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The Seventh Seal and Four Trumpet Judgments (11 of 26)
Series: The Book of Revelation
A Verse by Verse Study
January 5, 2008
INTRODUCTION: In last week's lesson, we studied chapter 7, with the 144,000 witnesses from the 12 tribes of Israel. In the second half of the chapter, we looked at the martyred saints around the throne of God. Tonight, we will examine chapter 8 and the 7th seal judgment.
I. THE OPENING OF THE SEVENTH SEAL (VV.
A. The Silence in Heaven (vs. 1)
1. The silence in heaven speaks to the awful judgment to come. All of heaven stands with abated breath, sensing the dreadful outpouring of God's wrath that is about to fall upon the earth. There is only one event in heaven and on earth that could cause heaven's silence; it is the wrath of God. God's final judgment has been restrained since the time of the flood and is now about to be unleashed.
B. The Seven Trumpets (vs. 2)
1. These are not the same angels mentioned in chapter 7, who hold the four winds of the earth. These are seven different angels given the command to sound God's trumpet judgments. In II Thessalonians 1:6-9, the Bible says, "Seeing [it is] a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power."
C. The Angel with the Golden Censer (vv. 3-5)
1. You will remember in the Old Testament that the High Priest stood in the Holy Place and offered up the prayers of the people with incense. The prayers were for the confession of sins. The high priest was their intercessor; just like Jesus, our Great High Priest, is our Intercessor today. Hebrews 7:2 ...
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