THE SEVEN TRUMPET JUDGEMENTS: “EVENTS” DURING THE GREAT TRIBULATION

REVELATION 8:13-9:11

INTRODUCTION:  We are looking at the blast of the fifth trumpet:  a demon-like plague is loosed upon the ungodly and evil of this Earth, Revelation 8:3-9:13.  Perhaps as we study this section and observe the circumstances of the Tribulation Age, you will see a need to look further into the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior.

“For God so loved the world [you], that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Let’s think a moment, what are people looking for?  Most would say peace or happiness.  Good answer,  “Is that your final answer?”  Without question there are those who will tell you that happiness or peace is really mind over matter.  So they will tell you to just grit your teeth and repeat, “I am going to forget the circumstances that are bumming me out if it kills me.”

Unfortunately, the means of forgetting often involves chemicals, illicit activity, and other mind-blowing procedures that can kill!

Happiness and peace must be the most eagerly sought-after commodity.  For most of us happiness is contentment.

Charles Schultz said, “happiness is a warm puppy.”  According to the experts, true happiness must include the following:

  • putting the other guy before yourself,
  • looking for the good in people and circumstances,
  • caring about the disruptions in friendships, and being quick to apologize, and
  • passing on the quality of contentment to your children.

Ask yourself a question, “Isn’t there another way that can really help?”  The wonderful answer is YES; there is another way that guarantees peace, happiness, safety, and eternal security.

The New Testament teaches that even the poor and those who mourn can be blessed with happiness.  Jesus tells us that happiness includes meekness, seeking righteousness, following mercy, purity of heart and motives, and peacemaking.

NOTE:   “Eating, drinking, and being merry” have very little to do with gaining true happiness.  God helps us with His way to interpret “happiness.”

“For to the man who pleases Him God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy;” (Ecclesiastes 2:26, RSV).

“A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken” (Proverbs 15:13), RSV).

“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding” (Proverbs 3:13).  

“I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1).

Real happiness comes from being “In Christ,” see Romans 10:9-13.

Why be concerned with joy and peace today?  Because we are studying the Book of Revelation and the people who are going through the trials and tribulations of the Tribulation Age are going to need it.  As we continue our study of the Book of Revelation, you will understand this more and more.  It is not only in the Tribulation Age that folks need peace, joy and security, it is also needed by those who live in the Age of Grace.  Why?  Because it is ONLY in God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, that true happiness and joy can be found.

Now let’s dig further into the Book of Revelation.  Please open your Bible to Revelation 8:10-11. If you do not have a Bible, please request one from:  openbibleministriestn@gmail.com.

Today we are continuing our study with Revelation 8:12, TRUMPET JUDGMENTS;  there will be the blast of the fourth trumpet judgment, that of some astronomical eclipse.  Some kind of unusual activity is going to happen in the heavens and upon the earth.

“The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:” (Joel 2:10).                       

“And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:” (Amos 8:9).

Just what Scripture is saying here is difficult to understand.  It seems that one of three things are meant.

  • That one third of the sun, moon, and stars will be eclipsed.
  • That there will be an eclipse that will blacken out one third of the day; that is, there will be one third less light.
  • That there will be no light whatsoever for a third of the night; that is, the moon will be eclipsed for one third of each night.

Whatever is meant, the event will be a judgment, a plague of God’s.   He will be behind the event, striking fear in the ungodly and evil of this world.  God will have two purposes:

  1. to lead men to repent, and
  2. if they refuse, to judge them for all the evil and ungodly acts against His name and His people.

Now let’s continue from our last study and again look at some final thoughts about ‘WORMWOOD.”  Wormwood is used to symbolize the way people dismiss and treat God with disdain.

“Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our GOD, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and WORMWOOD;” (Deuteronomy 29:18).

“And the LORD saith, Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein; but have walked after the imagination of their own heart and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them: 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 9:13-15).

“Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with WORMWOOD, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land” (Jeremiah 23:15).

“Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel.  Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,” (Amos 5:6-7).

(Revelation 8:12)   There will be the blast of the fourth trumpet judgment, that of some astronomical eclipse.

NOTE:  We have recently reviewed this passage, but the point is that God has had enough of the evil of mankind.  It is time to stop all the evil and murderous behavior of people.  He is ready to end the world and send Christ back to earth to establish righteousness upon earth forever.

But He still wants to reach as many as He has chosen (Ephesians 1:4-5).  In mass, the world has rejected Him and His people;  they have set a course of genocide, attempting to wipe all believers off the face of the earth.

The Antichrist and his followers will have launched a holocaust that has slaughtered millions.  Therefore, God is now moving in judgment by throwing the forces of nature out of course.  He is getting ready to destroy the earth and begin anew; but in the meantime, He offers the opportunity of repentance to any who will turn from their sin to His Beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Scriptures predict such astronomical events for the latter days.

“The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble:  the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:” (Joel 2:10).

“And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD God, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:” (Amos 8:9).

As we have seen before, the Lord Jesus Christ had predicted such astronomical events for the latter days.

“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; 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.  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  And when these things begin to come to pass, the look up and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:25-28).

Now let’s direct our attention to Revelation 8:13-9:11. We see the blast of the fifth trumpet.  A demonic-like locusts plague is loosed upon the ungodly and EVIL of this earth.

NOTE:  This blast of judgment is now to be far more severe.

  1. It will be against man himself (the ungodly (v. 4).
  2. It will be very severe, a triple judgement.

INTRODUCTIONS:   The worst holocaust the world has ever seen will be taking place.  Millions of believers will be slaughtered by the godless society and government of the Antichrist.  The godless government will insist that:

  • the people’s first loyalty belongs to the state,
  • the Antichrist will set up the state with him as a god and demanding total allegiance,
  • he will do what so many governments do today and have always done, demand that people focus upon the government and recognize it as the great provider and protector of society,
  • he and his government will declare the age-philosophy of the supreme state, that the government alone can meet the needs of the people and bring utopia to them,
  • those who refuse to give the government their first loyalty will be hunted down, imprisoned and executed, and
  • just for a couple of moments think about all the governments of today that hold to the supremacy of the state and deny God and disallow freedom of worship.

NOTE:  When the Antichrist comes to power, he will exalt the government and its leader world wide.  This is only a fraction of what will be happening in the end time.  The great tribulation will have just begun, and if they can find them, every person on earth who put God first will be slaughtered.  As indicated, millions of believers will have already died in the worst holocaust in world history.  It is apparent that because of this, all the terrible sins and evils of a godless society, that God decides to judge and end the world.

The great tribulation has now begun.  The great Book of God has now been opened, the Book of Destiny, the book that reveals what is to happen in the end time.  God’s judgment upon the ungodly and the evil of this world has begun to fall.

FOUR TRUMPET JUDGMENTS have blasted the earth with natural disaster after natural disaster.  The destruction and devastation upon earth has been unparalleled.

  • One third of the vegetation has been destroyed.
  • One third of some sea has been polluted and a third of the sea life has died.
  • One third of the water systems of the world have been hit by a meteoric mass from heaven falling upon earth.
  • One third of day and night has been affected because of astronomical happenings throughout space.

Now we come to the blast of the fifth trumpet judgment:

A demonic-like locusts plague is loosed upon the ungodly and evil of the earth.

  1. The blast of judgment is now to be far more severe (v.13).
  2. The unnamed star or person appears (Ch 9:1).
  3. The bottomless pit or abyss is opened (v. 2).
  4. The locusts from the abyss are sent to inflict unbearable punishment (v. 3-6).
  5. The locusts have a horrifying appearance and power (v. 7-10).
  6. The king of the locusts is identified (v. 11).

(8:13 judgments):  The trumpet blast of the fifth judgment will be far more severe than the other judgmentsThe other four trumpet judgments were directed against the earth itself. Now judgment is directed against the ungodly and evil of this earth.  

NOTE: It will not affect those who refuse to give their allegiance to the Antichrist, who refuse the mark of the beast (Revelation 9:4).  Remember, God will seal His followers; He will protect believers so that His judgments do not fall upon them.

Of course, as in every generation, believers will be martyred at the hands of ungodly men.  But believers will not suffer the judgments of God.   They will be protected even as Israel was protected during the Egyptian plagues under Moses.

NOTE:   An eagle flies through the midst of heaven.  (The Greek is “eagle” not angel as the authorized version has).  The idea is that it soars in the height of the sky, right at the zenith of the noonday sun.  Why?  So that all can see him and hear his voice cry out a threefold woe upon the ungodly of the earth.

NOTE:   This, of course is symbolic language stressing the strength, swiftness, and certainty of the judgments.  An eagle is symbol of vengeance (Deuteronomy 28:49; Hosea 8:1; Habakkuk 1:8).  A.T. Robertson.  Word Pictures in the New Testament, Vol 6, page 360.

NOTE:    None of the ungodly and evil of the world will escape the judgment of God.  God is just and righteous as well as love, perfect in justice and righteousness.  Therefore, perfect justice is to be executed upon the ungodly and evil persons.  They are to reap exactly what they have sown.  God Himself will execute justice and righteousness in the trumpet judgments.  This is the fifth trumpet blasting its judgment upon the ungodly of the earth.

This is the beginning of the Great Tribulation that is coming upon the earth.  This is what the great Book of God, the Book of Destiny, reveals.  But remember, just as stated before, God is loving as well as just.  Therefore, any person who truly repents and turns to God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, can still be saved, no matter how ungodly he has lived.

This concludes our study for today and we will pick up next time with Revelation 9:1  Satan – Angels, Fallen, Abyss- Bottomless Pit.

We conclude today with our challenge:  Please think about your own condition before God.  Listen to the Apostle Paul:

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

This charge is for you if you have not accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.  This also means that in your present condition you are an enemy of God.  The only solution is for the Grace of God to be applied to your life through Jesus Christ.

Righteousness is for everyone if they so desire, for everyone who will believe in Jesus Christ, God’s Son.

Righteousness is needed by all.  There is no difference and no distinction between men.  There are a couple of reasons, all men are sinners.  The word “sinned” (hamartano) is in the Greek aorist tense; that is, it is once-for-all happening. It looks back to the historical entrance of sin into the world.

This means that ALL MEN (mankind):

  • inherited the nature of their sinful fathers and mothers,
  • all men have sinned and are sinners, and
  • they cannot keep from sinning and will continue to sin.

(Romans 3:23; Galatians 3:22; I John 1:5; I John 5:19; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Isaiah 53:6; 64:6; Micah 7:2).   

If you are ready to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior please follow the road to heaven found in Romans 10:9-13 and in prayer open your heart to God and truly accept Him as your personal Savior.

If you accept God’s Son as your personal Savior, the Bible tells us that you have become a new Creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)  and will join God in Heaven one day.

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