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There can only be one correct interpretation. If the trumpets are symbolic, shouldn't the Bible itself give the meaning of the symbol? Please tell me also: Why can't they be literal? YSIC, midnightcry. Sep 3, 5. If it is allowed, I would like to post a possibility: What if these trumpets are an allusion to the Feast of Trumpets that occurs on the anniversary of the creation of the world according to one Jewish tradition?

Seven trumpets, seven years? Sep 3, 6. Sep 3, 7. Hi Steve, Thank you for your reply. It brings up an interesting point. The Day of Atonement was the most important day in the Jewish year for the 10th day of the seventh month marked the close of Israel's judgment for that year. To warn the Jews of this final and most important day of the year, the Feast of Trumpets began nine days earlier -- on the first day of the seventh month. Each day, according to Jewish records, trumpets sounded throughout the camp announcing the closing of mercy.

On the 10th day, the actual Day of Atonement, the trumpet sounded throughout the land to signify that probation had ended. The Bible uses the trumpet as a symbol of warning or announcement. Since ancient times, the trumpet has not only been an instrument of music, it has been a means of communication.

Could it be the seven trumpets of Revelation are symbols of warning or announcement? I think their purpose is to awaken the world with the fact that Jesus is about to appear.

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Their message is, "Get ready! God wants to awaken and arouse all people of earth that Jesus is coming back to earth to gather up those whose names are written in the book of life! People on this earth are asleep. They don't pay attention to God, they are busy with their own lives, chasing things that don't mean anything. And the church, many churches, are asleep. They don't even preach on end time events that are soon to occur. However, God has a plan to get everyones attention and to wake people up to spiritual issues.

What better way then a global earthquake, burning hail, an astoroid, darkness; these seven warning plagues fall in response to unrestrained evil and hardness of heart. The trumpets are designed to arrest the attention of the world so that everyone can hear the gospel. Sep 3, 8. Part of the problem with many churches is that truth keeps marching on and many churches refuse to accept new truth or to move forward. Many churches hold on to traditions, doctrines, and beliefs of the early pioneers. They don't want to admit that a long held tradition or belief is in error. There are several obstacles to Dr.

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Litch's claim that the fall of the Ottoman Turkish empire fulfills the specifications of the prophecy of the sixth trumpet. The fact that something of political importance happened on an anticipated day in August, , sent shivers among some prophetic students of that time. They were fully convinced that the sixth trumpet had been fulfilled.

But was it? Were all details of the prophecy met? The greatest obstacle to Dr. Litch's claim is that fulfillment of the first five trumpets cannot be demonstrated from history. If we follow the sequence of the seven trumpets, trumpet six can only occur after the first five trumpets have been fulfilled. To his credidt, Dr. Litch withdrew his announcement that the sixth trumpet had been fulfilled in August, He became convinced that what had appeared to be a fulfillment, was not a fulfillment.

By , Dr. Litch published a book titled, A Complete Harmony of Daniel and the Apocalypse, in which he wrote, "the trumpets are yet future and will occur shortly before the second coming of Christ. Sep 3, 9. Please show me where in history the first six trumpets have been fulfilled. When did hail and fire rain down and burn up a third of the earth, a third of the trees, and all the green grass? Show me where in history something like a huge mountain an asteroid, perhaps was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

Show me where in history a great star, blazing like a torch, a comet, perhaps fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water and turned the water bitter. I believe that on or before a prophecy is fulfilled, God makes it clear and He shines more light on His truth. An example of this is the understanding of the importance of the 2, days of Daniel As the year approached, a significant number of people in Europe and America came to understand this prophecy. William Miller had about , people of various denominations who subscribed to his prophetic conclusion that Jesus was about to return.

William Miller was not alone in his preaching. Great preachers of the era include Charles G. These and many others contributed to the spiritual revival of America and Europe at that time. I believe God gave them this light and understanding at the proper time.

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Even though they were not exactly correct in their understanding, obviously Jesus did not return in or , they continued to study and discover that the cleansing of the heavenly temple, the investigation of the records of those who have died had begun. These will be followed by seven last plagues having no mercy. The sounding of the seven trumpets in heaven and their associated events on earth is for the primary benefit of those who live during the judgment of the living. Mercy closes for the living just before the seventh trumpet sounds.

Revelation Heavenly Antitype: To claim the Day of Atonement began in is not an accurate statement for three reasons:. No annual event or temple services were conducted for the benefit of the dead. However, one has to admit that there is no direct parallel. The point here is that the sounding of the trumpets and the services that followed on the Day of Atonement were for the benefit of those living at the time — not the dead.

What redemptive effect [or outcome] can be historically demonstrated from sounding the trumpets during the past 2, years? Did they sound in vain?

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Did they accomplish anything measurable with respect to the close of mercy? Second, individuals could not transfer their sins to the earthly sanctuary after the Day of Atonement began. The commencement of the tenth day served as a line of demarcation. Therefore, a true parallel with the earthly type cannot exist if marks the beginning of the Day of Atonement, else salvation could not be available to those who live after The logic behind the claim that marks the commencement of the Day of Atonement is faulty because it is simplistic and overstated.

The door of mercy was not shut to the living in Later however, the passage of time forced a modification on this position. The critical point here is that everything that happened on the tenth day of the seventh month in ancient times does not have parallel event occurring after The process represented on that day is much larger.

Forcing the seven trumpets to occur before because the Day of Atonement is alleged to have begun in is not warranted because the trumpets sounded for the benefit of the living near the end of mercy. If the trumpets occurred down through ages past as claimed, their effect in terms of preparing people to meet God at the close of mercy is zero — how unlike the sounding of the trumpets in Old Testament times! Earthly Type: As the High Priest exited the Most Holy Place on the Day of Atonement, he cleansed the tabernacle in a four-step process: First, he made atonement for the ark of the covenant.

Second, he made atonement for the altar of incense and Third, he made atonement for the altar of burnt offering, Last, he placed the sins from the temple on the head of the scapegoat. Leviticus If the type and antitype are parallel, we should find the same order in heaven that we find on earth. Indeed, we do! The presence of two altars in the tabernacle indicates two different levels of atonement.

One altar served the corporate body of Israel, the other served families or individuals. The value and location of the two altars confirms this distinction. One was covered with gold, the other with bronze. One was in the temple, the other without. Although there were a number of offerings and sacrifices, two stand out in the administration of sin: The daily offering and the sin offering or burnt offering. According to Leviticus 4, atonement for sin by individuals [through sin or burnt offerings] was made upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering.

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Atonement for corporate sin was made daily upon the horns of the altar of incense morning and evening. The daily [or corporate] offering provided continual atonement for the entire camp. This daily offering provided full assurance that if one did sin, he was covered by this sacrifice until he could present his offering at the altar of burnt offering. The distinction between the two altars and the services conducted upon them is highly important to our examination of the seven trumpets because the altar of incense is directly associated with the sounding of the trumpets.

As stated earlier, the altar of incense was the second article of furniture to be cleansed on the Day of Atonement. This fact is important for three reasons:. First, the operation of the daily offering on earth [morning and evening] at the altar of incense Exodus suggests the presence of a parallel service at the golden altar of incense in heaven. The altar of burnt offering is also indicated in heaven although, it is not so called.

Leviticus Second, we know that the altar of incense was the second item to be cleansed on the Day of Atonement. The fact that the seven trumpets are similar to the seven last plagues is not accidental. The trumpets are similar in some ways of what the full wrath of God will be during the seven last plagues — which are poured out without mercy. Note: The idea of corporate intercession may be new for some. In short, God not only deals with individuals, He deals with corporate bodies. For example, consider Sodom and Gomorrah. These cities had become vile and He destroyed them for their corporate degeneracy — while preserving a few individuals, Lot and his daughters.

He will again destroy the whole world and save a few individuals. After this altar is cleansed, the sanctuary is free of sin. If we follow the exit of the High Priest from the Most Holy Place in the earthly pattern, the close of mercy in heaven must be associated with the altar of burnt offering.

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This means that even after the casting down of the censer in Revelation [cessation of mercy on behalf of the world], mercy remains open for individuals. In fact, Jesus will still receive anyone who repents at the heavenly altar of burnt offering until just before the seventh trumpet sounds. Then, the final step takes place. The sins of the sanctuary were carried by the High Priest to the head of the scapegoat and it was taken out of the camp to die a terrible death. If we consider these three points to be true, then a simple conclusion follows: The casting down of the censer at the altar of incense in Revelation indicates the end of corporate intercession.

The essential purpose of the seven trumpets is therefore to warn living individuals that the close of mercy is near. Assuming the above to be true, then the next item of furniture to be cleansed would be the altar of incense. The trumpet judgments will bring about martial law in all nations and within this context, worship laws regarding the sacredness of Friday [Moslems], Saturday [Jews] and Sunday [Christians] will be imposed.

With every decision made, Jesus pronounces the end. Thereafter, the sins removed from the temple are assigned to the devil. Then, the seven last plagues fall upon those receiving the mark of the beast because they rebelled against God. As far as the saints and the process of salvation is concerned, the Day of Atonement process is over. Although a few matters will not be completed until the 1, years have ended.

At the Second Coming, the antitypical Feast of Tabernacles begins. The saints go to the city [New Jerusalem] where they live temporarily until the earth is made ready for them. The use of sanctuary typology to defend the sounding of the trumpets prior to is inconsistent with the actual process that took place on the Day of Atonement. If anything, sanctuary typology places the sounding of the trumpets in the future! The order of events presented on the Day of Atonement does not allow the seven trumpets to be sounded prior to The casting down of the censer in Revelation indicates the cessation of services at that altar, and according to Scripture this cessation occurs just BEFORE the first trumpet sounds.

We must align our thinking on the seven trumpets with sanctuary typology and with Scripture. Therefore, allow every man to believe as he chooses. They enter the realm of research and verification. Since this is a discussion paper, it is necessarily brief and inconclusive.

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Gerhard Hasel, a faculty member from Andrews University at that time, succinctly outlined Four Rules that were used by the Daniel and Revelation Committee to defeat the apotelesmatic principle espoused by Dr. Desmond Ford. They are:. These rules are not only valid, they are self evident from Scripture.

The seventh seal contains within its scope all the rest of the judgments of the Tribulation the trumpets and the bowls which will restore the kingdom of God to earth. As mentioned previously, some have said that the seals, trumpets and bowls all describe the same period, or that the trumpets and bowls simply double back over all or portions of the seals. But very poor or no arguments are given for such a position. Especially significant is the fact that those who hold this position never explain the content of the seventh seal, nor do they give an adequate explanation for the content of the seventh trumpet.

Further, chapters 12 through 14 do not set forth its content for they introduce key personages and events in another parenthetical section. These chapters again interrupt the chronological movement which is then resumed in chapters 15 and 16 with the announcement of the bowl judgments. Perhaps, it would be good to review the argument for this view, that the seventh seal contains the seven trumpets and the seventh trumpet contains the seven bowls is simply this:.

Here there is no mention of the trumpets or bowls. Because each is ultimately contained in the seventh seal. Thus we can see why there is silence when the seventh seal is opened: it is a display of awesome reverence for what God is doing. Here the seven angels, who stand in the presence of God as attendants to His service ever ready to carry out His orders, are equipped to carry out the trumpet judgments.

Trumpets were used by Israel on all their national occasions: for assembly to battle, public assembly, to signal important events of the calendar year and almost any important occasion. In this context, they symbolize the announcement of judgment and the number seven signifies the completeness or perfect accomplishment of these judgments.

Joel Blow a trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the Day of the Lord is coming; Surely it is near. Some believe it is an angel of high rank, carrying out a representative work which illustrates the priestly work of Christ whose life and presence in heaven gives efficacy to our prayers. What can we learn from the imagery of this angel with the sensor and his function? It was kept outside of the veil because it had to be serviced and the high priest could only go within the veil once a year Heb.

The smoke would fill the temple or tabernacle and then ascend upward to heaven. This spoke of Christ our sacrifice who was judged for us. Note that when this angel filled the sensor with fire from the altar and through the fire to earth, immediately, there were peals of thunder, flashes of lightning and an earthquake, all portents of divine wrath Rev. It is this both His person and work which makes our worship and prayer acceptable to God.

We are not specifically told who these saints are, but the implication of the passage is that the saints here are Tribulation saints, both Jew and Gentile believers who are living on earth during the Tribulation. Their prayer is that God would pour out His wrath on a rebellious world, but their desire is to establish His kingdom and will on earth. There is a clear juxtaposition of ideas here. First, the prayers of the saints are made effective before God by the symbolic ministry of the priestly angel The next scene is the angel acting in judgment, or in a symbolic way which speaks of judgment.

The point is that after the prayer ascends with the incense then the judgment descends with the coals of fire from the altar. Here is retribution for rebellion and rejection of Christ. John For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

In chapter eight there is nothing to indicate we should take verses in any way other than in their literal sense. If the literal sense makes good sense, and if there is no indication in the passage itself which suggests a symbolical interpretation, then these verses should be taken literally.

This is mentioned for some, like Walter Scott, understand the third part of the earth to mean the devastation of the Western confederation of nations, etc. But there is nothing here to suggest this. These are literal judgments. Ryrie makes a good point:. As has often been pointed out, it would be very inconsistent to understand these judgments symbolically and interpret the plagues in Egypt plainly and actually. The judgment of the first trumpet presents a grim picture of devastation on the vegetation of the world. Many Bible students believe that four is the number of the world.

We might say that it is the signature of the world, or the universal aspect. In this regard, the seven trumpets are divided into four and three. The last three are aimed more directly at man though mankind is affected and hurt by all the trumpets. Yet man, on the whole today, attributes this world to evolution rather than to a personal God.

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Man simply created God in his imagination out of his fears and weaknesses. With the sounding of the first trumpet hail and fire are cast to earth mingled with blood. This results in the burning of one-third of the earth—specifically burned are the trees and the green grass. This would also refer to the various crops of the earth like wheat, barley, rice, corn, etc.

Imagine the famine as a result of this. Each aspect of this judgment, though undoubtedly literal, represents certain spiritual concepts in the wrath of God.