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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

God's Mercy in the Trumpets (Revelation 8)

Revelation 8 is almost the middle of the 7 years of God's wrath. But even at this point, we clearly see God's grace, mercy, and love shining through. We often see this in the Old Testament too. But just as with Revelation, we have to slow down and look for it.

Let's take a quick look at these first four trumpet judgments in Revelation 8:

  • Rev. 8:7 - 1st Trumpet - 1/3 of the earth and 1/3 of the trees are burned up.

  • Rev. 8:8-9 - 2nd Trumpet - 1/3 of the sea became blood, 1/3 of the sea creatures died, 1/3 of the ships were destroyed

  • Rev. 8:10 - 3rd Trumpet - 1/3 of the rivers and springs became bitter

  • Rev. 8:12 - 4th Trumpet - 1/3 of the sun, moon, and stars were darkened.

In these first 4 Trumpet Judgments, God will rain down his wrath on the land, water, and light.

But notice He holds back. He does not destroy 2/3 of the earth, trees, sea, sea creatures, ships, rivers, springs, sun, moon, or stars.

Why? Why does God hold back as He is raining His wrath down on a world which has completely rejected Him?

He holds back because of His amazing grace, abundant mercy, and agape love. He wants the people who will still be alive on the earth at this time to choose to repent of their sins and embrace Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

He does not want anyone to perish.

But out of His great love, He gives each of us, then and now, the free will to choose our eternal destiny with Him or without Him.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance.

Dear Lord, Thank you for being long-suffering, not wanting any to perish but for all to come to repentance. Thank you that even in the middle of the 7-year Tribulation, as you rain your wrath down on this earth, You hold back, giving people another chance to repent. Thank you for loving us enough to encourage us to repent while giving us the choice of where we will spend our eternity; blessed in your presence or forever cursed without You. Lord, I pray for those who are still trying to be on the throne of their lives rather than repenting and submitting to you as their Lord. Lord, please give me more opportunities to share your amazing story of grace, mercy and love with those who are close to me and far from You. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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