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The Seven Trumpets

Parts 10-12
(The Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Trumpet)

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We have examined the first four trumpets and touched on the fifth trumpet. So, let’s do a short review on the fifth trumpet and proceed.

 

Two thirds of the way through the Great Tribulation (about 2 years) (remember, 890 days – 2/3 of 1,335 days), the devil will be released from the spirit realm (the abyss) to physically appear before the people of the Earth. He will masquerade as God, perform great signs and wonders and he will torture as obstinate group of people who refuse to recognize that he is God. I call this group of people “the non-religious wicked.”

 

In the previous broadcast, I explained that in terms of submission to God, there are three types of people: 

 

1.   The saints,

2.   The religious wicked

3.   The non-religious wicked.

 

The religious wicked are religious people who have wicked hearts – as did the Pharisees and Sadducees in Christ’s day.

 

The title, “non-religious wicked” is self-explanatory. This group of people refuses to acknowledge or worship any God. (Many scientists belong to this group.) Keep these three groups in mind as we go through some commentary on Revelation 9: 

 

Revelation 9:1   The fifth angel sounded his trumpet [in Heaven’s temple], and [my attention was directed toward Earth] I saw a [an angelic] star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. [Lucifer was once the brightest angel in Heaven, he was cast out of Heaven at the speed of light because of rebellion against God’s authority.] The star [Lucifer] was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss[where he and his demons had been imprisoned since their expulsion from Heaven].

 

Revelation 9:2   When he [Lucifer] opened the Abyss, [there were so many demons ascending from the abyss that they looked like a dense cloud of smoke and the] smoke rose from it [the abyss] like the smoke of a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke of the Abyss.

 

Revelation 9:3   And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth [from a distance, this horde of demons looked like a dense cloud of smoke. As they drew closer to the Earth, the demons looked something like locusts as they came down upon the Earth] and [these demons] were given power like that of a scorpions of the earth.

 

Revelation 9:4   They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. [In other words, the devil and his angels can’t hurt those who have been sealed and of course, they won’t harm those who believe the devil is Almighty God. The devil and his angels will torture those who stand in opposition to the blasphemous claims of the devil. The non-religious wicked (scientists, communists, agnostics and many teenagers will be painfully tormented and this intimidation will cause many of the non-religious wicked to buckle and confess “yes,” the devil is Almighty God.]

 

Revelation 9:5   They were not given power to kill them [the non-religious wicked], but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they [their victims] suffered was like the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man. [Searing pain.] 

 

Revelation 9:6   During those days [non-religious] men [and women] will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.

 

Revelation 9:7   The locusts looked like horses [and riders] prepared fro battle. On their heads they [the demons] wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. [Demonic angels resemble human beings. The crowns of gold on their heads (stephanos – crowns of victory) reflect their dominion over mankind. They are part of the devil’s masquerade. About 15 feet tall, they will be very impressive beings.]

 

Revelation 9:8   Their hair was [long and beautiful] like woman’s hair, and their teeth were (strong and deadly, designed to tear flesh) like lion’s teeth.

 

Revelation 9:9   They had breastplates like breastplates of iron [nothing manmade could penetrate them or hurt them], and the sound of their wings [as they fly] was [powerful]like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle.

 

Revelation 9:10   [Because God can speak volumes with a single caricature, these demons were represented to me as though] they had tails and stings like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months.

 

Revelation 9:11   They [the demons] had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew in Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.”  “Destroyer”

 

Why is Lucifer, the angel king of the Abyss, called a destroyer? If you understand the full cup principle, you know the answer to this question.

 

When a nation or group of people reach a point where extended mercy does not produce a redeeming effect, God always empowers and sends a destroyer. A destroyer sent on a divine mission cannot be thwarted. Destroyers may be called upon to impose redemptive judgments or the destroyer may be required to impose totally destructive judgments. Here’s an example of what I am saying:

 

God told Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 4:5   “Announce in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem and say: ‘Sound the trumpet throughout the land!’ Cry aloud and say: ‘Gather together! Let us flee to the fortified cities [of Israel]!’

 

Jeremiah 4:6    Raise the signal to go to Zion! Flee for safety without delay! For I am bringing disaster from the north, even terrible destruction.”

 

Jeremiah 4:7   A lion has come out of his lair; a destroyerof nations has set out. He has left his place to lay waste your land. Your towns will lie in ruins without inhabitants…

 

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