Sunday, August 14, 2016
Trumpet Warnings Series #8 – Part 118 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
Then the fourth angel sounded: and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night…Rev. 8:12. Before we begin to define the symbolism in the warnings of the 4th angel, keep in mind that the number 3 symbolizes Divine – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When three is used in prophecy of scripture, it reveals God’s hand in the prediction.
The number 4 symbolizes change in the heavens or the earth. In this text, the sun, moon and stars metaphorically describe people in authority – religious and secular – who are ruled by Satan and his sinister doctrines of demons. These rulers will devastate and destroy their own citizens during the Christian era, in order to maintain their powerful stranglehold on the masses. So during the Christian era, great change in the heavens and the earth will be accomplished
The 4th trumpet blast is a forbidding warning to the people of the earth. Is it a coincidence that the sun, moon, and stars were created on the 4th day of creation, and now, metaphorically symbolize the judgment within the 4th trumpet blast? Food for thought…
The sun is the greater light and was given authority over the day, while the moon is the lesser light, along with the stars, and was given authority over the night. When the sun, moon and stars do not giver their light, this symbolizes the spiritual understanding of world leaders – religious and secular – will be contaminated – their understanding will be darkened by sinister doctrines of demons – under Satan’s control.
Before we can fully understand this symbolism, we must take a look at ancient history – Old Testament. In the days of the Prophet Jacob, his son Joseph had a dream where he saw the sun, moon, and eleven stars bow down to him…Gen. 37:9-10. Jacob interpreted the sun, moon and stars to symbolize himself, Joseph’s mother, and brothers. So we can see that prophets used the constellations to symbolize great rulers, lesser rulers, and people of prominence.
Keep in mind that Satan is the initiator of all evil that is accomplished under the trump warnings. If the sun, moon, and stars symbolize rulers of nations in every degree of authority and power, and a third of them were darkened – Satan is responsible. But, it is the judgment of God on their sin. What does darkened symbolize?
The word darkened symbolizes how ominous and superstitious doctrines of demons will influence the lives of those in powerful positions of authority (sun), producing perversity and corruption. The term third symbolizes God’s divine judgment upon these leaders, throughout the Christian era. Governing authorities – political and religious – will succumb to the seduction of these poisonous false religious doctrines – bitter water of Wormwood – causing them to defy the Ruler and Creator of the universe. They will thumb their noses at the gospel of Jesus Christ.
All authorities and dominions – sun, moon, stars – in opposition to Jesus Christ will become more depraved, more defiant, more insolent, and more unjust as their minds gradually darken by the influence of these sinister doctrines of demons. Rebellion against their Creator will open the door for the entrance of malevolent spiritual entities – demons – to possess them and rule their lives. Men will deify themselves – becoming gods. Yet, they are only tools of Satan – fulfilling his plans and purposes by kidnapping as many human beings as possible – snatched out of the hands of God before His plans for their lives can be accomplished.
How will Satan accomplish this feat? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question~~~