WHEN THE TRUMPETS BEGIN TO SOUND
Revelation 8:1-13 (NKJV)
Seventh Seal: Prelude to the Seven Trumpets
8 When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. 3 Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.
6 So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
First Trumpet: Vegetation Struck
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 was burned up.
Second Trumpet: The Seas Struck
8 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. 9 And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
Third Trumpet: The Waters Struck
10 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. 11 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.
Fourth Trumpet: The Heavens Struck
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.
13 And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”
Ill. The events thus far. We have witnessed the opening of six of the seven seals. When the seventh is opened, it produces seven trumpets. These trumpet announce what will be a series of divine judgments upon a sinful world. There is not much for man to say about these things. Therefore, we will let the Bible speak for itself in these matters.
I. V.1 SILENCE IN HEAVEN
A. The lull before the storm.
B. The judgments that follow are so terrible that all of Heaven falls silent. (Ill. Beasts, Elders, Angels, Choirs.)
C. Sometimes, we need to get silent before the Lord – Psa. 46:10
D. Ill. The effect of silence – (Ill. Wedding, Prison, Ill. Man in truck!) 30 mins of total silence is never shattering!
II. V.2 & 6 SOLEMN PREPARATIONS
A. Seven angels are given trumpets. The trumpets will signal the judgments.
B. Ill. The importance of trumpets – Num. 10:1-12 – (Assembly, Journey, Alarm, War, Worship, ect.)
C. These angels position themselves and get ready to sound their trumpets – v.6
III. V.3-5 SAINT’S PRAYERS
A. The prayers of the saints are kept – Psa. 56:8-9; Rev. 5:8
B. Will be offered before the Lord – (Ill. Delayed answers!)
C. Ill. The Lord’s prayer! When we pray, “Thy Kingdom Come”, we are asking for God to judge this world! It also anwers the prayer in 6:9-10.
D. Pray! God hears our prayers, Jer. 33:3; and He will answer!
E. V.5 After the prayers went up, the judgment came down!
F. Ill. The world has rejected Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, now they will be judged from the altar of God!
IV. V.7-13 SERIOUS PUNISHMENT
A. V.7 First Trumpet – Hail, fire and blood cast upon the earth. (Ill. Eze. 38:22) – 1/3 of all trees and all the green grass gone! Imagine that! (Ill. Oxygen levels dropped drastically!)
B. V.8-9 Second Trumpet – “A mountain of fire cast into the sea!” – 1/3 of sea turns to blood; 1/3 of all sea life dies; 1/3 of all ships go down! (Ill. Man’s dependence upon the sea!)
C. V.10-11 Third Trumpet – A falling star
1. Poisons 1/3 of all fresh water! (Ill. Wormwood – a poison herb)
2. Jesus is the water of life – John 14:13-14 – He was rejected and now He will judge them in a manner that will remind mankind of who He is!
D. V.12 Fourth Trumpet – (God’s dimmer switch)
1. Dims the light by 1/3.
2. Ill. Darkness increases by 8 hours per day. (Ill. Cold, heat and power; Ill. Crops and Vegetation.)
3. Jesus is the light of the world – Jn. 8:12 – Men chose darkness and get their desire. (Ill. All of these things are an Ecologist’s nightmare!)
E. V.13 The ANGEL – he proclaims 3 woes upon the world. Things are going to get worse from this point!
Mankind need to be saved by the grace of God! The Gospel of Jesus Christ must be taken seriously before the dreadful day of the Lord.
Soon all of these woes will come to pass.
Where will you be when it all comes down?