"I saw another angel coming down from heaven...
and the earth was illuminated with his glory."
Revelation 18:1

The First Trumpet: WWI, Environmental Apocalypse

1st Trumpet Dual Fulfillment: Environmental Apocalypse, Vegetation Struck

Revelation 8:7 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.

Roman Empire

In the historical fulfillment of this prophecy the Visigoths attack Western Rome under Alaric which occurred sometime after 395 AD. Uriah Smith describes the hail and fire mingled with blood as the elements of war, the effects of their invasion. He describes the “destruction by flame of both city and country” and blood from “terrible slaughter of the citizens of the empire.”

He says that their use of a scorched earth policy also fulfilled the first trumpet’s description of grass and trees being burned up.

Environmental History Resources also describes general environmental degradation that was associated historically with the Roman Empire, saying;“Roman expansion was partly driven by resource shortages and environmental degradation. The Mediterranean basin was largely deforested by the beginning of the CE. Romans required huge quantities of timber for mining, and heating, as well as for construction and the production of iron and other metals. Grain production also drove the expansion due to the Roman population in Italy. Driven by the need to feed them Rome needed to conquer more territory that could produce grain. This drove the wars with Carthage in North Africa. After it was conquered by the Romans North Africa was stripped of its trees and became the breadbasket of Rome. That was not enough because Rome gradually ran out of metals such as gold, iron, led and silver and had to turn elsewhere: Northern Europe. Northern Europe was the periphery on which the core of the Roman Empire relied for raw materials. The direct environmental consequences of the Roman Empire in Northern Europe can be best understood by examining the following activities: Road Building, agriculture, logging, and mining and urbanisation.”


United States

The First World War, globally and for the United States, seems to fit the description given in the first trumpet prophecy. WWI was the first time that aircraft were used on a large scale and pilots literally threw bombs down from open cockpits by hand. What could be more similar to the description of “hail and fire, mingled with blood” than bombs? Bombs are literally something like hail that falls out of the air, but it’s not cold like ice, they explode with fire- and also mingle with blood when they kill people.

The United States joined the war in 1917. In total World War I was from 1914-1918, but “A formal state of war between the two sides persisted... until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles with Germany on 28 June 1919. The United States ... did not formally end its involvement in the war until the Knox–Porter Resolution was signed on 2 July 1921 by President Warren G. Harding” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I )

WWI was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with a huge toll of social trauma and lasting sorrow for all the participating countries (the “Lost Generation”). “The total number of military and civilian casualties in World War I was over 37 million: over 17 million deaths and 20 million wounded, ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I_casualties)

The heavy toll of US war-related deaths was the third largest in United States history, behind WWII and the Civil War. There were 116,516 US war related deaths (Wikipedia), 230,074 armed forces personnel suffered nonmortal wounds, and 40,000, died from pneumonia during an epidemic of influenza-pneumonia that hit at the end of the war, for a total of about 382,506 killed or injured (http://eh.net/encyclopedia/u-s-economy-in-world-war-i/).

While there was a seeming economic boom for the first few years after the war, US involvement in extending loans to countries that were trying to recover from WWI likely ultimately contributed to the Great Depression as US banks began to fail and wanted their money back. This also caused global domino effect and worldwide economic depression.

(http://uspolitics.about.com/od/economy/tp/what_caused_great_depression.htm ), (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aftermath_of_World_War_I )

During this time, the severe drought that hit the United States seems to fulfill the first trumpet’s description that “a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.”

One source described it this way; “The economic depression of the 1930s was longer and harder than any other in American history because it was followed by one of the longest and hardest droughts on record. There are cycles of drought, but this was one of the worst ever recorded... The drought made the Depression worse, especially in the Great Plains. The "Great" Depression was a national and international disaster, but the Plains were hardest hit....With no rain, farmers couldn't grow any crops. No crops meant that the wind blew bare soil high in the air creating dust storms. School was canceled because of dust storms, not snowstorms... New scientific evidence suggests that the drought of the 1930s was the worst in North America in the last 300 years.” (http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/water_01.html )

The environmental impacts of modern warfare techniques first used in WWI also seem to be alluded to by the combined description of what seems to be bombs, followed by the grass and trees being burned up. Besides the beginning of the use of bombs, WWI was also called the “chemists war” because of massive use of chemical weapons, which have significant environmental effects.

It seems to be the case that once one of these seven trumpets has blown in modern times, it is followed by successive “echo” events which seem to reflect the same themes in smaller ways. The Vietnam War is a perfect example of this. The American air campaign during the Vietnam war was one of the largest in history. It was said by Curtis LeMay, US Air Force Chief of Staff “We’re going to bomb them back into the stone age.” The use of Agent Orange for defoliation in order to increase visibility during the Vietnam War very literally burned up grass and trees on a large scale. The spraying of this herbicide on more than 5 million acres of forest and agricultural lands caused almost immediate devastation of massive forest lands, much of which lingers to this day due to the erosion of exposed soil that followed the defoliation. It has been called “ecological warfare” or “ecocide.” Massive stretches of what used to be lush rain forest in beautiful countries all over the world have been transformed into open fields with a few twigs remaining. In many cases, it is not possible for these lands to recover or be useful to agriculture due to the erosion of exposed top soil.


Not only as a side effect of war, but as a symptom of long-standing sin on earth, deforestation and desertification can be seen in many places all over the earth in our times. Haiti is an example of a country where rich green forests have been replaced by the scars of white, infertile soil that are left behind after top soil erodes in the wake of deforestation. Deforestation and desertification are indeed problems of apocalyptic proportions signaling the end of the age, as heralded by the first trumpet prophecy.

By, Vicki

7 Trumpets Dual Fulfillment Summary Chart



Roman Empire

United States


Visigoths attack of Rome under Alaric (Western Rome), scorched earth policy, Roman deforestation

WWI (Bombs), US midwestern drought of the 1930’s, global deforestation and desertification


Vandals attack of Rome through naval pirate attacks led by Genseric. They surprised the unguarded roman fleet in the bay of Cartagena.


Japanese surprise attack of US unguarded naval fleet in Pearl Harbor which got the US into World War II.  German U-boat naval attacks, and huge WWII naval losses worldwide.


Attack of Huns on Rome - Uriah Smith described the events in words that would dually apply to a nuclear bomb; “compared to a blazing meteor” ...“many persons would perish... wide desolations would be caused in the vicinity of those rivers and streams, as if a bitter and baleful star should fall into the waters, and death should spread over lands adjacent to them, and watered by them.’” He said the third trumpet would involve ‘Total extirpation and erasure,' ... ‘The Scourge of God.’”

End of WWII, Nuclear Bomb at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Nuclear testing on US soil.


Fall of Western Rome - Uriah Smith chooses a poem to describe the events of the fourth trumpet which draws the visual picture of a volcanic eruption


Mt St Helens eruption in western United States


Rise of Islam, Islamic terrorism


Rise of Islam, Islamic terrorism/ 9/11


Rise of Ottoman Caliphate

Rise of ISIS Caliphate


Mystery of God Finished

Mystery of the ages is complete (Paul calls the Gospel a mystery), Possible final nuclear war (“great hail”)

8/06/15 Post has been updated to reflect growing understanding.

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