SIXTH TRUMPET, PART 7
after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and
they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. And they
heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they
ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them. In the same hour
there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake
seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to
the God of heaven. The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe is coming
quickly. Revelation 11:11–14.
the influence of King Destruction the Protestant churches effectively killed the
influence of the two witnesses, the Word and Spirit of God. Their bodies were
not allowed to be buried but to lie dead in the streets for 3½ days. The
Protestant churches did not do away with the Word and Spirit as did Romanism,
but put them distinctly in their creeds and confessions and displayed them in
their public worship. But division and ritual effectively nullified the
influence of the Word and Spirit, the two witnesses.
that dwell on the earth, those that were without a saving relationship with
Christ, rejoiced, made merry, and sent gifts. These things are representative of
mere professions of faith and church membership that give a façade of
Christianity to people that otherwise do not have an experience with God.
Church Prophesying Again
the 3½ days the breath of life from God enters the two witnesses causing them
to come back to life. This 11th chapter of the Revelation is essentially what
Jesus gave John, who represents the church, to prophesy again about many
peoples, nations, tongues, and kings. The message is about the importance of
church history in understanding the times and nature of the spiritual condition
to the visible church world under the sixth seal.
will recall that the sixth seal opened around 1800 with the beginning of the
Primitive Church Movement. This Movement was not just the work of certain
preachers although certain ministers were prominent during the nineteenth
century; it was a movement that began in the hearts and minds of both ministers
and everyday Christian people. The desire of the Movement was to function as the
biblical church of God in the mode of the early church. For this reason, the
Movement held church history in a position of great importance. While that
importance at first was directed toward the early church, as the movement gained
strength during the century the full history of the Christian church became
prominent in its teaching. The Adventists and the Church of God Reformation
Movement held the history of the church in a high degree of prominence with
their church-historic views on the Book of Revelation.
far in this chapter we have seen the history of the church brought out in five
The early church is seen in the
measuring of the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there.
A time of apostasy is seen in the outer court and the Gentiles
treading the holy city under foot for 42 months.
We have seen the dominance of Papalism as well as its counterpart
in the Orthodox churches, as the two witnesses prophesying in sackcloth for 1260
Then we see the Reformation in the beast that ascends out of the
bottomless pit giving birth as it were to the great city called Sodom and Egypt.
The beast kills the two witnesses leaving their bodies to lie in the streets for
And finally, after the 3 ½ has expired we now come to the
resurrection of the two witnesses in the Primitive Church Movement.
we look at the end of the sixth trumpet we need to explain the time references
of the 11th chapter: 42 months, 1260 days, and 3½ days as promised.
time references are expressed in numbers of days. Teachers of the
church-historic approach to the Revelation like to convert symbolic days into
literal years and then tie them to specific dates in history.
significance of these time periods is not the literal duration of time; rather
it shows the relative impact of these events on the history of the church. In
fact, a literal rendering of these time references ultimately produces the same
time period. Using 30 days to the month, 42 months is exactly 1260 days. 1260
days is 1260 days. Using the prophetic symbolism of a day for a year, 3½ days
is 3½ years, equal to 42 months or 1260 days.
time references more properly indicate the relative impact of the period in
history on the church.
months, or the number 42 is assigned to the time of the Gentiles or the original
apostasy of the visible church-at-large. This was very serious but it was not as
damaging as what followed.
is assigned to the duration of the dominance of Papalism in its various forms.
42 is less than 1260 this suggests that the duration of the time of apostasy and
its effect on the visible church-at-large is less than that of Papalism.
Papalism was prominent through the period if history called the Dark Ages. It
can be argued that Papalism was either the cause of or the result of the Dark
Ages. This was a long time of spiritual darkness and without question had the
most devastating impact on the church.
is far greater than 3½ and as assigned to the Reformation. This suggests that
the duration and effect of the Reformation was far less than Papalism. Being
such a small number it suggests the rapid development in the attitude and
perception of Christian people for the need to return to the original concept of
church as seen in the New Testament. The negative effects of creeds and division
were short lived as the need for unity was soon to be emphasized in the coming
Primitive Church Movement.
of the actual duration of time, it must be recognized that each of these eras
was equal in the damage they did to souls for whom Jesus died. (42 months=1260
days, 1260=1260 days, 3½ years=1260 days; all are equal).
hurts souls in that it degrades holiness, which is the real fruit and evidence
of the gospel.
darkness of Romanism gave people religion instead of salvation from sin.
Protestantism division was offered at the cost of lip service to the Word and
each of these eras countless souls were dragged down to eternal hell and
damnation in the name of the Church built by Jesus Christ.
Resurrection of the Two Witnesses
Sixth Seal and the advent of the Primitive Church Movement appear in the
resurrection of the two witnesses. No time reference is attached to this era
because of the uncertainty of its duration.
we looked at the opening of the seventh seal we saw there was silence for half
an hour before anything happened, and even when the angels prepared to sound the
seven trumpets there is no indication of how long that preparation was to last.
Now in verse 11 we see the breath of God entering the two witnesses causing them
to stand on their feet. This is the direct intervention of God as He opened the
understanding of people, not just clergy, but all the servants of our God. Tired
and disillusioned with formalism, ritual and man-rule in what professed to be
the body of Christ, God helped them to see from the Word that the church is the
outcome of the experience of salvation and not a religious corporation.
two witnesses were called up to heaven suggesting that they are now in a
position to lead God’s people out of the mess of apostate religion into the
realm of Biblical truth and the working of God’s Spirit. This is seen in the
opening of the sixth seal. The first thing that happened when the sixth seal was
opened was an earthquake (6:12) and in the same hour as the breath of life
entered the two witnesses there is an earthquake (11:13)—the same earthquake.
Under the sixth seal the mountains fell and here we see a tenth of the city
falling (the city being this religious Sodom-Egypt) resulting in seven thousand
people being killed.
one-tenth of the city that fell represents the unorganized Primitive Church
Movement (not just the Church of God Reformation Movement) that separated from
Sodom-Egypt to be the visible church of God, the body of Christ.
to the seven thousand that were killed, we know first of all that this is not an
actual number, it is a representative number. The Greek text reads “and were
killed in the earthquake names of men thousands seven.” It was not men that
were killed; rather it was the names of men that were killed. The seven thousand
here is representative of the 144,000 of the sixth seal and the “great number
which no one could number” (7:9). These are the servants of our God that
abandoned the names of their churches and denominations to stand separate and
apart as only the biblical church of God.
the Word and Spirit of God moved in what we call the Primitive Church Movement,
many came out of sectarian churches and denominations, but that was a small
number in comparison to those that staid in their churches. The rest were afraid
and gave glory to God. Vast numbers of people in the visible church-at-large
that were truly saved from sin were afraid to leave what they believed was the
security of their church membership. They continued to live for God as best they
could based on their personal relationship with God and what spiritual
sustenance they could find in their churches.
WHY Behind the Sixth Trumpet
opening of the sixth seal and the sounding of the sixth trumpet were truly
traumatic in the church-world as it shook the foundations of established and
WHY of the sixth trumpet shows that the Primitive Church Movement under its many
and diverse sub-movements including the Church of God Reformation Movement
failed because of their inability to come together in true unity of the Spirit
that actually forms the visible body of Christ.
we pass from the sixth trumpet to the seventh trumpet we run into the silence of
the seventh seal and we must listen for that seventh angel to sound his trumpet.
It may be that he has been sounding his notes, but the servants of our God have
been so discouraged and distracted that they fail to hear even a whisper of the
is the second woe. We trust that it is passed but notice that as his melody dies
out the third woe comes quickly. Are you ready?