Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake. —Revelation 8:5

What are to follow the above verse are judgments from God upon the earth. These judgments come after the “great tribulation” mentioned in chapter 7 that took place in chapter 6. Of this “great tribulation” Jesus said that “there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be” (Matthew 24:21). That great tribulation includes war, famine, destruction of one-fourth of the world’s population and many martyrs. “Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?” (Revelation 6:15-17). With the verse above the wrath of God begins.

The first four trumpet judgments follow (Revelation 8:7-12):

“The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.”

“The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.”

“The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water—the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.”

“The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.”

As these trumpet judgments continue people still “did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts” (Revelation (9:20-21).

Right after Adam & Eve’s sin, two kingdoms were seen to be in existence. Abel followed God and Cain followed Satan (I John 3:12). There are those who do not want to repent and follow God. They would rather follow Satan’s ways and that way ends in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyUnpjd3TPU

Brother and sister, let us praise our Lord God Almighty for opening our eyes and drawing us to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (John 6:44; Hebrews 12:2). Yes, let us rejoice!

Dear Father in heaven I am so thankful that You drew me to Jesus. Now of loving gratitude may I faithfully serve Him in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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