In Revelation Chapter 8, Jesus opened the seventh seal and seven trumpet blasts soon follow. The judgments are devastating to the earth and its inhabitants. However, they are only a precursor of things to come.
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Opening the Seventh Seal
After opening the seventh seal, there was a silence for about a half hour. Suddenly John witnessed seven angels holding seven trumpets and standing before God. They stand at a golden altar and there is burning incense present as they stand for the prayers delivered to the Holy Father of God’s people.
The Trumpet Blasts Begin
As John continues in Revelation Chapter 8, the angels to blow their horns one by one. The sound of the first angel’s trumpet brings a rain consisting of hail, blood, and fire. It destroys much vegetation. The next trumpet blast from the second angel set a mountain ablaze, causing it to tumble into the sea and kill much of the marine life.
The third angel’s trumpet blast initiated the descent of a star named Wormwood that landed in the sea and made the fresh water bitter and deadly to drink. Next, the fourth angel’s trumpet blast caused a third of the sun, moon, and stars to dim. That left about a third of the day in darkness.
John brings Revelation Chapter 8 to a conclusion by saying there are three worse judgments to follow.
Revelation 8 (King James Version)
1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
3 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 throne.
4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
5 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.
6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
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.
8 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;
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.
10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
11 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.
12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
13 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!