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The "seven seals" (see The Seven Seals for a summary of each of them as they are recorded in Revelation chapters 6, 8, 9 and 16) increase in power, by an exponent of seven, as The Return Of Jesus Christ approaches. The seventh seal is composed of seven trumpets. The fifth trumpet, described in this chapter, is called the first woe. The sixth trumpet is called the second woe. The seventh trumpet is called the third woe. The seventh trumpet is further composed of seven "vials" (King James Version) or "bowls" (RSV).
The fifth trumpet portrays war with modern-day aircraft; the "locusts" are obviously not mere grasshoppers because insects don't have "breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months" (Revelation 9:9-10 KJV).
"9:1 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. 9:2 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. 9:3 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. 9:4 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. 9:5 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. 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
The sixth trumpet, also called the second woe, also describes great war power, in this trumpet an army of 200 million troops, not necessarily from a single nation, from east of the Euphrates River i.e. east of Iraq (see Mesopotamia). Modern-day war "horses" refer to mechanized cavalry and "chariots" of tanks and/or transport vehicles. "Horses" don't spew "fire and smoke and brimstone."
"9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates [see The Tigris-Euphrates Valley]. 9:15 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. 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
Revelation Chapter 10
Angels are going to be very active in the time prior to Christ's return. Good angels will be delivering much of The Lord's wrath upon the world, while evil angels (see Devils) will be responsible for much of the misleading of humans e.g. "16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon [i.e. Satan - see Satan's Throne and Dragons], and out of the mouth of the beast [i.e. the great European military dictator described in Revelation 13 - see Emperor], and out of the mouth of the false prophet [i.e. the Papacy - see Emperors and Popes and The Little Big Horn]" (Revelation 16:13 KJV).
"10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud [see also The Clouds of Heaven]: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: 10:2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, 10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. 10:4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
Revelation Chapter 11
While the Holy Bible has a great amount to say about The Return Of Jesus Christ, it does not provide a specific date for that event. No one knows when Christ is going to return. The Scriptures do however plainly state that the Messiah will return right after the completion of the miraculous 3½ year / 42 month / 1,260 day ministry of His "two witnesses." When they first appear "with power," Christ's return will be 3 years and 6 months away. Those who recognize the two witnesses as the two witnesses (as stated in the Scriptures below, a great many people in every nation on earth are not going to recognize them for what they are) will then know that their Judgment is at hand (see When Will You Be Judged?). Those two prophets will be martyred, and resurrected, in Jerusalem; Christ's return will occur not long afterward.
"11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months [see also Never Before, Never Again].
The seventh trumpet (see also Christ's Feast of Trumpets and listen to the Sermons The Feast of Trumpets and The Feast of Trumpets: Birthday Of The Church from our sermons page) will mark the time of the The Return Of Jesus Christ - after the rebellious world has had the last ounce of evil forged out of it by the remaining events of the seventh trumpet.
"11:15 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 [see The Coming World Dictator].
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