Seventh Seal: Prelude to the Seven Trumpets
1When#Rev. 6:1 He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2#(Matt. 18:10); Luke 1:19And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, #2 Chr. 29:25–28and to them were given seven trumpets. 3Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with #Rev. 5:8the prayers of all the saints upon #Ex. 30:1; Rev. 8:3the golden altar which was before the throne. 4And #Ps. 141:2; Luke 1:10the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 5Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And #Ex. 19:16; Rev. 11:19; 16:18there were noises, thunderings, #Rev. 4:5lightnings, #2 Sam. 22:8; 1 Kin. 19:11; Acts 4:31and an earthquake.
6So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
First Trumpet: Vegetation Struck
7The first angel sounded: #Ex. 9:23; Is. 28:2; Ezek. 38:22; Joel 2:30And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown #Rev. 16:2to the earth. And a third #Is. 2:13; Rev. 9:4, 15–18of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.
Second Trumpet: The Seas Struck
8Then the second angel sounded: #Jer. 51:25; Amos 7:4And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, #Ex. 7:17; Rev. 11:6; 16:3and a third of the sea #Ezek. 14:19became blood. 9#Rev. 16:3And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
Third Trumpet: The Waters Struck
10Then the third angel sounded: #Is. 14:12; Rev. 6:13; 9:1And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, #Rev. 14:7; 16:4and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11#Ruth 1:20The name of the star is Wormwood. #Ex. 15:23A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.
Fourth Trumpet: The Heavens Struck
12#Is. 13:10; Joel 2:31; Amos 8:9; Matt. 24:29; Rev. 6:12Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.
13And I looked, #Rev. 14:6; 19:17and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, #Rev. 9:12; 11:14; 12:12“Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”