The Sixth Trumpet

The Sixth Trumpet

The Final Battle

Sixth Trumpet

12One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. 16And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:and I heard the number of them. 17And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone:and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. 18By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. 19For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails:for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
20And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood:which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts

Revelation 9:12-21

It seems clear when you place the trumpet and the vials next to each other they are not separate events rather they are the same events seen in a different way. When I say this think of the Gospels and how each one is different and yet they speak of the same events. As we come to the sixth trumpet it seems hard to believe that the breaking of the barrier of the Euphrates river happens twice.The Euphrates river is a dividing landmark. It was to be the end of the promise land. It was the border of the Roman empire. It was also to me more significantly that it is where Babylon was. Remember as I have been trying to show that the earthly Babylon was a type of the spiritual Babylon that exists in Heaven right now. It is where Satan and all of his principalities in darks rule from. It is this kingdom that troubles the world and will until the great tribulation ends.

The Euphrates river is a dividing landmark. It was to be the end of the promise land. It was the border of the Roman empire. It was also more significantly that it is where Babylon was. Remember as I have been trying to show that the earthly Babylon was a type of the spiritual Babylon that exists in Heaven right now. It is where Satan and all of his principalities in darknesss rule from. It is this kingdom that troubles the world and will until the great tribulation ends.

We will go into this in detail when we get to chapter seventeen because there it describes what is taking place. But for now know that this is the battle of Armageddon.

Seals Trumpets Vials Comments

THE FIRST SEAL/TRUMPET/VIAL

And I saw, and behold a white horse:and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him:and he went forth conquering, and to conquer there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth:and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image This is the fall of spiritual Babylon. The fall brings down Satan to earth who will go forth to conquer it before Christ’s returns.

THE SECOND SEAL/TRUMPET/VIAL

I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red:and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another:and there was given unto him a great sword as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea:and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man:and every living soul died in the sea The sea represents the spiritual influences the satanic influences has on humanity. As a result, there is much death.

THE THIRD SEAL/TRUMPET/VIAL

I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine 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; And 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 the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood The fall of Babylon brings upon the earth a great deception that if it were possible even the very elect would be deceived. This poisons the water which should be life giving, but rather becomes death.

THE FORTH SEAL/TRUMPET/VIAL

I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse:and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues:and they repented not to give him glory With Satan’s removal from heaven he draws a third of the angels with him. These are angels that rebelled. The people of the earth are ruled with cruelness.

THE FIFTH SEAL/TRUMPET/VIAL

I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled a star fall from heaven unto the earth:and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And 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. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds The angels that have been chain in the pit are let loose and they torture the a certain unsealed group. The seal judgment looks at this in a different way because at this point many saints have been martyred and they are pleading for the end.

THE SIXTH SEAL/TRUMPET/VIAL

there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet This is the end the final battle. The stage is set with those who refuse to repent. Those who believe they can resist the King of Kings.

THE SEVENTH SEAL/TRUMPET/VIAL

And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done It appears that the sixth seal is the same as the seventh trumpet and vial. The seventh seal moves us back to the beginning of the tribulation to see it from a spiritual standpoint. Meaning that the events of the trumpets are seen form the view of the fallen angels and the vials from the temple of God. The trumpets and vials run parallel and the difference are simply the event seen from a different perspective just as the gospels see the same events from a different perspective.
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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!

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