Revelation 8

The First Four Trumpets

The first of the trumpets and bowls of wrath are sores on those who worship the image of the beast (the Trinity) and receive his mark (Sunday rest). This began as early as the 1800’s.

While a significant number of people have questioned the Trinity doctrine over the years, until recently, the true Apostolic doctrine remained clouded by changes made to the biblical text. Alternatives to the Trinity, including modalism, and unitarianism, were no more sensible than the Trinity itself. Those who had ideas that embraced the Apostolic concepts, were unable to explain themselves, because of the false translation of the biblical text.

Today, the true Apostolic doctrine of Christ and God is evident, and undeniable. Anybody who continues to worship the Trinity, after hearing the truth, will fall under the judgment of God. They will receive the “sores” of this first trumpet.

The trumpets and bowls of wrath resemble the ten plagues that God sent upon Egypt. These trumpets remove the lawlessness out of the kingdom of heaven, whereas the bowls of wrath are simply the attack against “the kingdom of the beast.” But the meaning and result is the same. The last plague, which is the spiritual death of man at the judgment seat of Christ, reminds us of the death of the Egyptians by the Angel of Lord (Christ), the last plague on Egypt. But, all those who had the blood over the door, were spared, as representing the blood of Christ over the house of God, His Church.

The first four trumpets attack the one “third” of the kingdom of heaven which is lawless. The fifth trumpet makes no distinction of “a third,” because by this time, the Angels have separated the wheat and the chaff (Matt 13:40;49).

The first four trumpets span a considerable time period, over 500 years. This should not be too surprising as the fifth trumpet is directly said to be over 5 months (150 prophetic years).

Trumpet Bowl of Wrath
1 hail and fire sores on those who worship the image and receive the mark of the beast
2 sea sea (baptisms/salvation of death in false churches)
3 rivers and springs rivers and springs (the lawless drink the spirit of a demon called Wormwood)
4 sun, moon, and stars are darkened (matches the fifth Bowl of Wrath) righteousness of the sun (glory of God)
5 Release from the bottomless pit the kingdom of the beast is darkened
6 Armageddon Armageddon
7 Flaming fire and Judgment Flaming fire and Judgment

Rev 8:1
there was silence in heaven for about half an hour – there is a period of quietness, that follows the deaths of the Reformation wars, in about 1650 AD, until the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in about 1900 AD. This is approximately 250 years, or 1/2 hour of the clock of human history of 6,000 years. From the end of the cry of the Martyrs, “how long?” in Revelation 6:10, until this next major event is a “half an hour.” See also Revelation 14:7, “the hour of his judgment has come.” The hour of God’s judgment is the “final hour,” being the last 500 years of the 6,000 years of man. This “half an hour,” of 250 years, precedes “the hour of God’s judgment.”

Rev 8:2-5
that He might add to the prayers of the saints – this Angel is Christ, the Angel of God, who intercedes for the saints.

then the Angel took the censer and filled it with fire…and threw it to the earth – the Angel, the Spirit of Christ, baptises His Church with fire of the Holy Spirit, in the last days (as He did on the Day of Pentecost, see Acts 2:33). Through the Sanctified Church, Christ brings a tribulation against the kingdom of the beast. (Fire from the altar can be found in Leviticus 6:13, and was first poured down from heaven in Leviticus 9:24.)

there followed peals of thunder…lightning and an earthquake – “there followed” the judgment Day, that is explained as “thunder, lighting and an earthquake” in Revelation 11:19. The final outpouring of the Holy Spirit, that brings the darkening of the “sun,” and “moon,” and the falling of “stars,” described in this Chapter, will be followed by the Judgment Day, as Christ described in Matthew 24:29-30.

Rev 8:7
the first trumpet, hail and fire, and blood – this is the plague of hail and fire poured out on Egypt (Exod 9:24).  From here, we begin to suspect that these plagues are metaphorical. The meaning of the metaphor in the “Seven Trumpets” is simple. These plagues are like those on Egypt, that have no affect on the “righteous,” just as they passed over the sons of Israel, and only struck the Egyptians.

This is only one of two trumpets that do not seem to directly match the corresponding bowl of wrath. The first bowl of wrath is “sores on those who worship the image of the beast and receive his mark.” Of course, the hail and fire cause the “sores on those who had the mark of the beast and worship his image.” The fulfillment of this prophecy, which followed the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, was dramatic. Prior to the 20th Century, few people questioned Sunday rest, or the Trinity doctrine. But by the end of the 20th Century, there was scarcely a Christian who would try to defend either. Before the year 1950, businesses would not operate on a Sunday, but by the end of the 20th Century, both Sunday and Saturday had become acceptable days of business in the Western World: “they have no rest day or night,” Revelation 14:11.

The other bowl of wrath that does not match is the fourth, because the focus of the Bowls of wrath are the attack on the kingdom of the Beast, whereas the focus of the trumpets is to show God’s deliverance of His people.

a third – the meaning of “a third” is clear in the fourth trumpet, where we see “a third of the sun, moon, and stars” darkened. The sun, moon and stars represent the kingdom of heaven, from Revelation 12:1. A “third of the Angels fell” in Rev 12:4, representing the part of heaven that was lawless, and sided with Satan. In each of the first four plagues, “a third” represents the “lawless” part of the kingdom of heaven affected by the plague. These plagues are the work of Angels sent out to remove the lawlessness from Christ’s kingdom (see Matt 13:40-41; which was also explained in Revelation 14).

Before we comfort ourselves with the idea that God only considers 1/3 to be lawless, we must ask ourselves the question, do we know who the 1/3 is? Only those who receive the promised Holy Spirit have the assurance of salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14).

of the earth – you may notice that the first three trumpets follow the judgment order of Revelation 14:7, “the hour of His judgment has come…who made…the earth, and the sea and springs of water.” Here, in the first three trumpets, are the effect of this tribulation against the earth (the people), the sea (their salvation), and springs of water (the spirit they drink).

one third of the trees – Jesus said we would know those who are true, in the kingdom of heaven, by their fruit: “a good tree cannot bear bad fruit.” (Matt 7:18) The trees, especially by the water, are the righteous, see Psalms 1:3, Jeremiah 17:8. The trees of the end time Church are fed by the water of the Holy Spirit, as we read in Ezekiel 47:12; they grow much fruit.

all of the grass was burned – grass represents all men; “all flesh is grass,” see Isaiah 40:6,  1 Peter 1:24, and other verses. In Rev 13:16, we learn that the beast caused “all men” to receive a mark, as all men forsook the commandment of God. More specifically, from 1 Peter 1:23-24, the grass represents those who have not been born of the Spirit, “for you have been born again, not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, for ‘all flesh is as grass.”

If anyone doubts the figurative meaning of this verse, they should consider the trees and the grass in Revelation 9:4. The Greek text literally reads: “And it was said that they should not harm the grass, nor any green thing, nor any tree; if not the men not having the seal of God on their foreheads.” The Greek grammar, in this verse, directly identifies the trees and grass as men.

Rev 8:8-9
the second trumpet, a great mountain – the great mountain in the last days is the mountain of the Lord, from Isaiah 2:2, and Micah 4:1. This is the true Church, the New Jerusalem; the Great Mountain we see in Rev 21:10. This is the true body of Christ, “the stone that struck the statue became a a great mountain and filled the whole earth” (Daniel 2:35).

burning with fire – fire represents the Holy Spirit as in Rev 15:2. The Spirit of God comes against the work of the beast as “a river of fire” in Daniel 7:10.

thrown into the sea – the success of the true Church is described as the Spirit of God entering the sea in Ezekiel 47:8. The outpouring of the Spirit of truth brings life to some, but judgment to those who preach another gospel, as we read in Galatians 1:8-9. The Spirit of truth brings the hour of judgment to false teachers: “now the hour of His judgment has come” (Rev 14:6-7).

the sea became blood – this is the first plague on Egypt. Moses turned the Nile into blood (Exod 7:14-25) and all the fish died.  In Rev 16:4, the second bowl of wrath, from the second Angel, is also blood on the sea. This is the same account.

The meaning of the sea in the Book of Revelation is salvation/baptism, crossing the Red Sea (1 Cor 10:1-2). We can see this in Rev 15:2, “standing on a sea of glass and fire” – the elect cross the symbolic Red Sea, which is the baptism of water and Spirit.

The spiritual death of baptism/salvation here, is related to the spiritual death of communion in Revelation 14:10. Those who worshiped the image of the beast and received his mark, drank “the wine of the wrath of God.” In other words, they took of the Lord’s body in “an unworthy manner” (1 Cor 11:29). The baptisms/salvation of those who worship the image of the beast and receive his mark, also result in spiritual death.

a third of the creatures – the meaning of “a third” is described above.

and the ships – in Revelation 18, we see the same metaphor of “ships.”   Baptism into the true Church is described as “an ark” of salvation in 2 Peter 2:5, and 1 Peter 3:20. False churches are described in Revelation 18, as ships that are “full of human lives” (Rev 18:13), run by merchants of the gospel (Rev 18:15; 1 Cor 2:17). These merchants “make their living by the sea” (Rev 18:17), by selling “salvation.”

Rev 8:10-11
the third trumpet, a great star – stars are spirits, manifest as angels. Angels are called stars throughout the Bible, eg. Rev 9:1, Rev 1:16,20, Isaiah 14:12, Daniel 8:10 etc. We can see this in the fifth trumpet, in Rev 9:1, which cites another star (Angel) that fell from heaven.

fell from heaven – from Rev 9:1, Isaiah 14:12, and Rev 12:4,13, we know that stars that fall to the ground are the workers of Satan.

it fell on a third  – the meaning of “a third” is described above.

of the rivers and springs of waters – rivers potamōn and springs pēgas of water throughout Revelation, and the Gospel of John refer to the Holy Spirit. In John 7:38-39, we read “He who believes in Me, as the scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.” By this He spoke of the Spirit.” The meaning of rivers as the Holy Spirit is also found in Rev 16:4, 22:1-2. In John 4:14, Jesus also referred to the Holy Spirit when He said “the water that I will give him will become in him a spring pēgas of water springing up to eternal life.” The meaning of springs as Holy Spirit can also be found in Revelation 14:7, 16:4, 21:6.

its name is Wormwood – everyone will want to receive the Holy Spirit, like those who are in the true Church. But those who do not obey of the Gospel of Jesus Christ will not be drinking the Holy Spirit, but a demon, called Wormwood. In the Apostolic time, the Apostle John recognized different spirits that may be from God, see 1 John 4:1. The Apostle Paul said “if receive a different spirit…you may well put up with it!” (2 Cor 11:4) But the spirit that the lawless drink, will only be the spirit of a demon, like the spirit received by the Montanists beginning in 180 AD.

Rev 8:12
the fourth trumpet, a third of the sun, a third of the moon and a third of the stars darkened – a third of the angels were cast down in Rev 12:4. Here we see that “a third” of the sun, moon and stars are darkened. The Sun, Moon and Stars represent the kingdom of heaven in Rev 12:1. This final “darkening” of the kingdom of the beast, described in Revelation 16:10, implies that the kingdom of the beast has no more part at all, in the kingdom of heaven. The tares are no longer among the wheat, as Jesus described in Matthew 13:40; they were burned by fire, as described in Revelation 16:8. They have no more part in the kingdom of heaven, which has been fully cleansed of all lawlessness, and all things that offend (Matthew 13:41).

Rev 8:13
an eagle flying in heaven – eagles represent the end time saints, see explanation at Rev 4:7.

woe, woe, woe – the three great woes are the fifth, sixth and seventh trumpets. The fifth woe is the power to torment those who do not repent, for 150 years; the sixth woe is the Great Battle of Armageddon; and the seventh woe is the judgment of mankind.