11 When God Told a Man to Eat a Book
The language of the Old Testament shows how God works through history (as He did with Israel) to bring judgment on those who have been persecuting His covenant people.
The trumpets sounding show that God is influencing history, even though His people have not always recognised it. They relate to:
- The Jews at the destruction of Jerusalem
- The Roman Empire as the counterpart of ancient Babylon
- The Medieval church
- The modern secular society, pictured as an age of darkness in the absence of light from Jesus and the gospel.
The way is now prepared to sound the fifth and sixth trumpets, leading into demonic activity and the battle of Armageddon. While the sixth trumpet is sounding, we have the events of Chapter 10 to tell us what is happening to Jesus' followers during this time