Coachlight Bible Study – Revelation Chapter 8
The Things Which Shall Be Hereafter – Part V
The First Five Trumpet Judgments
After the first break in the chronological sequence of events during Daniel’s 70th Week, picturing God’s Remnant praising God with the raptured Old Testament saints and the Bride. Just after John pictures the blood washed Israelites and Gentiles, the Lamb opens the seventh seal.
All was quite in heaven for a half an hour, the Elders quit playing their harps, and even the cherubim and seraphim were silent. This silence lasted even while 7 angels were each given a trumpet, and until another angel cast fire from the altar down to earth. Now down on earth; voices, thunder, lightening and an earthquake broke the silence.
With the fire, there ascended to the throne incense and the prayers of the Tribulation saints praying for vengeance on their enemies. Let the trumpet judgments begin.
Revelation 8:1 ¶ And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
I. Seventh Seal – Silence In Heaven
A. The Silence In Heaven Was Truly Remarkable – All Awed
1. The 24 Elders Stopped Playing Their Harps
2. The Host Of Heaven Was Silent
a. The Angels Hushed Up
b. The Cherubim & Seraphim were silent
3. The Silence Lasted ½ Hour
a. ½ Hour Not Long When You’re Doing Something You Like
b. ½ Hour Is A Long Time When Life Is At Stake
4. The Suspense Was Intense
B. The Silence Was Intense Suspense In Preparation Of Judgments To Come
1. The Trumpet Judgments
2. The Vial Judgments
C. Silence Should Be No Surprise When God’s Judgment Is Happening
1. Habakkuk Asked God, How Could Idolatrous Babylonians Judge Judah?
a. God Answered That Babylon Would Not Escape God’s Judgment Either
b. Judah Was Guilty Of Same Things
c. God Then Said About His Judgment:
Habakkuk 2:20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.
2. The Lord Told The Prophet Zechariah:
Zechariah 2:11 And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee.
Zechariah 2:12 And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.
Zechariah 2:13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.
3. The Lord Prophesied Through Zephaniah:
Zephaniah 1:4 I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests;
Zephaniah 1:5 And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham;
Zephaniah 1:6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.
Zephaniah 1:7 ¶ Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.
D. The Seventh Seal Includes What Happens In
1. The 7 Trumpet Judgments
2. The 7 Trumpets Include The Events Of The 7 Vial Judgments
3. The Judgments Continue To The Latter Part Of The Tribulation Period
a. Like A Rocket Exploding In The Air Into 7 Pieces
b. Then One Of The Pieces Explode Into 7 More Pieces
c. Then One Of The Second Pieces Explode Into 7 More Pieces
4. The 7th Seal Includes The 7 Trumpets
5. The 7th Trumpets Include The 7 Vial Judgments
Revelation 8:2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
Revelation 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
Revelation 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
Revelation 8:5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
A. John Sees 7 Angels
1. 7 Trumpets Were Given To Them
a. Trumpets Are Used To Call To War
b. Trumpets Are Used To Call To Worship
c. Trumpets Are Used To Call To Feasts
1. Feast Of Tabernacles
2. Year Of Jubilee
d. Trumpets Are Used To Call Judgment
See Exodus 9:16; Amos 3:6; Joshua 6:13-16; Zephaniah 1:14-16.
2. The Angels Prepared To Sound The Trumpets
3. But, Before They Sound John Saw Another Angel
a. This Angel Had A Golden Censer In His Hand
b. This Angel Stood Before The Golden Incense Altar
c. This Angel Was Given Much Incense
d. This Angel Offered Incense With The Prayers Of The Saints
1. The Saints Of The Tribulation Period
2. The Prayers Are Concerning Vengeance On Their Enemies
4. The Angel Filled The Censer With Fire From The Fire From Off The Altar
5. The Angel Threw The Fire Down To Earth
6. John Saw The Effect On Earth
a. There Were Voices
b. There Was Thundering – Broke The Silence In Heaven
c. There Was Lightening
d. There Was An Earthquake
7. Notice That The 7th Seal, 7th Trumpet, & 7th Vial All End The Same
Revelation 11:19; Revelation 16:18
8. The Vials End At The End Of The 70th Week – End Of The Tribulation
9. The Trumpet & Vial Judgments Are Answers To Saints Prayers
II. The Seven Trumpets
Revelation 8:6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
Revelation 8:7 ¶ The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
A. The First Trumpet - Hail
1. The 1st Angel Sounds The Trumpet
2. There Was Hail & Fire Mingled With Blood
3. 1/3 Of The Trees Burnt Up
4. All The Green Grass Was Burnt Up
5. Fulfillment Of Joel Chapter 2
Joel 2:30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
Joel 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
5. This Is The Same As The 7th Egyptian Plague
Exodus 9:22 ¶ And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.
Exodus 9:23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt.
Exodus 9:24 So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.
Exodus 9:25 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.
Exodus 9:26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.
a. This Was A Thunderstorm That Did Not Affect Goshen
b. Fire That Ran Across The Land Was Lightning
5. The Judgments In Egypt Against Pharaoh – Judgments Here Against Israel
6. The Difference Between 7th Egyptian Plague & 1st Trumpet
a. In Egypt - Both Man & Animals Suffered With The Vegetation
b. In 1st Trumpet - Only The Trees & Green Grass
c. In Egypt – Hail Smote Every Herb & Broke Every Tree
d. In 1st Trumpet – Only 1/3 Of The Trees & Grass Burnt Up
A. The Second Trumpet – Like A Burning Mountain
1. The Sea Undoubtedly The Mediterranean
2. The Object That Fell Into Sea Like A Mountain
3. It Wasn’t A Mountain
4. It Was A Meteor On Fire Fell
5. Probably The Best Way John Could Describe It
6. It Turned 1/3 Part Of The Sea To Blood
Revelation 8:8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
Revelation 8:9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
B. The 1st Egyptian Plague – Nile Turned To Blood
Exodus 7:19 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone.
Exodus 7:20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.
Exodus 7:21 And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.
1. The Difference Between 1st Egyptian Plague & 2nd Trumpet
a. In 2nd Trumpet Only 33 % Of The Sea Turned To Blood
b. Probably Where The Meteor Hit
c. It May Hit On Some Naval Vessels
2. In The 2nd Trumpet Only 33 % Of The Living Creatures In The Sea Die
3. In The 2nd Trumpet Only 33 % Of The Ships Destroyed
A. The Third Trumpet – The Star Wormwood
1. Great Star Fell From Heaven Like A Lamp
2. Probably Another Meteor
3. It Wasn’t A Mountain
4. Another Meteor Blazing Like A Torch Fell
5. It Explodes And Poisons 1/3 Rivers & Fountains
6. Many Will Die From Drinking The Water
Revelation 8:10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
Revelation 8:11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
A. Wormwood - Heb. la’anah, the Artemisia absinthium of botanists – (Easton)
1. It Is Intensely Bitter
2. In Amos 6:12 - Rendered "Hemlock"
3. The Greek Name Is Absinthion - Means "Undrinkable."
4. The Absinthe Of France Is Distilled From A Species Of This Plant
B. It Was Prophesied By Jeremiah
Jeremiah 9:13 And the LORD saith, Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein;
Jeremiah 9:14 But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them:
Jeremiah 9:15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink.
Jeremiah 9:16 I will scatter them also among the heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known: and I will send a sword after them, till I have consumed them.
A. The Fourth Trumpet – Sun, Moon & Stars Smitten
1. Very Similar To The Events After The 6th Seal
2. 1/3 Part Of The Sun, Moon, & Stars Darkened
3. The Day Was Only 1/3 Of Its Usual Length
4. The Night Was Also Only 1/3 Its Usual Length
Revelation 8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
B. These Are Some Of The Signs Spoken By Luke Before Christ’s 2nd Coming
Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
Luke 21:26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Luke 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
A. The Fifth Trumpet – The Angel Warning
1. An Angel Flew The Midst Of Heaven
2. The Three Woes Are Announced By The Angel
3. The Angel Said With A Loud Voice
7. Woes Are Directed Towards The People On earth
Revelation 8:13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!