The Seven Trumpets
The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and
it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was burned up,
a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. Revelation 8:7
Fire and blood fall upon the earth and destroy one-third of its vegetation.
The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all
ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood,
a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. Revelation 8:8-9
A burning mountain turns one-third of the seas into blood, kills
on-third of the animals in the seas, and destroys one-third of the ships on the seas.
The third angel
sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from
the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water--the name
of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many
people died from the waters that had become bitter.
A burning star poisons one-third of the fresh water supplies, which
kills many people.
angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third
of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned
dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the
night. 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! Revelation 8:12-13
One-third of the sun, moon, and stars are darkened which should put the earth into a deep freeze.
The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to
the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When
he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic
furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And
out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power
like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the
grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did
not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were not given power
to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony
they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when
it strikes a man. During those days men will seek death, but will not
find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. The locusts
looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore
something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces.
Their hair was like women's hair, and their teeth were like lions'
teeth. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound
of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots
rushing into battle. They had tails and stings like scorpions, and in
their tails they had power to torment people for five months. They had
as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and
in Greek, Apollyon. The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come. Revelation 9:1-12
Mankind is tormented with locusts stinging like scorpions. People will try to kill themselves, but God won't allow it.
Owen Weber 2009