Angels, Part 8 by Allan McGuirl
In our last devotional on angels, we left off with the breaking of the seventh seal and the seven angels prepared to sound their trumpets. What follows is God’s judgment on the world. This is a strong challenge to each of us to be prepared to meet our maker. I, for one, do not want to face the judgment of a holy God.
Yes, Revelation 8 has seven angels with seven messages. Listen to what takes place: “The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.” Can you imagine the amount of smoke alone from such a massive fire covering the earth?
Then it speaks of a second angel in verse 8, “the second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, 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.” I can picture many commercial ships carrying cargo, many massive tourist ships and cruise ships suddenly gone. Perhaps people will be saying, “I heard of this before, that it was going to happen, but I didn’t believe it.” But then they would be gone. For them it would be late to decide what they will do with Jesus.
Now we come to the third angel. Revelation 8:10 says, “The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water – the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.” Now many may question God’s judgment on these people, but these are the same ones who, when the Lamb of God opened the seals on the scroll and they saw the impending doom, instead of turning to God for mercy, they cried out to the mountains and rocks to “fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?” Of course, there is nowhere we can hide from Him. They choose to harden their hearts instead of repenting and in doing so choose their own fate.
Now the “fourth angel sounded his trumpet 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 turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.” As you well know, this signals catastrophe for the earth. But this is not all.
Just before the firth angel sounds his trumpet, an eagle flies through the air crying out, “Woe! Woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels.” As the fifth angel sounds his trumpet, John writes that he saw “a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes. During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.” They had a king over them, the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer). There are many who refuse to believe in God or accept the salvation provided in Jesus Christ. They say, “I will do it my way, I have my own beliefs.” Unfortunately, no personal beliefs can cleanse us from sin and rescue us from separation from a holy God.
The sixth angel sounds his trumpet and Revelation says he was told to release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates. With their mounted troops they were kept for this very moment to destroy a third of mankind with fire, smoke and sulfur. John goes on to say, “Still, the rest of the people did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshipping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood – idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.”
Now before the seventh angel sounds his trumpet, chapters 10 and 11 contain an interlude which we do not have time to discuss here, nor is there time to discuss the many happenings which occur at the sounding of the seventh trumpet, except to say that there is great praise and adoration for Jesus the Messiah and God the Father as God’s temple in heaven is opened, and Satan finally meets his eternal reward. Why don’t you read these chapters in the book of Revelation for yourself? God has placed all these events in His Word to inform and warn us about the last days. Let’s make sure that we are prepared to meet Him and have received His eternal life.