Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Chapter 6

The Great Day of His Wrath is Come

The Day of the Lord has begun! Christians, having been rescued from the wrath to come via the rapture, are with God in heaven. The peoples of the world, after realizing their error in following the antichrist, will be in a fear stricken panic. They have seen Christ in the clouds, and they have had an epiphany and are scared to death. The big question is what will happen next?

After the rapture occurs, many other catastrophic events—all part of the Day of the Lord—will occur during this time. These events are succinctly listed in Revelation and will encompass the seventh seal and the trumpet and vial (or bowl) judgments. We will examine these events individually, so we can get a feel for what this time will be like.

The Seventh Seal

The first judgment of the Day of the Lord is the seventh seal:

And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and 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. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. And the angel took the censer, 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. And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. (Rev. 8:1-6)

When the seventh seal is opened, the first thing that we notice is that there is a time of silence in heaven. This silence indicates to me that something very important and sobering is about to occur. It is plausible to theorize that there may also be a great silence in the hearts and minds of the people left on earth after the rapture, after having just seen Christ in the clouds and witnessing the disappearance of millions of people. I am sure that they will be pondering the events that just took place and the events that are about to unfold. The next thing we see is that fire is cast to the earth. This may indicate a meteor shower or horrific lightning storms. There is another earthquake and the seven trumpet judgments are permitted to begin.

Scripture tells us that this pouring out of wrath is the result of the prayers of the saints in connection with the persecution they have suffered at the hands of the antichrist and his followers (Rev. 6:10-11). God’s vengeance is a just recompense for the wickedness that the world has committed. So the seventh seal consists of “fire” cast to the earth, a great earthquake, and seven more judgments known as the trumpet judgments.

The First Trumpet
The first trumpet judgment is found in Rev. 8:7:

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.

Several interpretations have been offered as to what this judgment entails, including a meteor shower, fire and brimstone literally falling from heaven, and severe thunderstorms with huge hail and catastrophic lightning. Although we cannot be sure, I feel that the language of the text lends itself to the latter interpretation. That is, the judgment consists of horrific thunderstorms with devastating hail and fire. One of the main reasons leading me to this conclusion is that the language in the passage is very similar to the language in Ex 9:22–23:

And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt. And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the Lord rained hail upon the land of Egypt.

We see here a local judgment on the land of Egypt consisting of horrific thunderstorms with devastating hail and fire. It is interesting to note that the hail caused fire to run upon the ground. This may be what is known as ball lightning, which has been observed frequently in modern times. This phenomena is caused by the air being super-charged with static electricity. I remember as a boy at scout camp a thunderstorm came across the bay toward where we were standing. As it approached, ball lightning eerily sizzled as it moved erratically about fifteen feet above our heads. It could have just as easily occurred on the ground. Another possible cause is electrically charged hail lying on the ground. While I feel the most likely scenario is horrific thunderstorms with hail, whatever this judgment is, it will result in one-third of all the trees on the earth being burnt up and all the grass being burnt up.

The Second Trumpet
The second trumpet judgment is described as a great mountain burning with fire cast into the sea. This is found in Rev. 8:8–9:

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; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

This judgment is most likely a meteorite crashing into the ocean. A meteorite is a rock composed of various substances that falls to earth from outer space. As a meteor, which could vary in size from a piece of sand to what is described here as a great mountain, hits the earth’s atmosphere, its outer layer catches on fire. Hence, the phrase “a great mountain burning with fire.” Small meteors burn up before they reach the earth, but the larger ones make it to earth. When a huge meteorite slams into the ocean, due to the temperature difference between the ocean and the meteorite’s burning outer layer and frozen core, the meteor will explode. If this is, in fact, what will occur during this judgment, the resulting explosion would dwarf any nuclear bomb explosion by many times. Scientists have calculated that a meteor of 1,700 meters in diameter would unleash an explosion equivalent to 100,000 to 1,000,000 megatons of TNT.[1] The heaviest and biggest meteors usually have iron in them, so the blood color referred to in the passage would probably be caused by the tiny bits of iron ore, which due to the huge explosion, would be scattered over large distances and will rust in sea water, turning it red or blood in color. Thus, the affected area would become poisonous and kill any sea life in that area, just as scripture describes. The explosion will also unleash huge tidal waves, and as a result, one-third of all ships in the world will be destroyed and most likely coastal communities would be impacted.

The Third Trumpet
The third trumpet judgment is another celestial event, described 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.

The “great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp” most likely describes a comet, which will explode near the surface of the earth or actually hit the earth. It is hotly debated as to what comets are made of. Some think they are made of frozen inert gases, such as ammonia. Others think they may be composed of plasma. Whatever they are composed of, when they explode over an area, they produce a devastating effect. It is thought that a comet of lesser degree than mentioned in this judgment did explode over Siberia in 1908. As pictures attest, the devastation was widespread. The result looked like a nuclear explosion, and there was evidence of the area becoming uninhabitable.

When the comet of the third trumpet enters the earth’s atmosphere, it will burn brightly as a lamp. Thus, it will give off much light. The comet will probably be so bright that it will have the ability to make night look like day. The name of the comet is “Wormwood.” Wormwood is a plant that grows in Europe and is used to make absinthe, an hallucinogenic liquor. Taking too much of it could bring death. Thus, the name Wormwood implies that the comet will be made up of poisonous substances. Upon exploding this comet will spew whatever poisonous material it contains over a large area, and as the scriptures say one-third of fresh water will become poisonous and, many men will die.

The Fourth Trumpet
The fourth trumpet judgment also involves the amount of one-third. This judgment removes one-third of all light. Look at what Rev. 8:12 says:

And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

As a result of this judgment, the light of the sun, moon, and stars is diminished by one-third. This phenomenon could be caused by all the debri in the atmosphere from the explosions of the second and third trumpet judgments or it could be caused by some other astral phenomena. Whatever the cause, the earth will only receive one-third of the light that it would normally get. This would probably result in many plants dying and a great “ice age” descending upon the earth.

Let’s Review
With the occurrence of the rapture, the Day of the Lord begins. After this event then the wrath of God will begin to be poured out upon the earth. It will start with fire being cast to the earth and a great earthquake at the seventh seal. Then a series of four horrific trumpet judgments are unleashed. These most likely consist of severe thunderstorms with killing hail and lightning, which destroys one-third of all the trees; a meteor exploding in the ocean which destroys one-third of all sea life and ships; an exploding comet which poisons one-third of freshwater, killing many; and a diminishing of one-third of the world’s sunlight.
This, however, is nothing in comparison to the next three trumpet judgments, which are so severe that a special announcement is given before they occur.

And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound! (Rev. 8:13)

The triple woe is an indication that the last three trumpet judgments are going to be much more devastating and severe than the first four. Let’s take a look.

The Fifth Trumpet
The fifth trumpet judgment is found in Rev. 9:1-12:

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. 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. 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. 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 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. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them….And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 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. One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

In the first verse, we see a star falling from heaven. This is an angel. We know this because the second part of the verse says that “he” is given a key to open up hell. Later in the passage we are told who this angel is: “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.” Abaddon and Apollyon are names for satan. So what happens here is that satan is thrown down to the earth and he opens the bottomless pit or hell, and the sun and air are darkened from the huge volume of smoke coming out of this pit. Literally, I believe this pit is a huge hole in the earth where lava and smoke spew out. This scenario is similar to what scientists describe as a super volcano. Scientists tell us that the largest super volcano in the world is located at Yellowstone. They say that if it erupts, it would open up a 20-mile x 40-mile hole in the earth. Recently, Yellowstone has been showing signs of increased activity, alarming some that a massive eruption may be looming.

The darkening of the sun and air by smoke is nothing in comparison to the most horrific thing coming out of the pit: demon locust creatures. These horrible-looking demon creatures will have power to afflict men for five months with so much pain that people wish that they could die, and even want to kill themselves, but the scripture says that death will flee from them.[2]

The Sixth Trumpet
The next woe, or horrific judgment, is the sixth trumpet found in Rev. 9:13-19:

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. 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. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.”

This judgment is another attack by a demon force. This time, it is not demon locust creatures, but a demon army mounted on demonic horse creatures with lion’s heads that spew out fire, smoke, and brimstone, and who have tails that are like serpents. This frightening demon army will kill one-third of all mankind left on the earth at that time. Some think that the phrase “which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year,” indicates that this judgment will last for 13 months a day and an hour. I see that as a possibility, or the phrase could just be indicating that the judgment would start at a certain hour, month, day, and year.
After all of these occurrences and judgments the earth’s population has been drastically reduced. The first five seals have eliminated at least one-third of the world’s population. The sixth seal has reduced the world’s population via the rapture by an untold amount. The first five trumpet judgments have also killed much of the world’s population. These judgments consisting of the severe thunderstorms, the meteor, the comet, and the removal of one-third of sunlight have killed an unspecified amount of people. The water being made bitter from the comet explosion will its self kill many people, for it says; “and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.” The fifth trumpet, the demon locusts, has not killed anyone, just tormented them. And now at the sixth trumpet the demon army kills one-third of all the people that are left on the earth at that time.

So let’s say if we start with six billion people at the beginning of the 70th Week of Daniel, and subtract one-third for the first four seals, that leaves us with 4.5 billion. Then let’s speculate and say we lose another billion from the first five trumpet judgments, which I feel is a conservative estimate, we are down to 3.5 billion. And then lose another one-third with the sixth trumpet that leaves the world’s population at about 2.33 billion. And I believe this to be a conservative estimate.

The Seventh Trumpet
The final trumpet judgment is the most severe of all, and just like the seventh seal judgment, it is composed of seven more judgments known as the vial or bowl judgments. This last trumpet will come near the end of the 70th Week. We know this by several verses found in Revelation:

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: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. (Rev. 10:6-7)

We notice here that it says there will “be time no longer,” and it also says that, when the angel sounds the seventh trumpet, “the mystery of God should be finished.” Thus, this last trumpet judgment comes near the end and will consist of seven bowl or vial judgments. The last bowl judgment, the battle of Armageddon, will be the end of the reign of the antichrist. Another verse that confirms this is Rev. 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.” So the final result of the seventh trumpet is the seven bowl judgments, which will culminate in the Lord defeating the gathered armies, the antichrist, the false prophet, and satan at the battle of Armageddon.
Some feel that the 70th Week will end at the seventh trumpet and Christ will descend to earth and begin reigning from Jerusalem at the sound of this trumpet. They believe this because of the language in Rev. 10:7 and 11:15, which respectively say “the mystery of God should be finished” and “the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord.” In both of these verses, the prophetic aorist form of the verb is used. Use of the prophetic aorist indicates that the event is so certain and imminent that it can be considered as already taking place, but that it has actually not yet occurred. So these verses do not indicate that at the sound of the seventh trumpet that Christ has begun to reign, only that it is so certain that it can be considered to have occurred. As a matter of fact, Dan. 7:11-14 indicates that Jesus will not begin His reign until after satan, the antichrist, and false prophet are thrown into hell, which we know happens after the battle of Armageddon (Dan. 7:11-14, Rev. 19:11-21)

The First Bowl
These bowl judgments, which occur within the 70th Week of Daniel, will be very severe and extremely catastrophic. The first bowl judgment is a grievous sore or boil upon all who have the mark of the beast, as it says 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.” The word “noisome” most likely refers to the cries of pain that will be uttered by those afflicted with the boils.

The Second Bowl

The second vial turns the sea into the blood of a dead man and all living things die in the sea. “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 (Rev. 16:3).” In the second trumpet judgment, we theorized that the sea will be turned to “blood” in color as a result of the discoloration of the sea from the exploding meteor. In this judgment, the verse suggests that the sea will actually be turned to blood, reminiscent of when Moses changed the Nile to blood before Pharaoh.[3] But not fresh blood but putrid decomposing blood as of a “dead man.” As a result, all living things in the sea will die. I can imagine that the stench from the decayed blood and all of the dead sea creatures will encompass the globe and at the least would be nauseating.

The Third Bowl

The third bowl turns all freshwater to blood: “And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood” (Rev. 16:4). Again, for reasons mentioned above, this refers to all freshwater actually being turned into blood.

The Fourth Bowl

The fourth vial causes extreme heat to come over the earth. This could be caused by the sun becoming hotter or because the earth is now closer to the sun, due to possibly having a changed orbit. “And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory” (Rev. 16:8,9).

The Fifth Bowl

The fifth vial causes total darkness over the whole earth: “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” (Rev. 16:10).

The Sixth Bowl

The sixth vial makes possible the seventh and final vial judgment by drying up the Euphrates River and allowing all the kings to gather for the battle of Armageddon after being deceived by the antichrist and the false prophet into fighting against Jesus, who will be returning to earth:

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. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. (Rev. 16:12-14)

Still Deceived?
After witnessing Christ in the clouds and many disappearing in the rapture, and after experiencing all of these judgments, how can the world still be deceived? How will the antichrist be able to trick people into ignoring what the scriptures say and get them to gather to fight against God in the great battle of Armageddon? Here is a possible scenario: We know the antichrist—who I believe will claim to be the alien who started life on earth—will be able to perform miraculous signs and will probably trick people into believing that hostile aliens (namely, Jesus and the saints) have been responsible for all the recent disasters and are coming to take over the world. They will then rally the people of the world to fight against them to save the planet. This same scenario was portrayed in the popular movie “Independence Day,” which depicted aliens trying to take over the earth and the people of the earth collaborating to defeat them.

R. A. Coombes comments beautifully in this regards:

The UFO phenomenon seems to be, from all indications, nothing less and nothing more than, activity promulgated by the satanic/rebel forces that are preparing to embroil humanity in a war against the Creator-God of the Universe. And how will these satanic forces do this? By deceiving people into believing that they are good aliens and that Jesus and the saints—who will be returning to earth from “outer space”—are bad aliens whom the world should fight against. [4]

Whatever deceptions they use, unfortunately the world will ignore the scriptures and believe the deceiving spirits and gather for the great battle of Armageddon. Thus, we come to the final judgment.

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. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great. (Rev. 16:17-21)

The Seventh Bowl

This last and final judgment starts with the greatest earthquake that the world has ever experienced. This earthquake is so great that every mountain and island are now gone! If all the mountains and islands are gone, surely there will be no buildings left, either. As a result, Jerusalem, the great city, is divided into three parts. At the time of this earthquake the end-times Babylon will receive its final judgment and sink into the ocean. This is also the day that the famed battle of Armageddon will take place. This is the day that the armies will gather in the valley of Armageddon to destroy Israel that has been hidden in “Bozrah.”[5] Then the Lord will descend with all the saints and totally destroy the armies that are gathered against Him.
Isaiah 63:1-4 tells of this event:

Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, traveling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.

Notice in the beginning of the passage that the Lord’s garments are stained red from blood. This is as a result of the treading of the winepress of God, the destruction of the armies at Armageddon. This is also recorded in Rev. 19:13: “And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.” Revelation 16 tells us that the Lord will defeat these armies with severe thunder and lightning storms that will be unleashed upon the valley of Megiddo with 100-pound hailstones, resulting in the armies of the world being crushed in the “winepress of God.” The valley is literally filled up to the horses’ bridles with blood.

Yet another account shows that Jesus, the righteous judge, is the one who delivers the judgment by the sword of His mouth as He returns to earth to rule and reign and set up His Millennial Kingdom:

And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. (Rev 19:15)

And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. (Rev 19:21)

Here is some additional detail on this battle and the destruction that will ensue:

Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it. For the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter. Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment. The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea. And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness. For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion. And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever. (Isa. 34:5-10)

So Israel who has been protected in the wilderness at Bozrah, when they see the armies gathered against them, will call out to the Lord Jesus Christ for deliverance and the Lord will respond and do battle for them. The battle of Armageddon will totally destroy the armies that are gathered against Israel. At their defeat the antichrist, and the false prophet will be hurled into the lake of fire; satan will be thrown into the bottomless pit:

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS…And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. (Rev. 19:11-21)

And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil, and satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. (Rev 20:1-4)

Thus, the Day of the Lord, which started with the coming of Christ to the clouds to receive His own at the rapture, is a time in which God pours out His wrath upon the earth. This wrath is contained in the seventh seal and the seven trumpet and seven bowl judgments and culminates with the return of Christ to the earth at the battle of Armageddon. Fortunately the story does not end here, after the great battle the blessings of the Day of the Lord period will begin to be poured out during the Millennium and beyond. We will discuss these events in the next chapter.

[1] Morrison, Chapman, and Slovic. The Impact Hazard.
[2] This is the first judgment that is listed in which those with the seal of God in their forehead will not be afflicted. This does not mean that no one will be spared from the other trumpet judgments, but this is the first one that specifically states an exemption. It is likely that the 144,000, who are sealed right after the sixth seal and the rapture (Rev. 7:4) will be spared from the trumpet judgments in their entirety. These are God’s protected witnesses who are to proclaim the eternal gospel and the truth about the antichrist to all who will listen during the latter part of the 70th Week of Daniel..
[3] For readers wondering why I see the second trumpet judgment as being a figure of speech while the second bowl as being literal is because, in the second trumpet, the exploding meteor will be pulverized and will spew its debris over a huge area, thus changing the sea to a blood color. This will be the natural result of that event, as an exploding meteor will naturally discolor the sea and will kill the sea creatures in that area. Whereas in the second bowl judgment, there is no natural causal agent. The text simply says that the sea will turn to blood. Thus, literal blood is the most natural way to read the text.
[4] Coombes, R.A. America, The Babylon, p. 101
[5] Where is Israel during this time? For the last 3.5 years of the 70th Week, Israel will be living in the wilderness after having fled at the Abomination of Desolation. “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” (Rev 12:6) Scripture indicates that they will have fled to Edom to a place called Bozrah (Micah 2:12–13). Edom is modern day Jordan. The word “Bozrah” means “sheep pen.” A sheep pen was an enclosure, usually constructed of rocks that only had one way in and out. The shepherd would sleep at the entrance, and acted as the door and would protect the sheep. This is what Jesus alluded to in John 10:7: “Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.” Thus, Israel will have fled to a “sheep pen” to be protected and God will protect and sustain Israel during the Day of the Lord. Some think that this sheep pen could be a place in Jordan called Petra. It is a natural rock enclosure with only one way in and out. Petra—a city carved out of rock—has enough room for 250,000 people. It even has a 5000-seat amphitheatre. This is the most likely place that Israel will be protected and sustained for the 3.5-year attack of the antichrist.

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