The Book Of Revelation, Chapter #9
As we begin the 9th chapter of Revelation let us remember the last verse of Chapter #8 and it’s warning to us humans. “And I beheld and heard an Angel flying in the midst of Heaven, saying with a loud voice, woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the Earth by reason of the other voices of the Trumpet of the 3 Angels, which are yet to sound.” As we read this 9th chapter where the 5th and 6th Trumpets are blown all true Christians should be on our knees in worship and in thanks to our Lord Jesus (Yeshua) that we will have been Raptured before these events. These woes that the Apostle John writes about covers the deepest and the most painful events of the Great Tribulation Period. These two Trumpets will be during the last 3 1/2 years of the 7 years of the Great Tribulation Period. This is the Seventh Week of the Prophesy of the Prophet Daniel. This will be the darkest days in the human history of time. (Please read Daniel 9: 24).
Let us now study the events of the 5th and 6th Trumpets within this 21 verses of this chapter. Hopefully for all those who prayerfully read these verses the Holy Spirit of God will open many eyes to its understanding. 1.) “And a Fifth Angel sounded and I saw a Star fall from Heaven unto the Earth: And unto Him was given the Key of the Bottomless Pit.” “And He opened the Bottomless Pit, as the smoke of a large 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: and unto them was given power, as the Scorpions of the Earth have power.” “And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the Earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree; but to only hurt those men which do not have the Seal of God in their foreheads.” “And it was given to the Locust that they should not kill the men, but that the men should be tormented by their stings for 5 months. And their torment would be like unto the torment of a Scorpion when he strikes a man.” “In those days men shall seek death and shall not find it. They shall desire to die but death shall flee from them.” “The shapes of the Locusts were like unto horses prepared for battle. And on their heads were Crowns like unto gold and their faces were as the faces of men.” “They had hair like unto the hair of women and their teeth were as the teeth of Lions.” “And they had breastplates as it were the breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of Chariots of horses running in battle.” “They had tails like unto Scorpions and there were stings in their tails and their power was to hurt men for 5 months.” “They have a King over them, which is the Angel of the Bottomless Pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon. But in the Greek tongue His name is Apollyon (which means, a destroyer).
“One woe is past, but behold, there comes 2 more woes hereafter.” 13.) “And the 6th Angel sounded and I heard a voice from the 4 Horns of the Golden Alter which is before God.” “Saying to the 6th Angel which had the Trumpet, loose the 4 Angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.” “And the 4 Angels were freed which were prepared for an hour and a day and a month and a year for they were to slay 1/3 of all mankind.” “And the number of the Army of the Horsemen were two hundred thousand thousands: and I heard the number of them.” “And 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.” “By these there was 1/3 of all men killed, by the fire and by the smoke and by the brimstone which came out of their mouths.” “For their power was in their mouth’s and in their tails: for their tails were like unto Serpents and they had heads and with them they do hurt men.” “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the works of their hands. In that they should not worship Devils or idols of gold and silver and brass and stone and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk.” 21.) “Neither did they repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”
The meaning of “the Star” in verse one is very simple, without a doubt this is Satan. A physical Star can ‘do’ nothing. This verse makes it plain that ‘this Star’ has a “Being” to Him. If you would, please refer to the Apostle John’s writing in the Book of 2 Corinthians 11: 14, or the Gospel of Luke in 10: 18. They will give you further understanding to the fact that this “Star” is the Devil Himself. If you would, please also checkout the Old Testament Prophet Isiah when he wrote what is found in chapter 14 verse 12. “How art thou fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, Son of the morning! How are thou cut down to the ground, which has weakened the nations!”
In verse #2, the Pit of which the Devi opened up is Hell. In verse 3 these “Locusts” are like unto something that the face of the Earth has never seen. These Locusts will do the exact opposite of the Locusts that we humans are used to seeing throughout our history. These Locusts will not harm/eat any of the plants and trees but they will bring great harm and pain to the human race where the Locusts that we are used to experiencing do no such a thing. If you are wondering about the meaning of verse #4 please reference the first Book of the Bible, Genesis in chapter 4 verse 15. This passage may give you a little more insight. When we reach verse 13 we come to the 6th Trumpet. The 6th Angel blows His Trumpet then he is commanded by Jesus (Yeshua) to let loose the 4 evil Angels who were imprisoned in the river Euphrates. Jesus has now removed the 7th Seal which led to the Trumpets which will lead into the 7 Personalities, then the 7 Bowls of wrath. So many of mankind’s sins have generated from this area of the world which is modern day Iraq that the ground is soaked in innocent peoples blood. By the way, in modern day Iraq is where the Tower of Babel is also located and this area that leads to the final attempt to destroy the Nation of Israel through Masada which will lead to Armageddon, the final battle.
Friends, in this time of the Great Tribulation 1/3 of all of mankind will be killed. On the planet today there are over 7 billion people so we are talking about approximately 2 and 1/2 billion deaths from this one event. Folks, these are times of many horrors like the Earth has never seen before. Though previous Trumpets we had already seen 1/4 of the worlds population dying and now 1/3 more. If you add 1/4 plus 1/3 that equals 7/12 or more that half of the worlds population, probably somewhere close to 4 billion people dying. Folks, a true Hell on Earth awaits for the people who reject their own Savior Jesus Christ. In verses 20 & 21 we are told that the rest of the human race that survives these horrors will still refuse to repent to God for their sins. How sad of a time this Great Tribulation period will be, I wish it upon no one and there is no reason for anyone to have to experience this horror. We are all given an out, a pass, to this time period. We can miss it simply by living a life of love for each other and trying our best to follow after our Savior Jesus Christ in our daily lives. Faith and love, or a living Hell, it seems like a simple choice yet so many refuse God’s love, so sad.