Revelation 9

Revelation 9 talks about doom that is coming.  John’s vision continues and as the fifth trumpet sounds, he “saw a star plummet from Heaven to earth”.  This signifies a fallen angel – one cast from heaven – who comes and “unlocked the well of the abyss”.  The gates of hell are opened and “smoke poured out….sun and air in blackout”.  Evil is let loose and it covers the light.  “Out of the smoke crawled locusts with the venom of scorpions”.  This is some ugly and bad action.  They are told not to “hurt the grass….only men and women….who lack the seal of God on their foreheads….torture but not kill”.  Do you see John’s vision here?  Hell is set free to torture those who are not Christ Followers – true believers of His.  The legion of locusts are led by “Destroyer” who will cause all to “prefer death to torture”.  It is going to be very bad for those who don’t know the Lord.

John then tells of the fifth trumpet sounding.  The “Four Angels loose….confined at the great River Euphrates”.  As I read the commentaries it seems to point to Turkey as the general area of this action.  Bottom line is that they are “to kill a third of the human race”.  There is going to be some kind of battle with millions of soldiers involved.  Scripture tells us there will be “three weapons – fire and smoke and brimstone” which will wreak havoc and wipe out so many.  All those things can come as a result of a number of the weaponry available today – obviously nuclear bombs being the biggest fit.  But the key facts in this chapter come at the end as John writes about the response.  “The remaining men and women who weren’t killed by these weapons went on their merry way – didn’t change their way of life, didn’t quit worshiping demons….there wasn’t a sign of a change of heart”.  Wow – one third of the population will be killed and people will just keep on being sin filled and self consumed.  That sounds like hardened hearts for sure.  How is it that we can see so many things around us and just go on living like nothing has happened?  We need to be careful not to miss God’s message to us about changing our life.  God has a plan – to change our heart – to make us holy and godly.  We need to be very aware and plugged in to His plan.

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