Seven Trumpets

The angels sound these trumpets after the breaking of the seventh seal. These seals secured the apocalyptic document held in the right hand of Him who sits on the throne. The trumpets are referred to as salpinx; this was a straight, narrow bronze tube with a mouthpiece of bone and a bell; they do not resemble modern trumpets. The final three trumpets are sometimes called the "woe trumpets".

Before the invention of the brass trumpet, God had Moses make two silver Trumpets, but the traditional sacred horn of the ancient Hebrews was the shofar made from a ram's horn.

Regardless of whether these seven angels are blowing trumpets, pouring out vials, giving commands, or trusting in their sickles, they are always the same seven angels.

These seven archangels can be observed as two distinct and separate groups: Group A consisting of angels 1–4 and Group B consisting of angels 5, 6, & 7. We find John placing angels 1-4 in chapter 8, and before he writes about the rest of the angels he writes: “And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe to the inhibitors of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound” Notice also the first four angels are governing things, such as the earth, the trees, the oceans, the rivers, the sun and the moon. Angels 5-7 are governing events, which directly impact the human race, or a part of the human race, such as those who have the mark of the beast.

In Joseph writings, the separation appears twice. The first separation is found in the words “…sanctify the earth, and complete the salvation of man…”, the second is found in the words “…are the preparing and finishing…”. Let us look at Joseph’s writing in this perspective: the phrases “sanctify the earth” and “the preparing” relate to angels 1-4 while the phrases “complete the salvation of man” and “finishing” relate to angels 5-7.

The first four angels hold the four winds.

Thus we learn there are seven angels each having their own stewardship and when viewed collectively we find a picture begins to take place.

  1. Aequaleus
  2. Potenteus
  3. Medeus
  4. Lumeus
  5. Amiceus
  6. Reguleus
  7. Extaseus
  • Angel 1 - the earth
  • Angel 2 - the sea
  • Angel 3 - the rivers and fountains of water
  • Angel 4 - the sun
  • Angel 5 - the beast
  • Angel 6 - the great river Euphrates
  • Angel 7 - time

It should be understood that the order of the hierarchy of the seven archangels is not the chronological order of their appearances in the Revelation of John. An example would be Michael is the first in authority of the hierarchy, but the seventh angel to sound his trump. Nor should we assume because Michael is the seventh, Gabriel (Noah) should be the sixth, Raphael the fifth, and so on. However, there is one thing we can be sure of, and that is there are seven archangels; likewise, there are seven dispensations, and there are seven millennia of earth’s temporal existence. Once again, the three sevens appear in John’s work.

All seven archangels have been given a guardianship over us, however five out of these seven archangels have been put in charge of a limitation pertaining to this 1/3 factor set over the actions of Satan. These five archangels, with their guardianships over the 1/3 factor, can be found in the following scriptures.

· Angel #1 - 1/3 of the trees - Rev. 8:7
· Angel #2 - 1/3 of the seas - Rev. 8:8-9
· Angel #3 - 1/3 of the rivers - Rev. 8:10-11
· Angel #4 - 1/3 of the sun - Rev. 8:12
· Angel #6 - 1/3 of mankind - Rev. 9:18

each of these seven archangels have their own dispensation, their own guardianship, their own trumps, vials, and keys.

First trumpet

Upon the sound of the first trumpet, hail and fire mingled with blood is thrown to Earth, burning up a third of the trees on the planet, and all green grass.

Angel #1 appears in Rev. 8:7 which reads: “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.” Another appearance of angel #1 may be found in Rev. 16:2: “And the first went, and poured out his vial upon "the earth"; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.” In both verses just quoted the connection found with this angel is the “the earth”.

Second trumpet

With the sounding of the second trumpet, something described as "a great mountain burning with fire" plunges into the sea and turns a third of the oceans to blood. Soon after, a third of all sea life and a third of all ships will be destroyed. Some speculate that the "great mountain" will be an asteroid cast from the heavens. This trumpet also symbolized the Romans victory of the war and was also an honor for all the blood that was shed.

Now take a look at angel #2, which appears in Rev. 8:8: “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;”. Angel #2 next appears in Rev. 16:3: “And the second angel poured out his vial upon the "sea" ; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the "sea".” Once again, note that this angel’s connection is the "sea".

Third trumpet

With the sounding of the third trumpet, a great star called Wormwood falls to the Earth, poisoning a third of the planet's freshwater sources, such as rivers and springs. Men will die from drinking its bitter taste.

Next would be angel #3, one of his appearances is found in Rev. 8:10-11: “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”. This angel appears again in Rev. 16:4: “And the third angel poured out his vial upon the "rivers and fountains of waters"; and they became blood”. The connection with this angel is the "rivers and fountains of water".

Fourth trumpet

Following the sounding of the fourth trumpet, a third of the light that shines from the Sun, moon, and stars becomes dark from the celestial bodies being "struck." This catastrophe causes complete darkness for a third of the day, even through night hours. This is the final trumpet that sounds before the three woes, also known as the fifth, sixth, and seventh trumpets.

We have already encountered and identified this angel with "fire and/or the sun". That being the case the next angel would be angel #5.

Fifth trumpet

The fifth trumpet is the "first woe" of three. Before this trumpet sounds, an angel (translated as an eagle in some versions) appears, and warns, "Woe, woe, woe, to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!"

The fifth trumpet prompts a personified star to fall from heaven. The star is given the key to the bottomless pit. After opening it, the smoke that rises out of the pit darkens the air and blocks the sunlight. Then, from out of the smoke, the locusts are unleashed. The locusts are scorpion-tailed warhorses that have a man's face with lion's teeth. Their hair is long and they fly with locust-like wings. They are adorned with golden crowns and protected with iron breastplates. They are commanded by their king, Abaddon, to torment anyone who does not have the seal of God on their forehead, by using their scorpion-like tails. It is also made clear to them that they must not kill anyone during the five months of torment.[8] It is referenced in the Bible that the locusts are actually fallen angels taking on terrifying forms. At the very least, the locusts from the abyss are human-animal hybrids, symbolizing humanity’s conflicted and, in this instance, monstrous nature.[9] The hybrids portray what the world would look like if God allowed evil to have the upper hand and to reign uncontested in this world.

Angel #5's first appearance may be found in Rev. 9:1-11. Although John’s descriptive writing of this angel is rather lengthy (Rev. 9:1-11) for the time being let us be concerned with two of those verses, verses 4 & 11 of this chapter. “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 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”. This same angel appears again in Rev. 16:10 & 11. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the "beast; and his kingdom" was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, and blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.” The connection here is the "beast and his kingdom". Ironically, it was in the fifth seal where we found the beast receiving its ten crowns, or, in other words, keeping in mind the number ten represents completion, the beast completed its task, which was to bring about the apostasy of the Gospel of Christ. Coincidental? The decision is yours to make, but I doubt it was coincidental.

Fifth angel is an erinyes who is redeemed. She becomes a trumpet archon and blows her horn.

Preterist views

Robert Witham, a Catholic commentator, issued his two-volume Annotations on the New Testament, in 1733. Commenting on Chapter 9, he offers two preterist views for identifying the locusts with scorpion tails.

The locusts may have represented the incursion of the Goths and “those barbarous People” who interrupted the Roman Empire during the time of Decius.
The locusts may have represented the Jewish heretics who denied Christ. Most notably, Theodotus, Praxeas, Noetus, Paul of Samosata, Sabellius, and Arius.

Sixth trumpet

After the fifth trumpet blast, the sixth one sounds. This is the "second woe", where four angels are released from their binds in the "great river Euphrates". They command a force of two-hundred million mounted troops whose horses exude plagues of fire, smoke, and brimstone from their mouths. The mounted horsemen wore breastplates with the color of fire, hyacinth, and brimstone. The horses are with lion's head and their tails, as well, are like a serpent with a head. The plagues exuding from the horses will kill a third of all mankind.

Likewise John’s writing of angel # 6 is rather lengthy as well (Rev. 9:13-21) and, for the time being, let us consider verses 13 & 14. “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".” Going now to Rev. 16:12 we read “And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the "great river Euphrates"; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” Again, we can reason that John is writing about the same angel in both of those verses, the connection is the "great river Euphrates".

Seventh trumpet

The sound of the seventh trumpet signals the "third woe." This is the final trumpet and the final woe. Loud voices in Heaven will say: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign forever and ever."

the seventh archangel declared, “there is time no longer”.

This angel # 7 is found in Rev. 10:1-7, however let us view verse 6 of this chapter which reads as follows; “And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be "time no longer”. We find this angel again in Rev. 16:17 which reads; “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.” Again, we are able to reason the connection with this angel is that a "certain timing to the end of things" as we know is about to take place. His stewardship would then be "time"

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