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.