IV. The fourth trumpet (Rev. 8:12, 13).


The last of the first four trumpets which touch the environment of man is an attack on the source of light, warmth, time, and direction (after all the sun, moon, and stars were created by God for). “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. 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!” Maybe this darkening of the sun, moon, and stars is also the result of the Wormwood or some other meteor. Maybe it is in connection with volcanic activity clouding the sunlight or of possible warfare. But, at the end the world is made almost uninhabitable. Nothing will grow without the light and heat of the sun or with the light being diminished greatly. The earth will suddenly become a cold place and a dark place both literally and spiritually. Man who worshipped the hosts of heaven and the earth will find himself at the mercy of the God of all nature. When it was all done an angel flew in the sky and gave an open message to the inhabitants of earth. Remember, since the opening of the sixth seal it has been no secret that the earth is under the judgment of Christ. The angel announces that three more angels would sound their trumpets. These trumpets are identified as woe. They will be a denunciation of mankind. They will carry in them grief and sorrow and misery for the human race. This is a call for repentance but we shall see there will be no repentance. God is making Himself known by His judgment to the men of this earth. They shall know that He is God as was often said in the book of Ezekiel. Matthew Henry stated this: “God will be known by the judgments that he executes; and he expects, when he comes to punish the world, the inhabitants thereof should tremble before him.”