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Pastor Steven Anderson The Book of Revelation Chapter 8 of 22
Now in Revelation chapter 8, we're enteringa new phase in the book of Revelation, because we are getting into God pouring out his wrath,and his judgment upon the unbelieving world. Look at verse number 1, the Bible reads quot;Andwhen he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of halfan hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seventrumpets.quot; Now it always boggles my mind how anyone can read the book of Revelation, andread these two verses, and walk away not understanding that the trumpets come after the seals. Imean, it seems pretty simple doesn't ité Because the opening of the seventh seal is characterisedby these seven angels being given seven trumpets.
So it makes absolutely no sense to say thatthe trumpets come before the seals. However, those who believe in a pretribulation rapture,that is exactly what they believe, believe it or not. When you talk to them, they willusually tell you that the sixth seal judgment is actually after the trumpets. And it justmakes absolutely no sense. Now, let me just prove this to you quickly, because I thinkthis is a really important point to make, and I'm going to explain to you why thosewho are pretrib, resist the clear and obvious truth that the trumpets follow the seven seals.And I am going to prove that a couple of different ways in a moment. But not only that, mostpeople who call themselves, quot;posttribquot;, they
call this the quot;classic historical posttribpositionquot;. They actually believe that the rapture takes place not only after what theBible calls the tribulation, but also after God pours out His wrath. They believe thatwe'll be here during God's outpouring of wrath on this earth. I don't call that positionquot;posttribquot;, I call what I believe quot;posttribulationquot;. I call what they believe quot;postwrathquot;, okayéBut honestly, that view is also based on the same mistake of believing that the trumpetsdo not follow the seals. And so by proving that the trumpets come after the seals, Iam proving that the only way that you can legitimately interpret the book of Revelation,and end times Bible prophecy, is a posttribulational,
prewrath rapture. It's the only thing thatmakes sense in light of that. Because anyone can look at this and see. Well, let's justget into it. In Revelation chapter 8, verse number 2 it says quot;And I saw the seven angelswhich stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.quot; Then if you jump down toverse 6 it says quot;And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselvesto sound.quot; Verse 7. quot;The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled withblood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up,and all green grass was burnt up.quot; And of course we are going to get into all thosejudgments and what they are. But notice, right
away, when the trumpets begin to be blown,the first thing God tells us is that fire is raining down, and that all the green grassin the earth is burned up, and that a third of the trees are burned up. That's going tobe important. Let's back up to chapter 6. And I'm going to explain to you why this isso important. You go to Revelation 6, I'm going to read to you from Matthew 24. AndI'm going to explain to you why those who believe in a pretrib rapture MUST try tosmuggle in the trumpets before the seals, or during the seals, and mix those two judgments.Let me explain to you why. Go to Revelation 6, I'll read for you the familiar verses fromMatthew 24, beginning in verse 29. quot; Immediately
after the tribulation of those days shallthe sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall fromheaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shakenquot;. Now that verse makes it VERY clearthat the sun and moon being darkened, and the stars falling comes AFTER the tribulation,doesn't ité Okay, well look down at your Bible there in Revelation chapter 6, verse 12. TheBible reads quot;And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a greatearthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; Andthe stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, whenshe is shaken of a mighty wind.quot; So right
Pastor Steven Anderson The Book of Revelation Chapter 10 of 22
Now in Revelation chapter 10, we just finishedup with the events of the fifth and sixth trumpets. And before we get into the seventhtrumpet, God spends some time in chapters 10 and 11 just talking about some things thathave to do with the seventh trumpet, and things that lead up to the seventh trumpet. Lookat chapter 10, verse number one. It says quot;And I saw another mighty angel come down fromheaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as itwere the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: And he had in his hand a little book open:and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, And cried witha loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and
when he had cried, seven thunders utteredtheir voices.quot; So I want you to get the picture here. This mighty angel comes down from heavenclothed with a cloud, rainbow on his head, his face is just bright as the sun, and hecomes and sets one foot on the sea, and his left foot on the earth, and he CRIES witha loud voice as when a lion roareth, quot;and when he had cried, seven thunders utteredtheir voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to writequot;.So these seven thunders that utter their voices, when the angel cries out, they're saying something,they're giving some information. But for some reason, God does not want us to have thatinformation at this time, because he says
to John, actually. I'm sorry the angeltells him. It says he was about to write, but he heard a voice from heaven quot;saying untome, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.quot; So John hearswhat the seven thunders have to say, he goes to write it down, and he is told, quot;Do NOTwrite that down. Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered and write themnot.quot; And this is really interesting, because the book of Revelation is open with us. Andit reveals so much to us, and God gives us so much information that it's strange herethat this is the only place in Revelation where God is withholding some piece of informationfrom us. I'm not sure why it's being withheld.
But something that those seven thunders uttered,is something that we are NOT supposed to know about, and I've often wondered about it andtried to figure it out, but obviously He just doesn't want us to know. We'll find out someday.But it says in verse 5, quot; the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earthlifted up his hand to heavenquot;, the same angel, quot;And sware by him that liveth for ever andever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the thingsthat therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be timeno longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin tosound, the mystery of God should be finished,
as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.quot;Now, this ties in heavily with Daniel 12. And I'm going to take you to Daniel 12 injust a moment. In fact, if you want to turn there, you can because that's where we'regoing in just a moment. But let me say this. Some people have misunderstood this statementin chapter 10 where he swears that there shall be time no longer. Some people have misinterpretedthat to say quot;well, this means that time is going to cease to exist from here on out.quot;That's not what he means at all, because after this point, we still have the millennium,or the thousand year reign of Christ. Well if we have a thousand years, obviously weare measuring time. So time still exists after
the seventh angel sounds the trumpet. Butwhat he is saying is, quot;there shall be time no longer:quot; And then there is a colon there.And then it says quot;But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall beginto sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.quot;And so what he is saying there, is that when the seventh trumpet sounds, the time thatwill be no longer, is there will be no more time remaining, until the mystery of God isfinished. So, when the seventh angel begins to sound the seventh trumpet, the mysteryof God will be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. Now I am goingto get into what that mystery is in a moment.