Interpreting the seven trumpets of Revelation

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The Seven Trumpets

The Creation Concept

Charles D. Alexander
Herbert W. Armstrong
William Barclay
Gregory K. Beale
James B. Coffman
John Darby
A. C. Gaebelein
George Gifford
David Guzik
E. W. Hengstenberg
H. A. Ironside
B. W. Johnson
Alonso T. Jones
Jack Kelley
William Kelly
Don Koenig
Gordon E. Ladd
Clarence Larkin
Francis Nigel Lee
David B. Loughran
John MacArthur
Henry Madison Morris
Robert H. Mounce
John H. Ogwyn
David C. Pack
Jon Paulien
J. Dwight Pentecost
Peter Pett
Bob Pickle
Vern S. Poythress
John H. Pratt & Edward B. Elliott
Ken Raggio
James Stuart Russell
John Walvoord
Ronald Weinland
James White

Ronald Weinland

1st trumpet

This first powerful event of the Seventh Seal will result in wide-spread destruction over the United States and beyond her border into Canada. The destruction in Canada will be less, but she will experience repercussions from what will happen in the U.S.; because she is a neighbor, as well as a prophetic brother. When we are told that a third of all plant life will be destroyed, that is exactly what it means. The actual event will not be disclosed until it is time for it to happen.
"April 17 2008, the first trumpet of the seventh seal of revelation will begin to be blown, marking the beginning of the 1260 days of the great tribulation..."
July 23, 2009: "the First Trumpet blast of the Seventh Seal that sounded on December 14, 2008."

2nd trumpet

This event will take place primarily over water, but its effect will also decimate much of the coastline of the United States, the United Kingdom and some of their allies, including the complete destruction of some cities. A third of all the waters within the boundaries of these countries will become lifeless; everything will die in these areas. This death will include a third of all the people on boats and ships. However, there will be hundreds of thousands who will die on the coastal areas of these same regions. The reason for the destruction of so many shipping vessels is that this event occurs primarily in port cities where there are large concentrations of ships, commerce and people.

3rd trumpet

Each of these three events will become progressively more devastating upon the United States and her closest allies. This lethal blow will finally cripple the most prosperous and powerful nation the world has ever known. The initial destruction from this event will include several large cities. It will make the devastation from Hurricane Katrina appear extremely small by comparison. The destruction of property will be beyond measure, but the destruction of life will be far greater. The death toll will be in the tens of millions.
Worldwide repercussions from this event will trigger World War III.

4th trumpet

The cumulative effect from the first three trumpet blasts will be announced by this fourth blast, which will cause much more destruction. By this time, over one-third of the population of the United States, the United Kingdom and their closest allies will have died. Many more will continue to die from the results of this fourth event. Weather conditions will be horribly altered on earth as a result of one-third of the sun's light no longer being able to warm the earth and give light. Plant life and normal growing cycles will not be sustained by the sun as in the past. This will result in immediate famine over many areas of the earth. The effects from the Fourth Trumpet blast will result in far greater death--again--tens of millions. Although the devastation that follows the first four trumpet blasts result in unimaginable destruction, along with the death of a few hundred million people, the last verse of Revelation 8 gives a warning of far worse events that will follow.

5th trumpet

The blast from the Fifth Trumpet will announce the emergence of a great political power and a great religious power on earth. The Biblical symbolisms contained in the description of the message from this trumpet blast are prophetically unique. Rather than having readers become bogged down with an overwhelming amount of Biblical study that serves no purpose here, I will simply give an overview of the meaning and outcome. This trumpet will announce the first great "woe" on the earth. The prophetic description covers many overlapping, unfolding and interacting highlighted events in the final three and one-half years of man's self-rule. The highlights of this Fifth Trumpet include:
(1) the emergence of Satan and his large army of demons to great power
(2) the emergence of great power wielded by the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope
(3) the emergence of a fully-united European union of ten nations
(4) the emergence of a colossal military might from this united European union and the destruction of several hundred million people by it
(5) the protection of God's elect and the torment and trying (testing) of those who have refused to repent in the environs of God's scattered Church
All these events begin once the fifth trumpet is sounded: Then the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven to the earth, and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit, and there arose smoke out of the pit like the smoke from a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. Out of the smoke there came locusts upon the earth, and they were given power like scorpions of the earth have power. (Revelation 9:1-3)

6th trumpet

China and other countries of Asia will form an alliance that will create an army which will exceed two hundred million. They will have fearsome power to destroy everything in their path, and this is what they will set out to do. They will seek control--total control of the earth. Little needs to be said about this here. However, you need to know that this great "woe" upon mankind will result in one-third of all mankind being destroyed, as it will account for the death of well over 2 billion people. This will indeed be a great woe on earth!

7th trumpet

In the first great event on the last day of the end-time tribulation, Jesus Christ will be in the heavens above the earth with the 144,000 who will be resurrected. The display from earth will perplex mankind. Some will know the significance and will anticipate Jesus Christ coming, while others, who still resist, will see this awesome display as a threat to their power and existence. Finally, man's reign will be brought to an end: ... God will reign on earth in His Kingdom with Jesus Christ at its head; Christ has now become King of kings over all the earth.

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