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And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were
given seven trumpets.
seven angels, standing before the throne of God, are issued seven
trumpets and are standing there obediently waiting for their command,
ready to sound.
And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer;
and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with
the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the
first, let's call forth another angel and have the offering of the
prayers of all the saints who have patiently waited on the Lord to
avenge their blood. We read of them in chapter 6, remember?
they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true,
dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the
this not how most events are started?
Someone is called forth to give
an opening prayer? Why does all this seem so strange to some?
the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints,
ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.
thing is for sure. All those prayers, including yours and mine, are
there in heaven, and our Father has heard and continues to hear and
always answers them, according to His will and our benefit.
And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar,
and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and
lightnings, and an earthquake.
that sounds frightening!
Be prepared, for in the next few chapters we will encounter much
symbology, but "not to worry" or "be frightened" as those are who would
try to read a scroll that's still sealed. As we learned in the very
first chapter of this great book, the symbolism is clearly defined and
it produces vivid pictures in our minds which we will "see" clearly and
understand that which is taking place.
again, if we begin at the beginning, in the Book of Genesis, by the
time we get to the Book of Revelation we will have learned much and
seen most of the symbolism used in Revelation. For instance we would
know that God is a consuming fire.
For our God is a consuming fire.
would have read of the 'burning bush' on the mountain. We would have
read about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and how the Fire who was in
the midst of the furnace with them, that fourth one, the Consuming Fire
we just read of in Hebrews, protected them from the fiery flames of
Will the fire that this angel
takes from the altar of God, from Him, hurt you and me? Not on your
life! We know that fire purifies Gold, but it consumes that which is
stubble, like straw. So in like manner does He, the consuming fire, our
And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves
the angels are ready, everything is set to go with the famous 7
Trumpets of Revelation.
If you are a student of God's Word, and if you
understand the 7 Seals which we've just covered, then these trumpets
will make a lot of sense.
If not, I hope you like
is fascinating how eager people are to understand the Book of
Revelation, which by the way is the last book in the Bible. Some want
to know because they are curiosity seekers, some sense it could be
true, and others want to know what is going to happen so they can "live
it up" and then repent just in time to "make it" (as if they could
'pull one over' on God).
trumpets and how are they used anyway? Well, trumpets are loud horns
and militarily speaking, when the trumpets blow, the troops begin to
move into position to do battle, and then the final charge is sounded
by the final Trump.
Again, and it bears
repeating, if you are familiar with God's Word then you will have
encountered trumpets many times before you get to Revelation, as well
as most all of the symbolism in Revelation, which you will see.
example, if you've read Exodus you will remember that it was Jo-shua
(the same name as Ya-shua,i.e. same name as Jesus) who led our people
into the promised land. Well guess what? We are about to enter into the
promised land again, the Millennium. Do you
recall what God instructed
Joshua to do to take the city of Jericho? March around the city 6 days
+ the 7th. And on the last day, they compassed the city 7 times and
blew the 7 Trumpets and at the "shout", the walls of the great city
came tumbling down.
The same thing is
about to happen to that great city,
Babylon the Great, which we will
soon read and learn about and how it falls. Have you read in 1 Thes.
4:16 how Christ returns?
1 Thes. 4:16
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven
with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of
Trump will be the last one, the 7th one,
when the walls of this flesh
age come tumbling down, and that angel in Rev. 14:8 says"Babylon is
fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink
wine of the wrath of her fornication."
here's where we are in Revelation. We are all "sealed up" and
about to go to war against the oppressor, you know who. And what did
God command the PRIESTS to do when going to war?
Blow the TRUMPETS,
sound the ALARM!
the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they
shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations.
the way, you can read in Leviticus 23:24 when the Memorial of Blowing
the Trumpets is to be held: "Speak unto the children of Israel, saying,
In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a
sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation."
Seventh month! (That's not July either. Remember the 1st
day of the
first month always begins on the Spring Equinox.)So when will the
final Trump blow? Who
knows, but don't you think the 7th month would be
a good season to watch? Remember, all the things that happened
to the ancient Israelites happened and were recurded in the Bible as
examples for our benifit upon whom the end of the world is come.
Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things
happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition,
upon whom the ends of the world are come
here it is, God's command to blow the trumpets:
And if ye go to war in your land against the
enemy that oppresseth you, then ye
shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD
your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.
your Gospel Armor on and in place (Eph.
6)? Then get ready for
the Trumpets of God to sound. We're going to War!
NOT against flesh
and blood! "But
against principalities, against powers, against the
rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in
high places. Ephes. 6:12", i.e. spiritually,
with the sharp
sword as our weapon!
before we begin
the trumps, be prepared to encounter much symbolism, the purpose of
which is to Paint a PICTURE in your mind.
Remember back to our first
lessons in Revelation, and our discussion about pictures?
First SEE the
The meaning is contained in
the picture not in the individual words themselves, which are used to paint the
Do you understand?
keep in mind the 4 Hidden Dynasties (the
first 4 Seals), which are used
to deceive the people and bring about the New World Order, the One
System,as we read about the first
4 Trumpets. We
already read in verse 5, Rev. 8:5, that the angel took "fire" from the
altar of God and cast it into the earth. Remember from
Heb. 12:29 that
our Father is a consuming fire.
That "fire" from the
altar is His
truth, His Word,
and it "burns"
alright, and it causes shakings and
quakings even among individual households.
the first 4 Trumpets sound, the Word of God is going to be cast, mixed
even more, with the 4 Hidden Dynasties and things will really begin to
"heat up". The
first 4 trumpets, as were the first 4 Seals, are also
grouped apart from the last three which are Woe trumpets to
inhabiters of the earth.