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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…fire and smoke and brimstone …”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 9:17 KJV – 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.

 

 

John sees this angelic (or demonic) army bringing God’s judgment upon lost mankind.  John sees that this army has “fire and smoke and brimstone” proceeding out of their mouth, which is used as a weapon of torment and death.

To begin our devotional for this morning, we need to understand what is meant by “brimstone”.  Brimstone, when used in the Bible, is describing a very flammable substance (normally either cypress resin or sulphur).  This is why “brimstone” is linked to fire and smoke.  All three are related to burning and great pain and distress.

Throughout the Scriptures, fire and brimstone is linked to God’s judgment against sin…

  1. Sodom and Gomorrah – Gen 19:24, Luke 17:29
  2. Those who take pride in wickedness – Deut 29:23
  3. The desolation/punishment of the wicked man – Job 18:15, Psa 11:6, Isa 34:9.
  4. The breath of God kindling judgment upon heathen nations – Isa 30:33
  5. Lord’s judgment against Gog and his army – Ezek 38:22
  6. The Lord’s wrath at His second coming – Rev 9:17-18, Rev 14:10

Most importantly, the ultimate, eternal judgment of those who oppose the Lord is described by fire and brimstone as well… the Lake of Fire and Brimstone (Rev 19:20, Rev 20:10, Rev 21:8)

Will the eternal punishment of the unbeliever involve literal fire and burning?

Keep in mind, the book of Revelation is filled with symbolism.  When the Rev 19:-21: passages refer to the eternal suffering of unbelievers as a “Lake of Fire and Brimstone”, it could be symbolically describing horrible pain and suffering through the use of the symbol of fire.

However, it is important to recognize that fire is used to describe the eternal suffering of the lost in other books of the Bible (Mark 9:44-48 etc).  Because of its usage elsewhere, a literal fire seems to be a part of the eternal suffering of those who are lost.

In either case, since we know how painful it is to be burned on the stove or oven… how horrible the eternal suffering must be if the Lord links fire and brimstone to eternal judgment.

 

The solemn recognition of the horrors of the Lake of Fire should results in 2 basic life changes…

  1. For those who have never come to a saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, it should drive them to Christ knowing that it is only through Him that forgiveness of sins and escape from eternal punishment can be had.
  1. For those who have trusted in Christ, it should drive us to use every opportunity to warn the lost of their condition and remind them of His great love, mercy and grace, inviting them to turn to Jesus while there is yet time.

 

May we all think on these things today and find encouragement to be a witness for our Lord!

 

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The Lord’s army… ready to intervene on our behalf!

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 9:16 KJV – And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…the army of the horsemen…”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 9:16 KJV

(16)  And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

 

 

In John’s vision, he sees an army of spiritual horsemen gathered to battle.  This is only one time of many where angels are pictured as multitudes going to battle…

Deu 33:2 KJV – And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.

2Ki 6:16-17 KJV – And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.  And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

Mat 26:53 KJV – Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

 

What an amazing thought.  Although they cannot be seen, there are multitudes of angels walking among us.

Folks, because we are tempted and see many horrible sins taking place around us we are constantly reminded of the presence of fallen angels (demons) that work in the hearts of men.  But how many times are we reminded of the great multitude of elect angels that do their work among us as well?

What is even greater is the knowledge that, many of God’s angels are sent to the earth with the express purpose of ministering to the people of God…

Heb 1:13-14 KJV – But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

 

Did you come close to having a car accident today?  Perhaps it was an angel that God sent to deliver you.

Did someone mean intend to harm you, but it resulted in your good?  Perhaps the Lord sent and angel to intervene on your behalf.

Did someone oppose your attempt to serve the Lord, but did not succeed?  Perhaps you should thank the Lord for sending an angel to allow your spiritual victory.

ALWAYS REMEMBER… the same angels that could have delivered Christ from the cross are the same angels that are sent by the Lord to work on our behalf!

 

May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!

 

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Only the Lord knows when He is coming back and His wrath will fall….

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 9:15 KJV – 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.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, …”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 9:15 KJV – 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 four angels involved in the sixth trumpet judgment that takes place at Christ’s second coming are allowed to work among men at a very specific time set by Almighty God.  Likewise, the second coming itself will take place at an exact time known only by God Himself…

Mar 13:32 KJV – But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

Act 1:6-7 KJV – When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?  And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

 

Folks, from these passages we can learn at least two very important truths:

First of all, our Lord is in control of the time of His coming back to the earth.  No man or angel can hurry nor delay it, no man can thwart His plans to come.  He is coming back in God’s time.

Secondly, we cannot know the day or hour of His coming.  As a matter of fact, we cannot even know the season or specific timeframe of His return.   How important this is for each one of us.  In a day when many claim to know the time of His coming, if we look back at the teachings of His Word, we know that this cannot be so.

 

So what attitude should the Christian have concerning Christ’s second coming?

  1. watchful – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-10
  2. under self control – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-10
  3. eagerly anticipate – 2 Timothy 4:6-8
  4. busy in His service – Matthew 24:42-46

Folks, may we look at today, and everyday, as a day in which the Lord may return…

 

May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!

 

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Share Christ With Others This St. Patrick’s Day!

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“The Color Green: A Picture of Divine Blessings”

(St. Patrick’s Day Devotional/Lesson  from Psalm 52:8-9)

“But I [am] like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.  I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done [it]: and I will wait on thy name; for [it is] good before thy saints.”
Share with others the importance of God’s hand of blessing on our lives and the way of salvation… the greatest blessing we can ever receive from Him!

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Revelation 9: Summary

SIH STSTA ICONSUMMARY OF THE CHAPTER:

Beginning in chapter 8, and continuingin chapter 9, we will see the second coming of Christ and, especially, His wrath that will fall against lost mankind.  These truths about the wrath of God are presented in the fashion of seven trumpets that are sounded by angels.  They are divided into two types of trumpets.  In chapter 8, we saw Trumpets 1-4 affect nature directly and mankind indirectly.  Here in chapter, 9 we will look at Trumpets 5-6 affect lost mankind directly.   Later in our study chapter 11 and 16, we will look at Trumpet 7.  These three trumpets (5-7) all affect mankind directly, this is why they are given the title “the three woes”

 

SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER:

  1. Revelation 9:1-12 – The Sounding Of Trumpet 5

In this section of Scripture, John hears the fifth trumpet sounding.  He sees a star falling from heaven.  This star symbolizes a person (Christ) who is given the ultimate authority over the bottomless pit.  This came true in a literal fashion when Christ came to the earth at His first coming and was exalted to the right hand of the Father following Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.

This star is then seen opening the pit and releasing smoke and an army of locusts, who are sent to torment lost mankind.

The smoke arising from the pit reminds us that the bottomless pit is speaking of the Lake of Fire, the place reserved for the punishment of Satan, other fallen angels and lost mankind.  The army of locusts is symbolic of demonic forces that are at work during the last days.  The activities of the locusts are limited by the sovereign hand of God, and are used to partially deliver God’s wrath against lost mankind.

The description of the locusts remind us of many dangerous, vicious and painful aspects of their work.  They act as an army united to cause great suffering and pain upon lost men.  This great suffering results in men wanting to die, but unable to kill themselves or each other by the sovereign hand of Almighty God.

These locusts are said to have a King over them, which refers back to the star that fell from heaven.  Christ, as their controlling sovereignty is their Lord.  Many of the titles that fit Christ’s workings during the judgment of the last day is the title of Destroyer, the translation of the Hebrew Abaddon and the Greek Apollyon.

 

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  1. Revelation 9:13-21 – The Sounding Of Trumpet 6

As John’s vision continues, he hears Trumpet 6 sounding…

Then he hears the prayers of God’s people for justice calling for the loosing of God’s wrath upon the lost.  In this trumpet the wrath of God being sent upon lost mankind is represented by four angels that are released at the appointed time from the Euphrates.

These angels help us to understand that God’s wrath is a world-wide wrath, touching the four corners of the earth.  Their coming from the Euphrates at a specifc point in time shows us that God’s wrath was not a “spur of the moment thing”.  It was a well-planned event that was a part of the eternal counsel of God.

Following their release, these four angels are now seen by John as an army of 200 million angelic beings.  In the previous trumpet, we saw the Lord using demonic powers to bring about His will.  In this trumpet we see the angelic forces of God (elect angels) being used as well to bring about the complete, total victory of Satan and His demonic forces.

Much of the description of this army points us to the justice and judging hand of God being controlled by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  This battle was actually won at the cross and Christ’s resurrection that followed, however, it will be brought to completion at the second coming of Christ.

 

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WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THIS SERIES?:

In the next lesson in our series, we will be looking at Revelation 10:.  This will give us a break from the trumpet judgments and will introduce us to a mighty angel with a little book in his hand.  The contents of this little book will be revealed in Revelation 11 and will answer the question “Why does God’s wrath fall against lost mankind”.

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

Are Our Prayers Sweet Smelling Incense To God?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 9:13 KJV

(13)  And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…a voice from the four horns of the golden altar …”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 9:13 KJV – And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God

 

 

 

In John’s vision of the sixth trumpet judgment, he hears a voice coming from the golden incense altar in heaven.  This voice is the united prayers of the saints of God seeking justice to be done against His enemies.

In Psalms 141:1-4, we find that King David makes several requests to the Lord concerning His prayer life.  David’s requests to the Lord include 2 main themes…. The Lord’s acceptance of his prayers and the Lord’s guardianship of his life.  David uses a man’s pleasure with incense to illustrate his desire for God to be pleased with his prayers…

Psa 141:1-4 KJV – “A Psalm of David. LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.   Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.   Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.   Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.”

A.  THE LORD ACCEPTANCE OF HIS PRAYERS (Pictured by the acceptance of incense)

1.  “I cry unto thee: make haste unto me”
Be eager to listen to my prayers as if they were sweet smelling incense.
2.  “give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee”
Be careful when you listen as if you were noticing the precise aroma coming forth from the incense
3.  “Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense;” –
Be pleased when you listen much like you would receive great joy from smelling incense
4.  “and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”
Accept my acknowledgment of my great need of you as an act of worship and honor much like your receipt of         incense from another is placing honor upon you.

 

B.  THE LORD’S GUARDIANSHIP OF HIS LIFE (Pictured by the guardianship of a watchman)

1.  “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth;”
Watch over my prayers as a guard watches over his charge
2.  “keep the door of my lips.”
Keep me from making sinful requests like a guard keeps me from inviting harm into my life.
3.   “Incline not my heart to any evil thing,”
Keep my desires holy and selfless like a guard who keeps me away from dangerous places.
4.   “to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity:”
Keep my desires from causing me to have harmful associates.
5.   “and let me not eat of their dainties.” –
Keep my desires from causing me to partake of sin like a guard that will keep me from actions that will bring         harm upon myself.

May we all be like King David and desire the Lord to accept our prayers as if they were pleasing incense and guard over our prayer life  as our Father, Guardian and Friend.

 

May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!

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The Destroyer …

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 9:11 KJV – And they had 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 hath his name Apollyon.

 

 

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Revelation 9:13-21 “Trumpet Judgment 6”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

 

Now, trumpet judgment 6, the second woe, is revealed…

 

Rev 9:13-21 KJV

(13)  And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
(14)  Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
(15)  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.
(16)  And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
(17)  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.
(18)  By 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.
(19)  For 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.
20)  And 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:
(21)  Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

 

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

Please remember that the final judgment of God is described in many Scriptures as consisting of literal fire that falls from heaven. (2 Thess 1:7-10, 2 Peter 3:3-13, Psa 102:26, Isa 51:6, Zeph 3:8).  This is what will literally take place during the final wrath of God.  At Christ’s second coming, fire will precede Him punishing the lost and renovating the world for His arrival.

Keeping in mind that the final wrath of God only consists of fire falling from heaven, we can see that trumpet and the vial judgments are describing this wrath in purely symbolic terms.  In other words, the events that take place in the trumpets and vials are not literal events that will take place, but are symbolic descriptions of the final wrath of God that manifests itself by fire falling from heaven.

In chapter 8 and 9, John sees the opening of seal 7, which will symbolizes the beginning of God’s wrath coming upon the fallen earth and sinful mankind.  His wrath affecting the earth is emphasized in trumpets 1-4. Trumpets 5-6 (the first two woes) are judgments that directly affect lost mankind.

Trumpet 7 (the 3rd woe) is the completion of God’s wrath falling upon the earth and mankind.  This last trumpet brings to completion what was begun in trumpets 1-6.  Trumpet 7 is made up of the seven vials.  Each vial corresponds to a specific trumpet. Each vial simply expands, intensifies and brings to completion the wrath that was begun in its corresponding trumpet.

 

Trumpet Vial Area Of Earth Affected By Trumpets (Area of Earth Affected By Vials) Areas Of Mankind Affected By Trumpets (Areas of Mankind Affected By Vials)
1 1 1/3 Trees. Green Grass(All the Earth)
2 2 1/3 Sea(All the Sea)
3 3 1/3 Rivers, Springs(All the Rivers, Springs)
4 4 1/3 Sun, Moon, Stars(Entire Sun)
5 (Woe 1) 5 Men Not Sealed By God(Entire Kingdom and All Worshippers Of Beast)
6 (Woe 2) 6 1/3 Mankind(Whole World)
7 (Woe 3) 7 God’s Wrath Intensified and Completed Against Earth and Mankind Described By The 7 Vials(The Final Destruction Of Babylon and Lost Mankind {The Battle Of Armageddon})
 

 

As we continue our study all of the above will, hopefully, become more clear.

For now, let us just understand that the falling of God’s wrath during the second coming appears to be progressive; growing in intensity, severity and devastation as He descends and His presence draws nearer to the earth.  This is much like the tribulation in today’s time (first six seals) that will gradually increase in intensity and frequency as His coming draws near.

As we have said seal seven is divided into seven parts, symbolized by trumpets that are blown.  Here is a short outline of the upcoming lessons on seal 7 …

  1. Sounding Of First Four Trumpets – 8:7-8:13
    1. 1st Trumpet – vs 7
      1. Judgment – Hail, fire, blood
      2. Affected – Trees, grass
    2. 2nd Trumpet – vs 8
      1. Judgment – Great burning mountain, sea to blood
      2. Affected – Sea, sea creatures, ships
    3. 3rd Trumpet – vs 9-11
      1. Judgment – Burning Star (Wormwood)
      2. Affected – rivers, springs, men
    4. 4th Trumpet – vs 12
      1. Judgment – Striking
      2. Affected – Sun, moon, stars
    5. 3 Woes Announced – vs 13
  2. Sounding Of Trumpets 4 & 5 – 9:1-21
    1. 5th Trumpet (1st Woe) – 9:1-12
      1. Falling Star given Key To Bottomless Pit
      2. Locusts From Pit with King Of Locusts – Abaddon, Apollyon
  • One Woe Past
  1. 6th Trumpet (2nd Woe) – 9:13-21
    1. Release of The 4 Angels & 200,000,000 Army From Euphrates killing Mankind
    2. Mankind does not repent
  2. Please note 7th Trumpet will be revealed in Rev 11:15 & Rev 16: which will reveal the completion of God’s wrath aginst the earth and sinful mankind.

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

In this text we find trumpet 6 revealed.  This is the second of three “woes” (judgments that directly fall upon mankind).

 

Rev 9:13-21 KJV

(13)  And the sixth angel sounded,

John now hears trumpet 6 sounding.  This is announcing the new symbolic description of God’s wrath that is falling against lost mankind at His second coming.

 

 

and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, (14) Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet,

John now hears voices coming from the incense altar that stands before God.  Keep in mind, the incense altar represents the prayers of God’s people and arising to God as sweet smelling incense.  The voices that John hears are the prayers of the saints.  Remember these prayers of the saints are their requests for justice.  They previously requested God to punish those who have mistreated and abused them (Rev 6:9-10; Rev 8:3-5).

Now their prayers are being answered. God is sending His wrath. God’s wrath is being shown on behalf of saints who have waited so long for divine justice.  This is why the prayers of His people are said to initiate this sixth trumpet wrath.

 

 

Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.  (15)  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.

God’s reaction to the prayers of the saints results in angels being loosed.  Keep in mind, that throughout the Bible angels are beings that deliver the message of God or do the bidding of God.  This helps us to understand that the judgment of God that is falling at His second coming is His work.  God is the One with the ultimate authority over the wrath that is falling.  It is His work.  He promised mankind He would punish wrongdoing and now He is keeping His promise.

It is interesting to note Psa 78:40-55, as the 10 plagues of Egypt are being described, we are told that these plagues came about “by sending angels of destruction among them”.  In other words, angels of wrath played a role in delivering the ten plagues upon the people of Egypt.  This sixth trumpet harkens back to this account of the 10 plagues.

These angels were bound in the Euphrates river.  The Euphrates is associated with the beginnings for many different things… Beginning of Mankind – Gen 2:14; Beginning of Israel – Gen 15:18; Beginning of search for the Promised Land – Deut 1:7;  Beginning of responsibility to keep Law – Deut 11:24; Beginning of Joshua as Leader Of Israel – Josh 1:4;   Beginning of David’s conquest of nations – 2 Sam 8:3;  Beginning of Judah’s downfall – 2 Kings 23:29;  and the Beginning of Babylon’s Reign – 1 Chron 5:9.

Euphrates in Revelation is used as the place of preparation and beginning point for the judgment to come (Rev 16:12).  This helps us to understand that God’s wrath did not take place “on the spur of the moment” without planning or expectation.  Not at all.  The wrath of God was a well-planned event that was a part of the eternal counsels of the Almighty.  This is clearly shown by the bound angels that were placed in the Euphrates for a very specific time and mission.

There are four angels being loosed.  This is a very similar symbol to the four winds that blow in Rev 7:1.  In both these pictures, we see God’s wrath affecting all areas of the globe… North, South, East and West.  God’s wrath in the last days is a worldwide wrath.  Symbolically, there are four angels bringing about God’s wrath which will cover every point on the globe.

These angels are bound waiting to be loosed at a selected time with a selected purpose. This helps us to understand that God has selected a very specific point in time and purpose for His wrath to fall.  Just as in the previous trumpet judgments, notice that only a portion of mankind will be affected.  In this case, 1/3 of lost mankind will be killed.

 

In this section of John’s vision, we learn that the wrath of God that falls at His second coming is under His absolute control and prior planning, is world-wide in nature, and is set for an appointed time with specific results. (Eccl 13:1-8)

 

 

(16)  And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

The symbolism now abruptly switches to that of an army of horsemen 200 million strong.  The four angels which emphasized the wrath of God being under His work and under His perfect control, is now changed into these warring horseman, which emphasizes God being at war against the rebelliously sinful mankind. This same wrath is pictured as a war between God and the powers of darkness in Rev 19:11-19.

In Psa 68:17, where we are told “the chariots of God are 20,000 even thousands of thousands”. If by “thousands of thousands” ten thousand is meant, then we would have 200,000,000 being the total of angelic chariots being described which is the same number of horsemen in this vision.  (see also 2 Kings 6:17)

Why are there 200 million horsemen? Symbolically the numbers 2 and 1000 are significant.  The number two many times represents unity, for example the witnesses for Christ were sent out two by two to minister (Mark 6:7).  The number 1000 is the number of fullness or totality.  The Lord owns all the cattle on 1000 hills, in other words He owns all the cattle everywhere (Psalm 50:10)

 

This helps us to see that the wrath of God is much like the completion of a war waged by God, His elect angels, and elect men against the powers of darkness. When God’s wrath falls in the last day, it will be a harmonious, unified effort to bring a complete, total end to sin and the powers of wickedness in this world.  This war has been taking place throughout the ages since the fall, but will be brought to a full completion at His second coming.

 

 

(17)  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.  (18)  By 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.

This army is now described in great detail:

  1. they were men riding on horses – a typical army is in view
  2. the riders had breastplates of fire, jacinth, and brimstone – God’s judgment against sin
  3. fire – judgment, purification (God’s judgment against sin and purification of sinful world
  4. jacinth – stone of blue, yellow, red color (colors of flame)
  5. brimstone – sulfur, flammable, (punishment of sin – Sodom/Gomorrah-Gen 19:24)
  6. the horses had lion heads – They are doing the work of the King of Kings, they are courageous, destructive, victorious
  7. out of the horses mouths were fire and brimstone – Instruments of God’s wrath against sin (Lake of Fire-Rev 20:10)

Again, we see limited “damage” as the result… 1/3 of the men dying as they are punished for their sins.

Here we see the symbolic description of this “army” clearly reveals that the wrath of God is the completion of a long battle between God and the powers of darkness which was won at the cross and brought to completion at His second coming.  This includes God’s judgment against sin and purification of the world.

 

 

(19)  For 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.

The description of these is horses continues with their tails in view.  They had tails with serpent’s heads making them able to bite and harm men (poisonous, deadly, painful)

An interesting note about serpents.  In the Bible a serpent is used to picture:

1.  Satan in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:) (bringing pain and death upon mankind)

  1. Christ during the Jews wanderings in the wilderness (Num 21:8-9) (bringing the remedy for pain and death to man)
  2. Here in Revelation, the serpent heads on the horse tails pictures the final defeat of the serpent (Satan) through the work of the serpent (Christ on the cross) at the second coming.

 

This entire trumpet judgment symbolizes for us the war between God and Satan will come to a complete end at the second coming in response to the prayers of His people.  This will take place at God’s appointed time, under God’s total control and planning.  The completion of this war will be a unified effort that will bring a complete, total end to sin and the powers of wickedness in this world.  The falling of the final wrath of God is the completion of a long battle between God and the powers of darkness which was won at the cross and brought to completion at His second coming as He renovates the world for a sinless eternity with Him.

 

 

(20)  And 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:  (21)  Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

During the beginning stages of God’s wrath there will be many men who will not die.  Yet, because of the blindness of their eyes and the hardness of their heart, they will refuse to submit to the Lord in repentance and belief.  NO ONE will be saved during this time of great wrath and punishment from God.  This helps us to see the great need to be witnesses to the lost NOW while there is yet time.  Clearly, when God returns to take His people to be with Him and His wrath begins to fall on lost mankind there will no longer be an opportunity for salvation.

Joh 4:34-36 KJV – “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.  Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.  And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.”

 

The five basic sins of mankind are listed:

  1. idolatry – false worship (worship of idols, false religions, false prophets, mysticism, works salvation etc)
  2. murders – taking of life (anger, hatred, violence, abortions etc)
  3. sorceries – occult related drug and potion use (drug and alcohol abuse, astrology, prognostication etc)
  4. fornication – sexual immorality (adultery, homosexuality, beastiality, premarital sex, lying etc)
  5. theft – taking from others (covetousness, stealing possessions, stealing reputation, stealing promotions, lying, deception etc)

In a very general and broad sense these five sins (and sins related to them) cover all the sins that are committed against God and man.  It is these very sins of which men refuse to repent, even in the midst of divine punishment.  How true it is that mankind apart from the intervening grace of God will not come to Christ for salvation!

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this trumpet judgment, we see Christ as the Commander-In-Chief leading His army to certain victory while perfectly controlling all the events that take place during this battle.  This very same time period is symbolized in Rev 19:11-21…

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;  That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”

 

What a wonderful Lord we serve. He is our Leader and our Commander… leading us to certain victory at His second coming!  In this one event we can see Him as Holy Lord and Victorious Warrior for Perfect Justice.

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

Folks, as we face many struggles in our lives and it seems as if Satan is winning, just keep in mind… Satan is already defeated.  Christ’s work on the cross has won the victory over Satan, the powers of darkness, sin and death.  It is only a matter of time before His victory will be publically declared and manifest at His second coming.

Col 2:13-15 KJV – “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. “

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon…”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 9:11 KJV

And they had 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 hath his name Apollyon.

 

 

John’s vision reveals the angel of the bottomless pit as “Abaddon” or “Apollyon”.  These titles share the same basic meaning … “Destroyer”.

There are many who believe this symbolic angel is speaking of Satan.  Certainly, if this is the case, the title “Destroyer” fits him to a tee.  After all, we are told that Satan is like a “a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1Pe 5:8 KJV) and Christ Himself described Satan as a “murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44).  Certainly Satan is a great destroyer.

However, there is another One that could easily retain these titles.  Believe it or not, there are several places in the Bible where our Lord and His work are described using these same Hebrew and Greek words for “Destroyer” (Pro 15:11, Jere 10:10-11, Dan 7:9-11, Matt 10:28, 22:7, Luke 17:27-29, 1 Cor 10:10, James 4:12, Jude 5).  Please note that: In every one of these texts, the wrath of God against sin and sinful beings is being described.

Based upon the context of Rev 9:11 (God’s wrath being poured out during His second coming), I believe it is very possible that the titles “Abaddon” and “Apollyon” are, in actuality, referring to our Lord.  Certainly our Lord will destroy the powers and effects of darkness of this world.  Included in this would be Satan, other fallen angels (aka demons), rebellious lost mankind, and the results of sin (death, pain, sorrow, sicknesses etc).   All of these will be done away by the Destroyer… our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

It is so easy to think of our Lord as a kind, loving, merciful Lord who would never consider harming or punishing anyone.  After all He truly is the epitome of love… “God is love”.  But it is also important for us to always remember that Christ is a holy and just God (Acts 3:14) who cannot allow sin to go unpunished, nor will He allow sin to stand in His presence throughout eternity (Matt 7:21-27).

For sin to be dealt with properly, and for justice to be done, He must be a Destroyer who will bring eternal punishment upon those who have rebelled against Him…

“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,  In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;  When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.”  (2 Thess 1:7-10)

 

May we give praise to our Lord for being a holy and just God who will rid this world of sin, justly punish those who oppose Him and create for us a perfectly holy eternity with Him on the New Heavens and New Earth!

May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!

 

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Our Lord is The Lord Over Life and Death!

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 9:6 KJV – And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

 

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it …”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 9:6 KJV

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

 

 

During the wrath that will fall during Christ’s second coming, we see that lost mankind will desire to die.  Why is this?  It is because they will be feeling the wrath of God upon them and will be thinking that death would be far easier to bear than to continue to face God’s great wrath.

Sad to say, they are wrong.  When they die physically, they will be facing God’s wrath in the Lake of Fire, the worse possible wrath that can be received (Mark 9:43-44).  So in a sense, God’s intervention in their lives, stopping them from dying is an act of grace and mercy in and of itself (Matthew 5:45).

For those who have never entered into a personal relationship with Him, what a blessing it is to know that He is a kind, loving, merciful God.  He is the One that is mercifully withholding hell from the lost who are currently living upon this earth.  He is the One that will enter into a relationship with anyone who will turn from their sins and trust in Him as Lord and Savior.

 

However, there is also another point that we should draw our attention to in this text.  God, and God alone, is the One that controls life and death.  He is the One that “holds the keys of (control over) hell and of death” (Rev 1:18).  King David proclaimed the same truth about our Lord when he said….
Psa 68:20 KJV – “He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death.”  (see also 1 Sam 2:6)

Our Lord’s control over the issues of death is one of the many characteristics that set Him apart from all the other false gods of this world…
Deu 32:39 KJV – “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.”

 

Folks, let us praise and honor our great Lord for being the Lord over life and death.  For God’s people…
He is the One that blesses us with every breath we take.
He is the One that watches our every step and keeps us safe.
He is the One that knows what our future holds and prepares us, now, for what is to come.
He is the One that will grant us continued life until His purpose for us has been completed, and then He will escort us home to be with Him.

What a wonderful blessing to know that our life is in His hands!

 

May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!

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Are We Watching For His Coming? Many Did Not Watch In Noah’s Day, Nor Are They Watching Now!

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 9:5 KJV – And 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.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…they should be tormented five months …”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 9:5 KJV – And 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.

 

 

In John’s vision, he saw that God placed a symbolic five month limit upon the torments of the locust hoard.    What is the significance of this symbolic five month period of time?  To answer this question we need to remember that the worldwide flood of Noah’s day lasted exactly a literal five month period…

The flood began in “the second month, the seventeenth day of the month” (Gen 7:11)
The flood ended in “the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month” (Gen 8:4)

Folks, this is a very important point for us to remember.  Through the usage of the symbolic five months, the wrath that is to fall at Christ’s second coming is linked to the wrath that fell in Noah’s day.

There are two other scriptures link these two events together.  They teach us five basic principles concerning the Lord’s final Day of Wrath… 

  1. Both Noah’s flood and the final Day of Wrath was, and will be, preceded by scoffers
  2. Both Noah’s flood and the final Day of Wrath involves destruction of the entire world.
  3. The world was destroyed in Noah’s day by water, the final Day of Wrath it will be by fire.

“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”  (2Pe 3:3-7 KJV)

 

  1. Both Noah’s flood and the final Day of Wrath was and will come unexpectedly
  2. In both Noah’s flood and the final Day of Wrath God’s people will be protected, the lost will face His wrath.

“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.   But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,  And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” (Mat 24:36-41 KJV)

 

Folks, let us not be like lost mankind that ignores, and even mocks, the second coming of Christ and its accompanying wrath.  May we all be vigilant and ready when our Lord returns.  How do we do this?  By trusting in Him as our Savior and Lord, and then, as Christians, being active in His service, taking advantage of the opportunities to minister that He opens to us!

 “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”  (Mar 13:32-37 KJV)

 

May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!

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Demonic Activity In The Lives Of Men Causes God’s Wrath To Fall Upon Lost Mankind …

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 9:3 KJV – 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.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth …”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 9:3 KJV – 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.

As trumpet judgment 5 progresses, John sees locusts coming out of the smoke that is arising from the opened bottomless pit.  These locusts are symbolic representations of demonic activity  as a part of the wrath of God falling upon lost mankind at His second coming.

Another interesting passage about locusts is found in Psalm 109:23.   In this Psalm, David is praying to the Lord concerning those who are abusing him and betraying him.  He describes his miserable condition as “I am tossed up and down like the locust”.  This was David’s way of describing the feeling that his life was spinning out of control with no remedy in sight.  He felt as if he was entirely at the mercy of others who could do to him as they please.

This is much like the locusts who were at the complete mercy of the wind that would blow them back and forth….

Exo 10:13 KJV – “… the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts.”

Exo 10:19 KJV – “And the LORD turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the locusts, and cast them into the Red sea; there remained not one locust in all the coasts of Egypt. “   

 

Folks, do you ever feel like David?  Do you ever feel like your life is a roller coaster and you are simply “along for the ride”?  Sad to say, the Bible reminds us that we are not in control of our own lives.  The life events that the future holds are entirely out of our control…

Jas 4:13-14 KJV – “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

But in the midst of the seeming chaos of our lives, we have a firm foundation that we can rely upon.  It is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

He is the One that knows, and controls, what our future holds …

Isa 46:9-10 KJV – “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”

 

And He is the One that will safely guide us through all of life’s uncertainties…

Psa 32:5-8 KJV – “I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.  Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. “

 

How can we enjoy this close relationship with the Lord, being able to trust Him with every life event that is about to come to pass?  This text explains this for us.

By turning from our sins, bringing them to Christ and trusting in Him as our Savior and Lord, we can enjoy His forgiveness, daily presence and peace in the midst of our life’s uncertainties.

 

May we all look to Him and rest upon Him as we face all of life’s events that will surprise, sadden and threaten us.

May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!

 

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Our Lord Jesus Christ Holds The Key To Escape From Eternal Punishment!

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 9:1 KJV – And 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.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…to him was given the key of the bottomless pit …”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 9:1 KJV

(1)  And 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.

 

 

As the fifth trumpet sounded, John saw a star falling from heaven.  This star’s descent from heaven is a symbolic representation of the Lord Jesus Christ’s first descent to the earth (Joihn 3:13, John 6:32-39 etc). 

John then sees Christ being handed the key (authority over) the bottomless pit.  It was following Christ’s first coming that He was exalted to the right hand of His Father and received authority over all things (Acts 2:32-36, 5:30-31, Phil 2:5-11, 2 Peter 1:17).    A part of this exaltation included control over the in habitants of the Lake of Fire (Demons – Lk 8:26-34, Colossians 2:15, James 2:19; Satan – Job 1:, 2:, 1 John 4:4, Rev 20:1-2; Lost Mankind – Matt 25:41, Romans 14:11-12, Revelation 20:15).

 

The Book of Revelation clearly reveals to us that Christ holds authority over life and death, Satan, the Lake of Fire, and all of His creation …

Rev 1:18 KJV – I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Rev 20:1-2 KJV – And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 

Rev 19:11-16 KJV – And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war… And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

 

What a wonderful Lord we serve!

 

May we all follow the example of the twenty four elders who recognized His great authority, WILLINGLY submitting to it, and used it as a basis for personal worship and praise…

Rev 11:15-18 KJV  – And the seventh angel sounded; and 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.
And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,  Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

 

May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!

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