The sounding of the seven trumpets, which represents the
days of  "Great Tribulation"  that the Church  will also go
through,  and the pouring out  of the seven vials  of the
"Wrath of God," which is destined only for the wicked and
the unbelieving that are left after the Church is taken away,
are comparable  in relationship to the  events that take
place.  But the extremity  of the plagues  and events that
happen during the sounding of  the seven trumpets have
only one third the severity as does the events that take
place during the pouring out of the seven vials of wrath.

The sounding of the trumpet in the Old Testament served
a two-fold purpose; it was blown as a sound of warning in
time of danger, and in time of battle. The trumpet was also
blown to announce the time of assembly.

Num. 10:2 & 9
Make thee  two trumpets of silver;  of a whole piece shalt
thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling
of the assembly,  and for the journeying of the camps.
And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that
oppresseth you,  then ye shall blow an alarm with the
trumpets;  and ye shall be remembered before the Lord
your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.       

Eze. 33:1-5
Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of
man,  speak to the children  of thy people,  and say unto
them, when I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of
the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their
watchman:  If when he seeth  the sword come  upon the
land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;
Then whosoever heareth  the sound of the trumpet,  and
taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away,
his blood shall be upon his own head.
He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning;
his blood shall be upon him.
But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.     

I believe that the sounding of the seven trumpets in the
book of Revelation also have a dual purpose. When each
of the trumpets sound they are sending forth a warning of
approaching danger, and of inevitable battle; and they also
sound a call for the righteous to assemble themselves
together,  and make ready for redemption.  And, as in the
Old Testament days,  those who hear the sound of the
trumpet, and take warning,  shall deliver his own soul;  but
those who will not heed the warning, shall suffer the wrath
of God, and eternal destruction. The Bible speaks of the
seven trumpets "sounding," but we will not hear the literal
sound of a trumpet;  but we shall perceive their sounding,  
and we shall observe the inevitable result of their sounding.

* Rev. 8:6-11 * (Study Text)
And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets
prepared themselves to sound.
The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire
mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth:
and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green
grass was burnt up.
And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great
mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the
third part of the sea became blood;
And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea,
and had life, died;  and the third part  of the ships were
destroyed.
And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star
from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon
the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of
waters;
And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the
third part of the waters became wormwood; and many
men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

In Jeremiah 9:13-15  the Bible tells us  that the waters
being made bitter with wormwood is a punishment from
God upon a people who have forsaken his law, and have
walked after the imagination  of their own heart.  This is
surely a picture of the people upon the earth today.

* Rev. 8:12 * (Study Text)
And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun
was smitten, and the third part  of the moon, and the third
part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened,
and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night
likewise.

Again, this is a notable sign that Jesus told us we would
see before His coming in  Matt. 24:29-31  and in Mark
13:24-26. And in the Old Testament the prophets, Isaiah
and Joel, both prophesied of these events to take place
in the last days. All these Scriptures were covered in the
third chapter entitled "The Beginning Of Sorrows."

* Rev. 9:1-2 * (Study Text)
And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from
heaven unto the earth: and to him  was given the key
of the bottomless pit.
And he opened the bottomless pit;  and there arose a
smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of  a great furnace;
and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the
smoke of the pit.

Satan is the star that fell from heaven unto the earth, and
he is given the key  to the bottomless pit,  which is hell.
The opening of the bottomless pit,  and the smoke rising
up out of it symbolizes the rising up of wickedness that will
darken the earth in the latter days.  During the sounding of
the fifth trumpet  there will be a  spirit of persecution at
work, which was revealed,  and loosed during the opening
of the fifth seal in chapter six,  verse nine,  of the book of
Revelation.  As all manner of evil is  loosed from the pit,
and rises up as smoke to darken the land,  so shall the
judgment of God cover the land:  and He, too, shall bring
darkness upon the wicked and the unbelieving.

Isa. 9:14-19
Therefore the Lord will cut off from Israel head and tail,
branch and rush, in one day.
The ancient and honourable,  he is the head;  and the
prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.
For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and
they that are led of them are destroyed.
Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men,
neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows:
for everyone is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every
mouth speaketh folly.
For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is
stretched out still.
For wickedness burneth as the fire:  it shall devour the
briers and thorns, and shall kindle in the thickets
of the forest, and they shall mount up like the lifting up
of smoke.
Through the wrath of the Lord  is the land darkened, and
the people shall be as fuel of the fire: no man shall spare
his brother.

* Rev. 9:3-11 * (Study Text)
And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth:
and unto them was given power,  as the scorpions of the
earth have power.
And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the
grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree;
but only those men which have not the seal of God in their
foreheads.
And to them it was given that they should not kill them,
but that they should be tormented five months: and their
torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he
striketh a man.
And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find
it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses
prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were
crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
And they had hair  as the hair of women,  and their teeth
were as the teeth of lions.
And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron;
and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots
of many horses running to battle.
And they had tails  like unto scorpions,  and there were
stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five
months.
And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the
bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is
Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

In Nahum 3:17  the crowned of the earth,  which are the
leaders and ones in authority, are compared to locusts;
and as locusts in flight,  and in great number,  cause the
light of the sun to be darkened, so shall these men in their
association with Satan cause the earth to be in darkness.
These men having  the power to torment  as a scorpion
would torment when it strikes  means that they will inflict
pain and poison. And this pain and poison will be inflicted
by way of their baneful,  destructive,  influence,  and their
tyrannical leadership.  During this time one nation, or one
controlling power of more than one nation, will rise up and
cause great pain and  sorrow upon the earth.  It will be a
great nation whose strength is compared to that of a lion;
and it's power to ravage and to tear apart compared to
that of the teeth of a lion.  The appearance of the locusts
resembling that of horses prepared for battle means that
they will be engaged in warfare:  and they shall wage war
around the globe.

Joel 1:6
For a nation is come up upon my land,  strong, and
without number,  whose teeth are the teeth of a lion,
and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.   
     

Joel 2:1-11
Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my
holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble;
for the day of the Lord cometh,  for it is nigh at hand;
A day of darkness and of gloominess,  a day of clouds
and of thick darkness,  as the morning spread upon the
mountains:  a great people and a strong;  there hath not
been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even
to the years of many generations.
A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame
burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them,
and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing
shall escape them.
The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses;
and as horsemen, so shall they run.
Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall
they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth
the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.
Before their face the people shall be much pained: all
faces shall gather blackness
(sorrow).
They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like
men of war;  and they shall march every one on his ways,
and they shall not break their ranks:
Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one
in his path:  and when they fall upon the sword,  they shall
not be wounded.
They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the
wall, they shall climb up upon the houses;  they shall enter
in at the windows like a thief.
The earth shall quake  before them;  the heavens shall
tremble:  the sun and the moon shall be dark,  and the
stars shall withdraw their shining:
And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army:  for his
camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word:
for the day of the Lord  is great and very terrible;  and who
can abide it?

Symbolically speaking the hair of the locusts being as the
hair of women, in verse eight, denotes their being under
subjection to another head, or authority, other than their
own.  Paul relates this to us in the 11th chapter of the book
of 1 Corinthians. These scriptures tell us that the head of
the woman  is the man;  and the outward sign  of this
subjection of the woman to the man is her head being
covered, or her hair being longer than the man's. The
locusts are under subjection to Satan;  and this is verified
in the 11th verse when we read that the king over them is
the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew
tongue is Abaddon,  which means "destruction," and in the
Greek tongue his name is Apollyon,  which means "the
destroyer."

The breastplates of iron that  the locusts have symbolize
their indestructibility.  They will have the power to do what
ever they set their mind to do; and nothing shall be able
to stop them, nor stand in their way.  And their tails being
like the tails of scorpions designates their power to inflict
poison: and this poison will be administered through those
who stand in a spiritual  place of leadership. I believe this
to be true because  we just read in  Isaiah 9:15 that the
ancient and honourable is the head, and the false prophet
that teaches lies is the tail.  Jesus told us in His Word that
the rising up of false prophets would be a sign of the latter
days that would come to pass before His return.

Matt. 24:24, Mark 13:22, and Luke 21:8
For there shall arise false christs, and prophets, and
shall show great signs and wonders;  insomuch that
if it were possible,  they shall deceive the very elect.


Jer. 23:16-22
Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, Hearken not unto the words
of the prophets that  prophesy unto you:  they make you
vain:  they speak a vision  of their own heart,  and not out
of the mouth of the Lord.
They say still unto them that despise me, The Lord hath
said, ye shall have peace; and they say to everyone that
walketh after  the imagination of  his own heart,  no evil
shall come upon you.
For who hath stood in the counsel of the Lord, and hath
perceived and heard his word?
Who hath marked his word, and heard it?
Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord is gone forth in fury, even
a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head
of the wicked.
And the anger of the Lord shall not return,  until he have
executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his
heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.
I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not
spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
But if they had stood in my counsel,  and had caused my
people to hear my words,  then they should have turned
them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.    

* Rev. 9:13-21 * (Study Text)  
(Concerns  Syrian Conflict)
And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the
four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying
to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four
angels which are bound in the great River Euphrates.
And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for
an hour, and a day,  and a month,  and a year,  for to slay
the third part of men.
And the number of the army of the horsemen were two
hundred thousand  thousand:  and I heard the number
of them.
And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat
on them,  having breastplates of fire,  and of jacinth,  and
brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads
of lions;  and out of their mouths  issued fire and smoke
and brimstone.
By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire,
and by the smoke,  and by the brimstone,  which issued
out of their mouths.
For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their
tails were like unto serpents,  and had heads,  and with
them they do hurt.
And the rest of the men which were not killed by these
plagues yet repented not  of the works of their hands,
that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold,
and silver,  and brass,  and stone,  and wood:  which
neither can see, nor hear, nor walk.
Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their
sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

An angel is a spiritual being that ministers and executes
the commands and the judgment of God to man.  When
the four angels that are bound in the Euphrates River are
loosed,  they shall execute the  judgment of God in the
territory that the  Euphrates River bounds,  or encloses.  
God has always used the Euphrates River as a northern
boundary to mark the extent of the land promised by Him
to Israel, to be possessed by Israel.

Gen. 15:18
In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram,
saying,  Unto thy seed have I given this land,  from the
river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.       

Deut. 1:7
Turn you,  and take your journey,  and go to the mount of
the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the
plain, in the hills, and in the vale,  and in the south, and by
the sea side,  to the land of the Canaanites,  and unto
Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates.

Josh. 1:3-4
Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon,
that have I given unto you as I said unto Moses.
The Days Of Tribulation
Chapter 4
Where is the Syrian conflict, that is taking place today
in the year 2018,  revealed in the book of Revelation?
And what can we expect to transpire in the near future
in this area of the world?  The revelation begins in the
Scriptures below in
Rev. 9:13-21 near bottom of page.
The Latter Day Prophecies In Revelation And Daniel
End Time Revelation
End Time Prophecy
Prophecy In The Last Days
The Word And Prophecy
Jesus Is The Light Of The World