Okay, we’ve lost at least a billion and a half people from the world at this point. From Six billion, that brings us to four and a half billion.
1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. 3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. 5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. 6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. 7 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. 8 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; 9 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. 10 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; 11 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. 12 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. 13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound! Revelation 8:1-13 (KJV)
As I’m going to point out on my Tribulation website, this is the time to remove all vegetation from your hideout. You want to get it away from wherever it is. Because one third of all vegetation on the earth is going to burn up in wildfires. That’s pretty drastic. I don’t know if that means 100% of all vegetation on one third of the earth will be burned up, or if it’s an even 33% across the entire world. I think the second theory is the more accurate.
During this time (if you’re surviving it, you might want to brush up on how to treat burns – because odds are good, many people you run across will have been badly burned) it’s also a good idea to move to areas where there’s not a lot of vegetation, such as on a rocky mountain, or into a desert.
The great mountain burning with fire – a meteor? Nuclear? A volcanic eruption splitting a large volcano on a coastline? I know that on the Canary Islands there is a extinct volcano that is splitting by the eroding effects of dripping rainwater, and that LaPalma island is being watched carefully by geologists and vulcanologists. Should you be worried about LaPalma? If you live on the east coast of the United States, yeah, probably… because if you hear that Lapalma island has split and half of it falling into the sea, you’ve got four hours or so to pack your stuff and head at least a hundred miles inland, considering half of that will be spent driving, I’d hurry. If LaPalma went active and exploded, the falling debris would cause a massive tsunami supposedly 40 to 60 feet high, a massive wall of water that would barrel down across any land mass in its way… But I’m more inclined to a meteor, because it will destroy a third of the oceangoing ships. A Tsunami normally in the ocean just lifts the boats up… and sets them down. Impact tsunamis drag ocean ships for long distances, but doesn’t sink them usually. A Meteor hitting the surface of the ocean would create massive shockwaves, far more destructive than normal tsunamis.
I know Tim Laheye also goes back and forth on this interpretation. Some liken this to a nuclear blast, others the meteor. To quote a scifi author, “hit something with a big enough hammer, you get sparks.” A Meteor or a comet hitting the ocean fast enough is going to create quite a BANG.
supposedly, there are 39,000 ships on the ocean – so that’s roughly 13,000 ships destroyed at this time. If an average of 10 men are on each vessel (much more than that, I’m sure…) then we will see the loss of life from this at 130,000. How many people will die of starvation? Answer – probably millions. Some nations feed as many as one third of its population from the oceans, such as China and Japan. China has 1.4 billion people, Japan 127 million. That could mean the loss of life of 467,000,000 people in China alone, and 42,000,000 in Japan.
That’s roughly half a billion that may die. By the second trumpet, the world population will have dropped to four billion people.
Wormwood is the next catastrophe. Waters become poisoned, and people die of the toxins, and of third. The Bible does not give us numbers, but merely “many men” is our number. I’m going to estimate perhaps another 100 million, because I just don’t have enough to go on to estimate. You tell ME how many people would die if one third of the drinking water in the world was poisoned.
What is wormwood? All I know is the oft-repeated saying that “Chernobyl” means “wormwood”. Is it nuclear radiation? I don’t know. Is this a nuclear attack? I don’t know.
The last judgment we’re going to talk about is the fourth trumpet, darkness. More literally, it means one third of the lgiht will not be visible. Is this some kind of “nuclear winter”? I dunno. The Bible just says one third of the light.
Now that I’ve answered your questions so well, tomorrow something I have answers for – the last three trumpets.