Framework of the Seven Trumpets

   When taking a broad view of the blowing of the trumpets of Revelation, we must ask why the Holy Spirit chose the trumpet motif and how that relates to the overall purpose of the vision. 0802e+.
Trumpet Description
Related Passages
Apostasy and Results
8:7  Hail and fire with blood thrown to earth; third of trees with all the grass burned    But now listen, O Jacob, my servant, Israel. . . . [Your descendants] will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees. . . . –Isa. 44:1-4, NIV  And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. –Matt. 3:10   His blood be on us and on our children. –Matt. 27:25. Apostasy Jewish  Rejection of Christ (ending with the stoning of Stephen, AD 34). See on Matt. 23.
8:8, 9  Burning mountain thrown into sea; third of sea as blood; third of sea life and ships destroyed.    Babylon is suddenly fallen. . . . Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD . . . and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain. . . . The sea is come up upon Babylon: she is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof. –Jer. 51:8, 25, 41 Apostasy
Early Church (papal) Attempting to change God's plan, 1306a, (to the late 1700s)
8:10, 11 Star Wormwood fell on third of water sources; they became bitter; many died. "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart . . . I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. . . ." –Isa. 14:12, 13. Apostasy 
Atheist / Deist  Initiated by Revolutionary France (to the early 1800s), See Rev. 11.
8:12  Third of sun, moon, and stars darkened.    "If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:" –1 John 1:6. The torch carried from the Reformation grows dim. Apostasy
Protestant When, for most, the torch of the Reformation has dimmed, 0301.
   Empowerment of the image to the beast.
9:1-12  Fallen star gets key to pit; locusts harm unsealed ones for five months.    "Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast." –Isa. 26:20 Woe Beast's image speaks Oppression and soul searching for righteous, 1315b, foreshadowed by the advance of Islam
9:13-21  Four angels released; horsemen prepared; three plagues; none repented.      The verse following the one quoted above applies to the sixth trumpet sounding. "For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain. –Isa. 26:21. Woe Punishment of end-time wicked  (The last plagues), 1500, foreshadowed by the Muslim power in helping suppress the beast of the middle ages.
11:15-19  Kingdoms become Christ's; Temple is opened and God's law is seen. 20:9 Satan gathers resurrected wicked and fire devours them.     ". . . and they [the court of heaven in preadvent judgment] shall take away his [the horn's] dominion. . . . " –Dan. 7:26.
   Anyone "not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." — Rev. 20:15
Woe Punishment and 2nd death The third woe is announced in 1114. It is the punishment of all the wicked in the lake of fire.

   The concepts in this outline of the trumpet calls are drawn from a study of the passages.
   Scripture marked NIV taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, International Bible society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

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