Revelation Chapter 8:2
Revelation 8:2 – And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.
“Seven trumpets”: The trumpets are of greater intensity than the seals, but not as destructive as the final vial or bowl judgments will be (compare 16:1-21). They occur during the final 3-1/2 years, but the time of each is indefinite, except the effects of the fifth trumpet judgment, which will last 5 months (9:10). The first 4 announce the divine destruction of earth’s ecology (verses 6-12), while the final 3 involve demonic devastation of earth’s inhabitants (9:1-21; 11:15).
Whether this seven is literal, or not, doesn’t matter (in this instance I believe they are literal). These “angels” are prepared to carry out God’s orders. These “seven trumpets” were to sound the alarm. Trumpets are loud and send out a clear note. There will be no question of the message. The trumpet throughout the Bible is used for two specific purposes:
1: To assemble the people for worship;
2: To assemble the people for war. At any rate, this is to alarm and prepare.
This encourages the Christians and means judgment to the apostate and worldly. The Wrath of God is here.
As the seventh seal is broken, the seven angels receive trumpets. Tim LaHaye, (a Baptist preacher with over 40 years experience and the author of the Left Behind Series of Books), thinks the 7 seals take place in the first quarter (21 months), and the seventh seal begins the 7 trumpet judgments which begin the next 21 months or second quarter of the Tribulation.
It is this author’s belief that the 4 horsemen and the Seal judgments are in the first 42 months (Tribulation), and the Trumpet and Vial (Bowl), judgments containing God’s wrath, will be in the last 42 months (the Great Tribulation).
The opening of the seventh seal does not cause the seven angels to stand before God. Apparently, they are always there, awaiting a special assignment from their Creator. The opening of the seals results in each one being given a trumpet that will be blown in proper sequence, introducing a future form of judgment.
In the first period of the Tribulation the earth has known the wrath of the Antichrist; now it will begin to feel the wrath of God Almighty.
Verses 3-6: “Incense” is often an illustration of prayer (compare 5:8). The trumpet judgments may be God’s response to the “prayers of the saints” (in 6:10), a cry for revenge against the enemies of Christ (compare Psalm 94:1; Rom. 12:19). The throwing of the “censer” to the “earth” represents the coming judgment of the earth. Christ will use “angels” to administer the “trumpets”. The blast of each “trumpet” symbolizes the execution of God’s judgment (see article “Judgment”).
John sees seven angels “who stand before God.” Some believe that Gabriel, who spoke with Daniel and announced the coming births of John the Baptist to Zacharias and Jesus to Mary, is one of these seven angels, as he describes himself as one who “stands in the presence of God”:
Luke 1:19 – And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings.
Jewish tradition and apocryphal writings speak of seven archangels in Heaven, Gabriel among them, who stand before God (source). However, in Scripture we see that all angels, or sons of God, both holy and fallen, can present themselves before God:
Job 1:6 – Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.
Until the fallen angels are permanently cast out of Heaven in the Tribulation, there is nothing in Scripture to show that they cannot stand in God’s presence in Heaven, as they did in the days of Job:
Revelation 12:7-9 – And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
The only other time in Scripture we see the phrase “stand before God,” is when Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, counseled him to form a hierarchy of rulers over the people, with Moses at the top:
Exodus 18:19-22 – Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you: Stand before God for the people, so that you may bring the difficulties to God. And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do. Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. Then it will be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they themselves shall judge. So it will be easier for you, for they will bear the burden with you.
The use of this phrase by Jethro, about Moses’ status before God, may suggest that these seven angels have a higher status than other holy angels in Heaven. Indeed, Daniel shows us there is a hierarchy in the angelic realm, both holy and fallen, which lends support to the Jewish tradition mentioned earlier:
Daniel 10:13, 20-21 – But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia…. Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? And now I must return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I have gone forth, indeed the prince of Greece will come. But I will tell you what is noted in the Scripture of Truth. (No one upholds me against these, except Michael your prince.”
Some see the seven wise men before the King of Persia as types of these seven angels before the throne, because they had access to the throne, and ranked highest in the kingdom:
Esther 1:13-14 – Then the king said to the wise men who understood the times (for this was the king’s manner toward all who knew law and justice, those closest to him being Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, who had access to the king’s presence, and who ranked highest in the kingdom)…
That being said, later we see another group of seven angels that come from the temple of God with the Bowls of the wrath of God:
Revelation 15:5-7 – After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever.
The temple houses God’s throne. Therefore, these angels would have higher rank than those who stand before the Lord on His throne because they have access to the holiest place in Heaven:
Psalms 11:4 – The LORD is in His holy temple, the LORD’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.
The seven angels in this chapter are given seven trumpets. Incidentally, there are seven uses for trumpets found in Scripture:
- To announce (typically feast days, but also to announce judgment)
- To sound the alarm (typically for war or impending judgment)
- God’s voice (as heard at Mt Sinai, by John, and by the Church at the rapture)
- To assemble the people (typically for war)
- To direct movement of the people (for war or moving camp)
- In praise and worship (priests used trumpets in temple worship)
- Coronation of the king (celebration and crowning of a new king)
In the Trumpet judgments the angels sound their trumpets to announce coming judgment. The last Trumpet judgment is the last of the three “woes” (Revelation 8:13), and is comprised of all the Bowl judgments, thus the last Trumpet judgment is also sounding the alarm for the worst of the judgments yet to come. After the sounding of the last Trumpet, Heaven erupts in praise, worship, and celebration in the coronation of Jesus Christ as King, just before He returns to defeat the kingdom on Earth and begin His millennial reign:
Revelation 11:15-18 – Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to come, because You have taken Your great power and reigned. The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear Your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth.”
The other place in Scripture we see seven trumpets is in the capture of Jericho:
Joshua 6:2-6 – And the LORD said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.” Then Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD.”
Joshua 6:7-10 – And he said to the people, “Proceed, and march around the city, and let him who is armed advance before the ark of the LORD.” So it was, when Joshua had spoken to the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the LORD advanced and blew the trumpets, and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them. The armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after the ark, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I say to you, ‘Shout!’ Then you shall shout.”
Joshua is a type of Jesus. In fact, the name “Joshua” in Hebrew is “Yeshua,” which transliterates to Jesus. The seven priests are a type of the seven angels who announce judgment by sounding the trumpets. The Hebrew people were silent until the sounding of the trumpets. After the priests sounded the trumpets, the people shouted and God destroyed Jericho and Joshua took the city. Likewise, after a half-hour of silence, seven angels will sound seven trumpets and God will destroy the kingdoms of this world in His wrath in the Bowl judgments and hand them over to His Son to rule:
Psalms 2:1-12 – Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: “Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.” “I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ” Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
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