Upon the opening of the 7th Seal in Rev. 8, there is a brief time of silence prior to the introduction of the 7 Trumpets. God uses each trumpet to direct His judgment upon mankind utilizing a different aspect of creation.
1. Trumpet 1 - The Earth
V5 “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.”
V7 “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.”
2. Trumpet 2 - The Sea
V8&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.”
3. Trumpet 3 - The Rivers
V10 “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;”
4. Trumpet 4 - The Heavens
V12 “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.”
LESSON - How ironic for a world moving gradually towards pantheism for God to bring about judgment using the focus of their worship. I’m certain many will run to their sources of idolatry in their day of trouble only to find their idols silent. To whom will men cry in this time of despair? Push back against this deception to help others discover how to have a personal relationship with the Creator of all they see.