Wednesday , 1 October 2014

Comparison of Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls from the Book of Revelation

Are the seals, trumpets, and bowl judgments of Revelation sequential (one following another) events or is there some overlap?  The anchor points that cannot be ignored are the verses in chapters 6 and 16 in which every island and mountain flee away. The usage of the words every and all limit the event to happen only once. Thus the moving of the every island and mountain are moved out of their place in chapter six must be identical to the fleeing away of every island and mountain in chapter sixteen. This chart offers only an introductory examination of the points, but once the verses are laid out next to each other the conclusion follows quickly: the events of Revelation are not a strict sequential chronology but are a series of visions looking at the events of the tribulation from different angles where many points are in fact the same event but different angles.

Comparison of Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls from the Book of Revelation  

Seals Trumpets Bowls Other Script Ref
1 Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals…(Revelation 6:1) And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. (Revelation 6:2) The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up. (Revelation 8:7) So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. (Revelation 16:2)
2 When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” (Revelation 6:3) Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that [people] should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. Then the second angel sounded: And [something] like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. (Revelation 8:8) And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. (Revelation 8:9) Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead [man;] and every living creature in the sea died. (Revelation 16:3)
3 When He opened the third seal…So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. (Revelation 6:5) And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. (Revelation 8:10) Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. (Revelation 16:4)

 

4 When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” (Revelation 6:7) So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth. (Revelation 6:8) Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night. (Revelation 8:12) Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. (Revelation 16:8)
5 Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. (Revelation 9:1) And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. (Revelation 9:2) Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. (Revelation 16:10) They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds. (Revelation 16:11)
5-6 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. (Revelation 6:9) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” (Revelation 6:10) Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both [the number of] their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they [were,] was completed. (Revelation 6:11) Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, (Revelation 9:13) saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” (Revelation 9:14) So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. (Revelation 9:15) And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts. (Revelation 9:21) Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. (Revelation 16:12)
6-7 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. (Revelation 6:12) And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. (Revelation 6:13) Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. (Revelation 6:14) And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, (Revelation 6:15) and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! (Revelation 6:16) “For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (Revelation 6:17)  Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw [it] to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake. (Revelation 8:5)   Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become [the kingdoms] of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Revelation 11:15) (Revelation 11:17) The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth.” (Revelation 11:18) Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail. (Revelation 11:19) Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” (Revelation 16:17) And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. (Revelation 16:18) Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. (Revelation 16:19) Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. (Revelation 16:20) And great hail from heaven fell upon men, [each hailstone] about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great. (Revelation 16:21) And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them [and be] their God. (Revelation 21:3) All the host of heaven shall be dissolved, And the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll; All their host shall fall down As the leaf falls from the vine, And as [fruit] falling from a fig tree. (Isaiah 34:4)  

The Millennium Chronicles

Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, From the terror of the LORD And the glory of His majesty. (Isaiah 2:10)

The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, And the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. (Isaiah 2:11) For the day of the LORD of hosts [Shall come] upon everything proud and lofty, Upon everything lifted up– And it shall be brought low– (Isaiah 2:13)

Upon all the high mountains, And upon all the hills [that are] lifted up; (Isaiah 2:14) Upon every high tower, And upon every fortified wall; (Isaiah 2:15) Upon all the ships of Tarshish, And upon all the beautiful sloops. (Isaiah 2:16) The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, And the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; The LORD alone will be exalted in that day, (Isaiah 2:17) But the idols He shall utterly abolish. (Isaiah 2:18) They shall go into the holes of the rocks, And into the caves of the earth, From the terror of the LORD And the glory of His majesty, When He arises to shake the earth mightily. (Isaiah 2:19)

He stood and surveyed the earth; He looked and startled the nations. Yes, the perpetual mountains were shattered, The ancient hills collapsed. His ways are everlasting. (Habakkuk 3:6 [NASB])

 

Behold, the day of the LORD comes, Cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, To lay the land desolate; And He will destroy its sinners from it. (Isaiah 13:9) For the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not give their light; The sun will be darkened in its going forth, And the moon will not cause its light to shine. (Isaiah 13:10) “I will punish the world for [its] evil, And the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, And will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. (Isaiah 13:11)

 

Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth; (Isaiah 40:4)

 

“And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. (Joel 2:30) The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. (Joel 2:31)

 

I beheld the mountains, and indeed they trembled, And all the hills moved back and forth. (Jeremiah 4:24)

 

The Millennium Chronicles

 

 

 

http://www.watchmanbiblestudy.com/biblestudies/BibleStudy_SealTrumpetBowl.htm

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About Doug Hamp

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lonni-Norton/886145315 Lonni Norton

    I appreciate the compilation of these verses in revealing how the Word of the Lord is cogent and coordinated.  When we study to show ourselves approved of God, He takes delight in opening our hearts and minds to the deeper things.  Thank you for this.

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