by Jerry Vines

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The Demon War (10 of 32)
Jerry Vines
Revelation 9

The Bible teaches us that at any moment the rapture of
the church could occur. The Lord Jesus Christ could
descend from heaven with a shout, with a voice of the
archangel and the trump of God. The dead in Christ
could be raised first and then those of us who are
alive and remain will be caught up together. That is,
we will be raptured to meet the Lord in the air.

When this event, the rapture, occurs it does not mean
that life will cease to go on on this earth. In fact,
the Bible tells us that there will be a seven year
period of time between the rapture when there will be
what is known as Great Tribulation on the earth. Jesus
told us about it in Matthew 24.

When you read Revelation 6-19 you will see this
particular period of time, the Great Tribulation,
described in a series of sevens. There is first of all
the series of the seven seals. Secondly, we have the
series of the seven trumpets. Third, there will be the
series of the seven bowls of wrath.

At the current point in our study, we are right in
the middle of the sounding of the seven trumpets. The
first four trumpets have sounded in chapter 8. It
tells us about the natural disasters and judgments
that will come upon the earth during the Great
Tribulation. Then, after the conclusion of those first
four trumpets, we are told in the 8th chapter and 13th
verse that the next three trumpets will be so severe
in their nature that they will be described as woes.
There is an angel flying in the mid-heavens at the
noontime saying with a loud voice, "Woe, woe, woe to
the inhabiters of the earth, by reasons of the voices
of the trumpet of the three angels which are yet to
sound." That is, the 5th, 6th, and 7th trumpet.

When you come to the 9th chapter in the opening 11
verses you have the sounding of the 5th trumpet. As you
study those verses we have seen that this soun ...

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