Nazarene Apocalypse ©2000

CHAPTER EIGHT:
7 TRUMPETS PLAGUE THE EARTH

[“An Unpleasant Sound”]
Key Word: Trumpets
Theme Verse: 6

Revelation 8:1-2 – 7 Angels with 7 Trumpets

RV8:1 And when the Lamb opened the Seventh Seal a silence occurred in the Celestialum for half an hour.415
415 A silence occurred in the Celestialum for half an hour: After the loud and thunderous praise, this sudden silence must be deafening. Surely there is the end of an act and the beginning of a new scene. Some would see here the length of time of the priest took offer incense in the tabernacle. (Luke 1:8-10) This silence marks a major pause in the visionary action waiting for the stage to be reset, likely including the three and a half year period of Great Oppression.
RV8:2 I saw the 7 angels who stood in the sight of The God.416 They were given 7 Trumpets.417
416 The 7 angels who stood in the sight of The God: Note they are also “before” or “in the sight” of God even as was the Large Crowd. These are different from the 7 angels in chapter 1. They are seven other angelic beings with this profound and serious privilege.
417 Trumpets: The word occurs 68 times in the Bible. The trumpet was a priestly instrument. (Leviticus 23:24; Numbers 10:2, 8, 9, 10; 1 Corinthians 14:8; Numbers 29:1; Psalm 31:6; 98:1, 6; Ezra 7:14; Matthew 24:31; 1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrews 12:19) It is associated with preparations for battle. The word occurs 16 times in the Apocalypse. Trumpets were for announcements before something happened, announcing the beginning of something.

Revelation 8:3-6 – Saintly Prayers in Preparation

RV8:3 And another angel418 with a golden censer arrived and stood at the Altar.419 [Amos 9:1] Much incense was given to him so that he might offer incense420 [Numbers 7:20, 32] along with the prayers of the Saints [Psalm 141:2] upon the Altar421 [Hebrews 13:10] in the sight of The God.
418 Another angel: An eighth angel.
419 Altar: Here we are again with a view of the Altar. That is, the incense altar as before the Mosaic tabernacle’s Most Holy. “Altar” occurs 8 times: Revelation 6:9; 8:3, 5; 9:13; 11:1, 4,18; 16:7. Compare Exodus 30:1. The parallel moment is when the priest spreads incense before him into the Most Holy on the Day of Atonement. A most somber event is about to occur involving the priestly class on earth.
420 Much incense was given to him so that he might offer incense: Here an angel officiates as a priest. “Much” would be two handfuls as the Law shows. (Compare the search word “incense”; Numbers 7:20, 32.)
421 The prayers of the Saints upon the Altar: If the Saints were in heaven this would not seem necessary. But, the Saints lie in their graves or are still alive waiting the events of 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17 and Revelation 11.12.
RV8:4 The smoke of the incense ascended [Ezekiel 8:11] out of the hand of the angel [Acts 7:35] in the sight of The God along with the prayers of the Saints. [Psalm 141:2] RV8:5 The angel immediately took the censer [Hebrews 9:4] and filled it with fire from the Altar.422 [Leviticus 16:12] He threw the fire into the earth.423 There occurred thunders, voices, lightnings, and earthquakes.424 [Exodus 19:16]
422 Fire from the Altar: Compare the source at Exodus 19:16; Leviticus 16:12; Ezekiel 10:2. The words incense, fire, altar are all related to prayers of the living Saints in the end-time.
423 He threw the fire into the earth: That is the place where the living end-time Saints are praying and beginning to prophesy at the beginning of the “days of their prophesying.” [Revelation 11:5]
424 There occurred thunders, voices, lightnings, and earthquakes: Compare Revelation 4:5. The phrase is from Exodus 19:16. Compare also Hebrews 12:18.
RV8:6 And the 7 angels with the 7 trumpets prepared425 [Zephaniah 1:7; Ezekiel 7:14] themselves to blow the trumpets.426
425 Trumpets prepared: The phrase may be a combination of Ezekiel 7:14 and Zephaniah 1:7 where both are related to the Day of Yehowah. Jeremiah associates the word “prepare”: with that of “publish.” The trumpet is associated with “a day of rebuke” at Hosea 5:8. [Psalm 98:6]
426 Prepared themselves to blow the trumpets: Angels need preparation. Preparation is one of the ideas behind trumpets, for they only proclaim the beginning of something. It is likely the human voice of these trumpets proclaiming and publishing the plagues to come upon the earth is that of the end-time Saints during that period of three and a half years. [Revelation 11:6]

Revelation 8:7 – Trumpet 1: Hail on Vegetation

RV8:7 And the First Angel blew his trumpet.427 There occurred hail and fire mingled in blood. [Exodus 9:24; Ezekiel 38:22; Joel 2:30] The fire was hurled down to the earth.428 One-third of the earth was burned down.429 One-third of the trees were burned down430 and all green vegetation was burned down.
427 The First Angel blew his trumpet: There are similarities and overlays between the trumpets and the plagues. The major difference between them is that the Saints are present on earth during the trumpets but not the plagues. (Revelation 9:4; 15:2) There are many parallels with the Ten Plagues. (Exodus chapters 10-12) It is possible these trumpets represent portions of the message of the end-time Saints during the 1,260 days of their prophesying. [Revelation 11:2, 5, 6]
428 The fire was hurled down to the earth: Earth is the object of the results from the first Trumpet. Earth means the dry land where peoples live and green vegetation grows. (Genesis 1:10, 11) The Nazarene foretold a “sign” and “signs” from heaven following the Great Oppression. (Matthew 24:30; Mark 13:25; Luke 21:25) Could these trumpets include those “signs”? (Compare Isaiah 13:13) It should be kept in mind that these are largely announcements in preparation for the real thing that occurs in chapter 16 and mostly affects Babylon the Great.
429 One-third of the earth was burned down: Fractions make their appearance. “Third” occurs 24 times mainly in these visions. Consider Revelation 12:4 and compare Isaiah 19:24; Ezekiel 5:2, 12; Zechariah 13:8, 9.
430 One-third of the trees were burned down: Trees are affected here. Compare Revelation 7:1, 2. Whereas it is one-third here, it is all the vegetation. Trees may also symbolize exalted persons of high rank. It is true humankind is compared to “grass” by Isaiah 40:6 (quoted at 1 Peter 1.14) but judging from what follows this could not mean the burning up of all humankind. There is something of a literal possibility in the damage ultimately done to the rain forests and other green things of the environment about which there is so much concern as we enter the 3rd millennium. How many trees have been cut down or destroyed by war, pollution and commercialism?

Revelation 8:8-9 – Trumpet 2: A Sea of Blood

RV8:8 And the Second Angel trumpeted. Something like a great mountain on fire431 [Jeremiah 51:25] was hurled into the sea.432 One-third of the sea became blood.433 [Exodus 7:19]
431 A great mountain on fire: A burning mountain is associated with Babylon at Jeremiah 51:25 and if this be the case then the focus of these messages is against Babylon the Great – just as it is in Revelation 11. This message of the end-time Saints is directed against the Great City. What could this mountain on fire plunging from above into the sea resemble? Much concern has been expressed by errant asteroids or comets striking the earth. Something like a comet or asteroid is suspected of striking the Caribbean near the Yucatan and causing the annihilation of the Age of Dinosaurs. Such a fire is mountainous, or huge. Its affect on earth would be monumental.
432 The sea: Remember the Nazarene foretold “signs” or “a sign” from heaven after the Great Oppression. (Matthew 24:30; Mark 13:25; Luke 21:25) As in the vision of the plagues the sea is the focus here. “Sea” occurs about 500 times in the Bible with its first reference at Genesis 1:21, 22. It occurs 3 times in Daniel. (Daniel 7:2, 3; 11:45) Isaiah 57:20, 21 compares the sea to humankind as does Habakkuk 1:14. In Revelation 7:1, 2 the angelic restraint against the sea was to occur until the 144,000 were sealed. Those sealed ones are mentioned in Revelation 9:4 in the context of harming green vegetation. It would seem the trumpets occur after the 144,000 are sealed. The 7 plagues occur after the 144,000 have been seen victorious in heaven. (Revelation 15:2) What devastations have been wrought on the “sea” in modern times is chronicled by Cousteau. Just as the rain forests have not escaped, neither does the sea, from the brutality of war, the thermo-nuclear age, and environmental poisoning. Those who inhabit Babylon the Great are largely responsible for this.
433 One-third of the sea became blood: Compare the plague on Egypt. (Exodus chapters 10-12)
RV8:9 One-third of the sea creatures [Habakkuk 1:14] as living souls died.434 [Exodus 7:18] One-third of the boats were ruined.435 [Jeremiah 51:32]
434 One-third of the sea creatures as living souls died: These piscine souls are in the sea over which Babylon reigns and out of which the wild beasts originate. Fish have been used to symbolize humans who do not permit God to reign over them. [Isaiah 63:19; Habakkuk 1:14] See word studies on “soul.” Fish and aquarian mammals are souls or possess “soul” as living creatures. (Genesis 1:20) Note that in the plague on Egypt the fish in the Nile die. Later the Great City – Babylon the Great – is also called Egypt. [Revelation 11:8]
435 One-third of the boats were ruined: These may be from Jeremiah 51:32 as part of the destruction of Babylon. These are later mentioned in connection of the merchants profiting from Babylon the Great. (Revelation 18:19) The oceans of the earth have been major trade routes for merchant shipping around the globe.

Revelation 8:10-11 – Trumpet 3: Drinking Water

RV8:10 And the Third Angel trumpeted. A great star burning like a lamp fell out of the sky.436 [Isaiah 14:12] The star fell upon one-third of the rivers and springs of waters.437 [Jeremiah 46:7, 8; 51:13, 55]
436 A great star burning like a lamp fell out of the sky: The Greek rendered “star” is ASTERON and may include asteroids. The only language somewhat related to this is about Lucifer at Isaiah 14:12. Satan will be cast out of heaven down to the earth just before the beginning of the three and a half years of Great Oppression. [Revelation 12] Cast into Babylon’s waters Satan poisons the inhabitants of the Great City.
437 One-third of the rivers and springs of waters: Of Babylon, poisoned by the Devil. [Compare Jeremiah 2:13; 8:14; 9:15; 23:15; 46:7, 8; 51:13, 55] These are drinking and bathing waters. The state or condition of all fresh water in modern times is well known. Even in America many will no longer drink from water faucets. Water may symbolize words spoken. (Revelation 12:15, 16) But there is to be a future poisoning of other “waters” over which Babylon reigns. [Revelation 17, 18]
RV8:11 The name the star is called is “The Absinthe.” One-third of the waters became absinthe.438 [Jeremiah 9:15] Many of humankind died439 because the waters were made bitter.
438 One-third of the waters became absinthe: Or, Wormwood. Compare Jeremiah 9:15. The message is that when Satan is cast out of heaven he begins to poison the “waters” of Babylon the Great.
439 Many of humankind died: Note not one-third but “many.”

Revelation 8:12 – Trumpet 4: Celestial Darkness

RV8:12 And the Fourth Angel trumpeted. One-third of the sun, one-third of the moon, and one-third of the stars were struck a blow so one-third of them were darkened.440 One-third of the day is not illuminated and the night also.441
440 One-third of them were darkened: Compare the plague on Egypt. (Exodus 10:21, 22) This is partial, one-third. The heavens may also symbolize ruling or enlightened bodies in the political and religious firmament or other bodies held up as stellar. Though not mentioned such a darkening would seriously decrease earth’s temperature and cause atmosphere disturbances. The Israelites succumb to the worship of the Babylonish sun, moon, and stars. [Jeremiah 8:2; Ezekiel 8:16] Celestial luminaries are associated with prophets and visionaries. [Micah 3:6] Though used of Egypt [Amos 8:7-9] the Great City is also called Egypt. Whatever light of true doctrine the Great City ever possessed will b darkened by a third during the great plagues on Babylon the Great.
441 The day is not illuminated and the night also: This is a global darkening so that no one on earth can miss this moment.

Nazarene Commentary 2000

Mark Heber Miller

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