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  • Writer's pictureBobby Reider


Updated: Jun 10


When do the seven trumpets sound?  Some believe they will sound over a period of hundreds of years, while others think we may be living during one of the trumpets now.  Others believe they will sound during the seven- year Great Tribulation.  It is hard to be absolutely certain when they will sound.  Using the scriptures as my guide, I will give my opinion when I think they may sound and that is during the seven-year Great Tribulation

First I would like to say that I believe the seven trumpets and the great disturbances or judgements Jesus predicted just before his return for the saints are the same events.  I also recognize that some of my interpretations are speculative, but I’ve tried to show scripture for my conclusions.             


Revelation 8:7  The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

Acts 2:17-20   In the last days, God says…I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.  … before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.  There is little doubt these are parallel scriptures, and they are last day events. Revelation 8:8-9

The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea.  A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

Luke 21:25  On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.  This huge fireball will cause a giant tidal wave. It is hard to imagine the destruction caused by this huge fireball that is cast into the sea.   This event will destroy many coastal cities.  This event is parallel to the second  trumpet.

Revelation 8:10 – 11  The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water—the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.

Acts 2:19  I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below.  This   will be a spectacle event.  Could this be a be a nuclear fireball that contaminates a third of the earth’s fresh water?

Revelation 8:12  The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.

Matthew 24:29 … the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.  No doubt this scripture is parallel to the fourth trumpet.

There seems to be an overlapping of the fifth, sixth and seventh trumpets.  The fifth trumpet covers a period of five months.  It is at this time that the alien locusts  are released for five months.  It seems possible that the sixth trumpet and the seventh trumpet sounds during this time and the rapture occurs.  The seventh trumpet will occur over a period of several days (Revelation 10:7).  However, during the seventh trumpet call, the rapture will occur with a shout, in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52}.

Revelation 9:1-6  The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss.

And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth.  They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes.

During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.

The locust were told not to hurt those who had the seal of God on their foreheads, which I believe indicates that the rapture had not happened at this time.  I do believe that the rapture may take place sometime during this five-month period, even though I cannot prove it by scripture.

Joel 2:1-10  Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand— a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness.

Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as was never in ancient times nor will be in ages to come.

Before them fire devours, behind them a flame blazes. Before them the land is like the garden of Eden, behind them, a desert waste— nothing escapes them.

They have the appearance of horses; they gallop along like cavalry.

With a noise like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops, like a crackling fire consuming stubble, like a mighty army drawn up for battle.

At the sight of them, nations are in anguish; every face turns pale.

They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, not swerving from their course.

They do not jostle each other; each march straight ahead. They plunge through defenses without breaking ranks.

They rush upon the city; they run along the wall. They climb into the houses; like thieves they enter through the windows.

Before them the earth shakes, the heavens tremble, the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars no longer shine.

This passage of scripture is speaking of the last days and is parallel to the fifth trumpet.  There are some differences between Joel’s vision and John’s vision.  It may be that John’s vision is just before the Great Battle of Armageddon and Joel’s vision is the Great Battle of Armageddon.

Revelation 9:13-16  The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the four horns of the golden alter that is before God.   It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet.  “Release the four angels who are bound in the great river Euphrates.”

And the four angels who had been kept for this very  hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind.  The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand.  I heard their number.

These armies were gathering for the Great Battle of Armagedden which takes place after the rapture and the Seventh Trumpet.  The sixth Trumpet seems to overlap the seventh Trumpet.

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.  He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.  Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.   He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.   On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: 

                                                   KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS


The Armies of Heaven are described in 2 Kings 6:17.   And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw.  And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.  Joel 2:3-4   Before them fire devours, behind them a flame blazes.  Before them the land is like the garden of Eden, behind them, a desert waste—nothing escapes them. They have the appearance of horses; they gallop along like cavalry.  This seems to describe, in some detail, the Battle of Armageddon.

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: ”The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.”   

And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.

The nations were angry, and your wrath has come.  The time has come for judging the dead and rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small—and for destroying those who destroy the earth.        


The seventh trumpet is the last trumpet and is when the rapture takes place according to  1 Corinthians 15:51-52  “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”

Matthew 24: 30-31 At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.  And He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

It is my strong belief that the seventh trumpet and the trumpet of Matthew 24:31 is the same trumpet.  These two verses are definitely parallel  verses. This is when “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. Matthew 24:22” This is, in my mind, the rapture of the saints of God.  The seven trumpets are a countdown to the rapture and they will sound in rapid succession.

At the time of the seventh trumpet the nation of Israel will be under extreme persecution by the Antichrist.  When the Jews see Jesus coming on the clouds they will accept him as their Mesiah.  This event will, no doubt, end the age of grace for the Gentiles.

In this study I’m not trying to disprove anyone’s interpretations of end time events but only to show my thinking of what may be things to come.

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May God Bless,

Bobby Reider



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