Apocalypse – Earth Dwellers – Those Left Behind – Revelation 8:13 – The Fourth Trumpet – A Discussion – Draft

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Revelation 8:13 New King James Version (NKJV)

13 And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!” (See the bottom of the page for other Biblical translations of this verse. You will see that there is no attack on the King James Version.)

There is a term that is often misstated and not understood, which is Apocalypse.” The following article that was written on “Apocalypse,” by “gotQuestions.org” will help you to have a better understanding of the Book of Revelation. (Repeated)

Question: “What is the Apocalypse?”

Answer: The word “apocalypse” comes from the Greek word apocalupsis which means “revealing, disclosure, to take off the cover.” The book of Revelation is sometimes referred to as the “Apocalypse of John” because it is God’s revealing of the end times to the apostle John. Further, the Greek word for “apocalypse” is the very first word in the Greek text of the book of Revelation. The phrase “apocalyptic literature” is used to describe the use of symbols, images, and numbers to depict future events. Outside of Revelation, examples of apocalyptic literature in the Bible are Daniel chapters 7–12, Isaiah chapters 24–27, Ezekiel chapters 37–41, and Zechariah chapters 9–12.

Why was apocalyptic literature written with such symbolism and imagery? The apocalyptic books were written when it was more prudent to disguise the message in images and symbolism than to give the message in plain language. Further, the symbolism created an element of mystery about details of time and place. The purpose of such symbolism, however, was not to cause confusion, but rather to instruct and encourage followers of God in difficult times.

Beyond the specifically biblical meaning, the term “apocalypse” is often used to refer to the end times in general, or to the last end times events specifically. End-times events such as the second coming of Christ and the battle of Armageddon are sometimes referred to as the Apocalypse. The Apocalypse will be the ultimate revealing of God, His wrath, His justice, and, ultimately, His love. Jesus Christ is the supreme “apocalypse” of God, as He revealed God to us (John 14:9; Hebrews 1:2).

One of the key verses that explains the identity of the people who will be on Earth during the tribulation is Rev 8:13. This verse, and other verses that relate to those who dwell on the earth, during the time of tribulation, will be discussed in this draft. Other verses are Rev 11:10; 13:8, 13:14; and 17:8, and will be discussed in following posts on the same subject. A few comments will made in this post that go back to Revelation 3:10.

The video that is provided with this post gives a good picture of how terribly things will escalate after the rapture occurs.

Revelation 8:12-13 English Standard Version (ESV) Fourth Trumpet: The Heavens Struck

12. The fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of their light might be darkened, and a third of the day might be kept from shining, and likewise a third of the night. 13. Then I looked, and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice as it flew directly overhead, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!”

Comments. “Those who dwell on the earth.”

12. “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; Ex 10:21-23). But, this is temporary (Rev 16:8-9). (MacArthur Study Bible).
13. “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 (Rev 9:1-21; 11:15). (MacArthur Study Bible).
12. This could mean that the 24-hour cycle of day and night will be shortened to sixteen hours, or that the power of the sun, moon, and stars will be reduced by one-third (Ryrie Study Bible).
12,13. The fourth judgment will darken one-third of the heavens (Matt 24:29; Luke 21:25), causing drastic atmospheric changes, including an extreme decrease in temperature. The sounding of the trumpet warns of those that are yet to sound. The fifth, sixth, and seventh trumpets will usher in a greater degree of divine displeasure and consequent disaster. (Jeremiah Study Bible)
13. The remaining three trumpet judgments will maximize the “woe” upon the “earth dwellers,” whom God has previously spotlighted for judgment and vengeance for spilling the martyrs’ blood (Rev 6:10) during the “hour of testing” (the tribulation period; Rev 3:10). (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Thoughts to consider.

The first three trumpet judgments dealt with land, sea, rivers, and springs of water. However, the fourth trumpet relates to the heavens. We see a disruption of light from heaven as a warning of future judgments that will fall upon the earth. The first four trumpet judgments are not only judgments in themselves, but are also warnings of the last three trumpet judgments that will be much more severe. John states that he both saw and heard the loud voice of an eagle who was announcing a triple woe (“woe, woe, woe”) as the inhabitants of the earth are given warning of the soon to occur judgments. The trumpet judgments, which begin in this eighth chapter, provide proof of the predictions of Jesus and the prophets of the Old Testament of the coming tribulation, which will be much worse than anything that human beings have ever experienced (Matt 24:22; Dan 9:26;27; Joel 2:1-2).

Matthew 24:22 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

22 Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

Matthew 24:22 King James Version (KJV)

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.

Daniel 9:26-27 New International Version (NIV)

26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”

Daniel 9:26-27 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. And the end thereof shall be with a flood, and until the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week; and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease. And for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

Joel 2:1-2 Living Bible (TLB)

1 Sound the alarm in Jerusalem! Let the blast of the warning trumpet be heard upon my holy mountain! Let everyone tremble in fear, for the day of the Lord’s judgment approaches.
2 It is a day of darkness and gloom, of black clouds and thick darkness. What a mighty army! It covers the mountains like night! How great, how powerful these “people” are! The likes of them have not been seen before, and never will again throughout the generations of the world!

Joel 2:1-2 BRG Bible (BRG)

1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.

Summary.

The first four trumpets relate to the aspects of the physical world. These judgments are dramatic and without a doubt clear evidence of the power and sovereignty of God that even blasphemers on earth can no longer ignore the fact that God is dealing with them. These judgments are mighty, but they are just the beginning of God’s dealing with the earth. As is indicated in a special announcement, three great “woes” are soon to occur. It may be difficult for people of this day to even think of such judgments of the atmosphere, but God’s Word is very clear. People are warned everywhere to prepare themselves before it is too late.

Conclusion.

Rev 3:10, “the whole world.” world “oikoumene” = inhabited earth. (Scofield Study Bible) (Repeated)

No one in the “whole world” will be pardoned from the seal, trumpet and bowl judgments. Consider the severity of the judgments. Ask why Jesus would do such things to people who have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior; to those who have been born again, and have the Holy Spirit dwelling within their spirit. There is no reason! Those who have been born again will be raptured out of the world prior to the tribulation (Rev 3:10, John 14:1-3; 1 Thes 4:13-18; 1 Cor 15:50-54).

Parallel Verses Revelation 8:13

New International Version
As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair call out in a loud voice: “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!”

New Living Translation
Then I looked, and I heard a single eagle crying loudly as it flew through the air, “Terror, terror, terror to all who belong to this world because of what will happen when the last three angels blow their trumpets.”

English Standard Version
Then I looked, and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice as it flew directly overhead, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!”

Berean Study Bible
And as I observed, I heard an eagle flying overhead, calling in a loud voice, “Woe! Woe! Woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the remaining three angels!”

Berean Literal Bible
And I looked, and I heard one eagle flying in mid-heaven, saying in a loud voice, “Woe! Woe! Woe to those dwelling on the earth, because of the remaining voices of the trumpet of the three angels being about to sound their trumpets!”

New American Standard Bible
Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in midheaven, 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!”

King James Bible
And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I looked again and heard an eagle flying high overhead, crying out in a loud voice, “Woe! Woe! Woe to those who live on the earth, because of the remaining trumpet blasts that the three angels are about to sound!”

International Standard Version
Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying overhead say in a loud voice, “How terrible, how terrible, how terrible for those living on the earth, because of the blasts of the remaining trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!”

NET Bible
Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying directly overhead, proclaiming with a loud voice, “Woe! Woe! Woe to those who live on the earth because of the remaining sounds of the trumpets of the three angels who are about to blow them!” Parallel Verses
New International Version
As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair call out in a loud voice: “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!”

New Living Translation
Then I looked, and I heard a single eagle crying loudly as it flew through the air, “Terror, terror, terror to all who belong to this world because of what will happen when the last three angels blow their trumpets.”

English Standard Version
Then I looked, and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice as it flew directly overhead, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!”

Berean Study Bible
And as I observed, I heard an eagle flying overhead, calling in a loud voice, “Woe! Woe! Woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the remaining three angels!”

Berean Literal Bible
And I looked, and I heard one eagle flying in mid-heaven, saying in a loud voice, “Woe! Woe! Woe to those dwelling on the earth, because of the remaining voices of the trumpet of the three angels being about to sound their trumpets!”

New American Standard Bible
Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in midheaven, 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!”

King James Bible
And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I looked again and heard an eagle flying high overhead, crying out in a loud voice, “Woe! Woe! Woe to those who live on the earth, because of the remaining trumpet blasts that the three angels are about to sound!”

International Standard Version
Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying overhead say in a loud voice, “How terrible, how terrible, how terrible for those living on the earth, because of the blasts of the remaining trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!”

NET Bible
Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying directly overhead, proclaiming with a loud voice, “Woe! Woe! Woe to those who live on the earth because of the remaining sounds of the trumpets of the three angels who are about to blow them!”

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