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Seven Angels and Their Trumpets

So far, we have lived through Revelation 8, 9 and part of 12. The Lamb has broken the seventh seal. Six angels have blown their trumpets since then. The seventh angel is about to blow the seventh trumpet: “The seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven saying: ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Messiah, and He will reign forever and ever!’” (Rev. 11:15, HCSB) The seventh angel’s trumpet does not point to the Rapture. It is the final trumpet, at which time Jesus will put an end to humankind’s six years of rule and start His seventh year of rule, or the Messiah’s Millennial reign, which is represented by the Feast of Tabernacles, as in Leviticus 23:34. Here we see God’s mystery (Gen. 2:1,2) and His instruction to observe the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week: six days for people to work (time for human), and the seventh day is for rest and the Lord (time for God).

I recommend reading Joel 2, the entire book of Revelation, and Daniel 12 for further study and to clearly understand the material being covered in this chapter. This chapter is very intense and full of information, but in spite of this continue your reading. You can always return to it for detailed study after completing this entire book. In the meantime, let’s briefly get acquainted with the seven angels and their seven trumpets in Revelation 8–11. I came across this information on YouTube, verified it, and think it’s an excellent analysis of the six trumpets. Please refer to the biblical text that accompanies these passages.

  1. Revelation 8:7: World War I. Russia and Germany adopted a “scorched earth” policy, which manifested in the burning of trees and grass.
  2. Revelation 8:8–9: World War II. “Burning Mountain” is the first atomic bomb used on Japan in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Both cities are near the sea. According to theologian Irvin Baxter, a third of the ships were destroyed, and most of the people on the ships died.
  3. Revelation 8:10–11: The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant explosion in 1986. “Chernobyl” is a combination of two words from the old Slavic dialect, which mean “bitter plant or wormwood.” Many people, especially children, have been affected by it. Nearby rivers and lakes are still radioactive. Nevertheless, people have been using the contaminated water for watering crops, drinking, and raising livestock. The devastation of the explosion is not obvious to the naked eye, for the poison is hidden in contaminated water and air pollution, from which people have developed sicknesses, which result eventually in death. The effect of this accident continues to bear its deadly fruit today. I know a woman who is battling thyroid cancer. Her husband lost his life to the same cancer. They both were children at the time of the accident and lived about one hundred miles from the station.
  4. Revelation 8:12: Eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991. During its eruption, a third of the moon and sun were covered due to the ash cloud. It also changed the weather around the globe.
  5. Revelation 9:1–12: Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Italy called this operation “an operation of locusts.” American helicopters resemble the locusts and their ability to shoot and use precision weapons; therefore, no damage was done to the earth. Tons of smoke came from about six hundred oil wells, which Saddam Hussein’s retreating army set on fire. Saddam’s name means “destroyer.”
  6. Revelation 9:13–21: Middle East crisis. It began approximately in the beginning of 2014 or even earlier, perhaps from the time US went to war with Afghanistan (after 2001) and, later, Iraq. It involved the region around the Euphrates River and included mostly Iraq, Syria, and Iran. It even effected other countries that practice Islam, like Egypt. ISIS played the biggest role. “Hour, day, month, and year” means that four significant things are to happen in that region. The predetermined events are already completed. Besides the Middle East, the world, especially Europe, is now witnessing its aftermath. Only time will reveal the aftershocks of this trumpet. Verses 17 and 19 give us an exact description of the machinery and equipment used by ISIS. About a third of the people involved died. Two hundred million is the estimated population of that region, who practice Islam. Thus, the source of the troops is Islamic in nature, just as we witnessed through ISIS.
  7. Revelation 11:15–19: Kingdom of the Messiah. This is the final trumpet that is going to seal the end of humankind’s rule and start the Lord’s Millennial rule or the Day of the Lord. When I studied Revelation, I noticed that the events are ordered relatively chronologically, though the narrative stops periodically to clarify certain events. If the seventh angel with the seventh trumpet in chapter 11 is the last trumpet, which ends humankind’s rule on Earth and starts the Lord’s millennial rule, we are living in the time before the seventh trumpet. It means that the following events will be coming next: the mighty angel with the small scroll (Rev. 10), the two witnesses (Rev. 11:114), the woman with the child and the dragon (Rev. 12), the beast and his mark (Rev. 13), bowls of judgment and the battle of Armageddon (Rev. 16), the judgment of Babylon, the prostitute on the scarlet beast (Rev. 17—18), and the Rapture or the wedding of the Lord and His Church. The events may not be in the order I listed. Some scholars believe all this will be accomplished in a maximum of seven years! Upon further study of the Scriptures, I realized that we are approaching this seven-year period and have little time left before the Rapture and the return of Christ. This is exciting news, because we will witness Revelation prophecies come true! The sad news, however, is that most of us are not ready and are in a deep spiritual slumber. I hope that, through this book, I can make people aware of our last days before the Lord’s return and give some directions as of what to do next.As we read, “There will no longer be an interval of time [sometime after the sixth trumpet in Rev. 9:13–21], but in the days of the sound of the seventh angel, when he will blow his trumpet, then God’s hidden plan [kingdom of the Lord and the Messiah Rev. 11:15–19] will be completed, as He announced to His servants the prophets” (Rev. 10:6c–7, HCSB). In other words, sometime after the sixth trumpet is blown, a secret event will take place. After this event there will no longer be periods of rest between the events, which are scheduled to happen and recorded in the rest of Revelation, until the day of the last trumpet of the seventh angel. This secret event, I believe, can be the Rapture. Although the birth contractions have been reasonably spaced out, we are no longer going to have a rest period between them after the event with the angel that is recorded in Revelation 10. All events will follow one after another, as planned by God. The sixth angel has already blown his trumpet. The seventh and final trumpet, which will signal the Day of the Lord, is coming soon!

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The Power of the Holy People

. . . the power of the holy people has been completely shattered . . . (Dan. 12:7) 

We see another confirmation and a sure prophetic sign of our times, the poor quality of our spiritual condition and the devastating defect of God’s people, which is recorded in Daniel: “And one said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, ‘How long shall the fulfillment of these wonders be? . . . that it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished” (Dan. 12:6, 7c).  The Apostle Paul describes this devastation in the following way:

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Tim. 3:1–7) Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first . . . (2 Thess. 2:3a)

Thus, we see through several Scripture passages that people who are considered to be God’s will be in a state of contradiction to God’s expected standards, prior to the second coming of Christ. Jesus’ words reinforce this point: “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Lk. 18:8b) Demonstration of faith is determined by a change of heart and observation of His commandments. Transformational faith must be practiced. For example, I am a strong believer in the benefits of regular exercise. I can even tell others all about those benefits. This belief does me no good, because I don’t practice my belief; I don’t exercise. So, if our faith in Christ fails to transform, our faith is in vain. Upon His return, the Lord will be looking for faith demonstrated by works, not mere words: “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?” (Jas. 2:26, 14). Jesus gives us even more details in Matthew 24:4b–14.

The power of the holy people is their faith, which transforms them and makes them holy, righteous, faithful to Christ, obedient to His Word, and separate from the works of this world. Although Scripture tells us about the falling away or a change in the quality of His people and the presence of deception, His Bride must be different. If the Rapture happened at this moment, a staggering number of Christians would be left behind. It saddens me to see and know, that most believers think they are ready for the Rapture. Unfortunately, their belief is not grounded in Scripture but in puffed-up promises based on lies and a twisting of God’s Word. The Bible warns us about deception, false teachers, and prophets, a great falling away, and being left behind. Are we traveling on the safe boat and in the right direction? One degree to the right or left, and we can miss our desired destination. There is no room for mistakes, because the cost is eternal.

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Feast of Pentecost

The summer feast is completed through Jesus, who promised the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Feast of Pentecost (Lev. 23:15): “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:1–4). This feast was possible only because of Jesus’ sacrifice. The Holy Spirit can dwell in us through His blood, which purifies us.

Application: Jesus Christ is with us through the Holy Spirit: “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (Jn. 14:18). The Holy Spirit has enabled people to write the New Testament Scriptures, spread the gospel for two thousand years, and lead multitudes to salvation. The evidence of an indwelling Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues, as demonstrated in the Day of the Pentecost. This is the summer and the perfect time to get saved, serve the Lord, and bring Him much fruit.

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The Authority of Parents

God is a strong supporter of parental honor, respect, and words. This is another area that is important to heed if we hope to gain victory over our enemy. If we fail to obey God in this area, our prayers will go unanswered. Before God answers our prayers, He will point to this area and many others. Observing this authority will heal parents, children, marriages, and churches. We can’t come to the Father unless we obey Him in the relationship He created for fathers and sons, mothers and daughters. It is time we pick up the wreckage we have created as parents and children and heal so our prayers are answered. Children need to come into this authority from one side and parents from the other. I’ll share a passage from an apocryphal book that I chose, because it emphasizes the Holy Bible’s standing on the respect, honor, and obedience of children toward their parents:

Children, pay heed to a father’s right; do so that you may live. For the LORD sets a father in honor over his children; a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons. He who honors his father atones for sins; he stores up riches who reveres his mother. He who honors his father is gladdened by children, and when he prays he is heard. He who reveres his father will live a long life; he obeys the LORD who brings comfort to his mother. He who fears the LORD honors his father, and serves his parents as rulers. In word and deed honor your father that his blessing may come upon you; For a father’s blessing gives a family firm roots, but a mother’s curse uproots the growing plant. Glory not in your father’s shame, for his shame is no glory to you! His father’s honor is a man’s glory; disgrace for her children, a mother’s shame. My son, take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives. Even if his mind fail, be considered with him; revile him not in the fullness of your strength. For kindness to a father will not be forgotten, it will serve as a sin offering—it will take lasting root. In time of tribulation it will be recalled to your advantage, like warmth upon frost it will melt away your sins. A blasphemer is he who despises his father; accursed of his Creator, he who angers his mother. (Sirach 3:1–16, NAB)

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Prayer for USA (or other country)

This is sample prayer taken from She Divides the Spoil by Natalya Vazemiller.  Please pray this prayer daily for USA or adjust it to the needs of a different country:

‘Our Father in heaven, may Your name be honored as holy by the American people. May Your kingdom come in the United States. Your will be done on US soil as it is in heaven. Give America today her daily bread, the understanding and reverence of Your Word; the pouring out of Your Holy Spirit on US residents and churches; the repentance of people’s sins and the first love for Your Son. Please forgive debts of American people, soften their hearts for repentance, and receive our petitions for the American people. Let the people love each other and tolerate each other’s differences. Visit with Your mercy and heal the American nation. Heal and forgive mothers who committed abortions. Visit abortion clinics and stop the bloodshed of the innocent unborn children. Please visit with Your mercy and the power of Your salvation our schools, nursing homes, daycares, hospitals, jails, prisons and juvenile detentions. Please, bless all the American leadership and give them fear of Your name. Help them to pass the laws that would benefit the American people and would not break Your holy statutes. Grant them all wisdom of how to handle anything that arises before them, so the people will be safe and unharmed. Bless the American law enforcement and give them the ability to do their duty faithfully with no regrets and without breaking the law. Please protect the American water and food supply from poisoning and shortage. Keep American soil from terrorism and natural and man-made disasters.Lord of the harvest, please send out laborers for Your harvest in America in order for the harvest to be mighty and lack nothing. Do not bring our people and our churches into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Forgive us our great sins and for everything we anger Your holy name with. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.Lord, bless the American people and keep them, make Your face shine upon them, and be gracious to them, lift up Your countenance upon them, and give them peace. Amen.

We ask You, Father, in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, hear our voice! Have mercy on our nation, United States, and her people. Answer us, help Your people seek Your face, repent and turn away from their sins. Raise Your people to get on their knees and intercede. We ask Your mercy on the multitude of souls, save many from eternal condemnation; be merciful to many souls because of Your Son’s Blood.

Please, give American churches fear and trembling before Your face and Your Holy Scriptures. Bring repentance upon people. May they lead holy and pure living. Bring upon the American church a mighty revival. Please, pour out on the American church Your heavenly gifts and blessings which are in Your heavenly storage. Raise out of them prophets, preachers, petitioners and prayer warriors. May the name of Your Son be glorified through Your church among the people. May many more souls come to the repentance and knowledge of Your Son, Jesus Christ. The gates of hell may not prevail Your church. Give mercy to them during persecution, help everyone to be faithful and loyal. Protect the youth and children of the American churches. Visit them in Your special way and touch them mightily with Your protective, healing and blessed hand. Amen.”

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Unleavened Bread

Feast of Unleavened Bread (Lev. 23:6–8): “And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst’” (Jn. 6:35). Jesus was free of sin and a living sacrifice, suitable before the Lord to be pierced for our transgressions.

Application: Jesus is the unleavened bread. As His disciples, we are to be free of sin and flee from it. When we fall into sin because of our fallen nature, we have the blood of Jesus to cleanse us, if we repent and confess our sins to Him (1 Jn. 1:8–10). We are to eat unleavened bread as His body at communion: “Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Cor. 5:6b–8).

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Feast of Firstfruits

Feast of Firstfruits (Lev. 23:10): “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Cor. 15:20). In the Father’s eyes, Jesus is the first among His brothers and sisters (which is His Church, saved and adopted by His blood) to be resurrected into life. Those who believe in Him will be resurrected with Him (1 Cor. 15:51–52).

Application: We need to put Jesus and serving God first in our lives. All other preoccupations should come next; otherwise, they will take the place of God and become our idols.

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Passover

Passover (Lev. 23:5): “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29) Jesus is the perfect Lamb of God, whose blood is holy and powerful enough to redeem us from the power of sin and satan.

Application: Jesus’ blood was spilled for the forgiveness of our sins, removing our curses, healing our bodies, and rebirthing our dead spirits (born-again experience). We are to drink wine, which symbolizes His blood, to remember His suffering and what He has done for us. We no longer need to bring animal sacrifices to wash away our sins. Instead, when we repent, His blood washes away our sins. 

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Lord’s feasts

“We need to pay attention to the Lord’s feasts and even celebrate them in the light of the New Testament, for they signify events that are directly related to us. These seven feasts are represented as the seven lamp lampstand: “. . . there is a lampstand of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps. Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left” (Zech. 4:2b4).

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