The first four trumpets of Revelation in one file.
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Revelation 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.
A "third part" is an expression meaning "not all of", i.e. only of portion of. We'll document that when we get to the 12th verse, but it's kind of like we say "wait a minute", which doesn't mean wait exactly one minute (except to a friend of mine who is so compulsive he'd probably start his stop watch.)
So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.
 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.
1 Cor. 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.
And now, here's the rest of the story.
Exodus 9:26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.
And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
And now the second Trump.
 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
You have just seen the effect of God's Word as it is cast into the sea of people and encounters the opposing forces of the oppressor! Let us document.
First of all, and once again, this symbolism and terminology is not new, nor strange, to a student of His Word. Let's see, where have we seen a "burning mountain" before? ...... Aha! Yes, oh my goshen, do you realize that our people have "actually seen" a burning mountain? Go to Deuteronomy and read the whole story.
Here's two clips:
And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.
And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, for the mountain did burn with fire, that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;
"Waters" are "Peoples", of all nations and languages, even of the whole world!Rev. 17:15
And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
Isn't the Book of Revelation fascinating? Its very title means to "uncover" and "make clear", and it sure is true that a Picture is worth a thousand words. Can He paint a picture, or what?
We are now studying 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 in the chapters 6 and 7, then these trumpets will make a lot of sense.
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The Trumps of God commence the action of the final events of this flesh age, culminating at the 7th and final Trump on the Day of the Lord, the return of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, when every knee shall bow.
As the first four trumpets blow, adding "heat" to the 4 Hidden Dynasties, the world begins to become hotter and hotter, reaching the boiling point when Satan arrives in person on the first "white horse" and the battle for the souls of men rages full in the darkest hour EVER of human history.
Let's continue with the 2nd Trumpet having sounded:
Rev. 8:9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Now, what are these "ships" which are destroyed? The Greek word for "ships" means "vessel" as in "shipping vessel". These ships symbolize commerce, as in the ships of Tarshish, and there is much commercialism in all four of the 4 Hidden Dynasties. So I use the saying that governments and big business operate on the principle of "The Golden Rule", meaning that "The Guys With the Gold Make the Rules."
Do you remember when the Word of God was "poured out" unto Pharaoh through Moses? Did it not stir Pharaoh to oppress God's people even more? Remember, there's nothing new under the sun! Pharaoh was a type of Satan.
Let's read it.
Have you read the little booklet "The Hidden Dynasty of the Economy"? Do you know who the "taskmasters" of the people are today?Exodus 5:10-13
And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spake to the people, saying, Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not give you straw.
You're going to have to work twice as hard now to produce the same amount of goods! Go ye, get you straw where ye can find it: yet not ought of your work shall be diminished.
 So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw.
 And the taskmasters hasted them, saying, Fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.
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 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
Christ told us of this same falling star in Luke:
Compare the root Greek words used for "lamp" in Rev. 8:10 and "lightning" in Luke 10:18.Luke 10:18-19
And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
lampo :- give light, shine.
astrapto :- lighten, shine.
And so the lamp is Satan's light, his "truth", which most people of the world will accept as true.
So we see in this 3rd trump Satan, "the star", begin to fall from heaven.
But you "ain't seen nothin'" yet!
So while the sun and the moon and
the stars are partially darkened now, the entire sun and entire
moon will soon be darkened when the false-christ, Satan
appears in person at the 6th Trump. We will
soon learn that he deceives
the "whole world" (Rev. 12:9), i.e. there will be "darkness" over all
This may help. You may recall from the history of not too long ago that the "light of truth" was almost "snuffed" out. During that period of time in order to read the scriptures you first had to obtain a license (which in my experiences always means pay a fee), and then you had to show yourself approved to your confessor (and you better not be trying to start a reformation). Note: If you haven't read "The Letter to the Reader" by the translators of the King James Bible, then by all means you must. Here's a link you can go to LetterToTheReader It will document that which was just stated.
But again, you "ain't seen nothin'" yet!
Now to complete chapter 8:
 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!
This word translated "angel" is aetos and should be translated "eagle" as Dr. Moffat has it in his translation.
Have you ever heard the shrill of an eagle's cry?
We'll read more of the protection of wings of the Great Eagle when we get to chapter twelve.Deut. 32:11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.