Scriptures: Revelation 8:1-6
In today's reading we read that the seventh seal is opened, which is the Day of the Lord. The entire book is now opened by Jesus. This seal is subdivided into seven major parts and each part is signified by the blast of a trumpet. There are seven angels with seven trumpets. Seven represents perfection. Revelation chapters 12-20 are the details of the Day of the Lord.
The first four trumpets speak of massive destruction. The first trumpet is rain of hail and fire: possibly icy hail mixed with lighting or volcanic eruption or a meteor storm. The second trumpet is a burning mountain cast into the sea: possibly a devastating super volcano or asteroid impact. The third trumpet is a falling star burning like a torch: possibly an asteroid or comet. The fourth trumpet is a plague of darkness: a third part of the sun, moon and stars are darkened. This a possible fallout from the previous event. These four trumpets devastate earth's environment. God has full control over our life-sustaining environment. In Revelation 9:20-21 is tells us that through these events humanity will still not repent.
The next three trumpets blasts target the inhabitants of the earth. The fifth trumpet is the first woe. Iron locusts: the machines of war. These torture people as with the sting of the scorpion; this is possibly chemical or biological warfare. The sixth trumpet is the second woe. Four angels are loosed which are bound in the Euphrates River. Euphrates was the easternmost boundary of the Roman Empire during the writing of Revelation. The dividing line between Rome and the kings of the east. John sees an army numbering 200 million. A massive army which kills a third part of all men. A global conflict which will climax with the return of Jesus.
The seventh trumpet is the third woe. The mystery of God would be finished. There shall be time no longer. There is an angel with a little book which John is told to eat. It will taste like honey but make his stomach bitter. Symbols initial joy then heartache. God sends two witnesses. A last chance to repents: these witnesses gain worldwide attention. But they are executed for their message, but God resurrects the two prophets. A startled world will have more proof of who the true God is. The world is given miracles and a message again but they respond the same way as when Christ came the first time. God always gives mankind an opportunity to turn to Him.
Revelation 11:15-18: These verses sum up all that we have been studying. Jesus Christ will take back full control of His creation. Satan's system will be completely overthrown.