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Coronation Details

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Coronation Phase Overview

Primary References: Revelation 8:8-11:2

 

Revelation's second theme, Coronation, consists of seven trumpet judgments. The last three of these judgments are so horrific they are known as the "Three Great Woes" due to the angels' pronouncements on them. Many mysteries are introduced in this period including a Might Angel and His deeds, a mysterious massive army, a demonic army released from the bottomless pit, the dragon, the dragon's war in heaven, and a pregnant woman. Though this period is marked by many incredible events, the penultimate event is Jesus' coronation at the sounding of the seventh trumpet. The actions of the Mighty Angel and two witnesses lay the ground work for it and many decision phase events, such as the war in heaven, are the direct consequence of it.

The coronation theme's seven trumpet judgments begins with a storm of hail and fire mixed with blood (a volcano?) that destroys a third of all plant life on the earth. A second trumpet causes a great burning mountain (meteorite?) to fall into the sea and it destroys a third of the salt-water creatures and shipping. The third trumpet brings a great star down from heaven (chemical warfare?) and it turns a third of the fresh waters bitter (turned into wormwood). The fourth trumpet darkens a third of the stars, moon, and sun and is perhaps a direct result of the first three trumpets.

The last three trumpets bring the three great woes of Revelation, one woe for each trumpet. The first woe judgment releases diabolical beasts from the bottomless pit. Day and night for five months, these beasts torment those without the seal of God. The sixth trumpet brings the second woe as four fallen angels are released from the confines of the Euphrates River. These angels lead and drive a 200 million-man army that eventually destroys a third of humanity. Between the effects of the four horsemen of the apocalypse and sixth trumpet judgments, half the world's population dies (around 3.2 billion people at today's estimated population of 6.4 billion). After this, God checks for the first of three times to see if He can end the judgments; but finds that even these first two woe judgments have had no affect.

Prior to the last woe'strumpet judgment, a Mighty Angel comes to earth with a little book of royal decrees. With one foot on dry land and one on the waters, He cries out and seven thunders speak but their decrees are unrecorded and remain a mystery. The Mighty Angel then swears an oath on the highest authority possible, God Almighty, and promises that there will be no delay in finishing the mysteries of God.

Mid-tribulation transitional events close the tribulation and open the great tribulation. They are momentous and set the stage for the horrendous activities of the great tribulation. Figure 7 gives mid-tribulation details. Many of these start or end during the middle of the seven-year tribulation and have the same duration:

  • Two witnesses prophesy for 1260 days (Revelation 11:3) [ends]
  • Courtyard of the gentiles and Jerusalem downtrodden for 42 months (Revelation 11:2) [starts]
  • Orderly evacuation of the Jews: protected for 1260 days (Revelation 12:6) [starts]
  • Emergency evacuation of the Jews: protected for 3 ½ years (Revelation 12:14) [starts]
  • The beast rules for 42 months (Revelation 13:5) [starts]

Exposition: Trumpet Overview

The significance of Revelation's trumpets judgments are best understood in respect to other Biblical usages. Most significant is their use to announce coronations including Joash's:

Read more: Exposition: Trumpet Overview

 

Milepost 18: The First Trumpet

The first trumpet brings hail and fire mingled with blood rain onto the earth and devastates a third of all plant life.

Read more: Milepost 18: The First Trumpet

   

Milepost 19: The Second Trumpet

When the second angel blows his trumpet, he triggers a great mountain that attacks salt waters. The second trumpet suggests a meteor. The second trumpet destroys a third of the shipping and sea life, probably through the fiery mountain's impact and its resulting secondary effects (e.g., tidal waves).

Read more: Milepost 19: The Second Trumpet

 

Milepost 20: The Third Trumpet

The third trumpet brings a great star falling onto the world's fresh waters. It destroys a third of the waters and between the second and third trumpets a third of both the world's fresh and salt waters are imperiled.

Read more: Milepost 20: The Third Trumpet

   

Milepost 21: The Fourth Trumpet

The fourth trumpet brings darkness for the second time in the tribulation. It is very likely that this darkness is the direct result of the first three trumpet judgments, especially, trumpets one and two.

Read more: Milepost 21: The Fourth Trumpet

 

Milepost 22: Trumpet Five: the First Great Woe

The fifth trumpet brings the first of the three great woes as a star possessing the pit's keys falls from heaven to earth and frees the bottomless pit's demonic forces from their prolonged captivity.

Read more: Milepost 22: Trumpet Five: the First Great Woe

   

Milepost 23: Trumpet Six: The Second Great Woe

The sixth a trumpet brings the second of the three woe judgments. This woe starts at Revelation 8's golden altar, which contains prayers and incense, as a voice from its horns commands the sixth trumpet's angel to release four angels bound in the Euphrates River.

Read more: Milepost 23: Trumpet Six: The Second Great Woe

 

Milepost 24: Repentance?

After the sixth trumpet judgment concludes, God pauses to see if the people on the earth are repentant.

Read more: Milepost 24: Repentance?

   

Milestone 25: The Royal Decree

Prior to the seventh trumpet's third woe judgment, a Mighty Angel carrying an open book comes to earth to declare specific decrees. When He speaks, seven thunders judgments join in and their unknown messages produce this chapter's famous mystery.

Read more: Milestone 25: The Royal Decree

 

Milestone 26: Jerusalem’s Temple Measured and Downtrodden

The instructions John receives to measure Jerusalem's temple emphasizes its physical existence while the inexplicable omission of John's measurements suggests its temporary nature.

Read more: Milestone 26: Jerusalem’s Temple Measured and Downtrodden

   

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