by Jerry Branch

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Sounds and Sights (7 of 9)
Series: Revelation
Gerald Branch
February 21, 2010
Chapters 8 thru chapter 10:11
Seventh seal and the first 5 trumpets,
the 6th trumpet
the immense army from the East that John sees
The little sweet and bitter book

Revelation 8:1 (NASB95) When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

The seventh seal is broken…
When the Lamb, and who is this?...Jesus,…
and when He opens the seventh and then last seal
on the little scroll that was the title deed to the earth
as we read of in Chapter 5 verse 1,
the judgments of God will intensify and will expand.
This final seal contains within it
all of the remaining judgments that will be executed upon
the earth and mankind, in the time of the Great Tribulation.
These judgments include what are called both the trumpet and bowl judgments.

Now, some think that the events of the trumpet and bowl judgments
all happen simultaneously with the judgments of the sixth seal.
But in both reading the text, and trying to stay true
to what the Bible says,
it certainly seems to me from an interpretative standpoint
that we're better off to understand them as expanding out of
each other sequentially.
Sort of like the opening up of one of those old telescopes
that were used on the old sailing ships.

So, it makes good sense to see the seventh seal as
the seal that contains the seven trumpet judgments,
in part because there is no description
of judgment in the seventh seal,
but rather there is an anticipation of the very severe judgment
which will be seen following immediately in the rest of
Chapter 8 as we read of each of the Seven Trumpet judgments.
So, IF we go ahead and read through chapters 10 and 11,
when we come to the Seventh Trumpet,
we find that it too does not describe a judgment
(again, reading Chapter 10:7; and then chapter 11:15-17),
but instead we read o ...

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