The Sounding of the sixth trumpet
The Sounding of the sixth trumpet announced the period of Satan’s concerted efforts to eliminate the people of Judah; through whom the Messiah would come. The sixth trumpet covers the period of the four successive kingdoms Satan employed to, if possible, prevent the birth of the Messiah. Revelation 9:13 – 14. The period of four earthly kingdoms was the most critical for the people of Judah. After the Babylonian exile, Judah’s people resolved to worship one God only: the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Judah’s people’s resolve did not please Satan because he knew that the Messiah would come when an angel sounds the seventh trumpet. Therefore, Satan intensified his efforts to disrupt God’s plan. Accordingly, the people of Judah experienced constant pursuit by the Enemy of God, Satan.
“Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.” Revelation 12:1 – 2, NKJV. The “woman in pain” is the nation of Israel, who suffered much from the kingdoms of Egypt and Assyria. The kingdom of Assyria removed the ten tribes of Israel from Palestine; however, God preserved the Nation of Judah. 2 Kings 17:6. With help from the four successive kingdoms, Satan intensified his efforts to eliminate the people of Judah. The four consecutive earthly kingdoms: Babylon, Med-Persian, Greece, and Rome, were singled out because of their impact on God’s people, Judah. However, because Satan could not destroy Judah, he attempted to assimilate the people of Judah into the Greek nation; to Hellenize the Jews. He failed because God was in charge. God fulfilled His promise to Abraham that “all the nations will be blessed through his seed.” Genesis 22:18.
The noun “seed” in the above verse is singular, indicating that “all nations” will be blessed through one seed the Messiah and not through Judah’s people. God blessed the world through the “Seed,” Jesus Christ, who came into the world through Judah’s people. Galatians 3:16. Through the faithful remnant in Judah, God assured the helpless humankind that He would triumph over the evil. This message the remnant in Judah had to keep alive, as depicted in the “little scroll.”
The Little Scroll; Read the next blog.