Many if not most people today think about the seals and trumpets as some vague thing that we can never really know. The big phrase I keep hearing today is... THE RAPTURE WILL HAPPEN AT THE 6TH SEAL. But who can explain it? Can you? Tell me now, how were the first five seals all opened, and how exactly can we see from the Bible that the sixth seal brings rapture? Its more than throwing a phrase on something that sounds interesting... everything we teach and believe should be grounded in the word of God.
For example, the seals and trumpets. Many say these will not take place until after rapture and during the final 7 years of tribulation. That is exactly the point I was making above. People love talking about prophecy, but God forbid anyone saying that something has already happened. The end is near... but Dear Lord do not say the end is HERE.
The Seals and Trumpets are as follows, an overview...
SEALS - REVELATION 6
SEAL 1 - WHITE HORSE CONQUEROR
SEAL 2 - WAR
SEAL 3 - FAMINE
SEAL 4 - DEATH
SEAL 5 - RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION
SEAL 6 - A GREAT EARTHQUAKE AND OTHER MAJOR COSMIC DISTURBANCES
SEAL 7 - OPENS THE WAY FOR THE TRUMPETS - REV 8
TRUMPETS - REVELATION 8 - 11
TRUMPET 1 - HAIL, FIRE, SCORCHED EARTH
TRUMPET 2 - BURNING MOUNTAIN, DISASTER IN THE OCEANS
TRUMPET 3 - FALLING STAR, WATERS CONTAMINATED
TRUMPET 4 - CHANGES IN THE SUN MOON AND STARS
TRUMPET 5 - 5 MONTHS (SHOWN TWICE) OF LOCUSTS BITING MEN, COMING UP FROM THE SMOKE
TRUMPET 6 - IRAQ WAR - GREAT RIVER EUPHRATES IS SHOWN AS THE LOCATION
TRUMPET 7 - THE MYSTERY OF GOD REVEALED
For those who would say the seals and trumpets are all still in the future, then all these world disasters that have happened in the past were nothing, not even warnings, not even precursors... and they fulfilled no prophecies. 2000 years have passed since John wrote Revelation and we are still waiting for the first seal to open... and it won´t happen until after we are gone... SO IT DOESN´T MATTER! That is the way most people live today. I interact with a lot of people, and from what I see, that is the way most people want to live.
But what about these world disasters... none of these fulfilled any Bible Prophecies that we can put our fingers on and say... THAT WAS THAT!? Here is a short list...
GREAT CHINESE FAMINE - From 1958 to 1962, China experienced a monumental famine that killed at least 45 million people.
WORLD WAR I - 1914-1919, About 15 million, military and civilian, died, unless we include deaths from Spanish influenza, which was itself a direct result of the War. That puts the estimate at about 65 million.
THE BLACK DEATH - 1346, England suffered about 20% dead. The total average was about 25% of the whole world, as evidence indicates plague deaths in sub-Saharan Africa, India, and the Orient. As much as 66% of Europe and Asia succumbed. Approximately 100,000,000 people died in 4 years.
WORLD WAR II - 1939-1945 1.1 million were murdered at Auschwitz, 700,000 to 800,000 at Treblinka, 600,000 at Belzec, 360,000 at Majdanek, 320,000 at Chelmno, 250,000 at Sobibor. Merely because they were Jewish. Meawhile, at least 750,000 soldiers and civilians died in 199 days in Stalingrad. That was only one battle of the War.
THE CRUSADES - The Crusades remain the blackest moment in the history of all religion. It lasted from c. 1063 until c. 1434. There would be 6 more Crusades, with the Holy Land changing hands several times, costing hundreds of thousands of lives, all in the name of one god or another. All the while, both bibles stated, “Love your enemies.”
HERE IS A LIST OF THE 10 WORST FAMINES IN THE 20TH CENTURY
FOR THE COMPLETE END OF DAYS TIMELINE...
SHOWING HOW ALL SEALS AND TRUMPETS
WERE FULFILLED THROUGH TRUMPET 6...
HOW TRUMPET 6 WAS FULFILLED...
ARE YOU READY FOR THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST?
PREPARE NOW WITH THE KNOWLEDGE YOU NEED...
THE NAME OF THE BEAST, AND THE NUMBER OF HIS NAME:
THE ANTICHRIST HAS BEEN REVEALED:
(with links to each fulfilled event embedded)