Revelation Chapter 9:16
Revelation 9:16 – Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them.
After the sixth angel releases the four angels from the Euphrates River, John sees an army of 200 million horsemen. The number of horsemen in the Greek is literally twice “murias murias” The Greek word “murias” is the same word used to describe an innumerable count of something, as discussed in Revelation 5:11.
It is possible that John saw two different groups of horsemen too large to count. However, he said that he “heard the number of them.” The only other time we see this phrase used is when John hears there are 144,000 Jewish servants of God (Revelation 7:4). Since a specific number was given for the servants, then it goes to reason John heard a specific number of horsemen, which supports the alternate translation of “murias” meaning the specific count of “ten thousand.” Two multiplied by ten thousand squared equals 200 million.
Some have tried to equate this vast army of horsemen with the kings from the east that come to fight against Christ in Armageddon at the end of the Tribulation because of Asia’s massive population and military:
Revelation 16:12-14, 16 – Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty…. And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.
However, the only commonality between the sixth Trumpet judgment and the sixth Bowl judgment is mention of the Euphrates River and interaction between the physical and spiritual realms. One difference is that these are two separate judgments that occur at different times. Second, the 200 million horsemen are clearly not human, and the horses are not normal horses, as we will see in the next few sections.
Third, the horses’ pursuit is to kill humans, while the kings from the east gather to fight against the Lord with all the kings of the earth, as noted in the passage above. Lastly, the horsemen apparently follow the lead of the four angels who were bound at the Euphrates River, while three unclean spirits that come out of the beast and false prophet lead the kings from the east along with all the kings of the earth to gather at “Armageddon,” which is the “Valley of Megiddo” in Israel.
“The army”: Some see this as a reference to forces accompanying the kings of the east (16:12), and identify them with a human army coming from Asia. But that event occurs in connection with the seventh trumpet, not the sixth. The language is better understood as referring to a demon force that makes war with the earth’s inhabitants and kills one-third of humanity (verse 15).
Now in addition to the demons who have roamed the earth throughout history, spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (Eph. 6:12), recently cast to earth (9:1; 12:4), and the numerous demons recently released from the abyss at the sounding of the 5th trumpet, comes a new demonic army that is two hundred million strong.
Some have suggested that the 200 million will come from the Chinese who can currently field an army of that size. However, it is very doubtful this could be a human army due to the inability to equip, feed, transport, not to mention the water it would take to support that size contingent. Those things taken into consideration strongly suggest this will be a supernatural rather than a human force, especially as the four angels (demons), are commanding this force.
When you combine this 3rd with the quarter of humanity killed in the seal judgments, by this point in the Tribulation half of the world’s population (after the rapture), already has been destroyed. Tim LaHaye makes reference to the Chinese army which can raise a 200 million man army now. That has prompted some interpreters to suggest the 200 million would come with the kings of the east to do battle with Christ at the consummation of the end of this age, known as the Battle of Armageddon. While there is no question that the armies of the Orient coming to that battle at the very end of the Tribulation will be enormous, due to the incredible population of those countries, they definitely are not the (Rev. 9:16), army. Consider the following reasons:
(1) The (9:16), army goes out during the 6th trumpet, which occurs towards the beginning of the Great Tribulation; the (16:12), army goes out at the end of the Great Tribulation.
(2) The 200 million (in 9:16), are not humans but demons, doing things men cannot do. These “horsemen” have a supernatural effect on the earth.
(3) The Chinese army would include all the men and women under arms in China, including their local militias or defense forces. There is no way the communist government could risk committing all its military and armament to the Middle East, for they know their freedom hungry citizens would revolt before they returned. Besides, the logistics of moving an army of 200 million from the Orient across the Euphrates and the Arabian Desert to the little land of Israel seems impossible.
Tim LaHaye states that the 200 million are not to be taken as humans. They are a literal unnatural, demon like evil spirits that come out of the abyss, advancing under the leadership of the four bound angels. Only the unrepentant will be killed by this judgment.
For these and other reasons not mentioned, it is not realistic to assume that the armies (of 16:12), are synonymous with those of (9:16). The 200 million horsemen who come on the scene will obviously be supernatural, creatures that are so awesome to look on that they actually frighten some people to death. And their sting “is in their mouth and their tails”, and with them they kill one third of the world’s population of those who reject Christ and commit themselves to Antichrist.
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