Three theories about the relationship between the seals, trumpets and bowls

  1. Some say the seals, trumpets and bowls are consecutive: the seals come first, are followed chronologically by the trumpets, which in turn are followed by the bowls.
  2. Others say the seals, trumpets and bowls are simultaneous: they all refer to the same phenomena, but are repeated to show the same phenomena from different angles or perspectives.
  3. Others say the seals, trumpets and bowls are telescopic: the trumpets are the content of the last seal, and the bowls are the content of the last trumpet.

Source: H. Wayne House, Chronological and Background Charts of the New Testament. (Grand Rapids: Academie Books), p. 146


  1. pepper cagney Said,

    February 15, 2014 @ 3:37 pm

    The seals represent the 7 major evil feats of the dragon (the synagogue of Satan). The trumpets and thunders represent GOD’s judgement against the dragon for each evil deed, first trumpet to first seal, second trumpet to second seal, and so forth.
    The first seal is the attempted rise of Satanism during the height of the Roman Empire. The first trumpet is Rome’s destruction of all of the members of this attempted rise (green grass) and the destruction of one third of Satan’s leaders (the men).
    The second seal is the successful infiltration into the Roman Empire of Satan’s church. The second seal is the fall of Rome because it was no longer able to protect GOD’s saints from Satans influence’s.
    The third seal is the rise of Satan’s church after the fall of Rome and it’s attempt to replace GOD’s wisdom and righteousness (the TORAH, or the oil and wine) with the church’s own doctrine (measure of wheat and three measures of barley), and to charge for that doctrine. The third trumpet is the rise of Islam to combat the church and keep it in check.
    The fourth seal is the inquisition with the fourth trumpet being the church’s failure to defeat Islam.
    The fifth and sixth seals were the inquisition, with Islam terrorizing and eventually controlling the church’s empire as GOD’s judgement.
    The seventh seal takes some foreknowledge to fully understand because it represents Satan’s replacing of a known religious institution with a much more insidious one that could actually control all the religions of the world without people even realizing that it is a religion ….
    Remember that in order for Satan to control the World, he must get people to NOT read the TORAH (the first 5 books of the BIBLE). And the seventh seals allows him to do just that. GOD’s saints study and follow the TORAH and believe in the testimony of Jesus.
    The seventh seal is Liberal Intellectualism (Old Earth theory, Evolution, Big Bang theory, etc.). Unknowingly, people who are taught these concepts, have to throw out the BIBLE in order to believe. And the secret here is belief. LI is a religion used by Satan to control man in place of GOD. The seventh trumpet, or rather the seven thunders include wars and disease that have resulted from this deception. WW1, WW2, and the eventual WW3 are three of those thunders.

  2. toddott Said,

    April 10, 2015 @ 7:47 pm

    Pepper has a big imagination. The Bible interprets the Bible. The answers to the meaning of Revelation must be found within Scripture, and only in Scripture. Speculations as to who the symbols represent are just that…speculations. Revelation is a fulfillment of the seven Feasts of the Lord (actually three) and is a pattern of God’s redemptive plan from His First Coming (Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, through the Church Age (the Counting of the Omer beginning with the former Rain Pentecost – the Twelve – and ending with the Latter Rain Pentecost – the 144,000) until His Second Coming (Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles). The former and Latter Rains are outpourings of the Spirit, and the four dry summer months represent the time between these outpourings when Manna falls from heaven like Dew, scattered here and there.
    The seven churches, the Feast of Unleavened Bread…the Spirit is revealing leaven that needs to be removed in order to become a unblemished sacrifice, and a spotless Bride . The rapture of John, the Feast of Firstfruits…the church is raised up and seated in heavenly places. The Seals, the Counting of the Omer, the Pentecost harvest…the Church Age. The souls under the Altar…Elijah sets up an Altar of twelve stones, places the sacrifice, and pours Water over the Altar. God consumes the Burnt Offering and the tongues fire lick up the water in the trough under the Altar…the souls poured out like water. The same thing can be seen with Gideon. A wet fleece and a dry ground…the fullness of the Spirit dealt in Him…the dry fleece and the wet ground…the Spirit poured out on all flesh (which is made from the dust of the earth). Pentecost. 300 men are chosen who lick up Water like dogs. And at the Last Trump, their clay vessels are broken as they are changed from mortality to immortality, revealing the glory inside. Back to Elijah…
    Ahab (Antichist) and Jezebel (Mystery Babylon) devise a plan to steal the Kingdom. Their plan fails and the kingdom of the world becomes the Kingdom of our Lord and Christ. The False Prophet sets up an Altar, but there is no fire, no sacrifice, no burnt offering. It is in the image of the world. God is not pleased unless there is a burnt offering. And so the saints overcome by the blood and the word of their testimony. Back to Revelation…
    The souls under the Altar cry out for vengeance. They are told to wait until the full number of souls have been killed as they had been. And then at the Sixth Seal, God sends His angels to gather the elect from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.
    The seven trumpets…the Feast of Trumpets…God begins his vengeance. The Seventh Trumpet…Babylon/Jericho/Sodom/Egypt/the Great City falls. The Day of Atonement…the marriage of the Lamb, when the Veil that covers the nations is removed. Tabernacles…the New Jerusalem descends like a Bride dressed for her Husband, and now the dwelling place of God is with man forever.
    This is just a summary. There are an infinite number of types and shadows throughout Scripture which fill in the blanks…every single detail of God’s plan is revealed… but if I wrote them all down, there would not be enough books in all the libraries of the world to contain the words.
    God’s Word is amazing, a Lamp for the Wise Virgins, and a Light unto their path. Those who speculate will get caught up in the powerful delusion that is coming on the world, but those who do not go beyond what is written will not be caught unprepared when the Thief breaks into His House to steal away His Treasured Possession, the Bride whose faith in Him is like gold purified in the fire.

  3. Dave Gifford Said,

    February 17, 2016 @ 7:55 am

    Thanks toddott. I won’t comment on your interpretation of Revealtion. But I have to disagree with you about your comment about the Bible interpreting the Bible. The actual rule is that the Bible is its own BEST interpreter. When we want to understand ancient documents, it also helps a great deal to consult other documents from the time period to get a perspective of the historical context, and to compare it with literature similar to it from its time period.

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