Revelation Chapter 8:7
Revelation 8:7 – The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.
Recall from Revelation 8:1, the Trumpet judgments begin in the second half of the Tribulation. This is the time that Jesus characterizes as “great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be,” (Matthew 24:21) and begins when the antichrist, or the beast, breaks the covenant he brokers with Israel found in Daniel, by causing the “abomination of desolation”:
The “first” trumpet brings literal fire and hail, and causes the destruction of most of the vegetation on the earth. Famine and a lack of oxygen production will result.
This may describe volcanic eruptions that could certainly result from the earthquake (in verse 5). The steam and water thrown into the sky by such eruptions could easily condense into hail and fall to earth along with the fiery lava (compare Exodus 9:13-25). Dust and gases may so contaminate falling liquid water that it appears blood red.
The First Trumpet: Hail, Fire and Blood. Ice and fire rain from the sky, burning up a third of all the earth’s trees and all of its grass. This is an ecological disaster without parallel to this point in the history of mankind; its results are incalculable. The lava storm will create a blazing fire that devastates one-third of the earth’s forests.
To make matters even worse, John also adds that “blood” arrives with the hail and fire, as the prophet Joel had predicted:
Joel 2:30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood and fire and pillars of smoke”. And this is only the first trumpet!
They now are released and told to do these things. Some religions will tell you that God never punishes, but this is not true. This is punishment from God. The devil is not doing this. It is done on orders from God. Another place where this strange phenomenon of fire and hail mixed together falling is in Exodus.
Exodus 9:24 “So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.”
Both were punishments from God. The difference is that this one in Exodus was localized. The one in Revelation is wide spread. One thing very important to remember is that the wrath of God falls on them of unbelief.
Ezekiel 38:22 “And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that [are] with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.”
It is the same God in Ezekiel that we see in Revelation.
We see in all of this, and the next few trumpets probably, the revealing of God’s judgment which may be of nature in the form of catastrophic forms of nature; or may be in the form of His allowing humans to unleash atomic or nuclear weapons of war. The first trumpet is so bad that it kills one third of all vegetation.
Verses 8-9: The “second” trumpet turns a “third” of the “sea” into “blood”, and a third of the sea “creatures” and “ships” are “destroyed”. This will produce a reduction of evaporation and thus a shortage of rain and fresh water on land. International commerce and distribution of food and resources will be severely hampered.
Daniel 9:27 – Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.”
Matthew 24:15, 21 – “Therefore when you see the ‘ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand)… “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
Mark 13:14 – “So when you see the ‘ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not” (let the reader understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains…. For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be.”
Incidentally, God pictures the annulling of this “covenant with death” as being swept away by hail and the destructive flood waters that result from its melting:
Isaiah 28:15-18 – Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge passes through, it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.” Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not act hastily. Also I will make justice the measuring line, and righteousness the plummet; the hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters will overflow the hiding place. Your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand; when the overflowing scourge passes through, then you will be trampled down by it.”
It is interesting, and perhaps by design, that when the “covenant with death” is swept away figuratively with hail, there will be real hail mixed with fire and blood thrown to the Earth, after the first angel blows the first Trumpet judgment. While there is clearly symbolic hail associated with the annulling of the covenant, there is no reason to spiritualize away the first Trumpet judgment, as God physically poured out a similar judgment on Egypt:
Exodus 9:22-25 – Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt – on man, on beast, and on every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.” And Moses stretched out his rod toward heaven; and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and fire darted to the ground. And the LORD rained hail on the land of Egypt. So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, so very heavy that there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. And the hail struck throughout the whole land of Egypt, all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail struck every herb of the field and broke every tree of the field.
Psalms 78:43, 47-49 – When He worked His signs in Egypt, and His wonders in the field of Zoan… He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycamore trees with frost. He also gave up their cattle to the hail, and their flocks to fiery lightning. He cast on them the fierceness of His anger, wrath, indignation, and trouble, by sending angels of destruction among them.
Psalms 105:27, 32-33 – They performed His signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham…. He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land. He struck their vines also, and their fig trees, and splintered the trees of their territory.
Just as God sent hail mingled with fire that destroyed trees and vegetation in Egypt, He will likewise destroy trees and vegetation on Earth, after the first angel blows his trumpet. In this first Trumpet judgment, a third of the trees and all the green grass will burn up. The Greek word translated as “grass” could also refer to herbage, growing grain, or hay. This suggests that all vegetation that is green that has leaves, stalks, or stems is in view, which would ravage the food supply. However, the impact on vegetation would only last to the next growing season, as vegetation generally rebounds in a process called “serotiny” (Source). Indeed, we see vegetation present again by the fifth Trumpet judgment:
Revelation 9:4 – They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
Trees are heartier and can withstand fire damage better than vegetation because they are denser and contain more water (Source). This may explain why only a third of the trees burn up, and not all of them.
Note that this first judgment of hail mingled with fire is also mingled with blood. Recall from Revelation 6:13, that a comet or similar heavenly body may pass by the earth at the beginning of the Tribulation in the sixth Seal judgment. The debris tail could get caught up in the earth’s orbit and/or the earth would move through the debris field every year. The debris from such a heavenly body could explain several of the Tribulation judgments, including the first Trumpet judgment.
Comets consist of ice. If pieces of a comet break off and fall to earth before they melt, it could be described as hail falling. Comet particles would burn as they enter the atmosphere. If the earth passes through a debris field large enough to affect both sides of the earth, during at least one revolution of earth, with enough particles sizable enough to survive the plunge through the atmosphere, it could catch enough of the vegetation on fire to spread and engulf all it, along with a third of the trees. A rapid spread of fire is certainly reasonable to expect, especially if the two witnesses pronounce a drought on the world at the beginning of their ministry, as Elijah did for the same time span of three and a half years:
Revelation 11:3, 6 – And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth…. These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.
Luke 4:25 – But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land…
A comet debris field could also explain the blood mingled with the hail and fire. The Greek word for “blood” is “haima,” which is where we derive our words like “hemoglobin” in human blood, which consists of iron, and “hematite,” describing the blood-red color of iron oxide (Source). Iron oxide has been found in comets (Sources: 1 2 3 4). Iron oxide could cause water to look like blood (Sources: 1 2 3). Iron oxide in dust particles have been known to form blood rain (Source). Therefore, comet fragments entering the atmosphere could look like hail and fire, mingled with blood.
It is interesting that God throws hail and fire, mingled with blood to the earth in this judgment, which targets the creation, not man. The “Mystery Babylon” religion rules during the first half of the Tribulation. This religion is clearly steeped in idolatry, which worships the creation and not the Creator (Romans 1:25). Even today we see glimpses of the worship of creation in the environmentalist movements and mystic religions. Men will still cling to their idolatry into the second half of the Tribulation, through all the Trumpet judgments:
Revelation 9:20 – But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk.
When God used Nebuchadnezzar to judge the Jews for their idolatry by sending them into exile, He also destroyed the land in southern Israel with fire that burned all the vegetation and trees, much like in the first Trumpet judgment:
Ezekiel 20:46-48 – “Son of man, set your face toward the south; preach against the south and prophesy against the forest land, the South, and say to the forest of the South, ‘Hear the word of the LORD! Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I will kindle a fire in you, and it shall devour every green tree and every dry tree in you; the blazing flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be scorched by it. All flesh shall see that I, the LORD, have kindled it; it shall not be quenched.”‘”
Under the Law, stoning was the punishment for idolatry and blasphemy:
Deuteronomy 13:6-10 – “If your brother, the son of your mother, your son or your daughter, the wife of your bosom, or your friend who is as your own soul, secretly entices you, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers, of the gods of the people which are all around you, near to you or far off from you, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth, you shall not consent to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him or conceal him; but you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. And you shall stone him with stones until he dies, because he sought to entice you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.”
Leviticus 24:16 – And whoever blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall certainly stone him, the stranger as well as him who is born in the land. When he blasphemes the name of the LORD, he shall be put to death.
God destroys a large part of the creation in the Tribulation judgments, starting with hail and fire. Those who do not stop worshiping the creation instead of the Creator in idolatry, will themselves later become subject to being “stoned” with large hail at the end of the Tribulation, reminiscent of the punishment under the Law:
Revelation 16:21 – And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.
It is also interesting that God commanded Israel to burn idols in the Old Testament:
Deuteronomy 7:25 – You shall burn the carved images of their gods with fire; you shall not covet the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it; for it is an abomination to the LORD your God.
Deuteronomy 12:2-4 – You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations which you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. And you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and burn their wooden images with fire; you shall cut down the carved images of their gods and destroy their names from that place. You shall not worship the LORD your God with such things.
Like with the hail, God Himself burns much of the creation in the first Trumpet judgment, and will later burn those who do not repent of their idolatry and blaspheme His name:
Revelation 16:8-9 – Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.
As we will see, God uses these judgments to systematically take away what many have taken for granted or worshiped instead of God, giving no thought of dependence on God for the needs He provides through the creation. God is a jealous God and consumes in His wrath those who reject their Creator and worship the creation as their god:
Deuteronomy 6:13-15 – You shall fear the LORD your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you (for the LORD your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the LORD your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.
Zephaniah 1:17-18 – “I will bring distress upon men, and they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD; their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like refuse.” Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy, for He will make speedy riddance of all those who dwell in the land.
Make no mistake, God’s wrath is not just found in the Bowl judgments, it is merely finished in them. As discussed in Revelation 6:17, God’s wrath is found in all the Tribulation judgments. His wrath is also found in the Old Testament, when He judged Israel for breaking the Law of Moses and going after idols (2 Kings 22:13-17, 2 Chronicles 34:21-25), and other nations steeped in idolatry who came against Israel (Psalms 78:43-51, Jeremiah 50:9-15, Nahum 1:1-14). While hail and fire is found in the first Trumpet judgment, it is found in other passages which speak about God’s wrath and indignation:
Ezekiel 13:10 – “Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace – and one builds a wall, and they plaster it with untempered mortar – say to those who plaster it with untempered mortar, that it will fall. There will be flooding rain, and you, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall tear it down. Surely, when the wall has fallen, will it not be said to you, ‘Where is the mortar with which you plastered it?'” Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “I will cause a stormy wind to break forth in My fury; and there shall be a flooding rain in My anger, and great hailstones in fury to consume it. So I will break down the wall you have plastered with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be uncovered; it will fall, and you shall be consumed in the midst of it. Then you shall know that I am the LORD. “Thus will I accomplish My wrath on the wall and on those who have plastered it with untempered mortar; and I will say to you, ‘The wall is no more, nor those who plastered it, that is, the prophets of Israel who prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her when there is no peace,’ ” says the Lord GOD.”
Isaiah 30:27-28, 30 – Behold, the name of the LORD comes from afar, burning with His anger, and His burden is heavy; His lips are full of indignation, and His tongue like a devouring fire. His breath is like an overflowing stream, which reaches up to the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of futility; and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err…. The LORD will cause His glorious voice to be heard, and show the descent of His arm, with the indignation of His anger and the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, tempest, and hailstones.
Psalms 18:7-14 – Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, because He was angry. Smoke went up from His nostrils, and devouring fire from His mouth; coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down with darkness under His feet. And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness His secret place; His canopy around Him was dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. From the brightness before Him, His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire. The LORD thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice, hailstones and coals of fire. He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them.
In short, it is primarily idolatry and forsaking God in pride that brings forth His wrath, as shown throughout the Scriptures. The Tribulation judgments will permanently take care of this issue:
Isaiah 2:12, 18-21 – For the day of the LORD of hosts shall come upon everything proud and lofty, upon everything lifted up – and it shall be brought low…. But the idols He shall utterly abolish. They shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, from the terror of the LORD and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily. In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which they made, each for himself to worship, to the moles and bats, to go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the crags of the rugged rocks, from the terror of the LORD and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily.
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