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The Judgments of the Tribulation and the Wrath of God

The Judgments of the Tribulation and the Wrath of God

clip_image002By: Jack Heckathorne, Author of “Separation of Church and God”


“And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.” Isaiah 13:11


There will be a total of twenty one worldwide Judgments from God during the seven year tribulation. These will be an attempt by God to bring the hardened unbelievers to Christ and it will be their last chance to accept him. At the same time, Satan and the Antichrist will be plotting to enslave the world and destroy Israel. In addition, there the twelve tribes of Israel will be preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ all over the world..


As God’s judgments are passed down to the world they will become progressively more sever and there will be no doubt to anyone that these judgments will be of a supernatural origin. It should be pointed out that the world has never experienced anything like this at anytime in its history. Men will be terrified at what they see and they will know they are experiencing God’s wrath for rejecting the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ.


There will be three sets of seven judgments, twenty one in total. The first seven will happen during the first three and one half years and the rest during the final three and one half years.


The Seal Judgments,


First seal:


The first four judgments are commonly known as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.


The White Horse.


The antichrist will deceive unbelievers into thinking that he is a wonderful man with all the answers to the problems of mankind. The unbelievers on the earth will have little or no Biblical knowledge so they will buy into his lies. Jesus Christ will give the Antichrist his power.  He will be perceived as a good man of peace, represented by the white horse, but his peace will be a false peace.


The Antichrist will be released upon the world. He will rise to power very quickly and be turned lose with his evil schemes to do as he wills. There will be no restraining ministry of the Holy Spirit or help from God of any kind as the Holy Spirit was removed at the beginning of the Tribulation, along with the Church.

"Now I saw when the Lamb (Jesus) opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, "Come and see." And I looked, and behold, a white horse. And he who sat on it (The Antichrist) had a bow ;( weapon) and a crown (power) was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer." (Taking control of the world) (Revelation 6:1-2)

Second Seal:  

The Red Horse. 

The Conquering Antichrist. He will be given the power to conquer by killing people and by causing war, murder and confusion. This time the prophecy reveals him riding on a red horse, indicating blood.

"When He (Christ) opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, "Come and see." And another horse, fiery red went out. And it was granted to the one (the Antichrist) who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword."(Massive weaponry) (Revelation 6:3-4)

Third seal:  

The Black Horse.

Food shortages and starvation for all except the wealthy. The Antichrist will need the assistance of the rich unbelievers to accomplish his goal of conquering the world. In addition, this prophesy reveals that he will be able to “tip the scales” in his favor.

When He (Christ) opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come and see." And I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius (a days wages), and 3 quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine." (The wealthy) (Revelation 6:5-6)

Fourth Seal:

The Pale Horse:

Death and Hell. Power will be given to the Antichrist to kill one fourth of the world’s population in the first twenty one months of the tribulation. These will be people whose hearts have been hardened against God to the point where they cannot change. They hate God and that’s it. No amount of reason, discipline, common sense or judgment will change them. God will hand them over to the Antichrist. These unbelievers are the very people who thought the Antichrist was so wonderful in the beginning will be killed by his hand and sent to Hell. This is an illustration to the world that Satan has absolutely no mercy on anyone, not even his own followers.

"When He (Christ) opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, "Come and see." And I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. (unbelievers who will be cast into Hell)  And power was given to them (The Antichrist and other world leaders) over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth." (Revelation 6:7-8)

Fifth Seal: 

Persecution of the Tribulational believers. Many people who do become believers during the tribulation will be killed for their belief. They will not be allowed to buy or sell anything and food will be in short supply by this time. In Heaven, they will urge the Lord to avenge them but He tells them to wait till the end of the seven years, until prophecy is fulfilled.

"When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, until you judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?"

And a white robe was give to each of them; And it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed." (Revelation 6:9-11)

Now remember that each judgment gets worse than the one before, because of God’s magnificent love He is doing everything in his power to get people to turn to Christ. However, God will never force his will upon anyone. The church taught the gospel for two thousand years and men rejected it even though the Lake of Fire has been succinctly described in the scriptures. God created the Lake of Fire for Satan and his demons originally. He knows how horrible it will be for individuals and he is doing everything possible to get unbelievers to accept the sacrifice of Christ. Many will still resist God, even after they see these things happening, so God still has sixteen judgments to go.

Sixth Seal:                      

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God will cause great destruction of the earth. God will indicate his wrath by turning the sun black, the moon will turn blood red (indicating that he will avenge his people) and meteors will bombard the earth. All men of the Earth will tremble in fear from this judgment of vengeance. Yet unbelievers in their arrogance will still resist Christ even though they know he is the one who is passing judgment. As for those who have already taken the mark of the beast, and pledged allegiance to him, they know they will go to hell because they will know by now that God is real and His Word is true so Christ is giving them a taste of Hell on Earth. God is not causing these things to happen to men for no reason, but rather he is going to extreme lengths in an effort to have them change their minds about Christ. There is an old saying that “You can’t save a fool from himself.” However, in the end, God will have done everything possible to save people from the Lake of Fire but He will never impose His will upon the free will of man.

This tribulation period will be the epitome in the battle between good and evil. Such is the deception of Satan that, in the face of truth and reality, many men still reject Christ. Is it any wonder that the Bible says that “they will be without excuse” (Romans 1:20)

"I looked when He opened the sixth seal and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven (falling stars or meteors) fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.

Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave, and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountain and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?" (Revelation 6:12-17)

When the Sun is darkened it will very likely become extremely cold on the entire Earth,

Seventh Seal:

There will be silence in Heaven for half an hour. This is the calm before the storm. God is about to unleash the Seven Trumpet Judgments which will be so horrifying that all of Heaven sits in utter silence.

"When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. And he was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, (a container of incense) filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake. So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound." (Revelation 8:1-6)

The First Trumpet Judgment

"The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up." (Revelation 8:7)

Hail and Fire will bombard the Earth to such a point that one third of the trees and ALL of the green grass will burn up. This means that there will be a sever food shortage and with so much of the plant life burned up it will be very difficult to breath. Plant life produces oxygen so there will be an overabundance of carbon dioxide, expelled from people and animals, (which will become toxic) and a shortage of oxygen. In addition, the great fires will have burned up even more oxygen. God is putting nature out of balance in this and other judgments. Those who survived the Seal Judgments will be made totally miserable. This is how God will wipe the smirks off of the faces of the arrogant in an attempt to get them to humble themselves before Him.

“… and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease,” Isaiah 13:11

The Second Trumpet Judgment

And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.." (Revelation 8:8-9)


A massive pile of something will be thrown into the oceans and turn it as red as blood and killed one third of the fish and other ocean creatures. I think it is interesting that this judgment follows the plant life being burned up. People who rush to the sea in a panic to  fish for food will find that the ships are sunk and the oceans had been poisoned.

The Third Trumpet Judgment

"Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of the water; and the name of the star is Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood; and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter." (Revelation 8:10-11)

A huge meteor will crash to the Earth and cause one third of the rivers and springs to become poisoned. Now those folks who were trying to fish in the ocean will head to the rivers and find them poisoned as well. Evidently, people tried to drink from the rivers and died from the water. Money will be no good, most communications will be cut off and governments will be in chaos. There will be one judgment after the next during the tribulation. All of man’s attempts to run away from God will be in vain. At some point every man will have to make a decision for or against God and time will be very short.  The 144,000 Jews will be preaching all over the world at this time so everyone will be aware of what is happening on the Earth.

The Fourth Trumpet Judgment

 "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 was darkened; and a third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.

And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, "Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!" (Revelation 8:12-13)

A third of the moon and a third of the stars will be darkened and give no light to the earth. Here is man’s situation; He has been frozen, burned, killed, starved, made extremely sick, can hardly breathe and then suddenly an Angel flies by in the darkness and says loudly “Watch out for the next three judgments you miserable, stubborn people because you haven’t seen anything yet!

The Fifth Trumpet Judgment

"Then the fifth angel sounded: and I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. And to him was given the key to the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. And the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit.

Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for 5 months.

And their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.

And the shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads were crowns like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle. They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails.

And their power was to hurt men 5 months. And they had a king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.

One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things." (Revelation 9:1-12)

Obviously, these will not be ordinary locusts. They will have sharp teeth. They will be hard to kill (breastplates of iron) and they will have a scorpion like poisonous tail. Everyone, except the twelve tribes of Israel which have the seal of God, will be stung, become sick and live in fear of these things for five months.

The Sixth Trumpet Judgment

“And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” (Revelation 9:13-21)

The four angels are demons which are bound on the Euphrates River. When they are loosed hey will release 200 million demons to kill off one third of the world’s population. Don’t confuse this with China. This will occur before the battle of Armageddon at which time China will have a 200 million man army. These people will see one third of the world’s population killed and yet continue in their sin. They will not turn to God. God is allowing the killing those who have a hardened heart against Jesus Christ and those he knows will never believe. Even though nearly sixty percent of the earth’s population will have been killed before their eyes to this point in these judgments, the majority of people who are left will still not accept Christ. This attitude reflects just how powerful the deceit of Satan is and how these people love their sin more than God. The idols of brass, gold etc that this speaks of are the false god’s that people will turn to in hopes of being saved from the wrath of the True God. Ironically, their idol worship and their Satan worship are the very things that caused the wrath of God to fall upon them in the first place. These people will be “religious” totally depending upon their religion, their idols and their traditions for salvation.

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” (Exodus 20:3-6)

The Seventh Trumpet Judgment

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.” (Revelation 11:15-19)

By this time most homes and buildings will be destroyed because of so many earthquakes, comets, fires and “great hail.” The food supply will be very limited and people will be starving, sick and dead. Families will be separated and people will be miserable. God could very easily kill everyone and send them all to Hell. However, because of his grace he is giving people a chance to accept his Son and His plan of Salvation. As bad as these judgments will be, the Lake of Fire will be far worse and it will never end.

The First Bowl Judgment

“And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.” (Revelation 16:1-2)

Anyone who takes the mark of the beast can never be saved. So, is God trying to get these people to repent? No, the Bowl judgments mean a “pouring out” of God’s vengeance upon these people for taking the lives of Christians and swearing allegiance to Satan. A large sore boil will come upon them which will not go away. The people who become believers during the tribulation will not be affected. I imagine that they will get some pleasure out of seeing God’s vengeance upon their persecutors.  God has a way of getting even.

The Second Bowl Judgment

“And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.” (Revelation 16:3)

The Third Bowl Judgment

And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments. (Revelation 16:4-7)

There will be nothing to drink on the Earth except blood.

The Fourth Bowl Judgment

And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. (Revelation 16:8-9)

Now men will be tortured with scorching heat but still will not change their minds about Christ.

The Fifth Bowl Judgments

“And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.” Revelation 16:10-11)

These people, like so many today, blamed God for their misery while they lived in their sin. They did not understand that God does not tolerate sin under any circumstances because He is righteous and will never accept man in his sinful condition. God is also immutable and will never change no matter how great the pain. His judgment upon these people is righteous and it will be in total darkness.

“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)

Only by faith in Christ on the cross can man be made righteous. If these people never accept God’s plan of salvation their condition will only worsen, not only while they are on Earth but for all of eternity. They are receiving their just due for killing and persecuting Christians.

The Sixth Bowl Judgments

“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” (Revelation 16:12-14)

The Euphrates River will dry up so that the kings of the East (Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and China) can cross it near the Tigress River just North of the Persian Gulf.  They will join the king of the North, king of the West and king of the South in the march to Israel and the battle of Armageddon. This battle will be demonically organized in an effort to wipe the Jews from the face of the Earth.

The Seventh Bowl Judgment

“And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.” (Revelation 16:17-21)

This is a worldwide earthquake so great that all of the cities of the Earth and the mountains were leveled. The city of Jerusalem will be divided into three parts by this earthquake.  There was great hail the weight of a talent. (A Hebrew talent was about 57 to 70 lbs). God says “it is done” indicating that his judgment of the sinner is complete on the Earth just as Jesus said “it is finished” indicating that The Fathers judgment of sin was completed upon the cross. This last judgment sets the stage for the Battle of Armageddon near the end of the tribulation. 

“Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.”

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31)