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Traditional view of how the events of the trumpets and vials, or bowls play out in the book of Revelation that I now reject.
Entering into the book of Revelation, I assumed as most, that the trumpets and the vials, or bowls, of Revelation were separate events that happened at separate times, which is a common belief. There are some people who think that the two events (trumpets and vials) actually happen at the same time, or they happen one after another. After reviewing this claim, I too have become convinced that these events do seem to coincide. A side by side comparison of the seven trumpets and vials will give ample evidence to support this claim:
Hail, fire, blood, and trees burnt Soreness for those who had the mark of the beast
Revelation 8:7 and Revelation 16:2
If you read closely then you will realize that the First Trumpet and vial could happen either together simultaneously or very close to each other in time.
1/3 of the sea became blood Sea became blood
Revelation 8:8-9 and Revelation 16:3
There is a difference in magnitude because 1/3 of the sea dies from the Second Trumpet, while the Second Vial caused every living soul in the sea to die.
Rivers and fountains become undrinkable Rivers become undrinkable (turned to blood)
Revelation 8:10-11 and Revelation 16:4-7
Both the Third Trumpet and the Third Vial contamanate the fresh waters of the planet.
Moon and stars are darkened Non-Israel scortched by the sun
Revelation 8:12-13 and Revelation 16:8-9
Both the Fouth Trumpet and Fourth Vial impact the sun and how they relate to people.
Revelation 9:1-6,10,12 Revelation 16:10-11
Both the Fifth Trumpet and Fifth Vial describes a dark planet and people are in pain.
Drying of the Euphrates Drying of the Euphrates
Revelation 9:13-21 and Revelation 16:12-16
Both the Sixth Trumpet and Sixth Vial describe the drying of the Euphrates river.
Thunderings and earthquakes Thundering and earthquakes
Revelation 11:15-19 and Revelation 16:17-21
There are a lot of parallels in the description of the Seventh Trumpet and the Seventh Vial
My candid thoughts on this
A naysayer can make the case that the information above is circumstantial and can easily be dismissed based upon opinion and conjecture. One could easily say maybe it could happen at the same time and maybe it doesn't happen at the same time. I would agree with the statement except for the detail in 5th Vial which clearly states who the ruling party of the earth is during the fifth Vial.
I will explain it this way, during the last trumpet of Revelation 11:15 the earth becomes the Messiah's to rule. In other words, the power is taken away from the beast system or if you want to call it like I do“Mystery Babylon” and is given to Yashua Messiah (Jesus) to rule. Mystery Babylon's fragile infrastructure collapses in only one hour according to Revelation 18:17. This exact event is prophesied in Daniel 2 when Daniel interprets Nebuchadnezzar's dream statue representing the Babylonian kingdoms of the earth as collapsing by a stone that becomes a mountain and fills the earth. The nations of the earth becomes the Messiah's Revelation 11:15 is the exact moment that the earth becomes the Messiah's.
Now the conclusive proof
In Revelation 16:10 during the Fifth Vial it clearly states that the vial is poured out on the seat of the beast and his kingdom was full of darkness. If the beast still had his kingdom here on earth in Revelation 16:10 then it couldn't possibly have belonged to the Messiah at that time. The earth becomes the Messiah's only once and is not given back to the beast. So in Revelation 9 and 16 we read about how the Messiah takes the seat of authority away from the beast, and this only happens once. The only logical conclusion is that the trumpets and vials of Revelation happen either at the same time or coincide sequentially one right after another. First Trumpet, First Vial, then Second Trumpet, Second Vial, Etc....
When we look at the Trumpets and Vials of Revelation from the view point of them happening at the same time or one after another, the Book of Revelation suddenly becomes an easier book to understand and the events become much briefer in time.
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. 1 corinthians 14:33
The correct spirit of the Lord is of peace. Any time there is confusion in scriptural reading it's because the reader is approaching it from the position that has probably been taught to them in the Babylonian Churches for years. FYI the word Babylon comes from the word Babel, which of course means confusion. Strong's Concordance #894.
I pray all are having a great summer. Praise the Lord!