|The First Trumpet: Hail, Fire,
Revelation Chapter 8
Verse 7 (NASB)
And THE FIRST SOUNDED, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood,
and they were thrown to the earth;
There is one similar experience recorded in
Exodus 9:22-26 in one of the Egyptian plagues. However, this
localized to Egypt specifically.
The first trumpet event is experienced by one third of the earth.
There are several theories how this could happen.
- The earthquake in verse
volcanic eruptions. Water (if undersea), lava, and such are
spewed into the air. The water is cooled in the upper atmosphere and
hail. Lava chunks become the fireballs when they splat and break open.
- The earth passes through a comet or has a near miss
Comet tails are thought to be mostly ice with possibly some rock
Upon entry into atmosphere, charge is picked up. This turns into
discharges at impact. This, in turn, starts many fires.
- The "red as blood" coloration may be due to
contaminates, or the deep red color of cooled lava like predicted in
Literally, trees are harder to start on fire than grass. However, note
comment in verse 5 that
there is no rain
What is clear is that fully a third of
the earth is affected. Again, the Revelation is using precise numbers.
"some" or "a lot of" but 1/3 is used. Also consider that without
verification, there would be no way to know if 1/3 is the amount
Revelation waits until mankind has the technology to confirm the
third of the earth was burned up and
- a third of the trees were burned
- all the green grass was
Symbolically, the grass could mean masses of mankind and
are prominent leaders and/or rulers. See Psalm
; and Daniel
. Curiously, John does not record the political environment on the
at the time of the Revelation. This is where interpretation of prophesy
cross references to other scripture becomes vital,
What are some of the consequences of this FIRST TRUMPET? When grass
are gone, food supply is diminished. Animals die. People die. Oxygen
will be reduced by a third also. It is unknown what affect this will
on the remaining life!
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