| Part 7: The Trumpet & Bowl Judgements of God |
[Evidence] The Seven Trumpet Judgements of God's Wrath
First Trumpet - One Third of Vegetation Struck (Revelation 8:7)
“The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass [in the vicinity of the ‘third of the trees’] was burned up.”
Second Trumpet - One Third of the Seas Struck (Revelation 8:8-9)
“Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.”
Third Trumpet - One Third of the Fresh Waters Struck (Revelation 8:10-11)
“Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter [poisoned].”
Fourth Trumpet - One Third of the Sun, Moon and Stars Struck (Revelation 8:12)
“Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.”
Fifth Trumpet - Locusts Released to Torment Mankind (Revelation 9:1-12)
“And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit.
Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power… They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails (v.10)…They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads [the 144,000].
And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.” (vv.2-6)
This is an especially horrific personal suffering judgement. These are demonic locusts with tails like scorpions whose stings are so painful that people will attempt to commit suicide to end their torment but “death will flee from them”.
Whatever techniques that would normally terminate human life will not do so during this five month period. Rather it will increase that persons suffering in accordance with any physical injuries sustained in their suicide attempt. Yet they will remain alive in their post attempted suicide state, until the five months has passed and death returns to claim them.
Sixth Trumpet - One Third of Mankind Killed (Revelation 9:13-21)
At the sounding of this trumpet, four fallen angels (demonic spirits) are released from bondage to assemble and command a two hundred million man army instructed to kill one third of mankind.
Yet the rest of mankind who survived still did not repent of their worship of demons, idols or gold (Revelation 9:20). “And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries (witchcraft and drug use) or their sexual immorality or their thefts” (Revelation 9:21).
Seventh Trumpet - The Kingdom Proclaimed in Heaven (Revelation 11:15-19)
“Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (v.15) ...And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.” (v.19b)
The Seventh Trumpet proclaims the earth officially redeemed as the Kingdom of God and Jesus Christ. This is not determined by the final Battle of Armageddon, as this event is a judgement of God, not a battle for supremacy.
Although its timing is not directly identified biblically, many prophecy scholars attribute the end of the Trumpet Judgements (Revelation 13) as marking the commencement of second half of the Tribulation, known as the “Great Tribulation”, being significantly more intense and horrific than the first half.
[Evidence] The Seven Bowl Judgements of God's Wrath
First Bowl - Loathsome Sores (Revelation 16:2)
“So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.”
Akin to the locusts of the Fifth Trumpet Judgement, this will be a severely painful personal judgment; however all who have survived so far and accepted Jesus Christ prior to this point will be spared from it.
Second Bowl - The Sea Turns to Blood (Revelation 16:3)
“Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man [coagulated]; and every living creature in the sea died.”
Effectively denying mankind of all food sources in the sea.
Third Bowl - The Fresh Waters Turn to Blood (Revelation 16:4)
“Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.”
All natural sources of domestic drinking water are removed. Mankind is denied all freshwater food sources and the means of agricultural crop irrigation or livestock watering.
Fourth Bowl - Men are Scorched (Revelation 16:8-9)
“Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.”
Fifth Bowl - Darkness and Pain in the Antichrist’s Kingdom (Revelation 16:10-11)
“Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.”
Sixth Bowl - Euphrates Dried Up (Revelation 16:12)
“Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared.”
The drying up of the Euphrates allows passage to the massive military contingent moving from the east on their way to Israel for the Battle of Armageddon.
Armies Gathered for the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:14-16)
At this point Satan, the Antichrist and the False Prophet perform signs throughout the world to assemble their armies.
“For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty (v.14) …And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon [Valley of Megiddo].” (v.16)
Seventh Bowl - Great Earthquake and Massive Hail (Revelation 16:17-21)
“Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth.” (vv.17-18)
“And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent [45kgs]. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.” (v.21)
In the next section we’ll explain how you can be saved during the Tribulation and we’ll also objectively evaluate the theory of atheistic evolution.