The Third Trumpet and Wormwood

Butch

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Relating to my thoughts concerning the destruction of "the third part" during the first four trumpets being concentrated rather than cumulative, consider the third trumpet and Wormwood. The impact of Wormwood will be to just one side of the earth ("When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense..."). Which side we are not told. But, the impact wipes out a third of the fresh (unsalty) water reservoirs on Earth. This is a concentrated hit. With what is on our side of the earth representing exactly one-third of the fresh water supplies on Earth, I submit that a logical guess would be that it is with our side of the earth that Wormwood has an appointment.
 

Butch

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What John saw, he described as "a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp..." Are you thinking that what John saw was something besides a falling star, or what we would refer to as a large meteor or asteroid?
 

Butch

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If it is as I am thinking it may be (a total Western Hemisphere cataclysm), the following is one of my concerns...

Consider: Some who believe that the pre-trib view is wrong suggest that it is also dangerous, in that the Church, if it thinks that it won't be going through any of Daniel's 70 Week, will be unprepared, if it does. Whatever the case, this would only represent a temporal concern. But, if my conviction is right, a much more serious concern---an eternal one---would relate to the lost. For example, there seems to be a mentality in the United States that if a lot of people end up disappearing one day, it may be that the much talked about rapture has indeed occurred, and those who find themselves left behind will still have a chance to be saved, as long as they don't take the mark of the beast. However, the possibility of the United States being destroyed during the sounding of the first four trumpets suggests that this chance will be minimal, if even existent. As Paul told the Corinthians, "behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation (II Cor. 6:2b).
 

InsuranceGuy

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If it is as I am thinking it may be (a total Western Hemisphere cataclysm), the following is one of my concerns...

Consider: Some who believe that the pre-trib view is wrong suggest that it is also dangerous, in that the Church, if it thinks that it won't be going through any of Daniel's 70 Week, will be unprepared, if it does. Whatever the case, this would only represent a temporal concern. But, if my conviction is right, a much more serious concern---an eternal one---would relate to the lost. For example, there seems to be a mentality in the United States that if a lot of people end up disappearing one day, it may be that the much talked about rapture has indeed occurred, and those who find themselves left behind will still have a chance to be saved, as long as they don't take the mark of the beast. However, the possibility of the United States being destroyed during the sounding of the first four trumpets suggests that this chance will be minimal, if even existent. As Paul told the Corinthians, "behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation (II Cor. 6:2b).


And this is the danger of not accepting Christ now and being prepared. People playing chicken with their Salvation will likely find themselves on the wrong side of the Pearly Gates. It will not be easy to gain & maintain salvation after the Rapture. The Holy Spirit will not be prodding these people as he does today. Also, will people who didn't accept Christ Pre-Rapture even understand what goes into gaining/maintaining your salvation without the gift being free? In this Age, we are covered by the blood of Jesus for sins not yet committed. Post-Rapture, this is no longer the case. I tend to believe the people coming to Christ after the Rapture will be those who are new to the faith and had not heard the message prior, or at least had little information concerning it. Those who have heard, yet chose not believe, will be part of the Great Deception. I may change that stance, as I'm prone to do, but it seems fitting. What is that old saying? Those waiting until Midnight to accept Christ sometimes die at 11:55? I forget how it goes, but it does ring true.
 

cavalier973

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I speculate that Yellowstone finally blows, taking out most of the continental U.S.

Maybe a direct meteor hit is what instigates this.

Possibilities like this reveal the danger of the "Left Behind" series, as good as the books were in raising interest and awareness of the Pre-Trib Rapture.

Americans who read the books may have the idea that the world kind of just goes on, that the judgements will be slow and obvious, and that they will have time to "dodge the meteors".

Americans have possibly had the greatest opportunity of any group on Earth to hear and respond to the Gospel; the judgement on America, therefore, will likely be substantially more severe and rapid.
 

Butch

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In my original thread relating to this, in the above post (if I've done this right!), I mentioned that the "great mountain burning with fire" that is "cast into the sea" (Rev. 8:8) could be a mountain range such as the Rockies, being hurled by a nuclear explosion into the Pacific Ocean. Speculation of course, but based upon possibilities connected with what John saw. It is interesting that the bulk of the United States' land based nuclear arsenals are said to be located in the states of Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota. You mentioned Yellowstone. It is mostly in Wyoming, with some in Montana (and also Idaho). Kinda interesting to think about, huh? Also, according to my research, the three named arsenals are all located on the eastern side of the Rockies, which means, if these were triggered while still in their silos, the inclination would be to blow the Rockies westward, in the direction of the Pacific. Just kinda interesting. Have you thought about any of this while holding a globe in your hands?

Whatever thoughts we might have concerning how it could all happen, I certainly believe that it will all happen EXACTLY as the Bible accounts read. One thing is certain this side of what is to take place: It is not going to be a good thing to be left behind at the rapture. It is so troubling that some will not come to Christ, even when given an invitation like the following---"And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely" (Rev. 22:17).
 

athenasius

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Well if you take into account, the seal judgements leading up to the trumpet judgements will take some time, before this star Wormwood falling into the sea there are possibilities that people in the seal judgements will have a warning, in advance of the trumpet judgements.

A running chance so to speak to seek Christ and salvation.

I think you have a very interesting and plausible theory.

I do quibble a little about all people in John's day thinking the earth was flat. The Jews had a slightly different take, they did have things like Job's description of earth being suspended in space, hung there by God. The inscribed circle of the day night boundary is there too. And I think Pythagorus of the old Greek guys did something to figure out that the earth was a sphere and came close with his math, but I might be wrong.

The middle ages had several Jewish Bible scholars doing some fairly advanced math, in which one of them proposed something that we only got round to recently, which is one of the things in String Theory which I'm NOT conversant with, but it had to do with the number of dimensions that are rolled up or wrapped up within our own, but not visible to us. And the old guys got there thru their reading of the Bible. One of those little tidbits I've stored in my memory. Goodness knows where I found it possibly one of Chuck Missler's forays into the odd bits and bobs that relate to science and the Bible.

LOL -- the old Jewish scholars are talking string theory and multiple dimensions, while poor old Copernicus was being censured by the Catholic church for disputing that the earth revolved around the sun. The Catholic church had it as dogma that the sun revolved around the earth. Which was slightly better than the flat earth theory.

It's bedtime round here, gonna say goodnite, but due to family visiting I won't be back for a few days, so forgive my absence from this thread and any apparent silence. I'm not ignoring your fascinating idea.
 
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Butch

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Concerning what I said in my First Four Trumpets thread reply about "the flat earth concept that people had back then," I was speaking in general terms in response to Mikedexion's statement that "everyone in John's day knew the earth was flat..." But, I am figuring that even Mike was probably speaking colloquially.

Concerning the Seals, with there being no indication of a time frame between the 6th Seal cataclysm and the "third part" being taken out (except the 30 minutes silence---Rev.8:1), I have felt that everything from the opening of the 6th Seal through the sounding of the 4th Trumpet COULD occur within the same month, week, OR EVEN DAY. This would mean an Earth-wide cataclysm closely coupled with a concentrated Western Hemisphere cataclysm. For the earth, this back to back scenario (kinda like "the SAME day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, AND the windows of heaven were opened" (Gen. 7:11) would in short order bring the focus back to bear upon Israel's side of the earth, with the other lands of the Bible days and Roman Empire.

athenasius, I appreciate your reply. You two look like a wonderful couple and you have a very good way with words :smile2
 

InsuranceGuy

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A question I have often pondered is how bad will things get, in terms of earth changes, prior to the Rapture. It seems most of them are set for a Post-Rapture occurrence, but something has always pushed me in the direction that we will see some horrific things happen prior to the Rapture as a warning. That could simply be me thinking in an earthly sense though, but with all the recent natural disasters in the last 20 years, it seems possible.
 

SonSeeker

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This would mean an Earth-wide cataclysm closely coupled with a concentrated Western Hemisphere cataclysm.
I mentioned that the "great mountain burning with fire" that is "cast into the sea" (Rev. 8:8) could be a mountain range such as the Rockies, being hurled by a nuclear explosion into the Pacific Ocean. Speculation of course, but based upon possibilities connected with what John saw. It is interesting that the bulk of the United States' land based nuclear arsenals are said to be located in the states of Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota.
Interesting speculation. The "concentrated Western Hemisphere cataclysm", could also entail the Big One on our west coast. The "great mountain burning with fire" that is "cast into the sea", could be referring to Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the Lower 48. Only God knows. A major quake on the West Coast could set off numerous volcanic eruptions up and down the coast, as all of the major mountain peaks from Mt. Baker down to Mt. Shasta are former volcanoes. Throw Yellowstone into the mix, and a wind from out of the west, and the USA would be toast!
Anyone else besides me, praying for the Rapture to occur before all this happens?
 
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