third darker than usual. 

As if this weren't enough, some form of angelic, or eagle creature, will fly in mid-heaven, proclaiming a three-fold woe on earth-dwellers. This "woe" will be "because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!".

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