There were seven angels
which stood, ‘histemi,’ which carries the connotation
of being present, or appointed, or standing by while awaiting instructions.
The number represents the
symbolism of totality, of fullness, or of completion. And here when seven angels are given seven
trumpets, this represents that totality of Gods plan drawing nearer and nearer
to its final outcome. It is ready to be
announced and presented.
Whereas the number three
is symbolic of the completeness of a whole, such as in the trinity, and the
number four, is symbolic of a completeness of range, such as in the four points
of a compass, or the four phases of the moon.
Then seven becomes a combination
of both in symbolizing the totality of a completed thing in all respects, such
as in Gods plan.
Nothing further can be added, modified, or taken away, as it is a finished
product, so to speak.
The seven days of the
week, the seven churches, and so forth represent a completed totality in their respective
ways. And by the way, the church was represented
with the number seven, whereas Israel is represented by the number twelve,
which is used as symbolism for the number of a selection. Israel, its twelve tribes and so forth were
selected by God. Selected is the making
of a choice out of a larger group. The
twelve-thousand evangelists (from each tribe) we studied earlier, were selected
for their intended purpose of evangelizing the world. They become the selected group (144,000), out
from the selected nation, Israel (twelve tribes).
And here we have seven
angels (messengers), and seven trumpets (announcements), being lined up for the
announcement of the final phase of the rule of humanity and Satan, on earth.
Angels are often used by
God, as messengers.
Trumpets are used
primarily in official settings to announce the arrival or entrance of something
or someone of importance. They are now
here, and trumpets are used to call the masses to order, to quiet the crowd, to
bring everyone’s attention to the matter at hand.
And this leads us to
understand that when the Tribulation really gets underway, everyone will know that
this is the last days, the end of history. That is why in the previous chapter,
we saw the believers praying to God, and those back on earth, calling to the
rocks the mountains and so forth, to fall on them because the terror and
pressure, and fear, and suffering will be too great for anyone to bear.
Possibly for the first
time since Adam and Eve, the entire planet will be focused on God even if for
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