Decoding Revelation:
1. Trumpets and Bowls
by Dr. Dieter Thom
The Number of the Code
Is there a code to understanding the

Book of Revelation? Yes.
It is the one number that occurs
v...
Seven
 You guessed right! The number seven.
 At the centre of the book of Revelation is two

pairs of sevens that provid...
The Two Pairs of Seven Cycles
The First Cycle

The Second Cycle

7 Seals (Rev 6: 1-17)

7 Angels (Rev 14:6-20)

7 Trumpets...
Victorinus of Poetovio (3rd century)
Commentary on Apocalypse

And the trumpet is the word of power. And it
may be repeati...
7th Trumpet (Rev. 11)
15 Then the seventh angel
sounded…
18 The nations were angry,
and Your wrath has
come…
19 Then the t...
Did you see the patterns?
Both passages have 8 particular elements in common:
1. the seventh angel
2. the temple of heaven...
6th Trumpet

(Rev. 9)

13 Then the sixth angel
sounded…
14 “Release the four angels who are
bound at the great river
Euphr...
Do you see the patterns?
Both passages have 5 particular elements in common:
1. the sixth angel,
2. the great river Euphra...
5th Trumpet (Rev. 9)
1 Then the fifth angel
sounded … 2 So the sun and
the air were darkened
because of the smoke of the
p...
Do you see the patterns?
Both passages have 4 elements in common:
1. the fifth angel,
2. darkness,
3. pain and torment, an...
4th Trumpet (Rev. 8)

4th Bowl (Rev. 16)

12 Then the fourth angel 8 Then the fourth angel
poured out his bowl on the
soun...
Do you see the patterns?
Both passages have 2 particular elements in
common:
1. the fourth angel, and
2. the sun (burning ...
3rd Trumpet (Rev. 8)

3rd Bowl (Rev. 16)

10 Then the third angel sounded: 4 Then the third angel
poured out his bowl on
A...
Do you see the patterns?
Both passages have 3 particular elements in
common:
1. the third angel,
2. the rivers and springs...
2nd Trumpet (Rev. 8)

2nd Bowl (Rev. 16)

3 Then the second
8 Then the second angel
sounded: And something like a
angel po...
Do you see the patterns?
Both passages have 4 particular elements in
common:
1. the second angel,
2. the sea,
3. became bl...
Review
Between these two passages there are:
a total of 26 points in common,
in the same 6 sections and
all in exactly ...
Conclusions
 The Bible is giving us two different accounts in two

different passages (chapters 8 and 16) that essentiall...
Summary

The Two Pairs of Seven Cycles
The First Cycle

The Second Cycle

7 Seals
(Rev 6: 1-17)

7 Angels
(Rev 14:6-20)

7...
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  1. 1. Decoding Revelation: 1. Trumpets and Bowls by Dr. Dieter Thom
  2. 2. The Number of the Code Is there a code to understanding the Book of Revelation? Yes. It is the one number that occurs very frequently in the Bible, the number of God. Can you guess what it is? NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  3. 3. Seven  You guessed right! The number seven.  At the centre of the book of Revelation is two pairs of sevens that provide the framework for interpreting the entire book and the study of end times Bible prophecy.  They represent two pairs of cycles that are integrally connected and lead us to interpreting the rest of the book and other prophecies. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  4. 4. The Two Pairs of Seven Cycles The First Cycle The Second Cycle 7 Seals (Rev 6: 1-17) 7 Angels (Rev 14:6-20) 7 Trumpets (Rev 8:1-11:19) 7 Bowls (Rev 16:2-21) How do we know that these two cycles are connected? Well, we need to read them backwards, starting with comparing the seventh trumpet and seventh bowl. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  5. 5. Victorinus of Poetovio (3rd century) Commentary on Apocalypse And the trumpet is the word of power. And it may be repeating by the bowls, not as though it was said twice, but because what will happen only once, it is decreed by God that it will be, therefore it is said twice. Accordingly, whatever was said in the trumpets less, it was said in the bowls more. (8:2) NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  6. 6. 7th Trumpet (Rev. 11) 15 Then the seventh angel sounded… 18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come… 19 Then the temple of God was opened in heaven... And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake & great hail. 7th Bowl (Rev. 16) 17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven… 18 And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake… 19 the wine of the fierceness of His wrath… 21 And great hail from heaven fell upon men… NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  7. 7. Did you see the patterns? Both passages have 8 particular elements in common: 1. the seventh angel 2. the temple of heaven, 3. the wrath of God, 4. lightning, 5. noises, 6. thundering, 7. an earthquake, and 8. great hail. Is this just a coincidence? Let us look at the previous verses. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  8. 8. 6th Trumpet (Rev. 9) 13 Then the sixth angel sounded… 14 “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates”… 16 Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million… 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed—by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. 6th Bowl (Rev. 16) 12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates… 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty… 16 to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  9. 9. Do you see the patterns? Both passages have 5 particular elements in common: 1. the sixth angel, 2. the great river Euphrates, 3. the army of the horsemen and the battle of that great day of God Almighty, 4. three plagues and three unclean spirits, 5. coming out of mouths. Do you still believe that this is a coincidence? Let us look at the previous verses. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  10. 10. 5th Trumpet (Rev. 9) 1 Then the fifth angel sounded … 2 So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit…5 And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months...6 In those days men will seek death and will not find it… 5th Bowl (Rev. 16) 10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl …and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. 11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  11. 11. Do you see the patterns? Both passages have 4 elements in common: 1. the fifth angel, 2. darkness, 3. pain and torment, and 4. people blaspheme God and seek death. Job’s wife told him: ‘Curse God & die’ (Job 2:9). Do you still believe that this is a coincidence? Let us look at the previous verses. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  12. 12. 4th Trumpet (Rev. 8) 4th Bowl (Rev. 16) 12 Then the fourth angel 8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sounded: And a third of sun, and power was given the sun was struck, a to him to scorch men with third of the moon, and a fire. 9 And men were third of the stars, so that a scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the third of them were name of God who has darkened. A third of the power over these plagues; day did not shine, and and they did not repent and likewise the night. give Him glory. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  13. 13. Do you see the patterns? Both passages have 2 particular elements in common: 1. the fourth angel, and 2. the sun (burning & darkness) Do you still believe that this is a coincidence? Let us look at the previous verses. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  14. 14. 3rd Trumpet (Rev. 8) 3rd Bowl (Rev. 16) 10 Then the third angel sounded: 4 Then the third angel poured out his bowl on And a great star fell from heaven, the rivers and burning like a torch, and it fell springs of water, and on a third of the rivers and on they became blood… the springs of water. 6 For they have shed the 11 The name of the star is blood of saints and Wormwood. A third of the prophets, And You have waters became wormwood, and given them blood to many men died from the water, drink. For it is their just because it was made bitter. due.” NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  15. 15. Do you see the patterns? Both passages have 3 particular elements in common: 1. the third angel, 2. the rivers and springs of water, and 3. death and the shedding of blood. Do you still believe that this is a coincidence? Let us look at the previous verses. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  16. 16. 2nd Trumpet (Rev. 8) 2nd Bowl (Rev. 16) 3 Then the second 8 Then the second angel sounded: And something like a angel poured out great mountain burning with his bowl on the fire was thrown into the sea, sea, and it and a third of the sea became became blood as blood. of a dead man; and 9 And a third of the living every living creatures in the sea died, creature in the and a third of the ships were destroyed. sea died. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  17. 17. Do you see the patterns? Both passages have 4 particular elements in common: 1. the second angel, 2. the sea, 3. became blood, and 4. first a third, then all, the living creatures in the sea died. Do you still believe that this is a coincidence? NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  18. 18. Review Between these two passages there are: a total of 26 points in common, in the same 6 sections and all in exactly the same order. Still believe that this is a coincidence? Clearly not. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  19. 19. Conclusions  The Bible is giving us two different accounts in two different passages (chapters 8 and 16) that essentially deal with the same six major cataclysmic events of the time of the end.  The numbering of the angels clearly suggests the same vertical chronological order of events.  The horizontal correlation between each of these last six events is very clear.  What about the rest of the preceding passages? We will see this in the next section on the seals and the angels. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  20. 20. Summary The Two Pairs of Seven Cycles The First Cycle The Second Cycle 7 Seals (Rev 6: 1-17) 7 Angels (Rev 14:6-20) 7 Trumpets 7 Bowls (Rev 8:1- 11:19) (Rev 16:2-21) NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013

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