Prophecy – Part 78 – Trumpet Judgments, Revelation 8:6-12

Unless otherwise stated, all Scripture is from KJV.

Before we start today’s study of the trumpet judgments we need to finish last week’s study.

(Revelation 8:5) There are signs of the coming judgment beginning upon earth (continued from the study which we started last week).  Notice the following verse:

“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” (v.5). 

Picture in your mind the actions of the angel as he takes fire from the altar; note where he puts it after he mixes it in with the prayers of the suffering saints.

Their prayers for vindication and justice and the fire of God’s holy wrath are mixed together.  Why?  To be cast upon the earth.

NOTE:  The day is coming when God will be ready to judge the godless society of the earth.

  • He will be ready to avenge His name.
  • Also, He will avenge the faith of His people who have been treated so savagely under the godless actions of the antichrist.
  • It does not take a rocket scientist to see what God is doing.  The justice of God will strike out in wrath against the ungodly and evil of the earth.

NOTE:  The angel casts both the fire and prayers of the saints upon the earth.  When he does, all the voices upon the earth begin to wonder and question, for there is…

  • an enormous increase of violent thunderstorms with their thunderings and lightnings.
  • an enormous increase of earthquakes.

The ungodly millions upon earth know that something is about to happen, something terrible.  The judgment of God is about to fall upon the ungodly of the world.

The GREAT TRIBULATION is now being launched.  Aren’t you glad that you won’t be upon the earth.  Remember, if you are saved, you are already in heaven because the Rapture has already taken place (see I Thessalonians 4:13-18).  There has NEVER been a time like the terrible approaching time we are now looking at. God’s judgment upon the ungodly and evil earth is awesome.

“But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, that for you” (Matthew 11:22).

“And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them.  Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city” (Mark 6:11).

“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him’ ” (Jude 14-15).

NOTE: Warning, false teachers are doomed.  They are to be judged by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.  The Lord Jesus is returning to earth to judge false teachers.  He is coming with ten thousands of His holy ones.  The words “ten thousands” means thousands multiplied by thousands, multitudes and unlimited number of holy beings.  He is coming to judge the world, but note:  the present passage is talking specifically about the judgment of false teachers, the judgment of all those who have taught something other than the fact that Jesus Christ is the Son of God sent into the world to save men.  False teachers will be judged for two things.

  1. They will be judged for all their UNGODLY DEEDS. These are the deeds that did not center around Jesus Christ as God’s Son and shall bring judgment upon the false teachers (see Psalm 62:12; Jeremiah 17:10; I Peter 1:17; Revelation 20:12; Revelation 22:12; 2 Peter 2:1; 2 Peter 3:7).
  2. They will be judged for all the untrue, harsh, and defiant words spoken against Christ (see Matthew 12:34; Romans 3:13; Psalm 5:9; Psalm 10:7).

Jude 16 – False teachers – those murmuring – those complaining.  They do not have the peace of God in their hearts; therefore, they are not content with their lot in life.  They are often dissatisfied with their…

*employment                   *recognition                      *sufferings

*position                            *honor                                *hardship

*Income                             *spouse                              *friends

*lack of eternal assurance and security                   *trials

There is a general dissatisfaction with life; therefore, they often murmur and grumble.  They do not have Christ to guide and help them through life, for they have REJECTED HIM AS THE SON OF GOD.  Consequently, they have to plow thru life all alone without the hand of God to look after them.

  • See Proverbs 19:3; Lamentations 3:30; John 6:43; Corinthians 10:10; Philippians 2:14; Philippians 4:11; I Timothy 6:6, etc.).

NOTE:  Scripture plainly declares that God is going to execute judgment upon this corruptible world and the ungodly, false teachers

NOTE:  Even though we are considering the future tribulation period, this warning that Jesus Christ will judge the false teachers and their ungodly words against Him are just as appropriate for today as it will be for the future (see Jude 14-15; Acts 17:31; Romans 1:18; Psalm 96:13).

Now let us move to Revelation 8:6-12 or The Blast of the first four Trumpets:  Natural Catastrophes.  

EARTH ASSAULTED               

The great trumpet judgments will be blown upon earth.  Remember, this will be the judgment of God upon a world that

  • will slaughter the innocent and curse God,
  • consists of ungodly and evil people, and
  • rejects, denies, and rebels against God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

NOTE:  When they work against Christ, they are working against God Himself.

NOTE:  This judgment of God is against a world

  • that will launch the worst holocaust in the history of the world,
  • that will slaughter millions of believers who refuse to deny Jesus Christ,
  • where Christians that refuse to accept the MARK OF THE BEAST, THE ANTICHRIST, will be killed,
  • where God’s judgment will be trumpeted cross the face of the world,
  • where His Judgment will fall upon the mean, the ungodly, and the evil of the world and
  • where the seven angels will prepare to sound forth the trumpet blast of their judgments.

This passage deals with the first four trumpet judgments.  The judgments focus upon natural catastrophes, both upon the earth and upon the heavenly bodies.                                

NOTE:  The purpose of these natural disasters will be to bring people to repentance.

  1. The first trumpet: a fierce storm (Revelation 8:6-7).
  2. The second trumpet: a massive volcanic explosion (vv. 8-9).
  3. The third trumpet: a meteoric mass (vv. 10-11).
  4. The fourth trumpet: an astronomical eclipse (v. 12).

These cosmic disturbances will cause utter chaos to the earth’s weather.

  • A violent storm will brew someplace on the earth.
  • This will be a storm more violent than any other storm ever seen before.

NOTE:  The storm will rain hail that looks like fire mingled with blood.  The reddish color will probably be a mixture of sand blown up into the clouds by some of the fiercest winds ever seen by man (v.7).

Note the force of the winds.  The storm will be so strong that its winds will carry it across one third of the earth — strong enough to destroy and devastate one third of the vegetation (grass and trees).

Think how fortunate you are that you will be in heaven and do not have to experience God’s judgments.

  • Consider that you will not have to experience this terrible time.
  • Consider that you do not have to place yourself in the middle of this judgment.
  • Consider the fact that the people who are not yet in heaven will see the enormous destruction and complete devastation of God’s judgment.
  • Consider the destroyed crops and food supply for both man and animal.
  • Consider the interrupted agricultural rotation through lack of seed and ability to plant again.
  • Consider the shortage of food.
  • Consider the dry, desert lands that will result from the destruction of trees all over the planet.
  • Consider that one third of the vegetation of the earth will be destroyed in this judgment.
  • Why is this happening?  Because the end of the world will be at hand.
  • God will begin to judge the UNGODLY and the EVIL on this earth.

 It will be time for people to know that God is truly God, and that He is to be obeyed or else people will be judged and punishedThis judgment will be a warning: people must REPENT or even worse judgments will fall on the people of earth. 

“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.  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 9:23-24). 

This judgment will be similar to the storm upon the enemies of Joshua and Israel.

“And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Beth-horon, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than whom  the children of Israel slew with the sword” (Joshua 10:11).

Other storms in Scripture compared to what God is going to do are really nothing, even though considered serious by man.

“The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire” (Psalm 18:13).

“Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand” (Isaiah 28:2).

“Say unto them which daub it with untempered mortar, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it” (Ezekiel 13:11).

“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 and burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up” (Revelation 8:7). 

(Revelation 8:8-9) Trumpet Judgments:  There will be the blast of the SECOND JUDGMENT.  This will probably be some unparalleled volcanic explosion either from underneath the sea or else close to the sea.  The explosion will apparently be as forceful as an atomic explosion, forceful enough to explode a mass of rock as large as a mountain into some ocean.

LET’S LOOK AT SOME FACTS:

  • The explosion will be so forceful that the mass of rock flying upward is so large that it looks like a great mountain.  Now that is a big piece of earth; what would you think if you saw it coming your way?
  • The explosive mass will still be ablaze when it comes back and hits somewhere on earth.  What would you be thinking if you were there?
  • The explosive mass will be cast into one of the seas.  What would you think if you were standing on the sea shore when it hits the water?
  • Think about it, one third of that particular sea will be turned blood red.  How frightening would that be?
  • Think about it, you are standing there on the sea shore and one third of all sea life suddenly appears, floating dead, on the surface of the sea.
  • Think about it, there you are standing on the sea shore, watching the ships plow through the sea and all of a sudden one third of all the ships in the sea you are watching suddenly are destroyed.  Now, where would your mind and actions be?

Now you have personally seen devastation, consider the following:

  • the shortage of sea life for food,
  • the devastation of the fishing industry and businesses,
  • the interruption of shipping, commerce and trade,
  • the financial loss because of the destroyed ships and their cargo,
  • the commerce and food supply that will be crippled worldwide by the blast of the first and second trumpets, and
  • we have nothing in our time and on the face of the earth to compare with God’s fury and judgment as we look further into the tribulation age.  All we can say is God’s Grace is awesome because we have been removed from earth by the Rapture before His fury is seen during the Tribulation Period.

APPLICATION/CHALLENGE                                             

A review of the tribulation Age (I Thessalonians 4:13-18) should cause all true Christians to review and thank God that you will not be there to see His judgments carried out on sinful man.

However, you may not be saved yet.  You might not believe the warnings of Scripture that tell us to be ready for His return at any moment.  He is coming back, please read: John 14:1-6; I Thessalonians 5:23; James 5:7; I Thessalonians 5:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 1:10; Philippians 4:5; Revelation 22:12 Revelation 1:7; Matthew 24:42; Philippians 3:20.

Salvation:  John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 10:9-13, etc.