The Fourth Trumpet
The fourth trumpet is the hour to reap the harvest, described in Revelation 14:14-20. The Rider on the White Horse tramples the great winepress of God’s wrath, and “blood came out from the winepress up to the horse’s bridles” (Revelation 14:20).
When the fourth Angel sounds, a third of the sun and moon and stars were darkened. These sun, moon and stars represent those in kingdom of heaven.
Jesus said that after the Great Tribulation, “the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall” (Matthew 24:29). This darkening is the final cleansing of the lawless from the kingdom of heaven. Only the saints remain. The truth is fully restored and the desolation of the kingdom of heaven has come to an end. The Great Tribulation is over. This ends the war with the beast and the false prophet described in Daniel 9:26,“til the end of the war desolations are determined.”
There are two bowls of wrath that correspond to the fourth trumpet.
In the fourth bowl of wrath, men are burned by the brightness of the sun. This describes the brightest day of the saints. Jesus said, “the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father,” (Matthew 13:44). The Apostle Paul told us that Christ would destroy the lawless one by the brightness of His coming (2 Thessalonians 2:8).
The fifth bowl of wrath completely darkens of the kingdom of the beast. Darkness is poured out on the kingdom of the beast, and the worshipers of the beast “gnaw their tongues because of pain” (Revelation 16:10).
In the fifth trumpet, Satan will be released from the abyss. Satan is released after one thousand years, according to Revelation 20. The kingdom of heaven was corrupted for time, times and half a time, 1,290 days, and was cleansed in the one-thousand-year rule of Christ. Daniel said that “after 2,300 days the sanctuary would be cleansed” (Daniel 8:14).
May they all be one
The removal of lawlessness and the return to the Gospel of the Christ, will unite all believers in one.
In John 17, Jesus prayed that all who believe in Him would be one, sanctified by the truth, “that the world may know that You sent Me” (John 17:23).
We know that God will certainly fulfill Jesus’ prayer, because in Chapter 16, Jesus said to His disciples, “ask and you will receive that your joy may be full” (John 16:24).
Sometimes, like Christ, we must go through a spiritual battle before our prayers can be answered. But we know that God will certainly answer our prayers when we pray according to His will.
God is looking for true worshipers, who will worship Him in spirit and truth.
To Hosea, God said,
“I will cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her New Moons, her Sabbaths, all her appointed feasts… I will allure her, I will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her . . . she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth. . .the earth will answer with grain, with new wine and with oil, they will answer Jezreel” (Hosea 2:11,22).
God will end the feast days, and religious observances created by men, and He will have a true fellowship with man.
Hosea called his son, Jezreel, meaning “God scatters,” referring to the multitude of denominations that now exist. But God said the earth would answer with grain, with new wine and with oil; this is the Gospel of communion of God in the bread and the wine, and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Ezekiel prophesied that God would gather His people together under one Shepherd, “My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd” (Ezekiel 34:23). Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd . . . there will be one flock and one shepherd” (John 10:16).
The Church of all Nations
God promised Isaiah that in the last days, the mountain of the LORD’s house would be established on the top of the mountains, and all the nations would flow to it (Isaiah 2:2).
Isaiah described the end time Church with excitement, saying, “in that Day, seven women will take hold of one Man, saying, ‘we will eat our own food and wear our own apparel, only let us be called by Your Name, and take away our reproach.’”
And Zechariah said, “Ten men will grasp the garment of a Jew” (Zechariah 8:23).
I will save My people from the land of the east, and from the land of the west . . in that Day, it shall be that living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea, and half of them toward the western sea; in both summer and winter it shall occur. And the Lord shall be King over all the earth, in that Day, it shall be the Lord one, and His Name one.
Zechariah said that Jerusalem will be called be “the City of Truth” (Zechariah 8:3).
Many people shall come and say; come let us go up to the mountain of the LORD; to the House of the God of Jacob, He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths . . .He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore
The Apostle Paul told us that the last days will be a time of peace and safety (1 Thessalonians 5:3), before Satan is released to deceive the nations once again.
After Jesus’ prayer for unity in the truth is fulfilled, the Church will be a great blessing to all the Nations of the earth.
Democracy and the Rule of the Saints
It may be surprising that the Bible has something to say about Government and rule. In Daniel Chapter 7, the Prophet Daniel described four kings, “four beasts” that persecuted the saints. These four kings exercised their power as they saw fit.
But when Jesus’ prayer for unity in the truth has been fulfilled, all the peoples of the earth will be blessed.
In verse 27, Daniel said, “the greatness of the kingdoms of the under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High.”
By “given to the people,” Daniel means democracy. The image in Chapter 2, represented the power of Kings against the saints. This was destroyed in the Reformation and replaced by democracy, and the rule of the saints. Shortly after the Reformation, all the Kingdoms of Europe became democratic saints, governed by principles that acknowledged the sovereignty of God.
This was highlighted in Chapter Four, when Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar that he would be become as a beast, and seven times would pass over him before he acknowledged that the most High rules in the kingdom of men (Daniel 4:32).
Before Christ returns, He will abolish all rule and authority.
This is described dramatically in Revelation 19:17-21. Before the beast and the false prophet are thrown into the lake of fire, the birds that fly in midheaven, the saints, “eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of those who sit on them, and flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.”
The Apostle Paul said that the end will come, “when He has abolished all rule and authority and power . . . for He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet” (1 Corinthians 15:24-25).