Revelation Chapter 9:12
Revelation 9:12 – One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.
“Woe”: The first of the final 3 trumpets (see note on 8:13).
As if this is not terrible enough that we have been hearing about, there are two more woes. The open warfare on the streets of Lebanon and Israel remind us very much of the things we read about in the last lesson. A mother in that area of the world has no idea when her family leaves the house whether they will return alive or not.
The descendants of Ishmael and Isaac (the flesh and the spirit), are still in mortal combat after all the thousands of years that have passed. Just as there is a spiritual battle of the flesh and the spirit that we must face each day, there is a physical battle in Israel between the Arab and the Jew. Ishmael was told that his descendants would live around the Jews and would be fighting continuously.
The Bible is true. A woe is a terrible calamity.
Verses 13-15: The “sixth” trumpet results in the death of a “third” of the surviving unbelievers on the earth. The “four” bound “angels” are fallen angels or demons who have been temporarily “bound” by God. They are “loosed for the purpose of killing a “third” of the population of the world. They appear to be in charge of the horde of demonic horsemen who will actually accomplish the massacre (verses 16-19). The “river Euphrates” was the northeastern boundary of both the Roman Empire and the promised kingdom of Israel (compare Gen. 15:18; Deut. 11:24; Joshua 1:4; Isa. 8:5-8).
Recall from Revelation 1:7, the Greek word translated “behold” means “perceive,” or “look.” In other words, we are to perceive or understand that the fifth Trumpet judgment is the first “woe,” the next judgment is the second “woe,” followed by a third “woe.”
Recall from Revelation 8:13, that a woe can describe grief, affliction, anguish, deep distress, and lamentation. We find these three woes are not just cries of distress like those expressed by the prophets in the Old Testament, but the use of this word characterizes enormity of what will befall the inhabitants of the earth in these coming judgments. In other words, these three woes are specific judgments that are increasingly severe, compared to other judgments already come.
The fifth, sixth, and seventh Trumpets are the three woes:
Revelation 8:13 – And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”
Revelation 9:12-13 – One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things. Then the sixth angel sounded…
Revelation 11:14-15 – The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe is coming quickly. Then the seventh angel sounded…
The seventh Trumpet is the “coronation of the King.” But Jesus does not return to rule as King until the Bowl judgments and God’s wrath are complete. Therefore, it is generally accepted that the last Trumpet judgment, or the final “woe,” includes all the Bowl judgments that herald the return of the King:
Revelation 15:1 – Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete.
This makes sense, as the calamity in the Bowl judgments is the worst “woe” ever experienced on Earth and completes the “coronation of the King” in the seventh Trumpet, when Jesus returns to earth to rule as King after God’s wrath is complete:
Revelation 19:11, 15-16 – Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war…. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
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We are now living in the absolute End Times as per biblical prophecy.
Our Lord Jesus Christ – King of Kings. 2nd Coming and return is IMMENENT!.
Please do not waist another a minute.
No matter what religion you serve, there is only one God.
If, you want to be assured that you will not have to endure the perilous times that will befall you.
Irrespective, of what sins you may have committed at any time of your life. If you humble yourself and ask for God’s forgiveness. He will forgive you and wash them all away and welcome you as his beloved son or daughter with open arms.
If you are not a child of Father God or have not asked Jesus Christ to come into your life yet?
I implore you to do this without delay.
Read this prayer of Salvation and ask God to forgive you now and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and you will be assured of eternal life.