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The Fifth and Sixth Trumpet Judgments (12 of 26)
Series: The Book of Revelation
A Verse by Verse Study
January 12, 2008
INTRODUCTION: In chapter 8, we looked at the first four of seven trumpet judgments. According to vs. 2, seven angels were given seven trumpets. With each sounding, God brings one of His awful judgments.
In vs. 7, as the first angel sounded his trumpet, hail and fire mingled with blood, fell to the earth. A third part of the trees and green grass were burned up.
In vs. 8, when the second angel sounded, a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea, with a third part of the sea becoming blood, killing a third of life in the sea, as well as destroying a third part of all ships.
In vs. 10, the third judgment was a great star falling from heaven. It fell upon the rivers and fountains, making a third part them unfit to drink. The star was called "Wormwood," meaning, "bitter."
In vs. 12, the fourth angel sounded his trumpet, affecting the sun, the moon and the stars--causing a third part of the heavens to be darkened.
Finally, in vs. 13, we hear an angel warning the inhabiters of the earth of more judgment to come: "Woe, woe, woe...by reason of the three angels which are yet to sound."
As we turn our attention to chapter 9, we will soon see why the angel's warning was so ominous.
I. THE FIFTH TRUMPET JUDGMENT (VV. 1-11)
A. A Falling Star (vs. 1)
1. The question is: "Who is this star?" You will notice that this star is referred to as a person: "...to him was given the key of the bottomless pit." Most likely, this refers to Satan. In Luke 10:18, Jesus said, "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven." In Rev. 12:7-9, it says, "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.  And the great dragon was cast out, that old s ...
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