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(Chapter 8, Below)


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Unified Ministries for Christ, International
From:    Minister Tony Franklin Sr.
            Unified Ministries for Christ Ministries
            Gods House of Grace Church

Unified Ministries for Christ, International
Revelation Study Guides
Revelation Chapter 8 Summary
"The Seventh Seal & The Seven Trumpets"

By: Minister Franklin
Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ:
Last week we covered chapter 7 dealing with "protection of the saints" during Tribulation.  I also went a little out of the way to explain the 3 commissions of the Holy Spirit.  I hope you were blessed by it.  We also fully explained the 144,000 remnant of Israel.  This week JUDGMENT BEGINS!  You might cringe, as we start our studies about the Seventh Seal theSeven Trumpets and the awful judgments and devastation's that are released upon the earth.  Saints we have become a Biblical rebellious society; turning away from God and trying to remove him and Christ from our way.  Now God has to judge mankind and the judgments are awful.  But God is just!  For,  HE has not turned from us  WE HAVE TURNED FROM HIM!
 Revelation Study Guides
Revelation Chapter 8 Summary
"The Seventh Seal & The Seven Trumpets"
Introduction of the Seventh Seal:
In the opening of the Seventh Seal it introduces the seven angels and the seven trumpets.  Remember that the number of seven (7) represents completion.  At this point everything else is in the future.  The things that shall be after these things.  There are terrible and tremendous judgments continuing to come to this world. You have read nothing yet saints.   The Trumpets are designed by God to bring us to the full intensity of Tribulation.  The Seventh Seal tells us that God is judging directly and supernaturally a rebellious race of people that has turned from his word.  In this chapter several things  come to a climax with the number of completion (seven-7).  Chapter 8 of the Books of Revelation is the chapter of Symbols.  These symbols are the reality of what is coming upon mankind. Pay close attention to this chapter, and the rest of the chapters of the Books of Revelation-  because the intensities of judgment begins.
a. The Seven (7) Trumpets - Is the direct activity of God against man.
b. The Seven (7) Personalities - Is judgment as a result of Satan's fight against God.
c. The Seven (7) Bowls - Is the final judgment of God because of Satan and mans rebellion. 
Verse 1:
1.  And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
Christ is now directing tribulation from Heaven.  There was silence in Heaven for about a half  hour.  Saints this does not mean a literal "half and hour" for Gods time is not like out time.  It literally means - a "pause of action."  Christ orders a halt to everything.  Nothing can move without his consent.  It is the "LULL BEFORE THE STORM!"  Christ gives mankind a chance to repent, but mankind will not repent of their ways and deeds and turn back to God.  Mankind will explain off the Sixth Seal catastrophes (in chapter 6), as natural occurrences.  Mankind will say it is only nature reacting out of natural causes, not of God's judgment.  Saints, God has no pleasure placing judgment on mankind.  He is slow to anger and to bring judgment.  At this time he is waiting for world repentance.
Verse 2-4:
2.  And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
3.  And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
4.  And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.
The seven angels standing before God is seemingly a special group of angels.  And the other angel (v3) having the golden censor - is not Christ.  Christ has now moved from being the intercessor for the church to holding the Book of Seals.  He is now in the place of judgment directing all the activities of Tribulation from his throne on behalf of God.  The golden alter (v3) is the place where prayer's are offered to God.  Incense in verse 4 is likening as prayer.  King David said in Psalms 141:2:
Psalms 141:2:
2.  Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Verse 5:
5.  And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
The golden censor is hurled upon the earth by the great Angel.  The thundering voices and lightning's show that mankind can no longer blame things on natural occurrences for the voices and thundering definitely show God is in judgment and in control. Mankind shall hear the thunderings and voices from above. The earthquake is a result of the severe pressure placed upon the earth during the great tribulation period.  Now is the time for the Trumpets to begin their sounds of judgment upon the earth - such as has never been seen before.  Saints, now divine wrath is visited upon a rebellious mankind in great and awful ways (AMEN)!
Verse 6-7: 
6.  And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
7.  The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
The first angel sounded his trumpet, and hail and fire mingled with blood were cast into the earth - and 1/3 parts of the trees and all the green grass were burned up.  Every form of plant life is affected first.  But this is only 1/3 parts of plants.  Fire is the instrument God uses in this judgment upon the earth.  Notice saints plant life was the first thing to be created in Genesis 1:11, now plant life is the first to be affected in judgment during tribulation.
Genesis 1:11:
11.  And God said, let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
Notice also that these judgments sent upon the earth by the first angel are similar to the ones cast upon Egypt in Exodus 9:23, 24.
Exodus 9:23, 24:
23.  And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the Lord rained hail upon the land of Egypt.
24.  So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the 
land of Egypt since it became a nation.
Verse 8-9:
8.  And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
9.  And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
When the second angel sounds his trumpet, the seas are the next things affected by the direct judgment of God.  Some think this "great mountain" is a meteorite hitting the seas, but it actually is a great mountain volcano erupting, breaking off and sliding into the sea. And 1\3 part of the sea became as blood due to the great devastation and judgment upon the sea. 1\3 part of sea life was destroyed, and 1\3 of the ships on the sea were destroyed.  These things (sea life and ships) were probably destroyed by a great huge mega tidal wave that will race across the seas bringing terrible destruction when the giant volcano mountain breaks off and slides into the ocean.  This great mass of mountain is exactly the same as the one mentioned in Jeremiah 51:25 where God is talking about Babylon in the Book of Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 51:25:
25.  Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the Lord, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain.
Verse 10-11:
10.  And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heavenburning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
11.  And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
This appears to be a meteorite (out of heaven)which hits the earth containing poison, and affects the water in the rivers.  This is a direct judgment upon man for injustice and idolatry.  When you read scripture and see the word WORMWOOD, it usually proceeds as punishment of injustice, and/or idolatry.  

Calamity and sorrow are the compensation for mankind because of Gods judgments.  God speaks of wormwood as a sign of judgment in several areas of the biblical text.  Listed below are some of those scriptures for your review and understanding.
Jeremiah 9:14, 15:
14.  But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them:
15.  Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink.
Jeremiah 23:15: 
15.  Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of  Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land.
Deuteronomy 29:18:
18.  Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the Lord our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;
Lamentations 3:19:
19.  Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. 
Verse 12:
12.  And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the starsso as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
There is something extremely important to remember saints!  Man is extremely dependent on the sun as well as the moon and stars.  They were set forth as a measure for separating the day from the night, and for the determination of seasons, and for managing the "water tides" of the earth.   They were set forth during the fourth day of recreation by God and ordained for his purposes over the earth.  Now, the LIGHTS ARE PUT OUT AND MANKIND IS CAST INTO UTTER DARKNESS. Jesus Christ also  mentions these things will also happen in Matthew 24:29.
Matthew 24:29:
29.  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
Notice saints that these judgments and signs shall cause the greatest energy shortage and earthly disturbances that the world has ever seen, and will have devastating effects on all things that can and will take place on the earth (the seas, the land, the heavens, and above all MANKIND)!

Verse 13:
13.    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!
The announcement is made of an even more intensity in the judgment that is about to come into the earth because of the other three (3) trumpets that are about to blow.  The announcement is woewoe, and woe, (the 3 woes), to the inhabitants of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpets yet to sound.  These last three plagues or judgments will directly discriminate between the righteous and the wicked just as in the judgments upon Egypt.  These last "woes" are also about to bring great devastating torment upon mankind for their refusal to obey God and his word.
Next week we will continue to finish this great section of the Books of Revelation and see what happens.  I’m not gonna tell you – just tune in to the website next week.  Saints Revelation is an intense study - and its getting more and more intense and frightful each chapter.  Stay tuned for more!
Be blessed In Our Lord,
Minister Franklin, Sr., Founder & Evangelist
Unified Ministries For Christ
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