The First Five Trumpets
As stated in the previous blog, the opening of the seventh seal introduces the seven trumpets. The seven trumpets provide more detail concerning Satan’s effort in opposing God’s plan for humankind. However, we should not read the seven trumpets with strict chronology and literalism. There are no recorded events in humanity’s history that match precisely the events portrayed in the first six trumpets. The narrative associated with the sounding of the first five trumpets informs us that Satan exhausted all the means at his disposal to, if possible, prevent the birth of the Messiah. Fortunately for humankind, however, Satan did not succeed in his efforts. Also, the trumpets’ soundings show that God is firmly in control despite Satan’s crafty efforts. Therefore, Satan’s evil deeds were neither universal nor global but relatively local. Even though he was the prince of this world, Satan could not destroy the world. Sovereign Creator only has the power to destroy the earth.
The first four trumpets in Revelation depict Satan’s efforts to drive humankind so far away from God that salvation would be impossible. To this end, Satan employed humankind’s agencies to, through them, inflict every kind of violence and evil deed at his disposal. In contrast, God continually ensured humankind that His plans to save the world would become a reality. Accordingly, God preserved for Himself a remnant among the people he selected to through them bring the Messiah into the world. Often, the remnant was small but, with God’s help, productive and committed to Him. Noah is an example of a small remnant. Genesis 6:8. With God, even one person is a majority.
The fourth trumpet reveals the warning concerning Satan’s concerted effort to frustrate God’s plan for humankind. “As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair call out in a loud voice: ‘Woe! Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blast about to be sounded by the other three angels!'” Revelation 8:13. Time covered by the next three trumpets depicts Satan’s concerted and uninterrupted efforts to frustrate God’s plan. However, concurrent with Satan’s efforts, God prepared the Messiah’s way to come, depose the prince of this world and save humankind.
During the time of the first five trumpeters’ sounding, God began preparing people through whom He will bring the Messiah into the world. Accordingly, God called Abraham, through whose descendants the Messiah would come into the world. However, God did not call Abraham because of who he was, but who and what he would become. Genesis 18:19. God knew that Abraham would command his descendants to obey God. Nevertheless, Abraham’s descendants did not always remain faithful to God; however, a remnant remained faithful. Through the faithful remnant, the Messiah did come into the world.
The sounding of the sixth trumpet; read the next blog.