Revelation 9

Revelation 9 has John revealing what happens with the fifth and sixth angels blowing their trumpets.  The first four seals and trumpets presented judgments directed against the earth. In the first four seals, these were the “four horsemen” bringing tyranny, war, famine, and death on the earth. In the first four trumpets, these were the ecological destruction of the vegetation, seas, fresh waters, and sky. The last three seals are focused upon heaven: the cry of the martyrs, cosmic disturbances, and the heavenly prelude to the seven trumpets. But the last three trumpets will speak of hell, in terms of the demonic.

When the fifth angel blew his trumpet, he “saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit”.  There are many ideas about who this fallen star represents.  No matter who or what, the ‘star’ is under God’s control and will serve God’s purpose.  From this place comes “locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth”.  The idea is simply that as part of the judgment of the great tribulation, God will allow demonic hordes, previously imprisoned, to descend upon the earth like a swarm of destructive locusts.

They weren’t to harm any grass or trees like a normal locust, but “only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads”.  Based on the description of the pain and death inflicted by these ‘locusts’, it is certainly going to be desired to have God’s seal.  There is discrepancy on who those people will be, but without a doubt that seal is protection from evil.  It seems likely that a relationship with Christ will provide that seal and prevent the suffering, which can go on for months.  Everyone needs to prepare for the inevitable judgment that will face each of us.

The sixth angel blows his trumpet which releases “the four angels who are bound…. released to kill a third of mankind”.  It appears that these are “bad” angels; they are definitely are evil angels. These four angels have the authority to kill on a massive scale.  They also release a “number of mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand; I heard their number”.  The number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million.  We don’t know if the number is to be taken literally, but it certainly suggests an army that is impossible to count and is greater than anything mankind has ever seen.  Destruction will come at a level we’ve never seen before.  Judgment is coming.  We need to prepare!

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