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Trumpet, Revelation Chapter 9
Verses 13-21 (NASB)
One could argue that this voice is from Jesus whose blood is being avenged; others believe it is God Himself since Christ is making intercession with/for the prayers of the saints -- Hebrews 7:25 and 1 John 2:1. Perhaps, this is why John is not precise as to whose voice this is.
In the Old Testament, the horns were a safe haven from
1:49-53. By hanging on to
the horns, one could claim mercy. So, too, today, by accepting
Christ's redemption blood, we find mercy. Anyone NOT hanging
find judgment. Also note that this judgment is carried out in full view
of God (not that He doesn't see everything) but meaning He fully
The Euphrates River is prominent throughout the Bible. It was one of the Garden of Eden rivers, Genesis 2:10-14. Its source is not from rain but some undergound aquafer, Genesis 2:5-6. At Noah's time, the Euphrates source may have been one of the fountains of the great deep, Genesis 7:11.
At the Euphrates River, all of sin is first manifested. The apple is eaten; there is hatred; the first murder is committed; and the first martyr is listed. This place is demon possessed. As a curious sidelight, the King James Version states these angels are bound IN the river, while this version says AT the river.
'IN the river' makes more sense, when one thinks of the demoniac who was cured in Luke 8:26-39. The demons begged not to be sent to the abyss but rather into the swine. When the swine drown, the demons were left in the water. It is interesting from a spiritual viewpoint how God uses the physical world, the devils playground, as a spiritual container. And only at the granted permission can these demons work on apostate Jews and non-believer Gentiles. God could have used the mighty archangels Gabriel or Michael to do the job, but it is more appropriate this way for the devil and his angels to do the murdering of 1/3 of mankind as seen in the next verse.
Note that not all water contains demons. Christ says He is the Living Water. There is a River of water of LIFE in Revelation 22:1. Praise the LIVING WATER!
By looking at the rest of this chapter, the descriptions indicate these forces are demonic "armies". And amazingly, the translation rendered here is "the number of the armies" was 200,000,000. Actual demon count may be higher! Remember, we fight against the WORLD FORCES OF THE DARKNESS (demons and their 4 leaders from the Euphrates River), against the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12-13).
John is saying, "I'll try as best I can to describe what I saw". Even as I type this, he must be watching from heaven and saying, "No, that's not it, not that ... there, that is what I saw." We are not capable of describing things beyond our experience unless it is a vision, and we translate the vision into earthly things which match most of our human experiences. Most of us have seen a horse with a rider.
This part John knew for sure. The RIDERS had colorful protective gear of reds, yellows, and blues. What is never described in Revelation is the smells of these visions other than the incense (prayers, Revelation 8:4). And even this is left to our imagination.
Hyacinth may be the color of the "smoke" of the horses
as they stomp through mankind and kill them. See that "SMOKE" is
between fire and brimestone in the next verse.
This now is symbolic since the word 'like' is used. Not only are these horsemen protected by breastplates, but they are fearless and powerful like lions. Some scholars who are looking at a physical interpretation indicate this may be a special kind of military tank. However, this probably is the devil prancing around (1 Peter 5:8) trying to imitate the real LION (Revelation 5:5).
The FIRE and SMOKE and BRIMSTONE is proceeding out of the MOUTHS of the riders. These are three awful destructors or testers.
Fire has always been used to test a man's work. Otherwise, why would we have "fire departments" to try to save our earthly belongings.
The use of the term MANKIND implies that this is worldwide and not limited to Israel or the near East. What makes this such a contrast is that this KILLING trumpet follows on the heels of the "NO DEATHS" trumpet (verse 5). This may be a partial fulfillment of Jeremiah 25:30-38.
It is interesting how "plagues" is used to denote fire, smoke, and brimstone.
For the POWER of the HORSES is in their MOUTHS and in their TAILS;
These are special "HORSES" because they don't obey the command given to Noah (Genesis 9:1-2-7) to have dominance over every beast, bird, etc. Certainly, the will to live has the people remaining during this sixth trumpet trying to find ways to stop these HORSES, but can't.
for their tails are like serpents and have heads; and with them THEY DO HARM.
This maybe an extreme view, but this looks like homosexual encounters gone rampant.
If this truly is a creature, then it is awesome because just the time you think its leaving, the tail bites you and kills you (or HARMS you). How horrible can things get? This is bad but look at Deuteronomy 28:49-68. Is this what disobedience is worth?
A sidelight: The clear physical cannabalistic nature of mankind will be revealed during this time. If one believes that the redeemed are taken up by this time, then love has been removed from this earth. All that is left is to look out for NUMBER ONE! Then it is entirely possible that no one is going to come to the aid of another or try to control the HORSES.
Under the seals, the people left recognized that they had suffered the judgment of God (Revelation 6:16-17). Here, there is not even recognition of God's judgment. They are so into self and idol worship as we shall see!
This is especially abominal to God. Demons are created beings (by God) who have fallen (Romans 1:24-25). Don't worship the created; SERVE the CREATOR!
Note what the Bible says
Satan worship and demon reverence is ever growing. At this time, it is so prevalent, that it is the norm to do so. How else will the AntiChrist be worshipped in such complete subjection, and taking the 666 a matter of fact?
Even though all these things are either a poor imitation or outright fake, these people still believed these idols had some powers. This partially fulfills the prophesy in Zephaniah 1:14-18.
Idols know better than to move when they are in darkness!
Ever since the rider of the red horse took peace from the earth (Revelation 6:4 - 2nd seal), man wants to murder each other. Respect for life is gone.
This is the root word for drugs. Drug use will run rampant. Even the world's merchants will think nothing of drug trafficking. And Revelation 18:23 points out that all nations will be deceived.
Sex will be a commodity to be exchanged for drugs, "power", and just plain pleasure. It follows from the plagues and STILL does not stop.
To feed the drug habits, thieves will be hard at work. Possibly the worst theft of all is the one where Satan steals the soul (Revelation 18:3). Occults are trading in this commodity already ... what will it be like during the 6th trumpet????
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