Updated: Dec 12, 2022
Fifth and Sixth Trumpets
As the trumpets sound and the woes come to pass, many of those left behind will struggle to hold on to their idols and refuse to give up their evil ways. The physical things and faceless gods they have clung to will hold them separated from the one true God.
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Read along with me in Revelation Chapter 9
“Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man.”
It may seem as though this chapter is filled with pain and punishment but God in His mercy is giving sinners another chance to come to Him before it is too late. In chapter 7 we saw that the servants of God were sealed to set them apart from the rest of the world. Now, in chapter 9 we see that the pit is about to be opened and it will release a plague of terrible locust that will torment the inhabitants of the world. These creatures will not be allowed to destroy any vegetation but are instead going to focus on the torture of humans. However, those who have chosen to follow Christ will be marked by God and untouched by the locusts.
“In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them. The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle. They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months. And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon. One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.”
Verse 6 states that men will seek out death and will not find it. These tormented men and women will be looking to die and possibly trying different ways to die, but God will not allow it to come to them. The torment here can not be under valued. When your life and body are so tortured by pain that you wish to die and seek it out, your mind is only focused on the release and desired relief that you assume will only come with leaving this world. God isn’t going to allow this escape because the point isn’t to be released from judgement but to either be changed in mind and body or to be punished for the ultimate denial of Him and His mercy.
“Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed—by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm.”
As the sixth trumpet sounds, verse 14 says four angels will be released from the river Euphrates. Many assume when they think of angels that these are beautiful beings with great white wings that only exist to bring the love and mercy of God to others. They forget that the demons were created as angels and chose to fall from their place in heaven. These four angels spoken of in this chapter have been set aside specifically for this moment in time. Their purpose is not one of peace or compassion. They will kill a third of mankind together with an army of horseman numbered at 200 million. The days the Bible was written this number was unfathomable. More humans than was even on the earth at that time. Whether this army is made up of men or of demons we do not yet know but we do know their purpose. Verse 19 says their power is in their mouth and in their tails for their tails are like serpents having heads and with them they do harm.
“But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.”
An in-depth study of this chapter would take much more time than my sort study blog has to give in one post but the point little sparrows is to remember that the world is a place full of sinners. The Lord created us for fellowship with Him and in living for ourselves and the pleasures of this world, we as humans rarely make that our focus. God promises to punish the world for the sins of men and in doing so He is just and righteous. Even in these terrible times, He is still giving men a chance to repent. Over and over He shows mercy and love to His children. We as believers and followers of Christ need to share this love and mercy with others. It is my prayer that you will be a light today to the people around you. Share His love with those in your home, in your job, and the places you go most often. Remember that we would be nothing without Him and He deserves our praise.
Have a Bless day little sparrows