NOTE: The first part if tribulation is the coronavirus, the second is world war against Israel, and the third is the destruction of the old earth and heaven in seven parts.
(1) Revelation 8:2: And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.
(2) Revelation 8:6: Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.
a. The first angel sounded and there came hail and fire mingled with blood, a third of the trees and all the green grass was burned up.
b. The Second sounded and a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea, a third part of the sea becoming blood with one third of the sea creatures dying and a third part of the ships were destroyed.
c. The third angel and a star fell from heaven called wormwood into the rivers of waters and the fountain of waters, they became bitter and many men died.
d. The fourth sounded and a third part of the sun, moon, and stars were smitten so there was only a third of day.
e. (Revelation 9) Satan falls from heaven, opens the bottomless pit, and locusts like scorpions come out to hurt men (if God is not written in their forehead) for 5 months. No green grass was hurt.
f. The sixth angel releases four more angels (from the river Euphrates) that with war kill a third of men.
g. The seventh sounded and time was no more, earth was finished like in the Prophets.
“7 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.”
(3). The first angel to the fourth angel correlates with the destruction of the earth called the day of the LORD and Lord in the OT and NT. You see this also in Revelation 15 as the wrath of God is complete. Remember 11-22 is like another book, the little book of the perspective of God of world history.
(4). This is the third mention of seven angels in Revelation. The first in the little book. We need to check it but it looks like the little book is in time sequence. Do we again get the mention of the fifth angel? Perhaps we can tell as we continue the mention in Revelation of the seven angels. Revelation 15:1 I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues-last, because with them God’s wrath is completed. The seven angels sequence agrees generally, except the wording God choses for his perspective, and the fifth goes like this in Revelation 16.
Revelation 16:10 10The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in agony.
You see it is about Satan the beast, his kingdom goes dark, and people are gnawing their tongue in agony.
We tend to think of the sounding of the seven angels in the sequence of time, but that can not be, because at the first all green grass is burned up And at the fifth angel no green grass was harmed. As far as time the release of Satan is out of time sequence. Everybody knows that you count 1..2…3..4 instead of 5 and 6 then 1-4 and 7 the end. I am going to offer a postulate here that will make the highly educated scoff, but they are among the Pharisees that Jesus did not want to understand His teaches so He taught in parables, that seeing they might not see and hearing they might not hear. Should God do anything less, after all He taught Jesus. And look how confused the Scofield mites and fundamentalists are today with these early signs of tribulation, they like Jeffress, Jeremiah. Mohler, and Patterson don’t know what to say or think. Who would have thought the Master Teacher would start off with 5 and 6 then tell a riddle in the scorpion virus. Besides the Jews are not to know and understand, until it looks hopeless for Jerusalem, then they turn to God and Christ and are converted, at least half of them.
There is another reason, the mercy and God for we believers that are still left on the earth. He has protected us from the virus providing His seal of protection, but if He went into 1-4, the day of the LORD group, with the loss of the grass first, imagine how devastating it would be for the farmers, and many farmers are believers. No, He starts with the gentler things like the virus, brought on by Satan, and then the great battle that kills one third of the military men, after all they are men of war and trained for battle. (Not to be insensitive to our military men, but after all we are talking about he END of the earth and heavens here, and there are just so many ways to do it! God has always enjoyed playing with numbers to confuse the wisdom of the wise, and He has certainly done starting with the fifth angel of the virus and the sixth of world war. He gave us a clue in the green grass we love so much. Only those looking for errors will stumble at the complete loss of green with the first angel and then no grass is to be harmed with the fifth angel. You see God has chosen to sequence His story and the end of the earth with the color green instead of numbers 1,2,3,4. After all, most trained in the Bible recognize 1-4 as the one day of the LORD of the OT and the one day of the Lord of the NT.
OR just recall flashbacks of literature and the movies, that is what we are dealing with here. The fifth angel is a flashback of green grass or a time of green grass like now. And indeed we must consider this time is now with Satan loosed and the corona virus. As a matter of fact there is a good chance that the drying up of the Euphrates (the nation of Iraqi) happened during the Bush Administration, and the way to war with Israel is already clear for the kings (nations) of the East. That would make part of the sixth angel an even deeper flashback, but not the war for as far as know we are not in that extent of war given in Zechariah 14. (Of course that is a possibility that the last war is in the early stages, because poor Israel is surrounded within and without its borders with actions occurring at random times.)
If you do not think mercy is on the mind of God, you both do not remember the God of Jonah that plead with Jonah over the destruction of so many cattle as well as people, and you did not carefully read the words of Revelation 9:20,21._ which are so starting that they shift the subject completely and seem out of place in the context.
20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
God is hurting here but justice prevails. Sin like murder, stealing, and adultery hurt God, but what hurts Him the most is being ignored and slighted with a worship of such foolish things as silver and gold. After thousands of years of putting up with this crap, God Himself can not put up with it any longer being a holy and righteous God. And don’t forget those under the altar that cry out for justice as they were unjustly treated by the wicked that got away with it until now! They sing the song of Moses and of the Lamb that “just and true” are His ways as below in 15:2-5.
There is no mistaking this third part of tribulation called in the OT Prophets the day of the LORD, the day of His wrath. The first part being the virus as Satan is loosed, the second part being the battle in Israel where on third of men are slaughtered and this third part spoken of by Simon Peter as the destruction of heaven and earth by fire. Why we may ask is it all the way over here in chapter 15, when it is given here in so much detail in chapter 8. And you have to remember that chapters 11-22 are almost a separate book, the little book in which God is explaining Himself and giving His perspective of world history.
And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
This is the solo place in the book of Revelation that this tabernacle is mentioned. Barnes notes on the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven: “ It is called the “tabernacle of testimony,” because it was a testimony or witness of the presence of God among the people – that is, it served to keep up the remembrance of him. See the notes as above on Acts 7:44, where the same Greek phrase is used as here – rendered there “tabernacle of witness.” The word “temple” here – ναὸς naos – does not refer to the whole of the building called the “temple,” but to the holy of holies. See the notes on Hebrews 9:3. This was regarded as the unique dwelling-place of God; and it was this sacred place, usually closed from all access, that now seemed to be opened, implying that the command to execute these purposes came directly from God himself.”
It is Stephen in Acts 7:44 that gives us insight into the place of this temple in Israel: “
44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of the Testimony with them in the wilderness. It was constructed exactly as God had directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen. 45 And our fathers who received it brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations God drove out before them. It remained until the time of David,…
NOTE: In the seven last plagues, the wrath of God is complete, and the explanation is in the Song of Moses.
“Great and marvelous are Your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the [b]saints!
4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy.
For all nations shall come and worship before You,
For Your judgments have been manifested.”
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