09 Sounding of the Seven Trumpets
Before the opening of the seventh seal, Revelation 7 tells us that God's people will have a seal of protection. They are pictured as 144,000 heavenly warriors gathered ready for the last great battle. Later they are shown again in front of the throne celebrating the victory. They are described as a great multitude that no-one can number from every nation, tongue and people.
In the fifth seal we saw the constant cry of God's people who are suffering. They are asking God to step in and punish those who are persecuting them. The trumpets' soundings represent God's intervention in history in answer to the cry of His people. The sounds fall on the inhabitants of the earth in answer to the prayers of the souls under the altar.