The Seven Trumpets (Revelation 8-10)

To understand the 7 Trumpets of Revelation and the rapture one must first understand that contrary to popular belief, the events of Revelation (Seals, Trumpets and Vials) do not occur sequentially. I explained this in great detail in a previous article entitled, “The Four Horsemen, ISIS & the Return of Jesus Christ”.

If you have not read “The Four Horsemen, ISIS & the Return of Jesus Christ” then I suggest you begin there so you will see what the Scripture actually says about these events. But to sum it up, the 7 Seals are the long story of the last days that start in the first century and ends at Armageddon and the second coming of Jesus Christ. The 7 Trumpets are the shorter story beginning in 1914 and ending at Armageddon and the second coming of Jesus Christ. And the 7 Vials are the very short story that start in the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation and end at Armageddon and the second coming of Jesus Christ. This is very important to understand.

As I stated in my previous article, 5 of the 7 seals spoken of in Revelation 6-7 have been opened. You might be surprised to find out that 5 of the 7 trumpets have already occurred as well! I know that is not the traditional teaching of the western church, but it is the truth. The first 5 trumpet judgments happened between 1914 and 2008 and we are quickly approaching the 6th Trumpet War mentioned in Revelation 9.

The 6th Trumpet

The Word of God describes a war that will start when four (bad) angels are loosed in the Euphrates River region and will kill one third of mankind. It just so happens that the Euphrates River touches FOUR nations. The river begins in Turkey, runs through Syria and Iraq, and then touches Iran for 50 miles before it empties into the Persian Gulf.

“And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths” (Revelation 9:13-18).

As we look at the news, we see the raging civil war in Syria and ISIS taking over in Iraq and most of Syria. We see multiple Muslim groups threatening to attack Israel and Iran funding the terror activity of Hamas and Hezbollah. Iran is also getting closer and closer to developing a nuclear bomb. With the help of President Obama and his nuclear deal, Iran is ensured to complete a bomb unless Israel stops them. Turkey is ratcheting up their anti-Israel rhetoric and soon these Muslim nations (along with Russia) will move against Israel and a major war will begin which fulfills Bible prophecy.

Therefore, knowing that the 6th Trumpet War is on the horizon, it stands to reason that the first five trumpets have occurred. But the Trumpets of Revelation are not the only Bible prophecies that have come to pass in the 20th Century!

The 20th Century and Fulfilled Prophecies

The 20th Century was very much the Century of End-Time Bible Prophecy. We started the early 1900s with the great Azusa Street Revival that took the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of the gift of supernatural tongues, healing, and deliverance in Jesus Christ to the nations. There was a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit that started in Los Angeles California in 1906. This was a fulfillment of Joel 2:28-29 and Acts 2:16-18 which says,

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.” (Joel 2:28-29)
“But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:” (Acts 2:16-18)

The automobile and airplane became commonplace in the 20th Century. And we also saw the birth of television, computers, satellites, space travel and nuclear technology. All of those things (happening in a relatively short period of time when compared to 6,000 years of recorded human history) definitely fulfilled the prophecy of Daniel concerning an explosion of knowledge and increased travel that would happen in the last days.

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (Daniel 12:4).

However, one of the most significant fulfillments of Bible prophecy happened when Israel became a nation again in 1948. This was foretold by the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel over 2,600 years ago. Isaiah prophesied by the Holy Spirit that Israel would be brought back to their land a second time:

“And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth” (Isaiah 11:10-12).

The first time Israel came back to their land was when they returned from 70 years in Babylonian captivity in 536 BC. The second time was in 1948 after 1,878 years of the Jews being scattered to other nations after the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD. In 1948, Israel managed to survive an immediate invasion from their Arab neighbors who were determined to destroy their newly declared Jewish State. The retaking of Jerusalem by Israel in the Six Day War of June 1967 (that was instigated by the Arabs) was a fulfillment of Bible prophecy and a sign that we have truly moved into the last days.

The 3rd Trumpet: Wormwood & Contaminated Water

Now let’s look at some major events that happened in the 20th Century and the early part of the 21st Century that are the fulfillment of Trumpets 1 through 5 spoken of in Revelation 8 and 9. For me this goes back almost 20 years when I heard that some believed the 3rd Trumpet occurred in 1986, but I never pursued it. Then in 2011, I saw a minister named Irvin Baxter present the evidence on when the 3rd Trumpet happened and after praying and doing my own research, I concluded that he was correct. Just to be clear, I do not agree with Irvin Baxter on several things, but on this one he is right.

“And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; 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” (Revelation 8:10-11).

I believe that this star Wormwood is the name of a real event that happened on April 26, 1986. Here are some things to keep in mind when looking at the 3rd Trumpet:

  • In Scripture a star is not always a literal star. The term “star” can represent an angel or message/messenger from God.
  • The Bible says that this “Wormwood” caused the WATER to become contaminated and that many died from this contamination. Remember that water is in the air and in clouds and then it comes to the earth as rain that goes into the streams and rivers.
  • We also need to recognize that this passage of Scripture DOES NOT say that this would be a world wide event. People usually assume that the 3rd Trumpet would affect the entire world but the Bible does not actually say that.

For those who did not recognize the significance of April 26, 1986, it was the date of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Prypriat, Ukraine. At that time, the Ukraine was part of the former Soviet Union. A test in their nuclear power plant went terribly wrong and the nuclear reactor overheated and exploded. It spread nuclear radiation all over the Ukraine and even all the way to England. It was and still is the worst nuclear accident in history (unless Fukushima eclipses it in the days ahead). The radiation that went up into the atmosphere was then brought down to the earth and spread by rain. Over 17 million people were affected by this accident. Hundreds of thousands died and some are still dying from cancers due to radiation exposure.

The radiation poisoning in the waters from this accident certainly fits the 3rd Trumpet but the biggest clue is found in the actual name Chernobyl. When you translate the English word “Wormwood” into Ukrainian it is “Chernobyl” or “Chornobyl.” I actually looked this up myself with a Ukrainian on-line dictionary and took a screen shot with my iPhone. The name correlation was further confirmed when I discovered a 1987 documentary by a Japanese production company on the Chernobyl nuclear accident entitled “The Bitter Taste of Wormwood.”

The 2nd Trumpet: The Mountain of Fire

So, it stands to reason that if the 3rd Trumpet was Chernobyl, then the 2nd Trumpet had to sound before April 26, 1986. And here is where it really starts getting interesting.

The 2nd Trumpet has several clues:

“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; 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” (Revelation 8:8-9).

The apostle John saw what appeared to be a great burning mountain cast into the sea, there was much blood (death) in the sea, many sea creatures died, and one third of the ships were destroyed!

I believe that this 2nd Trumpet was World War II from 1939 to 1945 and the aftermath of nuclear bomb testing that happened in the world’s oceans. In 1945 the world saw the use of the first atomic bomb dropped out in the sea on the small island of Japan. We entered the nuclear age and when that first atomic bomb exploded, it looked like a mountain of fire. In fact, how else could John have described what he saw in the vision of this 2nd Trumpet? But to further prove that WWII was the 2nd Trumpet of revelation 8, we find that one third of the ships were destroyed! There were 105,127 ships involved in World War II from the various nations and it just so happens that 36,387 were sunk or destroyed. That comes to .34 or exactly one third of the ships. Also, during WWII several nations began testing nuclear bombs underwater in the oceans of the world. Although there is no way to prove the number, we can be certain that a very large portion (1/3?) of sea life died from those explosions and the radiation that was released.

To me, all of these specific fulfillments cannot be ignored. WWII was devastating with over 52 million people killed, including 6 million Jews. Should we be surprised that God Almighty revealed such a major event in Scripture almost 2000 years before it happened? I don’t think so! God knows the end from the beginning.

The 1st Trumpet: Trench Warfare & Artillery

So if the 2nd Trumpet was WWII and its aftermath, then the 1st Trumpet had to come before 1939-1946. Here is what the Bible says about it:

“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” (Revelation 8:7).

If God included WWII in prophecy then did He also include WWI? I believe WWI is the 1st Trumpet. The “hail and fire mingled with blood” describes the type of war it was with bombs and artillery coming from the sky. For the first time in the history of warfare over 1 million died in a war. In fact, over 8 million died in WW1 from 1914-1918. The primary weapon used was artillery or large projectiles that rained down from the sky and killed many people. I watched a documentary on WWI and discovered that there was an artillery shell that exploded in the air and rained down large ball bearings. This “hail” of ball bearings from artillery shells is why armies began wearing metal helmets in WWI.

For some the statement that “all green grass was burnt up” might cause doubt that this event has happened yet because obviously the earth still has green grass. However, when you consider that the 5th Trumpet talks about green grass and trees still being here, you realize that the “all” in this verse cannot mean all over the world. It has to be one of those situations where “all” means “all in the area where this was taking place.” And if you look at pictures from the battlefields of WWI, you will see no grass and very few trees that were not completely burned up. The armies in those days had something called the “scorched earth policy” where they burned up everything in an enemy’s territory.

A good Bible illustration of this different usage of the word “all” is where Paul writes, “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so ALL Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:" (Romans 11:25-26). This not saying every single Jew of all time will be saved, it is addressing those who will survive the Antichrist and turn to the Lord Jesus as their Messiah at His second coming. In other words, this passage addresses the “all” that make it to the end, not the “all” that ever existed.

Confirmation of the Timing of the Trumpets

I am always seeking confirmation of what the Lord reveals to me and the subject of the Trumpets of Revelation is no different. One day as I was preparing to teach on the 7 Trumpets of Revelation on our Prophecy Quake radio show, I asked the Lord for another confirmation that these trumpets began in 1914 with World War I. As I started reading Revelation 8, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to something that I had never seen in Scriptures. I was amazed to find two other significant historical events that occurred in the early 20th century and were foretold in Scripture.

Take a look at what was happening in heaven and on the earth just prior to the 7 angels beginning to sound the 7 trumpets:

And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. 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. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. 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. And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound” (Revelation 8:2-6).

I had studied this passage many times, but this time the Lord caused me to really understand it and when I checked the dates in history my mind was blown! As I was reading, the Lord dropped it in my spirit that the term “voices” could also be translated as “languages.” So I checked it in the Strong’s Greek Dictionary. The original Greek word for “voices” is pho¯ne¯ which is pronounced fo-nay. It means, “… through the idea of disclosure; a tone (articulate, bestial or artificial); by implication an address (for any purpose), saying or language: - noise, sound, voice.” And when I realized that this Holy Ghost fire was cast to the earth and caused “languages” and that it was connected or followed by a significant earthquake, I immediately knew that God was referring to the great Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles, California that began on April 9, 1906. It was this powerful Pentecostal revival that restored the gift of tongues (supernatural languages) and the gifts of the Holy Spirit to the end time church. The Azusa Street Revival lasted from 1906 until 1910, but the Pentecostal movement and the restoration of the baptism of the Holy Spirit accompanied by the gift of tongues spread all over the world from there. In fact, theologians and seminary professors who have researched the affects of the Azusa Street Revival have stated that it made the Pentecostal church the fastest growing segment of Christianity in the 20th century.

To top it off, just 9 days into the Azusa Street Revival there was a major earthquake that destroyed most of San Francisco and was felt as far as Los Angeles! It happened on April 18, 1906. Wikipedia says,

“The 1906 San Francisco earthquake struck the coast of Northern California at 5:12 a.m. on April 18 with a moment magnitude of 7.8 and a maximum Mercalli intensity scale of XI (Extreme). Devastating fires broke out in the city that lasted for several days. As a result, about 3,000 people died and over 80% of San Francisco was destroyed… The earthquake and the resulting fire are remembered as one of the worst natural disasters in United States history. The death toll from the earthquake and resulting fire remains the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California's history... The 1906 earthquake preceded the development of the Richter magnitude scale by three decades. The most widely accepted estimate for the magnitude of the quake on the modern moment magnitude scale is 7.8; values from 7.7 to as high as 8.25 have been proposed. The main shock epicenter occurred offshore about 2 miles (3.2 km) from the city, near Mussel Rock. Shaking was felt from Oregon to Los Angeles, and inland as far as central Nevada.”

The United States Geological Survey says this about the 1906 earthquake,

“The California earthquake of April 18, 1906 ranks as one of the most significant earthquakes of all time. Today, its importance comes more from the wealth of scientific knowledge derived from it than from its sheer size. Rupturing the northernmost 296 miles (477 kilometers) of the San Andreas fault from northwest of San Juan Bautista to the triple junction at Cape Mendocino, the earthquake confounded contemporary geologists with its large, horizontal displacements and great rupture length. Indeed, the significance of the fault and recognition of its large cumulative offset would not be fully appreciated until the advent of plate tectonics more than half a century later. Analysis of the 1906 displacements and strain in the surrounding crust led Reid (1910) to formulate his elastic-rebound theory of the earthquake source, which remains today the principal model of the earthquake cycle.”

Thus, we have a clear indication that the seven angels were preparing to sound just after this great outpouring of Holy Ghost fire with “languages” and a great earthquake in 1906. This revelation confirmed to me that the 7 trumpets did indeed begin to sound in 1914 with WWI. That outpouring of God’s Spirit accompanied by the gifts of the Holy Spirit fulfills the prophecy of Joel that Peter quoted in Acts chapter 2 of an “early and latter rain” of God’s Spirit in the last days:

“But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:” (Acts 2:16-20).

The 4th Trumpet: Bring Back the Sun

Now let’s look at the 4th Trumpet which had to happen after the 3rd Trumpet in 1986.

“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 stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise” (Revelation 8:12).

The first thing that we need to notice about this 4th Trumpet judgment is what it does NOT say. It does NOT say that this event is world wide, nor does it say how long this event would last. Also, this Scripture does NOT say that the light from the sun, moon, and stars are completely blocked out. Notice, Revelation 8:12 says that the light of the sun, moon, and stars would only be partially obstructed in this end-time event. So, was there an unprecedented major event that happened after 1986 that partially blocked out the sun, moon, and stars in a region of the world? The answer to that question is a big YES. It happened during the Gulf War in 1991.

After Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and the Allied Forces went in to drive him out, Saddam had his retreating soldiers set 700 Kuwaiti oil wells on fire. He also had them plant land mines around the wells to hinder firefighters. Those Kuwaiti oil wells burned from February 1991 to November of 1991. Those fires caused widespread pollution and blocked out a portion of the light of the sun, moon, and stars for months. It was a terrible event. The smoke could be seen from space and covered several nations in the region. It took many crews several months to put out all of those oil fires. It was such a difficult task that a Kuwaiti oil company produced a documentary film called “BRINGING BACK THE SUN” in which they shared the story. During this time many US soldiers and journalists took pictures that show the area looking like night in the middle of the day because of the smoke blocking out the light of the sun.

The 5th Trumpet: Opening the Abyss

And that brings us to the 5th Trumpet! This one stumped me for a while but I was certain that the Lord would reveal it if I kept seeking Him. I knew that the 4th Trumpet had happened and that the 6th Trumpet was soon to happen. And although I had heard Irvin Baxter’s thoughts on the 5th Trumpet, I just could not agree. So one day in 2011 while studying Revelation, I earnestly prayed and asked God, “What is the 5th Trumpet?” It was at that very moment that I heard Him speak these words down in my spirit, “The 5th Trumpet was the financial crisis of 2008.” And when I checked out the details of what happened in 2008 and compared them to Scripture, I was amazed!

This is the Bible passage about the 5th Trumpet:

“And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented FIVE MONTHS: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men FIVE MONTHS. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon” (Revelation 9:1-11).

As God spoke to me about this 5th Trumpet, He also opened my understanding to some simple truths about this passage. First, these locusts with the tails of scorpions would not be some physical, freakish creature flying around and stinging people. The “locust scorpions” in this passage were from the bottomless pit and the only things in the bottomless pit are demons and fallen angels. In fact, the king of theses locusts is a fallen angel named Abaddon or in Greek it is Apollyon which means “destroyer.” And once I realized that the 5th Trumpet was a release of demons from the abyss that would devour something on earth for five months, it all began to make sense.

The Bible states that these “demon locusts” would not devour any green grass or trees, but instead their affect would cause people to want to die or be suicidal. Natural locusts sweep in and quickly devour crops and other vegetation and then leave. And during Bible times, crops and vegetation were how most people made a living and provided for their families. We see examples of God using natural locusts to bring judgment to His people and the wicked for continuing in sin:

“Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it” (Deuteronomy 28:38).
“If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:13-14).

So when these “demon locusts” were released from the bottomless pit in 2008, they went and devoured the life savings and home equity of millions of people all over the world. As I researched the details of what happened in the 2008 financial crisis, I discovered that the intense period of the crisis was only FIVE MONTHS just like the Bible states in Revelation 9:5. It was also during that time as people were losing houses, jobs, and retirement savings that the calls to suicide hotlines went up over 60%. People wanted to die but most did not commit suicide as the crisis began to subside a little.

The financial bubble exploded on September 15, 2008 when Lehman Brothers (the fourth largest investment firm) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following the massive exodus of most of its clients, drastic losses in its stock, and devaluation of its assets by credit rating agencies. The filing marked the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history. And it led to the global financial crisis of 2008.

“During September 2008, the crisis hit its most critical stage...In a dramatic meeting on September 18, 2008, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke met with key legislators to propose a $700 billion emergency bailout. Bernanke reportedly told them: "If we don't do this, we may not have an economy on Monday." The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, which implemented the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), was signed into law on October 3, 2008.” Wikipedia Article & CNN Report.

Nevertheless, the US Stock Market continued to crash and America’s economy affects the world economy. This led to the election of Barack Obama who then signed into law the second stimulus that restored a false sense of peace and security to investors, but never fixed the problems that caused the crash.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, abbreviated ARRA and commonly referred to as the Stimulus or The Recovery Act. It is an economic stimulus package enacted by the 111th United States Congress in February 2009 and signed into law on February 17, 2009, by President Barack Obama. This restored some confidence to the markets and made some money available for banks to make loans. It by no means cured the problem but helped stave off a total collapse of the US economy and its’ ripple affect across the world. The stock market has rebounded but the next bubble will be the total collapse of the US economy and the quick road to the mark of the Beast.

Did you notice the dates? September 15, 2008 to February 17, 2009 was FIVE MONTHS of people’s income and savings being devoured by the unseen demonic locusts of the 5th Trumpet. The affects shook the world and even caused Pope Benedict to write in his 2009 encyclical,

“There is an “urgent need of a true world political authority” in the wake of the global economic crisis… Furthermore, such an authority would need to be universally recognized,” he added, “and to be vested with the effective power to ensure security for all, regard for justice, and respect for rights.” Titled “Charity in Truth,” the encyclical “was released a day before leaders of the Group of Eight industrialized nations [met] to coordinate efforts to deal with the global meltdown, signaling a clear Vatican bid to prod leaders for a financially responsible future and what it considers a more socially just society” (The Associated Press).

So the financial crisis of 2008 also caused the Pope to call for a world government with power to control the entire world economy. Pope Francis has continued that theme and it is exactly what Revelation 13 says will happen in the last days with the Antichrist, his world government, the mark of the Beast, and the false prophet!

As a side note to all of this, I have recently been looking into CERN (a European Organization for Nuclear Research) and their Large Hadron Collider. They admit that they are trying to open a portal or portals to other dimensions through which people or entities from another dimension might travel. In a press briefing at CERN headquarters in November 2009, The Director for Research and Scientific Computing at CERN, Sergio Bertolucci said, "Out of this door might come something, or we might send something through it.” So, the scientists at CERN are trying to open a door to another dimension. This is not a conspiracy theory or fantasy. The real questions are these: 1) Did they accomplish this already? and 2) Is CERN’s Large Hadron Collider the “key” of knowledge given to mankind by the fallen angels to open the abyss/bottomless pit?

I believe the answer to both of those questions is YES! In 2011, the Lord Jesus told me that the 5th trumpet or the opening of the abyss mentioned in Revelation 9 happened in 2008. It resulted in the 2008 financial crisis, the election of President Obama, the Arab Spring, and much more. Then on August 16, 2015, I discovered that CERN started the LHC for the first time on September 10, 2008. That was just five days before the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis.

The plot thickens when you consider that the LHC lies partially in the French town “Saint-Genus-Poilly.” The name Pouilly comes from the Latin word “Appolliacum” and it is believed that in Roman times a temple existed there to honor of the Greek god Apollo. The people who lived in Saint-Genus-Poilly believed that the temple was a gateway to the underworld and amazingly, CERN is built on the same spot. This is a direct connection to the passage in Revelation 9 about the abyss being opened and the fallen angel of the bottomless pit named Apollyon or destroyer, “To him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit… And they had a kind over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.” I don’t believe any of this is a coincidence!

The 6th Trumpet: Islam & WW3

I began this article by mentioning and describing the 6th Trumpet War. It is one of the most ominous prophecies in the Bible:

"And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths" (Revelation 9:13-18).

It is very important to understand that the approaching 6th Trumpet War is NOT the “battle of Armageddon,” even though it is going to be a terrible war. The battle of Armageddon happens at the very end at the time of the 7th Trumpet which is the day of the second coming of Jesus Christ. Many will mistake the 6th Trumpet War for Armageddon and will be deceived into believing that the Antichrist who will appear as the “peacemaker and savior of mankind” after this terrible war is the “second coming of Christ” in a man. Some will even use this misunderstanding of Bible prophecy to convince people and even some Christians that Jesus has come in a man to save us from total annihilation. That is why the true Jesus Christ warned us in the Bible,

“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:21-27).

It is interesting to note that this coming 6th Trumpet War (that kills one third of mankind) starts after four fallen angels that have been bound for thousands of years in the Euphrates River are loosed. Could this come about because of another portal opening caused by or in conjunction with CERN as the LHC is cranked up to full power? We will have to see. Nevertheless, the Bible says that it is going to happen so it is going to happen.

Sadly, many people will not be right with God through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ when the sudden destruction of this war begins. And that includes many backslidden and lukewarm Christians who refuse to get out of fornication, adultery, homosexuality, drunkenness, partying, and loving the world. Many will find themselves in hell because they listened to the lying false teachers who told them they were “eternally secure” no matter how they lived. The day the 6th Trumpet War begins hell will enlarge itself to receive millions of sinners and backslidden Christians who have not turned from sin and developed a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible.

As I stated before, the Bible foretold almost 2,000 years ago that this war would start in the region of the Euphrates River. And it just so happens that the Euphrates River starts in Turkey and then flows all the way through Syria, Iraq, and finally touches Iran for about fifty miles before it empties into the Persian Gulf. The one thing all four of those countries have in common is that they are all over 90% Muslim. So, it does not take a rocket scientist to see that the civil war in Syria, ISIS, Russian troops in Syria, Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon to wipe Israel off the map, and Obama’s bad deal with Iran is about to bring about this devastating war that was foretold in the Word of God.

I say “devastating war” because the Bible also reveals to us that this coming war in the Middle East will include the release of nuclear weapons. We know this because Isaiah 17 tells us that Damascus, Syria will be turned into a heap of ruins in one evening by the children of Israel. The city of Damascus, Syria has never been destroyed so the prophecy of Isaiah 17 has yet to be fulfilled. Another prophesy in Jeremiah 49 speaks about God destroying Elam in the last days. When you lookup where Elam was located, you find that it is a region on the Persian Gulf in the country of Iran. It just happens to be the same location as Iran's first nuclear power plant, Bushehr I. The reactor was completed with major assistance from the Russian government agency Rosatom and officially opened on September 12, 2011. This reactor will no doubt be one of Israel's targets when they move to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. So, when you add all of this together with the attack prophesied in Ezekiel 38 by a group of Muslim nations and their subsequent annihilation, there is no doubt Israel will have to use their nuclear missiles to protect themselves.

And just like World War I gave us the League of Nations (that ultimately failed), and World War II gave us the United Nations (another dismal failure), the devastation and death that will be caused by this 6th Trumpet War will pave the way for the United Nations to become the BEAST one-world government. The economic upheaval and massive loss of life will set the stage for the Antichrist to rise to power. He and the empowered UN will promise peace and security. They will move to disarm all nations and Israel will be hated even more than they already are for trying to defend itself against the Muslim nations. This will pave the way for the new economic and tracking system the Bible foretold as “the mark of the Beast.” That mark will be mandatory for all buying and selling. Those who resist will be looked at as a threat to humanity and the New World Order. They will be persecuted and even executed for not pledging allegiance to the new system by taking the chip in their hand or forehead. But the Bible has warned that anyone who takes the mark or submits to the Antichrist and his beast world government will be damned to hell forever. To God, taking the mark of the Beast is a final denial of Jesus Christ and His Word (see Revelation 13-14).

The 7th Trumpet: The Mystery of God Finished & the Rapture

“But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets…And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail” (Revelation 10:7 and Revelation 11:15-19).

The 7th Trumpet is the “Last Trumpet” and the end of the Great Tribulation. We are told that it is the time that the “mystery of God is finished” and the “time of the dead.” We know this is the righteous dead or the first resurrection because the Word of God goes onto say it is the time that God’s prophets and saints are judged and rewarded. This is exactly what Paul was referring to when he wrote, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the LAST TRUMP: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:51-53). Jesus taught this when He stated that He would raise up the righteous who believed in Him "at THE LAST DAY” (see John 6).

The 7th Trumpet occurs in conjunction with the 7th Vial of Wrath at the end of the Great Tribulation! Just compare the 7th Trumpet and the 7th Vial of Wrath and you will see clearly that they both happen at the same time. Here is the passage on the 7th Vial of Wrath:

“And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great” (Revelation 16:17-21).

7th Trumpet

  • “the mystery of God should be finished…”
  • “and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail”
  • “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come,….”

7th Vial

  • “It is done…”
  • “And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great… And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent:”
  • “and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great”

Although this time is the “great day of His wrath,” rue followers of Jesus Christ will be caught up just moments before all of the cities of the nations fall and every island and mountain are moved.

This truth about the rapture at the end of the Great Tribulation, following the destruction of the great city Mystery Babylon (Rome) is also confirmed in Revelation 19:1-9,

“And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.”

The Word of God is crystal clear: the Bride (the Church) has made herself ready and is clothed in white AFTER the destruction of Mystery Babylon that happens at the 7th Trumpet and the 7th Vial of Wrath. This occurs in conjunction with the 7th Seal which is thirty minutes of silence following the judgments and coming of Jesus Christ at the 6th Seal!

It is so important to study Revelation and understand that these three stories (the Seals, Trumpets, and Vials) of the events leading up to the coming of Jesus Christ begin at different times, they overlap each other, but they all end at the same event…the return of our King!

“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep (keep the eye upon) those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Revelation 1:3)
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