Many people are under the misconception that the 7 trumpets will happen in the last days, aka the final seven years. That is just the way it was taught to us growing up because no one could understand or translate what John wrote. Humor me for a minute...
1st trumpet - Rev 8:7 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.
-World War I (1914-1918)
-8.2 million dead
-In WWI they implemented the scorched earth policy. They didn't want anything left alive; they said to burn it all up.
2nd trumpet - Rev 8:8-9 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.
-World War II (1939-1945)
-52 million dead
-A great mountain burning with fire - the nuclear explosions of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
-The third part of the ships being destroyed - 105,127 participated in WWII, 36,387 were sunk. Divide those two numbers, you get a third.
3rd trumpet - Rev 8:10-11 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.
-Wormwood: the Russian word for Chernobyl
-April 26, 1986 - Pripyat, Ukraine – Chernobyl plant exploded
-After the explosion it rained for 4 days and Cesium 137 rained down into the water. Everything it touched became radioactive. Many people were drinking the contaminated water. 125,000 died with 2 million people infected.
4th trumpet - Rev 8:12 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.
-I can't explain this 4th trumpet to you as well as Rev. Irvin Baxter, but the fall of the Berlin Wall is the 4th trumpet. That's when the NWO began. Tony Blair is quoted saying "Globalization began with the fall of the Berlin Wall." I will have a link at the bottom to Irvin Baxter's video about the 7 trumpets and it will give you way better details about this trumpet.
-Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
-Why does God speed up the time? How is it possible for time to speed up and days to be shortened? Einsteins theory of relativity plays into this one.
5th trumpet - Rev 9:1-2 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
-1990-1991 Saddam Hussein set 700 oil wells ablaze
-“I will never forget the day I picked up Newsweek magazine, and saw a picture of the skies of Kuwait after Saddam Hussein had set 700 oil wells on fire. Because of the smoke from the oil wells, it was as dark at noon as it was at midnight. The sun was not seen in Kuwait for over three months. The prophecy said that when this fifth angel sounded, smoke came up out of the pit, and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke. When else in the course of human history has such a thing occurred? My thought at that time was, Lord, could the Gulf War have been the sounding of the 5th Trumpet?” –Irvin Baxter
-Rev 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
-Rev 9:7-9 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
-What is John seeing when he describes the locusts? Helicopters and/or other military air craft.
-Breastplates of iron and faces of men. The sound of their wings was like the sound of horses running to battle - he was hearing the sounds the military aircraft flying through the sky.
-Rev 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
-The definition of the Greek word Apollyon is “a destroyer.” Abaddon, a Hebrew word, also means, “destroyer.” Many Bible versions translate this passage simply as “they had a king over them called the destroyer,” avoiding the words Apollyon and Abaddon altogether.
-"In 1991, I subscribed to the German Tribune. In an article on the Gulf Crisis I noticed that it spoke of Saddam “the destroyer” Hussein. “Why did they say ‘the destroyer?’” I wondered. My mind immediately went to Revelation 9:11. Not yet understanding the meaning of the trumpets, I wrote it off as coincidence. But I clipped the article anyway… just in case.
My turning point came in December 1997. I received in the mail my Jerusalem Post Weekly International Edition (December 13). In this particular edition, there was a human-interest story that caught my eye. It was about one of the very last Jewish families that had just escaped from Baghdad. One of the women told the story about when Saddam Hussein was being carried by his mother during the pregnancy. She was having horrible problems. The Iraqi doctors actually recommended an abortion. Saddam’s mother did not want that, so she moved into the Jewish sector of Baghdad where the finest doctors lived. They nursed her through the pregnancy." -Irvin Baxter
-"When he was finally born, his mother decided to name him Saddam, since he had caused her so much pain. The article said that the name Saddam means “the destroyer.” I have since verified this with an Arabic-English dictionary, as well as a friend of mine who is an Egyptian national. I said, “God, how can that be?” But then I thought, “How can it not be?” Here we have the sun being hidden by the smoke, attack helicopters described as locusts coming out of the smoke, and a king over them by the name of the destroyer — and Saddam’s name literally means “the destroyer.”
What are the odds that the Bible would call this king by his actual name? At what point can we no longer say, “This is a coincidence?” If we were reading an Iraqi Bible, it would say, “They had a king over them called Saddam.” -Irvin Baxter
Lesson 12 - The 7 Trumpets
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