Revelation Chapter 9

Verse 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.  This verse shows how angels are sometimes referred to as stars in the scriptures. This angel is given an assignment, to open the bottomless pit.

Verse 2) And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. The bottomless pit is a place where Satan is bound and chained and cast into this pit for one thousand years during the Millennium. “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. And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.”( Revelation 20:1-3) This angel mentioned here in Revelation 20:1-3, sounds like the same angel in Revelation 9:1 because he has the key of the bottomless pit, so therefore it would seem that he was an angel from God sent on this assignment. The bottomless pit is opened when the fifth angel sounds his trumpet. This happens during the great tribulation. The bottomless pit is again mentioned after the seven vials of the Wrath of God when Satan is cast into it. Many people think that the bottomless pit is a great volcano. If you have ever stood on the brim of a volcano you can see how this could possibly be. It would be bottomless to the Devil because he would be continually falling up and down due to the effect of the rotation of the earth. After a great volcanic eruption and explosion, the sun and the air would be surely darkened. “A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains:”(Joel 2:2a). “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.”(Joel 2:31).

Verse 3-5) 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, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 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.  Out of the smoke which came from the bottomless pit locust looking creatures come forth to torment all the people that don’t have the seal of God in their foreheads. This makes me tend to think that all of the people who are saved will get the seal of God in their foreheads, because why would only 144,000 saved Jews be protected and not the rest of the saved Christians? Remember everyone who receives Jesus becomes a real Jew in God’s eyes.“And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”(Galatians 3:29). Most Bible Prophecy is centered around Israel and the Jews. Maybe this is why so much focus is put on the 144,000 saved sealed Jews in Israel. After all this is where the major events will take place, such as the anti-christ’s government, the Abomination of Desolation being placed in the soon to be built third Temple at Jerusalem, the two main witness’s prophesy, and the return of Jesus and his rule from Jerusalem, after the Battle of Armageddon. This little strip of land over in the Mid- East known as Israel, which gets a lot of the attention from the news, is the center of Bible Prophecy and the future of the world. These  locust demonic creatures are either spiritual or physical, or both. They are only given power to torment for five months.

Verse 6) And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. It is going to get so bad that people would rather die and commit suicide than live, but God will not let them.

Verse 7-10) And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of loins. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. This description of the locusts could be John trying to describe some type of a helicopter or other weapon of war, or some type of terrible demonic looking beings that come out of the bottomless pit. John is describing what he saw in the vision. Just as Nahum the Prophet described his end time vision of cars.“The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet: the chariots shall be with flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken.The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall justle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings.” (Nahum 2: 3,4)

Verse 11) 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. Abaddon and Apollyon means destruction or destroyer. This seems to be talking about the devil or one of his main angels.

Verse 12) One woe is past; and, behold there come two woes more hereafter. There are two more trumpets of the Great Tribulation yet to sound.

Verse 13-16) And 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 which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 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. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. When the sixth trumpet sounds four angels are loosed from their bonds in the Euphrates river where they were held captive for an hour, a day ,a month, an a year. They were either bound that long ,or this means that they were bound for a special time to be released, and they go forth to gather together the anti-christ’s great armies of 200 hundred million soldiers.This sounds like a combination of armies of different nations. These angels sound like bad angels of the devil or why else would they be bound for this special purpose? “And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.” (Isaiah 4:1). Apparently there will be a shortage of men, because most have been killed off, or taken away to fight in the anti-christ’s wars.“for they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.”  (Matthew 26:52b).

Verse 17-19) 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 loins; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. 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. Just by what came out of their mouths ( fire, smoke and brimstone) killed the third part of the men in this battle. This could be talking about army tanks.Remember John had never seen modern weapons of warfare. He was only familiar with horses, chariots, wagons, etc, the weapons of war of his day. This battle is talking about the battle of Armageddon or a major battle preceding it.

Verse 20,21) 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: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. It is hard to understand that after these six terrible trumpets of tribulation that man will still not repent and turn to Jesus Christ. The Seven Vials of The Wrath of God are soon to be poured out upon the earth after the Rapture.” He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life ; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36).  Remember that Jesus said, that The Great Tribulation,( and the Trumpets of Tribulation), would not begin until you see The Abomination of Desolation placed in the Temple in Jerusalem.When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)” “for then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matthew 24: 15,21).

Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

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