“And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them. And the first sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. And 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; and a third of the creatures, which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed. And 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 waters; and the name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood; and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter. And the fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were smitten, so that a third of them might be darkened and the day might not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way.” ~Revelation 8:6-12
The seventh seal had been opened, and now the seven trumpets are being sounded. Horrible destruction will come upon the earth. The Bible is to be understood as literal, and we are given no reason to believe otherwise here. These things will happen on the earth during the time of Tribulation.
Our pastor shared some nuclear facts while teaching this passage that I found interesting~
- 250 mph winds of fire follow a nuclear blast.
- Above-ground testing on Bikini Island sent water around the island shooting thousands of feet into the air, where it immediately froze and came down as hail stones, destroying the testing equipment.
- The Atlantic Ocean is a third of the world’s ocean water, has a third of the world’s shipping, and could be destroyed with nuclear weapons.
- Above-ground testing poisons ground water with substances that cause cancers.
- The word Chernobyl is Ukrainian for a species of wormwood, which is a bitter-tasting plant. (Some people think that the Chernobyl disaster was the third trumpet being sounded, but for MANY reasons, that is not Biblical.)
- A nuclear exchange in the summer months could result in the sky being so clouded that the sun could be completely blotted out, and high temperatures would reach only 15 degrees- a nuclear winter.
Could these horrible things be caused by a nuclear war? Perhaps. Nuclear war certainly could cause similar results to what is described in these verses. We don’t know and can only speculate. What is for certain is that the Bible is the True Word of God, and it is written as future prophecy that this will happen, and it will be worldwide.
The first four trumpets all affect nature and the natural. The last three will begin the supernatural attacks, and these will be worse than the first.
“And I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in midheaven, saying with a loud voice, ‘Woe, woe, woe, to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!'” ~Revelation 8:13