The Seven Trumpets – Part I
In our last devotion we learned about the Seven Seals in Revelation. It is estimated that the first seal judgments occur in the first twenty-one months of the Tribulation. In this devotion, we discover the Seven Trumpets – which are estimated to occur during the second twenty-one months of the Great Tribulation. In the first period of the Tribulation, the world knew the wrath of anti-Christ. Now the world will experience the wrath of God Almighty.
John knew the importance of trumpets and its significance to Israel’s national life. According to Numbers 10, trumpets had three important uses.
- Trumpets were used to call the people together. (v. 1-8)
The trumpet would be sounded when kings were anointed and appointed.
- Trumpets were used to announce war. (v. 9)
When God’s people circled Jericho, seven trumpets were sounded for seven days before the walls collapsed. The trumpets were used to announce the war and victory. We will see that just as the trumpets declared the defeat of Jericho, in Revelation, the sound of the trumpets declared the defeat of Babylon.
- Trumpets were used to announce a special time (v. 10)
A trumpet was sounded to announce a special time. A trumpet was sounded in Exodus 19:16-19, at Mount Sinai when the law of God was given to Moses.
The Seven Trumpets
In Revelation 1:10, we know that John identified the voice of Jesus like a trumpet that summoned John to Heaven (Revelation 4:1). The sounding of the seven trumpets would now call God’s people together, announce a declaration of war on God’s enemies, and announce that God’s anointed King was enthroned in glory.
The first four trumpets are “natural” in that they affect the land, saltwater, and freshwater.
1 – Trumpet one – Hail and ravaging fires – Revelation 8:7
“7 The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.” Revelation 8:7 NIV
The first trumpet brought an environmental disaster. Hail and lightning, which may have caused wildfires consume whatever plants, trees, and animals are in its path. One third of the earth’s trees and grass are burned up. This is only the first of the trumpets!
2 – Trumpet two – The seas are polluted – Revelation 8:8-9
“8 The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, 9 a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.” Revelation 8:8-9 NIV
While the first trumpet affected the land, the second affects the sea. Something like a huge mountain all ablaze thrown into the sea could indicate a volcano or a nuclear weapon.
3 – Trumpet three – Fresh water contaminated – Revelation 8:10-11
“10 The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— 11 the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.” Revelation 8:10-11 NIV
The third trumpet brings forth a star that resembles a giant meteorite or nuclear weapon which will not affect the fresh water supply. As a result of this plague, many people die.
4 – Trumpet four – Celestial disruption – Revelation 8:12-13
“12 The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, 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 turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.
13 As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair call out in a loud voice: “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!” Revelation 8:12-13 NIV
All life on earth is dependent on the sun. The fourth trumpet is the final judgment on the natural world. It describes perpetual darkness from the sun, moon, and stars. This type of darkness is likely caused by smoke, dust, and/or volcanic ash. This type of darkness also occurred when God’s judgment came to Pharaoh and Egypt during Moses’ time.
Lord Jesus, I pray for the boldness and courage to tell as many people as I can about Your goodness and grace so that they can avoid the fires of Hell and the Great Tribulation. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book Starting Fresh: Following Jesus on the Adventure of a Lifetime in addition to More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.