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Exploring Revelation
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“Revelation 8:12-13”
by Art Sadlier   
October 5th, 2008

We have looked at the first four trumpet judgments. These judgments have fallen in quick sucession, the earth that Satan said he could manage and was given over into his hands is quickly reduced to rubble!

In verse 12, it says that a third part of the sun was smitten, and the day shone not for a third part of it, what is that all about? Theodore Epp says, "In one short action God reduces the day from 24 hours to 16 hours. Only God could do that. God demonstrates His control over the universe to those who refuse to even acknowledge Him. This reduction of the hours of daylight explains Matthew 24:22. "And except those days should be shortened, there should be no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened".

God has said that the great tribulation period will be 3 1/2 years, 42 months, 1260 days. How can the tribulation period be shortened without breaking God's Word? Shortening the days and the nights by 1/3 would shorten the 3 1/2 years by 1/3, without reducing the number of years, months or days.

The four trumpet judgments will be fearsome and awesome, and yet the worst is yet to come!

"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!" (verse 13). Three more trumpets are to be sounded, these are called the woe trumpets, "Woe to the inhabiters of the earth".

Peter says in 2 Peter 3:4, "...Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation". Now things do not continue as they were from the beginning of creation! For millenia God has allowed sin and evil to run its course! One day the Lord will bring an end to sin and evil in awful judgment upon the world of men, that day is called, "The Day of the Lord".

We need to remind ourselves that God is in charge of the earth and all things. David wrote,"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork." The destroyed earth of the tribulation period displays the emptiness and wickedness of Satan. Satan bragged that he would exhalt his throne above the stars of God and that he would like the most high. God gave him an opportunity to rule over the earth and now he is shown to be an utter failure. Satan will be to the praise of the glory of the justice of God for all of eternity as he suffers the judgment of God in the fires of hell.

Let us be up and doing for the master while we have opportunity. Let us rescue the perishing by proclaiming the gospel far and wide.

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