The Fourth Trumpet of Revelation

The Fourth Trumpet of Revelation

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Satan Takes One Third Of The Angels With Him

Forth Trumpet

One of the things that I have noticed in my studies is that commentators almost refuse to believe that angels are literally involved in the tribulation. H. A. Ironside, J. Dwight Pentecost both consider this to be symbology being that of religious leaders1. John F. Walvoord mentions that it could be religious leaders, but takes the position of the literal heavenly bodies being darkened.2

It is really hard for me to understand this resistance to Satan and the fallen angels being present on the earth. Angels are seen on the earth all throughout the old testament. So staying consistent with our interpretation this trumpet like the rest is symbolic in nature. How do we understand it then? Let the Bible interpret it for us. If we are correct then the third trumpet is the fall of a great star who is Satan, then we can read the commentary on this in chapter twelve.

3And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 5And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron:and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. 6And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. 7And there was war in heaven:Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him

Revelation 12:3-9

My logic is that if the third trumpet is Satan being cast down and the next trumpet is the heavenly bodies being darkened, I see the details here. With Satan, a third of the angels or stars are cast down with him.

If I am right we can see why we have the three woes of verse thirteen. The whole spiritual kingdom of Babylon has collapsed and its occupants have been cast to the earth. Remember that one angel killed over four hundred thousand men in one night.3 With the angels occupying the earth the inhabitants are going to be in great woe, especially when we hear the fifth trumpet.

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

Revelation 8:13

1H.A. Ironside, Revelation (Loizeaux Brother, 1987), pg. 151; J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come (Zondervan, 1964), pg. 362

2John F. Walvoord, The Revelation of Jesus Christ (Moody Press 1966), pg. 165

3 Bible, 2 Kings 19:35

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The Third Trumpet of Revelation

The Third Trumpet of Revelation

A Star Falls From Heaven

Thrid Trumpet

10And 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; 11And 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

Revelation 8:10-11

Being consistent with our symbology we realize this is not an actual start. This should be an easy one yet there are many who will try to make this an actual star that falls from space and pollutes a third part of the water. Revelation already reveals to us that a star represents an angel.

The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches:and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

Revelation 1:20

It should be further noted that the fifth trumpet speaks of a star that had fallen. I know that KJV does not make this absolutely clear, however, the star of the fifth trumpet had already fallen and in that case, the trumpet is about giving the star a key to the pit which releases terrible creatures upon the earth. If the star in the fifth trumpet has already been cast down, when did it happen? Well during the third trumpet! Remember what we are seeing here is the fall of Babylon, not an earthly Babylon, rather the one that exists in the Heavens. Of course, if you are going to cast down this kingdom you will have to cast down the leader. We find the prophet Isaiah telling us about this.

How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations!

Isaiah 14:12

The book of Revelation fills in the details about this event. I will remind you that the book of Revelation has the seals, trumpets, and vials as outlines and the parenthetical verses that fill in the details. So here are the details of this event.

3And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born threescore days. And there was war in heaven:Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast 7And there was war in heaven:Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ:for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night

Revelation 12,3-4,7,10

I recently heard a well-known radio and television preacher of whom I respect speak on this passage of Satan’s fall. He spoke as if this fall had already taken place. I have talked with other Christians who seem quite surprised when I suggest Satan has not already fallen from Heaven. Satan has certainly  fallen from his original state of perfection and has become the author of sin in this world (1 John 3:8).

Satan however still has access to Heaven or else he is no longer coming before God’s throne as the accuser of the brethren. That is what the above passage tells us he is continually doing now. In the book of Job, Satan comes before God as the accuser and that was taking place after the fall of man in the garden. So if one believes Satan’s fall has already taken place, when did it happen? It had to have happened after Job and before the events of the Tribulation. I know of no place in scripture to teach us it did, so we just have to believe that Satan is still actively accusing the brethren in Heaven right up until the Tribulation. It is then God declares He has had enough and Michael throws him down to earth.

One other interesting thing about this passage. Those who believe the star is symbolic tend to want to see this star as some man that has great authority—some religious leader. Now let me confess that I am very disappointed in Christain unwillingness to believe that Satan is actually a real being. I say that because whenever it comes to the spiritual world they try to place some human in this place. Isaiah plainly tells us that Satan will be seen on earth for who he is.

15Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. 16They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; 17That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners

Isaiah 14:15-17

There are many more things that could be said about this being Satan, but I think that I have sufficiently provided enough references to prove my point. So then what happens when Satan is cast to the earth. The waters of the earth are turned bitter. Again we are dealing with symbols as we don’t have to search the news or geography to find the meaning, we just need to search the Bible. Water is needed for life and that is how it is used all the time in the Bible. We can especially look at John’s writings to know about water.

13Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life

John 4:13-14

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

John 7:38

In Numbers chapter five there was the law given for the jealous husband. The priest was to give the wife bitter water, wherein that if she had committed adultery it would cause her to rot. If she was innocent it had no effect. I think there is much to meditate upon when we place these to scriptures next to each other. Those who are pure before God the bitter water will not harm them, but those who have committed whoredom against God will be harmed by the water.  There are many who have turned from the teaching of Christ and listen to Satan’s lies—this will only be magnified during the tribulation.

I can’t help but to see and event that resembles this. There was a wicked man named Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley who lived in the early part of the twentieth century. He is considered one of the evilest men to have lived in the modern era. Some decades later a man named Timothy Leary said he took over the work of Crowley to continue his teaching of “Do what thou wilt is the whole of the law.” It was later condensed to; “Do your own thing.” Timothy Leary told the young people to “Turn on, tune in, drop out” and take drugs (LSD). In 1967, Leary was part of the Human Be In that took place in San Francisco’s Golden State Park. It was to me the star falling because it was televised. This bitter water, these lies, spread throughout the whole nation. It has such an impact that in the summer of 1968 over a hundred thousand young people ascended upon San Francisco and called it the “Summer of Love.” It was an orgy and a drug feast. The young people could not longer stay in the city as there was not enough work and food. They followed out from their and  became known as the Hippies. These people carried with them just about every evil thought there is and entered into our educational and legal systems. The voted in their evil and now much of America no longer has a Christian based society. This is just a real life illustration of the third trumpet.
Human Be In

The Second Trumpet of Revelation

The Second Trumpet of Revelation

The Beginning of the Fall of Babylon

Revelation 8:8-9

Second Trumpet

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; 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.

Revelation 8:8-9

And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man:and every living soul died in the sea.

Revelation 16:4

I have previously shown that I believe that the seals, trumpets, and the vials are parallel to one another. I do not believe the second vial is another curse upon the sea. These are the same event seen from different perspectives. Think of them like the Gospels, where there are three synoptic gospels which give a different view of the same events. Not all the details are exactly the same because they are being seen from different perspectives.

To understand what is taking place here we have two different detail passages that we can use to understand these symbolic events and they are Jeremiah fifty-one and Revelation eighteen. So let us go ahead and start examining these passages.

I want to be consistent here in that we are treating the trumpets as if they are given in symbols. A student of the word of God knows that many times in the old testament a kingdom is referred to as a mountain. God’s kingdom is Mt. Zion (Micah 4:1-2). In Revelation, this is made clear.

9And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 10And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

Revelation 17:9-10

One of the best understandings of this symbology is found in Jeremiah fifty-one. This chapter describes the fall of the literal Babylon, however, it also is prophetic in that it is describing the future fall of the spiritual Babylon. The words found in the second trumpet are the words of Jeremiah.

Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the Lord, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee,and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain.

Jeremiah 51:25

In the last post, we have examined how Nebuchadnezzar is an earthly representation of Satan and his kingdom. Now, we get into details about the fall of this wicked kingdom. Babylon will be destroyed by fire and will be a place that no one will ever dwell again, not the location on the earth, but the location in the spiritual world.

All the nations have been influenced by Babylon. It is described as drunkenness because as Ephesians 5:18 calls us to not be drunk with wine rather be under the control of the Holy Spirit. The nations have not done so and a are figuratively described as being drunk with the wealth of Babylon and committing spiritual fornication with her.

Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord ‘s hand, that made all the earth drunken:
the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.

Jeremiah 51:7

Notice that Babylon was a golden cup in the Lord’s hand. When Satan was first created he was special as we see from Ezekiel.

Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold:the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

Ezekiel 28:10

We see this same kingdom fall in the image of Nebuchadnezzar as in Daniel chapter two.

31Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. 32This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 33His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 34Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 35Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them:and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth

Daniel 2:31-35

This is not just talking about the literal kingdom of Babylon of that day. I say this because a great stone, which is Jesus, will crush this kingdom someday and fill the whole earth. That will be Christ millennial kingdom. Notice how this kingdom started out beautiful as a kingdom of gold in the LORD’s hand. Then at some point, Satan was lifted up and the kingdom started to fall. In the end, it is seen as iron, having no beauty, but the strength to destroy. I also want to point out something that I believe to be true and we will talk more about later, but eventually, this kingdom ends up as having ten toes which are the ten kingdoms described in Revelation 71:12. These kingdoms are going to be a mix of iron and clay. We know that the iron is describing Satan and it must include the angels that fall with him. The clay seems to describe humans for man is described as being clay.

But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

Isaiah 64:8

So the conclusion of the second trumpet is that it is the fall of the spiritual Babylon. The first trumpet is God’s judgement coming upon this place and the second is the kingdom literally being cast to the earth. God will have enough of Satan and his angels keeping the world captive. We see a little more detail about this in the description of this event.

7And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ:for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night

Revelation 12:7-10

The First Trumpet of Revelation

The First Trumpet of Revelation

The Trumpet that begins the judgement

Revelation 8:7

First Trumpet

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.

I have tried to make it clear that I believe the seals, trumpets and vials run parallel and not in a linear fashion. Meaning that seals, trumpets, and vials are occurring simultaneously. They are just describing the same events from a different advantage point. (See Introduction)

We have seen the tribulation from the human vantage point through the symbols of seals. Now we are now going to be lifted up by the six seal to the observation deck looking over the kingdom of Babylon. This may be hard to understand unless you see what I see. So let me try to explain this picture.

In Daniel , he prays to God and after twenty-one days, he receives that answer with a surprising twist to it. The messenger declares that he had been withstood by the prince of Persia. Between Daniel and the throne of God was a war zone. This is where the principalities and powers of darkness dwell (Ephesians 6:12), somewhere between Heaven and earth. This is the true Babylon. Babylon did not start with the city of Bable, nor is it Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon. All the nations from Egypt to Roman that persecuted the nation of Israel were under the power of this place between Heaven and earth called Babylon.The trumpets are the judgement of the devil and his angels as seen from their vantage point and the first trumpet sounds and it bring hail and fire on the trees and the grass. I want to be consistent in my in interpreting these events. we cannot at one moment take the words of one trumpet literal and the next symbolically. Consider that nobody believes that a white, red or black horse is actually running across the earth during the opening of the seals

The trumpets are the judgements of the devil and his angels as seen from their vantage point. The first trumpet sounds and it brings hail and fire on the trees and the grass. These are seen symbolically being done. So here we should, in my opinion, we follow the same line of thought. I am not dogmatically saying there will not be literal hail and fire on the earth, but that is not the point being made here. Consider the poetic words of David in Psalms 18.

12 At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed,
hail stones and coals of fire. 13 The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.

Here David is speaking of God bring judgement upon his enemies with hail and fire. There is nothing literal about David’s psalm, but the words are symbolic of judgement. This is what I love about studying Revelation, if you take the time to look for these words in other places you start to see a pattern and it is like putting a puzzle together and the big picture is being seen.  Look at these words of Isaiah in chapter thirty-three.

18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places; 19 When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place.

The prophet Isaiah is speaking of a time when Jerusalem with will governed by righteousness. In order for that to take place, a judgement must come upon the wicked, and this is depicted by hail. Notice the prophet say the hail comes down on the forest. Wow! that is the same as the first trumpet. Is there a forest in Jerusalem?

Another thing the hail and fire are mingled with blood, but it says it destroy the grass and the trees. Well, grass and trees don’t bleed.  So maybe we need to look a little deeper. In Isaiah 33:19, he says the city shall be made low or humbled. The only way a city can be humbled is if the leaders are humbled and that is the trail we would follow.

The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass,
and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: Isaiah 40:6

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:  1 Peter 1:24

We find grass is a symbol of man because he lives for such a short time. What I think is more important is the trees. Trees speak of prominent men. It can symbolise good men who have grounded themselves in God.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalms 1:3

When dealing with evil the tree can have a twofold meaning. One is of men of pride and the other is under the cover of trees men exalt themselves above God.

Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks? Isaiah 57:5

Therefore thus saith the Lord God; As the vine tree among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Ezekiel 16:6

And all the trees of the field shall know that I the Lord have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish:I the Lord have spoken and have done it. Ezekiel 17:22

Probably the greatest understanding of this first trumpet is found in Daniel chapter four verses ten through fifteen. Now we shall get just a little deeper. There is a hermeneutical law of double reference (Things To Come, J. Dwight Pentecost, pg. 46) That states that two events separated by time are brought together in one prophecy. Nebuchadnezzar is a picture of Satan (Just look at Isaiah chapter fourteen) and Satan is going to be cast down to the earth. He will be humbly made to dwell with men. You really should read Isaiah fourteen and Daniel four and compare what you see, it will be amazing!

So this first trumpet marks the beginning to the end of the demonic kingdom that since the fall of man has help them in captivity to sin. As we will see all the forces of evil will be unleased upon the earth and as a result it will be the worst place you could imagine.

 

The Prayers of the Saints

Chapter eight presents us with prayers that release God’s people.

As we begin this chapter we notice that there is a silence in Heaven. In my mind, this is the same period as in chapter seven where God stills the earth long enough to seal his 144,000 witnesses. Then there are the prayers of the saints that are mentioned here that are symbolically seen as incense coming up before God. The fragrance of which God loves. These saints can be either the saint of the church age or the tribulation saints. Since I believe that the seals, trumpet, and vials are running parallel, these prayers are at the start of the tribulation. For this reason I believe these are the prayers that have been offered to God for centuries.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Ephesian 6:12

Much of this wrestling with the powers of darkness has been through prayer.

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Ephesian 6:18

All these centuries there have been prayers prayed against the powers of darkness and are stored up for this moment—for judgment. Let us not forget that a multitude which no man can number has been killed by the powers of darkness. Principalities have been suppressing the truth and keeping men captive since Adam ate the forbidden fruit. The wonderful thing about the book of Revelation is how it ties together the whole Bible and all of its history. Right here the larger picture of the children of Israel is being played out in finality.

And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;

Exodus 3:7

Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Pslams 53:6

God heard the cry of his people as they had been captive in Egypt and began to work His plan to release them. We see this same picture when the children of Israel were taken into Babylonian captivity. That captivity was a picture of all of God’s creation being taken captive by Satan and his kingdom which is called Babylon (see previous note).

12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 14 And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

Jereimiah 29:12-14

Oh, what sweet redemption! One day, one glorious day God will destroy the destroyer and men will live with Him as He intended from the beginning.