What is the Coming Tribulation All About? Part 8

August 2, 2014 at 9:39 AM 1 comment

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The middle of the Tribulation is represented by the Trumpet Judgments, which come into play when the seventh Seal is opened.

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We have finished going over the 7 Seals that constitute the first part of the Tribulation/Great Tribulation. Now, we’re moving onto the next phase of this coming period of seven years of hell on earth. Again, though many folks prefer to see the coming Tribulation period as something that has already happened or they prefer to allegorize the meaning of the judgments, I take things literally. By that I mean that I seek the literal meaning of the events in question.

All the direction takes place from the throne room of the Lamb in heaven. He decides when He will open each judgment and how those judgments will appear on earth. While John uses descriptive language for the seven seals, trumpets, and bowls, there is arguably, one literal meaning for each judgment.

The other fact to consider is that there are many people who prefer to take the measurements and specific periods of time as metaphors for something else. However, throughout the book of Revelation, these periods of time are very specific and their specificity is a clear indication that they should not be taken allegorically. If John calls out the number 144,000, with 12,000 individuals taken from each tribe of Israel, there is really no reason to take these numbers metaphorically. They should be taken literally and the fact that some choose to take them to mean something else distorts the truth of God’s Word, in my opinion.

The only place where we can really say that something might be referring to something else is in the description of the individuals judgments. For instance, when we read that a “mountain” was thrown into the sea, is it really a mountain? It could be an asteroid, or a very large meteor, which to John, appeared as a mountain. What is important here is what occurs after the mountain is thrown into the sea. What is the result of that? Of course, this is up to each person to decide. Hopefully, logic, common sense, and critical thinking will guide you.

Notice as the Seventh Seal is open, there is a period of silence in heaven. This period lasts for 30 minutes. Is this a literal 30 minutes? I would say so as there is no reason to take it any other way. It appears as though it is the quiet before the storm, or the silence before the curtain goes up after the lights go out for a theatrical production. It is an attention-getter.

Immediately following this 30-minute interval, the first trumpet is blown. This is followed by the results of that trumpet judgment, which happens to be hail, fire, and blood poured out onto the earth. By the way, the trumpet itself was widely used in ancient Israel. It was used to call Israel to war as well as being used in ceremonial processions.

Some individuals believe that it is at the “last trump” that the Rapture happens and they assume that this last trump of Revelation (the seventh trumpet) is that “last trump.” The problem with this view is that when Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4, the book of Revelation had not been written yet. It would have left people hanging wondering what “trump” Paul was referring to in his letter. Throughout Israel’s history, there were many “last trumps.” The last trump was simply the final long trumpet in a series of trumps to signify that that series of trumpet calls was done.

While there is some connection between 1 Corinthians 15 and 1 Thessalonians 4 with respect to the “last trump,” it’s quite a stretch to include Revelation 11:15 in with those first two passages. Those who believe that the seventh trumpet of Revelation is the “last trump” to which Paul is referring in 1 Corinthians 15 and 1 Thessalonians 4 believe that the Rapture of the Bride of Christ will occur then, in the middle of the Tribulation. At the same time, Jesus told us that no one would know the day or hour (Matthew 24:36), yet if the seventh trumpet is the “last trump,” then clearly, people who are paying attention will obviously be able to narrow things down quite a bit.

The first [trumpet] sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up, (Revelation 8:7)

Thomas Constable points out that blood-red rain is not unheard of in nature. “[I]n the spring of 1901 the daily journals contained accounts of this phenomenon, which was then being witnessed in Italy and the South of Europe, the result, it was said, of the air being full of particles of fine red sand from the Sahara.” [1]

We do not know how these judgments will look when unleashed, but we do know that these things are not impossible. God will certainly make His wrath clearly known and understood. Whether people respond to it or not is another thing altogether.

An eye-witness account of Sodom's destruction.

An eye-witness account of Sodom’s destruction.

We know all too well that God has rained fire (and sometimes brimstone) down from heaven. In fact, a clay tablet that was literally unreadable for over 150 years after its discovery became readable after scientists discovered the key to understanding it. It points to a date “shortly before dawn on June 29 in the year 3123 B.C.”

The event records the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and scientists now know that these twin cities were destroyed by an asteroid. While many people refuse to believe the Bible’s straightforward testimony and narrative, science has determined that through the eye-witness account of an individual who saw the event and recorded it, Sodom was destroyed by a giant “mountain” that fell from the heavens that many scientists believe may have been up to one mile wide.

Will the future Tribulation period see these “mountains” fall from heaven creating destruction in their path? I have no doubts.

Join us next time as we go through more of the trumpet judgments that will occur during the Tribulation.

 

[1] Thomas Constable, Notes on Revelation, p 91

 

Entry filed under: rapture, Religious - Christian - End Times, Religious - Christian - Prophecy, Religious - Christian - Theology, second coming.

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