“And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.” Revelation 8:2

The result of sounding the trumpets has strong similarities to the ten plagues that God sent upon Egypt in Moses’ time when Pharaoh refused to let God’s people go. Hardheartedness isn’t new. In Job’s day, many are also described as refusing to acknowledge God. “They say to God, ‘Leave us alone! We have no desire to know your ways’” (Job 21:14). John’s revelations tell us God’s judgments are again coming upon the earth. They are a sign of his holy justice.

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