Name: Martha Wells-Smith
Question: I have several questions. It's my understanding that we are in the 5th Trump at this time. Has the 5th seal already happened to open our eyes to the 5th Trump? Has a corresponding seal happened prior to each trump? What is the order of the vials and woes? And is the locust army devouring at this time? Thank you and God bless!
Answer: Thank you for the question Martha.
You know Martha, I do not believe we are in the 5th Trumpet, neither does Scripture provide any support for that idea. I mean where is the evidence in our world that the first 5 Trumpets have sounded?
I do not believe a single Trumpet has sounded, nor will any of the Seven Trumpets begin to sound until The Four Winds Of Revelation have been released which is a future event (as of this writing).
I think a lot of Christians misunderstand the entire purpose of the Sealing mentioned in Revelation 7. It is to Seal the Saints with our Father's Word so they cannot be deceived by Satan who will appear on earth as the false messiah. That is the Tribulation.
Why are they Sealed?
To stand for God, to stand against Satan, his angels, and those who would follow him. Remember, only those with the Seal of God cannot be "harmed" during the Tribulation, (Revelation 9:4-5).
The point is, the 144,000 who are Sealed along with other tribes of the earth are going to stand against Satan and they have to be Sealed with God's Word in order for that to take place, (see: Can All People Stand For God During The Tribulation?).
What we must understand is the Sealing is not complete.
How do I know?
I read The Book.
When we study the Bible we have to look at it with a level head, we have to analyze the Scriptures through prayer and look at it unbiased.
We cannot be in the 5th Trumpet or any Trumpet for that matter as the Sealing is not yet complete and the Four Winds have not yet been unleashed on the earth. Neither have the Ten Clay Kings risen, which means, we still have prophecy that needs to transpire.
You can document everything I said in our Bible study, "The Timeline of the Tribulation". One of the many reasons I wrote it was to clear up so much confusion I see concerning the end times and how they unfold.
When we study Scripture and look forward to the end of this present age, we cannot become so anxious where we sideline certain parts of Scripture in order to rush other parts. That will not make prophecy come to pass any faster, the day is set, all that will do is hinder our understanding of the Bible. I think we all can understand that.
Seal: We need a Bible study on this subject, but until then let me just say the Seals are just that, seals. Think of a letter by an ancient king long ago. They would "seal" a message with wax using their ring. This kept the message secret and from everyone's view ensuring it was only opened when the intended party was ready to view it.
There is a lot there in that statement.
Now apply that to the Saints in these end times. When it is time, the Seals (the message) will be revealed to them as well.
Trumpet: When we think about the Trumpets sounding, we should think about a war signal. We should recall from history, trumpets were used to signal action. That was their method of communication in order to call the troops into battle and other signals of action.
Likewise, when the Trumpets of the Bible begin to sound, we will begin to see action on earth. The Trumpets unleash the action contained within the "message" of the seal.
Vial: When we think about the Vials in the Bible we think about those narrow skinny tubes. However, the word "Vial" (Strong's: G5357) in the Bible actually means, "a broad shallow cup", think of a teacup saucer or the like. When the Vials of the Bible are poured out the "action" unfolds very rapidly. Meaning, it will not take long to see the results here on earth.
Lastly, let me address your question concerning the order of the Vials and woes (I will add Seals and Trumpets).
God's Word does not bring about confusion when understood properly, rather it brings clarity, (1 Corinthians 14:33). Yet, for years I have seen Bible students perplexed by the order of the Seals, Trumpets and Vials. They forget the order and jumble it up, when the order was already laid out in the Bible.
When things become confusing, something is wrong.
We cannot force Scripture to fit our belief, our belief must conform to the Bible. Always remember those two statements.
God, our Heavenly Father labeled the Seals, Trumpets and Vials from 1 through 7 for a reason. We can all count to seven. God did not mix them up. 5 and 6 does not really mean 1 and 2 and so on. That is confusion, utter confusion. God does not work that way, He never has and He never will.