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Revelation – Week Three

Chapters 7-9

“The 144,000 and Trumpets 1-6″

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  • Chapter Seven – 144,000
    • Interlude prior to the last seal- and real trouble.
    • ‘After this’ in v1&9  indicates new and different visions?
    • Four angels standing at four corners of the earth. (v1) See also Zechariah 6:1-8.
    • These four angels held back the wind. (v1)
    • Fifth angel told the four to hold off until the seal of God was put on the foreheads of God’s servants. (v2-3)
      • 144,000 were sealed; 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes of Israel. (v4-8)
        • Are these literally, 144,000 people, or is this a symbol of completeness- all Christians?
    • Note that these are ‘marked’ as being owned by God and protected; compare to the ‘mark’ that those who belong to Satan get in Revelation 13. The angels are kept from releasing wrath until 144,000 God are protected.
    • Great multitude of all nations, kindreds, people and tongues. (v9-17)
      • ‘After this’ in v9  indicates new and different vision?
      • White robes with palm in their hands. Palm branches were used in celebrations.
      • They are ones who come out of great tribulation.
    • It seems that chapter seven shows us the before-and-after of the tribulation.  After the rapture (for those that believe in pre-rapture), there are an initial 144,000 of Jews saved who will be the forerunners of the reformed Israel. The multitude in the second part of chapter seven are those who become saved because of the witness of the 144,000. Regardless, this will be a time of great trouble and great salvation.
  • Chapter Eight – Seventh Seal and Golden Censer (see Exodus 7-12)
    • Halfway point of tribulation?
    • Opening the seventh seal causes silence in heaven for 30 minutes. How severe must it be to cause all of heaven to fall silent? (v1)
    • Golden censer (v3-5)
    • Trumpets 1-5
  1. Hail and fire with blood. 1/3 of trees and all grass burned. (v7) (see Joel 2:30, Ezekiel 38:22)
  2. Great burning mountain thrown into the sea. 1/3 of sea became blood. 1/3 of sea creatures died and 1/3 ships destroyed. (v8-9) Asteroid? Nuclear?
  3. Great star (named Wormwood) fell from heaven onto 1/3 of the water. 1/3 waters are contaminated, many die from the water. (v10-11) Chernobyl is the Ukrainian word for a type of Wormwood. Nuclear?
  4. 1/3 of the sun, 1/3 of moon, 1/3 of the stars darkened. 1/3 day and 1/3 night did not shine. (v12) Nuclear fallout?
  5. Angelic warning before fifth trumpet (v13).
  • Chapter Nine –
    • Trumpet Five
      • Fallen star with key to bottomless pit. Opens pit with great smoke. Tormentors torturing the Godless for five months, but not killing.  The leader’s name is translated as ‘destroyer’. (v1-11)
      • Note the stark parallels to Joel 1:2-2:11, especially Joel 1:6 and Revelation 9:8. See also Joel 1:4.
      • Is this an invading army from the North? Precursor to Gog & Magog war (Revelation 20 & Ezekiel 38-39)?
    • Trumpet Six
      • Verses 12-19
      • Four angels released to kill 1/3 of mankind.
      • 200,000,000 horsemen.
      • More than half of the earth’s population will be dead at the end of trumpet six! (1/4 from trumpets 1-4 and 1/3 of what is left by trumpet six)
      • Note that those who have not died by these plagues still do not repent! (v20-21)
  • Discussion
    • Throughout history, it has been considered an honor to be a martyr for God (see Acts 5:41). To what level will Christians in the West ever have to deal with persecution? Is it easier to live for God or to die for Him?
    • What do the seal judgments halt, and then resume after chapter seven? What significance might this have?
    • What is the meaning of the angel at the altar and the golden censer?
    • Describe how those still alive could possibly refuse to repent, as seen in chapter nine, verses 20 and 21.
    • The leader of the tormentors in v11 is named Abaddon (Hebrew) or Apollyon (Greek). Both of these translate to ‘the destroyer’. Is this Satan? The Beast?

Next week:
Little scroll, Two Witnesses and Seventh Trumpet
Chapters 10-11