Revelation 9 is the invasion of the earth.
The first four trumpets sounded in Revelation 8, and there were three left. These last three trumpets are known as the “three woes.” This chapter deals with the fifth and sixth trumpets.
The Old Testament writings of the prophet Joel are the secret to understanding this chapter.
1: “The day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh.” We know “the day of the Lord” refers to the end times.
2. “A day of darkness and gloominess.” It describes a dark and gloomy time on Earth, as we see in Revelation.
4. “Their appearance is like the appearance of horses; And like swift steeds, so they run.” is comparing this force with locusts.“
Scientists tell us that a locust eerily resembles a horse, especially its head. And thus, it found expression in the Italian name “cavalletta” and the German name “heupferd.”
6. “Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.” It means people are afraid of them.
7. “They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks.” They act like a disciplined army.
8. “Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.” Men are defenceless against them, for they cannot hurt them.
9. “They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.” They transcend through walls and windows, and men cannot hide from them.
10. “The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.”
Revelation 9:1: “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.”
The fifth angel blows his trumpet, and John says: “I saw a star fall.” In the Greek tense, this star is not in the act of falling, but it has dropped already.
The angels of the heavenly host are sometimes referred to as “stars” in Scripture. See Job 38:7 and Isaiah 14:12.
The “him who got the key” implies a fallen angel who got permission from God to open up the abyss. That is to say, he is going down to the abyss to free what is being restrained there.
The Greek word for the abyss is “abussos.” It is a bottomless pit without a bottom. And we know it is a place very unpopular with the demons. For the time being, demons are locked away in it. See Luke 8:31: “The demons kept begging Jesus not to send them into the bottomless pit.”
Revelation 9:2: “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 gate of the abyss opened, and the contents burst upon the earth. A demonic force and thick smoke come out of the pit. The smoke was so thick that it obscured the sun and the moon and became dark and gloomy.
Revelation 9:3: “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.”
These locusts are not from the animal species. Instead, they are demonic beings in material- and visible form.
It is the demonic invasion of earth by Satan’s corps in the last days, according to Joel’s prophecy. The factors that support this view:
• Their leader is a fallen angel.
• They have a king over them, but literal locusts don’t. Proverbs 30:27 “Locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks.”
• They are coming out of the abyss where some fallen angels or demons are kept.
• They attack only people, not the vegetation. But we know that literal locusts attack only foliage. See Revelation 9:4.
• They can distinguish and torture only those who do not have the seal of God applied in Revelation 7. See Revelation 9:4.
• They have a sting in their tail, but only scorpions do. See Revelation 9:10.
• Good angels are not bound. They are free.
Revelation 9:4: “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.“
These “locusts” do not interfere with foliage like natural ones. They were interfering with men only. And they could distinguish between those with a seal and those without a seal. See Revelation 7.
Revelation 9:5 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.
The locusts only tortured men. They did not kill them.
Revelation 9:6: “And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it, and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.”
The word used for “desire” in Greek is “epithymeo”, describing an eager and passionate desire. Humanity was helpless against the onslaught of these beings. The torment was such that they rather wanted to die.
Revelation 9:7: “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.”
John saw these beings and described them to the reader. They look like horses prepared for battle. Their faces look like men’s, and they wear crowns of gold.
Revelation 9:8: “And they had hair, as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.”
Their teeth looked like the teeth of lions, and their hair was long.
Revelation 9:9 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 into battle.
They wore coverings like breastplates of iron. Again, we find a resemblance to horses as their movement sounds like many horses running. It wasn’t very comforting.
Revelation 9:10: “And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.”
These entities had the power to sting and torment, and they did so for five long months.
Revelation 9:11: “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.”
The one ruling over this demonic force is the Angel of Destruction. He is called Abaddon in Hebrew and Apollyon in Greek.
Jesus himself said that Satan is a destroyer. John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.”
Revelation 9:12: “One woe is past; and behold, there come two woes more hereafter.”
The above concludes the first woe, which is also the fifth trumpet.
Revelation 9:13: “And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God.”
The sixth trumpet blew, and it sounded like four voices in one.
Revelation 9:14: “Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great River Euphrates.”
These four angels are bound; thus, they are not of the good angels.
Revelation 9:15: “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.”
Under their guidance, people are being killed, not tortured, like the locusts did.
Revelation 9:16: “And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.”
The word “thousand” is used twice. The number of these warriors: 200 thousand thousand, that is, 200 million. Whether these are armies of nations or supernatural armies, we do not know.
Revelation 9:17: “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.”
The cavalry is out, unleashed to kill and destroy, bringing consuming flames and suffocating smoke with them. Planet Earth becomes one giant graveyard.
Revelation 9:20: “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.”
Beneath every idol that idolaters worship, there is a demon lurking. Hearts of stone will worship idols of stone. They do not repent from it and keep on sinning.
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