Commentary on Revelation — [Seals, Trumpets, Bowls]

 

 

Bird’s-Eye View of the Seven Seals, the Seven Trumpets, and the Seven Bowl Judgments.

 

(Chapter numbers in parentheses)

 

Seven Seals:

1 – Conqueror (6)

2 – Peace from the earth (6)

— slay one another (6)

3 – Famine (6)

4 – Death and hades (¼ part of earth) (6)

— sword, famine, wild beasts

5 – Christian persecution and death (6)

— souls of martyrs under altar

6 – Earthquake, sun, moon, stars, heavens (6)

removed, mountains and islands moved.

— Great day of God’s Wrath

 

  • Sealing of 144,000 (7)
  • Heavenly vision of tribulation Saints – Tears wiped away (7)

 

7 – Silence in Heaven (8)

  • prayers of the Saints
  • Seven Trumpets

 

Seven Trumpets:

1 – ⅓ of earth, trees, grass burned up (blood) (8)

2 – Burning mountain in the sea (8)

— ⅓ of sea blood

— ⅓ of creatures died

— ⅓ ships destroyed

3 – Burning star to rivers and streams (8)

— ⅓ rivers made bitter

— many men died

4 – ⅓ of sun, moon, stars darkened (8)

5 – Locusts upon those without seal of God (9)

— tormented five months

6 – River Euphrates (9)

— ⅓ of men killed by fire, smoke, brimstone

 

  • Rainbow (10)
  • Delay no longer (10)
  • Mystery of God finished in the days of the 7th trumpet (10)
  • Measuring of temple of God (11)
  • Holy City tread upon for 42 months (11)
  • Two Witnesses (11):

— prophesy for 1260 days

— beast kills them after they finish their testimony

— they lay in the street of the great city where Christ was crucified

— they come to life and ascend to Heaven

— great earthquake

— tenth of the city falls and 7000 killed

 

7 – Kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ. (11)

— time to judge the dead and reward God’s people

 

Seven Bowls:

[Seven last plagues (bowls) finishes the wrath of God (15)]

 

1 – Sores upon those who have the mark of the beast (16)

2 – Sea became blood – all living things died (16)

3 – Rivers became blood (16)

4 – Men scorched with heat of the sun (16)

5 – Kingdom of the beast darkened – pain and sores (16)

6 – River Euphrates – water dried up (16)

— Gathering of all the kings of the world to the war of the great day of God, the Almighty (Armageddon). (16)

— Jesus comes as a thief – blessed is he who watches and keep his garments. (16)

7 – “It is done!” (16)

— great earthquake

— Babylon destroyed

— mountains and islands completely gone

— great hail stones