Bible Prophecy Part 4
By Your servant, Dan L Baxley
The 7th Seal is Opened
The Trumpets of Revelation
Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
(Rev 8:1) When he opened the Seventh Seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
This is a most extrodinary remark, a reveal that goes nearly unnoticed by all. The significance of this "half an hour" is skipped over almost immediately as prophecy teachers and students dive into the sounding of the 7 Trumpets. The 1/2 hour is not an 1/2 hour on Earth, it is an 1/2 hour in Heaven. On Earth, this Heavenly 1/2 hour is just over 20 years. The opening of the 7th Seal is the start of the sounding of the 7 Trumpets. The 6th Seal brought the visible Sign of our Lord's coming, signs in the atmosphere of Earth and a great shaking of the Earth leading to worldwide tsunamis and weather pattern changes. What is it that triggers the timing of the opening of the 6th seal, as we have already seen in Bible Prophecy (Matthew 24, YaHshua's Prophecy) is the Abomination the causes Desolation. There are many different views about what this is to be. Many, or most, say it is when the false Messiah stands in the Third Temple, to be rebuilt sometime before the man of sin is revealed and the coming of our Savior. It is my opion, however, that this Abomination that Causes Desolation, or the coming destruction, to put it another way, will be the construciton of a Third Temple on the Holy Place itself.
Think about it -- After our Lord and Savior became the ultimate sacrifice and became our personal Savior and our covering, allowing us personal access to our Heavenly Father, wouldn't the physical Temple, connected to the Old Covenant, be an insult to continue? Do we find any of the Aposltes objecting to the ending of Temple Worship? Was it a mistake that the Temple was destroyed 68-70 AD, or was it a message?
Let's look at this from another angle -- after nearly 2,000 years, what makes the Isralis/Jews, think that they should build another Temple? Has the Israelis gone through some great repentance that we have not heard about? If they build a Temple today, meaning in a few year, maybe a couple of decades, but historically, soon, that could be the very thing that brings about the Wrath of the Lamb -- Revelation 6:12 -- the opening of the 6th Seal -- it is AFTER the finish of the 6th Seal opening, after the worldwide shaking and devastation, the 7th Seal is opened and at that moment, Eearth finds itself in a calm, a 20+ year calm, a time of recovery. A time for the Scoffers to come out -- religious scoffers, what's left of them, accusing and cursing God Himself. Where is this promise of His coming? Look at how the Earth continues as always, they shout, as they expose their true selves, only pretenders, only believers when it suited them -- this will be the time of the Scoffers, having no understanding of Prophetic word -- Jude 1:18, Acts 13:40-41, these are words of warning. There even a warning for those who truly believe but begin to waver, hear His words of no other -- Matthew 24:48.
The Half Hour of Silence becomes, 20 Years After the Opening of the Seventh Seal
(Rev 8:2) I saw the seven angels who stand before the FATHER, and Seven Trumpets were given to them.
(Rev 8:3) Another angel came and stood over the altar, having a golden censer. Much incense was given to him, that he should add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne.(Rev 8:4) The smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before the FATHER out of the angel's hand.(Rev 8:5) The angel took the censer, and he filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it on the earth. There followed thunders, sounds, lightnings, and an earthquake.
Prayers of the saints, on an Altar before the Father. This explains what it means for the fruit of the lips, becoming a believer's sacrfices in prayers sent to our Heavenly Father. The Prayer requests of the Saints are mixed with a savoy incense and mixed with firiey embers from the Altar and thrown down to Earth -- this is like ansering all of those Prayers for deliverance and help all at once -- Hebrews 13:15; 6:10. What will this look like from an Earthly point of view? We can only wonder, but it will be the beginning of the break in
(Rev 8:6) The seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
(Rev 8:7) The first sounded, and there followed hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. One third of the earth was burnt up, and one third of the trees were burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
The Earth has experienced fires, lots of fires. Some of the fires in California and Australia might seem like something from the book of Revelation, something very similar to this vision. Notice, however, it is one third of the TREES that burn and ALL of the GREEN GRASS. Hear the Prophetic Word. What men understand about what is coming misses what is really going to be happening BEFORE our Lord YaHshua, returns.
(Rev 8:8-9) The second angel sounded, and something like a great burning mountain was thrown into the sea. One third of the sea became blood, and one third of the living creatures which were in the sea died. One third of the ships were destroyed.
editerranean Sea. We are told this is going to happen but we will have to wait and see if it is a particular Sea or is it to be a greater Ocean. One thing is certain, it will be catastrophic. But, there is yet another visitor from the heavens.
Apparently, right on the heels of this burning the Second Trumpet is sounded and something like a burning moutain crashes (thrown) int othe sea. A giant Astroid, perhaps, smashes into the Sea. An Astroid is composed of similar elements found in a hard rock mountain -- hence the comparison. The question would be, which Sea? Is it one particular sea or the Atlantic Ocean or the Pacific Ocean? Some suggest the M
(Rev 8:10-11) The third angel sounded, and a great star fell from the sky, burning like a torch, and it fell on one third of the rivers, and on the springs of the waters. The name of the star is called "Wormwood." One third of the waters became wormwood. Many people died from the waters, because they were made bitter.
Wormwood, the famous falling star. The subject of many a movie and novel and wannabe prophet. Of course, in nearly every case they get the timing all wrong. Wormwood is mentioned every time an asteroid is spotted, heading close to the Earth. But, looking backward, from this point, we we have already seen events that have yet to happen but must happen BEFORE Wormwood. Wormwood, I believe to be a Comet. First, it would have to blow up in the atmosphere, in our sky surrounding the Earth, in order to drop its poison into all of the fresh waters of the Earth. This is typical of a Comet, they are a mixture of ice and gases and other undefined poisions. These comets are so unstable that they tend to blow up in the atmosphere, with only a few pieces and mist drifting out over the surface of the Earth. Comets also appear like Torches in the night sky. They burn like a torch, with a tail and you can see them coming caused by being illuminated by the rays of the sun. Asteroids on the other hand, only appear as they enter our atmosphere. Wormwood, is most definitely a Comet, a poisonous comet.
T(Rev 8:12) The fourth angel sounded, and one third of the sun was struck, and one third of the moon, and one third of the stars; so that one third of them would be darkened, and the day wouldn't shine for one third of it, and the night in the same way.
(Rev 8:13) I saw, and I heard an eagle, flying in mid heaven, saying with a loud voice, "Woe! Woe! Woe for those who dwell on the earth, because of the other voices of the trumpets of the three angels, who are yet to sound!"