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Summary: Week 21 in a Wednesday evening study through the book of Revelation

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Week 21

“First Thru Forth Trumpet Judgments”

Date: November 21, 2002

Place: Allendale Baptist

Text: Revelation 8: 7-13

Last week we ended our study in chapter 8 verses 1-6, which we said again seems to be a pause between the opening of the 7th seal and the trumpet judgments.

I said last week the intensity of the trumpet judgments over the opening of the seal judgments increase.

Let’s begin

Verse 7

 Plant life was the first to be created as we are told in Genesis 1:11 and will be the fist to be destroyed.

 This is a literal judgment upon the plant life the same way that the 7th plague of Egypt was literal in Exodus 9:18-26.

 I believe I mentioned it but if not, there seems to be a great deal of similarity between the plagues in Egypt and the trumpet judgments.

 Some greater minds than I say this may describe a volcanic eruption that could result from a great earthquake. The steam & water thrown into the sky could condense into hail and fall to earth along with the fiery lava.

 Whatever the case may be, it will burn and consume one third of the grass and trees.

 Burnt grass and trees put off a horrible smell, but most of all are good for nothing.

Verses 8 & 9

“Something like a great mountain”

 We are not actually told what this is; Some say that it seems to be a great meteor or asteroid.

 I believe we have to take John at his word.

 A third of the boats will be destroyed and a third of the sea and a third of the creatures will also be destroyed.

Verses 9-10

 This seems to be another celestial body.

 Back in my rodeoing days I went to a rodeo in Johnson City, Texas. I will never forget on the man’s property we stayed on, was a beautiful clear stream. It had the best tasting water I have ever tasted in my life. I thought of this as I read a third of the streams will become bitter

“Woodworm”

 This is a poisonous herb which will make the water no longer drinkable. It will turn one third of the rivers and streams water bitter.

 This poisonous substance is derived from a root that causes drunkenness and eventually death.

 Back in my rodeoing days I went to a rodeo in Johnson City, Texas. I will never forget on the man’s property we stayed on, was a beautiful clear stream. It had the best tasting water I have ever tasted in my life. I thought of this as I read a third of the streams will become bitter.

Verse 12

 I was not very good in science neither do I understand nor can I explain the way the universe and gravity affect the earth’s rotation around the sun; how the gravity of the moon affect tidal waves.

 But it is clear that a “third of the day will not shine, and likewise the night.”

Amos 5:18says; “The Day of the Lord is darkness, and no light.”

 As I read this it makes me think of a small child, a baby, gets there days and nights mixed up.

 Folks natural order as we know it will be in total chaos.

 It seems that this judgment will be only temporary. The 4th bowl judgment in 16:8-9, will reverse it, and the sun’s power will intensify.


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