Jesus said, “The gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
The fourth trumpet completed the cleansing of the Kingdom of Heaven. The grapes of the earth were ripe, the fullness of the Gentiles had come in, and the rider on the white horse treaded the great winepress of God’s wrath.
After these things, John “heard an eagle flying in mid-heaven, saying with a loud voice, ‘Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound.’”
Those who “dwell on the earth” are those who worship the beast and his image and receive his mark in Revelation 11, 13, and 17. This tells us that even though the kingdom of heaven has been cleansed, there may still be other so-called churches in the world. But all of God’s elect will be in the Sanctified Church of the last days. They are known by the seal of God on their foreheads, the mark of the Holy Spirit. They are the eagles who fly in mid-heaven. They are not affected by the plagues of the seven trumpets. Like the ten plagues in Egypt, the seven plagues of the seven trumpets do not harm the children of God.
The last three trumpets are three great woes for the people dwelling on the earth. The first woe is the release of Satan and his final deception of the world. The second woe is the great battle that ends mankind’s existence, but Christ will come for the saints. The third woe is the last trumpet, which calls up the saints to Christ, and calls the world to judgment.
These three woes describe the punishment of those who refuse to repent when the sanctuary of God’s house has been fully cleansed—when the prayer of Jesus has been fulfilled. These are the three woes on the people of the world who continue to worship the beast and his image and receive his mark even when the truth has been firmly established.
The Day of Destruction
Jesus described the fear that would grip men’s hearts in the last days: “There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things that are coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
The “Day of the Lord” is the day of destruction. Isaiah said, “The Day of the Lord of hosts shall come upon the proud and lofty … it will come as destruction.”
When God has completed His salvation plan, He will destroy this world. He will punish those who refuse to repent. Just as the earth had a beginning, it will also have an end, on a day already known to God. On that day, He will punish the nations, the Gentiles, who reject His truth.
After the fifth angel poured out his bowl of wrath on the throne of the beast, the nations “did not repent of their deeds.” Then, the “sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates” to call the nations together at Armageddon.
Satan will be released from the abyss and given authority to perform great signs and wonders, to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
Joel called the Day of the Lord “a day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness.” The prophet Amos said, “The Day of the Lord will be darkness and not light.” And Zephaniah wrote, “The great Day of the Lord is near…. It will utterly consume everything.” “That day will be a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of destruction and desolation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness.”
Spirits like frogs will come out of the mouth of the dragon, and the beast and the false prophet to deceive the kings of the Earth. Tthe people of the world will be led to their destruction by an army of demons that are like locusts that cover the earth.
A Unique Day, Known Only to the Father
Zechariah said that the Day of the Lord would be a unique Day, known only to God. Jesus said, “Of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven nor the Son. Only the Father knows.”
In the Book of Revelation, John told us that the angels bound at the great river Euphrates were prepared by God “for the hour and day and month and year.” On that day, our Lord Jesus Christ will return to rescue His saints. But even our Lord does not know when He will return.
Many have foolishly tried to predict the day of His return, even selling all their possessions, believing that they were useless. But Paul said, “Let no one in any way deceive, [for that Day] will by no means come until the man of lawlessness has been revealed … who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called God or object of worship.”
Today, the man of sin has been revealed, and it seems that we know the number of years that remain. But we need to heed the words of the apostle Peter, who said, “Do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord a day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness.” The Day of the Lord seems far off, but for all of us, it will come “in a moment, and a twinkling of an eye…” When we breath our last breath, the Day of the Lord will come as a twinkling of an eye.
Jesus warned us that He would return as a thief in the night.