What is the purpose of the Trumpet Judgments?
God answers the prayer of the saints.
“When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.”
When Jesus opens the fifth seal the Apostle John witnesses a great multitude standing before the Throne, they cry our for God to avenge their deaths, these are the ones who, because of their witness and testimony of Jesus Christ were horribly persecuted and killed because they held firm to the gospel of Jesus Christ. God gives them a special robe and are told to rest a little while until the number of fellow servants who will also be killed in the same manner as they were.
It is during the timeline of the seal judgments that God begins answering their prayer, beginning with the sixth seal judgment, the Wrath of the Lamb earthquake and continues through the Trumpet Judgments.
Destructive Wrath. The Planet Suffers. God strikes the world in thirds. God will rain down hail and fire upon the earth. Literally one third of the trees and grass will be burned up. One third of all the trees on our planet will be burned to the ground! “A great mountain burning with fire” is thrown into the sea, turning one third of the sea into blood, killing one third of all the living creatures in the sea and also destroying one third of the ships that are in the sea when this happens.
In this first Trumpet Judgment, God will rain down hail and fire upon the earth. Literally one third of the trees and grass will be burned up.
Again, just imagine on a worldwide global scale one third of all the trees on our planet will be burned to the ground!
In this next judgment, a “great mountain burning with fire” is thrown into the sea, turning one third of the sea into blood, killing one third of all the living creatures in the sea, and also destroying one third of the ships that are in the seas.
This great mountain burning with fire is probably a meteor that is launched by God to the earth to continue His judgment against all the wicked people now living.
A “great star burning like a torch” falls from heaven, contaminating one third of the rivers and springs, thereby causing many men to die because the waters were made bitter. The name of this angel is Wormwood. Many believe this great star indicates that a meteor will strike the earth, however, whenever the Bible describes a “star” it is always a bible symbol representing an angel, not a meteor. This angel has been give authority by God to poison one third of all fresh bodies of water.
In this next judgment, God strikes a third of the sun, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars so they are darkened and thus will only produce one third of the light the sun, moon and star normally produce. This verse then ends giving a very serious warning about the next three trumpet judgments getting ready to be released.
This next judgment begins what is called the “woes.” This one is the first woe, which means that it is a very serious judgment.
This next judgment is called the second woe. This one is almost beyond human comprehension. In this very severe judgment, 4 demonic angels are released from the Euphrates river to literally kill one third of all mankind. They will be leading an army of 200 million demonic spirits – I repeat, 200 million demonic spirits!
This army of 200 million is not China. This judgment will occur before the battle of Armageddon. We are talking about 200 million demons let loose upon this earth to literally kill one third of the people that are still left on it!
This last and final trumpet judgment is the final woe. However, it is not really a judgment per se. In this judgment, we are shown that heaven is beginning to rejoice because they know the end is very near. They are rejoicing because God has been releasing His wrath on a sinful world and He is starting to take His vengeance.
However, the last part of the verse says that more lightnings, noises, thunderings, another earthquake, and more hail is released upon the earth once again. However, these events are almost tame compared to what will occur during the last set of trumpet judgments.