The fourth angel blew his trumpet. A third of the light from the sun, moon, and stars vanished. An eagle flying in midheaven cried, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets which the three angels are about to blow!” (Revelation 8: 12-13)
The evils from falsities, and the falsities from evils, darkened the sun (love), the moon (intelligence and faith), and the stars (knowledges of truth and good). The evils caused by the barrage of lies, and the barrage of lies caused by the evils, almost completely eliminated the light of truth.
“Woe,” signifies lamentation. That the eagle cries three times, “Woe, woe, woe,” denotes extreme lamentation.
Three more trumpets are yet to sound. There shall be…
- Locusts with the power of scorpions. The locusts, though, look like horses with human faces, with women’s hair, and lions’ teeth, and wings.
- Four angels tied up at the Euphrates River. These four angels are released.
- 20,000,000 troops of cavalry. The heads of the horses are like lions’ heads and fire and sulphur emits from their mouths.
What happens up until the seventh angel blows his trumpet could not be entirely written down. Seven thunders shall sound. John of Patmos was about to write down what he then saw, but he heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.” (Revelation 10: 4)
(Acknowledgement to The Apocalypse Revealed, by Emanuel Swedenborg)