Seven Trumpets Were Given to Them
Passage: Revelation 8:1–9:21
Chapter 8 introduces us to a new "series of seven" in Revelation: seven trumpets sounded by angels in heaven, representing terrible (but limited!) judgments of God upon sinners during the present age. An escalation in the judgments' intensity indicates a drawing nearer of the return of Jesus, and the final judgment that will come upon the unbelieving world at that time. But for now, as God sends these partial judgments into the lives of unbelievers, he intends to turn the hearts of proud sinners toward himself in repentance and faith.