When you hear people talking about the last seven trumpets there are a few ideas as to when they are. I would like to look at what the Bible tells us about them and see if we can discern as to when they will happen and to see if there is a relationship with or between the trumpets and the viles of wrath. There seems to be a correlation between the seven trumpets and the viles, and I would like to look at it and at the same time see when this should happen.
To see the correlation between them we will look at the sixth trumpet and the sixth vile. The sixth angel sounds his trumpet Revelations 9: 13-21 and is told to loose the four angels that are bound in the Euphrates River. These angels are prepared to kill the third part of men – and the size of the army is two hundred million. Now we look at the sixth vile Revelations 16: 12-16, the sixth angel pours out his vile upon the Euphrates River and the waters dry up to let the way for kings of the east might be prepared. Here we see that an army of two hundred million could not come into the Middle East if the Euphrates River was running, they would be stalled there at the river and could be destroyed. Therefore the river has to be dried up, and will be as per vile six. As this relationship is there we can assume that the others trumpets and viles relate.
Let us now look at when the first trumpet will sound and the first vile is poured out. When the first vile is poured out Revelations 16:2, there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast and upon them which worshipped his image. Therefore the antichrist has to be in power or no one would be worshipping him, or have his unholy number on themselves. When you look at Revelations 13:1-5 you see that the antichrist is only one of ten leaders that unite to form an alliance. This tells us that one of the heads was wounded but was healed, and that all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast, and they worshipped the beast, and the beast was given power to continue for forty two months.
These forty two months cannot be the first of the seven years of tribulation, as the first forty two months has the Israelites worshipping in the temple and following God with sacrifices. The sacrifices are not stopped until Daniel 9:27 midway through the week, which will be three and a half years into the tribulation. Therefore we can deduct that the beast’s reign will be in the last forty two months of the tribulation. This leaves us to conclude that the mark of the beast will not be on anyone until the antichrist is in power which will be midway through the tribulation. Revelation 11:2 tells us that the holy city will be tread underfoot by the Gentiles for forty two months which coincides with the prophecy of the antichrist stopping the daily sacrifices and ruling for that amount of time.
Let’s now look at when the seventh trumpet – the last trumpet should sound. If you read Daniel 12:11-12 you will see that the timetable for Christ’s return starts with the daily sacrifice being taken away. Then Daniel 9:27 tells us the daily sacrifice is taken away in the middle of the week. We also know that Elijah will be on earth prior to Christ’s return as Malachi 4:5 tells us that the Lord is going to send Elijah the prophet back to us before the day of the Lord.
From the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, until the abomination that makes desolate is set up, is one thousand two hundred and ninety days Daniel 12:11. From the time the daily sacrifice is taken away until we are blessed, is one thousand three hundred and thirty five days Daniel 12:11-12. Now you say “who is to be blessed”? There are only two peoples that are waiting for Christ that are going to be blessed, those two groups are Christians and Jews. Christians because we are to be raised up to be with Christ, and the Jews because they will have their King of Kings who will lead them and the world on earth.
This then puts the seventh trumpet at one thousand three hundred thirty five days from the middle of the tribulation.
When we look at the sixth trumpet , you will see that when the trumpet sounds, four angels are loosed that are in the Euphrates River Revelations 9:13-21. They are prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year to slay a third part of men. A year in revelations is 360 days, a month is 30 days therefore when we add this time up it comes to 391 days and 1 hour. The sixth trumpet will sound 391 days and 1 hour before the seventh trumpet which will be 943 days and 23 hours after the daily sacrifice is taken away. The fifth trumpet sounds and the abyss is opened up and smoke pours out as if it was a large furnace, and there is enough smoke to darken the sun and the air. Now from the smoke, locusts come down, and these locusts have the power of scorpions. The only thing they are allowed to harm are those that do not have the mark of God on their foreheads , but they cannot kill them – only torture them for five months . The torment will be so bad they will want to die but will not be allowed to Revelations 9:1-11 This then puts the fifth trumpet five months before the sixth trumpet.
We now know when the first, fifth, sixth ,and seventh trumpets are to sound. There are no time settings for the second ,third, and fourth trumpets, but we know they are between the first, and fifth trumpets.
Let us now look at these events. The first trumpet sounds Revelations 8:7 Hail and fire mixed with blood are thrown upon the earth which causes a third of the trees and all the green grass to be burnt up. The first vial was poured out Revelations 16:2. When this happens the men with the mark of the beast and those that worshipped him received grievous sores. Then the second trumpet sounds Revelations 8:8-9 something like a burning mountain is thrown into the sea ,and a third part of the sea became blood and a third of the creatures that lived in the sea died and a third of the ships were destroyed. The second vial is poured out Revelations 16:3 It’s poured on the sea and the sea becomes as the blood of a dead man and every living soul dies in the sea. Now the third trumpet sounds Revelations 8:10-11 a great burning star falls upon a third of the rivers and all the fountains of waters. The star is called Wormwood and a third of the water turns to wormwood and many men die because the water turns bitter. The third angel pours out his vial Revelations 16: 4-7 it is poured upon the rivers and fountains of water and they become blood. Then the angel tells God that he is righteous, then he praises God saying He was and is and will always be , and that he is righteous because he judged thus. The forth trumpet sounds Revelations 8:12 this one affects the light as a third part of the sun, moon and stars are smitten so that a third part of them was darkened that a third part of the day and the night had no light. Then the fourth angel poured out his vial Revelations 16:8-9 this vial is poured onto the sun, and power was given to that angel to scorch men with fire. Men were scorched with heat ,and blasphemed God and had no intention of asking for forgiveness for their sins and will not worship God.
Now there is a pause as we are given a warning Revelations 8:13 Woe, woe, woe to the inhabiters of the earth because of the other three trumpets that are yet to come.
Above you see what happens when the fifth trumpet sounds. Now see what happens when the fifth vial is poured out Revelations 16:10-11 this vial is poured on the seat of the beast, this caused his kingdom to go into darkness , and his followers gnawed their tongues in pain, and instead of repenting of their deeds they again blasphemed God because of their pains and sores. The sixth angel sounds his trumpet Revelations 9:13-21 the four angels that are bound in the river Euphrates are released and they are prepared to slay a third of men, and the size of the army is two hundred million. In this vision of John’s , he saw the horses of this army and they looked like they had heads of lions and out of their mouths issued fire, smoke ,and brimstone, and by these three items a third of men was killed. Still those that were not killed refused to repent of their sins. The sixth angel pours out his vial Revelations 16:12-14 it is poured on the river Euphrates and the river dries up. This lets the armies of the kings of the east to come to Armageddon. At this time three unclean spirits are released from the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. These spirits gather all the kings of the earth, and the whole world together at Armageddon for the battle of the great day of God Almighty.The last trumpet is the seventh Revelations 11:15-19. When this trumpet sounds there are great voices in heaven saying ” THE KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD ARE BECOME THE KINGDOMS OF OUR LORD, AND OF HIS CHRIST AND HE SHALL REIGN FOR EVER AND EVER”. Then the twenty-four elders that sit before God fell upon their faces and worshiped God. saying “We give Thee thanks O Lord God Almighty, which art and wast; and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. What this says is that God has taken over rule of our world. When this happens the nations of the world get angry because God’s wrath has come to those that destroy the earth, and the prophets and saints and those that fear God, are rewarded. Then the temple of God was opened in heaven and seen in the temple was the ark of his testament, and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake and great hail. When the seventh vile is poured out into the air Revelations 16: 17-21, there is a great voice out of the temple in heaven, from the throne saying “It is done.” Now you see that as with the seventh trumpet there are voices and thunders, and lightnings; and there is a great earthquake such as was not seen since man was upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake and so great. Then it tells what this quake does; the great city was divided into three parts, the other cities of the world fall, but Babylon is remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away and the mountains were not found, and there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent. Now again men blasphemed God because of the hail, for the plague was exceedingly great. Again you see mankind refuse to worship God but willing to blaspheme Him.
Through all these trumpets and viles of wrath, men know that it is God causing them and still will not ask for forgiveness and turn to God for their salvation. Men continue in their evil ways and continue to blaspheme God. At this time I would ask you to pray for these men and ask that they turn to God in worship, as God would not have any parish. God would save them all if they would only come to him in the name of His son Jesus, who died on the cross and accepted all our sins. , His death was the only way that allowed our sins to be forgiven, as He was the pure and sinless sacrifice that would allow our sins to be forgiven by God Almighty. God loves us so much that He let the Christ be sacrificed on the cross to atone for our sins not His, as he was sinless. 2 Peter 3:8-10 Here Peter tells us that a day to the Lord is a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. He also tells us that God does not want any man to perish but that they should come to repentance.
What do we Christians need to know about the Word of God? Here are some questions that need to be answered.
How long was creation? What day is it in Heaven today? Why did God take Enoch and Elijah to heaven before they died? What are the signs of CHRIST’S RETURN? How will we recognize the antichrist? How will we recognize the false prophet of Israel? Why do we have warnings of all the mountains coming down and all islands being moved out of their places?
We hear many stories about how long it took for creation, ranging from millions of years to seven of our days, therefore let’s review what God says. In Genesis 1:3-5 God created light and separated it from darkness, and called the light day and the darkness night, and the evening and the morning were the first day. This shows that our day and the night have nothing to do with how long the creation day was. You will also note that the stars including the sun along with the moon were not created until the fourth day (Genesis 1:14-19), therefore our earthly days have nothing to do with creation days as our days were not created until there was a sun and a moon on the fourth day.
Now in Genesis 2:17 God tells Adam “but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest therefore thou shalt surely die “. Now we know that in earthly days he did not die that day as he lived to be 930 years old. Let’s see what the bible says about time, in Psalm 90:4 ”For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.” And again in 2 Peter 3:8 ”But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” Therefore you will note that in God’s time he did die the day that he ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
You will see then that Adam sinned on the seventh day and died on the seventh day, when you use God’s timeline. I will repeat the verses that give you God’s time, Psalm 90:4,” for a thousand years in thy sight are but yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night”, and again in 2 Peter 3:8 ”But, beloved be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
Now that we understand how long a day in God’s terms is we may be able to discern what day it is in heaven. On the sixth day Adam was created and God made a garden for him and placed him in it, this was the garden in Eden, then he brought all the birds of the air and all the beasts of the fields and had Adam name them all. Now God saw that Adam needed a helpmate and created Eve from one of Adam’s ribs. This shows us that this was still the sixth day, as the bible tells us God created man and woman on the sixth day. Now we know it would have taken some amount of time for Adam to have named the animals and birds, and we know that Adam and Eve were in the garden when the sixth day ended, Genesis 1:31, “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day”. This shows us that they could not have sinned on the sixth day as God saw that it was all very good. For Adam to die on the day he sinned he would have had to sin on the seventh day, and then to have died on this same day going by God’s days. As Adam lived to be 930 years old before he died God must have been using God’s heavenly time as God’s word is always true. With this for our timeline we can work out what day it is in heaven today.
Adam was born approximately 4000 BC, this was on the six day, therefore 3000 BC was the seventh day, 2000BC was the 1st day of the second week, 1000BC was the 2nd day , 0AD was the 3rd day , 1000AD was the 4th day , 2000AD was the 5th day, and 3000AD will be the 6th day; likewise Adam had sinned and was taken from the garden and had Seth at the age of 130 years or 3870BC which was in the seventh day, therefore 2870BC was in day 1 of the second week, 1870BC was in day 2 , 870BC was in day 3, 130AD was day 4,1130AD was day 5, and 2130 will be in day 6. We know then that day seven will start between 4000 and 3870BC, and day one of the second week started between 3000 and 2870BC, and day two started between 2000 and 1870BC, and day three started between 1000 and 870BC, and day four started between 0 and 130AD, and day five started between 1000 and 1130AD, and day six will start between2000 and 2130AD, and day 7 will start between 3000 and 3130AD.
What we should look at now is how much needs to happen before the seventh day as we know God is going to end his work and rest Genesis 2:2, “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made”. So what has to happen? We have seven years of tribulation, and one thousand years of the Millennium, then we have Satan loosed for a little season and last but not least we have a new heaven and a new earth for the former have passed away, and this all has to happen by the seventh day which starts between 3000AD and 3130AD, as this is 2010 we have less than 1120 years to fulfill all this. Likewise if you take the Millennium away this gives you less than 120 years to get it started, and yes we have to take away the time that Satan will be loosed upon the earth, how long this is we do not know, and then there is the seven years of the tribulation reducing the time again to less than 113 years. Now because we know it is going to be less than 113 years we need to ensure we know the signs of Christ’s return so as not to be fooled by false prophets, and to ensure our families also know the signs for the same reasons, as I know you all would probably love to have your families serve God and Christ and not a false Christ.
Now why did God take Enoch and Elijah to heaven without them dying? Lets first look at who they were and what they were like. Enoch was the son of Jared and the father of Methuselah and in Genesis 5:22-24 ”And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not: for God took him.” This shows us that he was a God following man, and that he did not die but was taken up to Heaven to be with God. Then there is Elijah one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament, 1 Kings 17:1 tells us he was a Tishbite, and was of the inhabitants of Gilead and he was on earth during the reign of Ahab and that God took him during the time of King Ahaziah. During his time on earth he obeyed God and trusted God without question, God was using him to bring the nation of Israel back to worshipping him as they were worshipping Baal. King Ahab had married Jezebel a worshipper of Baal, and he then started to worship Baal and built an altar to Baal in the house of Baal which he had built in Samaria. Elijah challenged the priests of Baal 1 Kings 18:22-40, to build an altar and to place there a bullock and to have their god bring fire down from the sky to burn the sacrifice, this they could not do, but Elijah built an altar and placed his sacrifice another bullock on it, had the whole altar and the ground around all soaked with water then at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice Elijah called upon the Lord, and the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering , the wood, the stones, the dust, and the water that was in the trench. Now we come to 2 Kings 2:11 ”And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”
Now there must be a reason for God to have taken the two of them to heaven, and there was. In Revelation 11:3 God tells of his two witnesses that will prophesy for one thousand two hundred and threescore days in sackcloth (3 and a half years). The Bible tells us that for the three and a half years they will not be able to be hurt, and that they have power to stop the rain, to turn water into blood and to cause as many plagues to come upon the earth as often as they want. Then at the end of three and a half years God will allow Satan to overcome them and to kill them. No one will be allowed to bury them but after three and a half days the spirit of life of God enters into them and they stand upon their feet and God calls them to Heaven, and they ascend up to Heaven in a cloud. This is why God took them to heaven alive; they are going to have to die at the end of the Tribulation.
Let’s now look at the signs of Christ’s return. First of all it states in the Bible that all will see him come, Matthew 24:25-30 ”Behold I have told you before. Wherefore if they say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold’ he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the power of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and glory.” Now here you see it stated all the tribes of the earth shall see Him, and you probably wonder how this could be possible. Let’s look at what the bible says about this. In Revelations 16:17-20 ”And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, and from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.” Then in Acts 1:9-11 ”And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.” So this is the scenario, to see Christ return we will have to be on the same side of the world that he arrives on, therefore the maximum degree of longitude would be180 degrees from Israel. Does this mean everyone outside of that is going to be destroyed? I do not believe so , I believe that the great earthquake which moves all islands out of their places, takes the mountains away, and destroys all the worlds cities brings all the land masses to the same side of the world so all can see Christ’s return.