Seals and Trumpets and Bowls (Oh, my!)

Is the 7th Trumpet blown at the very end of the Tribulation or prior to the bowls?  What is the order of seals and trumpets and bowls? And why does it matter?

First of all, the order of the seals and trumpets and bowls matter for several reasons

  • They form the majority of the events in Revelation (and the end times). If we don’t know their sequence we know nothing about end times (really).
  • A large number of major doctrines hinge on this order (like the timing of the rapture and the wrath of God)

So we must consider the order of the seals and trumpets and bowls of first importance. Luckily, it appears so did the Holy Spirit because clues to this order are found in the book of Revelation. Watch this short 9 min. video to learn more (including some never before published proofs) then read the remainder of the article.

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Now that you have a pretty good understanding that all the seals open before all the trumpets are blow, and they are blown before the bowls, let’s apply this teaching.

After the sixth seal is opened, we learn that the Wrath of God begins.

I looked when He broke the sixth seal, … the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand? (Rev. 6:12, 17)

This is a hugely important factor because from it we can determine the timing of the rapture. From Paul we learn:

Wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. (1 Thess. 1:10)

From this we know that Christians will not face the Wrath of God. We also can see that Jesus doesn’t seal us from his wrath or only pour out his wrath on places where Christians aren’t located. He RESCUES us from it via the rapture.

So if we combine these two great verses we learn that Christians are to be raptured right after the sixth seal so that they avoid the Wrath of God.

And this is why the order of seals and trumpets and bowls is so important. If we know they are sequential, we can know that the rapture happens prior to a single trumpet being sounded or a single bowl being poured out.

This is an important set of proofs to remember.



14 thoughts on “Seals and Trumpets and Bowls (Oh, my!)”

  1. Do I understand you correctly, that you see the rapture at the 6th seal? And you believe that the seals, trumpets, and bowls all come sequentially as written? And you believe the bowls do not begin the wrath of God, but rather they are the end of the wrath? If so, bravo brother!

    The end of seals rapture should be plain to all because of the huge multitude standing before the throne of God a few verses later. (There are no chapter breaks in the original language.) Also, heaven is silent for half an hour in the 7th seal. The continuous angelic worship of God never ever ever stops, with one single exception. The time when all of the angels have another assignment all at the same time. That is, to gather the elect from the four winds of heaven. A huge innumerable multitude.

    If I have understood you correctly, you are absolutely right. The only way to the truth in Revelation is to leave it just the way it is. Do not add to or take from it. Certainly, do not rearrange it.

  2. Hi Nelson, I’ve almost finished Rev Deciphered. I got 3 other ladies interested and they’ve ordered it. When they get thru it we intend to sit down together and go back over it. I do have a question for you. If Israel is going to be ramsacked again, partially destroyed and the people scattered, isn’t it premature for us to keep bringing these poor Jews back home for now?
    Thank you!!

    1. Linda, that’s great. I will answer your questions when you finish the books.

      But as for the Jews returning to Israel, if this is God’s will it is a good thing.

      * 144,000 will be the first fruits of the remnant and come to faith in Jesus at the prewrath rapture
      * 1/3 will survive the initial invasion and of these, all that survive the Day of the Lord will be saved.

      Christians will spend eternity with many of the these people. Sounds pretty good to me.

  3. Why does everyone call it Daniel’s 70th week – I still don’t understand this – honestly. Daniel made a prophecy that must have come true, even if we don’t understand it, or else he is not a prophet – correct ?? “Seventy weeks are decreed for your people and for your holy city: Then transgression will stop and sin will end, guilt will be expiated, Everlasting justice will be introduced, vision and prophecy ratified, and a most holy will be anointed.” (Daniel 9:24) Yeshua said he would be killed & remain in the ground for three days/nights – if Yeshua never rose from the dead would we then proclaim that the third day has not started yet ???

    1. These are good questions weed wacker. The Tribulation is called Daniel’s 70th Week because the majority of Christians believe it is a 7 year “week of years” (a Shabua) that is yet to be fulfilled. Most Christians believe the first 69 Shabua are fulfilled, some believe 69.5 Shabua are fulfilled and some believe that all 70 are fulfilled. There are also some who believe none of it is fulfilled and it will be weeks of days not years and this 490 day period will take place at the end.

      I am currently been mediating on this prophecy myself seeing if I can put most pieces together.

      1. Well heck, while you’re meditating on stuff here is another mystery that has baffled me since I was thirteen. Yahweh does not change – he keeps is promises – the ten commandments were written in stone forever – no one has the authority to change the word of Yahweh. Where in the bible does does the Seventh day of the week (sabbathe day) change from Saturday to Sunday – please do not reply “because of the resurrection” or “the apostles met on Sunday”. I never get a valid biblical answer to this from anyone around me – they just repeat the catholic teachings until I give up asking for answers….

        1. Here is a response but not an entirely satisfactory one for me as well. Because the week is a model/symbol of the Shabua of six years of toil and a rest that will be the structure of the 70th Week of Daniel, this really presents a problem for me personally. I don’t see any satisfactory way to justify Sunday substitution for Saturday.

          The readers of this site are among the few that understand the symbolism of the 6 days and a Sabbath for the Rapture. So to me that is a clincher. I am open to other opinions however.

          1. Nelson

            I agree with that link.
            Many times I was accused by the Adventists of following the Sabbath breakers

            Just my thoughts.
            The Sabbath day hasn’t changed, its still Saturday, but the Sabbath was an ordinance of the Law, which died with Christ on the cross. Our Sabbath is now Jesus himself, Heb 4.

            Paul said that the law is dead to those who believe, it was nailed to the cross, we live now in the freedom of Gods Spirit according to the law written on our hearts, the Spirit’s law of righteousness.

            I was freed from being condemned by the Adventists through the book of Colossians, especially ch2v16:

            Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days……………Freedom! (Smiley face)

            I have a friend who keeps Sabbath, which is fine, but I’m no longer condemned or confused. I realise that’s simplistic, but it really set me free.

          2. Yes I agree Linda, we are free from all legalistic restrictions. This doesn’t stop us from celebrating what God has planned, however. We are free to do so. This article isn’t about the Sabbath Law but about the symbolism found in it. We are free to celebrate or not celebrate. That is true freedom.

  4. Hi Nelson,

    I think the opening and closing music to your videos is too loud, compared to the rest of your recorded voice. Other than that, great material!

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