The First Trumpet/Vial
And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. 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.(Revelation 8:6-7) KJV
And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshiped his image.(Revelation 16:1-2) KJV
In what may be a departure from the norm we’re going to consider that three descriptions of catastrophes coming upon the Earth in the book of Revelation are three versions of the same events.
We’ve developed a 3D model of the Earth which incorporates all of the physical structure mentioned in the Bible in such a way as to make it possible for hell to be real and to allow the fulfillment of future prophecy. However, we have to know what this prophecy is in order to incorporate it into the model.
The 6th Seal
The opening of the 6th seal begins a broad synopsis of the events which are also described as the sounding of 7 trumpets and the pouring out of 7 vials, or bowls, of wrath. As such, the same events are described in 3 places in Revelation.
And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?(Revelation 6:12-17) KJV
This sets the stage for us and gives us an inkling of the sheer scope of the tribulation. Later in the book of Revelation we find two other descriptions of plagues coming upon the Earth. The description of the successive plagues in Revelation chapters 8-10 and chapter 16 overlap, and they sound a lot like the summary in Revelation 6.
Hail and fire mingled with blood (Rev 8:7) is what it would look like on the Earth if the third part of the stars (Rev 6:12) fell to Earth. The closest stars are the smallest and they seem like hail mingled with fire. Later in the tribulation, after the 7th trumpet, the furthest and largest stars fall. By the time they reach the Earth they’re about the weight of a talent, due to the amount of material that’s burned up as they pass through the upper atmosphere.
Incidentally, stars are large pieces of crystalline firmament material (CFM), made of sapphire or ruby like compounds, which reflect the light of the sun. They aren’t distant stars or galaxies. If you’re skeptical about the possibility that the stars could really fall to Earth then we address all of the pertinent issues in the Daily Devotional for April.
By comparing the descriptions we can deduce that sounding the 1st trumpet is the signal to pour out the 1st vial, or bowl, of wrath upon the Earth. The effect of each vial being poured out is also described. The physical effect of each vial being poured out happens to match the effect of the corresponding trumpet being blown.
The 1st plague of the tribulation is a curse upon the land. The stars begin to fall as burning hail causing a caustic smog which affects people and animals as a noisome and grievous sore. The land burns.
1st Trumpet/Vial Summary
|.. the stars of heaven fell unto the earth ..|
|.. 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.
|.. there fell a noisome and grievous sore |
upon the men which had the mark of the beast,
and upon them which worshipped his image.
|Job 38:22-23||.. hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,|
.. reserved against the time of trouble,
.. against the day of battle and war?
|Isaiah 2:13-15||.. all the cedars of Lebanon .. all the oaks of Bashan ..|
.. all the high mountains .. all the hills ..
.. every high tower .. every fenced wall ..
|Isaiah 66:15-16||.. the LORD will come with fire,|
.. by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh
|Joel 2:3|| A fire devoureth before them; |
.. and behind them a flame burneth ..
|Zech 14:12-15|| .. Their flesh shall consume away ..|
while they stand upon their feet ..
.. And so shall be the plague of the horse,
.. of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass,
.. and of all the beasts
References to this event go back as far as Job. In Job 38 the Lord asks:
Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?(Job 38:22-23) KJV
The hail reserved for the time of trouble is what we call “the stars.”
- Isaiah 2 is summarized in a post here.
- Isaiah 66 is summarized in a post here.
- Zechariah 14 is summarized in a post here.
In the description of the 6th seal the stars falling to Earth is linked to the heaven being rolled up like a scroll. If the heaven is the firmament, comprising 90% of the mass of the universe, then when it rolls up there will be no source of gravitational interaction holding the stars in place.
The stars begin to fall as burning hail causing a caustic smog which affects people and animals as a noisome and grievous sore.