The Fifth Trumpet Continued

The Fifth Trumpet Continued

We are continuing on with the Fifth Trumpet

Fifth Trumpet

3And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth:and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 5And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months:and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. 6And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them

Revelation 9:3-6

Where we left off last time was Satan, the star that had fallen in the third trumpet, was given a key to open the bottomless pit. Now we are going to see what comes out of the pit. As I discussed last time, I believe this is the pit where the angels are chained up. After all this time they are let loose for judgment, just as Peter and Jude tells us.

Here they are first described as locusts. There are some who would try to tell us these are literal locusts, but most commentators including myself find that rather ridiculous given the description of them. The use of locusts is to show their numbers. When Babylon was going to invade Egypt it was told by Jeremiah that they would be innumerable as a locust. The KJV uses the word grasshoppers.

They shall cut down her forest, saith the Lord, though it cannot be searched; because they are more than the grasshoppers, and are innumerable

Jeremiah 46:23

The plague of locust was that they covered and devoured everything, and I believe this is what is the main point, though one might dig deeper into this and find more similarities. They also had power like scorpions to sting. It is the sting of the scorpion that we are concerned with. Most scorpions cannot kill you, but they are a very painful sting. So the picture here is that these angels that are let loose will be innumerable and they will cause great pain, but not death. It is said for a span of five months. Some say that is a literal five months and others say it is a symbolic five months. I am not sure, either way, we understand that for a time men are tormented by these beasts and that is what is truly important.

Speaking of men, it says they don’t hurt the vegetation but rather men. Normal locusts are only interested in vegetation, not men, which is another reason to believe these are not literal locusts. As we noted earlier that the grass and trees are used as symbols for mankind and trees for great men specifically. Since we see grass and trees contrasted with men, I would tend to believe it is true here also. Out of all mankind, only those who are not sealed by God are exposed to these devils.

7And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 8And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 9And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. 10And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails:and their power was to hurt men five months.

Revelation 9:7-10

Real locusts are not like horses, these angels are. Horses are a picture of great strength and power (Job 39:19,Psalms 147:10,Proverbs 21:31,Isaiah 43:7). So these angels cannot be resisted by men, the have the power do dominate their opponents. The crown means they are given a degree of prominence. It is kind of like an anointing (Psalms 132:18, Proverbs 12:4, 14:18, 17:6). In the case of Jesus, the crown of thorns meant he was anointed as the sacrifice for our sin. So they are giving authority, maybe we can see this as a police officer’s badge that says he is given authority to carry out justice, make no mistake these are given it for evil. I think of the Nazi having a swastika armband to identify themselves with the party. This maybe what these crowns are for.

Faces of men to me is obvious. How we really recognize someone is by their face. If you see someone from the back that you think you might know, you want to see their face to be sure they are who you think they are. These beings look like men and that is no surprise because whenever an angel is seen upon the earth the are called men.

Next, it says they have hair like a woman. Henry Ironside suggests that this means they have a seductive power. I, however, have another idea.

7For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God:but the woman is the glory of the man. 8For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. 9Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. 10For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels

1 Corinthians 11:9-10

The man is supposed to be the head so he was to keep his head uncovered and the woman is supposed to be in submission, so her head was to be covered. This same concept was in the vow of a Nazarite. The man who gave himself wholly to God for a certain amount of time was not to cut his hair to demonstrate his submission to God. So the long hair on these angels meant they were in submission to a ruler and of course we know this to be Satan.

The teeth of lions mean that they will devour man’s wealth and possessions. They will take what they want and leave the others to fight over what they have left. See John here is reference this all back to Joel. Here is just a portion, but one would do well to read the whole chapter.

6For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion. 7He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.

Joel 1:6-7

You can see why so many die during the tribulation from hunger because all the resource are devoured by the angels and they have no thought or care for the men of the earth.

Men wore breastplates to protect them from a fatal stab. Christians are called to wear breastplates of righteousness to protect them from falling prey to the devil and sin. The angels were wearing breastplates of iron. A careful study shows that iron is a metal that was very strong and used when strength was needed. It was a metal that had no beauty, just pure strength and we shall see later how this plays out in regards to Satan’s kingdom.

And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things:and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.

Daniel 2:40

They had wings! Now this does not necessarily mean they had real wings and I would suppose they are not because we are dealing with things that illustrate a certain character about these angels. Wings are very much seen as a covering (2 Chronicles 5:8, Psalms 17:8). Since wings lift, those who have them, up high above everything else. It is the idea of security. Being a former member of the United States Air Force I see this very clearly. Ground troops love air support because they have the upper hand. Those in the sky can see what is going on down below. If the troops are in trouble they can call in support from the air. Our nation has gone to great length to establish “air superiority” for this reason. While you are on the good side of wings, like under God’s wings you feel safe and secure. Here though it is evil with this power. They move swift into action as horses and chariots. How can men deal with such beings? They can’t!

CAUTION!

What I am about to say can be quite disturbing. If you cannot consider what I have said in part one about these angels committing sexual sins with the daughters of men, then skip this. There is no use for you to read it.

I am not trying to be sensational here. I understand what I am about to say is very discomforting, but it is in line with the evil that is going on in the world today.

 

If you notice this section mention these angels as having the power of scorpions twice. I then concluded this is the most important aspect of what needs to be understood. To dissect this, I need to make a few points.

The men on the earth involved are those that have not the seal on them, so in a sense, they are sealed to doom. We know that many who accept Christ during the tribulation are killed for their faith, so in my mind is seems hard to believe that only the believers are seals from this woe. We could say these are the hundred and forty-four thousand. However, I do wonder though why there is a distinction between the grass, trees and these men. Does the grass and trees represent the hundred and forty-four thousand? Maybe! Let me suggest something else. I have not and will not easily name a nation or a group of people in this commentary. As these events unfold it will become clear what earthly organizations or groups are involved.

Here I want to break that rule to suggest that these unsealed men are those who have promoted the GLTB movement. Now here is my line of thinking. If these angels were locked up for committing sexual sins as Jude suggest then they are ripe for committing sexual atrocities. There was some reason God could not let these angels loose like He did with the other fallen angels. I believe their sexual depravity is the reason. Now they are let loose and someone is in trouble. Think of Haman and how he built gallows for Mordecai, but God turned that on Haman that his own gallows where his demise. So those who are actively forcing sexual immorality upon the earth will have it as their own curse.

Think of these words in this context.

And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

I truly consider a real possibility that those who have promoted this awful sexual lifestyle will be sodomized for this period of time. What is done to them doesn’t kill them, they cannot escape it, and they wish they were dead.

Please carefully consider this!

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The Fifth Trumpet of Revelation

The Fifth Trumpet of Revelation

The Opening of The Abyss

Fifth Trumpet

The opening of the abyss is perhaps one of the scariest parts of Revelation, why else would three woes be sounded before this happens. To understand why it is so bad we need to do a careful study. One thing I ask is for you to have an opened mind to things you may not have considered or agreed with in the past. At times, we all will face the obvious and deny it because it goes against what we want to believe. There are many who just cannot in their mind conceive Noah and the ark story. So no matter what the Bible says about it, they just cannot believe it is true or they twist the scriptures to say that it was just a local flood. Are you willing to go where the Bible takes us? Are you willing to let the evidence lead the way? Then read on.

1And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth:and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 2And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit

Revelation 9:1-2

This trumpet is not about another star falling. I know the KJV does not bring it out clearly that this is a star that had already fallen. When did this star fall? We already learned that in the third trumpet and found that it was Satan who was cast down. Then the fourth trumpet brought down the angels with them. Now we have another group of beings about to be let loose on the earth. Satan is given the key to let them loose. Now again we are dealing with symbols and the interpretation of this event should be found in the Bible. I just love this! The Bible is not a disconnected set of stories, it is a cohesive volume and so we should have no problem finding this pit with beings in it. We do find them in second Peter and Jude.

4For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment 5And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

2 Peter 2:4-5

And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day

Jude 6

If the Bible tells us clearly there are angels being held for judgment, which the tribulation is, then why not connect them together. Where else could we know about such beings that are let loose from this pit? It just seems harder for me to believe that God just comes out of nowhere and says there are being we never had heard of in a pit. Now I have no problem with that if we cannot find any other possible place it could be mention. With Peter and Jude’s discussion about angels being lockup, this seems much more consistent and plausible then we are dealing with the same thing. Tying these passages together gives us knowledge of what is to become of these angels in the pit. Does that make sense?

Believing we are dealing with the same angels we need to see if we can find out more about these incarcerated angels so that we can better understand what is about to happen in Revelation. This is where it gets a little scary. Jude tells us; “I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord…”, and then goes on the tell about three time periods which are God saving the people out of Egypt, angels sinning, and Sodom and Gomorrah. We all remember the story about Egypt, everyone knows about Sodom and Gomorrah, but when did we hear about angels being leaving their first estate and habitation? I think Peter clues us in on this very well when he mention this event with the old world and Noah. What happen then?

That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

Genesis 6:2

With what I have already shown is how Peter and Jude described these events and here we have clear use of a term that only is used to reference angels in the old testament. What I am saying is the term sons of God is a term used for angels. Now I have heard some really far reaching comments to say these are not angels. One comment was by a great man of God who had a radio program. He said they could not be angels because being the Son of God they were good and therefore could not have done such wicked acts. Why is that far reaching because Adam was given the title the “son fo God”1 and yet he sinned.

The second argument is that the “Son of God” are the offspring of Seth. Anyone study this title understands its significance. So why would the offspring of Seth be given such a title? God choose Abram to be a great nation and His chosen people, yet they were never given such a title!

If you refuse to believe these are angels, you really are required to respond to Jude, because he asked you to remember the angels that sinned. Where is that recorded for us? You cannot claim these are the angel that sinned with Satan because the bible is clear the fallen angels are at work in the world today. So there must be one group that are in the pit and the other is loose and at work now. This says something about these incarcerated angels. If they are so evil that God had to chain them up, then when they are let loosed it is going to be real bad. I believe Jude reveals the sin that put them in the pit.

6And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 7Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Jude 6-6

Next time will see what happens when the angels are released from the pit.

1Luke 3:38

The Fourth Trumpet of Revelation

The Fourth Trumpet of Revelation

I

Satan Takes One Third Of The Angels With Him

Forth Trumpet

One of the things that I have noticed in my studies is that commentators almost refuse to believe that angels are literally involved in the tribulation. H. A. Ironside, J. Dwight Pentecost both consider this to be symbology being that of religious leaders1. John F. Walvoord mentions that it could be religious leaders, but takes the position of the literal heavenly bodies being darkened.2

It is really hard for me to understand this resistance to Satan and the fallen angels being present on the earth. Angels are seen on the earth all throughout the old testament. So staying consistent with our interpretation this trumpet like the rest is symbolic in nature. How do we understand it then? Let the Bible interpret it for us. If we are correct then the third trumpet is the fall of a great star who is Satan, then we can read the commentary on this in chapter twelve.

3And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 5And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron:and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. 6And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. 7And there was war in heaven:Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him

Revelation 12:3-9

My logic is that if the third trumpet is Satan being cast down and the next trumpet is the heavenly bodies being darkened, I see the details here. With Satan, a third of the angels or stars are cast down with him.

If I am right we can see why we have the three woes of verse thirteen. The whole spiritual kingdom of Babylon has collapsed and its occupants have been cast to the earth. Remember that one angel killed over four hundred thousand men in one night.3 With the angels occupying the earth the inhabitants are going to be in great woe, especially when we hear the fifth trumpet.

And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound

Revelation 8:13

1H.A. Ironside, Revelation (Loizeaux Brother, 1987), pg. 151; J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come (Zondervan, 1964), pg. 362

2John F. Walvoord, The Revelation of Jesus Christ (Moody Press 1966), pg. 165

3 Bible, 2 Kings 19:35

The Third Trumpet of Revelation

The Third Trumpet of Revelation

A Star Falls From Heaven

Thrid Trumpet

10And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; 11And the name of the star is called Wormwood:and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter

Revelation 8:10-11

Being consistent with our symbology we realize this is not an actual start. This should be an easy one yet there are many who will try to make this an actual star that falls from space and pollutes a third part of the water. Revelation already reveals to us that a star represents an angel.

The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches:and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

Revelation 1:20

It should be further noted that the fifth trumpet speaks of a star that had fallen. I know that KJV does not make this absolutely clear, however, the star of the fifth trumpet had already fallen and in that case, the trumpet is about giving the star a key to the pit which releases terrible creatures upon the earth. If the star in the fifth trumpet has already been cast down, when did it happen? Well during the third trumpet! Remember what we are seeing here is the fall of Babylon, not an earthly Babylon, rather the one that exists in the Heavens. Of course, if you are going to cast down this kingdom you will have to cast down the leader. We find the prophet Isaiah telling us about this.

How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations!

Isaiah 14:12

The book of Revelation fills in the details about this event. I will remind you that the book of Revelation has the seals, trumpets, and vials as outlines and the parenthetical verses that fill in the details. So here are the details of this event.

3And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born threescore days. And there was war in heaven:Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast 7And there was war in heaven:Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ:for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night

Revelation 12,3-4,7,10

I recently heard a well-known radio and television preacher of whom I respect speak on this passage of Satan’s fall. He spoke as if this fall had already taken place. I have talked with other Christians who seem quite surprised when I suggest Satan has not already fallen from Heaven. Satan has certainly  fallen from his original state of perfection and has become the author of sin in this world (1 John 3:8).

Satan however still has access to Heaven or else he is no longer coming before God’s throne as the accuser of the brethren. That is what the above passage tells us he is continually doing now. In the book of Job, Satan comes before God as the accuser and that was taking place after the fall of man in the garden. So if one believes Satan’s fall has already taken place, when did it happen? It had to have happened after Job and before the events of the Tribulation. I know of no place in scripture to teach us it did, so we just have to believe that Satan is still actively accusing the brethren in Heaven right up until the Tribulation. It is then God declares He has had enough and Michael throws him down to earth.

One other interesting thing about this passage. Those who believe the star is symbolic tend to want to see this star as some man that has great authority—some religious leader. Now let me confess that I am very disappointed in Christain unwillingness to believe that Satan is actually a real being. I say that because whenever it comes to the spiritual world they try to place some human in this place. Isaiah plainly tells us that Satan will be seen on earth for who he is.

15Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. 16They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; 17That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners

Isaiah 14:15-17

There are many more things that could be said about this being Satan, but I think that I have sufficiently provided enough references to prove my point. So then what happens when Satan is cast to the earth. The waters of the earth are turned bitter. Again we are dealing with symbols as we don’t have to search the news or geography to find the meaning, we just need to search the Bible. Water is needed for life and that is how it is used all the time in the Bible. We can especially look at John’s writings to know about water.

13Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life

John 4:13-14

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

John 7:38

In Numbers chapter five there was the law given for the jealous husband. The priest was to give the wife bitter water, wherein that if she had committed adultery it would cause her to rot. If she was innocent it had no effect. I think there is much to meditate upon when we place these to scriptures next to each other. Those who are pure before God the bitter water will not harm them, but those who have committed whoredom against God will be harmed by the water.  There are many who have turned from the teaching of Christ and listen to Satan’s lies—this will only be magnified during the tribulation.

I can’t help but to see and event that resembles this. There was a wicked man named Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley who lived in the early part of the twentieth century. He is considered one of the evilest men to have lived in the modern era. Some decades later a man named Timothy Leary said he took over the work of Crowley to continue his teaching of “Do what thou wilt is the whole of the law.” It was later condensed to; “Do your own thing.” Timothy Leary told the young people to “Turn on, tune in, drop out” and take drugs (LSD). In 1967, Leary was part of the Human Be In that took place in San Francisco’s Golden State Park. It was to me the star falling because it was televised. This bitter water, these lies, spread throughout the whole nation. It has such an impact that in the summer of 1968 over a hundred thousand young people ascended upon San Francisco and called it the “Summer of Love.” It was an orgy and a drug feast. The young people could not longer stay in the city as there was not enough work and food. They followed out from their and  became known as the Hippies. These people carried with them just about every evil thought there is and entered into our educational and legal systems. The voted in their evil and now much of America no longer has a Christian based society. This is just a real life illustration of the third trumpet.
Human Be In