The Road To, And Through, Revelation (Pillar 8)

What does “the day of the Lord’ mean? Published on May 19, 2009 This clip is from our series “35 most asked Questions concerning bible Prophecy” it answers the question: What is meant by the biblical expression, “the day of the Lord”?

“Step By Step,” we are studying the Book Of Revelation.” Key pillars of “The Revelation Of Jesus Christ” are being discussed, as opposed to a verse by verse study of one of the most neglected books of the Bible.

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References: SSB (Scofield Study Bible) SRN (Scofield’s Reference Notes). MAC (MacArthur Study Bible). JER (Jeremiah Study Bible). RYR (Ryrie Study Bible). RSB (Reformation Study Bible).WAL (Walvoord Commentary). HOL (Holman Christian Standard Bible).

The Road To, And Through, Revelation (Pillar 8)
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Revelation 8:1-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The first six of the Seal Judgments have been opened (Rev 6). With the opening of the seventh seal judgment (7:1), the seven trumpet judgments will now be opened. Four of the seven Trumpet Judgments will be discussed in this eighth chapter.

The Seventh Seal—The Trumpets

1 When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

vs 1 (HOL) The “half an hour of silence in heaven” echoes Zephaniah 1:7, “Be silent in the presence of the Lord God, for “the Day of the Lord is near.” This implies that the Day of the Lord begins with the trumpet judgments. The half hour of silence appears to serve as a literary break in the action before everything moves full speed toward the final judgment.

2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.

vs 2 (MAC) “seven trumpets.” In Revelation, trumpets primarily announce impending judgment. The trumpets are of greater intensity than the seals, but not as destructive as the final bowl judgments will prove to be (cf 16:1-21). They occur during the final 3 1/2 years, but the time of each is indefinite, except the effects of the fifth trumpet judgment, which will last five months (9:10). The first 4 announce the divine destruction of earth’s oncology (vv 6-12), while the final 3 involve demonic devastation of earth’s inhabitants (9:1-21; 11:15ff).

3 Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne.

vs 3 (MAC) “censer.” A golden pan, suspended on a rope or chain, that was used to transport fiery coals from the brazen altar to the altar of incense (5;8; Ex 27:3; cf. Lk 1:8-9). This occurred twice daily at the time of morning and evening services.

4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand.

vs 4 (RYR) “The prayers” likely petition God to judge evil and to inaugurate His kingdom quickly. A total judgment follows (v 5).

5 Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.

vs 5 (MAC) “thunder … lightning.” Not the fury of nature, but the firestorm of righteous fury about to come from an awesome, powerful God upon a sinful world (4:5; 11;19; 16:18). “an earthquake.” Surely of greater intensity than the one described in the sixth seal (see 6:12). There have been many earthquakes prior to this (Mt 24:7), but this will be more than an earthquake. All of the earth’s faults will begin to fracture simultaneously, resulting in a cataclysmic, global earthquake.

6 And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them.

vs 6 (WAL) The use of trumpets by the angels has considerable background in the scriptures, e.g., public assembly, direct soldiers in war, signal important events on the calendar. Also, on the occasion of giving the Mosaic law.

7 The first sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

vs 7 (MAC) This may describe volcanic eruptions that could result from the earthquake in v 5. The steam and water thrown into the sky by such eruptions could condense into hail and fall to earth along with the fiery lava (cf. Ex 9:13-25). Dust and gases may so contaminate falling liquid water that it appears blood red. “a third of the trees were burned up.” The lava storm will create a blazing fire that devastates one-third of the earth’s forests.

8 The second angel sounded, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood, 9 and a third of the creatures which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed.

vs 8-9 (MAC) “like a great mountain.” Probably a huge meteor or asteroid surrounded by gases that will ignite as it enters earth’s atmosphere. Its impact will create a tidal wave destroying one-third of the world’s ships. “sea became blood.” This may refer to an event known as red tides, caused by billions of dead micro-organisms poisoning the water – in this case the result of the meteor’s collision. Or, it may be actual blood, a clear act of eschatological judgment.

10 The third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters.

vs 10 (MAC) “great star fell.” Another celestial body, perhaps a comet in this case, since it leaves a fiery trail. It will disintegrate as it nears the earth, scattering over the globe.

11 The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.

vs 11 (MAC) “Wormwood.” A bitter, poisonous substance derived from a root that causes drunkenness and eventually death (Dt 29:18; Pr 5:4; Jer 9:15; La 3:15).

12 The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way.

vs 12 (MAC) “a third of the sun…. struck.” God will supernaturally reduce the intensity of the celestial bodies by one-third. The loss of solar heat will cause a radical drop in temperature, producing severe changes in meteorological, botanical, and biological cycles )Lk 21:25; cf. Ex 10:21-23). But, this is temporary (cf. 16:8-9).

13 Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in mid-heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”

vs 13 (MAC) “Woe, woe, woe.” One for each remaining trumpet blast. Although the first four trumpets are unimaginable, they will be nothing like the three to come (9:1-21; 11:15ff.).

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