“The Seven Trumpets of Revelation 8-11.”
The opening video has been shown in a prior article in this study of the End Times. While viewing this opening video, it is important to understand that God revealed key prophecy to the Jewish Prophet Jeremiah of information that tells of the “yet to happen time” of “Jacob’s distress,” which is known as the Tribulation. The prophecies that God revealed to Jeremiah were then spoken to the Jews in Israel (Jeremiah 2:1,4, 629 B.C.- 588 B.C.). Jeremiah 30:7 (606 B.C.) tells of the specific event of the Tribulation on Israel, “‘Alas! for that day is great, There is none like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s distress, But he will be saved from it.” Consider the Ryrie note: “the time of Jacob’s distress.” The coming days of tribulation that will come upon all Israel (Jacob).
The prophet Daniel prophesied of the time of the occurrence of the Tribulation after he had been taken captive to Babylon from Jerusalem. Daniel was taken to Babylon in 605 B.C. (Ryrie note, 2 Kings 24:1.) A second deportation of Jews occurred in 597 B.C. (Ryrie note, 2 Kings 24:10). The final deportation took place in 586 B.C. (Ryrie note, 2 Kings 25:1-16). In the third deportation the Babylonians destroyed Solomon’s Temple and the city of Jerusalem.
While in exile, Daniel prayed to God about “Israel’s sin against God” (Daniel 9:3-19, 538 B.C.). While Daniel was “praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel” (Daniel 9:20), the angel Gabriel appeared to Daniel (Daniel 9:21) and told Daniel of God’s plan for Israel (Daniel 9:22-27). In Daniel 9:1-2, the seventy years of captivity that Jeremiah had prophesied of Israel (Jeremiah 25:11-12, 607 B.C.), had been made known to Daniel from reading the prophesies of Jeremiah. Gabriel’s answer to Daniel’s prayer involved “seventy weeks of years,” or 490 years. In Daniel 9:27, Gabriel told of the time that “Jacob’s distress” (Jer 30:7) would take place:
Daniel 9:27, “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.” (My note. The antichrist will make a covenant (peace treaty) with Israel, which will be in the last of the 70th week (of weeks). The antichirst will break the covenant midway through the 70th week, which is when “Jacob’s distress,” the Tribulation, will begin.” Click onto the following link for MacArthur’s note on this verse:
The importance of understanding God’s timing of the Tribulation is to know that it will be God’s decision as to when the Tribulation will begin, and that the Tribulation is based on a relationship problem that exists between God and Israel, “God’s chosen people,” Deuteronomy 14:2. Prior to the Tribulation, the born again believers in Christ will be taken to heaven in the Rapture (John 14:2,3,6). After the catching up of the Church, God will deal unbelieving Jews through the judgments of the Tribulation to draw them to saving faith in Christ as Messiah (Psalm 118:26; Matthew 23:39; Zechariah 12:10).
Trumpets And Woes
Revelation 11:14: “Announcement of the Third Woe.”
14 “The second woe is past; behold, the third woe is coming quickly.”
The second woe is brought to its completion and is evidently regarded as the final phase of the sixth trumpet. The third woe, contained in the seventh trumpet, is announced as coming quickly. The end of the age is rapidly approaching. The woes relate to the trumpets. The fifth trumpet (9:1-12) is the first woe. The sixth trumpet (9:13-21) is the second woe. The seventh trumpet (9:15-19) is the third woe. Each woe brings about increasingly more severe Godly judgments on those whom will be left behind from the Rapture. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
The seventh seal (Revelation 8:1) opens the seven trumpet judgments (Rev 8:1-9:21). The seventh trumpet (Rev 11:15) opens the seven bowl judgments (Rev 16:1-21). The seventh bowl judgment (Rev 16:17-21) brings about widespread destruction. Rev 15:1-8 shows a prelude to the bowl judgments. Rev 16:1-21 explains the bowl judgments.
Between the sixth seal (Rev 6:12-17) and the seventh seal (Rev 8:1) there is a pause (Rev Chap 7, the 144,000 sealed Jews). Between the the sixth trumpet (9:13) and the seventh trumpet (11:15-21), there is a pause (Rev 12-14, Israel’s flight to safety…Rev 12:6; Matt 24:16). Between the sixth bowl (16:12-16) and the seventh bowl (16:17-21) there is a pause (Rev 17-18, Babylon falls).
Consider the severity of the third woe, which is the seventh trumpet judgment. The seventh trumpet judgment is the worst of all of God’s judgments, in that all of the bowl judgments are contained within the seventh trumpet judgment, “the third woe.”
Revelation 11:15 is key to our study of the end times. “Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.”
Consider the words, “The Kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ.” This verse explains that the Kingdom “is not now.” It was after the fall of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3 that the ruler of the world, from that point in time until the day that Christ returns to earth from Heaven, is Satan. We are not in the Kingdom, “now.” The church can not “usher in the Kingdom.” God keeps Jupiter from bumping into Mars, but the following verses show that Satan is the ruler of this world, and is running this current world system, due to God’s permission (Psalm 103:19).
Job 1:7, 2:2; Luke 4:5-7; John 12:31, 16:11; 2 Cor 4:4; Ephesians 2:1-2; 1 John 5:19; 1 Peter 5:8.
In this seventh trumpet, we are seeing the kingdom of this world becoming the Kingdom of Christ “which will last forever and ever” (Daniel 7:14, 27; Matthew 6:10).
Rev 11:16 shows the raptured church (24 elders) in heaven, while the tribulation judgments are taking place on earth.
“And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God.”
Rev 11:17 shows the 24 worshipers praising Christ even before He began taking power and reign of the world.
“We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign.”
Judgments And Rewards
Rev 11:18 tells of judgment and rewards for those who were left behind from the rapture. Judgment will come upon those “whom will not” come to saving faith in Christ during the Tribulation. Rewards will come to those “whom will come to saving faith in Christ” during the Tribulation. [Re: Walvoord Commentary: The return to the divine judgment upon those on the earth in the latter part of verse 18 seems to destroy a strict antithesis of the wicked versus the righteous. Rather, the verse teaches that in general it is a time of divine wrath, a time of resurrection of the dead and their reward, and a time of special dealing with those living on the earth. All of these aspects of the second coming of Christ are borne out in later prophecies in the book of Revelation.]
“And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants, the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth” (Rev 11:18).
Let’s consider the two groups of people whom will be left behind from the rapture, and are being addressed in this passage. One group is that of those whom do not come to saving faith in Christ, through belief, during the Tribulation. The other groups is that of those whom do come to saving faith in Christ, through belief, in the Tribulation. We must consider those whom will die during the Tribulation, and those whom will survive the Tribulation.
The judgment of the unbelievers whom will die during the Tribulation is stated in Rev 20:11-15. See vs 15: “And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
The deceased Tribulation unbelievers will remain in a state of death, from the time of their death, until the end of the millennium when they will be raised to stand at the Great White Throne Judgment. It is at this time that they will be raised from death (body, soul, and spirit being reunited) and will be judged to be thrown into the lake of fire. Concerning Hades, see Luke 16:23 of Luke 16:19-26:
During their death, the body of each unbeliever will stay in the grave; there will be no soul sleep. As seen by the rich man, he is under constant torment in Hades (the place of the wicked dead), and is conscious of his surroundings and state of death.
The judgment of unbelievers, whom will survive the Tribulation, is the same as that of those whom will die during the tribulation. However, each living unbeliever will be taken in death from the end of the Tribulation to the Great White Throne Judgment. Matthew 24:40-41 tells of Jews whom are alive at the end of the Tribulation. Those Jews that are taken, are taken in death to the Great White Throne Judgment. The Jews that are left, are allowed to enter the Kingdom Age of the millennium. Please remember that these are Jews that will be left behind from the Rapture.
The surviving Tribulation believers will enter the Kingdom Age, having born again spirits, but not having redeemed bodies and souls. The Apostle Paul explains in 1 Cor 15:50-54 that nothing mortal can enter the Kingdom of God, that “we must be changed,” vs 51 (body, soul and spirit, 1 Thessalonians 5:23). In 1 Cor 15:50-54, Paul is addressing people during the church age, who will be “raptured or resurrected,” and taken to heaven (1 Thes 4:16-17, John 14:2,3,6, 1 Cor 15:50-54), and will go into the eternal state (new heaven, new earth, new Jerusalem, Rev 21:1-2), after having ruled and reigned with Christ during the millennium (1 Cor 6:2).
Jews and Gentiles, “whom are born again” during the Tribulation (through belief in Christ), will have born again spirits; they will enter the Kingdom Age and will be given redeemed bodies and souls prior to their entry into the eternal state, per 1 Cor 15:50, “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.”
Surviving Tribulation Gentiles will be found to have been born again, due to their compassionate treatment of Jews during the Tribulation (Mt 25:31-40). Surviving Gentiles will be found “not to have been born again,” due to their lack of compassionate treatment of Jews during the Tribulation (Mt 25:41-46). Born again Gentiles will enter the Kingdom Age, “having born again spirits.” Gentiles, “whom will not have been born again,” will be taken in death to the Great White Throne Judgment at the end of the millennium; they will suffer the same Hades torment and the same Rev 20:15 Judgment, as any other person whom has not been born again.
God’s Promises To Israel For The Kingdom Age Of The Millennium. Ezekiel 38:25-26, 587 B.C.
25 ‘Thus says the Lord God, “When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and will manifest My holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they will live in their land which I gave to My servant Jacob. 26 They will live in it securely; and they will build houses, plant vineyards and live securely when I execute judgments upon all who scorn them round about them. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God.”’”
28:25, 26 When I have gathered. In this brief excursus of hope, God promised to restore Israel to their land (cf. chaps. 34, 36–39; Is. 65:21; Jer. 30–33; Amos 9:14, 15). This looks to Messiah’s earthly kingdom.
Dates in this article come from the Scofield Study Bible, 1909.
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