Revelation: Trumpets and Bowls

I need to jump ahead for a skinny minute and show you why I think the Seven Trumpets and the Seven Bowls repeat the pattern I found with the Seven Letters and Seven Seals. Namely, they provide us with parallel (not consecutive) descriptions of seven (not fourteen) End Times events. As before, they break down into four natural and/or man-made disasters, plus three supernatural disasters.

4 Trumpets Bowls chart

Trumpet One and Bowl One could be describing something natural, like a really horrific meteor shower. Or it could be describing World War III fought with biological, chemical and nuclear WMDs. Maybe both. It is the end of the world, after all.

Trumpet Two and Bowl Two: Something huge hitting the ocean could set off boat-destroying tsunamis. The boats in the photo were beached by one.

Boats beached by tsunami

The deaths and red water are also easily accounted for by some massive disruption in the temperature and salinity of the sea where the “burning mountain” falls. Photos below: In the last couple of years, three salt water areas turned to “blood” when something set off a red algae bloom.

Red blooms in saltwater

Trumpet Three and Bowl Three: Disruptions in fresh water quality can also cause a “blood” effect and make the water undrinkable. Photos below: In the last couple of years, three fresh water areas turned to “blood” for various reasons. Red algae is a marine organism, but as I understand it, the French lake did experience an influx of salt water for some reason. In Texas, prolonged drought caused the reservoir water to evaporate, leaving high concentrations of organic material and very little oxygen in the remaining water. The fish died and a red bacteria flourished. In China, the cause was believed to be a pollutant or a dye spill. In areas where the soil is red, a mud slide can also have this effect.

Red blooms in freshwater

I’m not bothered much by the “third” vs. “all” in either the salt or fresh water scenarios; they could easily be the result of the seer having been shown the same events from two points of view, one more global (a third) and one closer in (all).

Trumpet Four and Bowl Four: Together, these accurately describe what scientists believe would happen if a large-scale war set numerous cities ablaze simultaneously, pumping major amounts of smoke into the upper atmosphere, where it would spread and block the sun, moon and stars globally.

  • A 2007 study concluded that if one-third of the world’s current nuclear arsenal were detonated, the resulting climate disruption would be catastrophic and last for many years. Global precipitation and average surface temperatures would drop dramatically.
  • A 2008 study further concluded that the smoke from such a large nuclear exchange would also trigger a series of destructive chemical reactions in the ozone layer that protects us from most of the DNA-damaging UV rays coming from the Sun.

Diagram below show how these climatic disruptions would be largest over the land areas where much of the world’s food is grown.

CIA nuclear winter map - 40 days

3 Trumpets Bowls chart

As we had with the Letters and Seals, an interlude in the text separates the sevens into a group of fours and a group of three. Another interlude separates the threes into a group of twos and a pair of ones. The interlude after the 4th Trumpet is the Three Woes (Rev 8). The interlude after 6th Trumpet is the Small Scroll and the Two Witnesses (Rev 10 and 11).



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4 responses to “Revelation: Trumpets and Bowls

  1. Chrissy,

    Thank you again for this series– really enjoying it! You are the second person I’ve seen who is looking at each group of seals and bowls as describing the same events, but from different angles. (The other person is a crazy chick on Youtube who has visions. . . but also really gets into the possible alternate translations of various passages in Revelation to get you to think about them in whole new ways. . . I like her stuff, too ^_^ lol).

    Anyway, keep it up! This is good stuff!


    • chrissythehyphenated

      I’m kinda relieved to hear somebody else has seen the parallels between the Trumpets and Bowls. It was so OBVIOUS to me, I have had a hard time believing nobody’s noticed it in all the years people have been picking apart Revelation.

      It’s important to be discerning about visions. The three big red flags I learned about are:
      1. the seer doesn’t remember what s/he said afterwards (the Holy Spirit will not ever supplant our free will, but Satan will);
      2. the seer doesn’t live a life of holiness (true visions from God produce a combination of awe-filled fear and intense humility);
      3. the messages conflict with the Scriptures (God may be “all things”, but He doesn’t do nonsense).

      As long as that stuff is all good, we are free to listen to the messages and be uplifted and informed insofar as the message(s) do not direct us to take positive action. Before embarking on some actual plan or other, we’re supposed to ask for clear signs – usually three coming from three different sources who have no idea we are seeking guidance. And of course this isn’t for frivolous stuff or things we should be doing anyway, but for big things where following a lying spirit could do harm or cause scandal.

      Joel 3: The Day of the Lord
      1 It shall come to pass I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. 2 Even upon your male and female servants, in those days, I will pour out my spirit.


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