Wrath Of The Lamb: The Revelation Of Jesus Christ

Revelation Chapter 8:

Overview to the Seven Trumpets: In the Seven Trumpets Jesus has metaphorically condensed the Spiritual history of the past 2000 years into two chapters. The description of events initiated by the Seventh and last trumpet continue through Revelation, however. Click here to view the Revelation Timeline Chart.

The trumpets tell the triumphant story of God's Plan of Salvation - the founding of the Seven Churches through the Holy Spirit (symbolically represented by the Seven Spirits before God's throne) from the seeds of the Kingdom of Heaven planted worldwide. These chapters also relate man's efforts to find the Knowledge of Jesus Christ after Lucifer had cast a flood of false doctrine mixed with true doctrine at the early Christian church.

Each verse describing the effect of a trumpet is related as a riddle. Each trumpet riddle ties into the corresponding last plague riddle that believers of a particular religion will undergo in the last days.

Christian Religions have born the brunt of carrying God's Truth down through history. The false doctrine each fell into was inevitable. Yet Jesus has allowed false doctrines and used them as a 'security fence' through the ages to protect the Gospel in its Purity.

The way it has worked, these church doctrines, built around the truth of the Gospel, fooled Lucifer into believing he had corrupted each new religion soon after it was born. What Lucifer didn't understand was that Jesus' sacrifice on the cross had already saved the entire world anyway, and all that was necessary was for us to realize that as we gain the Knowledge of God, and turn back to Him today.

    The Seventh Seal:

    See Also: Seventh Church | Seventh Trumpet | Seventh Plague

    "And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour." (Revelation 8:1)

    • There was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour: Chapter Eight begins with "silence in heaven about the space of half an hour". See the Prophetic Time Chart for more information on prophetic time periods.

      Prophetic days are normally one year long (360 days prophetically), so a prophetic hour is about 15 days (360 / 24 hours = 15). About half an hour would be about 7 days, or 7 prophetic years. This is the amount of time Daniel was shown that Messiah would confirm the covenant of promise with Israel:

        "And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." (Daniel 9:27 KJV)

      John has told us earlier of how the four beasts before the throne never stop praising God:

        "...They rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come." (Revelation 4:8 KJV)

      If the four beasts in John's symbolic heaven fell silent, it was because God was absent from His throne. Since Jesus was crucified in the midst of the seven years, "about the space of half an hour" refers to the quarter of a prophetic hour (3 1/2 years) when Jesus was completing His ministry on earth after His baptism.

      Thus a time frame for the beginning of the Seven Trumpets is set.

    "And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets." (Revelation 8:1-2 KJV)

    • I saw the seven angels which stood before God: These seven angels are the angels of the Seven Churches, represented in Chapter One as the seven stars in Jesus' right hand.

        "The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches..." (Revelation 1:20)

    • And to them were given seven trumpets: These symbolic 'trumpets' in the angels' hands are to sequentially announce the bestowal of each of the Seven Spirits of God, which Spirits represent the Holy Spirit's inspiration of each of the Seven Churches down through history.

      Each trumpet announces the bestowal of the corresponding Spirit:

        "...The seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches." (Revelation 1:20 KJV)

      John associates trumpets with the Spirit in two other places in Revelation:

        "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet..." (Revelation 1:10 KJV)

        "After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne." (Revelation 4:1-2 KJV)

    "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. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.

    "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. And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound." (Revelation 8:3-6 KJV)

    • The angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth:

        "And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots." (Luke 23:33-34 KJV)

    • Voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake: As with other earthquakes, voices, and lightnings elsewhere in Revelation, the events here indicate that a major spiritual event has taken place, along with the action of the Holy Spirit.

      When Jesus appeared to the Apostles soon after His resurrection, He 'breathed' the Holy Spirit upon them. This particular bestowal took place prior to the Apostles receiving the "former rain", which takes place at the end of Revelation Chapter Eleven.

        "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained." (John 20:21-23 KJV)

The First Trumpet:

    See Also: First Church | First Seal | First Plague | First Beast of Daniel Seven

    "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." (Revelation 8:7 KJV)

    • Hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: Hail of the Holy Spirit, fire of sanctification, and the blood of the righteousness of Jesus are cast to earth on the day of Pentecost, when the disciples received the Holy Spirit of the 'former rain':

        "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:8 KJV)

        "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." (Acts 2:1-4 KJV)

    • The third part of trees was burnt up: A third of the trees, indicating the people of Judaism (which, as there was no separate 'Christian' religion as yet, included both those who followed Jesus and those who did not) being saved by the blood of Christ and brought under the Covenant of Promise. The first Spirit before God's throne, the Church of Ephesus, is founded.

      This event was prophesied by John the Baptist:

        "And even now the axe lieth at the root of the trees: every tree therefore that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you in water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire" (Mat 3:10-11 ASV)

    • All green grass was burnt up: - All green grass, all people of the earth, was burnt up. All were sanctified by Jesus' sacrifice, all were/are saved by Jesus' blood, His White Robe of Righteousness:

        "Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life." (Romans 5:18 KJV)

        "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." (1 John 2:2 KJV)

        "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." (1 Timothy 2:3-4 KJV)

        "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." (1 Corinthians 15:22 KJV)

        "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." (1 Timothy 2:5-6 KJV)

        "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16 KJV)

        "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." (John 1:29 KJV)

The Second Trumpet:

    See Also: Second Church | Second Seal | Second Plague | Second Beast of Daniel Seven

    "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; 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." (Revelation 8:8-9 KJV)

    • A mountain burning with fire cast into the sea: Prophetic mountains are major belief systems, Mount Zion being that closest to God. The only other great mountain, related as burning with fire, from the Bible is Mount Sinai, on which Moses received the Ten Commandments. The unnamed mountain in Revelation is cast into the sea, which means among all peoples who have no organized belief in God.

      God promised Abraham's first born son, Ishmael, through his mother Hagar, that He would make of him a great nation:

        "And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation." (Genesis 17:20)

      The Apostle Paul, in the book of Galatians, reports that Ishmael's seed has indeed survived to the time of Christ when he compares the covenant Ishmael had with God to the covenant of the Promise that God made with Abraham's second son, Isaac:

        "Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children." (Galatians 4:21-25)

      The 'bondage' Paul refers to is the bondage of living under the Law of the Ten Commandments without the grace of the Promise of the Messiah.

      This "mountain burning with fire", metaphor for the Law that Moses received on Mount Sinai, represents Islam, founded by the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) in the 6th century in order to bring justice and morality to an Arabia governed by idolatrous and apostate tribal rulers.

      Like Judaism, Islam also regards the first five books of the Bible, including much of Moses' law and the Ten Commandments, as holy. Thus today some versions of Islamic Fundamentalism, like the former Taliban, resemble Palestine during Jesus' ministry at the time that Judaism was an apostate, legalistic religion of oppression.

      Like Moses, the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) was a righteous man inspired to ask God for authority to save his people from corruption and oppression, and care for them.

    • And the third part of the sea became blood: This is the blood of Jesus by whom all of us are saved since His crucifixion - including Muslims. Though Muslims do not believe Jesus was God's Son, He is considered a great Prophet and is mentioned throughout the Quran.

      The placement of Jesus' words regarding the time the end, a time that was yet future when He predicts the that Satan's house will be divided, is very significant:

      • First, Jesus predicts how the end will come. Satan's lies will be exposed, his house divided, and he will thus end. Satan's lies are exposed today because God's people of Christianity are once again, as they did during the Crusades, driving the fear and hatred behind the current War on Islamic Fundamentalists:

          "And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.

      • Next Jesus specifically lets us know that blasphemy will be forgiven the sons of men - except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. The Quran respectfully notes that Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit during his ministry as a Prophet of Islam, so no blasphemy there. But the blasphemy against Jesus being God's Son was forgiven in advance:

          "Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.

      • Finally in this sequence, Jesus embraces everyone in the world who will do the will of God. Does the Quran contain the will of God? Since there are no laws to be found in the Quran that do not also appear in the Holy Bible, the answer - until Jesus comes to tell us differently - must be yes.

          "There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him. And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. "And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother." (Mark 3:25-35)

        By so saying, Jesus identifies the people of Islam as being as much a part of His family on earth those within Christianity or Judaism are.

    • Third part: Islam is one of the three thirds of spiritual earth.

    • The third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died: See the definition of sea in the Dictionary of Prophetic Metaphor. Those believers in the covenant of Ishmael who were righteous in Arabia (creatures that had life) before Islam, were converted by force as Islam spread throughout the nation.

    • And the third part of the ships were destroyed: Prophetic ships are people searching for God, people who have been in and out of religion without finding Him. Psalm 107:23-34 explains their fate wonderfully. When Islam was accepted throughout Arabia, the searching stopped.

The Third Trumpet:

    See Also: Third Church | Third Seal | Third Plague | Third Beast of Daniel Seven

    "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; 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." (Revelation 8:10-11 KJV)

    • There fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp: "Burning as a lamp" indicates that this star provided Light where there was darkness.

    • It fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters: Water in prophecy represents knowledge. For example, Jesus leads us to "fountains of living waters", which are the Knowledge of God.

      When this star of Light fell upon the waters, the knowledge that had been understood previously became bitter, because it was revealed as darkness.

      Shortly after Jesus' was born he was visited by "wise men from the east" who had followed a star to find His birthplace. The following is recorded in the Lotus Sutra, Chapter Seven, The Parable of the Phantom City:

        Our palaces display a brilliance
        never known before.
        Is it because of the birth of some heavenly being of great virtue,
        or because the Buddha has appeared in the world?
        We have never seen such a sign
        and with a single mind we seek the reason.
        Though we must travel a thousand, ten thousand a million lands,
        together we will search out the cause of this light.
        Likely it is because a Buddha has appeared in the world
        to save living beings in their suffering.

      In the first century AD the Mahayana branch of Buddhism split from the earlier Buddhism of the "Lesser Vehicle". By the 3rd century, Mahayana doctrine had introduced a spiritual element to Buddhism through the scripture of the Lotus Sutra of the Wonderful Law. This new doctrine offered salvation to anyone who read even one line from the Lotus Sutra.

      Mahayana Buddhism teaches evangelism and principles for changing one's character to one of compassion and spirituality. For the first time it made 'salvation' available to everyone, not just monks, but also laymen and laywomen.

      The Lotus Sutra is full of parables and similes, it is also a manual for developing the type of character that will enable true brotherhood among men. The Lotus Sutra preaches the "Greater Vehicle" for salvation, as opposed to the "Lesser Vehicle" originally laid out by Buddha. I have no doubt that the teachings of the Lotus Sutra were inspired by Jesus Christ, to bring light to a dark third of the world.

      Some examples:

    • The third part of the waters became wormwood: The third part of the rivers that the star fell on, in this case, were the scriptures (water = knowledge) of all Eastern Religions collectively, not just Buddhism. The teachings of the Lotus Sutra are universal in their religious appeal and have had the effect of bring the concept of salvation to most Eastern religions.

    • Many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter: The effect of the star named "Wormwood" represents the effect of the Lotus Sutra on "Lesser Vehicle" Buddhism. Suddenly the old doctrines of Buddhism (water in prophecy represents knowledge) became bitter, because it was clearly impossible to obtain perfection by one's own efforts.

      Preferring the "expedient means" preached by the Lotus Sutra, many traditional Lesser Vehicle Buddhists "died" when they switched to the wonderful spirituality of Mahayana Buddhism. The Lotus Sutra has been absorbed into Hinduism, as well as other religions of the East.

The Fourth Trumpet:

    See Also: Fourth Church | Fourth Seal | Fourth Plague

    "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." (Revelation 8:12)

    The third part the stars, and third part of day, spoken of in this verse refer to the third part of the Spiritual Earth that is Judeo-Christianity.

    • The day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise: The Roman Emperor Constantine I was the first emperor of the Roman Empire to endorse Christianity. As a result of Constantine's support, Christianity, which already had a sizable following, became extremely popular in the Empire. Since the Roman Empire still officially worshiped pagan deities, in 321 AD Constantine also declared that "On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed." This declaration of Sunday as a day of rest was in honor of the cult of the "Invincible Sun" created by Emperor Aurelian in 274 AD. Says one historian:

        "What began, however, as a pagan ordinance, ended as a Christian regulation; and a long series of imperial decrees, during the fourth, fifth, and sixth centuries, enjoined with increasing stringency abstinence from labour on Sunday." - Hutton Webster, Rest Days, p. 270, 1916.

      The third part of the 'day' that is darkened in Revelation refers to the change from the Jewish Saturday Sabbath, which is God's Memorial Covenant of Creation, to Sunday:

        "Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant." (Exodus 31:16)

      An Apostate Christianity (at the time the Roman Catholic Church) consisting of government mixed with Jesus' teachings (two unmixable ways of thinking) changed the Saturday Sabbath to be kept on a festival day that was actually pagan in origin: Sunday.

    • 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: Once Christianity had changed one commandment, the Church felt it had the authority to change any commandment to its liking. Thus this change from Saturday to Sunday was only the beginning of a long list of changes Christianity felt it had the authority to make to the Commandments of God and teachings of Jesus Christ.

      Another important change in Biblical truth was Christianity's view at the time regarding the state of the dead (who are said to 'sleep' in the Bible, but whom the Church claimed actually went immediately to heaven, or purgatory, or to a fictional hell of eternal fiery torment).

      Through extreme pharisaism, Apostate Christian religions have continuously usurped God's authority by the imaginative creation of many such "doctrines". Doctrines which have no basis in scripture. Thus were God's Ten Commandments disregarded and over-ruled by Apostate Christians.

      The results were manifested at their worst with the oppressions at home and abroad that were necessary to expedite the Crusades over a period of hundreds of years, the relentless persecution and massacres of Jews and Muslims, the Inquisition, and every other terrible event of our history leading up to today.

      Most of these changes to doctrines and teaching were, and are still, justified in the name of Christianity - especially the continued oppression of God's poor and indigent through church-sanctioned greed and selfishness.


    The sun, moon, and stars described as being darkened by the actions of Christian government in nullifying many of God's commandments are an indicator of the Spiritual darkness that was Christianity before the Renaissance - rivaling the Spiritual darkness predicted to exist prior to the second coming of Jesus, which will be the end of time.

      "For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine." (Isaiah 13:10 - See also Ezekiel 32:7, Joel 2:10, and Isaiah Chapter 24)