The Great Throne Visions ~ The Seven Trumpets

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Clicking Here The Sounding of the Seven Trumpets   “And I saw the Seven Angels who stand before God, and they were given Seven Trumpets. Another angel, holding a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. And he was given much incense to mingle with the prayers of all the Holy Ones on the Golden Altar before the Throne. And the smoke of the incense, along with the prayers of the Holy Ones, ascended to God from the hand of the angel. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with live coals out of the fire on the Altar, and hurled it onto the earth. Thunderous crashes, and voices, and flashing lightning followed immediately, and the earth shook! Then the Seven Angels who had the Seven Trumpets prepared to sound a blast.”

The Great Throne Visions The Sounding of the Seven Trumpets

We should not be surprised at the quick and terrible answer to the prayers of the Tribulation Saints. Jesus predicted this moment long ago when He said, “I am come to send fire on the earth,”  [Luke 12:49].  Paul echoed this prophecy less than twenty years after our Lord’s Ascension.

“And to you who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  II Thessalonians 1:7,8.

The nature of this “flaming fire”, and the destructive effect it has upon our planet, is the subject of the first four judgments.

The First Four Trumpets

Like all the series of sevens in the Apocalypse the Seven Trumpets are divided into segments of four and three. The first four trumpets call forth “natural” judgments that are directed primarily toward the natural world. They affect the Earthdwellers in an indirect and impersonal manner. As we have observed many times, these judgments have an obvious parallel in the plagues of the Exodus.

“Four plagues of a supernatural character, in part parallel to the Egyptian plagues, are hurled in quick succession upon the dry land…. the sea…. the other waters…. and the heavenly bodies.”

The last three trumpets differ radically from these plagues and affect the earth dwellers directly. A supernatural element permeates them, which adds psychological terror to the horrors of the natural upheavals. Although the Fifth Trumpet has a cursory resemblance to the eighth plague, these judgments go far beyond those of the Exodus. As in the first cycle of visions, the Seventh Trumpet is separated from the others by several intervening visions. Ultimately, however, the Seventh Trumpet, like the Seventh Seal, is destined to produce yet another cycle of visions. But we are both anticipating the Prophet and outrunning our commentary, and must return to the visions at hand. Let me take a moment to set the scene.

The judgments of the Seven Seals have past and the earth has experienced an interlude of respite. The Earthdwellers have emerged from the caverns and caves into which they had fled, and a semblance of order has once again been reinstated. But the catastrophes and upheavals have only begun! Another series of judgments, far worse than the first, are about to strike the earth. They only await the dramatic and terrible blast of the First Trumpet.

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