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The Seven Trumpets, Part 1

Norman McNulty

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Norman McNulty

Neurologist at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, Lawrenceburg, TN

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  • June 14, 2008
    9:00 AM
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him him him him hi good morning everyone beside us to this theology fear just a reminder for our class is that if you have a question or a comment refuting read one of versus we ask that you wait for the microphone and get the microphone to you so you can answer your make it and ask a question or read a Bible verse on at this time is go ahead and have a word of prayer and then we are going to get started with our class father in heaven we thank you for the Sabbath day we thank you that we can study few from your word to credit your sphere would be with us now as we have not revelation chapter eight we thank you for this privilege that we have and be with us in a special way in Jesus name and okay so last week we studied Revelation chapter seven and the hundred and forty four thousand I received some e-mails send some comments about the study for those of you are listening audio verse and just a couple of additional points that I will make about one hundred and forty four thousand and we were tightened about the difference between one hundred and forty four thousand and the great multitude last week the most important thing about the one hundred and forty four thousand is that God has called us as a remnant people to be part of the one hundred and forty four thousand thirds of say that and also on gifts important to keep in mind there is a comment on the website about are the feasts part of the seal of God in addition to the Sabbath the Bible and the surface make it very clear that the ceremonial law which the feast were part of were done away with at the cross and it's only the seventh day Sabbath that is the testing issue at the end of time so this makes us you comments and then were in a move into Revelation chapter eight now primarily we are going to be getting into the seven trumpets the day that Revelation chapter eight verse one is actually the seventh seal and their seven seals so we do need to tie up the seals very quickly Revelation chapter eight responses in one year to open the seventh seal there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour okay assert we went through the first six seals and the sixth seal we saw was ending in Revelation chapter six and there is this question the great day of his wrath is come and who shall be able to stand we read in Psalms chapter twenty four they seen rest claim and your heart shall be able to stand now want to step back for just the second and take a look again at the big picture of revelation you have the seven churches the seven seals in the seven trumpets and if you remember from Revelation chapter one Jesus had three titles in Revelation chapter one he is the faithful witness he's the first begotten of the dead and he's the prince of the kings of years so three titles for Jesus faithful witness first begotten of the dead Prince of the kings of years well Jesus is the faithful witness of the seven churches and to the way it is see in church especially he's the faithful on the true witness said he serves as the faithful witness to the seven churches but most especially in the seventh church he served the role as a faithful and true witness and then in the seven Seals the first begotten of the dad and in the seven trumpets he's the Prince of the kings of the year now why is your first begotten of the dead in the seven Seals in the seven Seals we see the persecution of the saints and that many of the saints are slain for the Word of God and the testimony which they hold so and at the beginning of the seals we see a lamb as it had been slain says there is this promise year that Jesus is the Lamb who was slain he was resurrected and then you have this history of the Christian church where there's all these martyrs for the faith for the word of God and for the testimony which they hold an then the question is so how is Jesus most especially serving in the function of first begotten of the dead in the seventh seal as he was the faithful and true witness in the seventh trumpet to fulfill this title while in Revelation chapter eight verse one and read a little quote from words of the little flock and Ellen White addresses the concept of revelation chapter eight verse one this is where the little flock pages fourteen and fifteen and televised segment the second coming Jesus in our eyes were drawn to the east for a small black cloud had appeared about half as large as a man's hand which we all knew was the sign of the Son of Man is going to Matthew twenty four thirty and then she jumps down through the parish uses his eyes where the flame of fire Revelation one fourteen which searched his children through and through then all faces gathered paleness and those that God had rejected gathered blackness then we all cried out crucial be able to stand that's Revelation six seventeen is my ropes spotless then the Angels ceased the same and there was some time of awful silence and then she puts Revelation eight verse one in brackets which says there was silence in heaven for about half an hour and then she says when Jesus spoke after the time of silence those you have clean hands and a pure heart shall be able to stand my grace is sufficient for you to remember a couple of weeks ago we showed that the question is you shall be able to stand and sounds twenty four talks about the three have clean hands and a pure heart will be able to stand in that day and then after Jesus says that you have clean hands and a pure heart shall be able to stand she goes on to say he gazed on the graves of the sleeping saints and raised his eyes and hands to heaven cried out awake awake awake ye that sleep in the dust and arise then there was a mighty earthquake the grades grades open and the dead came up clothed with immortality so in the seventh seal we have the resurrection so Jesus is the faithful and true witness in the seventh trumpet these the first begotten of the dead and he resurrects those who have died in the Lord in the seventh seal so we see Jesus fulfilling his titles especially in the seventh church in the seventh seal and him will see him fulfill his title as King of kings and Lord of lords in the seventh trumpet choruses the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord Christ he shall reign forever and ever cc that connection there so here we have the seven sealed their silence in heaven for about half an hour and traditionally Adventists have believed that this silence in heaven for about half an hour is the time in heaven in which it is silent when Jesus comes of this earth and takes us back to heaven prophetically speaking half an hour is literally seven five days on and it says here about half an hour so you can say well about seven days or seven and unsafe precisely half an hours is about half an hour certain known you half an hour seven five now what I am saying that based on the quote that I read I also believe that part of the silence in addition to the seven days is the time in which there's this period of awful silence where the question is crucial be able to spend everyone sees Jesus coming in his glory and everyone asks themselves the question crucial be able to stand as a period of awful silence in Jesus as US clean hands and a pure heart shall be able us than we are now long that period of awful silence last and then were told all my tells us that it's seven days from when we leave planet earth we start ascending towards them we are translated as seven days from earth to heaven so that's what we do know and then that is the end of the seven seals and so now we've had the seven churches which are the seven seals and as a reminder in the seventh church Jesus is the faithful and true witness pointing out to the latest interest of true condition which is wretched miserable poor blind and naked condition trying to get them to repent so that they can never come as Jesus ever came and were less with the question hanging this is how God 's church is at the end then we get of the seven seals and we see that a guy blast a church during the time of the six seal just before Jesus comes in the time of the seventh seal but the hundred and forty four thousand out of God 's way to see and judgment our church and the key for us is to be among that number that is the calling that God has given each one of us when he raised that this movement he raises up to be part of the one hundred and forty four thousand seven that is in this it does of the seven seals and we get to the seventh seal receipt of us the time of the second coming of Jesus raises all those who died in the first six seals you were martyrs for their faith he raises the amount and just as he was the Lamb that was slain was the first begotten of the dead when he was resurrected he has power to resurrect those few diets that that's revelation chapter eight verse one the seventh seal silence in heaven for about half an hour looking for to that half an hour I want I'm looking forward to the time we get to travel seven days from earth to heaven is going to be very interesting time okay now we're going to transition she the seven trumpets now if you look at this history and the chronology enjoyed wine you pointed beside one of her classes a couple weeks ago if you do the chronology and line up the seven churches the seven seals in the seven trumpets you see that there there the parallel chronology with all three seven now it's not one hundred percent absolutely precise but it's very close and you can see him so what I'm saying is like the first trumpet is online for the first church exactly all that you see very nicely chronology that takes you from the early Christian church all the way to eighteen forty four in the second coming in each of the seventh and so now were going to shift from the seals to the trumpets of the seven churches gave us a history of the churches as God saw that the seven seals gave us a picture of the Christian church through the guys of history and the seven trumpets give us a picture of the political strife that existed on this earth during this period of time and also the seven trumpets are a judgment of God on rough you have the seven churches in the seventh church latest CA is the church of the judgment way to see it means a judge people in the seven Seals used clearly see in the fifth seal that God what some point judge and avenge his saints for their blood that has been shed by Hagan and papal around and immediately following the seals then we see that God in fact does Judge Rahm were slaying his people and he judges round in the order in which they persecuted the same so you start off with a judgment of Western round then you have a judgment on the Eastern Roman finally a judgment on paper so chapter eight is the first four trumpets and I anticipate that we are only in a get to chapter eight today that the first four trumpets in chapter eight our judgment on Western round and when we get to the end of chapter eight we reach for seventy six A.D. in the fall of the Western Roman Empire studies give you the big picture and then Revelation nine is the fifth and sixth trumpets of the judgment on the Eastern Roman Empire and then Revelation eleven fourteen and fifteen is when the seventh trumpet against the sound that the judge on spiritual remedy on October twenty three and forty four so what were going to do now is work IQ set the stage for the seven trumpets and I would like to volunteer to read Revelation chapter eight versus two three five seven if someone could raise their hand and he could read revelation chapter a versus shoe through five Revelation eighteen through five River volunteer at your Revelation chapter eight versus three through five and speak that's everyone then an angel to stand before God seven trumpets were given to them and another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden hair and he was given much incense to offer the prayers of all the paint on the golden altar before the throne and the smoke and instance of the prayers in the Saint Rose before God from the hand of the angel and the angel took the printer and filled it with fire from the altar through it on the earth and there were skilled under rumbling flashes of lightning and earthquake okay thank you safe here in Revelation chapter two verse eight eight season or relationship reverse C three five we see in verse either seven angels standing before God and they are given seven trumpets and then we see that there is an angel who came instead at the altar having a golden sensor was all teary is this okay I hear some people say this is the altar of incense so we had an Angel who has a sensor in his hand standing before the altar and we know that in the sanctuary heaven we have an altar at and since now where is the altar of incense in the sanctuary in heaven this this is in the holy place now just as a reminder where were we in the seven churches when we were in the seven churches we saw Jesus in the mess of the seven candlesticks the seven candlesticks are also in the holy place and you get of the seven seals and of course in what you get to the seven features the neuromuscular was Laodicea as many are the seven seals and chapter four again you see in verse five chapter four EC seven lamps of fire burning before the throne so again setting the stage before the seven seals we see that we are in the holy place in the heavenly sanctuary and now setting the stage for the beginning of the seven trumpets we have this angel standing before the altar with a golden sensor which suggests again that we are in the holy place at the beginning of the seven trumpets now why is this important while it's important because some people try to take the seven I place them all in the future and make some parallel the seven last plagues after the close of probation and that's complete futurism and if you study the seven trumpets chronologically we see that there in the fifth and sixth jobs with specific time prophecies that take us from twelve ninety nine August eleven eighteen forty six you reinterpret the trumpets and in the future you're destroying the foundation for how the trumpets set up the final judgment on spiritual realm so it's important to shoe rates pain artist Doris is terminated to the seven trumpets and one other ways to prove that is the share that when the seven trumpets begin we are in the holy place we have the angel standing before the altar of incense and we know that Jesus was in the holy place until eighteen forty four so this has to be somewhere before eighteen forty four in Earth 's history said that's just giving us a big picture so we have an angel standing at the altar having a golden sensor senses 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 now who do you think this angel represents that has a sensor with the prayers of the saints it was in the sanctuary system shoe hat who had a sensor with the prayers of the saints is the high priest and so in the heavens are high priests as of course Jesus is that he is the angel here with this sensor with the prayers of the saints verse four repeats this I guess the instance which came with the prayers of the saints ascended up before God out of the angel 's hand so you have the idea that Jesus is offering answer session and interceding on behalf of the prayers of the saints these interceding before his father now verse five is a very interesting verse and this is where some people perhaps get confused in their interpretation of the trumpets and so on I read verse five year relationship verse five says and the angel check the sensor 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 now here you have Jesus taking the sensor which represents the prayers of the saints and he cast it into the earth now when Jesus is the high priests takes the center through which the prayers of the saints pass and cast it into the earth what does that suggest about the work which he is doing this would suggest that he is no longer offering intercession for the prayers of the saints and this fits our traditional understanding of the closer probation because of the close appropriation there will no longer be an intercessor on our behalf Jesus will say he that is just for me just filler he that is unjust when the endoscopes and there will no longer be intercession there is no more second chance there'll be no more opportunity to ask forgiveness for sins no more intercession in that sense so when we see this language of this angel taking the sensor and casting into the earth this clearly gives this close of probation language and it's interesting in the book early writings Ellen why makes a reference to this passage to describe the closer probation this is early writings page two seventy nine and she says I was pointed down to the time when the third Angels message was closing the power of God rested upon his people they accomplish their work and work prepared for the trying hour before them they had received the latter rain or refreshing from the presence of the Lord and the living testimony had been revived the last great warning it sounded everywhere and had stirred up in rage the inhabitants of the earth you would not receive the message I saw angels her readings UN fro in heaven an angel with the writers and corn by his side returns from the years and reported to Jesus that his work was done and the Saints were numbered and sealed then I saw Jesus truly been ministering before the art containing the ten Commandments throw down the sensor he raised his hands and with a loud voice said it isn't done secure the cause of probation we see Ellen White uses the language that Jesus throws down the sensor others one key difference between Revelation a endless passage in early writings which some people like to use to try to prove that the seven trumpets happen in the future care we see that Jesus is in the most holy place in early riding fast down the center where is in Revelation chapter a he's in the holy place so there is that distinction but nonetheless in Revelation chapter eight verse five we do have close appropriation language now we are at the beginning of the seven trumpets where Jesus is in the holy place and the question is was this the close appropriation for the whole world and Revelation chapter eight verse five or should it be that it was the closer probation for a certain group of people and the answer is is that Revelation chapter eight setting up the seven trumpets when Jesus Kathy in sensor into the earth this is for the probation language this is a description of what will happen at the closer probation for all of humanity but because were at the beginning of the seven trumpets and in the holy place we have close appropriation language being used to describe a closer probation on a certain group of people and if you study the seven trumpets it becomes very clear that that God is using closer probation language because he is casting judgment on round so in essence rounds probation is closing because they have persecuted the Saints and starts with a judgment on Western round it continues in with a judgment on the eastern round finally in the seventh trumpet you have a judgment on spiritual round and it culminates after the close appropriation when the seven last plagues our port out on Babylon or run so that is the full picture of this closer probation language so that kind is this a picture of where we are does that make sense or in my going to faster on go back and listen to the recording arts I suppose that this its sets the stage then dress to get actually inch shoe the seven trumpets sounding it whenever we have a comment down here we could have a microphone weight on your the front so you get here into the seven trumpets and solicit a comment here if you look at chapter sixty your point is made up only place emotionally to the opening of judgment on that euro and closed to the judgments of this world so I read chapter sixteen we see of that the Angels come out of business or other files in the business after the time it's important right my history so these things are interlocked and the reason that Jesus begins chapter eight with the silence in heaven is Jesus is the first and the last stages of the last the Christ of the earth chapter eight show you the face looking to be happening now and hold tenant 's fifth report based that surely must have for what you looking at the interlocking of history the mileage seven with a ever again it would join with things that there is an interlocking of history all these things are connected now what were going to do now is were going to look briefly at the first four trumpets is probably out we will have time for today and what I had in dearth through this we'll have about ten minutes to get here setting verse seven says the first angel or number six start in the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves the sound sin our any here the seven trumpets sound each angel has a trumpet sounds of her seven 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 that Shri 's and all green grass was burnt now the language of the seven trumpets tension seems to confuse some people that the language of the seven trumpets is a next her of literal and symbolic language and it may be confusing unless you understand this story quite where we are in the book of Revelation and if you understand that this is a judgment on round then you can fit the pieces together to understand what the language represents so in the first shop we see that when the trumpet sounds we have the components of hell fire mingled with blood and we see a third part of the trees burnt up in all green grass was burnt up well just to give you a couple of points this first trumpet was fulfilled in the barbaric tribe in the this a goth led by their king aware and the first four trumpet you have four barbaric tribes that each came and struck the Western Roman higher first barbarity tried to do so the three ninety five A.D. the best the Goths under King aware now this tribe came from afar northern region which was very cold and in your writer Urias Smith sport which is where I've gotten some of this information from him the hell would represent the far northern territory from which this tribe came flyer represents and how they burned down the cities of Italy to destroy a round and the blood represents the terrible slaughter the people now trees and grass symbolically represent people so that is there you see a next her of literal and symbolic language and again if you don't understand you know where you where we are in the history of the book of Revelation it might not make as much sense that's the traditional historicism understanding of this language and said the first barbaric tribe comes us the first trumpet and we have a second one in verse a this is the second angel sounded and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast in this into the sea and the third part of the sea became blood in the third part of the creatures which were in the sea and had wife died in the third part of the ships were destroyed now it's interesting here is you can almost lineup the seven trumpets in the seven last plagues starting with the second trumpet and see some similarities in the language they hear we have a great mountain burning with fire cast and the sea and we see this this concept of the third part of the sea their cry to the creature 's third part of the ships and this represents the Eric tried of the Vandals think we've all heard of that kingdom the kingdom of the Vandals they are barbaric tribe led by Jens Erik this was fulfilled during the time four twenty eight to four sixty eight A.D. this concept of the third part of the creatures the third part of the sea this this concept of the third is believed to mean that Rahm had been divided into three parts Constantius ruled in Eastern Rome and Constantinople Constantine the second was in Britain Gaul and Spain and constants had Italy Africa and Illyricum the he had the part of Italy which was attacked by Jens Erickson only the third part of round came under attack by Jens Erik so this concept of the third part the third part the third part is believed to represent the one third Avenue around which was ruled by const as opposed to what Constantius and Constantine the second ruling of cells the second trumpet within overdoing on this time we have about five minutes said now we have inverse and the third trumpet and it the continuation of the judgment on Western romp for the part in which they played in persecuting the early Christian church diverse science is 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 upon the fountains of waters in the name of the star is called wormwood and the third part of the waters became wormwood him died of the waters because they were made better now this trumpet was literally fulfilled under it so while King of a Hans was that you've probably heard of it so when your history classes in school and it's interesting that historians this is Albert Barnes and Nets on Revelation page thirty two thirty nine says in the manner of his appearance speaking of Attila he strongly resembled a brilliant meter meteor flashing in the sky and here we see this great star from heaven burning as it were a lamp and fell upon the years this represents a sellout so you have sort of literal and symbolic language at the same time and you have this concept of wormwood and wormwood represents bitterness and the historians describe the time in which Attila came and destroyed from an attack around as a very bitter experience in the way in which he destroyed Ron in the ruthless manner in which he accomplished it and kiss characteristics fit nicely with the description of the chief the barbaric tribe the van or excuse me the Hans which attacked Rome here in the third trumpet so that's the third trumpet and then fourth trumpet and one other thing is his attack for mainly in the Alps and Italy where he which happen to be in the portions of Italy were the water four C Southern voice that again some more literal and symbolic language their palette the fourth trumpet briefly this is beginning in verse twelve fourth angel sounded and the third part of the sun was smitten in the third part of the man in the third part of the stars says the third part of them was darkened in the day sure not for a third part of the in the night likewise so that's the fourth trumpet now this was fulfilled beginning in four seventy six A.D. without a waster and the hairy ally when they attack around and this is when historians recognize that Western Rumsfeld so we get to the fourth trumpet this is the final attack on Western round and Western round falls in four seventy six A.D. the notice it talks about how the third part of the sun moon and stars were darkened if you study out the concept of sun moon and stars earlier in the first trumpet we saw that the third part of trees and grass was burned up that represented people will finance stars also can represent people and if you remember in Genesis thirty seven when Joseph had a dream and the sun moon and the stars bowed down to him that represents what I represented the bed of brothers or the twelve sons of Jacob are the eleven bowing to the twelfth Joseph and those twelve sons represent the leaders of Israel and so some men and stars symbolically represent leaders of on the just as trees and grass can represent people with some instars is a step up from nine representable the leaders of the people in here we see in the fourth trumpet that the leaders of Western ROM were not out which led to the fall of the Western Roman Empire so we've been getting a lot of detail I realize that some of the try to wrap this up by him stepping back and looking at the big picture not whatever searching wishes and I beheld and heard an angel flying through the mess of heaven saying with allowed voice low blow blow to the inhabitants of the earth by reason of the other voices of the tribe of the three angels which are yet the sound now what we have here then as we still have the fifth sixth and seventh trumpet to sound and if you notice in verse thirteen verse three was an there is one woe for each trumpet that remains so you have the first woe for the fifth rep the second woe for the sixth trumpet in the Third World for the seventh trumpet we'll study that next week but there's a specific reason why the fifth sixth and seventh trumpet Sir associated with was compared to the first four trumps will get into that next week but what we've seen so far is if you remember from the seven seals the same say how long the Lords will you judge and avenge our blood and we see that God is judging and avenging the blood of the saints in the seven trumpets which as a quick point if you hear anybody say that God really doesn't destroy and that he does it differently than a way in which man would be don't believe that because Scripture makes it very clear that God pours out his judgments on the wicked and we see that very clearly here in the concept of the seven trumpets and the reason I say that is because I for this teaching in this area recently going around saying that God really doesn't destroying yet understand that to understand the character of God but the bunch of nonsense as an analyst in my eye close as it was this point that the seven trumpets are a adjustment on a run for persecuting God 's people and we see here in the first four trumpets a judge on Western room and we would get to the fitness instrument for the judge on each of the next week so thank you

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