The First Trumpet

(Isaiah 40:6; Matthew 7:18; Revelation 8:7; 16:1-2)

Before the first bowl of wrath was poured out, a loud voice was heard from the temple. This loud voice was the Spirit of Christ, who called out from the temple of the Sanctified Church.

The angel with the first bowl of wrath poured out “sores on those who receive the mark of the beast and worship his image.”1Rev 16:2 Where do these sores come from? From the “hail and fire mixed with blood”2Rev 8:7 in the first trumpet.

Hail was mixed with fire in the seventh plague in Egypt. It struck the Egyptians and their livestock, but it did not affect the people of God.

Like the plagues in Egypt, these plagues of the seven trumpets do not affect the righteous.

Now, hail and fire are mixed with blood. This blood represents the spiritual death of the lawless.

John said, “A third of the trees were burned up.”3Rev 8:7 Jesus compared those in the Kingdom of God to trees, saying, “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit.”4Mat 7:18 The third of the trees that are burned up represent those who tolerate the image and mark of the beast.

John also said, “All the green grass was burned up.”5Rev 8:7 For Isaiah said, “All flesh is as grass.”61Pe 1:24; Isa 40:6 All the grass is burned up because all men were harmed by the truth of the mark of beast. John told us that the false prophet caused “all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or forehead.”7Rev 13:16

The meaning of the trees and grass as “men” is clear in Revelation 9:4, where the locusts are told not to harm the grass or any tree but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.