it has become clear that more literal interpretations of Revelation
have become much more plausible and credible than in the more recent past.
Many Christian groups, both Protestant and Catholic are struggling to
find authentic and appropriate interpretations and applications of the many
scenarios found in the Book of Revelation.
The Seven Trumpets are one group of such prophetic scenes,
which now more than any other time in history offer themselves
as literal and immediate future events.
Lets have a look at some of the Trumpet Prophecies:
For convenience we here take a few screenshots of a recent Youtube on this:
TRUMPET 1: Lightning and Red Hail:
Well the first trumpet offers a simple and straightforward literal interpretation.
Lightning is a phenomenon most people are familiar with. The "red hail" is a little more obscure, but could be a combination of small meteorite showers or
some secondary phenomenon caused by the first.
It should be remembered that ordinary lightning is a local phenomenon, but reasonably understood as electrical discharging or exchange of high volumes of electric current across the sky and between the atmosphere and ground.
Global Electrical Storms
To occur on a global scale, we would expect some scientific cause such as
an over-charging of the magnetosphere and/or atmosphere as a result of
a radical change in either the Solar Wind or our own magnetic poles,
which are responsible for the support of the Magnetosphere.
The Magnetosphere normally protects the earth from both the Sun's radiation
(Solar Wind) and also the bulk of cosmic radiation. If our magnetic poles,
and also our Magnetosphere were to collapse or be drastically altered,
a scenario where vast amounts of electical energy are released from the sky
onto the earth is quite plausible.
The Northern Lights are an already well known cause of smaller imbalances
in our Magnetosphere and the resultant coronal discharges of ions and energy.
If vast amounts of electro-magnetic energy are released, any number of
other secondary atmospheric effects could be possible, accounting for
things like 'red hail' etc.
TRUMPET 2: Lightning and Red Hail:
Trumpet 2 is more interesting, and we now have much more geophysical
background knowledge to explain events like this.
Small volcanoes are plentiful around the globe, especially along
tectonic plate fault-lines and areas of 'plate subduction',
but are also found as 'punch-throughs' in the middle of large unbroken
plate pieces, and they can happen anywhere.
Likewise, there are ancient legends already,
such as Atlantis , in which whole cities (mountains) and/or even islands
have vanished under the sea, probably accompanied by volcanic action.
Yet, as far as 'recent' earth history is concerned, (i.e., the last 5,000 years),
no chunk of land large enough to kill 1/3 of the oceans has ever slid into the sea.
That is not to say however, that we haven't had local mini-versions of
this phenomenon, such as Krakatoa (1883) and more recently Mt. St. Helens (1983).
Krakatoa: Mountain falls into sea, 1883
a very close case to a mountain collapsing into the sea, but its date is also
unusual, as well as the sheer size of this catastrophe:
'The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) began on August 26, 1883 (with origins as early as May of that year) and culminated with several destructive eruptions of the remaining caldera. On August 27, two thirds of Krakatoa collapsed in a chain of titanic explosions, destroying most of the island and its surrounding archipelago. Additional alleged seismic activity continued to be reported until February 1884, though reports of those after October 1883 were later dismissed by Rogier Verbeek's investigation. It was one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded history, with at least 36,417 deaths being attributed to the eruption itself and the tsunamis it created. Significant additional effects were also felt around the world.'
(The date is also significant, as it was just after the release-date of the mutilated "Revised Version" of the New Testament, which attempted to delete some 200 whole and half-verses from the Bible, and thankfully was rejected by Christians throughout the British Commonwealth, in favour of the traditional King James Version.)
We are also 'lucky' in the sense that the recent invention of photography allowed for the capture of some of this incredible historical eruption on film.
What Krakatoa shows, is that indeed, mountains and islands CAN collapse
and fall into the sea.
Our next question of course, is where might this horrific prophecy take place,
in order to destroy 1/3 of life in the seas?
Two very obvious and plausible places are Japan, and California/Yellowstone.
Japan is placed right on the "Rim of Fire" and is historically suffered from
many earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis over a long period.
California is on a known massive fault-line, and right next to the
infamous Yellowstone Cauldera, which is believed to be due for an eruption.
The size of the eruption of Yellowstone is estimated to be 1000 times as large
as that of Mount St. Helens.
If this region were to blow, we might expect large portions of California coast
to slide into the Sea.
The major collapse of these regions on either side of the Pacific,
or even both of them together, could conceivably kill 1/3 of life in the ocean.