A Part of Division I, The Conflict on Earth (continued).

Section 3, Chapters 8-11, The Seven Trumpets of Judgement.

A. Chapter 8, The Sounding of the First Four Trumpets.

    Seven angels were given trumpets.

    Another angel offered prayers to God in form of incense.

    The first angel sounded. Hail and fire, mixed with blood thrown down to earth. A third of earth and trees and all grass burned.

    The second angel sounded. Something like a burning mountain thrown into sea. A third of sea became blood. A third of sea creatures died. A third of ships destroyed.

    The third angel sounded. A great burning star called Wormwood fell from heaven on a third of rivers and springs of water. Many men died from bitter waters.

    The fourth angel sounded. A third of sun, moon, and stars darkened. A third of day and night changed.

    An eagle announced from mid-heaven the soundings of the remaining three angels to be three woes to those who live on earth.

B. Chapter 9, Two of the Three Woes Revealed as the Fifth and Sixth Trumpets Sound.

    The fifth angel sounded. The first of three woes began. The star fallen from heaven was given key to open the bottomless pit. When opened, smoke from the pit darkened the sun and air. From the smoke came locusts that were given power like scorpions. Locusts were told to hurt only men who do not have seal of God. Locusts were to torment these men for five months, but not to kill them. The men tormented by locusts longed to die.

    The locusts were described further as battle horses with golden crowns, faces like men, hair like women, and teeth like lions, carrying breastplates of iron, making sounds like chariots and horses rushing to battle. Also they had stinging tails like scorpions to hurt men for five months.

    The king of the "locusts" was named Abaddon (in Hebrew) and Apollyon (in Greek).

    The Sixth angel sounded. The second of three woes began. A voice from the altar told the angel to release the four angels bound at the river Euphrates. The four angels, waiting for that exact moment, were released to kill one third of mankind.

    John saw armies of horsemen and was told they numbered two hundred thousand. The riders had breastplates the color of fire, hyacinth, and brimstone. The heads of the horses were like lions and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and brimstone. The fire, smoke, and brimstone were referred to as three plagues, which killed a third of mankind.

    The power of the horses was revealed to be in their mouths and tails, for their tails were like serpents with heads that do harm.

    The rest of mankind, not killed by the plagues, did not repent. Their sins were listed.

C. Chapter 10, The Vision of the Open Book which John Was Told to Eat.

    John saw a strong angel coming down out of heaven with a little open book in his hand. The angel placed one foot on the land and one foot on the sea and cried out with a loud voice, after which there were seven peals of thunder. A voice from heaven told John to seal up and not to write what the seven peals of thunder had spoken.

    The angel swore by the Heavenly Creator that there shall be delay no longer, but with the sounding of the seventh angel the mystery of God would be finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets.

    The voice from heaven told John to go and take the open book from the angel. John went and asked the angel to give him the open book. The angel told John to take the book and eat it, and that the book would taste sweet in his mouth but would make his stomach bitter. John confirmed that the book was sweet in his mouth, but when eaten, it made his stomach bitter.

    John was told he must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.

D. Chapter 11, Verses 1-13, The Persecution of the Two Witnesses.

    John was given a measuring rod and told to measure the Temple of God and the altar, and the worshipers, but not to measure the outer court of the Temple for it has been given to the nations who will tread the holy city for forty two months.

    John was told that God's two witnesses would prophesy in sackcloth for twelve hundred and sixty days.

    The two witnesses were identified to John, one as two lamp stands, the other as two olive trees.

    John was told that anyone desiring to harm the two witnesses would be killed by fire proceeding out of the mouths of the witnesses, and that the witnesses would have power to stop the rain from falling, to turn the waters into blood, and to smite the earth with every plague.

    The beast out of the abyss will make war on the witnesses, overcome them and kill them. Their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified, for three and a half days.

    Those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will not permit the dead bodies of the two witnesses to be laid in a tomb, but will rejoice, make merry, and send gifts to one another because the two prophets could no longer torment them.

    After three and a half days the two witnesses (prophets) came alive, stood on their feet, and were summoned by a loud voice from heaven saying, "Come up here". They ascended into heaven in a cloud while their enemies watched.

    At that hour there was a great earthquake, a tenth of the city fell, and seven thousand people were killed. The rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

E. Chapter 11, Verses 14-19, The Sounding of the Seventh Trumpet.

    The seventh angel sounded. The third woe came. Loud voices in heaven announced that the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and He will reign forever and ever.

    The twenty four elders fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, "We give thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who art and who wast, because Thou hast taken Thy great power and hast begun to reign. And the nations were enraged, and Thy wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to give their reward to Thy bond-servants the prophets and the saints and to those who fear Thy name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth."

    The Temple of God in heaven was opened and the Ark of the Covenant appeared and there were flashes of lightning and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm.