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by: Dr. Dean Crosby
[Editor's Note: For this study, the author uses easy to understand Contemporary English Version (CEV) of Bible that has been created by the American Bible Society. His insights are given in capital letters. This include explanations and historical background information for the words you have just read in order to make the startling predictions made in this important and fascinating book comprehensible. Occasionally make changes will be made in the CEV words if a variance is detected from the meaning found in the King James Bible.]
1 When the Lamb (JESUS) opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. (THIS WILL MOST LIKELY OCCUR BECAUSE OF THE ANTICIPATION THAT AN EXTREMELY SEVERE PUNISHMENT FROM GOD IS ABOUT TO OCCUR) 2 I noticed that the seven angels who stood before God were each given a trumpet. 3 Another angel, who had a gold container for incense, came and stood at the altar. This one was given a large quantity of incense to offer with the prayers of God's people on the gold altar in front of the throne. 4 Then the smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God's people, went up to God from the hand of the angel. 5 After this, the angel filled the incense container with fire from the altar (THIS ALTER IS A MEMORIAL FOR THE CRUCIFIXION) and threw it on to the earth. Thunder roared, lightning flashed, and the earth shook. (STILL MORE MASSIVE EARTHQUAKES THAT HAVE BEEN DESCRIBED PREVIOUSLY)
6 The seven angels now prepared to blow their trumpets.
7 When the first angel blew his trumpet, hail and fire mixed with blood were thrown down on to the earth. (NOTHING SYMBOLIC HERE, THIS WILL LITERALLY FULFILL THE ASTONISHING PROPHECY IN THE BOOK OF JOEL 2:30-32) A third of the earth, a third of the trees, and all grass was burned. (THIS WILL DO WONDERS FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE GRASS GROWING UP TO THEIR HOMES. NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO CLAIM THAT THEY WERE NOT GIVEN AMPLE WARNING OF THE DESTRUCTION OF THE WORLD AND THE COMING JUDGMENT WILL THEY?)
8 When the second angel blew his trumpet, something like a great fiery mountain (THIS IS LIKELY TO BE A METEORITE) was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned to blood, (GOD CREATED THIS TYPE OF DESTRUCTION ONCE BEFORE AS EX. 7:20-21 DESCRIBES) 9 a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships (IN THE AREA OF THE METEORITE STRIKE) were destroyed.
10 When the third angel blew his trumpet, a great star (LIKELY TO BE A HUGE METEOR ) fell from heaven. It was burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers (THIS IS THOUGHT TO REFER TO THE RIVERS IN THE COUNTRIES THAT WERE PART OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE THAT WAS IN EXISTENCE WHEN THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN) and on a third of the fountains of water. (THIS COULD REFER TO NATURAL UNDERGROUND SPRINGS THAT PROVIDE DRINKING WATER) 11 The name of the star was Wormwood, and a third of the water turned bitter. Many people died because the water was so bitter. (IT IS THOUGHT THAT THIS METEOR WILL BE CONTAMINATED WITH CHEMICALS FROM THE POISONOUS WORMWOOD PLANT WHICH IS MENTIONED IN JER. 9:15)
12 When the fourth angel blew his trumpet, a third of the sun, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars were struck. (JESUS DISCUSSED THESE EVENTS AND STATED THAT THEY WERE SIGNS OF HIS SOON ARRIVAL TO ESTABLISH HIS KINGDOM ON EARTH - LUKE 21:25) They each lost a third of their light. So during a third of the day there was no light, and a third of the night was also without light.
13 Then I looked and saw a lone angel flying across the sky. It was shouting, "Trouble, trouble, trouble (THIS REFERS TO THE THREE REMAINING PUNISHMENTS YET TO BE DELIVERED) to everyone who lives on earth because the three angels will be blowing their trumpets." (WHICH WILL SIGNAL THE START OF THESE PUNISHMENTS FOR CONTINUING SIN. OF COURSE, AT THIS TIME, GOD'S CHOSEN WILL NO LONGER BE ON EARTH BECAUSE OF THE RAPTURE OR AS THE KING JAMES BIBLE REFERS TO IT, THE TRANSLATION, DESCRIBED IN HEBREWS 11:5 AND 1 THESSALONIANS 4:16-17)
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