Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Good morning Impacters! So this has been by far my favorite chapter! Reminder that tomorrow we have our Bible study on what we have read! Be there or be square! We are going to try to cover everything we've gone through so far, it's a lot, but we will try.
So here we go!
1When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
So what why was there a silence for a half an hour? Must likely everyone is in awe at what kind of judgments are about to happen.
2Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.
Okay so, think of it this way. The seventh seal contains the seven trumpets. Also later on we will come across the vials too, but don't get caught up in the trumpets, seals and vials. They are just ways to discern different judgments from each other. Also an important thing to note is that the when the seven seals are all broken, we enter the second half of the tribulation. So back to our map I posted earlier, we are right in the middle.
3And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, 4and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. 5Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.
So this part was a little confusing but I think we can get through it. So in verse three it says the "prayers of all the saints" are put into an offering. So the saints are obviously the ones who were saved during the tribulation. Whatever they are praying, brings judgement down onto the Earth.
We are finally ready to sound the seven trumpets!!! Trumpets in the old testament were used as an alarm for war. God is sounding his battle-alarm for the 2nd half of the tribulation. This is the cool part of Revelations. So enough talk, let's read!
6Now the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.
Okay! Here it comes!!
7The first angel blew his trumpet, and there followed hail and fire, mixed with blood, and these were thrown upon the earth. And a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.
The first trumpet brings a plague on vegetation! Because of this hail and fire, the trees and grass was all burned up. Who knows what will cause this. It could be nuclear war, fallout, pollution, meteors, or anything else. But whatever it is, it will not just be nature taking its course. It will be God's judgment unleashed.
8The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. 9A third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
So the second trumpet brings a plague to the sea. Something "like a great mountain" falls into the sea and poisons it.
10The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the water, because it had been made bitter.
With the third trumpet, something from above falls into and poisons fresh water supplies. It is easy to immediately jump to the conclusion that this is a meteor falling onto the Earth, but we must remember this is God we are talking about. He can do this however He wants so we can't expect anything
12The fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of their light might be darkened, and a third of the day might be kept from shining, and likewise a third of the night.
It is always really cool to compare Revelations with Matthew 24. If you guys don't know, Matthew 24 is about Jesus warning the disciples about what will happen in the end time. So if any of you guys remember, Matthew 24:29 says “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken." Sounds a lot like the forth trumpet, huh?
13Then I looked, and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice as it flew directly overhead, "Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!"
So how many trumpets are left? Three. And how many woe's are there? Three. What the eagle (some translations say angel) is saying is that the next three trumpets are even worst! So stay tuned tomorrow when we go through the next ones!
Oh and a heads up guys. I am going to be asking you guys these questions this Wednesday, so if you want to sound smart, start working out some answers. :)
Why is there “silence in heaven for about half an hour”?
What is so significant about “trumpets”?
What do all four of the trumpet's judgment's have in common?