Saturday, August 5, 2006

Revelation 8 - The First Trumpet Judgment

The First Trumpet Judgment

Rev 8:6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

Now begin the judgments of God upon the earth and those who serve the Beast. I am reminded of the old testament story of Moses and Pharoah, where plagues from God were poured out upon the people of the world and the people of God were spared. Yet the people of God suffered under the hand of the wicked king. Moses would lead his people to freedom, but many lacked faith. The people of God are known for their faith in Jesus. Jesus will lead them all the way to his kingdom.

The first four of the seven trumpets are towards the elements of creation, the last three are towards man. The first of the seven angels who were before the throne of God, sounded the trumpet signaling the following events:

Rev 8:7 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 was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Exo 9:23 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.

Hail and fire, mingled with blood? Was the blood of those killed by this judgment, or perhaps symbolic that blood is required for sin? A third of the trees and grass were burnt up. Trees may refer to leaders as in Daniel 4. Yet it is hail and hail does damage the earths greenery. This was not caused by anything normally seen in nature. He has used natural things such as weather and foreign nations to do his will, but this appears to be uniquely created for this time, it was judgment from God.

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