After the rapture things will grow progressively worse. The world will go through a false sense of peace #1; several wars and rumors of wars #2; economic collapse and famine #3; death of millions of unbelievers due to war, famine, plagues #4; the persecution and death of believers #5; earthquakes with disturbances in the heavenly bodies #6; then the trumpet judgments #7.
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7 Seals Opened on Scroll Revelation 6,8
Seal 1 - antichrist heads out on a white horse to conquer. (The second white horse comes with an army not just by Himself. They come in battle.)
Impact - Rises to power with great deception, saying and doing many good things to give people a false sense of hope. He will talk peace.
2nd Seal - Red horse rides out, takes peace away, causes war.
Impact - Undoes the peace treaties and sparks conflicts around the world.
3rd Seal - Black horse, famine. oil & wine = rich
Impact - Surges forth with the consequences of war; economic disaster, famine, worthless currencies, food shortages, misery, poverty, starvation.
4th Seal - ashen horse whose rider is death, hades following. Authority over 1/4 earth to kill with sword, famine, pestilence, wild beasts.
Impact - Billion die from multiple calamities. Consider that a billion believers (adult, children) already left earth. Some countries more vacant than others. Some professions more vacant than others. Imagine the accusations and jubilations. Who will be burying all of these people?
5th Seal - Martyrs under the altar. Believers being killed by non-believers because they blame them for the troubles everyone is suffering.
Impact - Untold numbers. Media and leaders will portray these new Christians as enemies of world govt, world peace, world religion, and the environment, starting religious wars, and call for their elimination to preserve dwindling food supplies.
6th Seal - Anarchy, great earthquake, sun became black, moon like blood, stars falling from the sky, sky split apart, rolled up, every mountain and island moved, men hiding wishing for death. (Matt 24)
Impact - worldwide panic, people trying to hide, chaos, realization (late) tribulation has arrived.
Interlude - time out to seal 144,000
7th Seal - silence in heaven for 1/2 hour.
Seven angels were given each a trumpet. An eighth was given a golden censer with much incense. Takes it, fills it with fire from the altar and throws it to earth and there follows peals of thunder, sounds and flashes of lighting and an earthquake. The angels prepared themselves to sound their trumpets.
7 Trumpet Judgments - Rev 8,9,11:15
- hail and fire mixed with blood; 1/3 of the earth burned up, 1/3 of trees, all the grass burned up
Impact - people grossed out and in fear, alters balance of nature, greenery gone, oxygen production reduced certainly much beauty lost, much animal life impacted with less to eat or roost in. denuded.
- great mountain thrown into the sea, 1/3 of the sea became blood, 1/3 of sea creatures died, 1/3 ships destroyed.
Impact - no-one can miss a burning mountain hurled into the earth. Evolutionists believe this is what created life or destroyed the dinosaurs. Now they get to see one! Likely a tsunami from the splash.
- great star (satan isa 14:12) fell from heaven, 1/3 of rivers, called wormwood, made waters bitter, many men died
Impact - people die w/o fresh water, fights over water. everyone will be for themselves - no missionaries taking water, drilling wells.
- 1/3 of sun, moon and stars struck became darkened for 1/3 of the day. Eagle flying saying woe, woe, woe.
Impact - depression and grumpiness and fear will increase. long term reduction of sunlight impacts crop and plant growth; which is much needed after the 1st trumpet. The time intervals between trumpets is not too long since the seals and trumpets happen within 3.5 years or less. maybe one every 2-3 mo. if on reg. basis. There will be overlap.
- the great fallen star (satan) given key to bottomless pit, opens it, smoke comes up, sun and air are darkened. locusts come upon the earth, power given to them, told not to hurt grass or green things or trees only men who are not sealed by God. Torment for 5 months. men seek death and won’t find it. Apollyon is the locust’s king. The first woe is passed. (angel pronounced 3 woes in previous trumpet)
Impact - again, more darkness, fear, anger, depression. many suicidal but not able. much pain from torment of scorpions. The 144,000 and saints? won’t be tormented.
- voice from the four horns of the golden altar (jesus), release the four angels bound at Euphrates river. kill 1/3 of mankind by fire smoke brimstone. their number 200 million. rest of mankind did not repent.
Impact - another batch of hundreds of millions of people. mostly adults. earlier lost 1/4 or billion. This army must be demonic based on the description of the horses. Alt. if human then the horses are not literal. People don’t repent of their murders and sorcery or immorality or thefts. obviously God doesn’t approve of these sins now either. Not many nations can pull together 200 mil for an army. At present only China, India, USA, Indonesia exceed 200 mil. population. This is before the judgments killing large populations. Only China, India, possibly Indonesia will have large populations left after the rapture. Might be a large coalition of a world army. Again, more likely a demonic army. If human, China, India, Indonesia, will likely travel by sea and maybe up the Euphrates river. Remember 1/3 ships destroyed earlier. It isn’t dried up till 6th bowl of wrath.
- (11:15) kingdom handed over to God, ark of covenant appears in temple of God, lightning, thunder, earthquake, great hailstorm.
Impact - great tumult, physical damage.
7 Bowls of Wrath Revelation 16
Bowl 1 ~Enemies of God's people tormented with painful sores…
Impact - All those who have taken the mark of the beast will have these ugly painful sores. The antichrist will not be able to heal them and people will then know he is a fake god.
Bowl 2 ~The water in the ocean and the sea turns to blood, all sea creatures die
Impact - a significant food source for people and animals lost. dead rotting fish will cover the seas and shorelines.
Bowl 3 ~The springs and rivers turns to blood -
Impact - similar impact to previous bowl only now it is inland reaching more people. These two bowls reflect the spilling of the blood of God’s people who were martyred.
Bowl 4 ~Sun scorches men with fire and fierce heat, blaspheme God, don’t repent
Impact - what would you do if you found yourself in this situation? if you would repent, why not do it now? or do you need more pain? What will happen to Believers who haven’t taken the mark…will they be scorched too?
Bowl 5 ~bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.
Impact - Same questions as bowl #4. Will Believers have light or night vision?
Bowl 6 ~Euphrates river dried up signals the final battle between God and the evil...
Impact - The devil gathers his forces from the East (the forces comes across the Euphrates river - east of Israel) to fight against Jesus and His followers (who has been gathered to Jerusalem) The final conflict will take place in Armageddon. Armageddon is a Hebrew word that means "hill of Megiddo" (har, which means "mountain or hill" plus mageddon meaning "Megiddo;" in English it becomes Armageddon).
Bowl 7 ~The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air…”It is done!” flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men.
Impact - And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible. This is a Divine Stoning - see Law A hundred pound anything will crush whatever it strikes. [largest hail stone so far is 8.0” in diameter and 1.9375 pounds] Based on current physics it would likely be 400”/33 ft in diameter? Like trucks falling from the sky. Think you’ll be able to dodge that? It’ll be falling at easily 100 mph. Seems unreal huh.
Ok God, Why All This?!
He’s been warning us about this for thousands of years. It shouldn’t sneak up on anyone. Consider He could do all of this in one day instead of 1007 years.
But isn’t this a little hateful from a supposedly loving God? No. Consider that if people didn’t want God in their lives while on earth, why would they want to live with Him face to face? He’s not going to be any different than He is now. Same God. Same rules.