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Revelation Part 5 – Chapters 8-11

Revelation Part 5 – Chapters 8-11

Revelation

Revelation

Chapter 8
Opens the seventh seal and there is silence for half an hour.

This recalls to us a moment of silence out of respect or honor. Anticipation
To the first-century reader it would have recalled Habakkuk (2:20) who had also asked the question in Hab. 1:2 “O Lord, how long…”

Prayers are brought before God. This is the Christian’s secret weapon. A weapon that cannot be defended against.

Seven Trumpets are revealed.
Trumpets were used in the Old Testament both to call God’s people together, to warn of an attack, or announce impending judgment.
Moses Numbers 10:1-10
Amos 3:6
Hosea 5:8
Impending Judgment in Joel 2:1
Warning Ezek 33:3f

These trumpets warn through partial judgment:
Fall into two groupings of 4 and 3.

Who is being warned of coming judgment?
The Roman Empire

What form do they take?
Natural disaster

This happens often in the Old Testament:
Job 38:22f, Isa 30:30f, Exodus 9, Isa 28:2
The main symbols remind us of the plagues of Egypt.
Wormwood – Jeremiah 9:15 – Judgment against Judah – Eating the bitter herb wormwood.
Proverbs 5:4 – Immoral Woman

Chapter 9 – Trumpets 5 and 6
John sees a star that fell from heaven.
(KJV = poorly rendered) He did not see the star fall, but saw a star that had fallen.

Usually a star is a great person. In this case it seems to represent Satan. Luke 10:18
Also, the “King of Babylon’s fall (Isa. 14:12)

Satan exercises only the power that God gives him.
Unlocks this pit with Locusts and Scorpions.
There are many instances of their use.
This brings to mind Jesus’ statement in Luke 10:19.
Their spiritual nature is shown in vs. 4 when they only affect humans, and then only those not marked by God.
Torment from VS. 6 is such that people want to die, but do not.
VS. 11 – Abaddon and Apoilyon means destroyer

First Woe
Moral and Spiritual decay which brings torment to men’s souls and is led by Satan with his purpose to destroy.

Second Woe – Military action against Rome or Plagues (vs. 18) such as disease.

The trumpets get progressively worse.
In the 5th, men wanted to die, but could not
In the 6th 1/3 of mankind dies.

These warnings were meant to bring about repentance, but do not. VS 20

Chapter 10 – Interlude

Angel arrives with a little book (booklet) It is already open.
All-inclusive message for the unregenerated world.
John is not permitted to reveal the message.
God has more weapons and ways that we neither know nor understand.
Seems to reveal the fulfillment of God’s plan to save mankind.
John’s taking of the book and eating it recall Ezekiel’s vision (Ezek 2:8-3:3) and Jeremiah (Jer. 15:16)

The wonder and beauty of God’s word revealed and known, but the bitterness to have to deliver condemnation to sinners.

Chapter 11 God will protect the church
1 Cor. 3:16 the church is God’s temple, and what He is protecting.
“The City” is immoral. It would seem that it was Rome.
The two witnesses – those who spread the message of the early church but were martyred after their mission was complete.

The Seventh Trumpet – The Kingdom of Christ will supplant the kingdoms of earth.
God unleashes His judgment on the Roman Empire.