Author: Michele at ScriptureStudy.Guide
Posted: March 23, 2022. Updated May 15, 2022.
This comprehensive essay will cover multiple topics:
- The 7 Seals
- The 7 Trumpets
- The 7 Last Plagues/Vials
- The 3 Woes
- The Battle of Armageddon / Gog and Magog
- Events of the Last Day
- What Happens Next?
The 7 Seals
The first 6 seals have been opened by the Lamb that was slain, Jesus Christ (Rev. 5:12). We are living in the 7th seal which is the time of the trumpets and plagues. Here is a brief explanation of each of the seals (Revelation chapter 6):
The First Seal is the antichrist spirit coming on a white horse to conquer the world. In ancient times, a white horse leading the army back from battle symbolized their victory. A white horse in prophecy always symbolizes victory, not righteousness.
The Second Seal is Satanic warfare. The red horse symbolizes blood. The antichrist spirit causes the world to fight and be in discord.
The Third Seal is famine and the black horse symbolizes oppression. There is a famine for hearing the true word of God. The balances represent the system of weights and measures created by Cain that benefits the wealthy (the lineage of the creators of the earth’s systems) and oppresses the poor.
The Fourth Seal is the pale horse of Death and Hades. Death is spiritual death and Hades is “the unseen place” below the earth that is the holding place of the souls of the wicked dead. He has power over a quarter of the earth to kill with the sword (murder), and with hunger (poverty), and with death (spiritual deception), and with the beasts of the earth (the people of antichrist whose father is the devil).
The Fifth Seal is the old testament martyrs under the altar in heaven who were slain for the word of God. White robes were given to them by God rather than their robes being washed. These are those who were held in Paradise (was half of Sheol; other half being Hades) below the earth, but Jesus ministered to them in the days after His death which moved Paradise from below the earth into the heavenly kingdom. Their white robes were given to them by God because they believed in their salvation through Jesus Christ. They are told to rest for a season (during the church age) until the two witnesses/the church are killed as they were.
The Sixth Seal is the days of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, ministry in Sheol, resurrection and ascension, and describes the earthly events that happened at His death. When the heaven departed as a scroll and every mountain and island were moved out of their places, I believe this was the moving of Paradise in Sheol below the earth up into heaven where the dead old testament saints and all future dead saints are now resting in the very presence of the Lord due to Christ’s blood. The great day of His wrath has come — this means He defeated sin on the cross and will defeat His enemies at His second coming on the last day. The sealing of the 12 tribes happened during this time — this is the protection provided to the redeemed during the church age/gospel era.
The Seventh Seal begins with the 7 trumpets and ends at the last day/the 7th trumpet.
The 7 Trumpets
These are not literal trumpets. The word trumpet is used to describe voices that are bringing warnings to the people of the earth — the audible voices we hear are human voices. The angelic voices are spiritual and not audible (though felt through the work of the Holy Spirit in God’s people). We can see voices of declaration being LIKE a trumpet in Isaiah 58:1, Hebrews 12:19, Revelation 1:10, 4:1, 8:13.
The first four trumpets happen during the church age (Revelation 8:7-11:19). Based on my personal interpretation, they symbolize:
- Evil gaining control by destroying good: The corruption of all authoritative offices / all world governments.
- The deceiving of men: The acceptance of the rise of wicked man/secret societies and worldly living-for-self which causes most who once had light to spiritually die.
- The spiritual falling away: The gospel message being poisoned by false Christianity; the famine of Truth.
- Everything of the world is a lie: The complete blinding of men where they can no longer distinguish the lies from the Truth.
These first 4 trumpets are the “brainwashing” of the world where evil becomes good and good becomes evil — it is the Falling Away from Truth. The 5th trumpet begins the actual carrying out of the end game of the wicked ones.
Symbolism of the 1st trumpet: Trees are those of strength and power — those who pass man’s laws. ALL green grass was burned up — green is flourishing and grass is growing…. anything that would speak of growing in Jesus Christ’s righteousness (truth and honesty) has been eliminated from all authoritative offices and governments.
Symbolism of the 2nd trumpet: Sea is all the peoples on all the earth. The ships deliver messages and needs to the people of the sea. Mountain symbolizes a kingdom in prophecy, and in the New Testament, a mountain is often the place for a wonderful revelation (examples are the Lord’s speaking about the kingdom in Matthew 5–7 and His transfiguration in Matthew 17 – source here).
The great mountain of fire is the satanic antichrist kingdom… with its presence on earth, a third of men became spiritually dead and destined to go through the second death. A third of those who once had eternal life, spiritually died along with their ships (the ethical ways in which they practice and reach people were cut off). They were misled by the deception of the ships/sea vessels of the worldly. The remaining ships of the wicked are all the ways in which their corrupt societies brainwash mankind with their deception and lies: TV, news, social media, internet, books, school curriculum (science; his-story), church houses, etc.
Symbolism of the 3rd trumpet: The fountains of waters is the gospel which brings eternal life. The great star burning like a lamp (appearing righteous but is wicked) is Wormwood — that is false Christianity which is the deception dispersed worldwide by the ships of the wicked. They made bitter (ruined) the TRUE gospel message and many men spiritually died from their waters.
Symbolism of the 4th trumpet: Men of the earth are blinded to God’s Truth. The sun and moon are lights of the earth which represents righteousness and the gospel of Jesus Christ. A third part went dark causing both the day and the night to be darkened — this is the total blinding of men who God has not called to His Son/the Truth. Those blinded strive to blind those called by God — please read this article: Conspiracy of Her Prophets.
The 5th trumpet is the first woe, and when the two witnesses (the remnant church) prophecy under great distress. My personal belief is that we are either living through the birth pangs right before the 5th trumpet, or the days of this trumpet have already begun in 2020 when we began seeing the entire world initiating the same measures to usher in a one world agenda.
The 6th trumpet is the 3 1/2 year great tribulation (the last 42 months of earth’s existence), the second woe (abomination of desolation), and the days that the seventh angel begins to sound.
The 7th trumpet is the third woe, God’s wrath on the wicked (the 7 plagues), the last day, and the second coming of Jesus Christ to the earth.
The bottomless pit where Satan is restrained begins to open at the 5th trumpet with the release of Abaddon/Apollyon (possibly started with the worldwide vaccine mandates). The smoke darkens the light, or blinds the people of the earth into following the agenda of the end game of the false prophet system. This is rooted in self and what the self wants, and in self-preservation (we see the brainwashed hive minds attacking free-thinkers and going along with evil under the guise of “love thy neighbor” and “the greater good”).
During the 6th trumpet, the 4 angels are loosed. Four represents universal extent in the bible — in other words, this event will cover the entire earth. This is the loosing of the Babylonian army that will be gathering for the battle of Armageddon to occur at the last day. Satan will have been given 100% freedom to wage war and defeat the redeemed — he will setup the abomination of desolation.
The two witnesses (the church/Jesus’ bride) in Revelation 11 appear at the beginning of the days of the voice of the seventh angel when he begins to sound, which is during the days of the sixth trumpet. During these days, the spreading of the gospel message will have gone out everywhere and finished, God will un-blind whom He will, and the testimony of the saints will be completed (Revelation 10:7).
The church will preach God’s truths throughout the church age, but will do so under extreme conditions (censorship) and persecution (mockery by the worldly) toward the end of the church age (which ends with the setting up of the abomination of desolation).
When the church’s testimony is finished, Satan (who has been coming up out of the bottomless pit during the end of their witness) will be 100% free to carry out his agenda and will indwell a man who is Antichrist. This time will be cut short for the sake of the elect lest none of them would survive (Matthew 24:22).
The completion of the sounding of the 6th trumpet ends the second woe. The third woe comes quickly, in “the same hour” (immediately after) the ending of the second woe (11:14).
The 7 Last Plagues/Vials
The third woe is explained in Rev. 12:12 — it happens during the days of the sounding of the seventh trumpet (Rev. 10:7) when the Antichrist will have his way with the world, along with the 10 kings who will reign with him for an hour/a short time. They will put an end to Mystery Babylon because the Antichrist despises the false prophet harlot (see the articles “Identification of Antichrist, False Prophet & Mystery Babylon” and “Conspiracy of Her Prophets” for details). There will be no rest for the wicked during these days.
The third woe will also include God’s wrath upon the wicked which will culminate in the Second Coming of Christ at the LAST trump (the final sound of the 7th trumpet). God has promised His children that we will never experience His wrath — we see that this promise includes our dead physical vessels as well as He had them arise and ascend into heaven (11:12-13) before His wrath of the third woe takes place.
The 7 vials are the 7 last plagues (chapters 15 & 16) and mirror the 7 trumpets. The vials are a result of the first 6 trumpets. This mirroring reflects God returning like-for-like (example in Rev. 11:5 – those who kill must be killed in like manner). The 7 vials/plagues are caused by God which is God’s wrath on the wicked only for the physical and spiritual crimes they committed during the days of the first 6 trumpets. God’s remnant on earth are sealed and protected during this time of their witness of His wrath on the wicked.
The 1st vial to be poured out is painful sores on the worldly. Everyone who took the spiritual mark and served mammon instead of choosing God will suffer tremendously during this time.
The 2nd vial is poured out on the sea. In prophecy, the sea represents all the peoples of all the earth. We see they become as dead which signifies their spiritual death — they are now destined for the lake of fire.
The 3rd vial is poured out on the rivers and fountains of waters. This would be the river of life which would have saved them from the second death/lake of fire, but God has turned it to blood. God has judged them and determined that the wicked can no longer gain access to spiritual life because they shed the blood of the saints (this is a metaphorical as well as a physical shedding of blood).
The 4th vial gives the 4th angel power over the sun to scorch the wicked men with fire (Revelation 16:8). We see this happening in Revelation 20:9 when God begins to send down the fire which will eventually devour them all.
The 5th vial is going to be poured out on the government of Antichrist. They are blind to any truth — none will repent. Their kingdom is dark, they are suffering greatly, and they blaspheme God because of their pains and sores.
The pouring out of the 6th vial causes Satan, Antichrist, and the false prophet system (world leaders) to gather all the worldly together for the battle of Armageddon. It is possible that the army of 200 million are fallen angels that are released during the 5th and 6th trumpets that indwell wicked men like Satan indwelled the man antichrist — see this article for details. They believe they can somehow defeat Jesus at His second coming and usurp God’s will.
The 7th vial is the second coming of Jesus Christ when the living righteous meet Him in the air, and He fights and defeats the wicked at the battle of Armageddon. Every island and mountain is gone — the entire earth and every man in it has been completely destroyed. The wicked will be raised for the great white throne judgment then cast into the lake of fire.
We see at the beginning of the 7th vial (Rev. 16:17), God says “It is done.” We see God says this same thing – “It is done.” – in 21:6, so we know this vial ends the earth. This is a good example of how Revelation is not in chronological order, and how chapters will tell the story from the beginning and go to the end, only to pick up at the beginning again in another chapter.
The 3 Woes
The first woe is the 5th trumpet (Revelation 9:1-12).
The second woe is the 6th trumpet and the days of the two witnesses. It is the great tribulation, the last 42 months of earth’s existence, and the death (physical killing and metaphorically being cut off from the world) of the two witnesses/the church.
During the second woe, we see the wicked (200 million may be a literal or just a symbolic number) causing the spiritual death of a third of mankind by use of fire (fear mongering?), smoke (deception/blinding) and brimstone (threats and ultimatums?). Their power is in their mouth (words) and their tails which are like serpents with heads that do hurt (this could be mandated injections of toxins or use of frequency weapons or simply a system of lies that causes spiritual death of the people).
At the very end of the second woe, the righteous dead ascend into heaven. This begins the events of the last day.
The third woe “cometh quickly” (immediately after) the second woe (11:14). It is the last day (see the section below).
Keep in mind that when Jesus comes, people are still going to be eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage (Matthew 24:37-39). It is going to be bad, but not so bad that we lose all semblance of what becomes “normalcy” in those days. Most people are not going to realize that we are at the very end — things will still be business as usual on the earth. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).
The Battle of Armageddon
The battle of Armageddon is when Gog (Antichrist) and Magog (the wicked in their dwelling place of spiritual darkness) wage war against the sealed saints which ushers in the second coming when Jesus comes as a warrior (19:11). We see their army forming during the 6th vial and they are also present during the 6th trumpet. We see this battle happening at the end of the church age in Revelation 20.
There is not an age of Jesus reigning on a destroyed earth with the battle of Armageddon happening 1,000 years after Jesus returns. Jesus had the opportunity to reign on this earth but he ran from it (John 6:15). He also said His kingdom is not of this earth (John 18:36). Our infallible bodies are meant for a spiritual heavenly kingdom and not for this earth. No flesh will glory in God’s presence (1 Corinthians 1:29). Please see my articles on the Thousand Years – part 1 and part 2. And you can read about Jesus’ kingdom in this article.
The key to understanding prophecy, who Israel truly is, and where your kingdom is, is in understanding the thousand year age in Revelation 20 — it is the church age which is now.
The Last Day
The third woe coincides with the events of the last day which is going to be a lengthy process. We are going to see a lot happening on this day! To God, a day is sometimes a year, and also a day is as a thousand years/an age (Numbers 14:33-34a, Ezekiel 4:4-6); so the last day is looking like it will be a year or a “mini age” of time.
Here are all the events that the bible tells us will happen at the last day, in the order that they will occur:
- Resurrection and ascension of the righteous dead (end of second woe – Rev. 11:12-13).
- The sealing/protection of the righteous living (end of second woe – Rev. 15:8).
- The 7 last plagues occur (these are the 7 vials).
- The 7 vials are poured out (Rev. chapters 15 & 16).
- Gog and Magog have gathered into Armageddon (Rev. 16:16) by surrounding the camp of the saints (Rev. 20:9) — they have sealed their own destruction.
- Jesus comes in the clouds with a great shout (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
- The sealed saints are taken up to Jesus to meet him and the previously resurrected saints in the sky (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
- Jesus comes down to earth on a white horse with His army (the army sounds like us, “in fine linen, clean and white” – Rev. 19:8 & 14).
- The Battle of Armageddon ensues ending in the “vulture fest” (Rev. 19:17-18 & 19:21).
- The beast and false prophet are cast alive into the lake of fire (Rev. 19:20).
- Satan is cast alive into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:10).
- The earth and everything in it is destroyed/gone — “It is done” (Rev. 16:17 & 21:6).
- The wicked souls are raised to stand before the Great White Throne Judgment and are thrown into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:11-15), and the saints will receive their crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:7-8) – this could be a very long event or could happen to each soul simultaneously.
- The new heaven and new earth appears (Rev. 21:20).
- The new Jerusalem descends from heaven. WE (our agape hearts) are the new Jerusalem, the bride adorned for her Husband, being placed in the new earth (Rev. 21:9-11). This is the marriage of the Lamb to His bride (Rev. 19:7).
Note: The Marriage Supper is something we are “called” to — this happens at the time we repent, believe in the salvation of Jesus Christ and receive the Holy Spirit baptism (Rev. 19:9, 1 Corinthians 1:26).
- All former things have passed away (Rev. 21:4).
WOW. Incredibly chilling… and exciting!
What Happens Next?
When Jesus has defeated death which He did by casting His enemies (Death and Hell/Hades) into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:14), He will turn His kingdom over to the Father so God will be all-in-all in the eternal kingdom (1 Corinthians 15:25-26 & 28).
When we/New Jerusalem are placed into the new earth and the new heavens (21:1-3), this will fulfill God’s land promise of the new covenant and will be our eternal home (see my article “God’s Chosen People”).
God will govern the ages when the wicked are punished and refined by fire — see my article “God Created Evil” for details.
There is no “Millennial Reign” on a destroyed earth after Jesus’ second coming, and the wicked/unbelievers will never abide in the new earth. Our eternal infallible bodies will not be communicating with anyone’s sinful fleshly bodies on a tangible/physical earth that has passed away. NO FLESH WILL GLORY IN GOD’S PRESENCE – 1 Corinthians 1:29. Please see my “Millennial Reign”/The Thousand Years articles, part 1 and part 2.
We serve a mighty and awesome God! His will be done in earth and in heaven… amen.
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