The Second Trumpet
By Noel Chartier
(The Final Sign)
|And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed (Revelation 8:8-9).||And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth : for the powers of heaven shall be shaken (Luke 21:25-26).|
During the time known in the Bible as the Great Tribulation, there shall be upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity and calamities such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be . Daniel described it as a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time (Daniel 12:1). Likewise, the prophet Jeremiah says Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it (Jeremiah 30:7).
This day is known as the day of the Lord by several of the prophets. The prophet Zephaniah said, The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD : and their blood shall be poured out as dust , and their flesh as the dung (Zephaniah 1:14-17).
Isaiah said, Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate : and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity (Isaiah 13:6-13). (See also 2:12-22, Nahum 1:3-7, Haggai 2:6-7) Joel said, the day of the LORD is great and terrible; and who can abide it? (Joel 2:11).
This day shall be upon all the heathen (Obadiah 1:15), that he may avenge him of his adversaries (Jeremiah 46:10), for their evil , and for their iniquity , because they have sinned against the LORD , for they repented not of the works of their hands nor of their deeds (Revelation 9:20, 16:11).
The "day of the Lord" will commence after the rapture of the church, just prior to the return of King Jesus to the earth, who is gone into heaven to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return (Luke 19:12, Daniel 7:13-14). Before He returns we shall be caught up together in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17). Seven years later the Lord Jesus Christ shall return to the earth with all his saints (1Thessalonians 3:13). Enoch prophesied saying Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all (Jude 14-15).
When the apostle John received the Revelation on the Isle of Patmos, he saw the glorified Jesus Christ, risen from the dead and alive forevermore. After receiving the letters to the seven churches in Asia Minor, John was caught up (raptured) in the spirit to heaven where he beheld scenes of angels and saints worshipping round about the throne.
In the right hand of Him who sat on the throne was a scroll sealed with seven seals (Revelation 5:1). This was the title deed to the whole earth (cref. Jeremiah 32:10-15). And the question was asked, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? Jesus at one time said, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist (Luke 7:28), but John the Baptist would say of Christ behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose (Acts 13:25).
John (the apostle) then wept because no one among men was found worthy to take the book and open the seals thereof. All were found to be sinners and subject to death, which is the payment thereof. But alas, there was One who hath prevailed, who conquered sin and death, setting the captives free from the power of the devil, redeeming them with His precious blood. His name is Jesus Christ.
He has made us alive together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it (Colossians 2:13-15). This so great salvation is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2Timothy 1:10). Christ died for our sins and He rose again that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil (Hebrews 2:14).
In the beginning, Adam was given dominion over all the earth but his authority was usurped by the devil when Adam sinned. Death then entered the world and the earth came under the curse (Genesis 3:17), and ever since, the whole of creation has been under the bondage of corruption (Romans 8:21). We now know however that the redemption price to liberate man and deliver the whole of creation from the bondage of death was paid long ago on Calvary's cross, but the earth is still under the dominion of the wicked one (1 John 5:19).
Jesus has paid the price of death in our place, but God has vindicated Him, raising him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet (Ephesians 1:20-22).
And now, John sees standing in the midst of the throne, the Lamb who appears as He had been slain, go forth to take the title deed out from the right hand of His Father. He has paid the redemption price and is now to return to earth to destroy the sinners thereof out of it and take back the possession thereof.
Daniel saw this day in a vision saying I saw one like the Son of man [who] came to the Ancient of days And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed Daniel 7:13-14).
Jesus Christ alone is victorious and therefore worthy to take the scroll and open the seals. He is appointed heir of all things (Hebrews 1:2) and now goes forth to purge the earth of its awful usurpers and begins by breaking open the first seal. John said I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war and his name is called The Word of God And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God (Revelation 6:2, 19:11, 13, 15).
The scenes of the Revelation are dreadful and shocking to say the least. The events are frightful and terrible, but the whole world will know that the great day of His wrath is come (Rev. 6:15-17). The world has been treasuring up wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God (Romans 2:5). The world has been in constant rebellion against the Lord and His Anointed, always resisting the Holy Ghost. Although He has been longsuffering for many thousands of years, not willing that any perish, the measure of their iniquity is now full, and their sins have reached unto heaven. The day of grace is now over. God has tolerated the wicked for a time, but He will bear with them no longer. They have filled up the measure and He is now coming to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him (Jude 1:15).
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth (Jeremiah 23:5).
Of particular interest, and the focus of this paper is the earth shattering events that shall take place during the tribulation, primarily when the second trumpet is sounded. This has to do with what appears to be a great meteorite or comet the size of a mountain that will plunge into the sea . This cosmic disturbance will turn a third part of the sea to blood and destroy a third part of the creatures therein. As well, a third part of the ships will be destroyed in this great judgment.
This is not the only asteroid or comet that will strike the earth for the like appears in the sixth seal (Rev. 6:12-14) as well as the third trumpet (Rev. 8:10-11). Along with a great earthquake, these shall cause the sun to darken with dust hurled into the upper atmosphere. Isaiah stated that the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine (Isaiah 13:10). The Lord said through the prophet Joel, I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come (Joel 2:30-31).
This appears to be THE great final sign before the coming of the Lord to the earth. The apostles made record of this as well. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring ; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. (Luke 21:25-26).
But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory (Mark 13:24-26).
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory (Matthew 24:29-30).
On March 23, 1989, an asteroid about a half-mile wide crossed the Earth's orbit about 400,000 miles from Earth. One might think that this is not so alarming if the Earth had not been in that same spot a mere six hours earlier. This prompted the U.S. Government in 1990 to direct NASA to begin the 'Spaceguard Survey' [as suggested by Arthur C. Clarke in 1973] to study this subject. It was stated in the NASA Multiyear Authorization Act of 1990 that it is imperative that detection rate of Earth-orbit-crossing asteroids must be increased substantially, and that means to destroy or alter the orbits.
In 1991, US Congress House Committee on Science and Technology used the NASA Authorization Bill to direct NASA to study 1) a program to increase detection rate of Earth-orbit-crossing asteroids addressing costs, schedule, technology and equipment (Spaceguard Survey Report); 2) systems and technologies to destroy or alter orbits of such asteroids if they should pose a danger to life on Earth (NEO Interception Workshop).
Another branch of this program is NEAT (Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking) which is an autonomous celestial observatory developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and funded by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) to study asteroids and comets. They have a survey telescope on Mount Palomar in California that is continually scanning the skies for near earth asteroids.
Since the inception of these programs, more than 350 of the objects detected have been labeled potential threats to Earth. NASA has given the Near Earth Object (NEO) program the goal of finding 90 percent of objects two-thirds of a mile or larger that fly near the Earth by 2008.
In January of 1996 a UN meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, resolved that an international network of telescopes under UN aegis is needed for NEO searching and tracking. As well in 1996, the Parliamentary, the Assembly of the Council of Europe, passed Resolution 1080, for the detection of asteroids and comets that are potentially dangerous to mankind.
In light of the day in which we are living, is it not interesting that these above mentioned programs have just been developed to search out such asteroids that they might be deflected or destroyed? Even if this were possible, they would need sufficient advanced notice if they were even to attempt such a thing.
But, what if such an asteroid was detected without sufficient notice to do anything about it? The Bible prophecies that a mountain sized asteroid will hit the earth in the near future. What do you think might happen when the masses of humanity see this pending destruction coming upon the earth? Perhaps this is what our Lord was referring to when He said there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth : for the powers of heaven shall be shaken (Luke 21:25-26). This mountain sized asteroid will be cast into the sea which no doubt would cause the sea and the waves [to be] roaring .
Perhaps this approaching asteroid will be televised for the whole world to see.
There has after all been a considerable amount of celestial activity televised
in years gone by. Consider the comet
collision that occurred
with Jupiter in July 1994, a rare event
(http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/comet.html). This was the first collision
of two solar system bodies ever to be observed. Shoemaker-Levy 9 consisted of
20 discernable fragments with diameters estimated at up to 2 kilometers, which
impacted the planet at 60 km/s. The impacts resulted in plumes many thousands
of kilometers high, hot "bubbles" of gas in the atmosphere, and large
dark "scars" on the atmosphere.
As well, we just had
in 1996, and
(right) in 1997 that passed by which were very observable
with the naked eye for months.
Other asteroids have been detected that are of considerable concern. CNN reports (http://www.cnn.com/TECH/space/9803/11/asteroid/) of an asteroid, designated as 1997 XF11 , one mile wide to pass within 30,000 miles of the earth on October 26, 2028. Their estimate although has a margin of error of 180,000 miles.
Colliding with the Earth at more than 17,000 miles an hour would explode with energy of about 320,000 megatons of dynamite. That equals almost 2 million Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs. It would blast a crater 20 miles across and so clog the sky with dust and vapor that the sun would be darkened "for weeks, if not months."
All asteroids are not spotted this early though. Just recently on January 7, 2002 a 500-meter asteroid dubbed 2001 YB5 passed within 600,000 kilometers of the planet. 2001 YB5 was discovered in December by the Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking telescope on Mount Palomar in California. Traveling at 19 miles per second, longer than three football fields, the asteroid would've doomed any state it landed on or drowned coastal cities in a tidal wave in the event of an ocean impact. Don Yeomans, project manager of NASA's Near Earth Objects program said its impact energy "would be well beyond all of the atomic weapons in the U.S. and Russian arsenals". "If it hit in the ocean near a continent, all the cities on that coast would be destroyed."
David Morrison, who analyzes asteroid and comet impacts at NASA's Ames Research Center in California said, There's nothing you could have done in two weeks Nor even two years." Morrison said it would take years if not a decade or more to assemble a rocket and components needed to nudge a doomsday asteroid away from Earth. He said "Something that big goes by the planet that close every few months, we just happened to find this one".
While mankind has recently become to some degree obsessed with saving planet Earth, it appears that with all of his technology it will yet prove to be vanity. When the Lord returns, it will be with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate : and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it (Isaiah 13:9).
In 1994 astronomer Jim Scotti discovered XL1 that came within 65,000 miles of Earth. Think about how close that is. The circumference of the Earth is around 24,000 miles. The distance then was only around 2.5 times the circumference of the earth. This is what some might call too close for comfort. The discovery of this asteroid only gave 14 hours of warning before passing by.
On May 19, 1996 an asteroid about a third of a mile wide passed within 280,000 miles of Earth. This one was only discovered four days before it hurtled past the earth.
In 1972 a large meteor almost hit the earth in Montana, bouncing off the atmosphere into space because of its angle of approach.
On January 17, 1991, an asteroid estimated to be about 30 feet wide passed within 106,000 miles of Earth. It was the closest "near miss" ever recorded until that time. In the past, however there have been impacts with the earth. The following are some of the larger and more popular ones.
|Asteroid Name||Size||Distance to Earth||Date to Pass||Warning|
|Yucatan Asteroid||10 Km Diameter||HIT!||Ancient Past||None|
|Barringer Meteorite Crater||24 Meter Diameter||HIT!||Ancient Past||None|
|Tunguska||60-160 Meter||HIT!||June 30, 1908||None|
|Asteroid Hermes||900 Meter||670,000 Kms.||1937||None?|
|1972 RB||13 Meter||58 Kms||Aug 10, 1972||None|
|1989 FC||650 to 1,600 ft.||437,000 miles||March 22, 1989||None|
|1991 BA||30 feet||106,000 miles||Jan 17, 1991||?|
|487 Venetia||170-300 metres||1/20 moon distance||Mar 1992||?|
|XL1||30 Feet||65,000 Miles||1994||14 Hours|
|1996 JA1||1/3 Miles||280,000 Miles||May 19, 1996||4 Days|
|2001 YB5||500 Meters||600,000 Kms||Jan 7 2002||13 Days|
|1997 XF11||1 Mile||30,000 Miles??||Oct 26, 2028||30 Years|
|1999 VP11||820 Meters||600,000 kms?||Oct 22, 2086||89 Years|
|1950 DA||1Km Diameter||Potential Hit||Mar 16, 2880||880 Years|
On June 30, 1908 at 7:20 AM, direct eyewitnesses gave account that a fireball nearly as bright as the Sun streaked to Earth out a cloudless morning sky. The bolide's plunge was abruptly terminated by an explosion so great that it registered on seismic stations across Eurasia. The resulting shock wave circled the Earth twice.
At 7:20 AM, a mighty noise was heard resolving into thunder-cracks, though the sky was cloudless at the time. The noise caused houses to shake. Many inhabitants saw a fiery body like a beam shoot from the northwest above the ground before they heard the thunder. Immediately afterward the bang was heard, and in the place the fiery body had disappeared, a tongue of fire appeared, followed by smoke.
It was also recorded that Virtually every tree within 20 miles of the Tunguska blast was knocked down, people were badly burned 40 miles away, and some 400 miles away horses were thrown off their feet. (Mysteries of the Unexplained)
It has been estimated that this meteorite/comet was approximately a 1-7 million ton rock 60-160 meters in diameter. Its blast was measured on seismographs across Europe and was equivalent to a 12-megaton blast. This is 600 times larger than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.
Eugene Shoemaker of the US Geological Survey have put considerable effort into
calculating the odds of an event like Tungusta happening again and notes, there
is a 12- to 40-percent chance of another Tunguska in the next 75 years.
Barringer Meteor Crater in northern Arizona, is a bowl-shaped depression 180m deep and 1.2km in diameter. It was named after American scientist Daniel M. Barringer who in 1905 theorized that the crater was meteoric in origin. The crater was the first impact site of an object to be identified on the Earth. Scientists think that the crater was formed sometime between 25,000 and 50,000 years ago (Creationists believe it was more recent than that) by an iron meteorite, somewhere between 30 and 100m in diameter, weighing roughly 60,000 tons. The energy released by the impact was roughly equivalent to 3.5 million tons of TNT. Most of the object vaporized, but about 30 tons of fragments have been collected.
In 1990 a scientist called Alan Hildebrand was looking over some old geophysical data that had been recorded by a group of geophysicists searching for oil in the Yucatan region of Mexico. Within the data he found evidence of what could have been an impact site. What he 'found' was a ring structure 180km in diameter, which was called Chicxulub. The location of this structure was just off the northwest tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. (Scientists theorize that this happened 65 million years ago and was the cause of the extinction of the dinosaurs.) The size of the crater is comparable to that which would have been caused by an impacting body with a diameter of roughly 10km.
This article is by no means intended to scare or cause any one to worry but rather, in it is recorded The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass (Revelation 1:1). As previously mentioned, the church will not go through the tribulation For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do (1 Thessalonians 5:9-11).
Two Thousand years ago the Lord said He was going to prepare a place for His people, then return to gather them unto Himself. Due to His prolonged time in heaven, it may appear to some (mockers) that the Lord has forgotten His promise. But, The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). This is the grand purpose of His longsufferingthat all would repent! And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation (2 Peter 3:15).
God desires that not one should perish. As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die (Ezekiel 33:11)?
God desires that the wicked turn from his way and now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead (Acts 17:30-31). But for those who reject the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus on their behalf, can only expect a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries (Hebrews 10:27). The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish (Luke 13:3).
The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death (Proverbs 14:32). But who is righteous? The Bible says As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one (Romans 3:10). But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away (Isaiah 64:6).
The Bible clearly declares that righteousness is a gift freely received by the repentant sinner who puts his faith in the substitutionary death of Christ. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17). God has made Jesus Christ to to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (2Corinthians 5:21).
This is the record, Abraham believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness (Genesis 15:6). Abraham was fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness (Romans 4:21-22). And let it be known, "there hath not failed one word of all his good promise" (1Kings 8:56).
And the Scriptures go on to say that it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God (Romans 4:23-5:2).
Rest not on your own accomplishments but rather that Jesus Christ accomplished all things (John 19:28) for you. Rest not on your own good works, but rather on the work of Christ in your stead. Only the blood of Christ can purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God (Hebrews 9:14). It is "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us" (Titus 3:5).
Rest not on your own sufferings, trials or tribulations, but
those of our Lord Jesus Christ,
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust,
that he might bring us to God
(1 Peter 3:18). Rest not on the sacrifices that you have made, but rather that
"appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself"
Forget your self-esteem! Get your eyes off yourself and turn
your eyes upon Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings (Hebrews 2:9-10).
Listen to the Captain of our salvation: Repent ye, and believe the gospel (Mark 1:15). Justification comes only by faith in the death, burial and ressurection of Jesus Christ on our behalf, whereby we recieve the Spirit of Adoption. "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ" (Romans 8:17). If you are not yet a child of God, turn from your ways and recieve Jesus Christ and He will save you from your sins. God gave His Son to die in your place. Believe on Him today. Call on the Lord, confessing your sin for "he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1John 1:9). But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out (Numbers 32:23). If ye will not now choose Christ, in your hour of desperation remember this the blood of Jesus Christ [Gods] Son cleanseth us from all sin (1 John 1:7).