Continuation 2 Interpretation of
  His Voice: It is Written
 
By Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D.,© 2002
 
 
The King is Coming!
   
 
The Trumpets
 

Prologue

When I heard about the vision of the meteor, I had just finished studying verse six of chapter eight in the book of Revelation. "And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound" [8:6]. This was the point at which I had arrived in a study of the entire book from chapter one. Having spent time in meditation and exegesis of verse six the day before Jeannette called, and learning that the vision was about a meteor, I knew the reason the Lord had me contemplating in Revelation again. I believe that the visitation was to clarify a moot point about the trumpet judgments. Are they referring to man-sponsored nuclear war or an encounter of a celestial body with earth? Most bible teachers I have read say that it is a reference to the aftermath of one or more nuclear bomb explosions. Nonetheless, I personally believe that the Spirit has spoken through this vision that the trumpets signal a supernatural origin from God Himself. The aftermath of either method of destruction produces similar effects. "And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth" [Zechariah 14:12].

This is the result of an enormous fire bath, windblast, and shock wave accompanying an explosion of nuclear proportions. However, it fits a kinetic energy event such as a meteorite impact or TNT blasts. Radioactive fallout from nuclear explosions makes them somewhat dirtier than other outbursts.
Meteor

God purposely directed me to study endtime events, because He was planning to speak a warning through this prophetic visitation that a meteor would accompany His return. Could it have been serendipitous that the vision came at verse six, which preludes the trumpet judgments? Notice again what "is written…," "And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound" [8:6]. They were coordinating military orders preparing to sound their trumpets. The next verse, seven, to the end of chapter nine, voices all but the last trumpet's judgments. Verse six relates to preparations before trumpeting begins, and the Holy Spirit impressed upon me that it partially explains what the man was doing in the vision. The convergence of this verse with the man's behavior was the critical factor denoting, to me at least, that the vision was for the body of Christ. Jeannette agreed. It is overwhelming how often God has created for us circumstances beyond coincidence in order to authenticate His hand in the messages on this website. I believe it will be confirmed to any believer with ears to hear.

 

Preparation For the Trumpets

Scrutiny of the trumpet judgments reveals that the first four seem to be subsumed into a subset of disasters inclusive of a single catastrophic event. Each of the last three trumpets stand alone as descriptive of grossly severe woes coming to humanity on planet earth. "…Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound" [8:13]. The fifth and sixth trumpet woes are judgments upon Christ-rejecting people who take pleasure in contacting the spirit world in defiance of God's explicit commandment not to do so [Deuteronomy 18:9-14]. Read the accounts in chapter nine of Revelation and notice that God permits demonic entities to infiltrate earth and induce exceedingly painful injuries upon humankind. It matters not whether people have inadvertently contacted demons through imaginary sources such as movies, books, and videos that are flooding our society, or whether people have made contact in fact through witchcraft, séances, satanic concerts, occultic symbolism, even devil worship covertly via "covetousness (which is idolatry" [Colossians 3:5]) or expressly through talismans and taking the mark of the beast, etc. Mental imagery is in essence contact and holds the full force of having done it: "…whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery already with her in his heart" [Matthew 5:28]. These two woes involving devilish things do not directly relate to the vision at hand except in an ancillary way. They indicate a general malaise toward righteousness and godliness and are the catalyst precipitating a vengeful return of strange "nephilim" such as appeared in the days of Noah to which Jesus alluded [Luke 17:26].

The last trumpet consists of all seven bowl judgments, the crowning blows of God's wrath on a sin-infected world. At that time, God vents His full indignation against the Babylonish system that has reigned over the earth since the flood usurping the glory that belongs only to God Almighty.

This interpretation will explain very cursorily how the new physics and cosmology acknowledges Scripture's prophetic dark speeches regarding earth's destiny that includes a meteor incident at the end the age. It will give a brief account of how science is authenticating God's foreknowledge of future events as written in prophecy, and it alludes to an unstoppable gravitational pull to unify all things in Christ.

 

Our Captain

Although His hair and eyes were brown, Jeannette saw the man's face as white, from which a brilliant radiance illuminated the space in which Jeannette found herself. Recall that at the transfiguration, Jesus' "… face did shine like the sun" [Matthew 17:2]. Luminosity originating from the man's white face echoes in Revelation 1:14: "His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow…" as well as verse 16, "…his countenance was as the sun shineth in its strength." We see here in chapter one of Revelation Jesus as the Ancient of Days described by Daniel the prophet [Daniel 7:9,13,22] standing as Lord of Lords amidst His church, authoritatively judging Her in chapters 2 and 3 before forcefully taking possession of His ransomed world [Matthew 20:28; I Timothy 2:6; I John 2:2]. Jesus is the Ancient of Days in chapter 1, the Great High Priest in chapters 2 and 3, the Lamb of God in chapters 4 and 5, and our Captain of the Hosts in chapters 6 through 19.

The glow and sparkle of His resurrected countenance depicts Him as the source of light and life that dispels darkness. The purpose of any sun including that of 'The Son' is to bring light into darkness, and Jesus did it at the cross. Darkness covered the earth for a period of three hours, but out of it came life and light. His crucifixion and resurrection is the high point of human history, and the fact that historical dating derives from His death confirms it.

His personage here in the vision portrayed a soldierly figure. This is because His message relates to warfare. The vision portends a meteor event will collide with earth in combat, albeit supernatural, which is beyond the genius of man to contest. Jesus is referred to in Scripture as "Captain of the Heavenly Hosts - "Jehovah Sabaoth," a military epithet meaning "Lord of Hosts" or "Lord of the Armies" (of heaven) [I Samuel 1:3; Romans 9:29; James 5:4]. In Biblical accounts, Captain is number one, not a field grade officer.

  Joshua 5:13-15
  13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?
15 And the captain of the LORD's host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.

We know this is not just an angel because the man demanded worship like unto Moses, when God commanded Moses to take his shoes off because he was standing on holy ground. Holy angels always refuse worship. Since the angel had a drawn sword, we know also He is a military commander. His negative response of "Nay" to Joshua's question regarding whose side He was on indicates that both sides were under His control and He needed no assistance.

As Captain, we see Jesus writing upon one scroll in the vision while scrutinizing others, some of which are opened and others rolled shut. This suggests He is strategically programming the tactical occurrence of each of the trumpet blasts. Indeed, as the Word of God, He preplanned the 'Climax of the Ages'3in eternity past. The vision at hand merely reminds us that He was the one who devised deployment orders in the Scriptures of old. Evidently, according to our vision, the plan calls for a meteor episode to fulfill all the details of every single prophetic oracle relating to His second coming. Hallelujah to Jesus, unlike the flood, He does it without destroying all life on planet earth. There must be a remnant of people who make it through the tribulation in order to refresh earth's population for a third and final time during the millennial reign of Christ. Let us never forget "it is written…" to Abraham, "…I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea which cannot be numbered for multitude" [Genesis 32:12]. Although the Jews have proliferated beyond reason (historian Tolstoy said it was a miracle that the Jewish people existed at all considering the severe persecutions they have undergone over the centuries), the millennium and perhaps the new universe will fulfill in a literal way this promise.

The Staging Area

The Greek words for "prepared themselves" in verse six of Revelation chapter eight seem to indicate a conferring, deliberating, and/or arranging among the angels themselves. This activity occurs consequent to receiving battle plans in verse 2. 'Preparing' connotes here a building up of an internal readiness to act upon command. Verse 2 clearly indicates they did not actually plan the events of their assignments because it says "…and to them were given seven trumpets." "Were given" is a passive voice signifying they received instructions. As Captain, Jesus is the one who coordinates all events and disseminates guidelines. It is obvious from the vision that Jesus was portraying Himself as the Commander of the Armageddon Campaign, working out something pertaining to battle orders, and according to Jeannette, He told her, after writing down directives, it will be a meteor event. The campaign begins, I believe, when the Antichrist tries to make the world worship him as god at the mid-point of the tribulation. At that time, he severely persecutes anyone who does not worship him. Thus, it is more than the one final battle in the great plain of Megiddo between the armies of satan versus those of Jesus. It encompasses all of the last years of the tribulation leading up to the gathering together of the world's armies at Megiddo at which time they try to crush out every vestige of Jesus' authority and power in hopes of dethroning the Lamb and halting His incoming Kingdom.

Meteor Deployment Objectives

Perhaps Jesus was calculating which stellar body is the correct size to delimit destruction, which one has the exact composition for the desired ancillary effects after explosion and breakup, and which one has the proper trajectory to intercept planet earth at the right spot in its orbit so as to skip across earth's atmosphere causing a series of meteoric and bolide explosions that destroy 1/3 of the earth. On the other hand, perhaps it is preparation of a comet destined to break-up at the necessary distance to produce a string of time-delayed asteroid collisions on earth. The plagues of Egypt during the Exodus are interpreted as God's judgment against the idols and images of Egyptian worship through which the alien Jewish people were enticed to stumble. Therefore, it is not unreasonable to assume that the endtime divinely appointed judgments would also be against idolatry. Certainly, the fall of Babylon describes vividly in Revelation 18 God's judgment on greed and "covetousness, which is idolatry" [Colossians 3:5].

Are these suppositions correct? Could the one-third destruction of earth be interpreted as God's judgment on a world whose population for the most part has enjoyed co-mingling with evil angels and demons by way of devil worship? Satan sweeps to earth with him a host of angels when he is cast out of heaven. Consider that "…his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven and did cast them to the earth…" [Revelation 12:4]. Read the following account of the first four trumpet judgments and you be the judge if there is an obscure correspondence implied in the third part idiom.

 

Revelation 8:7-13

  7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail (meteoroids?) and fire (thunderbolts?) mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire
(a large piece of comet debris or bolide?) was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star (an asteroid from a comet breakup?) from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood (a radioactive rock as the result of a chemical explosion of atomic proportion?): and the third part of the waters became wormwood (from radioactivity?); and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise (the fallout of stellar dust from the explosion covers earth with a veil filtering out light to a portion if not all of the world?).
13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!
Angel and the 7 TRUMPET THIRD WOE 1. Hail-Fire-Blood  2. Burning Mountain 3. Star Wormwood 4. Sun Smitten 5. Plague of Locusts FIRST WOE 6. Plague of Horsemen SECOND WOE 7. Hail-Earthquake
 

There are two possible meteor scenarios to fit the facts. Either a meteor or comet encounters earth (in essence they are the same only one is laced with gases) and causes a catastrophe that wipes out a whole section of earth at once - a third of it; or a stellar object breaks apart for some reason and is followed by a string of smaller collisions. I will explain this last scenario a little further on. The picture seems to indicate a comet splits apart sending smaller dust type missiles (verse 7) ahead of the larger trailing piece (verse 8). A large broken off piece with gases surrounding it enters earth's atmosphere and falls into the ocean destroying a multitude of fish and sea life along with ships and occupants unhappily in the wrong place at the wrong time (verse 9). The aftermath of dust fills earth's atmosphere to such an extent that the daylight is affected (verse 12). The remainder of earth will feel the brunt of the three trumpets yet to sound.

Because the 5th and 6th trumpets are the woes wherein the Scripture talks about a period lasting at least a year and five months, and because the armies of the world are gathered to Megiddo at the termination of the tribulation, it seems reasonable to assume that the meteor event will occur in the Western hemisphere somewhere. However it is planned, the Bible indicates that there will be a remnant to make it through the devastations. "Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left" [Isaiah 24:6]. Since the plagues upon Egypt at the Exodus of Israel were literal and target specific, I believe we are in for some breathtakingly fiercesome, heavenly signs and wonders that only the creator of the heavens can orchestrate to preserve the few ordained to righteousness who are going to repopulate earth in the millennium.

Colossians 1:16-17
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist [adhere or hold together by the four powerful forces which He spoke into existence at the creation].
Dust and the Helix Nebula: Dust makes this cosmic eye look red. The eerie Spitzer Space Telescope image shows infrared radiation from the well-studied Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) a mere 700 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius.

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