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2016 December 29

The Revelation of St John: 7. The Seven Trumpets Are Given to the Angels (1497-1498)
Albrecht Durer (1471-1528)
German Renaissance Style
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
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     Explanation: In Revelation 8 the Lamb opens the seventh seal. All in heaven were awed into silence for about half an hour. Seven angels then received seven trumpets from God. Another angel came to the altar, having a golden censer. Mingled with the incense of the censer were the prayers of the saints. These prayers ascended to God, and the angel then filled the censer with fire, and he cast it into the earth, causing voices, thunders, lightning, and an earthquake (1-5).
     The seven angels then prepared to sound their trumpets. When the first angel sounded, hail and fire mingled with blood fell upon the earth. One third of the trees burned up, and all the green grass (6-7).
     The second angel sounded, and a great, burning mountain fell into the sea, and a third of sea became blood, and a third of the sea creatures died, and a third of the ships were destroyed (8-9).
     A third angel sounded and a great, burning star called Wormwood fell from heaven upon the rivers and the fountains. They became wormwood, and many died from the bitter waters (10-11).
     The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun was smitten, and a third of the moon and a third of the stars; and the day did not shine for a third of it, and the night likewise (12).
     And John saw an angel flying through the midst of heaven, warning of woe which was coming upon the earth when the next three angels sounded (13).
     These powerful events, and all that came before them, and all that followed them, show the irresistible, unimaginable power of God. They are revealed to the people of John's day, and to all others from then till today, to show that the powers that are arrayed against the saints by evil spirits and by evil men are, by comparison, nothing and less than nothing. God shakes heaven and earth with ever increasing power, even though the power already displayed is irresistible. This is intimated by the proclamation of the angel flying through heaven, who proclaimed woe because of what was coming, as if the awe-inducing, overwhelming judgments which had preceded his announcement were less than woeful, by comparison.
     [Sermons: William Still. Eric Alexander 1. Eric Alexander 2. Various. ]
     [Illustration: Today's image depicts the results of the sounding of the trumpets mentioned in today's chapter. ]


          [THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Revelation 8: Leviticus 16:12; Exodus 30:8; Psalm 141:2; Ezekiel 10:2; Joel 2:30; Exodus 9:23; Exodus 7:20; Jeremiah 9:15; Ezekiel 32:7. ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


Gospel Harmony - Summary. | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine. | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible. |

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF). | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF).

*** For Additional word studies use one of the Greek Interlinear Bibles below. ***

Mounce Interlinear. Bible Hub Greek Interlinear. Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible.

Book Outline:

Revelation (Consummation of the Covenant: New Heavens and a New Earth in Which Dwells Righteousness)

1. The Approaching End: The Five Sets of Seven - Evil is Defeated (Revelation 1:1 - Revelation 16:21) - 95 A.D. Patmos
2. The End: The Fall of Babylon - Evil is Destroyed (Revelation 17:1 - Revelation 18:24) - 95 A.D. Patmos
3. The New Beginning: The Triumph of Jesus - Holiness Replaces Evil (Revelation 19:1 - Revelation 22:21) - 95 A.D. Patmos

Revelation 8

1. The Approaching End: The Five Sets of Seven - Evil is Defeated (Revelation 1:1 - Revelation 16:21) - 95 A.D. Patmos

     1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. 3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. 5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
     6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
     7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
     8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; 9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
     10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; 11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
     12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
     13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

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