3. The Seven Trumpets --
The Execution of God's Economy
6 And the aseven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves 1to trumpet.
a. The First Trumpet:
Judgment on the Earth
7 And the first trumpeted, and there was ahail and bfire mingled with blood, and it was cast to the earth; and the 1cthird part of the dearth was burned up, and the third part of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.
b. The Second Trumpet:
Judgment on the Sea
8 And the second angel trumpeted, and as it were a great amountain burning with fire was cast into the sea; and the third part of the 1sea became bblood,
9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea and had 1life died, and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
c. The Third Trumpet:
Judgment on the Rivers
10 And the third angel trumpeted, and a great astar fell out of heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers and upon the bsprings of waters.
11 And the name of the star is called 1Wormwood; and the 2third part of the waters became awormwood, and many of the men died from the waters because they were made bitter.
d. The Fourth Trumpet:
Judgment on the Sun, Moon, and Stars
12 And the 1fourth angel trumpeted, and the 2third part of the asun and the third part of the moon and the third part of the stars were smitten, so that the third part of them would be bdarkened and the day would not appear for the third part of it, and the night likewise.
e. The Fifth Trumpet -- The First Woe:
Judgment on Men -- Satan and Antichrist
Collaborating to Torment Men
13 And I saw, and I heard an aeagle flying in bmid-heaven, saying with a loud voice, 1cWoe, woe, woe, to those who ddwell on the earth because of the remaining trumpet sounds of the ethree angels who are about to trumpet!
1 And the fifth angel trumpeted, and I saw a 1astar out of heaven bfallen to the earth, and to him was given the ckey of the pit of the 2dabyss.
2 And he opened the pit of the abyss, and asmoke went up out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace; and the bsun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit.
3 And out of the smoke came forth 1alocusts to the earth, and to them 2power was given, as the bscorpions of the earth have 2power.
4 And it was said to them that they should not harm the grass of the earth or any green thing or any tree, but 1men who do not have the aseal of God on their foreheads.
5 And it was given them that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented afive months; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man.
6 And in those days men will aseek death and shall by no means find it; and they will long to die, and death flees from them.
7 And 1the 2alocusts were like horses prepared for bwar, and on their heads there were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were like faces of men.
8 And they had hair like the hair of women, and their ateeth were like the teeth of lions.
9 And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the asound of their wings was like the sound of chariots of many horses rushing into war.
10 And they have atails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to harm men for bfive months.
11 They have a aking over them, the 1angel of the babyss; his name in Hebrew is 2Abaddon; and in Greek he has the name 3Apollyon.
f. The Sixth Trumpet -- The Second Woe:
Further Judgment on Men --
Two Hundred Million Horsemen
Killing the Third Part of Men
12 The 1afirst woe has passed; behold, 2btwo woes are yet coming after these things.
13 And the sixth angel trumpeted, and I heard a voice out of the four horns of the 1agolden altar which is before God
14 Saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, Release the four angels who are bound at the great river aEuphrates.
15 And the four angels were released, who had been prepared 1for the hour and day and month and year that they might kill the athird part of men.
16 And the number of the armies of 1horsemen was two hundred million; I heard their number.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision and those sitting on them, having breastplates of afire and of hyacinth and of bbrimstone; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions, and out of their mouths proceed fire and csmoke and brimstone.
18 By these three aplagues the third part of the men were killed, by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone proceeding out of their mouths.
19 For the power of the horses is in their mouth and in their atails; for their tails are like 1bserpents and have heads, and with them they harm men.
20 And the rest of the men, who were not killed by these plagues, still did anot 1repent of the bworks of their hands, so as not to cworship the demons and the didols of gold and silver and brass and stone and wood, which can 2neither see nor hear nor walk;
21 And they did anot repent of their murders or of their bsorceries or of their cfornication or of their thefts.
g. The Visions Inserted
between the Sixth
and Seventh Trumpets
(1) Christ Coming to Possess the Earth
1 1And I saw 2aanother strong Angel bcoming down out of heaven, clothed with a ccloud; and the 3drainbow was upon His head, and His eface was like the 4sun, and His ffeet like 5pillars of 6fire;
2 And He had in His hand a 1little opened ascroll. And He placed His 2right foot on the sea and the left on the land;
3 And He cried out with a loud voice just as a 1alion broars. And when He cried out, the 2seven cthunders uttered their own voices.
4 And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write, and I heard a avoice out of heaven saying, bSeal the things which the seven thunders spoke, and do not write them.
5 And the Angel whom I saw astanding on the sea and on the land blifted up His right hand to heaven
6 And 1swore by Him who alives forever and ever, who bcreated heaven and the 2things in it, and the earth and the 3things in it, and the sea and the 4things in it, that there shall be 5cdelay no longer,
7 But in the 1days of the voice of the aseventh angel when he is about to trumpet, then the 2mystery of God 3is 4finished, as He has bannounced the 5good news to His own slaves the prophets.
(2) John Charged to Prophesy Again
8 And the avoice which I heard out of heaven, I heard again speaking with me and saying, Go, take the opened bscroll in the hand of the Angel who is cstanding on the sea and on the land.
9 And I went to the Angel and told Him to give me the little scroll. And He said to me, Take it and adevour it, and it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be as bsweet as honey.
10 And I took the little scroll out of the hand of the Angel and 1devoured it, and it was as 2sweet as honey in my mouth; and when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter.
11 And 1they said to me, You must prophesy 2again over many apeoples and nations and tongues and kings.
(3) The Temple Measured
and the Court Cast Out --
The Heavenly Temple Sanctified and Preserved
and the Earthly One Given to the Gentiles
1 And there was given to me a 1areed like a 1rod, and someone said, Rise and 2bmeasure the 3ctemple of God and the 4daltar and those who eworship in it.
2 And the 1acourt which is outside the 2temple cast out and do not measure it, because it has been given to the bGentiles, and they will trample the 3choly city for 4dforty-two months.
(4) The Two Witnesses -- Moses and Elijah
3 And I will 1cause My 2two awitnesses to prophesy a 3bthousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in 4csackcloth.
4 These are the atwo 1olive trees and the two 2blampstands which stand before the cLord of the earth.
5 And if anyone desires to harm them, afire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone desires to harm them, thus must he be killed.
6 These have the authority to ashut heaven that no brain may fall during the days of their prophecy; and they have authority over the waters to turn them into cblood and to smite the earth with every dplague as often as they desire.
7 And when they have completed their 1atestimony, the 2bbeast who comes up out of the cabyss will make dwar with them and will overcome them and kill them.
8 And their corpses will be on the street of the 1great acity, which spiritually is called 2bSodom and cEgypt, dwhere also their Lord was crucified.
9 And those of the apeoples and tribes and tongues and nations see their corpses for three and a half days, and they do not allow their bcorpses to be placed in a tomb.
10 And those who adwell on the earth rejoice over them and make merry; and they will send gifts to one another because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.
11 And after the 1three and a half days, the 2abreath of life out of God entered into them, and they 3stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those beholding them.
12 And they heard a loud voice out of heaven saying to them, Come up here. And they 1awent up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies beheld them.
(5) A Great Earthquake --
The Third Earthquake
Predicted in This Book
13 And in that hour there was a great aearthquake, and the tenth part of the 1bcity fell; and seven thousand 2men were killed in the earthquake, and the rest became terrified and gave cglory to the dGod of heaven.
h. The Seventh Trumpet --
The Eternal Kingdom of Christ,
the Third Woe Comprising the Seven Bowls,
the Judgment of the Dead,
the Giving of the Reward to the Prophets, to the Saints,
and to the God-fearing People,
and the Destruction of the Destroyers of the Earth
14 The second awoe has passed; behold, the 1bthird woe is coming quickly.
15 And the 1aseventh angel 2btrumpeted; and there were loud cvoices in heaven, saying, The 3dkingdom of the world has become the ekingdom of our Lord and of fHis Christ, and He will 4greign forever and ever.
16 And the atwenty-four elders who sit before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshipped God,
17 Saying, We thank You, aLord God the Almighty, He who is and who was, because You have taken Your great bpower and have reigned.
18 And the anations became angry, and Your 1bwrath came, and the time came for the 2cdead to be judged, and the time to give the 3dreward to Your slaves the prophets and to the saints and to those who 4efear Your name, to the small and to the great, and to destroy 5those who destroy the earth.
i. The Scene in Heaven
after the Trumpeting of the Seventh Trumpet --
The Temple Opened and the Ark Seen
19 And the 1atemple of God which is in heaven was opened, and the bark of His covenant was seen in His 1temple; and there were clightnings and voices and thunders and an 2earthquake and great dhail.